Sunday, January 31, 2010

Week 5 Approaching!

Week 5 is approaching and January is coming to an end! First month of the new year, right out the door! Scary thought actually! Last week was a mess! Between the snow and I wasn't feeling so great, it was just one of those weeks! I actually adventured out on Thursday in that lovely snow because I had two classes and each was giving a test, and when I had left, there was no posting that class was canceled so I looked at it as having no choice whatsoever. It took me about a half hour to get to route 23, and when I actually got there, it was a mess. Needless to say, after a million phone calls from my mother, father, and boyfriend, I turned around and went back home. Good thing I did that because when I got home, there had been those emails saying class was canceled! I would have been so mad if I went all the way down there to find that out!!

It's just different up here because it could be a winter wonderland and then down in Woodland Park, it's never as bad as it is here. That wasn't the truth on Thursday, so luckily I was able to just turn around and get myself home safely!

Anyways, we are almost halfway through the quarter, which means midterms are approaching. Scary thought! For this upcoming week, I have a test in pretty much every class I am taking, so that should be fun! (NOT!) The two I should have had on Thursday were rescheduled for this upcoming Tuesday, so at least I will have a little extra time to go over everything I need to know. Other than that, everything else is going pretty smoothly. Just balancing school and work, but can't really complain, except for the fact I am pretty exhausted once Friday rolls around.

So we will see what this week brings. I heard more snow, but I hope it's not a big mess! Time to say goodbye to January and hello to February! Also, I get a little excited once my birthday starts to approach, so I have to say, 42 days till my birthday! :) Kind of upset, since I'll be 20! Bye bye teenager days! Haha! Have a good week!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Wednesday, Wednesday, Wednesday!

Happy Wednesday! Again, why is this week going by so quickly? Hopefully everyone took a look at their schedule for next quarter and began enrolling in those classes. I got mine out of the way and as of right now, I am taking all online again. It happened to be that all the classes that I really wanted for next quarter were being offered all online and not so much at Garret Mountain, so I figured since they were open and I wouldn't have to wait, I would just enroll in them for now. That could very well change and I could take some on site, but I still have some time for that decision.

Back on track with my current classes, everything is going smoothly. I have two tests tomorrow, back to back, which I am worried about, but I will get some studying in tonight and be good to go. I had to read The Hound of the Baskervilles for my Fiction class, and fifteen chapters later, I was finished!!! I really picked it apart, but it was easy to follow so I didn't run into too many problems. After I read it, I just basically noted down main events in the story and made a list of the characters that had the main importance within the story. My professor allows us to use the text because we are going to need to analyze specific quotes, so having the text, helps us get a better feel for what we need to interpret.

I have mentioned this several times, but I don't really care to read. I have to say though that the stories I have read so far this quarter were really of interest to me and they didn't bore me all that much. I was actually impressed with myself that I didn't just say forget this and only skim over it. It's stories that grab my attention from the beginning that will keep me engaged in reading in full.

So tomorrow I will have a test on The Hound of the Baskervilles and then in my Global Social Change class, I will have a test about Gender and linguistic diversity. I just need to review everything once more and I should be good to go with that.

Oh, and that math paper I was all worried about came back with a 25 out of 25. You can assume I was beyond thrilled! I wasn't expecting that, but my hard work paid off!

Enjoy the rest of your week and make sure you work on creating your schedule!!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Scheduling begins tomorrow!

Where has this weekend gone? I can't believe it's already almost 4PM on Sunday! The weekends need to drag on, not fly by!!!

Tomorrow begins scheduling! For those of you who are graduating began making their schedules last week and now it's time for the rest of us to get ours done! The course schedules have been posted so make sure you get an idea of what days you want to take classes on and which times are convenient for your own personal schedule. Also, if you are a student, like myself, who takes both online and on-site classes, some of those online classes are open, so make sure you take a look and see if any of them work better for you to take online.

As always, you need to send your schedule to your home campus or go to your campus and meet with an adviser if you are not sure which classes to enroll in. If you choose to email your schedule request, make sure you include your name, your student ID,the course name and course codes, a phone number in which you can be contacted, and a copy of you degree audit copied into a word document. This will make it easier for the advisers to see which courses you need and if the ones you picked are good choices for you. You can also go directly to your campus and meet with them or drop off your paperwork. Everything you need for scheduling is located under the Community tab, click on advisement, then on the left hand side, select course schedule and everything you need is right there!

I will post all of the email addresses again for the campuses to make life a little bit easier for everyone:

Again, if you have any further questions, you can email them or stop by the offices! It's your best bet to get this out of the way so that you can guarantee a spot in the classes that you need to take!

For a quick movie review, I went to go see The Lovely Bones last night and I would definitely recommend this movie for everyone to see. It was definitely something different but a good movie in which you weren't easily distracted or bored right off the bat! I made a few predictions in the beginning about what would end up happening, and I was completely wrong! Has anyone else seen this movie yet? What's your thoughts?

Here is the trailer:

I hope you all had a great weekend! Tomorrow begins week 4, so enjoy these last few hours of the weekend, take a look at the course schedule, and get yourself together!

Friday, January 22, 2010

Good Morning! TGIF!


Woo Hoo, it's Friday!!! Unfortunately, I can't enjoy my Friday until I am out of work. I have to be there in an hour, so I figured I would come on here for a little update! Week 3 was successfully completed for me, which makes me very happy. Of course the work load is getting a bit heavier, but so far it hasn't been all that bad. It's all about managing your time efficiently.

I received mail from Berkeley yesterday, and I wasn't sure what it could possibly be. I just proceeded to open it to find out it was paperwork for the National Honor Society. I have been selected for membership in the Alpha Sigma Lambda which is dedicated to associate and bachelor level adult students who must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.5 (once inducted). That was definitely exciting and now is something to look forward to. It also puts a little more pressure on me, but with hard work and dedication, that's how I will keep my grades up!

Like I said, I have to run off to work today and I am making phone calls today. Woo hoo...NOT! Hopefully everyone is feeling the good vibe this Friday and everything will go smoothly. After I make about 100 phone calls and finish up some paperwork, I am free to go, so hopefully my day will go rather quickly. As for tonight, I am not sure what's on the agenda yet. For the weekend, I do have some studying to get in to prepare for some tests next week, and then just relax and hope that Monday takes a REALLY, REALLY, REALLY long time to get here!

I hope everyone had a great week 3! I believe the schedules for the Spring Quarter are going to be posted next week at some point, and then scheduling will begin, so keep an eye out for that! Also, please continue to spread the word about Haiti donations! Have a great weekend!!!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Mid-Week Update!!

Good Afternoon! I figured I would pop on here before I went off and studied for a math test. Not exactly a good subject for me, so I really need to start focusing on that. I did however finish that math paper I was talking about, so that was a breath of fresh air! Other than that, I had a test yesterday in Fiction, which I really want to know what I got. It was a lot of writing and 5 pages later I was officially finished. That was a lot of weight taken off my shoulders, but now I sit and wait for the grade!

Aside from school, some more devastating news is occurring over in Haiti. Another earthquake hit this morning with a magnitude of 6.1 causing people to flee into the streets as buildings were shaking. It happens to be that this is known as an aftershock, which normally occurs within the first 24-48 hours after the main earthquake, but this one came just 8 days after the original devastation. This was hard for many people to deal with because all they want to do is get back on their feet and move on with their lives, but with all that is around them, it is very hard. I am happy to hear that they are finding more individuals who survived and are able to help them right away.

I heard the other morning that there was a man who was trapped in the grocery store and he said he was stuck at the right place at the right time because he was in the peanut butter and jelly aisle, so he was able to eat until someone was able to get to him.

The relief efforts are still in force and there is a lot that we can all do. I was at TD Bank yesterday and a woman from a Ramsey school was using the Penny Arcade, where to throw your change in and get your money. She had bags and bags full of coins that they had collected in just the past two days. I was waiting for my friend, so I decided to help her unwrap the rolls and empty the bags to make the process a little quicker. Just within 2 days, those students from that school raised over $500. I wish I had my camera because that is truly amazing. By the time she was done, she must have filled up like 5 bags. They constantly have to be changed so that they don't get too heavy and break all over the place. It was just so nice to see the contribution that was being made!

Everyone keep praying for these families in Haiti! They need us during these hard times!! Enjoy the rest of your week and now it's time to go get ready for a math test! **CROSSING MY FINGERS** Wish me luck!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Why must the weekends come to an end?

I really wish the weekends could be a lot longer, but unfortunately we are never going to be that lucky! Tomorrow is Martin Luther King Day, so at least classes are canceled, but I still have work and a ton of things to get done, so it's not a vacation day for me! It is suppose to snow, so I might not be going anywhere tomorrow! We will see!

Anyways, it's been a productive weekend. I began working on a math paper about the Cartesian Coordinate plane system, which is very interesting. I never thought I would be writing a paper about math, but there is a lot of history behind it that many of us never knew! I am hoping to get that finished up today. The requirements are 250 words, and I need to explain who invented it, the history behind it, and why I think it was a pivotal event in the world of mathematics. I have a good stance on the first two parts, but just need to go through and add or take out one or two things. Then, I can begin concluding the paper and making any other revisions needed. I have until Saturday, but I have a lot of other stuff going on during the week with studying and what not, that I just want to get one thing off of my shoulders!

I am very happy to see all of the efforts being made to the individuals over in Haiti! It's sad to see the death toll so high, but I am so glad people are doing all that they can to make a contribution. Even just by sending a text, you can automatically donate $10 to relief efforts. It will be billed directly to your cell phone bill and is very simple. All you need to do is text HAITI to the number 90999. Please make a contribution!

So we are starting week 3 and next week is already scheduling for the Spring quarter! Time needs to slow down, NOW! Start getting an idea of what classes you need or want to take and jot them down so next week when the schedules are posted, you can get an idea of times and dates!

Have a great Sunday afternoon and I will touch base throughout the week!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Week 2 Wrap up!

Where did time go this week? It was one thing after the other for me and now I'm sitting here thinking, wow it's already Thursday!! It was another busy week packed with school work and plenty of other things!

The first thing I really want to touch base on is the devastation in Haiti. This news broke out in the beginning of the week and a lot of support has already been given to these families and individuals who are left in such difficult situations. I was just looking on at some of the pictures from this occurrence and it's very sad. On my way to school this morning, I was listening to Z100 and they were telling a story where this man was about 6 or 7 hours away from his wife and she was able to get on the phone and contact him, and he drove all the way back home and unburied her with his bare hands to get her to safety. It's stories like that, that really touch the heart and make you want to do so much for these people who were injured. As I am sitting here, I am scrolling through all the stories listed about Haiti. Some are speaking about the devastation, while others are looking on the brighter side about all the relief efforts that are being put towards this devastation to help out.

I just want everyone to take a minute and think about all of these people who are going through such troubles right now because of this earthquake. Also, please join these relief efforts and make a donation. Even if it is just a dollar, that dollar can go far! Please take a minute and make a donation to these people. We need to all be in this together and give them a hand!

Here is a video I would like to share:

There are many disaster relief efforts so please get involved!!

On another note, I want to discuss a video I helped out with at the Bergen Campus yesterday! (HI MIKE! < you said you would be reading this, so here is your personal shout out!)

So yesterday I adventured down to the Bergen campus, which I have never been too. It's much different than the Garret Mountain campus, but very nice. I feel comfortable now traveling down there if I ever want to take classes at the Bergen campus. But anyways, the point of going down there was to help out with a DECA video Berkeley was producing. When Mrs. Covino asked if I would be interested in being a part of this, I was very excited! I was involved in DECA, so of course I wanted to help out! I met some very nice people and had a lot of fun. After moving the mouse around, typing some things on the computer, navigating some websites, making lists, it felt like I was making a college choice all over again! That leads to what the main objective of the video is, which is to describe/show the steps in making a choice about which major to study in college. DECA, Distributive Education Clubs of America, places a lot of emphasis on marketing for example. This was what really steered me in the direction of becoming a marketing major. From participating in class, working on projects, and competing in regional, state, and national competitions, there are a lot of skills to be learned and applied to future things in life. Not to mention the workshops I attended from being in DECA. There is so much to take advantage of through this program, so those who are in it, stick with it! It definitely pays off in the end if you become engaged in the program and take everything you learn from it and apply it throughout the rest of your life. (Thank you to everyone for involving me!!)

So we have reached the end of Week 2! Time to rest up and get ready for week 3! I am loaded with homework for this weekend, mostly reading, but still enough to keep me busy!! I hope everyone has an enjoyable weekend!

Friday, January 8, 2010

Bring on the weekend!

Week 1 has ended for me already, which is really hard to believe! I wish time didn't fly by so quickly, but on the other hand, I am kind of happy that it does! So for this weekly wrap up, everything went smoothly. I met me first class Professor yesterday since he was not able to make it to class on Tuesday and he seems like a great guy. The class is going to be a lot of fun and I look forward to the next 11 weeks that are ahead of me!

For the weekend, I have a lot of reading to get done so that I don't fall behind. I also need to write a short story for my Fiction class. We are given 5 sentences, in which we are to select one to use as the first sentence in our story. So from just one sentence, I have to brainstorm an idea for a short story that includes a conflict and then a resolution to that conflict. When we think short story, we don't imagine it to be that difficult because once you get an idea, you basically just flow with it. I love writing, so I am really interested in getting this started. I am trying to decide between two sentences that I feel would make a great start to my story. I will share them with you!

1) There was no possibility of taking a walk that day.
2) Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way

Right now, I am steering for sentence 2, but that could very well change. Before I write anything, I like to make a little outline so I have an idea of where I want to go with it. I could outline both and see which plot I like better, but I will have to see where it takes me. That is one of my major assignments for this weekend, so I will probably get started on that.


As for my other classes, I have a lot of reading to get done and preparing for some quizzes. So far my biggest challenge is going to be my Finite Math course. I have never been good in math. It just was something that never came easy to me, and yes I was the kid in class who would always say, "What am I going to need this for?" I know how to add, subtract, divide, and multiply, but when you throw other stuff at me, I just lose my motivation. That is one thing I want to conquer by taking this course. Sometimes it just takes proving something to yourself. In this case, it would be me proving that with a lot of dedication and time practicing the material, it will come easy to you. It may take some time, but as I have stressed before, there is always tutors around to help, which I am thankful for. Not the mention that my Professor will always be there to answer any questions and lead me in the right direction. It's never a time to quit, so I will be doing the best I can.

Other than school, I don't have much going on. I was suppose to go to work today, but for the past 3 days I have had this unbearable sore throat and I woke up this morning feeling like I was hit by a truck. I was suppose to start making phone calls as well today, so now they probably think I just don't want to do that! I normally don't, but during the week, I kept preparing myself for today! I'm sure no one wants to talk to someone who has a crackly voice and would have a hard time understanding my congested self! There is always next week! A fresh start is what I would like to look forward to!

I hope everyone has a great weekend! Make sure to make a good impression on your Professors by completing all of your work!


Let me hear about your first week of classes as well and what you are/aren't looking forward to!


Wednesday, January 6, 2010

New Faces for Week 1!

It was a typical week 1 on the Garret Mountain campus Tuesday morning! Everyone driving around to find the best parking spot and also the closest since it's so cold out there! Also the main building was filled with students making changes to their schedules and new students making their rounds. I did not go past the financial aid offices, but from what I heard, they were pretty packed as well. I did notice an addition up by the advisement offices. They added in a little reception area, which I thought looked really nice and welcoming to students. Always nice to see a little change on campus. It definitely felt weird to be back, but so far it's not so bad!

So my first class was actually canceled yesterday, which was not exactly fun since I had to wait around about two hours , but I decided to take a trip to the mall to kill some time. I was not expecting class to be canceled but we had another Professor come in and told us ours could not make it. Of course the students who didn't have any other classes were thrilled, but me on the other hand, not so happy!

As for my second class, which is Global Social Change, it seems like a pretty interesting course. The class seems like it is going to be very interactive, which is a good thing to have. This allows everyone to get to know each other and share all of our ideas. I just finished reading a chapter in the book for tomorrow's class and it was really interesting so I am interested to get into detail with it in class. We have quizzes every even numbered week, which makes me nervous since I don't know his format just yet! As the quarter moves on I will have a better idea on how the course works and I will be sharing our discussions on here as well! It seems like it is going to be very interesting so I look forward to it!

Best of luck for Week 1! Hang in there! 11 more to go! Yes, need to be optimistic here!!! Have a great week!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

It's Officially 2010!!


Happy New Year Everyone! Now that we have cleared our plates, it's time to start all over again with a brand new resolution! What were some of the resolutions you made? Each year, I am stuck with what I want to make my resolution. Since it's only the 3rd, I still consider myself to have some time in making one. Some people give up on making resolutions each year because they know they are unable to keep them. Sometimes it just take a little more dedication to really be able to keep up with your resolution. That could be someones resolution right there: Being more dedicated to sticking with a resolution made for 2010!

Speaking of clearing our plates, the Winter quarter is officially beginning tomorrow, January 4th! It's hard to believe that our vacation has flown right on by and we are back to square one yet again! Let's make this another successful quarter! I started checking out my online classes for this quarter since all of the syllabus are up for those. On Tuesday, I will see the syllabus for my on campus classes and look at what's ahead of me! So far, I will admit I am a little worried about Finite Math, only because I have never been good at math. This is going to be one of those courses where you need to look over the information daily to really have it stick with you. I am definitely willing to spend the extra time on it, but if I get frustrated enough, I will have to put the book down for another day.

For my online classes, I am taking the Finite Math and Microeconomics. For my on campus classes I am taking Fiction and Global Social Change. I look forward to getting back on campus again, and seeing what is going on. For the past two quarters I have been strictly online, so it's time for a change and to start interacting with everyone yet again!

I do want to make mention that creating a To-Do list for your weekly assignments is a great way to keep on top of your work. I know I have mentioned this a million times, but it really can help you out in the long run. Think back on 09 and what areas of improvement you need to make with your school work. It could be as little as getting to class on time, or even writing down an assignment so that it gets done. Whatever it may be, I do strongly suggest a To-Do list, so that you can keep up with everything. Even if you try it and don't like it, at least you made an effort for yourself. It's really simple, so test it out!

Enjoy your last day of vacation! Be sure to be on time to classes tomorrow and get your books as soon as possible!