Sunday, July 28, 2013

Don't Give Up - you want a nice Tattoo.

In a ten week quarter it sometimes seems that if you didn't do well the first 8 weeks academically that you should just give up.  Don't do that.  Two weeks and finals can make a big difference between D's/F's and C's and B's.  Really it can.  And those changes in grades can make a big difference in becoming dismissed or being able to stay.

I don't think we spend enough time explaining the consequences of being dismissed from a university.  It is like getting a tattoo, in fact everything about your academic record - your grades/transcripts, the classes you pick to take, the professors you decide to talk to or not talk to, the length of time it takes you to complete your degree, the type of school you attend, and your judicial record at your institution all make a big difference on what your "school" tattoo will look like.  You can't change what it looks like, once it is there it is there.  Always.

This is why I ask you, please, do not give up.  Little bits of effort do make a difference. Little parts of your academic career make a difference.  If you keep on trying (no matter how terrible it all seems) it will make or break what your tattoo will look like.

Countless times I have to remember that you'll not believe me until you live through it.  It is like I'm your mom and if I tell you one thing you won't believe me because you know better but I have had many "children" in your same situation and it always turns out the same.  Time and time again, I hear, "I wish I had listened to you".  I wish you had.

PLEASE DON'T GIVE UP - those last few weeks, few days, few hours, all make a difference.  A big difference.

X-Stitch Class - Book Mark

On Sunday, August 11 I'll be holding a test class for learning how to do counted cross stitch.  We'll be making a bookmark.  Please select from one of the following three colors and be sure to let me know which color you'd like when you sign up on the evite invite. (OR ask your local Joann's/Michaels' if they have a preprepared bookmark to bring - they cost a few bucks if they have them in stock.)

I have limited space of 6 students so be sure to sign up fast before all the spots are taken.  Ages 10+

All supplies provided, bring our favorite scissors to snip the threads and if you aren't a spring chicken please don't forget your glasses so you can see the small holes on the fabric.  (I'll have needle threaders!)

Hope to see you soon - other classes will be announced for Sept. - Dec. as I plan them.

Just some of the many threads we'll be using to make our book mark. 
Your choices of bookmark color are: tan, cream, or blue.

Or if you don't like my colors you can see if your local retailer has any premade bookmarks in stock and you could bring one - this is the one I bought!

See how it comes with the pretty sides?  The other types (which are free for this class) will be pretty cute too!  :-)
close up!

Sunday, July 21, 2013

In the Dark

How many people write in the dark in movie theatres?  Am I the only one?  Lined paper is now unused and tossed aside because I can't see it at all.  Anything is possible.  What do I want to be as possible?  Do I want to work hard enough to make it possible?  What if I start small and then work harder to make the #1 thing happen?

For as long as humans have been around there has been good/bad.  Has this ever changed?  No, it hasn't.  Will it ever go away?  Does it then affect anything I'll do in my impossible being possible.  So the main question is does my work matter?  So it can only matter to me because it will never change the ying/yang but it will change me.  I will be changed and since my life is run by my ego that is what matters the most to me.  That I am doing the impossible.  Because I've been given the ability to do anything I have the power to do whatever I decide to do.  Anything!!!

Now that I've figured that out I need to decide what impossible thing I'll do?  Writing in the dark is the start of my impossible things I'll accomplish...

When I get cards in the mail from my students who write words that show me that what I does matters I remember I am accomplishing something in my work.  A college advisor does matter - one person at a time, we matter.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Never Had A Job? What do you call college then?

When I'm helping my students with their resumes' I often hear "But I've never had a job".  I remind them that attending college is a "JOB".  Really, the days of going to college to play and "find yourself" only are over.  You are working...  there are many transferable skills that one needs to have already or gain while being a college student.  Highlight these skills under the "education" section of your resume.

You can "juggle" multiple deadlines successfully, you can manage your time efficiently, you can write reports and descriptions of tasks, you can delegate and work with teams, you can.......what have you learned in your last term?  In your last club you were a member of?  In living with room mates and having new found friends?   All of these are skills you can put down on your resume and are things you can refer to in your job interview or your professional school interview.

Your time as a college student has given you added abilities, highlight those!  Think and reflect on your experiences, I guarantee you'll have a full list of items to add to your "college job" section of your resume.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Other Blogs

Are there other blogs out there about giving advice to college students?  I'm searching for them and wonder where they are?  Are they specific to just one school?  One program?  One type of student?  What is my blog?  What type of blog is it?  These are the ones I've found recently.

Help me out by sending me links to ones you find.