As finals are approaching, it means time to go over all of the notes from the entire semester and remember what may have been forgotten, or at least get a little refresher on what you learned. As I was going through some of my notes I noticed a few things. Doodles!
There was more then one occasion where I guess I wasn’t as interested in a particular lecture and was more interested in drawing in the side margins of my notebook while taking notes.
I thought it was interesting that each page had some of the same drawings and some different ones as well. I had handful of pages with music notes on them. I don’t think I am very good with detailed drawings, but something simple like a flower or music notes is easy and fun.
There was actually a study I remember hearing about a few years ago that said that doodling tends to keep your mind on task. Does that mean the drawings in my margins helped me understand the material better? Maybe, I don’t know. Once finals are over I’ll know whether they hurt me or helped me. I’m definitely hoping for the best.
Do you tend to doodle while listening to lectures?
Hello! Yesterday was the first of December! Oh how time has flown by so hard to believe.
December is here, which means the Holidays are close and/or here.
December means all of our Christmas decorations are coming out, and soon enough my dad will start playing the Christmas music. Oh how I love this music!
We have all sorts of Christmas/Holiday traditions in my house!
- There is our little elves that pop up around our house. I’ve even got one in my dorm!
- We have a Christmas blanket my grandparents made and gave to us to pass around each night until Christmas
- There is all of the baking that comes with the holidays
- Family gatherings, all of my family that I barely see during the year get together and spend time together.
I almost love the whole season. The only thing that could make it really feel like a Christmas season would be snow.
The other thing I love about it is that it brings out peoples generosity, kindness, and all those things we don’t show enough of. It is one of those happier seasons.
Happy December everyone!
There are always times in our lives in which we feel stuck in a rut, down to the lowest, where we just failed a test, but the thing is to look forward.
I’ve had that feeling. There is one HUGE thing that keeps me going, the future! I’m going to school to learn, to better my life, and to get that career.
My main career goal is to be somewhat like either Abby Sciuto (from NCIS) or one of the characters from Bones. I know they are somewhat unrealistic goals, due to the fact the actors could be saying mumble jumble and not even know how you use those machines, but it is something to keep in mind.
It doesn’t have to be working for something like the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) or work at the Jeffersonian helping the FBI solve crimes, but working at a local sheriffs office or coroners office would make me happy. Being able to do ballistic testing, blood testing, or fingerprint testing to help in solving crimes would make me the happiest girl in the world. I want to be there to help solve crimes and make sure it is the correct person going to jail or prison for a crime committed. I don’t want the wrong person to pay for what another person did.
This is what keeps me going. Remembering what I am working for always gets me back on track, and ready to face a new day!
What are your career goals? What will keep you going?
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I’m going to say my RA is kind of brilliant! She wanted to do some sort of arts project for our floor event this month and it ended up being extremely fun! She found the idea somewhere online about painting leaves and making art using their veins.
First part was to go out and find leaves we wanted to use. We wondered around campus looking for different shapes and sizes of leaves, and hoping they weren’t going to fall apart when we started to paint on them. Crunchy leaves are fun for stepping on, but not so easy to paint with. There are at least 100 trees on this campus, but we tried to limit ourselves to maybe 20 within a decent walking distance of the housing office, which is were we were doing the painting.
Because this was a new thing for about everyone and we were going to be putting the painted leaves on canvases, we thought it smart to do a test run and figure out how to press them down. We weren’t exactly sure what leaves were going to work the best, or how much paint needed to go on before it was okay to press down. It took some time, but we did figure it out.
Everyone had their own little design in mind. After a while, you kind of just had to go with what the leaves were giving us, and hope it ended up looking okay. My final product ended up more as a picture frame, probably because I started with it as leaves in the corners and then it moved along the sides. Someone suggested putting a poem or something in the middle. I haven’t quite decided what I am giong to do. There is quite a bit of possibilities.
Fall-en art friday was definitely a success in my mind, and a lot of fun after a long week full of classes. It is something I’d love to do again even if I was doing it by myself.
If you live on campus, you should check out all of the events! I’m sure there is something out there you’d want to be a part of!
I wouldn’t say that I’m the biggest foodie in the world, but I do try and have some variety to what I eat for dinner ever night. I also like to change up breakfast every once in a while. I mean who wants to eat the same thing night after night. I know I don’t! The good thing is that living on school gives me a variety of foods to eat, and different places to go.
There is: Main dining which is open Monday-Friday 7:30-2:30pm, Warrior Grill, open Monday-Friday 7:30am-10:00pm, The Village Cafe, open 5:00-8:00pm Monday-Sunday for dinner, and open 10:00am-12:30pm Saturday and Sundays for brunch. There is also Pop’s Convenience store open 10:00am-10:00pm Monday-Thursday and the Cafe in MSR open 7:30-2:30pm Monday-Friday.
I know myself well enough to know I don’t want to cook food every night, but I also don’t want to eat out every night. The places on campus help make my life easier so I’m not making mac-and-cheese every night or eating pizza all the time. There needs to be a safe in between, and I think I’ve found it.
Here are a couple things I’ve either made myself or eaten on campus.
A few weeks ago, the Village Cafe had breakfast for dinner, which sounded pretty good since I had been craving pancakes. My plate consists of pancakes, sausage patties, tater tots, zucchini frittata and some scrambled eggs. Sorry, I was a little hungry and piled all the food on that day.
Another night my roommate and I did a joint collaboration on dinner we had spaghetti with garlic bread and a salad. We had some good times together, and some good eats.
Main Dining has a variety of places to get food, there is Stan’s Grill, Wild Greens, The Zone, Sub Generation, Outtakes, and my favorite place to eat Tres Jalapenos. One of the regular things I like to eat there is the carne asada fries, which I wouldn’t have known about if I hadn’t seen someone ordering them. It’s French fries with nacho cheese and carne asada with what ever other toppings you would like such as sour cream, salsa, cilantro, or even guacamole. Yum, yum, my mouth is watering just thinking about them.
I did say I try and avoid eating mac and cheese all the time, but it doesn’t mean I don’t eat it. I’ll say it, it could be a college students best friend sometimes. Make some mac and cheese, add a little chicken on the side, and you’ve got a pretty good meal.
When it comes down to it all, it just has to balance what you eat, where you eat, and how much you eat. It is all that matters. yum food!
I have now attended two of the four required concerts for my History of Jazz class. One was a few weeks ago, and was the Jazz Ensemble with guest artist Wayne Wallace. The other performance was on Halloween, and was the Jazz combos.
They were two different settings of concerts. The jazz ensemble was a little more formal, and looked like they were together. Everyone in the ensemble was wearing tuxedos with matching red striped ties. As it was the first concert I’ve gone to since starting here at Stanislaus State I wasn’t sure what to expect. The program was set in a way that you didn’t know what order the songs were going to be in, but maybe that was expected with the guest artist.
The first song they played was just the ensemble, and featured a soloist. Once that piece was over Wayne Wallace was introduced and came on stage and kind of conducted the performance himself. They performed 8 pieces total that night. Some of the pieces were only performed by a select few, others featured soloists from the trombone, saxophone and the trumpet section. It was a nice concert to attend.
The second performance, of the jazz combos, featured 3 different small groups of performers, and slightly different instruments used in each. Each group performed four or five songs, which was nice so that it didn’t feel like the concert was going to last forever. The first group played a lot of Sonny Rollins pieces and through out their set of songs featured each of the musicians in a solo of some part. There were performers that had a solo more then once through out their time, but I do think it is a rare occasion to see everyone featured to have a solo.
The second group to come on stage had a slight change in what instruments they were featuring. They also had two different bass players; and featured a singer in their performance. For me it was a little surprising that there was singing, but when I thought about it Billie Holiday, Bessie Smith, Louis Armstrong and so many more were jazz singers, I shouldn’t have been surprised. Besides singing actual words, one of the songs also had some scat singing, which is when someone uses nonsense words to sing and improvise doing the rhythm. The third and last group to come on stage was a collective of professors and students performing together. This was the largest of the groups to come on stage, and featured the most variety of instruments. There were quite a few soloists, and I also noticed a few people changed instruments. There was one performer who changed in between the trumpet and French horn and that was just during one song. I couldn’t believe that someone could do that, but I guess with a lot of practice and enough timing, anyone could get that down.
They were some pretty interesting performances. I am definitely looking forward to my other two concerts, and I might even try to sneak another one in if I have time. Come check out the different performances, I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.
For anyone who doesn’t know we have a lovely health center on campus. It’s like our own mini doctors office on campus, there when you need it.
According to the school’s website, “Our facility is housed in the Health Center Building and is equipped with eight up-to-date examination rooms, a pharmacy, a clinical laboratory, a medical library, a minor surgery room, and two infirmary (short stay) rooms.”
I’ve heard, and now experienced the beauty of the Health Center. I’ll admit I was a little intimidated to walk in, I wasn’t sure what to expect, and for some people a doctors office may freak you out a bit.
I’m going to tell you a little story about how I was sick, or at least I thought I was sick. I had woken up on a Sunday morning with a sore throat, and thought nothing more then, “great I’m getting sick”. I took the regular medicine I take when I’m sick Sudafed, and some Advil for the pain. The problem was, the medicine didn’t seem to be helping, and I started to get a lot of pressure built up in my ear, where it was just so painful to deal with. A week had gone by, and I still wasn’t better.
Once my roommates got concerned about how I was sounding, I decided to go to the drug store and get some medicine that would help get me better a lot faster, or so I thought. Mucinex and NyQuil were what I thought would help. I hadn’t been getting a good night sleep because of all of the coughing and the pain, and I knew Nyquil would help with that. The two medicines had helped a little, but not in the way I had hoped.
12 days had passed and I still wasn’t better, I had to do something. Then I remembered, we have a health center, they can help me, figure out what the problem is and get me back to a healthy state! I made a plan to go in between my classes to make an appointment to be seen. I was lucky that they could make an appointment and see me that day! After filling out paper work, getting checked on, and telling the doctor my symptoms and how long they’ve lasted, she did a couple test and we found out I had strep throat. No wonder nothing else was working!
Now a little advice, if you are sick go to the Health Center, even if you just need some cough medicine. They gave me a prescription with about 20 tablets, it was only $4.00, and I’m sure if I had gone to them when I was buying Nyquil it would have been cheaper there too. Trust me when I say its always safer to check with the Health Center, they are here to make sure that we as students stay healthy, and they know that many of us are on a budget. They are here to help us, don’t be afraid!!
I believed I mentioned that Preview Day was coming; well it came and went this past Saturday! For those of you who came out, thank you for coming, it is nice to always see new faces and prospective students.
If you didn’t know, preview day is where students who are interested in coming to Stanislaus State can come and see what the school has to offer. Through out the day there were campus tours, workshops to help with the application process, and a showcase meeting different professors, different departments, and organizations on campus. Preview day is something that I wish I had gone to while I was deciding on a college; it helps you get to know the campus a little more and makes the application process a little less stressful.
It was a little easier working the preview day booth this year, I was a little nervous last year, I wasn’t sure what to say or really how to promote student blogs. Now that I had a years worth of experience being a student blogger, I was able to promote, share and explain what the student bloggers did to those that approached our booth. Sara, another student blogger, and I were working the booth together where we were having a give away, for anyone who came to the booth, and wanted to subscribe to our blogs, they were put into a drawing to win some pretty cool prizes like warrior T-shirts, banners or stickers.
There was also a contest going on through out the day for those using social media such as twitter, facebook or instagram. There were 12 photo spots through out campus that people could find, take a picture of, and use the hashtag (#2014Warriors). There was someone monitoring our social media sites, and watching for those who used our hashtags and the experience of preview day to the fullest. Each of these contest winners were notified via the social media sites, and told to come to the student blogging table to claim their prize.
These photo spots were all over campus, near classroom buildings, different land marks on campus, all sorts of different places for those visiting campus for preview day might pass by or see, there were even some in the admissions building. Hey, you could have even taken a picture with us student bloggers if you really wanted, or Titus our mascot, there were endless opportunities for photos through out preview day!
It was definitely fun meeting some of you future warriors! Above I mentioned the contest for those of you who came to our booth and wanted to subscribe to our blogs. 4 names were drawn….
CONGRATULATIONS to ERIKA RAMOS & AMY FREGOSO!!! The other 2 winners will be announced on Sara’s blog, so check her blog post, here to see if you are one of our other winners!
Once again, thank you all who came out to Preview day and stopped by our booth! Welcome new readers/subscribers, we hope you enjoy reading our blogs!
So I mentioned in my last post that I had to go to my cousins wedding. What I didn’t mention was that it meant missing a day and a half of school. I had emailed my Thursday lab professor weeks in advance to see if I could come in during the morning lab so that I could book a flight and not end up landing in Utah at 1 am. He was kind enough to let me be there early, even though it ended up being a little crowded at the lab table. I had also emailed my Friday professors a week in advance informing them that I would be missing class, and to let me know if there was anything big I was going to miss or needed to make up.
Thursday after my Quant lecture I hopped in my car, drove to Oakland Airport to meet up with my parents for our flight. My cousin got married at 9 o’clock Friday morning at the Salt Lake Temple. We all waited outside for the happy couple to come out so that we could celebrate the momentous occasion.
That night is when they had their first dance, father daughter dance, bouquet toss, and they had a huge cookie bar. I think my aunt said with all the help she got for the occasion there were 2,000 cookies in total, and I’d say at least 10 different types of cookies. It was a little overwhelming, and quite delicious.
The next two days were a little more relaxing. We slept in some, and went up to Snowbird which is a little ski resort. They were having a few festivities up there and we got to try some different foods, and see the Utah mountains a little better. If you couldn’t believe there is already snow on those mountains.
It is also a rare occasion that we go to Utah to visit family, so doing a little sight seeing was something good. The colors on the mountains, of the trees and bushes aren’t something I see everyday and so it was nice to take it in and enjoy the scenery.
I got back to school pretty late last night, so now it’s back to reality and doing homework.
Can you believe its October already? School has already been in session for a month and a half!
And while that may have seemed fast, I know for me this month is going to go by pretty fast as well. I’ve got a lot going on this month, and I hope I can manage it all. So here it is:
- My Birthday!
- 3 Quant Labs
- My cousin’s wedding
- Quant Test
- Preview Day! - You should all be there!!
- A Jazz concert
- A Corn Maze
- Part 3 exam for music
- A proposal for a Ted Talk (chemistry related)
- Music listening exam
These are all the major things, add them with the regular class work, and I might just be exhausted by the end of the month. Does your October look as busy as mine? I think I can manage it all. Well, I’m going to have to no matter what. Wish me luck, and here goes nothing!