Find Your Passion

Throughout high school, I struggled with finding something that I loved. No, I’m absolutely not referring to having a boyfriend or girlfriend. That’s just purely up to you. What I am referring to is finding a major that you love—taking classes that you love and spending your time in enjoyment rather than just another class you have to take to get the diploma for the major you want. Let’s face it: College isn’t always the most enjoyable thing in the world. This is where finding a major that you love is important. I was on the fence for a little bit, and came into my freshman year of college just taking general studies. Let me tell you, it wasn’t the most exciting thing in the world for me.

On the other hand, I have friends who are majoring in certain careers just because they think they’ll make a ton of money off of it. Yeah, money is nice to have, don’t get me wrong. Think about it though. Do you really want to spend the rest of your life miserable just so you can make money? I don’t. People call me crazy, yes, but I’m one of those people who just doesn’t care. The major I plan to transfer into isn’t going to get me a ton of money, and I’ll have to move away from home to even possibly succeed in any way. You know what though? I’m okay with that. I don’t care how rich I am. As long as I’m happy, the rest will eventually fall into place. I challenge you to find something that makes you happy. Maybe it isn’t choosing a major; maybe it’s just finding a hobby. Don’t make yourself miserable due to the pressure of others around you. Find something that makes you happy, and enjoy it.

Austin, student blogger

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The Scoop on Online Classes

Last semester, I took two online classes. This semester, I’m doing everything online. That’s mainly because the campus is a solid half hour drive away from me – when the traffic’s good. As I’m finding out, online classes definitely have their perks, but they’re not for everyone.

The first thing I like about taking classes online is that it saves me time and money. It saves an hour each day that I would normally have classes because I don’t have to drive there and back, and it lowers the amount of money I’m putting in the gas tank. I have food at home, so I’m not tempted to stop at Sheetz and spend money that I really don’t need to be spending.

My second favorite thing is that I can work at my own pace, whenever I want. My classes have a deadline (for some, it’s every Friday at midnight, and for others, it’s the end of the month) for when the unit has to be finished, and I can get my work done whenever I want as long as it’s done by the due date. I find that to be convenient, since I learn some material faster than others and can spend more time where it’s needed. If I’m having a good day with Literature, I can sit down and do a week’s worth of assigned reading, discussion and essays all at once. If a certain class is harder for me, I can spend a little time each day on it so I’m not frustrating myself trying to have it all done to turn in tomorrow.

However, before you start thinking that online is a great option for you, you should consider the potential drawbacks. When you’re in class, your teacher tells you, “Okay, have these pages read and this assignment done by Tuesday.” Online, you often have to do a little digging to figure out exactly what is due and when. None of my classes have a Blackboard announcement listing the things I need to be doing. You have to be good at using Blackboard and very organized to keep track of what you should be doing. It’s also easier to procrastinate and fall behind on your work – since you don’t have to show up to class and physically hand in your homework or prove you read a chapter, you might find yourself thinking that you don’t have to do coursework several times a week. It’s that type of thinking that will prevent you from doing well in your classes.

Hopefully this perspective gave you a more accurate idea of what exactly the online classes are. I knew online classes would be good for me because I’ve always been a student who keeps up with their reading and makes sure their homework is done on time. If that sounds like you, maybe you should give online classes a try – just don’t fall into the myth that they are easy and you won’t have to work the same amount, if not more, than you would in a regular class.

– Rachael, student blogger

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2015: New Year, New Possibilities

I’m excited for this semester…not so much for the homework, tests, etc., but more so for the fact of it’s yet another semester of new things. I’m not one to repeat something over and over again unless I really take to it, and thanks to college, I don’t really have to. If you put your best effort in now, once that one class that you can’t stand or just don’t seem to understand is over, you’re done with it most likely for good.
I don’t typically like to make resolutions in the New Year, knowing that I’ll probably never keep them anyways, but this year I wanted to make small ones specifically for college:

1. Actually do the readings I get assigned to do in class.
2. Stop procrastinating (because we all know we do at one point or another).
3. Strive for better, and if I fail, at least I know I failed trying.

That last one may seem cheesy, but it’s true. You don’t have to have super extravagant resolutions to succeed this year. You don’t have to aim for the absolute best of the best, but now is the time to try. 2015 brings a new year with new possibilities, dreams, and definitely responsibilities. If you set small goals for yourself, though, and work to achieve them, you’ll be happy with where you end up. This year/semester, I challenge all of you to try new things, and set new goals. Good luck to all of my fellow CCBC students this semester, make it a good one!

– Austin, student blogger

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A Learning Experience

As we come across finals week, I can officially say that I understand the differences between college and high school. As everyone knows, much longer breaks, which I’m sure bring that sense of relief to some, but it goes past that. Those tests that you could just blow off studying for in high school? I’ve definitely come to realize that it’s practically impossible to do in college. Through balancing all of life’s priorities, I’ve come to realize just how important it is to take time for school, complete homework, and most importantly—study for that test that you’re dreading. It’s difficult to get the motivation to keep going, and strive for better grades, but I’m sure we’ll all get to see how that plays out after we graduate college.

I have made it through the first semester of college, and I am definitely ready for my break. Afterward though, I know I’ll be looking forward to next semester with more new classes, new subjects. Growing up through elementary, middle, and high school, most of us have been stuck in one place for long. Though some of the classes are a pain to find motivation for, or aren’t the most interesting things to learn about, it’s definitely going to be nice having a sense of variety. New professors, new classes, and I’m sure, new opportunities! Good luck to everyone during finals week, and good luck next semester, whether you’re still here at CCBC, or transferring somewhere new. Enjoy your break, too. We deserve it!

Austin, student blogger 

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Don’t be Afraid to Try New Things

As a part of being a recipient of the Presidential Scholarship, I’m required to complete a certain amount of hours volunteering at different events around the school.  I normally stick to the ones that I know for a fact I’d be interested in, so when I heard about the Annual American Indian Gathering that was to take place in the Dome, I honestly wasn’t sure what to expect.

When I arrived, I was taken to the far end of the Dome where they had a food line set up.  We were selling anything from pizza, to ham barbecue, to fry bread, to blanket dogs.  At first, it was a little bit overwhelming.  Luckily though, I had experience with the business because my dad owns his own food trailer.  The group of people who I helped were so kind, and they welcomed me with open arms!  They were patient with me when I was still catching on to the flow of the work that they were doing, and when I got it down, they even showed me how to make the blanket dogs and fry bread.  Blanket dogs are just hot dogs wrapped tightly in dough and deep-fried.  Fry bread is a special type of bread dough that you flatten into a circular form and poke a tiny hole in the center of it.  Fry bread reminds me of funnel cakes, but in my opinion, it was slightly better.

Not only was it a good experience getting to know the lovely people who I had the chance to work with, who had been coming for years, but it was great being there in general.  A lot of the vendors that had tables set up were selling neat, handmade items.  Periodically, they had dances going on in the middle of the Dome.  Overall, it was a great, new experience, and it made me realize that even if you aren’t sure about attending something or volunteering at something, go for it anyways!  It could turn out to be something, though new, that you’d end up really enjoying!

 

-Austin, student blogger

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