Monthly Archives: November 2016

Dear Freshmen

Dear Freshmen,
Well, it’s almost over. Your first semester of college will be coming to an end in a month. I thought you could use some wisdom and advice that can help you get through finals and make a good start to the start of your second semester.

First off, it gets better. It’s stressful starting something new that you are not used to, but it truly gets better. You won’t be scared to speak up in classes anymore and you definitely won’t get lost. You will be used to the buildings and the professors by the time you finish this semester.
Second, you got this. Don’t you ever give up on something if it’s something hard. As my high school band director said, “If it was easy, it wouldn’t be good.” The road to your future isn’t going to be easy, there are going to be rough patches and bumps along the way, but you can do it. If anything, I believe in you. I don’t have to know you personally. I just know you can do it and I will believe in you.
Finally, here’s some advice about managing your stress. Now some of you may stress out just thinking about it, but seriously, you need to do this. Take time to relax and just take care of you. If you want to take a nap, take it. Your body will thank you later, and so will your brain. If it’s an hour a day of less, take time for yourself. You deserve it after a long day of classes and homework and test and so on.
So, my dear freshmen, that ends our time for now. Take this advice and encouragement with you. Good luck everyone and I will be rooting for you from the side.

Yours truly,
Supportive Sophomore

-Ashley, student blogger

Web Programming Apps

Writing what appears to be a bunch of nonsense, and watching it turn into a website or program, is something that has amazed me ever since I discovered what it was. While the professors are fantastic; this major requires quite a bit of outside reading, learning, and practice.

There are a couple of apps and platforms that I use to help me learn more. One of these is Encode, an app that teaches you the basics of JavaScript through interactive exercises and lessons. You can participate in challenges with other people to test yourself, and submit sample code for others to rate and offer tips.

Another app I use is called SoloLearn, and all of their apps are available on both iPhone and Android. You can also access it through their website. This app has many more options for programming languages, although you can download separate apps for each language if you wish. There are many quizzes to test your knowledge, and you can also bypass sections that you already know.

CodeCademy is a web-based learning platform that I have used for years. It’s very good for learning the basics of building websites, but it offers a lot more than just website building lessons. It’s extremely interactive, and you can’t move on to the next lesson until you follow the instructions for code you have to write.

In my opinion, actually doing things is the best way to learn them. Just sitting in a classroom or reading a textbook isn’t going to do as much for me. The tools above have helped me gain a better understanding of things that have been shown in class, as well as things outside that help me to enhance my projects and learning experience.

-Rachel, student blogger