Tuesday, March 21, 2017

To Drop or Not to Drop

Many factors come into play when you contemplate dropping a course. March 28th is the last day to withdraw from a class without receiving an “F” as a grade and many RCC students are faced with the tough question: To drop or not to drop?
            The pro of withdrawing from a course is obvious. If you’re not performing well in a class and you’re positive you won’t be able to save your grade by the end of the semester, then dropping a class may be the only way to save your GPA. Many students who have their hearts set on top universities cannot afford a failing grade on their transcripts so withdrawing from a course is sometimes the only option for them. Other somewhat good reasons to drop a course is if the class isn’t what you expected and you aren’t interested in the material or if you strongly dislike the professor so much so that it disrupts your ability to succeed in the class. In my opinion, each of these reasons on their own are not enough to drop a course. Dropping a course should be your absolute last resort.
            Why should withdrawing from a course be your last result? The answer is, just like a failing grade, it doesn’t look great on transcripts. Some universities don’t mind seeing W’s on an applicant’s transcript but some highly-selective universities do mind. It really depends on the university you are applying to, I would suggest emailing or calling their admissions offices to get an idea of where they stand on W’s. Another con to withdrawing from a course is you lose money. The money you spent on the credits will not be refunded to you.
            If you are thinking of dropping a course, talk to an advisor and strongly consider both the pros and the cons.  

Friday, March 17, 2017

How to Stay Productive During a Snow Day like a Pro

Snow days can be relaxing and fun, but often students leave homework and studying until late at night. After having 2 snow days in a row, here are somethings that I learned to help me stay productive when classes are cancelled and you’re stuck inside.
My view of Tuesday's snow day
1.     Wake Up Early I’m not saying you should wake up at 7am on a snow day, but try to wake up at a decent time for two reasons, 1) so you don’t throw yourself off for falling asleep that night or waking up the next day and 2) waking up early (or on the early side) might help you be more productive during the day.
2.     Start Homework First Before doing anything else (besides eating breakfast or however you start your day), do homework, even if it’s just for 30 minutes.
3.     Email Your Professors If you were supposed to have an exam or presentation the day of a snow day, email your professor to make sure you’re on the same page and will be prepared for the next class.
4.     Relax It’s a snow day! Chill out, do a craft or catch up on your TV shows, but make sure you remember it’s not the weekend yet: try to go to bed at the time you normally would to keep yourself prepared for the next day.

Fingers crossed that we’re done with snow days for this “spring” semester but hopefully you’ll keep these things in mind for next time.  

16 FAQs: The Outlook Student Press

1. What is the Outlook Student Press?
The Outlook Student Press is RCC’s award-winning, student newspaper. It is an independent newspaper funded by advertising revenue and student activity fees. 

2. Does the Outlook Student Press have a headquarters?
Yes, we do. We operate out of RCC, room 3200 to be exact, and we meet there every Tuesday and Thursday during common hour. Stop by and say hello!

3. How often does the Outlook Student Press publish a paper?
We typically put out an issue every two weeks, sometimes sooner. During exam periods, this time frame is altered to be more accommodating. 

4. Do I have to have experience as a journalist or be an amazing writer to write for the Outlook Student Press?
No! In fact, writing for the Outlook Student Press is many student's very first foray into the world of journalism. If you have experience, great! If you do not have much experience writing or if writing isn’t necessarily your strong suit, we will still accept your work. Also, we have a team of editors who will edit your article for grammar, spelling, and wording so you'll always look good 😎 

5. Will the editors change my article?
Yes and no. An editor’s job is to correct any grammar and spelling mistakes. Also if something doesn’t sound right or work well, the editor may play around with the wording to their liking. Most of the time, the editing done to an article is very minimal and editors only edit as needed. An editor will never change or get rid of your ideas. 

6. What can I write about?
Anything! At the Outlook Student Press, we encourage all of our writers to write about what they are passionate about because when they do, their articles turn out so much better. A lot of popular topics include sports, movies, fashion, technology, entertainment, pop culture, news, and politics.  However, you are in no way limited to just these topics.
7. How long does my article have to be?
500-1000 words.

8. Can I include pictures in my article?
Of course, just submit them along with your article and we will include them. 

9. Are issues digitized? 
Yes, our issues are both printed and digitized for online reading. 

10. How do I submit an article? 
All article submissions must be sent here: outlookstudentpress@gmail.com

11. What are the benefits of writing for the Outlook Student Press?
The benefits are endless! Other than having a platform to express your opinions, writing for a publication looks great on resumes and applications. If you are majoring in anything related to journalism, this will be great experience for your future career! Also, everyone at the Outlook is really nice and friendly and it's a great place to make some new friends.
Lunch break! 

12. Will I need to write an article for every issue?
No, you can write and submit as often as you'd like.

13. How many articles can I write per issue?
As many as you'd like. Some writers write just one while others are able to produce two or three per issue. It's all up to you. 

14. What if I don’t like writing?
That's okay, writing isn’t for everyone. We have opportunities for photographers and graphic designers, also. 

15. Where can I read an issue? 
You can stop by during one of our meetings (Tuesdays/Thursdays 12:30-1:30) to pick up an issue or you can read an issue online. Scan the code below!

16. What if I have any other questions?
Feel free to email us at outlookstudentpress@gmail.com. We’d love to answer any of your questions.  

Also, check out our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/outlookpress/, where you can find links to our online issues, learn more about us, and interact with us! 

How I Make the Most of a Snow Day

Snow days are the perfect opportunity to catch up on assignments, refuel, and get some much-needed rest. Snow days, unfortunately, don’t happen often. So when they come along, I always try to make the most of them!

Get Up to Speed
It happens to everyone - you’re falling behind and you’re overwhelmed with the responsibilities of being a student. Sometimes taking a day off from classes is the only way to play catchup, however some classes are simply too important to miss. Thank god for snow days! I typically spend a good portion of a snow day working on assignments so that by the time classes resume, I’m thoroughly prepared and caught up. 
It’s Not All About the Books
Of course, it’s important to be as productive as you can on a snow day but studying and working on assignments aren’t the only ways to be productive. My favorite thing about a snow day is that I’m able to slow down and do the things that I actually enjoy. I’m finally able to put my Netflix account to good use, I’m able to get some laundry done, and I’ll try to spend some quality time with the family. 

Sleep, Sleep, and Sleep!
Did I mention sleep? Being a college student means late nights getting that research paper done, waking up early (or early-ish) the next day, and rushing to make it to class on time. This routine sometimes leaves little time for adequate sleep.  On snow days, I love to sleep in. Being able to turn my alarm clock off in the morning and continue sleeping, sometimes well into the afternoon, is the best feeling ever. By the time I return to school, I’m always well-rested and ready to get to down to business. 

Thursday, March 16, 2017

5 Awesome Ways to Take A Break from Studying

1-Indulge in nature
If you want to get the closest you can get to nature without leaving your computer, you can try watching some live cameras. There are links to many live cameras observing nature and animals at http://explore.org/live-cams. If you’re looking to take a small break from typing a 15-page essay, this might help.

2- Go for a Run
Running around the block for 15 minutes will do a better job energizing you than a cup of coffee will. If you are studying in the RCC library, you can always throw your things in a locker and run one around the RCC indoor or outdoor track.

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3- Take a nap
While sleeping for an hour and a half may leave you feeling groggy, a quick 10-minute nap can be very refreshing. If you find yourself falling asleep while trying to focus, taking a power nap may leave you feeling focused and refreshed.

4- People
Skyping your friend for a quick chat can help you unwind in between study sessions. If you can meet them in person for a quick chat while you both take a quick break from studying, that can be even better. While this may be the best way to take a break, it also runs the risk of getting distracted for longer than planned for.

5- Coloring 
Everybody knows that coloring is not just for kids. In the past year, stores have gotten flooded with “adult coloring books” and it’s for a good reason. They are a great way to take a 20-minute break and get your creative juices flowing while giving your brain a break from intense focus.  

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Having a Writing Assignment?

Time flies like an arrow and I sincerely cannot believe that I have my midterm paper due next week. Almost seven months have passed since I came to the United States and a semester and a half have passed since I started working at the Reading and Writing Center.

Left: Coordinator Marion Dale
Right: Lead Support Staff Benjamin Burgholzer

For those of you who are not familiar with the Reading and Writing Center, here is a general explanation of how the tutoring system works at RCC. We have three centers on campus: the Tutoring Center, the Science Learning Center, and the Reading and Writing Center. If you are looking for somebody to look over your paper, then the Reading and Writing Center is the place to visit.

The Reading and Writing Center has both student and professional tutors who have an ample knowledge of composition. All the tutors I have met are compassionate and diligent.

I work on every Monday, from 12:00 to 3:00 
and on Wednesday from 11:00 to 2:00
We welcome all the students and are eager to help with any type of works they have. If you have a hard time brainstorming, we are here to help you generate ideas through conversations. If you need somebody to look over your college application essay, we are here to edit it. If you have any difficulty with the APA / MLA citations (which drive many college students crazy), we are here to format the paper correctly. Even if you do not need any help, you are welcome to work on your assignment at our center; we have abundant resources for the citations and writing tips!

From the tutor’s experience, tutoring at the Reading and Writing Center has been really enjoyable. I have learned many new things from student's papers and I could successfully teach how enjoyable writing an essay is. We are waiting for your visit!

Visit The Reading and Writing Center at RCC for more details

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Who’s writing the posts for Life at RCC?

Q. Who’s writing the posts for Life at RCC?

Duh, this post is written by Daiki Yoshioka who is an international student from Japan and currently struggling with every single class he is taking. But not every blog post is written by me; as some of you know, this blog is updated by the RCC blog team, not a particular individual.
Last Wednesday, we had our first blog team meeting where only two of our bloggers showed up #collegelife (most of them had classes). Although there were two of us (including me), it was a fruitful meeting and we were able to learn more about other members. In this post, I will briefly introduce how this blog works.
Student blogger Stefan and two staff members from Campus Communications
Team Effort
Updating the blog sounds like nothing special and some of you might do it every day; however, updating the campus blog is more of a team effort. Our blog posts are always edited and refined by different individuals. (This post goes through some revisions as well!) Our meeting was designed to strengthen the connection between blog members because it is really a team endeavor!
Your Feedback Helps
We are always curious about the majority of readers’ reactions to each post. Please give us feedback by commenting! We are definitely not expecting essay type comments; your one-word comments, such as “Like it!” and “Didn’t know that! ” really help us improve the content. Also, if you have any requests for the post, we always welcome any suggestions from the readers.
Like Writing?
If you are a person who frequently updates social media or is interested in journalism, writing blog posts for RCC might be the best way to improve your writing and learn more about journalism. We always welcome new bloggers to our team!