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Art Exhibit

Caption: That awkward moment when you are overdressed…

My friend Rosa Oladi is an artist and I went to her art exhibit which was held here on campus in Grimm Hall. Since it is an art exhibit I figured, as any logical person should, that the attire would be black tie. Now let me please explain…

A couple months ago I was interested in going to an art exhibit at the Great Orange Park. I planned on wearing the outfit pictured above but my mother reassured me that since it would be held at the Great Orange Park that everyone attending would be dressed very casual. My friend who I invited along with me agreed with my mother. “Okay,” I said and decided to meet halfway between black tie and casual and ended up wearing a Lauren Conrad floral dress with a pair of Steve Madden sandals while my friend was wearing a bright pink t-shirt, shorts, and sandals. So, we walk over to the art exhibit and through the crack of the door, I can see everyone wearing black tie attire. I mention this to my friend and she assures me that everyone would be dressed casually. We open the door and bam, black tie, black tie everywhere. I was so embarrassed that I refused to step one foot inside that art exhibit.

So what do you think I wear to my friend’s art exhibit? Black tie attire! So I am dressed to the nines and here I come strolling up to Grimm Hall and to my amazement I see tons of casual college students dressed in t-shirts, shorts, and sandals. “Well I’m certainly overdressed,” I thought to myself, “Oh well!” Everyone kept staring at me, I felt super awkward yet was enjoying the attention at the same time. I just kept telling my friends that I am friends with the artist (which I am!) which made me feel better because she was dressed just as nicely.

Overall it was an interesting experience but I enjoyed my time. Take advantage of all events offered on the Concordia campus! Big or small, just go. It will make your time that much more pleasurable. Plus, you get the opportunity to get out of your comfort zone and grow as a person.

If you took one thing from this blog post, it is that it is better to be overdressed than underdressed when attending any event or function because it is better to be confident than insecure.

Art Exhibit

Caption: That awkward moment when you are overdressed…

My friend Rosa Oladi is an artist and I went to her art exhibit which was held here on campus in Grimm Hall. Since it is an art exhibit I figured, as any logical person should, that the attire would be black tie. Now let me please explain…

A couple months ago I was interested in going to an art exhibit at the Great Orange Park. I planned on wearing the outfit pictured above but my mother reassured me that since it would be held at the Great Orange Park that everyone attending would be dressed very casual. My friend who I invited along with me agreed with my mother. “Okay,” I said and decided to meet halfway between black tie and casual and ended up wearing a Lauren Conrad floral dress with a pair of Steve Madden sandals while my friend was wearing a bright pink t-shirt, shorts, and sandals. So, we walk over to the art exhibit and through the crack of the door, I can see everyone wearing black tie attire. I mention this to my friend and she assures me that everyone would be dressed casually. We open the door and bam, black tie, black tie everywhere. I was so embarrassed that I refused to step one foot inside that art exhibit.

So what do you think I wear to my friend’s art exhibit? Black tie attire! So I am dressed to the nines and here I come strolling up to Grimm Hall and to my amazement I see tons of casual college students dressed in t-shirts, shorts, and sandals. “Well I’m certainly overdressed,” I thought to myself, “Oh well!” Everyone kept staring at me, I felt super awkward yet was enjoying the attention at the same time. I just kept telling my friends that I am friends with the artist (which I am!) which made me feel better because she was dressed just as nicely.

Overall it was an interesting experience but I enjoyed my time. Take advantage of all events offered on the Concordia campus! Big or small, just go. It will make your time that much more pleasurable. Plus, you get the opportunity to get out of your comfort zone and grow as a person.

If you took one thing from this blog post, it is that it is better to be overdressed than underdressed when attending any event or function because it is better to be confident than insecure.

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Cielo Coffee Run 

“I before E, except after C.” That’s how I remember how to spell Cielo Coffee! During CU SOAR (Student Orientation, Activities, and Registration), all Concordia students received free Italian soda’s from Cielo Coffee. I’ve never had an Italian soda and was excited to give it a try. So we all drove together (even though it is less than a 5 minute walk from campus) and ordered our soda’s.

So far I’ve tried both the strawberry and the passion fruit with passion fruit being my favorite. I really like how the coffee shop is so close to campus, it is THE closest coffee shop to Concordia which makes it the go to coffee shop, especially if you don’t have a car. It was a lot of fun going with my friends and taking super funny and random pictures inside the shop. I also got to meet some new people who also go to Concordia (who just so happened to walk there) so we gave them a ride back. I recommend that every Concordia student check out Cielo Coffee and order the passion fruit Italian soda because it is bomb.

Cielo Coffee Run

“I before E, except after C.” That’s how I remember how to spell Cielo Coffee! During CU SOAR (Student Orientation, Activities, and Registration), all Concordia students received free Italian soda’s from Cielo Coffee. I’ve never had an Italian soda and was excited to give it a try. So we all drove together (even though it is less than a 5 minute walk from campus) and ordered our soda’s.

So far I’ve tried both the strawberry and the passion fruit with passion fruit being my favorite. I really like how the coffee shop is so close to campus, it is THE closest coffee shop to Concordia which makes it the go to coffee shop, especially if you don’t have a car. It was a lot of fun going with my friends and taking super funny and random pictures inside the shop. I also got to meet some new people who also go to Concordia (who just so happened to walk there) so we gave them a ride back. I recommend that every Concordia student check out Cielo Coffee and order the passion fruit Italian soda because it is bomb.

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French Hill Yoga Hikes
Being back at school means that I can go on my French Hill yoga hikes which is one of my favorite things to do! It really helps me to stay calm, peaceful, and sane. When I’m up there, I feel like I don’t have a care in the world, which is great because I feel like my mind is always running in a hundred different directions! As the school year begins stress will increase so I want to give some tips on how to remain calm even when times get tough.
1. Exercise. When I am feeling stressed and overwhelmed, exercise is one of my go to activities. In fact, I just went to CU Active today because I was frustrated! Exercise (or just being active in general) releases negative energy and keeps you positive and productive.

2. Talk To Someone. Talking and getting your thoughts and feelings out on the table can really help you take the weight off of your shoulders. Make sure that you confide in someone you trust like a friend, parent, or even a counselor. 

3. Do Something You Enjoy. One of the things I enjoy doing the most is watching anime. Yes that sounds really weird but I love it! It keeps my mind off of things and it is something that I love doing.

4. Pray. This one is a given. Praying to God is the best thing you can do when you are stressed. Cast your worries on Him because He is always there for you.

Hopefully this year won’t be too stressful. I wish you all luck in your college endeavors and please follow some of these tips if you feel overwhelmed!

French Hill Yoga Hikes

Being back at school means that I can go on my French Hill yoga hikes which is one of my favorite things to do! It really helps me to stay calm, peaceful, and sane. When I’m up there, I feel like I don’t have a care in the world, which is great because I feel like my mind is always running in a hundred different directions! As the school year begins stress will increase so I want to give some tips on how to remain calm even when times get tough.

1. Exercise. When I am feeling stressed and overwhelmed, exercise is one of my go to activities. In fact, I just went to CU Active today because I was frustrated! Exercise (or just being active in general) releases negative energy and keeps you positive and productive.

2. Talk To Someone. Talking and getting your thoughts and feelings out on the table can really help you take the weight off of your shoulders. Make sure that you confide in someone you trust like a friend, parent, or even a counselor.

3. Do Something You Enjoy. One of the things I enjoy doing the most is watching anime. Yes that sounds really weird but I love it! It keeps my mind off of things and it is something that I love doing.

4. Pray. This one is a given. Praying to God is the best thing you can do when you are stressed. Cast your worries on Him because He is always there for you.

Hopefully this year won’t be too stressful. I wish you all luck in your college endeavors and please follow some of these tips if you feel overwhelmed!

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The Mysterious CORE

I’ve heard about the CORE but I have yet to take a CORE class, until this year… I was nervous, I was scared, I didn’t know what to expect. I walked into my first CORE class hesitantly. I sat in the front of the class because statistics have shown that you get better grades if you sit in the front (and I’ve heard CORE classes are pretty hard). The professor began talking, I began taking notes, the clock was ticking, time was flowing, 50 minutes past by, and class was over. Did I just make it through my first CORE class? Yes, yes I did. And you know what, it wasn’t that bad.

So what is the CORE? The way I like to think of the CORE is by comparing it to California’s General Education (GE) requirements, except the CORE is a lot more rigorous and academically challenging. What makes the CORE unique is that it pairs two classes together so that students can see a correlation between two completely different subjects, for example biology and theology. Right now I am taking what is referred to as sophomore CORE. My current CORE classes include America and the World, World Literature from the Enlightenment, and CORE Biology without the Theology pairing (I am an upper classman transfer student, therefore it is not required). 

So far I am really enjoying my CORE classes, in particular my history class. The English class is a little bit more challenging with lots and lots of reading. Currently we are reading Don Quixote and it is rather enjoyable, it just takes up a lot of time. Biology is interesting as we are covering philosophy topics such as, “what is truth.” We just tied in some statistics as well. 

Classes are going well at the moment, I am getting a little behind because I have taken on too much but plan on catching up this week. I can’t wait to finish the CORE so that I can change my social media cover photos to this awesome picture: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/182958803585846553/

The Mysterious CORE

I’ve heard about the CORE but I have yet to take a CORE class, until this year… I was nervous, I was scared, I didn’t know what to expect. I walked into my first CORE class hesitantly. I sat in the front of the class because statistics have shown that you get better grades if you sit in the front (and I’ve heard CORE classes are pretty hard). The professor began talking, I began taking notes, the clock was ticking, time was flowing, 50 minutes past by, and class was over. Did I just make it through my first CORE class? Yes, yes I did. And you know what, it wasn’t that bad.

So what is the CORE? The way I like to think of the CORE is by comparing it to California’s General Education (GE) requirements, except the CORE is a lot more rigorous and academically challenging. What makes the CORE unique is that it pairs two classes together so that students can see a correlation between two completely different subjects, for example biology and theology. Right now I am taking what is referred to as sophomore CORE. My current CORE classes include America and the World, World Literature from the Enlightenment, and CORE Biology without the Theology pairing (I am an upper classman transfer student, therefore it is not required).

So far I am really enjoying my CORE classes, in particular my history class. The English class is a little bit more challenging with lots and lots of reading. Currently we are reading Don Quixote and it is rather enjoyable, it just takes up a lot of time. Biology is interesting as we are covering philosophy topics such as, “what is truth.” We just tied in some statistics as well.

Classes are going well at the moment, I am getting a little behind because I have taken on too much but plan on catching up this week. I can’t wait to finish the CORE so that I can change my social media cover photos to this awesome picture: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/182958803585846553/

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Shea’s How-To’s: Roommate Edition
Caption: My roommates, minus Nokukhanya. 
I have never lived with roommates before. I was so excited because having roommates is apart of the college experience but at the same time I was nervous because I’ve never lived with other people before besides my mother. I want to share some of my own personal knowledge, advice I’ve received from others, and things I’ve learned from my roommates so that you can have a peaceful rooming experience. 
1. Communicate
Communication is key when living with other people. I just Googled “Communication Roommates” and this is the first thing that popped up. I really like it, hopefully you will like it as much as I do. 

http://bit.ly/1uC9C1J

2. Be Flexible
Before I moved in, I was asking everyone who has had roommates before for some advice. One piece of advice I kept hearing over and over was to be the flexible one. If someone didn’t clean up, don’t yell at them about it, gently bring it to their attention. Don’t be the one to stress over every little thing. Just take it easy, be flexible, and discuss issues such as cleaning in love and gentleness. 

3. Create a Chores Calendar
This one I have learned from my roommates, establish a chores calendar. Write down each roommates name next to a task for every week and rotate tasks throughout the year. That way, the room will be clean and roommates can be held accountable for keeping the dorm clean.

Shea’s How-To’s: Roommate Edition

Caption: My roommates, minus Nokukhanya.

I have never lived with roommates before. I was so excited because having roommates is apart of the college experience but at the same time I was nervous because I’ve never lived with other people before besides my mother. I want to share some of my own personal knowledge, advice I’ve received from others, and things I’ve learned from my roommates so that you can have a peaceful rooming experience.

1. Communicate

Communication is key when living with other people. I just Googled “Communication Roommates” and this is the first thing that popped up. I really like it, hopefully you will like it as much as I do.

http://bit.ly/1uC9C1J

2. Be Flexible

Before I moved in, I was asking everyone who has had roommates before for some advice. One piece of advice I kept hearing over and over was to be the flexible one. If someone didn’t clean up, don’t yell at them about it, gently bring it to their attention. Don’t be the one to stress over every little thing. Just take it easy, be flexible, and discuss issues such as cleaning in love and gentleness.

3. Create a Chores Calendar

This one I have learned from my roommates, establish a chores calendar. Write down each roommates name next to a task for every week and rotate tasks throughout the year. That way, the room will be clean and roommates can be held accountable for keeping the dorm clean.

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The Beginning of the Academic School Year

One of the things I love and dread are classes. I love learning! Learning is my life, however, homework is what I am dreading the most. Sitting in class, listening to the prof, taking notes, all good. Doing and finishing homework assignments, not so much.

I’m taking some pretty difficult CORE classes this year and I know that I need to step up my game. I have lots of reading and the professors expect that you have read it so that you can engage in class discussion. So far I’ve been doing a good job, however, I’ve had so little time to actually devote to my homework. I want to share some of my tips on how I balance work, school, and life in general.

1. Be Organized

That one is a given. Organization is key to staying on top of your homework. I would recommend doing what I do, add your entire class schedule to your gmail account and sync it to your smartphone. It sends me 10 minute reminders before each class and I am always updating my calendar with extracurricular activities.

Depending on whether you are an old fashioned or techie, write your homework down somewhere, somehow. I absolutely love using my tablet and smartphone, but when it comes to homework, it doesn’t work for me to type it up. I have to physically write it down in my journal so that I can remember. 

2. Remove Unnecessary Activities From Your Calendar

This past week I took on a part time job of teaching conversational English. It was two hours a day everyday and it completely ruined my calendar. I didn’t realize this at the time when I agreed to take on the job but once school started, I realized that it was a big mistake. My advice to you is to just say no. Say no to activities you can’t handle, people will understand. 

3. Make Time For Yourself
I know that homework is important but you really just need to make time for yourself sometimes. Do what you love to do! For me, that’s cooking, sleeping, eating, talking, yoga, and hiking. Doing these things keep me sane and you most definitely need to stay sane during a hectic school year.

The Beginning of the Academic School Year

One of the things I love and dread are classes. I love learning! Learning is my life, however, homework is what I am dreading the most. Sitting in class, listening to the prof, taking notes, all good. Doing and finishing homework assignments, not so much.

I’m taking some pretty difficult CORE classes this year and I know that I need to step up my game. I have lots of reading and the professors expect that you have read it so that you can engage in class discussion. So far I’ve been doing a good job, however, I’ve had so little time to actually devote to my homework. I want to share some of my tips on how I balance work, school, and life in general.

1. Be Organized

That one is a given. Organization is key to staying on top of your homework. I would recommend doing what I do, add your entire class schedule to your gmail account and sync it to your smartphone. It sends me 10 minute reminders before each class and I am always updating my calendar with extracurricular activities.

Depending on whether you are an old fashioned or techie, write your homework down somewhere, somehow. I absolutely love using my tablet and smartphone, but when it comes to homework, it doesn’t work for me to type it up. I have to physically write it down in my journal so that I can remember.

2. Remove Unnecessary Activities From Your Calendar

This past week I took on a part time job of teaching conversational English. It was two hours a day everyday and it completely ruined my calendar. I didn’t realize this at the time when I agreed to take on the job but once school started, I realized that it was a big mistake. My advice to you is to just say no. Say no to activities you can’t handle, people will understand.

3. Make Time For Yourself

I know that homework is important but you really just need to make time for yourself sometimes. Do what you love to do! For me, that’s cooking, sleeping, eating, talking, yoga, and hiking. Doing these things keep me sane and you most definitely need to stay sane during a hectic school year.

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2014-2015 School Year, Here I Come!

It’s that time of year again, school has started! And since school has started, that means that I get the chance to blog again. I am really looking forward to it!
A lot has happened this summer. For the most part I was working but I also had some amazing opportunities! I was asked to be a cultural mentor for a group of Japanese high school girls and it was a lot of fun! The school has come every year for the past 12 years so that the students can improve their English and learn about the American culture. We got to do all sorts of exciting things! We went to Hollywood, Universal Studios, and Disneyland just to name a few. However, I was having cross cultural communication issues with those in charge but that was the only downside to this experience. Other than that, I developed life long relationships with the girls I mentored and we keep in touch frequently.

Other international endeavors included me serving as an international PAL (Peer Advising Leader) for international students. I assisted with their transition to Concordia, showed them around, and just got to hang out with them. They are all super cool people and I am love spending time with them.

I also served at ROCKHARBOR’S VBS this summer and it was life changing! I was able to meet some awesome volunteers and impact the lives of children. I was the designated story teller and everyday I dressed up as a new character. Some characters I played include Joseph, Esther, and Jesus. The kids really enjoyed it and it even changed lives! One story I love to tell is about Jacob. Jacob is this adorable 3 year old boy whose father is a non believer. Everyday I would dress up and everyday Jacob would go home and minister to his dad about the stories he was told. It is amazing how God can use you in ways you didn’t even think possible.

Besides blogging, my extracurricular/work includes being a social media intern, being on the speech and debate team, and a marketing intern for an outside company. I’m also taking 16 units so I have my hands full. I am really looking forward to this coming school year and I am excited to share my experiences with you. Blog on!

2014-2015 School Year, Here I Come!

It’s that time of year again, school has started! And since school has started, that means that I get the chance to blog again. I am really looking forward to it!
A lot has happened this summer. For the most part I was working but I also had some amazing opportunities! I was asked to be a cultural mentor for a group of Japanese high school girls and it was a lot of fun! The school has come every year for the past 12 years so that the students can improve their English and learn about the American culture. We got to do all sorts of exciting things! We went to Hollywood, Universal Studios, and Disneyland just to name a few. However, I was having cross cultural communication issues with those in charge but that was the only downside to this experience. Other than that, I developed life long relationships with the girls I mentored and we keep in touch frequently.

Other international endeavors included me serving as an international PAL (Peer Advising Leader) for international students. I assisted with their transition to Concordia, showed them around, and just got to hang out with them. They are all super cool people and I am love spending time with them.

I also served at ROCKHARBOR’S VBS this summer and it was life changing! I was able to meet some awesome volunteers and impact the lives of children. I was the designated story teller and everyday I dressed up as a new character. Some characters I played include Joseph, Esther, and Jesus. The kids really enjoyed it and it even changed lives! One story I love to tell is about Jacob. Jacob is this adorable 3 year old boy whose father is a non believer. Everyday I would dress up and everyday Jacob would go home and minister to his dad about the stories he was told. It is amazing how God can use you in ways you didn’t even think possible.

Besides blogging, my extracurricular/work includes being a social media intern, being on the speech and debate team, and a marketing intern for an outside company. I’m also taking 16 units so I have my hands full. I am really looking forward to this coming school year and I am excited to share my experiences with you. Blog on!

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The Lowdown: How To Get Involved at Concordia
Caption: My bible study girls!
 There are many opportunities to get involved here at Concordia. Here I will list the different programs we have as well as offer a brief explanation.

Clubs and Organizations
Concordia University Irvine offers a number of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in. A club fair will be held in the beginning of the year for students to learn more about each club. If you want to create a club, you need to download the clubs and organizations proposal packet and forward it to Brianna Springer.
Student Groups
Students groups can be found at the bottom of the clubs and organizations page. Current groups include CUI Bono, student leadership, student newspaper, speech and debate, student yearbook, theatre, and music ensembles. Groups are a great option for new students because groups typically consist of like minded people making it easy to make new friends.
ASCUI
Also known as The Associated Students of Concordia University Irvine, ASCUI is pretty much the voice of the students to administration. In order to be apart of ASCUI, you’d need to be elected in. All information regarding the elections can be found here. ASCUI is a good opportunity for those who want to hold leadership positions on campus.
LEAD
The Leadership, Education, and Development Program is all about student involvement. Different teams focus on different activities such as intramural sports and outdoor rec. Applications are available in January for the following school year.
abby west
If you would like to get involved in our church ministry, then abby west is the place to go. For more information, please contact Reverend Quinton Anderson.
PAL’s
These people are the Peer Advising Leaders. Everyone who comes to Concordia will have a PAL so they play a very important role here at Concordia. They are here for all new students to help make that transition easier. Sometime during the year, students who are interested in becoming a PAL will have the opportunity to shadow them to get a better idea of what they do. If you are interested, you can apply in January for the following school year.
RA’s
An RA is a Resident Assistant who lives in the dorms to monitor, manage, and engage with students. This is a tough job but it can also be rewarding, plus you receive free housing. Applications are available in January for the following school year.
Living Learning Communities
Living Learning Communities are theme-based residential learning environments. They often hold events to engage students so this is a great way to get active and meet people.
Working on Campus
Another way to get involved is by working on campus. Many students chose to work on campus and it not only gets you involved, but you get paid as well. Check out the career website for current job openings. Jobs are usually posted before and after the first week of school so check frequently.
If I missed anything please feel free to leave a comment below. There are so many ways to get involved on campus that I am bound to forget something. Best of luck to our new and returning Concordia students for the 2014-2015 school year!

The Lowdown: How To Get Involved at Concordia

Caption: My bible study girls!

 There are many opportunities to get involved here at Concordia. Here I will list the different programs we have as well as offer a brief explanation.

Clubs and Organizations

Concordia University Irvine offers a number of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in. A club fair will be held in the beginning of the year for students to learn more about each club. If you want to create a club, you need to download the clubs and organizations proposal packet and forward it to Brianna Springer.

Student Groups

Students groups can be found at the bottom of the clubs and organizations page. Current groups include CUI Bono, student leadership, student newspaper, speech and debate, student yearbook, theatre, and music ensembles. Groups are a great option for new students because groups typically consist of like minded people making it easy to make new friends.

ASCUI

Also known as The Associated Students of Concordia University Irvine, ASCUI is pretty much the voice of the students to administration. In order to be apart of ASCUI, you’d need to be elected in. All information regarding the elections can be found here. ASCUI is a good opportunity for those who want to hold leadership positions on campus.

LEAD

The Leadership, Education, and Development Program is all about student involvement. Different teams focus on different activities such as intramural sports and outdoor rec. Applications are available in January for the following school year.

abby west

If you would like to get involved in our church ministry, then abby west is the place to go. For more information, please contact Reverend Quinton Anderson.

PAL’s

These people are the Peer Advising Leaders. Everyone who comes to Concordia will have a PAL so they play a very important role here at Concordia. They are here for all new students to help make that transition easier. Sometime during the year, students who are interested in becoming a PAL will have the opportunity to shadow them to get a better idea of what they do. If you are interested, you can apply in January for the following school year.

RA’s

An RA is a Resident Assistant who lives in the dorms to monitor, manage, and engage with students. This is a tough job but it can also be rewarding, plus you receive free housing. Applications are available in January for the following school year.

Living Learning Communities

Living Learning Communities are theme-based residential learning environments. They often hold events to engage students so this is a great way to get active and meet people.

Working on Campus

Another way to get involved is by working on campus. Many students chose to work on campus and it not only gets you involved, but you get paid as well. Check out the career website for current job openings. Jobs are usually posted before and after the first week of school so check frequently.

If I missed anything please feel free to leave a comment below. There are so many ways to get involved on campus that I am bound to forget something. Best of luck to our new and returning Concordia students for the 2014-2015 school year!

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The Struggle Is Real

Caption: This Vox.com infographic explains the main contributing reasons why college students drop out of school.

In my last article, I talked about the importance of working while in college. However, working too much can result in you dropping out from college. In an article from Vox.com entitled The Real Target of Starbucks’ Tuition Plan: College Dropouts, explains that college students drop out of college because of financial problems. 

Money can be a big hinderance for people, it is for me but I am learning that I shouldn’t let my financial difficulties hold me back from receiving a college degree because in the long run, it’s going to pay off. 

I like this Estimate Study Tools guide by Utah State University, it helps you calculate the number of hours you should study for each class. To help you figure out just how many hours you can work per week use this equation: 168 hours (in one week) - the number of hours you are in class - the number of hours you should be studying = the maximum number of hours you can work a week. Of course you need to count in other things like eating, sleeping, and having fun (which you MUST calculate in to stay sane). 

My advice, kick back and enjoy life to the fullest while at the same time devoting yourself to your schoolwork and slaving away at work. Life is too short to be stressing over money and graduating college should be one of your top priorities. 

This topic is close to my heart so if anyone would like additional advice or tips please feel free to contact me at shea.frates@eagles.cui.edu.

The Struggle Is Real

Caption: This Vox.com infographic explains the main contributing reasons why college students drop out of school.

In my last article, I talked about the importance of working while in college. However, working too much can result in you dropping out from college. In an article from Vox.com entitled The Real Target of Starbucks’ Tuition Plan: College Dropouts, explains that college students drop out of college because of financial problems.

Money can be a big hinderance for people, it is for me but I am learning that I shouldn’t let my financial difficulties hold me back from receiving a college degree because in the long run, it’s going to pay off.

I like this Estimate Study Tools guide by Utah State University, it helps you calculate the number of hours you should study for each class. To help you figure out just how many hours you can work per week use this equation: 168 hours (in one week) - the number of hours you are in class - the number of hours you should be studying = the maximum number of hours you can work a week. Of course you need to count in other things like eating, sleeping, and having fun (which you MUST calculate in to stay sane).

My advice, kick back and enjoy life to the fullest while at the same time devoting yourself to your schoolwork and slaving away at work. Life is too short to be stressing over money and graduating college should be one of your top priorities.

This topic is close to my heart so if anyone would like additional advice or tips please feel free to contact me at shea.frates@eagles.cui.edu.

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Working While In College

Caption: This Vox.com bar chart shows how many hours per week the average college student works.

Working while in college can be a difficult thing, believe me I know. But I think that if you do it the right way, it can be really beneficial for you in the long run.

1. You get working experience.

One of the reasons why I would recommend working while in college is because you get real working experience. Once you graduate college, employers will not only look to see if you have a degree, but if you have any experience which pertains to the position you are applying to. If you are a highly qualified candidate with no relevant experience and they compare you to another applicant who is just as qualified as you but has been in an internship, most likely they are going to hire the other person. 

2. Is this really what you want to do with your life?

Once you get that job in the industry you want you may realize that this isn’t what you want to do for the rest of your life, and that’s okay! In fact it happened to me. The sooner you realize this the better because you don’t want to waste your time and your money in college. 

3. Make extra money. 

Having a job in college means that you are making your own money to spend however you want whenever you want. It teaches you money managment and gives you responsibility over your finances. 

4. Make connections.

Believe it or not networking is the way of the world. One of your coworkers or bosses may know someone who knows someone who is hiring at the company you’ve set your eyes on after graduation. And if you make a favorable impression, these connections can be used as future recommendations.

If you need help with anything, the Concordia Career Center can answer any questions that you have. And if you are looking for work, please visit the Concordia Career Website for all the latest postings.

Working While In College

Caption: This Vox.com bar chart shows how many hours per week the average college student works.

Working while in college can be a difficult thing, believe me I know. But I think that if you do it the right way, it can be really beneficial for you in the long run.

1. You get working experience.

One of the reasons why I would recommend working while in college is because you get real working experience. Once you graduate college, employers will not only look to see if you have a degree, but if you have any experience which pertains to the position you are applying to. If you are a highly qualified candidate with no relevant experience and they compare you to another applicant who is just as qualified as you but has been in an internship, most likely they are going to hire the other person.

2. Is this really what you want to do with your life?

Once you get that job in the industry you want you may realize that this isn’t what you want to do for the rest of your life, and that’s okay! In fact it happened to me. The sooner you realize this the better because you don’t want to waste your time and your money in college.

3. Make extra money.

Having a job in college means that you are making your own money to spend however you want whenever you want. It teaches you money managment and gives you responsibility over your finances.

4. Make connections.

Believe it or not networking is the way of the world. One of your coworkers or bosses may know someone who knows someone who is hiring at the company you’ve set your eyes on after graduation. And if you make a favorable impression, these connections can be used as future recommendations.

If you need help with anything, the Concordia Career Center can answer any questions that you have. And if you are looking for work, please visit the Concordia Career Website for all the latest postings.