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Are Summer Courses Easier?

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As a teacher, I certainly wouldn’t want to imply that corners are cut during a summer course. However, maybe I can help put things into perspective by considering what can reasonably be accomplished in a five week span.

Here are FIVE things I CAN’T do in five weeks.

  1. Train for a marathon.
  2. Learn a second language.
  3. Write my memoirs
  4. Find a new home and move
  5. Plan my future

Here are FIVE things I CAN do in five weeks.

  1. Watch all seasons of Breaking Bad in a Netflix marathon
  2. Learn Pig Latin
  3. Find my diary from 6th grade and the tiny key that goes with it.
  4. Clean my apartment
  5. Take a summer class

Don’t even get me started on three week winter sessions.

 

Hey Wats Up?

Txt blog postWELCOME Guest Blogger Mayira Rodriguez!

 

I’m not a blogger. I’m not a writer. Just saying that straight out so don’t expect this to be poetry. Just a regular student wondering about a topic.

Texting.

As young adults with cell phones we’re always texting, which isn’t bad. In fact, it’s amazing! I can’t even begin to wonder what life would be like without my thumbs pounding on my screen and cursing at spell check for correcting “mistakes” even though I still won’t turn it off because I know I can’t spell worth cr*p. Excuse my French.

So texting does kind of annoy me especially when people do it at the worst times.

And I don’t mean in the classroom, cause let’s face it – we can’t focus for a few minutes on the board, but our attention is always entranced by the miraculous cell phone screen.

No, I mean when hanging out with friends or family at dinner. Someone always has their cellphone on their lap or worse….on the table. So whose attention do they have? Neither the friend speaking nor the one texting back has this person’s full attention. At this moment, the person is literally talking to two or more people at once.

Don’t we usually hate that? Is it alright even if the words don’t have sound?

For some, it can cause insecurity, knowing that they don’t have your full attention. They may be thinking, “am I boring?”, “would my friend rather talk to that person?”, “who is more important here?” “would you rather be hanging out them?”

And yet others are perfectly satisfied sitting at a table with a group of friends and no one uttering a word …. so awkward.

Still, there’s always that one person on Facebook because they want to appear busy like everyone else on their phones and thinking “omg! You people are boring!”

So like I said – texting is amazing but can be annoying. Anyways so yea ttyl!

 

 

 

The College Geek – The (Un/Re)discovered New Norm

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WELCOME! Guest Blogger Pablito Carrera

It’s official. Geek is now the new norm for college students. College students might be living a geek filled life and the best part? Some are none the wiser about it. But, what of the student that already knows?  Well, they might consider it to be a curse. The past could have something to do with it. Society used to define the word geek as a derogative term. However, the unwritten rules of social normality have changed with the times. The word geek has evolved to be a compliment and even a fulfilling lifestyle.

So what makes someone realize that they are in fact a geek? Having love for your studies isn’t the only deciding factor. Our enthusiasm for hobbies can also allow us to become geeks. It’s not surprising that our interests can even create our own little world for us. As crazy as it might sound, we also go out of our way to live up to the standards of our interests. Essentially, everyone ‘geeks out’ when they do the things they love.

Society’s view of geeks has drastically improved over the years. We live in an age where being a geek is no longer defined by liking sci-fi or fantasy anymore, although the stereotype is still running strong and is used heavily in the media. The popular television show, The Big Bang Theory, has popularized the characters for who they are. Nobody in the show is ever afraid to show their true self. How sad is it when we hide in our true identities because of what others might think?

I wish more people could encourage others to study harder and have integrity for everything they enjoy. No one should ever be criticized for being the way they are. Its not our fault – we didn’t choose to like the things we enjoy. It even gets to the point in which students are criticized for having love for their studies. Nobody should ever feel bad for wanting to be better than who they are right now. The fact of the matter is, everyone is little geeky in some way – whether we like to admit it or not.

In praise of our geeky idols, please post your favorite television geek.

 

The 8am Class – Where Dreams Go To Die

Welcome Guest Blogger!  – Nick Piccora

 

 

The 8am Class – where dreams go to die. I mean that quite literally. Dreams do die when students have to wake up to report to class, which is usually around 6:30, just to get a reasonable start to the day. In most cases, students do not get the required 8 hours of sleep per night, and usually wake up in the middle of the REM cycle, leaving them groggy for the rest of the morning; which may be the reason why so many students are seen falling asleep in these classes.

 

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Although some argue that an 8am class is a good thing, mainly cause it allows one to start their day early and be done with class early, the majority of students agree that the 8am is nothing to be desired, and especially at a commuter school such as WCC. My commute usually takes 25-30minutes on a good day, which means I would have to leave my house at 7:20 to make it in time for class, luckily the parking lots are not full at this point. However, if I were living on campus, or off campus, I would be allowed to stay asleep that much longer, in extreme cases till 7:50, as I will be allowed to explore the wonderland of my dream for that much longer, as I could be saving a damsel in distress, hitting the game winning homerun, or flying throughout space.

 

 

It is also interesting to note that for the 8am class, the way students dress shows how much appearance matters to someone waking up at 6:30, and usually because they are groggy and just thankful to make it to campus without sleeping at the wheel, they are dressed very comfortably. This means they are wearing PJs and a jacket. If these students were reporting for a later class, say at 12pm, then they would have the opportunity to take a shower, pamper themselves, and will show up for class the way they wish to look and not like they just rolled out of bed, although most students who do this are usually too tired to care that they look like they are still sleeping.

 

 

But now here comes the more interesting question, do students actually learn this early in the morning? Well let’s take an example of a student who wakes up at 7am for an 8am class at WCC. They must eat, dress, brush their teeth and be out the door by 7:30 to make it in time. In most cases, they will have to skip one of these in order to have enough time to make it in time, and usually that means skipping breakfast, the most important meal of the day and by skipping this step you are already at risk of not learning at your optimal capacity. When the student finally reaches the classroom and sits down, they then realize what they are in for, a 2 hour lecture about a topic they are not interested in. This is the ultimate storm, as now sleep is beckoning the student back to it’s domain, and in most cases, it wins.