Thursday, February 26, 2015

The Most Difficult Aspect of College

So far in my college career I've experienced quite a bit that a lot of students never even think of. The most difficult thing about college itself is knowing that there are classes you have to take that you won't necessarily enjoy. For a lot of students that you talk to math is the subject that will really create anxiety but for me it is by far literature. I absolutely can not stand literature, I feel like I always over think or over simplify something and can never get it just right. Image result for literature

However, this is something that every student goes through. There is some subject or class that you won't be looking forward to and so instead of dreading it I tried to find a way to cope with it and conquer it.
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I came up with a process that would help me through the semester and get me through this class. 
1. First was to go to class. Far too often if someone doesn't like a class, they won't go and that is actually the worst thing you can do because whatever you might learn in class you definitely aren't learning at home.
2. Ask as many questions as you can about the material to make sure that you are on the same page as the professor. Plus if he or she knows your face and your name then you are more likely to get a good grade in the class. 
3. Make sure to set aside time outside of the classroom to at least look over your notes if not more to ensure that you are getting extra practice in. This refresher can go a long way to helping you get a good grade and it also helps that you are seeing the material more than just when you get a study guide. 
4. Create unique ways to study the material. Whether it's with a group or flashcards or some type of reward system, make sure that you not only study the material, but study in a way that you are sure to remember. 

If you follow this process for your more difficult classes you will definitely feel more confident about the class and significantly increase your chances of getting a good grade!

Monday, February 16, 2015

Why I picked my major

So the whole point of coming to college is to get an education and earn a degree of some kind. For me that degree will be in Criminal Justice.
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But why Criminal Justice? For me, like a lot of people, it all started when I was a kid. I thoroughly enjoyed playing cops and robbers and watching cops on TV as well as other cop related shows such as law and order. Also the older I got, the more the legal system just fascinated me. Knowing which laws applied where, how they were applied, and why they were created in the first place is one of the coolest things about Criminal Justice.
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Another key part of me choosing Criminal Justice was that I also understood from an early age that there are bad people in this world. As a result of that I knew that I wanted to help keep the world safe from these people. So like most kids I wanted to be batman. (my favorite superhero by the way)
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However, since I'm not a billionaire like Bruce Wayne I decided that the next best option was to educate myself on how to put criminals away from a legal standpoint. Another reason I wanted to educate myself on the law is so I know what I'm allowed to and not allowed to do. In everyday conversation you hear people either complaining about what the police are or are not doing. So knowing what they are allowed to do helps me to educate others that might be ignorant of certain procedures.
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Another side of Criminal Justice that has grown to be entertaining the more I've been in school, is court procedures. Understanding how police and detective work transitions to the court room, for things like lawyers, judges, civil cases, and criminal cases is important to understanding the criminal justice process
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I hope I gave some good insight as to why someone would choose to major in Criminal Justice, ultimately my passion for wanting to do good and make a change for the positive in this world is what pushed me the most to choosing this major.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Why I Chose to Attend USA!

So for a lot of undecided seniors as college approaches, you tend to look for different things that help a college standout from the others. That is exactly what I did when I was narrowing down my choices that ultimately led to me choosing USA. I had three different factors that went into my decision making process. The first was class size. I didn't want to be just another face in the crowd in my classes, I wanted to know that if I had a question in class I could ask my professor about it and they would know who I was. At USA we have an average class size of 23 students, so classes aren't so small that you feel isolated and they aren't too large that you feel like just another student.
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The second was I wanted the college to have the major I was interested in. For me that is Criminal Justice and USA has an awesome Criminal Justice department. Image result for criminal justice 
The third was that I wanted the college to be affordable and USA offered me the best scholarship of all the colleges I applied for so once I found that out I was sold.
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I'm sure that each of you have a lot of factors to consider as well so I suggest trying a method similar to mine in order to simplify things in a time where it is easy to get stressed or overwhelmed.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

First Day of Class!!!

Ok so college is right around the corner now and you're not sure what to expect and everyday is another day closer to that anxiously awaited first day of class. By far the best advice that I can give you about your first day of college is to R-E-L-A-X!!! You will already have enough going on like trying to make friends, getting used to living in a new place, trying to even locate your classes to begin with that the last thing you need is to be getting stressed out about going to class. I can honestly say that the professors here at USA actually care about you and understand that it is your first day so they will take it slow. In every class you have you will be given a syllabus and your professor actually spends the beginning of class going through the syllabus and answering questions that people have regarding its' content. This really helped calm my nerves when I got to my first class because I was afraid that I was going to be on my own and the professors weren't going to care and that they were just going to show up teaching and walk out teaching without ever really interacting with the class. When I finally relaxed I understood that it was going to be ok, and that this was not big bad college that everyone sees on TV. Your first day of college is a very exciting day with a lot to look forward to as you begin the next chapter of your life but don't let it overwhelm you, remember to breathe and just r-e-l-a-x.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Living With a Roomate

So far in my three years of college I have had about every style of roommate that you can have. I've had one that went out all the time, I've had one that never came out of his room, I've had one that doesn't clean up anything and I've had one that is pretty good overall. The coolest thing to me about having a roommate, especially when I first came to college, is it gives you almost like an automatic friend. At first you might not know anyone or where anything is but neither will the other person, and so it gives you both the opportunity to find out things and meet new people together. Since you both live together, it gives you both someone to talk to and run ideas by. Plus, you both probably come from different places with different stories and as a result of that, it gives you both an opportunity to see how it is in another part of the country or even another part of the world. I wouldn't change my roommate experiences because I now know exactly what kind of roommate that I want. I also would not recommend coming to college and rooming with a friend from high school unless you absolutely know that you won't have a problem with how they live or they won't have a problem with how you live.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

What I'm most thankful for

Here at USA the thing I am most thankful for has to be the professors. I have yet to take a class where the professor did not genuinely care if I passed or not. No matter if it was one of my criminal justice classes or a general education class like biology or history, they all have not only wanted me to pass, but actually know the material and understand it as well. Having these professors actually care about your education as much as you do makes going to class, having discussions in class, and all around studying more worth while. It would be extremely easy for them to just lecture for 3 hours a week and just grade the test in front of them, but instead they put their all into making sure we, as students, get it. This is something that I believe helps USA to shine and is definitely something that I have to be thankful for!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

My Favorite Place on Campus!

My favorite place on campus is the Humanities building. Being a Criminal Justice major, the majority of my classes are in there as well as the majority of my general education/elective classes. It holds departments for philosophy, history, literature, foreign languages, Criminal Justice and Sociology. It also has a computer lab on the bottom floor in case you need to use the internet in between classes, and it is open to students as long as it isn't occupied by a class during that time. There is even a lounge with chairs and couches you can go to in between classes with drink and snack machines as well.