Sunday, January 24, 2010

Lee vs Emmanuel 1/23/10

The Lee University Lady Flames took on the Emmanuel College Lady Lions on January 23, 2010.  Here's the recap...

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Friday, January 22, 2010

Thanks for saying thanks

While working as a temp in the Lee university bookstore, I have witnessed various student reactions to the price and size of books. This semester I was able to witness another student reaction. Due to new anti-theft policies we were no longer allowed to use a credit card number and experation date that a student had written down. Instead the student had to call the cardholder and have them give me the number.

Since many students did not know about the bookstore's new policy they had to call their parents or grandparents to have them give me the credit card information. After the second time I noticed something. When I would had the phone back to the student they would simply say "I'll talk to you later. Bye." No thank you, no graditute of any kind.
If someone had just spend over one hundred dollars on anything for me you better believe I would say thank you.
The next day I worked another student had to call a parent to get a credit card number, however this time when I handed back the phone the student thanked the parent on. After the student had hung up I thanked him for thanking his parent and told him he was the first one to do so.
I was raised to always say thank you for everything I was given. Now that I have grown up I see thank you has a very important form of appreciation. People know you appreciate the things they do for you when you say thank you. When students are ungrateful, they do little to do away with negative stereotypes. If we want views of college students to change we can not let are actions reinforce negative steorotypes.
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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Readjusting to life at Lee

Returning to campus after a break always constitutes some readjustments in lifestyle for students.

Students must readjust to driving on a pedestrian campus, waiting in all the notoriously long lines, going to new classes and even walking to and fro across the campus.

Some students also have the changes that come with New Year's resolutions: going to the rec center, eating healthier, avoiding the dining hall, the list of possibilities is endless.

Personally, one of my greatest adjustments has been completely reversing my day-night schedule to accommodate my wonderful 8 a.m. and 7:45 a.m. classes that I'm required to take. Oh the joys of college life.

In this time of readjusting, though, it's important to not forget that, even when it seems like the world will never stop spinning, it's going to be okay. Here are a few tips on staying sane through whatever transitions you might face.

1. Breathe. Contrary to some beliefs, respiration is very vital to life. When you find yourself stressing out and thinking that you will never find a plausible solution, take a few moments to just stop and clear your head with a few long breaths. Remember, in through the nose, out through the mouth.

2. Write lists. Sometimes writing and categorizing tasks and possible solutions to problematic situations can help to better organize the information in your head. And sometimes, things just make more sense on paper.

3. Get some sleep. Sleep is the body's way to reboot after a long day and the mind's way to filter all the information that has been presented throughout the day. Yes, that homework assignment seems important, but you'll remember more of it and function better with even a little bit of sleep. Your professor and everyone who comes in contact with you will thank you for getting sleep and not acting like a walking zombie.

4. Find a way to relax. For some people, it's taking a walk. Others prefer watching movies. Some read books. Whatever you love to do, whatever can offer you a little escape from the stress, be sure to schedule time for that.

5. Stay healthy. Stress automatically lowers the immune system's ability to protect you. As winter is already a prime time to get sick, it might be advisable, even if you're not too stressed out, to find a vitamin supplement to give your immune system a boost. Especially for those of you living in the dorms, it has the potential to make a big difference in your semester. If you're not sure what kind of vitamin you should get, ask the pharmacist at Walgreens. I'm sure they'll be happy to help.

6. Ask for help. The Lee University Counseling Center is a great resource that is free to all students. If the pressure is just getting to be too much or perhaps you just want someone to talk to about your current plan of action, contact the counseling center to see about speaking to a counselor. Also, the center is offering different small group help this semester as well. Stop by the counseling center for more information.

7. Pray. My mother says this is always the first thing you should do, and I'm starting to see the truth in her advice. Nothing takes God by surprise, after all. And who better to help you in times of transition?

May all of you have wonderful semesters!

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