The end of the semester and finals week is creeping closer. It can really sneak up on you, but if you prepare yourself and do not procrastinate, you’ll be on top of everything and it’ll be a breeze. Don’t let finals freak you out. Everyone survives them, and you can too!
It is already that point in the year when we get to pick classes and housing for next year. It is a lot of decision making all at once, but it is also exciting to look ahead and make plans. There are also a lot more opportunities for classes, roommates, and dorms after you’ve been here a year and get to apply for everything in person. Here’s some information and advice on how its different from the summer before your freshman year, and what you do to make sure everything is all set up.
Studying on campus can get to be a little monotonous or distracting because there is so much going on and, if you live on campus, the whole place becomes home, and it can be hard to focus on homework sometimes when you have been doing it in the same place for so long. Some people may like the routine of studying in the same place every time, but I, personally, like to switch it up and have a change of scenery. Getting off campus helps me, too, because there are less ways for me to go off distractedly and talk to people or clean my room. Instead, I like to go to places, such as coffee shops. There are tons of cool places in the area. more “Fiddleheads’ Coffee and Studying”
I know I talk a lot about how amazing the education program is, but it is, so I will continue the trend of talking about education because how could anyone even get to college without teachers? Teachers are the driving force of our nation, but I digress. For the education program, students have to get observation hours in different classroom settings for some of the classes, so I did my special education observation this week while on Spring break. I went to a school in Michigan (because that is where I am from) and observed a special education teacher at Lakeview High School. While most people would probably not enjoy going to a high school for fifteen hours during Spring break (not that this is the only time to get observations), it was still a very interesting and educational experience, as I have almost no experience with public schools or special education. more “Special Education Observation”
Perhaps you think I’m being sarcastic.. math classes can’t possibly be a joy, can they? To be honest, there’s not a lot I was looking forward to less than having to take my first math class in college. Even though I took a statistics class during my senior year of high school, I was pretty worried about what it would be like to take a similar class in college.
And to my surprise, the class hasn’t been overwhelming in the least. I have had no problem following along with the problems that are being worked out in class, and I actually don’t mind doing my homework. Being a science major, I’m not used to being able to check off anything when it comes to doing my homework/studying, because a majority of my science classes just include reading assignments, followed by the quiz or exam in class. On the other hand, when I want to be able to feel a little more accomplished than finish readings, it’s really nice to do something as black and white as math problems.
Another wonderful aspect about my statistics class is that it has allowed me to have an opportunity to work out problems with some of my friends. It has been pretty nice to be able to make study sheets with my classmates and to struggle through calculations together. This has also given me the opportunity to succeed in an area where I didn’t believe I had much strength. Math has always been the subject that I can only do really well if I put all of my effort into it.
After getting 100% on both of my first two exams in the class, I have a newfound confidence in a subject that usually gives me anxiety.
As a Lutheran Education major and a Theology minor, I take some extra religion courses that the rest of the student body do not partake in. One of the ones that is definitely a blessing is New Testament with Dr. Paavola. He is one of the most energetic professors I have met which is likely do to the amount of coffee he consumes each day. My class is not until 4:00pm, and by that point he has drunk so much coffee that he is bouncing off of the walls. It makes class much more interesting, not that he wouldn’t be without the coffee because he is constantly telling interesting stories, relating the conversation to us, and directly talking to each person in the class using their name. more “New Testament and Coffee”