Archive for June, 2012

Summer Classes

So there are some who decide to forego having a break from school and take classes over the summer. I was one who made that mistake :P

This summer I’m taking a couple classes, one online and one on campus. It’s not so bad. Takes a good deal of discipline though. Especially the online course. The reading, hw, tests, etc are all done on your own time and you must be careful to meet all the deadlines yourself. Kind of tricky when you’re balancing work and some semblance of a social life while trying to remember all your deadlines for class :P

Personally, I recommend taking one or 2 classes over the summer. Though any difficult courses, such as math classes or sciences, would be a very bad idea.

Best of luck!

The Summer Shenanigans of a College Kid pt 1

The summer months are those that every college kid looks forward to. Theres parties, pools, road trips, late nights out dancing, bonfires, and warm nights spent gazing up at the stars. For those who are lucky, theres a summer romance to be found. These are the times when some of the best memories of our lives are made :)

As I have no schooling advice to give or tales of campus mischeif, I shall simply share my summer adventures with y’all. I hope that you find them entertaining. Thus far I’ve been on 2 road trips (Kansas City with SIFE and Houston to see family), spent many a night out dancing with my friends, enjoyed days lying by the pool, and experienced a couple of parties that I’m not likely to ever forget. Hahaha! :)

There is much more to come in the next 2 months. There’s movies to go see, concerts to dance at, another road trip to go on, and a few surprises with friends in store. If y’all have any ideas as to what else I should add to my summer, I’m more than happy to take suggestions. Hahaha :) keep in mind that you’re talking to a semi-broke college kid in Amarillo, Tx though.

Well for now that’s all I have. I will post again soon!

“Help will always be given at WTAMU for those who ask for it.”

WT is a campus where there is always somebody around to help, in person or  online. I have received so much help from different faculty member’s at WT that I know I can count on them for my next two years. If you are looking for help online, be sure to check out the “Student Support” section of the WTAMU website: http://www.wtamu.edu/student-support/default.aspx

The “Student Support” section has information about student jobs, financial aid, internships, scholarships, advising, and tutoring. I would suggest exploring this part of the website if you are interested in joining or have already joined the buff herd. It was though “Buff Jobs” that I was able to become a writer for this blog, so I am very thankful for it. Look around and you will be able to find important information about a possible job, or scholarship available, or get all of your financial aid into order.

Rock Climbing

For as long as I can remember I have always wanted to go rock climbing. I’m not really sure why I had this urge, or why I wanted to experience it so bad. All I knew was that it was on my bucket list. Thankfully though, I never had the chance to go rock climbing until last year when the Activity Center at WT added a Rock Wall during their remodeling. For me it was a dream come true. I was going to finally be able to try rock climbing! As so as I heard the plans of putting in a rock wall my anticipation started to build, and it was all worth it when I was finally in the harness and at the wall. It wasn’t easy, and more work than I thought it might be, but I can’t wait until I’m able to go again next semester! Not to mention, I’m now able to mark another item off my bucket list.

Interested? Have you had the same dream of rock climbing like me? Check out this video!

Not Just a Small Town School

There are many people, and I was one of them, who view WT as just a small town college. I viewed it as a place to go if you live near by and don’t want to venture too far from home. It seemed to me as a “safe” choice, and that going to WT would be a piece of cake. I wasn’t interested in leaving home yet and the two colleges closest to me were Amarillo Community College and West Texas A&M University. Since I already had almost two semesters worth of duel credit when I graduated high school I decided to just go to WT so I wouldn’t have to worry about transferring later. I was happy with my choice at the time, but I made the choice without realizing just how involved WT is as a campus and a college.

There is much more to WT than meets the eye and I didn’t realize that until I became a student at WT. There are many different organizations or opportunities for students that extend beyond Canyon, Texas and go to the national level. Just recently WT’s Advertising Team placed 5th in a national competition. (http://wtamu.edu/news/university-s-ad-team-earns-fifth-place-at-national-competition.aspx) Until last semester I didn’t even realize we had an advertising team, or thought about WT really competing on a national level. Because WT is in a smaller town, and surrounded by large flat plains it is easy to think it’s just another small town college in the West, but the reality is far from the truth. It has the community feel to it, but WT is defiantly capable and does play with the big boys.

Each year I grow as a student at WT and even though I took my decision to attend WT lightly, I think it’s the best choice I’ve made concerning my college career.

Summer School

Personally, I’ve never taken a summer class.  Last year was my first summer in College, and I went home for the summer.  This summer, I’m getting married and I don’t think I want to mix class and last minute wedding planning.  But I did really looked into classes this summer.  The hard thing for me was that the classes I could take in the summer all had labs.  So it was 2 hours in the morning and 2 hours in the afternoon.  That might leave a little time for a job, but then when was I going to take care of wedding business… sooo here I am.  I do know that summer classes are intense.  You learn everything you would learn in a semester in 6 weeks!  Talk about a headache.  Some close friends of mine were studying for their midterm this week… and it’s only the second week!  If your thinking about taking summer classes in the future, I’m not trying to discourage you!  I’m just telling you  the things you are going to hear from other students at some point.  For now, I am going to ask you to look at the other side of things.  And if  you are taking summer classes right now, maybe this will encourage you.

What else are you going to be doing during the summer?  REALLY??? Okay, you may say work a really good job that pays really well!  But, these classes are going to help you get one step closer to the job that you really want. The job that probably pays better than what you are getting paid now.  And if you aren’t going to work, then what are you going to do?  We all know that summers are full of sleeping and watching tv.  So why don’t you spend your time doing something productive instead?

Although classes may be rough in the summer, you don’t have to put up with them for as long.  So if there’s a subject that you just think is boring or don’t really enjoy, take it in the summer and you only have to sit through it for 6 weeks!

Also, when you start a new semester, there may be a small feeling of dread, but there is also always this feeling of a fresh start.  I go into a semester with my head held high and a sense of determination.  Two weeks into fall semester I still have this feeling.  I’m still giving it my all.  Two weeks into summer 1 you are studying for your midterm… but you may still have the determination!  In a fall semester, by midterm time, everyone is thinking “We still have 2 months left???”  But you can get the midterm over with and only have 3 weeks left!!! Try to keep a positive state of mind, and you can power through!

Seminar Classes

This year most news channels, newspapers, and websites in America will be focusing on the presidential election. However, there will also be focus on this election and the political processes at WT as well. There will be a special Honor’s seminar class titled “A Backstage Pass To The 2012 Presidential Election; Media, Politics, and Policy”

The Honor’s website describes this class as being an in depth look at how all types of media focus on and effect politics. I won’t be taking this class because I already have already taken the two seminar classes required of all Honor’s students. However, it seems like a truly interesting class to look into.

One of the best things about the Honor’s programs, I think, are the seminar classes. Each semester one or two seminar classes are offered each with a different specialized topic. That way, no mater what your major or interests you will be able to choose a class that interests you personally. Make no mistake though, the classes vary in difficulty and are not your average college lecture class. They require a little more work and in class discussion, but the classes will be sure to stick with you for years to come.



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