Archive for October, 2012

It’s that season again..

Fall is here and with that also means:

– allergies

– flu

– colds

-etc.

If you’re like me, allergies can be overwhelming sometimes. On Monday, I had a really bad allergic reaction to something and instead of trying to get an appointment with my doctor, I was able to get into Student Medical Services right away. It’s really professional and very helpful for everything you need. Even the simple stuff. We pay for it, so why not use it? They help out and give you the necessary treatment and if they can’t help they will send you where you need to go.

Student Medical Services also offers:

– Immunizations

– First Aid Classes and CPR Classes (which is free to students)

– Cold packs

& that’s just to name a few things! For more info visit this site:

http://www.wtamu.edu/student-support/medical-services.aspx

Always take care of your health!

Be Creative

Being a Science major, everything is very by the book.  With all the studying I do of laws and theories, it’s very easy to lose my creativity.  I find myself thinking of all things as black or white.. When I doodle in my notes, it’s never cute.. It’s always just like cursive writing or something boring.  So lately, I’ve been trying to rediscover my creative side.  I found a chart of 29 ways to stay creative.. It’s really been helping!  But then comes the question, if I’m always studying and preparing for school, how often do I get the chance to be creative?  At WT, ALL the time!  This week their was a pumpkin carving contest! I also went to a Pinterest Party at Shirley Hall tonight! There were all kinds of crafts that could be made with the objects they had available! The residence halls are always have crafty programs. Also, many groups are looking for people who are artsy to help out with advertising.  If you are needing some inspiration for your artistic side, next week there is a Trombone Choir Recital, a Wind Ensemble Recital, a Horn Choir Recital, and the WTAMU production of Iphigenia 2.0.  Sometimes, it’s so easy to get caught up in school.  And, yes, that is what we are here for, but remember that it’s okay to be a little artsy every once in a while and use the other side of your brain!  It’s actually good for you! So go to the events that WT offers for you!  They are free!!! Trust me it’s always fun!

Record Enrollment At WTAMU

This year at WT, we have set record enrollment!! The last record was set in 1970 at 7,935 students and for this fall semester we are at 7,958 students. Hopefully this is just the beginning and our enrollment keeps increasing. Let me give you some reasons why WT is the BEST choice:

1) Small Town Environment: WT is located in Canyon, Texas. It’s a relatively small town and it’s only 15 minutes from Amarillo. So instead of all the traffic in a big town, you can just drive down the street to campus 🙂

2) CHEAP CHEAP CHEAP! We are one of the cheapest universities in Texas! How can you pass that up?

3) Great faculty: All of the professors are very willing to sit down and help you. They set office hours and will even schedule appointments if you can’t make it during their office hours.

4) Beautiful Campus: I absolutely love the campus! It’s always very well taken care of.

These are just a few reasons, but trust me there are sooo many reasons to come!

Here’s the news article about WT’s record enrollment: http://amarillo.com/news/local-news/2012-09-12/wt-sets-record-enrollment-ac-drops-slightly

The Joys of Being A Biology Major..

I absolutely love my major. I am a Biology/Pre-Physical therapy major so the majority of the classes I take have to do with the human body. But every now and then I take a class that has to do with the human body plus other species. Let me tell you about the last couple of weeks…

One of my classes, we are having to handle fruit flies. They are fascinating little bugs I must say. I am not scared of bugs, well unless they can bite or they are spiders (eww), but when you handle bugs you go on the rest of the day feeling as if one might have escaped with you (very unlikely but I tend to freak myself out haha). Well the last couple of weeks we have been mixing different type of fruit flies to make offspring, we come back the next week and my groups flies had died and didn’t have any offspring (or so we thought). This week there were SO many larvae and pupae. I’m not ashamed to say that I was a little excited. But then we had to take a fly and kill him to get his DNA.

So while I hope to be a physical therapists in the future, taking all these really cool classes is fun. Getting the opportunity to learn everything we possibly want to know about Biology is awesome in my opinion. So when it comes to choosing a major, choose something that you are going to love and be passionate about because being able to enjoy your classes will help you be more successful. They are going to be times where you have to take something that you might not like very well, but it’s just one step closer to studying exactly what you want.

First World Pains

Everyone’s been there, you get to class and it seems like a normal day… Until your professor walks in.  They come in stomping their feet slightly, swinging their arms a little too much, and walking very quickly to the podium. Their hair is a little messed up… Their papers a little disheveled… Then they go into a furious lecture.  Sometimes it is on topic, but sometimes its about something like “Students have no respect for others because they are on their phones and listening to music all the time.”  Either way, it’s no fun being stuck in a class for over an hour with a professor who is letting all their anger lose on the students.  AND.. Vice Versa.  We’ve all had THESE days… the days where EVERYTHING goes wrong..  That’s how my morning went today… And we can either blow up on everybody or we can contain ourselves.. We’ve seen the students who take out their anger on the professors for no apparent reason…

Next time you have a bad day, just try to calm down and have a positive attitude… Although we’ve had professors release their anger on our class, we’ve also had the professors that come in looking just as disheveled and frustrated, but they take a deep breath, put on a smile, and start the lecture like any other… Don’t we appreciate that so much more!  And I think the professors would appreciate it, if we would do the same with them!

When things go wrong, just think of all the things going right.  There is a twitter account called FirstWorldPains.. They post things like “I daydreamed in the shower and now I can’t remember if I shampooed my hair yet or not.”  It makes fun of our petty problems.. And if you think about your problems in this context versus problems that people in third world countries face… WOW.  That puts things in perspective.  Today I failed a midterm.. I was sooo unhappy, but then I thought of what someone in a less fortunate situation would think if they heard me complaining about that.. They would probably dream of the chance to get an education at all!

So today I want to challenge you to keep a positive attitude.. We are all SOO blessed to be able to come to WTAMU and get an education and some awesome life experiences as well!

Colloquia

One of the best requirements of the Honor’s Program is the colloquia event required each semester. The colloquia are fun events that allows Honors students to meet up with old friends and talk about life, or meet new people. There are a lot of different events offered over the semester, so I’ll give you a sampling of each one.

Chat-N-Chew

The Chat-N-Chew is offered multiple times throughout a semester during lunch. You have to RSVP so only a limited number of students can get in at a time, but since it is offered more than once there is no reason to worry. All of the students meet, get a free lunch, and sit and talk to each other. A lot of the time a professor or two from the university will also come to the Chat-n-Chew to talk to students. It’s a great event and my favorite one to attend because you get free food, can catch up with old friends, and make new ones!

Pizza with a Prof

This is one of the colloquia events that I have never been too, but have heard a lot about it. It is another great event, also involving free food, where students have the chance to meet with different professors from campus, mostly ones that teach or will be teaching Honor’s classes. But it’s not a stuffy event by any means, and is more relaxed and fun where students can question the professor on things about their class, teaching method, or even their favorite animal. This is another event that is offered many times a semester so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to attend but you have to be sure to RSVP!

Various Events

If the first events listed here don’t happen to be your cup of tea then there is no reason to worry because there are a lot of various events and opportunities offered each semester as colloquia events. Often times these include special lecture events, or plays performed on campus or in Amarillo. The Honors space will often arrange for students to be able to see plays either performed in Amarillo, or even in Dallas for a fraction of the price it would normally cost. These events are always a bunch of fun since you are spending the time with friends.  In fact, here is a video made by a group of honors students on their way to watch The Adam’s Family Musical in Dallas. Enjoy!

It’s That Time Of Year Again…

Every semester greenlighting sneaks up on all of us. We are all so busy with school, work, and/or extracurricular activities that advising becomes a last minute thing. For those of you who don’t know, greenlighting is the time of the semester that you go see an advisor. For most of us, it’s a professor that we take a lot of classes with and one that knows a lot about our majors, but for others that may not be the case. As freshmen, your advisor is usually someone assigned to you at the Student Success Center. As you get further on in your schooling, or when you become a sophomore the student success center assignes a specific professor that you see every semester when it comes time to sort out your schedule. Some degree plans have a set course of what you need to take every semester. For other degree plans it’s taking a certain number of credit hours in your major. For students looking to go to professional schools or graduate schools it’s making sure you fit in prerequisites for that certain school(s) that you are looking to apply to a long with getting a certain number of credit hours. A lot has to be considered and your advisor is there to see you through. They are there any time, not just when it’s greenlighting time, to help you with any questions you may be having. If you can’t decide on a class and want a second opinion don’t hesitate to see you advisor. That’s why they are here.

One of the benefits of getting greenlighted before registration is that you can’t register if you haven’t been greenlighted by your advisor. Most of the classes I need to take this semester only accept a handful of students in the class. One of the classes I need only allows 8 students this semester. So registering as soon as possible is a must in my handbook. As for freshmen and sophomores, it’s not that big of a deal because basics and general classes usually allow for a larger number of students to sign up for the class. So make sure you get GREENLIGHTED as soon as you can!