Studying, Classes & Lectures
We all hate them, and yet, professors still make us do them. Usually the excuse is because in the “real world” we will have to do them so, we should practice now.
The thing is, group projects can be fun, but only if you like the people who you work with. If you have friends in the class and you can choose to work together, you know that you can trust them. When groups are assigned, there is usually that one person that hardly does their part, doesn’t show up for meetings, but somehow gets the same grade as everyone else.
Oh studying, no one likes it, but we all have to do it, well at least sometimes… I have always had a pretty good regime when it came to sitting down and actually getting to work, but man, college is a whole new ball game. There never seems to be a break, you get done with one assignment just to get a new one the next class. It’s a never-ending cycle, and so my basic studying skills have had to be amped up these past couple weeks. I think everyone has his or her own studying particularities, which I just find fascinating.
It’s that time of year again, the real life Hunger Games: Class Registration.
Many students turn to RateMyProfessor.com to find all the dirty little secrets about the faculty on campus. But this is not the place to go!!! Let the all wise senior tell you take you on a journey of scandal and debauchery. 😉 The horrors that await you on this so called “YELP for professors” website are unhelpful and just plain dumb.
Don’t believe me? Just continue reading and I will tell ALL!
So here are 7 reasons why I hate “Rate My Professor”:
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Students at Saint Joseph’s are all required to take three special courses that are signature to the university. They are Theology 154: Faith, Justice, and the Catholic Tradition; Philosophy 154: Moral Foundations; and History 154: Forging the Modern World. Even though all students take these courses, few know why they have these special number assignments. So why are these GEP signature courses all 154? The answer is that Pope Paul III approved Ignatius’s plan of organization for the Society of Jesus in 1540, and because these courses are apart of the SJU Jesuit education, they are called 154’s.
Let’s tackle these mysterious courses one by one.
This week I took my first real college test. Sure, I’ve taken the little quizzes, written essays, but a big college test, well; I guess I’m not in Kansas (high school) anymore. The exam was difficult sure, but mostly it was the whole experience of it all that really threw me for a loop. After I handed in my test and left the classroom I thought to myself, “Alright, I think I did well on that” but mostly I was thinking, “I need to write a blog about this” And so, my first college test experience:
Walking up the flight of stairs to my classroom I was greeted with panicked stares glancing up at me briefly from their notebooks as I walked into the room.
A question you may hear a lot during your time at SJU is, “Why am I in this class? ” or, “I am never going to use this class, why must I take it?” I, too, have mulled over these questions and wondered why all of these additional classes are required since they are not essential to my major. As a senior, I have to say I am finally starting to understand. Over the years I have slowly (and yes, I mean slowly) learned the importance of the GER or General Education Requirement. The GERs are required courses, which many universities have adopted.
The beginning of every semester comes with the familiar dread of all the group projects you are about to be assigned. While some groups execute like a dream team others struggle to stay afloat. Here are some archetypes I have interacted with during groups projects here at SJU.
The Unquestioned Leader
When you see this person is in your group you know you won’t have much of a say in how this project goes down, and you’re okay with that. The unquestioned leader is the most efficient and organized member of any group project.
Once upon a time, there was a socially awkward freshman girl who came to Hawk Hill thinking that four years is quite a long time to be in college. She thought she would get sick of life here, but then she made quite a few friends, joined clubs, and got super involved so her days were filled with constant happenings and all the while she was having fun. Weeks and months passed by right before her eyes. Then one day, when she took a moment’s pause she discovered she was in the midst of her senior year. In the wake of her realization,
It’s Saturday night and I’m currently in my dorm room, listening to the new Beach House album, doing my homework for Tuesday (does that make me lame?) [nerds are hip, right?].
Recently, in my Civic Media class in the Communications department, we had discussed social capital and whether it had been declining or not and also digital media’s role in this decline or incline. Then, when I went to do my Sociology of Migration homework that same night, I started reading the assigned book, which had started to discuss social capital and its relationship to Migration-Trust Networks.
We have officially made it through the first week of classes! I don’t know about you, but I am exhausted already.
Most of campus will spend this weekend relaxing without a care in the world, but not me. This weekend I am starting Operation: Get Your Life Together. The next three days (including today) will be spent reading, studying and getting a head start on the upcoming weeks. I know its early to start thinking about exams but I really want to be prepared. Here are a few tips for anyone that’s interested in staying ahead in class (hopefully that means everyone).