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23 steps on how to register for classes (in college)

by MarissaI on April 16, 2014

It’s the time of the semester when everyone starts registering for fall classes. At this point the honors students and seniors are probably already registered and the rest of us have our registration date and time written on sticky notes posted randomly about the house, noted in our planners and probably even have a timer set in our phones. We are anxiously awaiting the moment it opens so we can sign up for the class that has one open seat left. As if spring tests weren’t enough stress… So how does one register for class?

happy-class-registration-may-the-odds-be-ever-in-your-favor effie meme

  1. Meet with your advisor. A lot of majors require an advising code before you are allowed to register. At these meetings you’ll learn which classes are recommended, what courses you’ll need to stay on track and you can ask any questions you might have about the registration process.
    College advisor helping student
  2. Now you’ll want to eagerly explore your course options. Search for classes, figure out what times they’re offered, look up course descriptions, search for professors etc.
  3. “Create your schedule” I put that in quotes because chances are you won’t get the schedule you were hoping for when it actually comes time to register. Those 18-person journalism courses fill up quickly… unless it’s copy editing. No one wants to voluntarily take copy editing.
  4. Create your backup schedule. Ok, so if I can’t get into this class, I suppose this one wouldn’t be tooooo bad.
    i don't always try to register for classes but when i do, all the ones i want are taken
  5. Play Tetris with your schedule.
  6. Explore electives like oceanography, choir and pottery.
    Get super excited about one. Realize that you’ve changed your major too many times to allow for electives. Cry. Move on with life.
  7. Go back to creating your real schedule.
  8. Get annoyed that the one class that you really want to take is ONLY offered MWF from 2:00-2:50 and you have no other classes on Friday.
  9. I’ll deal with you later.
  10. Procrastinate schedule making and wait for freak-out moment to commence.
  11. Freak-out moment commences. Actually finalize schedule.
  12. Attempt to log onto Ramweb 15 minutes before registration time.
  13. Get kicked off.
  14. Try again.
  15. Get kicked off.
  16. Try again.
  17. Get kicked off.
  18. Sigh.
    frustrated
  19. Try again. SUCCESS!!!!
  20. Go to registration page.
  21. Hit refresh. Refresh. Refresh. Refresh.
    keep-calm-and-refresh-that-page
  22. Once registration opens frantically sign up for all the classes that have one open spot left. hurry!
  23. Successfully register and treat yourself to a well-deserved cup of coffee. success meme with baby

Congratulations. You have successfully registered for college classes. Here’s your free “I Registered” T-shirt.

 

Hope you got a laugh out of that on this fine Wednesday. Happy Humpday Rams.

Marz <3

P.S. Did you catch the lunar eclipse?

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Haus of Hunter: Group Projects

by Hunter on April 15, 2014

“I’m bossy.” – Lady Gaga

College Has Group Projects, Too, Just Like High School!

…Except much, much worse (which makes them more educational, I suppose).

In high school, you’ve got nothing better to do. You’ve got nothing else going on. You can pencil a meeting with your group into a weekend you would have otherwise spent writing diary entries with your own tears about how your parents don’t understand your anime phase whilst Avril Lavigne plays in the background.

In college, however, people work. People have lives. Some of us are married. Some of us have kids. One person might be taking nine credit hours’ worth of classes, and another might be taking eighteen. Odds are, you won’t know the people in your group. Odds are, most or all of you live off-campus without cars, so you have no way of getting together independently of the bus schedule.

Such is life, but a bad project at work gets you a stern warning from your boss; a bad project at school affects your opportunities (scholarships, graduation, employment, et cetera).

The stakes are higher, but not all stakes are created equally. You may be genuinely invested in the task at hand whereas somebody else is just waiting for a rich relative to die so they can inherit a fortune and never have to work hard for anything ever again.

A Blessing In Disguise

The fact that you’re on a team with a bunch of strangers can work to your advantage, because, for me, it can be hard to take charge, but, if people are involved who I didn’t know before we were assigned into the same group, and who I probably won’t see ever again, it’s easier for me to crack the whip. I’ve got nothing to lose, and an “A” to gain. Why should I care if they see me as a dictator? It’s not like I’m losing a relationship that matters anything more than the grade we earn.

Sometimes, the “hard work” of group projects involves taking control. You’re not much better than your difficult teammates if you don’t take initiative, if you don’t reach out to them, if you don’t keep your professor informed, if you don’t document it, because your name goes on their work whether or not it’s as good as the work you did yourself, just like their name goes on yours.

At the same time, don’t be a tyrant. Just because someone disagrees with you, doesn’t mean you’re right and they’re wrong. Just because someone is disagreeable, doesn’t mean they’re a lousy worker, which is all that really matters. Work past your differences, because it doesn’t matter how different you are – you’re being graded for the same project.

Moral Of The Story: Just Don’t Be That Guy.

Thank you for reading. Don’t let the outcome of your group projects suck as bad as the projects in and of themselves.

Paws up, and go Rams.

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Exactly Erin: Money Money Money

by Erin on April 15, 2014

College and making a dime

Having a job while in college is not always necessary depending on your situation but it is definitely nice to have. I’ve been on both sides of the spectrum when it comes to having a job in college or not having one and I’ll give you a little insight on both.

Not having a job

Some students pay for tuition/housing/bills on their own. In this case I highly suggest having a job (duh Erin). In my case my mother is paying a large sum of my college expenses including rent and my tuition. But when it comes to acquiring food or having money to spend on things that aren’t rent and tuition I’m on my own. This is my first year having a job. I’m a senior, so the past 3 years before now HIRE ME have been more difficult for me financially. The challenges I faced with finding a job are unique to me because I am an out-of-state student, I don’t have work-study and I don’t have a car here.

Because I am an out-of-state student I fly home during winter and summer breaks. I needed a job on campus because campus closes when we are on break and I don’t have to remain in Colorado during the long breaks we have. Also I don’t have a car and bikes are only good in the warm months. So even if I did get an off-campus job and stay out west during the summer and during winter break it would have to be a jobs on campusjob that was along the bus route or within walking distance. This greatly limited my ability to have a job off-campus so I started looking for work on campus. 

Something I noticed about applying for jobs on campus is that most of them are exclusive to work-study students. I am not a work-study student so finding a job that I could apply for on campus was another challenge. There’s a nifty link in the top right section every student’s RamWeb account that has job listings for all students who are interested. This is where I found the listing for MyCSU, where I am currently working. A large amount of the jobs listed are for nannies, tutors, and care takers of young children that live with their families in the residences around CSU but without a car or ample time to be a nanny AND go to school I couldn’t apply for jobs like that. job search

If you are a student and you’re thinking about applying to CSU these are things you will want to take into consideration. Look into become a work-study student if that is something you want to do and if you have a car you might want to consider bringing it with you to college. I didn’t have a job for most of my college career so I had to manage with the Christmas/Birthday money I got from year to year. It’s not the most fun but if you have a meal plan and you don’t spend frivolously you’ll be just fine and you’ll probably learn a great deal about money management.

 

Having a jobraining monayyyy

If you want a job while in college make sure you set time aside in your schedule for it! Maybe you should reconsider piling on those credit hours and leave some space for work. It feels great to have money of your own, even if it’s just so that you can order pizza every now and again and go to the $3 movie theatre on weekends. Also, it looks good on your resume if you show that you were able to maintain a job and your classes while in college. Any job you have can be a benefit to you so try looking for them even in places you may not have considered originally! Now that I have one I feel like I have more freedom to do what I want. If any of my 21+ friends want to go have a drink after school one day I can tag without borrowing money. If I want to replace a broken computer charger or get a new  piercing or invest in Netflix I can do so freely. Also I just have a lovely job! Working on campus with other people who are affiliated with CSU is a great experience. The people are so nice and they care about what I have to say because we are all a part of Colorado State.

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Exactly Erin: Why go to college?

by Erin on April 12, 2014

The magic of higher education

I have many friends who didn’t continue onto college after high school. The reasons for them not continuing range from “Well, I had a baby.” to “I don’t have the money” to “College just isn’t my thing”. WHATEVER reason you have for going or not going to college is your own. I can’t force you to want to do anything you’re not interested in doing but from my own perspective, as a college student, I implore all people no matter your age or background to at least consider college. In my case the benefits of going to college after high school far outweighed the consequences.

Let’s do the cons first

There will always be consequences to everything you do. Getting a well rounded education in America unfortunately costs more money than it should (in my opinion). I’m going to be paying off school loans for a while after I graduate and even now there are some luxuries I wish I could participate in but I just can’t afford along with school. I would say that the biggest and probably the only con to going to college is the amount of money it requires from your family. There are always methods to attaining money, even if you have to pay it back later, but I also understand why a lack of money would keep someone from getting a higher education.

The pros of collegeroadtrip funnn

Now here’s the fun part! Why go to college? What do you really gain from going? A piece of paper that says you went to classes for a few years and didn’t fail everything? The answer I would give to “What do you gain from going to college” is “Everything”. I am a completely different person from who I was before I moved to Colorado and started attending CSU. There are so many opportunities that college offers that a person couldn’t get from any other establishment:

1. Leaving the Parents – It’s one of the hardest things to do going off to college. Even I felt the zap that comes from leaving your parents and family behind, and I was totally excited and ready to go off on my own! There’s something about leaving the parents in particular that triggers something in a young adult. You step up. Of course you make mistakes and you do a few things that make you look skydiving! back later and say “I’m never doing that again!” but that’s what it means to be on your own. It feels good and you realize just how much power you have over your own path (wherever that path may lead you). So take charge! Don’t be afraid to leave mom and dad. You’re on your way to being your own person and not “Bob’s son” or “Kathy’s daughter” (haha my mom’s name is Kathy. Love you mom!). It feels good to just be you.

2. Living on your own – Living on your own is the next step after leaving your parents. Leaving your mother and father is one thing, maintaining your own household is another matter. Most likely you will have roommates through most of your college experience. If not I recommend having a few roommates sometime before you graduate. It’s apart of the experience and you learn so much. These roommates are in the same position you’re in so you will learn a lot from them and vise versa, including how to live with people you didn’t grow up with and how to communicate with those who may not think like you. You will learn a lot about how you function as a person. And on that note, odds are you will also learn the freshies! art of sneaking small pets into the dorm from your fellow peers. My freshman year there was a bunny, a few rats, a few ferrets, and a kitten living in our dorm. Oh no Erin! People had pets in the dorms?! Yes. It happens. I recommend not doing it yourself and living vicariously through the people that sneak the pets in.

3. Learning on a higher level -

Spending a few years in an establishment where you can learn about what you love and also get exposed to various other aspects of higher learning will make you a stronger, more adept person in all fields. While here I’ve been a science major and an art major. I’ve taken classes in ethnic studies and mathematics. I discovered how awesome Buddhism is through my philosophy classes and I’ve met people who I’ve made amazing memories with! Who would have thought going to THE HOBBITcollege would have led to skydiving adventures, road tripping to New Mexico, and swimming in hot springs while also expanding my horizons with all these awesome classes I’ve taken. Since I’ve come to Colorado I feel like I can live anywhere now and do just about anything. It’s like going to college makes you evolve. If I was a caterpillar in high school I’m a butterfly now that I’m a senior in college. If I could have done it any other way I wouldn’t change a thing.

 

Once you come back from your first semester of college the change has already begun. You are becoming your own person. You think more critically and you have experience with the world, which brings confidence. So come to college and join the rest of us on our way to become more awesome than we already were :) You’ll like it I promise.

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Haus of Hunter: Music Is My Life

by Hunter on April 11, 2014

“Art should disturb the comfortable, and comfort the disturbed.” – Lady Gaga

What Music Do You Listen To That ISN’T Lady Gaga?

Marilyn Manson.

They’re Really Not That Different

 

Because I idolize a pop musician, people make certain, stereotypical assumptions about me – that I have a Justin Bieber poster on my wall (I can’t stand him), that I don’t know what a Beethoven is (I quite like Tchaikovsky), that the most hardcore song I can stomach is “Just Dance” (do you casually listen to Eminem’s “Kim,” just because it’s stuck in your head? No? You’re dismissed).

But, all-over-the-place taste in music aside, the above subhead says that Manson and Gaga are actually rather similar, and it’s true: they both go by their stage names; their names both call to mind outrageous, over-the-top, larger-than-life antics; they’re both all about art and individuality and popular American culture.

From the perspective of a journalist, especially an entertainment journalist, Marilyn Manson is a prophet. His name, a cross between “Marilyn Monroe” and “Charles Manson,” is a brilliant comment on how our media makes as much of a celebrity out of Charles Manson as it does Marilyn Monroe. I model my journalistic ethics largely after his musings. For example, in the first post for this class blog I run about mental health news, I refer to the Arapahoe and Columbine tragedies by the names of the victims rather than by the names of the perpetrators (click here).

Click here to read his genius essay on Columbine, and the role that entertainment plays in violence (it doesn’t). The news media, however, is very powerful, and he inspires me to be a force for good in my career.

“Good,” though, isn’t always going to be “glamorous,” and I think that’s why a lot of people are so dismissive of Lady Gaga. They want her to walk down the red carpet wearing a designer dress, smile silently and wave politely, and sing a song about how much better her life is than yours. It’s so much easier to label Marilyn Manson a “freak” than it is to listen to what he has to say – and, sometimes, the world gets so crazy, that the craziest people are the most sane.

At least they're honest about it.

My goal is to challenge artists to produce meaningful work, not just to make whatever’s the most profitable. I won’t ask, “Who are you wearing?” I’ll ask, “What does it mean?” Art isn’t supposed to tell you what to do – all you have to do is be white, heterosexual, cisgender, American, Christian, rich, athletic, and able-bodied, and you’ll be happy! Art is meant to let you know that it’s okay to not be okay – that it’s okay to reject your religious upbringing, to not look like Channing Tatum or Angelina Jolie, to be gay, to be trans, to identify with another culture, to have no money but still act like a superstar, to be disabled and demand acceptance over pity. You don’t have to listen to the people who tell you otherwise – just listen to some music instead.

Thank you for reading. If you are the next Marilyn Manson or Lady Gaga, then what are you waiting for? We need more of you!

Paws up, and go Rams.