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Doing More Than Getting Through: Enjoying the PC Experience

Posted by: on November 9, 2015   |Comments (0)|Tutoring Center

MarlaGagneGUEST BLOGGER: MARLA GAGNE, ‘ 18
Hi everyone! My name is Marla Gagne, and I’m from West Haven, Connecticut. I’m a sophomore English major and am currently living the suite-life on campus (pun intended). I am a news co-editor on The Cowl and love writing stories about what’s going on around PC. I’ve also volunteered with campus ministry and love getting involved on campus. College life can be crazy, but chicken nugget Thursdays, Friday night hockey games, and PC friends make it all worth it!

 

Today, like any day, I groaned when I heard my alarm go off. I might hit snooze once or twice before I decide, despite my greatest wishes, I have to actually get up for class. From there, the day seems never-ending. Getting stressed out is inevitable because there’s always a paper due, there’s always a pop quiz on the horizon, and there’s always Civ reading-seriously, Civ takes over your life. There is barely enough time to finish my homework, never mind sleep.

I think every college student has stress weeks like this. It can be hard to take a moment for yourself and regain your sanity. So how do we survive the rest of the semester? Well, I could tell you lots of tips on how to stay calm and get prepared, things like getting organized, taking breaks while studying, making to do lists, etc. (which are all very important things you should consider!).

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Go Friars!

But, I think there’s something else we need to keep in mind beyond how busy we are.

We only have four years at PC. If you talk to any senior, they will say how lucky you are to be a freshman and how they wish they could do it all over again. It’s easy to get caught up in  everyday life. I know I am more concerned with when I can actually get some sleep than enjoying the moment. But, even though things are crazy busy, we also have to appreciate our short time here because it’s just that- short.

With fall finally here, we can finally see how pretty the campus is. The squirrels are attacking you with acorns, but the leaves are beautiful. I always look forward to chicken nugget Thursdays and a hello from Dot. And how many college students get to say that they watch the men’s national hockey champions play on the weekend?

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Waterfire in Dowtown Providence

Some of my best PC moments are just hanging out with my friends. We’re probably doing nothing special, but having a great time doing it. It’s weird to think, but in a few years we won’t be in the same state, nevermind in the same room. So, we have to take advantage of our time to get a quick snack at LaSalle Bakery, take the zipcar for an impromptu road trip, or do a classic movie night. And don’t forget the city of Providence! Dinners at the Cheesecake are Heaven (get the chocolate cake), Waterfire is a cool night out, and who doesn’t love to go for a shopping trip at the mall?

Class itself can be difficult—homework, perfect grades, and trying to figure out what you want to do with the rest of your life. But, PC is full of great professors, classes that get you talking, and lots of resources (like Tutoring and Writing Centers—come visit us!).

I will be the first to agree that school is stressful. I’m definitely guilty of just trying to “get through the week.” But, as sophomore year quickly passes by, I also realize my experience is not going to last forever. Some weeks will be crazy, but try not to just “get through” every week.  PC is a great place and you don’t want to miss out on your chance to experience it!

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GUEST BLOGGER: MARLA GAGNE, ‘ 18 Hi everyone! My name is Marla Gagne, and I’m from West Haven, Connecticut. I’m a sophomore English major and am currently living the suite-life on campus (pun intended). I am a news co-editor on The Cowl and love writing stories about what’s going on around PC. I’ve also volunteered […]MORE

Time to Put Your Phone Away

Posted by: on November 5, 2015   |Comment (1)|Study Skills

ShaneQuinnGUEST BLOGGER: SHANE QUINN, ’15
Hello! My name is Shane Quinn. I am a Grad Student from Waterford, Ireland. I am currently studying in order to attain my masters in counseling here at Providence College. I was part of the PC class of 2015, studying psychology as an undergraduate. I am a GA in the Office of Academic Services, providing academic support to students. I am starting my 5th year competing for our famous track team and will be competing in the 2016 indoor & outdoor track seasons. I enjoy soccer, TV and movies. Most of all, I enjoy just lounging around watching all three, regaining my strength before having to go run around in circles! Check in with me at PC Smartypants for tips to academic success.

 

Year after year, we see the dependence on our phones grow. With so much accessibility at the palm of your hand, it’s very easy to get distracted by the various apps, games, social media accounts and new updates associated with iPhones and Androids.

Having recently given a talk on Time Management Strategies, I have found there are couple of new ways that you can tackle this persisting distraction:

  • QualityTime: This app is available for Android phones. It works in the background of your phone and tracks how many times the screen is unlocked, as well as which apps are used the most. It also tracks how much time is spent individually on apps. The app allows users to set how much time spent on certain apps per day is too much, allowing notifications of too much time spent on the app to appear. You can also choose the “Take a Break” option, where the app will lock the screen and prevent you from using the phone until a set amount of time has passed. Of course, the phone can still be used incase of emergencies. This app is completely free to use also! It looks like an iOS version of the app will eventually be available, but for now, it’s an Android App.
  • Moment: This app is available on iOS and tracks how many minutes you spend on your phone each day, as well as how many times you unlock it. The app is meant to give the user an idea as to how much time he/she is wasting on social media. The downside to this app is that it is $4.99, so it’s up to you to see how much you value your time!
  • Checky: This app simply counts how many times a day you unlock your phone. This could be very useful, as many of us end up unlocking our phones, only to do nothing at all on it!

 

GUEST BLOGGER: SHANE QUINN, ’15 Hello! My name is Shane Quinn. I am a Grad Student from Waterford, Ireland. I am currently studying in order to attain my masters in counseling here at Providence College. I was part of the PC class of 2015, studying psychology as an undergraduate. I am a GA in the […]MORE

And The Gold Medal Goes To…

Posted by: on November 2, 2015   |Comments (0)|Writing Center

MackenzieTavellaGUEST BLOGGER: McKENZIE TAVELLA, ’18
My name is Mckenzie Tavella and I am from Fairfield, Connecticut. I am a sophomore at Providence College and am an English: Creative Writing and Psychology double major. Some of my favorite things are Harry Potter, both the series and the films, Marvel Superheroes, and sketching Disney cartoons. I love music, art and writing. However, more than anything, I love dogs.

 

I have to say that this fall in Friartown has been the best one yet. Although I am biased because fall is my favorite season, this one trumps all of the others. It could be because I currently have a class with the best teacher PC has to offer. His name is Professor Reeder, and I am sure you have heard of him some way or another. Unlike nearly everyone else at PC, I didn’t use the rate my professor website until recently. When students are preparing for registration, this is the website they turn to in order to see what their professors will be like. This can make or break a course. However, since I didn’t use it, getting Professor Reeder was pure luck. When I told my friends who I had for my 17th century class, one of them piped up and immediately said “Professor Reeder is THE man” and “You’re going to love him.” He told me to drop his name, “Johnny Smooth” and that Professor Reeder would remember him. He was right, about all of it. Professor Reeder is true to his 4.7 rating, but if you ask me, he’s a solid five. Not only does his personality brighten my Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 12:30-1:20, but he actually cares about the material of the class and the students he is teaching.

In addition to his stellar attitude, he is also very fair. He hands out a syllabus on the first day of class, andReeder sticks to what it says, only wavering if it benefits his class. He doesn’t surprise his class with a pop quiz, which is a much bigger curve ball than teachers let on. He also opens up his classes with light and free conversation, always giving us something to laugh about. One time, he even made the weather funny. If you are similar to me and didn’t know about rate my professor, I now know that it is accurate, so I recommend using it. It is a relief to know that the majority of PC students agree with me, since I couldn’t find a single negative review on Reeder. Reeder deserves more than a dedication, but a gold star that should be pinned on his daily sweaters. This way everyone in sight of him would know how great he is, without having to view a website for proof.

 

GUEST BLOGGER: McKENZIE TAVELLA, ’18 My name is Mckenzie Tavella and I am from Fairfield, Connecticut. I am a sophomore at Providence College and am an English: Creative Writing and Psychology double major. Some of my favorite things are Harry Potter, both the series and the films, Marvel Superheroes, and sketching Disney cartoons. I love […]MORE

Six Reasons Why You Should Study Abroad

Posted by: on November 2, 2015   |Comments (0)|Tutoring Center

Michels7GUEST BLOGGER: KRISTIN MICHELS, ’16
Hi Friartown! My name is Kristin Michels and I am a senior from Westchester, NY. I am an accounting major and finance minor, which has caused me to have some really late nights in the library! On campus, I am on Tutor Cabinet in OAS, Treasurer of the Accounting Association, and Board Member of the Student Alumni Association. I am a passionate Friar Fanatic and really bleed black and white! My main focus right now as a senior is to win an intramural t-shirt because I refuse to graduate until I win! You can often find me daydreaming about my semester abroad and frequently looking for cheap flights back to Europe.

 

Leaving Providence College for a semester is a scary thought. It is hard to imagine not spending Sunday mornings in ray, late nights in the library, and cheering on the Friars with some of your best friends. But leaving Providence College for a semester was the BEST decisions of my life (besides choosing to come to PC, of course). During the fall of my junior year, I decided to pack my bags and spend the semester studying abroad in Florence, Italy, and here is the six reasons why you should too:

1. The Food

Where do I begin? From pizza, pasta, and panini’s in Italy, to baguette’s and macaroons in France, Europe has AMAZING food. Everything is so unbelievably fresh and you can taste the difference. Yella’s in alumni is great and all, but look what you can get for lunch in Italy!

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2. Weekends Are Spent Traveling

During my short three and a half months studying abroad, I had the opportunity to visit nine countries and twenty five cities. One day you are in class, and the next, you are watching the Eiffel Tower light up the Parisian sky or swimming in the Mediterranean Sea off the Amalfi Coast. And if you book your flights properly, you can get some ones as cheap as $16.30! That can be cheaper than an Uber to downtown Providence.

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3. Because Walking to Class is Like Walking Through History

Europe has taken so much pride in preserving their history and culture, and you immediately feel like you have traveled back in time. From walking by the Czech Castle in Prague, or the canals in Amsterdam some of the most iconic monuments become a part of your daily life. Oh and did I mention, your art history classes are spent exploring all of the culture and artwork these cities have to offer. From the Uffizzi in Florence to the Louvre in Paris, class somehow doesn’t seem so bad.

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4. Europe Becomes Your Playground

When you are younger and your parents bring you to a new playground you spend hours exploring all of the cool things you can find. Europe is the same thing, but for study abroad students. You can enjoy the culture of Oktoberfest, the thrill of Skydiving in Switzerland, and climb around some (designated) monuments, which make you feel like a kid again!

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5. You Make Memories With Old & New Friends

Some of my best friends I met abroad and together we dream about returning one day. My parents sent me to a foreign country to live with one friend and three strangers, and I could not have been more thankful for that experience. I was fortunate enough to go abroad with 40 PC students (Florence became a mini-Friartown) but also made new friends too. Some of my favorite memories from abroad were spent making dinner with my roommates and walking around Florence at night. They quickly become your family.

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6. Makes You Appreciate Providence College Even More

And there is no better feeling then coming back to Providence College the next semester. No matter where you are, no matter where you go, Providence College will always be your home!

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GUEST BLOGGER: KRISTIN MICHELS, ’16 Hi Friartown! My name is Kristin Michels and I am a senior from Westchester, NY. I am an accounting major and finance minor, which has caused me to have some really late nights in the library! On campus, I am on Tutor Cabinet in OAS, Treasurer of the Accounting Association, […]MORE

The War Against All Nighters

Posted by: on October 19, 2015   |Comments (0)|Study Skills

With mid-terms underway, so does the endless boasting about all nighters. spongebobIt has become part of college culture to brag about the lack of sleep one received while cramming for an exam.  All-nighters are so ingrained in our society, that it has almost become a right of passage.  I’m here to tell you this insanity must stop!

All nighters do terrible things to your body.  All nighters increase your stress level and affect your ability to multi-task. Sleep deprivation makes you increasingly irrational (cranky and moody) and scientists from Stanford and the University of Wisconsin noticed that after one night of little to no sleep, a person’s body mass index increases.  Yes, all-nighters makes you hungry and gain weight. Still think they are so cool?

 

Well, the main reason against all-nighters is, wait for it, they do not work.  You pull an all-nighters to study or write a paper, but the lack of sleep impairs attention and working memory – two things you need to perform well.  So, you waited to the last minute to study for that Finance test – what should you do?  First, come by OAS so we can discuss some wonderful time management strategies. 🙂  Next, break down the material into 2 blocks of time – one to study as much as you can (at night), then sleep for 6 hours, and then study the other half of the material (waking up early).  The actual time dedicated to studying may be less than the anticipated all nighter, but the quality of studying and retention of material is higher.

If you prefer this information broken down into witty cultural references and gifs, check out Buzzfeed and The 10 Horrible Things Pulling An All-Nighter Does to Your Body.  Or HerCampus, USA Today, Teen VOGUE, or The Atlantic.

Or listen to Bethany and just go to sleep!

With mid-terms underway, so does the endless boasting about all nighters. It has become part of college culture to brag about the lack of sleep one received while cramming for an exam.  All-nighters are so ingrained in our society, that it has almost become a right of passage.  I’m here to tell you this insanity must […]MORE