Okay so the quality sucks, but I cant seem to fix it :(

But here’s a little tidbit on my advice on packing for college.

GO MARQUETTE

mindofamedstudent:

Tutorial: how to make organized notes.

  1. Read the objectives of the lecture. If there aren’t any, flip through the lecture slides and make an outline. This puts into perspective what you need to be learning and what you should get out of this lecture.
  2. Skim the book to get familiar with how the information is divided compared to your outline or objectives. While doing this, you’ll figure out whether or not you need the extra details from the book. Sometimes the lecture is enough and you could keep the textbook just as a reference to things you don’t get.
  3. Write down the first objective and flip to the page in the book that has the information pertaining to that objective. Read the lecture slide then refer to the book for details.
  4. Combine your lecture notes with the textbook information. Do this by rewriting the information in your own words and try to be as concise as possible. 
  5. Keep doing this for every objective. Paste things if it helps.
  6. Make sure that you’re not just copying information. Use visual aids as much as possible. Put the information in a table, flowchart, diagram, etc.. (refer to this post to see how I make my flowcharts).
  7. When you’re done with all your objectives, go through the lecture and your notes to make sure you didn’t miss anything.

General tips on how to keep them organized:

  • Be systemic. Making objective-oriented notes is one way to do that. 
  • Use two (or more colors). Color-coding information helps me remember it + it doesn’t look that bad.
  • Section your objectives according to the topic. Then make sure that when you’re writing out the information, it’s in a sequence that’s understandable.

Disclaimer: this is the way I’ve been making my notes since I started med school. By no means am I claiming it’s perfect or that everybody should follow it.

Hope this helps and as always, happy studying :)

A message from Anonymous
(if you know) What's the difference between the Pere Marquette Award scholarship and the Ignatius & Magis scholarship? Can you get both?

Okay so I’m no expert and I highly suggest that you get in contact with a financial aid worker, (click here)

As far as I’m concerned, the Pere Marquette Scholarship can be used simultaneously with the Ignatius and Magis Scholarship. The difference is that the Ignatius and Magis do not require an application while the Pere Marquette Scholarship does. 

postmarq:

Welcome to the first day of autumn at Marquette University.

Ugh missing this right  now

postmarq:

Welcome to the first day of autumn at Marquette University.

Ugh missing this right  now

A message from Anonymous
Hi! I'm going to be a freshman in Cobeen next year and I have two questions that i'm a little nervous to ask on the facebook page! First off, what do we do about books?? And secondly, how do you hang up stuff in your dorm? like posters or whatever. Thank you so much!

Hey! Well I’m glad you came to me girl face.

When you say books, do you mean buying books or where to put them?

If you mean buying, go to your class schedule on Checkmarq, scroll to the bottom and you’ll see a link that says view booklist (or something like that).

Click on it and it’ll show you the books required for your courses. You can buy/rent through Marquette,  but it’s usually more expensive to do that. I look through Amazon  or Chegg first to see if I can get the books I need for much, much cheaper. (Look into an Amazon student account here)

If you’re talking about storage, your desk has a shelf that can hold books and you usually get a bookcase in your dorm, too!

As far as hanging up things in your dorm.. it’s a struggle. Everyone says that command hooks work. WELL FOR ME THEY DIDN’T. AT ALL. 

Instead, I learned that blue painter’s tape usually works the best, and try to keep your decorations light… No glass either. We had lots of broken glass in my dorm from falling frames. Oops. 

Enjoy ya summer and if you have anymore questions just ask me!

Add ice cream cupcake decorator extraordinaire to my résumé.

Add ice cream cupcake decorator extraordinaire to my résumé.

A message from whyamiaperson
Hey! I am going to be a freshman in the fall and I will be staying in Abbosttford! I was wondering if you had to clean your our bathrooms? Also if you would suggest getting a vacuum? thank you!

Howdy! Hay future Abby Gal whaddup!

YES you have to clean your own bathrooms, that’s why it’s actually cheaper to live in Abbz— they don’t have to hire staff to clean zeh bathrooms. It isn’t that bad, also it would be really weird if someone came in your dorm twice a day to clean a bathroom.
And I would suggest NO on the vacuum. Each RA has one, and it’ll save you lots of money and space- both in your car and room.

Cheers!

Wow, Time Flies When You’re Doing Nothing

Alright, just kidding, I’m working like 30-summin’ hours a week because DURING THE YEAR I TEND TO GET POOR. 

Anyway I thought I’d let you guys in a lil’ bit on how my summer is. 

Hot.

Yeah. That’s a concise summary of my whole summer. 

Okay but besides that, it’s been nice to have time to really sit and collect my thoughts. 

You know how you have to leave someplace in order to miss it? The old adage expressed in a rock ballad by Cinderella, “You don’t know what you got (till it’s gone)?” 

True. So true. I really miss walking everywhere and being surrounded by people who are so different yet similar enough to where you feel like you kinda know them already. 

But here is a real live vid of me and my classmates coming back to campus in August:

But for those of you wondering, here is my summer in brief pictures.

My roommate next year, Kassie, came to visit and it looked like this:

I then showed a two year old The Lion King for the first time and it looked like this:

I paid a visit to me old stompin’ grounds (high school) and it looked like this:

I even tried some of the Oprah Chai and it looked like this: (Warning: funny chalk art to follow)

As you can see, I’ve really had an adventurous and spiritually strenuous summer vacation. 

Honestly, I’m so ready to be back splorin’ the old MKE.

Cheers, ya’ll. 

Send me questions, I’m obviously decaying from boredom. 

A message from sarahoswinoswald
I just found out I will be in Abbotsford in the fall!!!! I am so excited! What can you tell me about the rooms there besides the basics that I already know? Any advice? Thanks!

Ayoooo we got an Abbottsford gal. 

Let’s see… Don’t forget a keychain, because I almost did.

If you dont like the idea of lofted/bunk beds it is 100% possible to keep them all on the floor… With lots of hardwork and determination.. BUT IT IS POSSIBLE.

The beginning months are HOT.. don’t believe people who say you don’t need fans. Invest in fans, trust me… you’ll thank yourself later. 

The walls are not thin, but the floor and ceiling are? I mean that in a not scary way— they’re completely durable. But you can always hear the people below and above you, if you’re someone who is sensitive to noises you could invest in some earplugs, but it literally was never a problem for me.

The best breakfast (I think) on campus is across the street from you and this fun fact took me a whole semester to figure out. Schroeder’s breakfast is awesome! It’s open from 7:30-9 every weekday morning. 

The DR’s (desk receptionists) at Abbottsford are scientifically proven (truth, science) to be the best. Introduce yourself to them, talk to them, get a good relationship with them.. It really gives you something to look forward to when you come back to your dorm. 

General advice a lot of people forget/deem unimportant: Mattress pads are a necessity. That is, unless you enjoy sleeping on stone. 

Also, just be mindful (and I fell into this trap) just because you know that you have more room in your dorm than most… Don’t use that as an excuse to bring more things than you think you might need. More space is nice…. very very nice. And you’ll thank yourself when you’re moving out, too. 

Thoughts on a Monday Night

Being home from college has taught me many things: the importance of daytime documentaries on the bio channel, how much more adult-y I became over the course of the year, how much time there really is in a day despite my previous stupor in its perceived brevity, and, of course, how much I am unhealthily obsessed with Harry Potter.

Since I’ve already discussed Harry Potter on this thing, I should maybe focus on the “adult-y” part.

What constitutes as an adult? My answer to this has, to say the least, evolved over the years. When I was a baby, I probably didn’t understand the concept of age, time, or maturity, so I can guess that I had no answer and instead opted for my bottle. But as I learned to walk and talk, I’m sure it had something to do with having babies or having a job. Then, I escaped into the abyss that is pre-teenhood (?) and I can assure you it involved a decaying age and paying bills. That, mind you, laced with some melodramatic quote or angsty song by some stupid band with an ironic name. You know, cuz. 

But now as I stand on this great precipice staring into my inevitable transformation into my own adult-y-ness, I have concluded that being an adult, being a true adult is defined by your ability to place others and their own ideas, concerns, and fears before your own.  I believe that this also walks hand-in-hand with realizing that you have no answers, nor even half of the answers to the things you thought you would when you were a child. (I mean, I still don’t understand the financial aid process or why people like beer. Beyond me, truly.)

Not having the answers is something I’m growing more comfortable in accepting. What am I going to do when I graduate with a degree in French and who knows what else? I’m not sure, yet I don’t really care.

As a growing adult, I am realizing not simply the importance of education, but the rarity of it. How lucky I, a woman, am to have the opportunity to study openly and without fear of imprisonment or death. For me, part of being an adult also includes your awareness of your place in the world. 

So, for all of my new FRESHMEN following or reading this blog, I will leave you, as I am known to do, with a quote from mister John Green. A quote that I never get tired of. 

"Study broadly and without fear. Learn a language if you can, because that will make your life more interesting. Read a little bit every day. But most importantly surround yourself with people you like and make cool stuff with them. In the end, what you do isn’t going to be as interesting as who you do it with."

And for all of you asking, “What should I even do with my life?” I give you this video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3lkn8MS3n8Q

Happy Summer, all. 

Be kind to one another and all that stuff.