It’s Hard Work Keeping Up With… Everyone

Stay healthy Chickens…Put. It. Down.

Numerous studies have confirmed that social media usage can negatively impact mental health, but a new report called #StatusOfMind, published by Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) and the Young Health Movement (YHM), recently reported that Instagram, followed by Snapchat, is the worst social media app for young people’s mental health. Surveying around 1,500 people…

via #StatusOfMind: Instagram and Snapchat and their effect on mental health — Active Minds Blog

Here is Some Good News, LS

There is good news Chickens…positive vibes galore regarding scholarship opportunities.

If you’re willing to put in a little time researching and writing…it could pay ‘UUUUGE dividends.

Image result for scholarship treeThere are more scholarships out there than eggs on a poultry farm…so you’ve got to find those that are best matched to your particular background, situation, and interests.

It’s actually pretty easy if you tune-in to a few wisely chosen resources. May I suggest:

  1. College Foundation of West Virginia – Tap into the Mountaineer network. Create an account (or not) and let our wild, wonderful state keep you abreast of scholarship opportunities (and a bunch more important education stuff)
  2. fastweb! – Super user-friendly…just set up your profile, choose your settings and fastweb will deliver scholarship opportunities directly to your inbox and even provide you with deadline reminders!
  3. Peterson’s – Filling out a very short survey allows you to adjust filters as you go, which gives you more control than sites that require extensive profiles to get started…and this site even has resources to help you write a winning scholarship essay.

Image result for minecraft chickensSo plan ahead…I even got my son’s attention when I mentioned the Minecraft Scholarship and the “You Deserve It” No Essay, 1 Minute Registration Scholarship.

And for those of you Chickens who like to keep it close to the coop, WVNCC scholarship applications are available!

One for you Chicks, you newbies, who just graduated from high school and for all of you, ahem, seasoned Chickens, all you hens and roosters out there…there’s one just for you!

So scratch out that scholarship essay now (if you get a solid draft working…it can be easier to adapt for different scholarship requirements – and remember – we’ve got tutors here all summer who can help with that!) and get to Googling S-C-H-O-L-A-R…

Tell Me More, Tell Me More…

Like are you here all summer long?Image result for setting sun
Tell me more, tell me more
‘Cause I think my math homework is wrong?

We are open every single day
Well, I mean, bright and early through Thursday
We will be working in the ASC for you
We can help make sure you’ve got all the right clues
Summer sun…something’s begun but oh-oh…the summer nights

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       However you say it…just get it done!→2017-2018

First, know you’ll need to use your 2015 tax return.

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And, oh yeah, the Online Data Retrieval Tool is not working…so what’s that mean…you ask. Well, Fine-Feathered Friends…it means you will have to enter all of the numbers about annual income, taxes paid, assets…yada, yada…a mano, by hand. So you can:

  1. Have your (your parents’) 2015 tax return en la mano when sitting down to do your FAFSAwhaaaaat???
  2. When you log in to complete the 2017-2018 FAFSAwhaaaat...FIRST, print a copy of your SAR (Student Aid Report) from your 2016-2017 FAFSAwhaaaaat…’cause…(drumroll) used the same tax return last year (see above)…if you did a FAFSAwhaaat last year…(muchas gracias to Kelly D. for this pro tip!)

I know, I kRelated imagenow…financial aid is a necessary evil. And I’m not just saying that…as a PSLF enrollee..imagine my dismay when the following popped up in my news feed:

The Trump administration will propose ending the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program (PSLF), according to preliminary Education Department budget documents…


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Repeat After Me…

Yes. I. Am. A. Team. Player.Image result for teamwork comic

You can do it. Remember when your mother asked if you’d done your homework? Yep-finished it in study hall. Or your doctor asks if you’re limiting sugar and alcohol while exercising at least 5 days a week? Absolutely – sugar, carbs, processed foods and every day but Sunday. Or the cashier asks if you’d like to add 10% to your purchase to save Lemur Leap Frogs from extinction in their native Peru…uh, yeah….no…I mean I already gave to the…um bugs…er…frogs this morning.

So when you are asked…again and again…about your capacity to cohort and consort…as I do Chickens, for you, I’ma break down the rules of this game.

#1 – Do not offer caveats, such as: I can be a team player…if I’m the coach…or, at least get first dibs on choosing my position. Or…Well, that kind of depends, I mean…who’s on the team…I’ma not play with no scrubs, if ya’ know what I mean.

#2 – Do not focus on what you think should be a team’s goal…e.g. Well, I like to win. Though a ‘team,’ by definition, implies competition and achievement…no one wants to hear your story about how your pet goldfish ate its babies and how that experience taught you a valuable lesson, at a very young age, about what it takes to survive and thrive in this fish-eat-their-own-fish world.

#3 – Do not go all “Moneyball”…talkin’ about the importance of analyzing each player’s contributions to objectively evaluate strengths, weaknesses and performance gaps larger than the one in Michael Strahan’s charming grin.

#4 – Do not emphasize the importance of a game plan or draw ‘Xs’ and ‘Os’ next to terms like context, resources, positioning, answerability, practice, strategy, struggle …blah, blah, yawn, yawn.

Image result for teamwork comic#5 – Do not acknowledge that you are willing to stand firm, argue with umpires, make last minute judgment calls…or that you’re eager to learn different positions, change up uniforms and equipment from time to time…or that you sometimes end up red-faced because you’re too caught up in the game.

#6 – Do not think about the subjectivity and subtlety inherent in this simple question. The simplest questions are always the most profound…amIright? But block all that out…just focus on the back of every high school t-shirt ever worn…

And…trust me on this…just say:

I’m a people person. There is no “I” in team. I can go along to get along. Joiner…yep…that is me…sign me up. G-O T-E-A-M! Assimilate is my middle name.

Got it? Good. Let’s pile into the back of your pickup and head to Dairy Queen!

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May the 4th Be With You…

Another class of Jedi (is Jedi a collective noun?) just completed their training…ahem…my FYS class is ending and I’d like to share the advice and experience of these successful students with those of you “coming up”…we all stand on the shoulders, right?

And…this student feedback keeps the force of assessment close at hand! After reading these comments…there will be no doubt the message is spreading, the rebellion is strong…WVNCC STUDENTS UNDERSTAND WHAT IT TAKES TO DEFEAT THE DARK SIDE!


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                                                                                    It IS working both ways!

…be sure you’re mentally prepared and that college is what you want to do. So many young adults are pressured into college by their parents without having any idea what they want to do with their lives. If you’re going to invest into your future, make sure you’re investing into the right thing. (AL)

When they [students] have problems, they should not be afraid just to ask their teachers. That’s what professors are there for.  Since a question exhibits a desire to learn, no question is ridiculous…(MK)

1.) Make sure you schedule everything as soon as possible. Classes fill up fast. so you don’t want to miss out on any classes you need.

2.) Take your placement test early summer and if you fail don’t be discouraged a lot of people do. Go to the tutoring center and take the classes you need to pass the placement test so you can start the fall off with that behind you. (DT)

NEVER ask if what you missed was important. Always assume that everything in your class is important. (TH)

Get involved with your school. Go to programs or join a club. Enjoy all the aspects that college has to offer. (CB)

3. Be early

Whenever possible: apply early, order books early, study early, read syllabus early… Whatever you can do, get to it as soon as possible. That helps so much. (BS)

Making connections with people can not only help you with your studies but it can also help you to relieve some stress. (RF)

Register like the day it opens. I registered late in the fall and had a super crap schedule. It was very difficult to work around.

Then there’s ego. There is ZERO shame in needing help. Not everyone understands the same stuff at the same speed. It’s better to ask for help when needed then to be asked why you weren’t mature enough to seek help when you’re failing and past the point of redemption. 

GO TO CLASS- ON TIME! Nothing tells a professor you don’t give a crap like not showing up or strolling in whenever it suits you. It’s disrespectful and rude not only to the professor but for people who want to get the most out of their class time, Sure, stuff happens. So plan for it. If it’s snowing, plan for bad roads. A piece of crap car, plan for alternate transportation. Internet outage/broken computer, don’t wait till the last second to do an assignment or go use the campus computers.  (CA)

My advice to new students would be to make sure to write any questions down before coming to your appointment. When planning on what classes you are going to take, if you do your homework before hand and know what you are interested in or even have a general plan, it will benefit you. Sitting down with a counselor who actually cares enough to listen to what you are interested in would be helpful also.(TL)

Sometimes it is really hard to ask for help.  I know it’s hard for me some of the time.  You don’t want to seem dumb to someone or be treated as if you’re dumb by asking for help.  But it’s alright to ask for help.  That what your professors are there for, to help you learn the material you need to know.  (AL)

Some advice I’d give to new students would be to register early to make sure they get the classes they want. I would also tell them to be involved and participate in events and things because they’ll make more friends and have fun. They should also know that it’s a good idea to take their grades and classes seriously because if they just skip all of their classes, they will just get way behind and it isn’t worth it. (HM)

Next, find out all you can about financial aid, scholarships, and student loans. Go to the financial aid office and get help and advice. (SP)

Plan your schedule ahead of time. Sit down and look at all of the activities and responsibilities you currently have in your life. How many days a week do you work? How much time can you dedicate to studying and homework? How many classes can you manage at one time? Then look at the classes that are offered and register early so you can get the classes you want to have without having major gaps or breaks between class times. (BL)

Specifically, make sure you register early, talk to your counselor; have everything straight and set up, and make sure as soon as you get your schedule get your books because they will be very helpful and a neccessity for sure! (HB)

Make sure you talk to your professors if you need help, trust me they won’t bite. (KG)

Also, when doing your work do not try to use big words you do not understand to try to impress your professors. (CL)

To all beginning students, it is a must to register for classes ASAP. 

Also apply for financial aid ASAP. (HC)

3. Get to class early, sometimes the teacher will give small hints to the early students. (MG)

Stay off your phone during class and truly pay attention  and learn, after all your paying for this education. (ZR)

Make sure you fully understand what you are reading and learning jsut because you get a good grade doesnt mean you understand what you just took in…(KK)

Don’t take out more [money/financial aid] than you need either, because that’s more money you’ll have to pay back. (AL)

If you feel like you do not have a reason to continue, just remember you are doing this for you. You are doing this to better yourself and your life. (RH)

Studying with someone always helps me commit things to memory quicker. (AK)

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To have and to hold, from this day forward…

Image result for vintage brideSo I realized yesterday that I’ve remarried.

This will be news to my husband, but he needn’t be concerned…I’ve entered into the institution (doubling down) with this institution…WVNCC, I mean. So it’s not adulterous or polygamous to be married to a person and an inanimate thing, right?

After three or four years, I’ve come to realize that working for a college with multiple campuses requires a matrimony of sorts. Each campus has to be committed to the others. Each has to have the same values, the same philosophy about raising children, compatible views on budgeting, a shared vision for the future…and double sinks never hurt.

At the same time, each campus needs to have its own identity, its own hobbies, its own friends. Each campus needs to take care of itself…in order to be the best possible partner. I mean, my husband can tell me to exercise (please note: my husband should never tell me to exercise)…he can even buy me a maxi-climber and some fly new Under Armour HeatGear ankle crop yoga pants (that’s oddly specific, isn’t it…) but ultimately I need to do it myself, in the way that works best for me. The goal, and the underlying value, is the same…to be healthy and well…but if Under Armour HeatGear ankle crop yoga pants ($44.99 Amazon) don’t work for me (they do)…then I have to find my means to the same end.

So we are wed, Chickens, no matter where along the river your pecking ground. Aristotle claimed “the whole to be greater than the sum of its parts”…and when each part has an opportunity to develop its unique strengths, the whole becomes that much whol-ier.

I think I prefer Aristotle’s premise to Thomas Reid’s “a chain is only as strong as it’s weakest link” because when the weak link breaks a chain…is it really broken? Nope. It’s just a shorter chain. Or two. A parting, yes. But not “until death”…quite the opposite really…a rebirth.Image result for weak link

So, what this means right now…is:

  1. Enter into wedlock wisely.

  2. Get registered for fall – ASAP.