Monthly Archives: June, 2013

How to know if a school is right for you

Alright, so when it comes to picking a school, there are several factors that you want to look for, but here are 4 good ones to remember…

  • What is the school size like? Are you looking for a larger school or a smaller school? If you’re not sure (like I was when I was a senior), then you may want to choose some schools that are of different sizes and visit these schools to see what feels right to your personal liking.  There are benefits to both, such as more one-on-one time with the teachers in smaller schools.
  • Does the school have your major? Obviously this is one of the biggest deciding factors of what school you will end up picking. If you are undecided, but have an idea of what you’d like to major in, than aim to pick a school that offers all of the majors of your interest.
  • Where is the school located? If you haven’t already, make sure you are thinking about whether or not you’d like to go far from home, close to home, or somewhere in between.
  • What is the atmosphere like? This is what makes actually visiting the school so important! Just reading online and getting flyers about a school is nothing compared to actually taking a tour of the campus and  getting to see if a school has that ‘right feeling’. For me personally, this was the final factor that helped me pick my school from my list I had narrowed down because I knew almost instantly when I walked onto Benedictine’s campus that it just,well, felt right.

Hope these little tips help you as you get closer to making your final decision!

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Vegetarian

Too all my fellow vegetarians out there, there is food for you to eat on campus!

Most people think when going to college that its all meat and junk food. Sorry to break your heart, but there is HEALTHY FOOD!

As you can see by the title, I am a vegetarian. I came to Benedictine thinking that there wasn’t going to be anything for me to eat, but I found out that there were plenty of items available for my consumption.

KRASA

  • Penut butter and Jelly
  • Tuna sandwich
  • vegetarian sandwich
  • Pastas
  • Stuffed green peppers
  • Baked cheese ravioli
  • Cheese pizza
  • French fries
  • Smiley fries
  • Grilled cheese
  • Cheese quesadilla
  • Soup
  • Salad bar
  • Mashed potatos
  • Fresh fruit– apples, bananas, and oranges

At Krasa, the items for vegetarians are more than expected. Each day in the “home cooked” section, that’s what I call it, there are different items available.

COAL BEN

  • Potato skins without bacon
  • Cheese quesadilla
  • French fries
  • Cheese fries
  • House salad
  • Cesar salad
  • Burrito
  • Chipotle wrap
  • Sub sandwich’s
  • Fruit cups
  • Desserts

If you are curious about breakfast, Coal Ben serves breakfast from 7:30 am to 11:00 am. They also have items without meat such as french toast, pancakes, eggs, egg and cheese bagel or panini, donuts, bagels, and of course a side of hash browns 🙂

Scramble for Space

As an incoming freshman, your housing and classes are all set up for you.

Once you are near your second semester, it is time for you to choose your second semester classes and your room for the next year!

So all of you the second semester freshman, sophomores, and juniors, many of you already know the stress and worry over picking out your own class schedule and housing for your next semester; for those of you who don’t know, I’m going to tell you the easiest ways to get the classes and residence hall rooms that you want!

1. Plan ahead. When you are deciding what classes to take next semester, get your major checklist out and map out your classes. Use the fake schedule sheet to plan out your classes day by day to make sure none of your classes overlap. If you have time, make a four year plan; I did, and it is really helpful.

2. Check with your adviser and have them approve your picks! Have your adviser check over your four year plan too.

3. Before the actual registration date, keep checking to make sure your classes aren’t full and make sure that you have a few back-up classes in case you are waitlisted.

4. On the day of registration you have to click the register button at 7:oo a.m. on the dot, so make sure you get up at least 10 minutes before and countdown!

Picking a room for the next year can be a rough process, but if you do  it right, it’s a piece of cake.

1. Do not start asking people to live with you too early. You might find someone who seems like a good fit early on in the year and later find out they aren’t for you. Give it time and everything will fall into place.

2. Planning your future roommates can cause groups of friends to drift apart, so don’t start planning too soon in the year.

3. Once the date of picking your roommates and residence hall room approaches, speak with your close friends and decide who will be living together. Plan out which residence hall you will be rooming in and select your room. Make a back up list of rooms in case the one you want gets taken.

4. And again, the day of the room selection, get all of your friends together about 10 minutes before the final selection and count down! Then when the time comes to select the room, click that button!

Everything should work out for you if you are flexible, you plan ahead, have a few backup plans. Don’t stress out 🙂

Wanting to be a Teacher

In my opinion, teachers have one of the best careers in the world.  Not only do they get to continuosly talk about their passion, but they get to have a major influence on the minds of those in their classroom. Teachers can have a huge impact on someone’s life. They can even be the reason a student decides to pursue a certain career in life or an advisor in major life decisions. It also doesn’t hurt that unlike most jobs, teachers get a summer vacation. With all these responsibilities, it’s easy to see why so much schooling and work goes into becoming a teacher.

Anyone who wants to be a teacher has to be prepared for a lot of schooling.  Most education students end up staying passed the four years of college because of the amount of classes involved in the Education program.  Along with these classes, future teachers have to sign up for preclinicals at schools in their subject area and eventually student teach.  A number of state tests must also be performed before graduation.  This can all seem overwhelming, but the great thing about the Education field is the immense amount of hands-on work you get to do in the field to make sure your prepared to apply for a teaching job.

As a freshman interested in education, I was a little scared by the amount of things I had to accomplish to become a teacher. There was no way for me to get around it. Being a Biology and Secondary Education minor involves A LOT of school work.  Luckily, I recieve two advisors: one for Biology and one for Secondary Education. It’s important to listen to BOTH of these advisors in order to take the right amount of classes at the right times so you can graduate with everything you need.  It’s important to realize that certain subject areas are in more demand for teachers than others.  For example, in high schools, there is more of a need for Science teachers than anything else, but specifically Chemistry and Physics teachers. This is why I might consider minoring in Chemistry in order to get a job. It’s important to be flexible and be able to teach multiple subjects.  This makes you much more likely to get hired when you’re out of school.

The education path is not an easy one, but if you truly know you want to be a teacher, all the work you put in will pay off in the end.

Becoming a Leader

There is no limit to what you can accomplish as a college student. To those that think you cannot have a leadership position on campus as a freshman, you are definitely mistaken! When you begin to join clubs and activities and become very involved in those organizations, you get more opportunities to become a leader!

Many think that because they do not have as much experience in that club that you don’t have a chance to become a leader; therefore, they don’t even attempt to apply/run! This is beyond FALSE! Your dedication and time that you will put into the club is one of the things being a leader includes! If are willing to take on extra responsibility, then you can make a siginificant difference to your club! Running meeting, planning events, advertising for your club, fundraising, and training new members to a specific jobs are all tasks that you can complete when moving onto your sophomore year!

Currently tons of students are applying and running to be on the executive boards for their clubs for the following year, including myself! I am currently a freshman and plan to take on a leadership position for that club because I put in a lot work to that club already and want to take my skills to the next level!

If you dedicate yourself to putting in a lot of effort into that certain club, then you should go for it! You never know what can happen so why not try for it! If it’s something you enjoy then you can make that happen!