Monthly Archives: November 2012

How to Conquer Group Projects

Group projects.  We’ve all had them.  Some of us love them because it gives a chance to split the work and not put all the stress on you. Some of us hate them because we get stressed worrying about everybody else doing their part.  I am not a huge fan of group projects, especially now in college. In high school, if somebody didn’t do their part, your teacher knew it and it wouldn’t affect your grade, however, that is not the case now.  I’m going to talk about some ways I deal with group projects because I usually get stressed when it comes to group projects.

Group projects are great way to be able to work with your friends.  If your professor allows you to pick your groups, pick groups with people who you know and are comfortable with.  Think about who is in your group. Make sure you can trust your group members. Sometimes you cannot pick your group and there is really nothing I can suggest about that.  You will have to learn to work with the people in your group.

Now ,when it comes to everybody being assigned their part of the work, assign each person something they are good at.  If you need a poster or a visual aide, assign that to somebody in the group who is creative and good with visual aspects.  If you need a paper written, pick somebody who likes to do research and doesn’t mind writing papers.  Do not just randomly assign the different jobs just to have them assigned.  If you and the other group members are doing something you like or can do well ,it will be smoother for you and for the other members.  If you are doing something you like and are good at, it will put the other group members at ease.

Do not assume that the time you have (if any) in class to work is enough.  Get together with your group.  I know it is tough to work with everyone’s schedule, but not everybody has to be at each get together.  If all of your group but one member can make the meeting, do not cancel just because of that one person.  Meet with the rest of the group and then fill in the absent member.  You can also use Skype or other chat methods.  There are ways to get together and not be inconvenient to anybody in the group.

Lastly, make sure you always have a backup option in case something comes up with one of your group members and they are unable to complete their task.  Having a backup option for all of the work does not mean you do not trust that person, it is just a precaution. Things happen that are uncontrollable and if you have a backup, you will not be running around like a chicken with its head cut off! For example, make sure you e-mail your group members your work.  If you are writing the paper, e-mail it to others.  This allows them to have a copy in case something comes up, but also that gives them a chance to proofread it.  You can kill two birds with one stone.

Whatever you do, do not stress over it so much that your work is affected! Yes it is good to be worried and good to be on your members backs about doing their work, but do not be to over bearing.  You do not want to be that annoying controlling group member!  Happy group projecting!

Audree, student blogger

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Don’t Procrastinate, Motivate!

Let’s see a real life example of what can happen whenever you procrastinate: You can have a blog due to be written, and had a full month to write it, but you feel that it can be finished the night before. So, you wait. But whenever you go to write it on your laptop, no programs will open and the computer will not listen to any of your commands, then you realize your computer has a serious virus. So, of course, you panic, try troubleshooting the issue, and try to do everything in your power to get rid of it before the blog is due to be posted. Finally, after a total of eight tireless hours spent ridding of the virus, you can write the blog and ensure that it’s turned in on time.
Notice with that whole real-life story it all could have been prevented, if the blogger decided to finish up the blog at an earlier point. Of course, not all examples of procrastination go like that. Most of the time the assignment won’t be finished, or you’ll end up missing the deadline anyway despite your best efforts. Then you’d think to yourself, “Why wasn’t I motivated to finish (blank) on time and give it all I have.” That’s why motivation is key.
To become motivated is difficult to achieve, but not completely impossible. Just look at the people who excel at sports, in the business world, or celebrities (okay, maybe not celebrities, but still some of them did work for what they have), they all had to apply themselves and get the job done, so to say. All you have to do is find a consequence, good or bad, to allow you to keep motivated. Tell yourself, if you don’t do this, there’s a chance that you’ll fail, or do badly on an exam, or tell yourself what could happen if you stay motivated and complete everything on time. Or you can even work on some kind of reward system with yourself, like if you do part of something, take a break and spend some time playing a game or surfing the web, but after continue and repeat the process— it all depends on what works best for you.
Just remember: don’t take time for granted, it is a valuable resource and there’s only so much in a day. Don’t be like the blogger; try to get everything done before there’s a chance that you’ll see the worst effects of procrastination take hold.

Kaylynn, student blogger

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Life outside of CCBC? NO WAY!

So, when you’re in college, that’s all you’re supposed to think about, right? School, school, and more school! No social life, no family life… Pretty much no life at all. Does that sound like CCBC? I didn’t think so. One miraculous thing about CCBC is that your life does NOT have to be centered around school. You can center school around your life. I personally love that fact, because I have a life. Surprising, isn’t it? A nursing student with a life. Well, it’s possible, and I’m going to tell you about it right now.

First things first. A very major part of my life is my religion. I’m one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. That’s right – I’m one of those “door-knockers.” And you know what? I love every aspect about it. I am a very active member in my congregation. Much of my life… actually, all of my life… centers around being one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. It’s not just a religion, but it is a way of life. We have regular congregation meetings twice a week, which require preparation and studying, so that takes up a lot of my time. Not to mention we also have special assemblies and conventions a few times a year. I also go out in the ministry a few times a month to preach to all sorts of people about God. While being a Jehovah’s Witness may take up a lot of my time, and completely influence my life, I wouldn’t have it any other way. I am so happy being who I am, and nothing can ever change that.

Another part of my life is my love for pictures and videos. I’m known as “The Girl with the Camera” in the tri-state area. I have boxes upon boxes of photo albums, and a portable hard drive filled with priceless memories. Every time that I go hang out with my friends, or go to a special assembly or convention, or go to any event, I always bring my camera, and I always leave with a lot of photos on my memory card. Not only do I take a lot of pictures, but I edit a lot of videos. I’ve been editing videos under “Cassie Brooke Productions” for about five years now. I absolutely love it. I have directed skits and music videos, and I edit a lot of slideshows and baptism videos. There is something special about editing a video that I can’t really explain; you just have to edit one for yourself to understand. I love watching the videos that I have created, and a lot of the people I know love them as well.

Aside from my religion, photos, and videos, I like to do things that a lot of teenage girls love to do. To put it bluntly, I love to shop. A lot. Lately it has been my weakness, and I really need to stop shopping as much, or my bank account will probably start crying and self-destruct. I also love to hang out with my friends. We like to go to the movies, go out to eat, and pretend we’re killer crabs and attack each other in my front yard (don’t ask—find me on YouTube and see for yourself! *camerasandchocolates*). I also have an unhealthy obsession with a few different things. I am obsessed with The Phantom of the Opera, Grey’s Anatomy, and The Beach Boys. I can also quote Mean Girls word for word, but what girl can’t? Also, when I can find some free time, I love to sleep and read books. One of my favorite books is The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and I’m so excited to see the movie soon.

This is just a glimpse of who I am and a glimpse into my life outside of CCBC. While I still study a lot for school, do my homework, and work on my nursing skills, I find time for my life. It’s possible for anyone to have a life outside of CCBC. College should be a main part of your life, but it shouldn’t be your WHOLE life. Never let that happen. Stay balanced and stay happy, everyone!

-<3 Cassie, student blogger