Summer is almost here

Wow this weather! Finally it’s been nice enough outside to do something, I’m loving this and it just reminds me that summer is almost here. I can’t wait for summer, even though I don’t really have anything planned it is still nice to get a break from school and just enjoy some sun! The only thing that is holding me back is FINALS!!! Ick no one likes finals, but unfortunately it’s just something we have to do. I guess I should look at it as making me a better more organized student. All well I’m not to worried about them yet, but next week will be another story. 

Week 15

What a week! As you probably saw Kara blog about earlier, Monday was our STL trip for college night! We all had a blast. Here’s a couple pics!

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For me, this week has not only been filled with awesome trips and the craziness of prepping for finals, but an email requesting a scholarship interview with my future university! The interview is conjoined with two possible outcomes: “President’s Leadership Council” or “Leaders of Tomorrow”.

Thankfully, John Wood has given me a little experience with leadership scholarship interviews. In November at 2012, I competed for JWCC’s Presidential Excellence Scholarship and was one of three winners! Between research and previous knowledge, I’ve come up with the top 7 questions you need to be ready to answer at a scholarship interview:

  1. When is a time you have displayed leadership?
  2. What are your greatest strengths/weaknesses?
  3. Who is your biggest role model?
  4. Why are you choosing to attend _____?
  5. What activities are you most involved with?
  6. How will this scholarship benefit you?
  7. Is there anything else you’d like to add?

It’s always a good thing to add something (#7). You can show your appreciation for the opportunity and reinforce that you are the best candidate for the award!

My interview is Friday at 2..WISH ME LUCK!

 

Monday = Fun day!

Unlike every other Monday this Monday was full of super fun activities, thanks to SGA! SGA put on a de-stressor day for all the students. This contained coloring books, punching bags, play dough, decorating scrumptious cookies, getting your nails done, and puppies! Yes I colored a picture of Arial with different color hair, believe me every one commented on that, but hey I’m just trying to be creative. Either way it was so much fun and just a great time to relax and start your week. Later on that day 50 students got on go to a Cardinals game and I was one of them! I’m really not a huge professional baseball fan, but just being there and experiencing the game with my friends was a lot of fun. Unfortunately the Cardinals lost, but they put up a good fight and went into extra innings. Overall it was a very merry time thanks SGA!

 

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3 Things Quincy Offers that No One Remembers to Appreciate

Sometimes I feel like Quincy gets a bad rep. Maybe it’s because I’ve been here my whole life, but I really do love the Gem City. Q-town is a great combination of rural countryside and almost-urban uptown while maintaining a hometown feel from Clat Adams to Upper Mormon. Here are three reasons to appreciate Quincy, Illinois:

1. Quincy-specific colleges and universities.
Have you ever thought about it? For a town our size, it’s incredible to have J-Dub, Quincy University, Vatterott, Blessing-Rie, etc! Having lived in Quincy my whole life, I forget to appreciate that these opportunities are in our own backyard, where some students have to commute every week, or every day!

2. Location, location, location.
Quincy is smack-dab in the middle of America (or so it seems). Our central location gives us two hour trips to STL or Springfield, the chance to drive in any direction, and Cape Air flights to a number of airports which can then direct you nationwide or internationally!

3. An amazing riverfront sunset.
Take a step back and just look at how beautiful the sunset can be at Bay View Bridge. ‘nough said.

Spend the rest of your Wednesday kickin’ back with free BBQ for Community College Month and admiring the numerous things Quincy has to offer on a daily basis, big and small! What else does Quincy offer that no one remembers to appreciate?

ps- Everything is winding down for the year with only 20 days til summer! Finals week is less than 3 weeks from today; don’t let it sneak up on you–finish strong!

PTK!

Earlier this week were PTK elections for next year. I ran for a few different positions and ended up getting one of the Vice President positions. I am so excited to be an officer for PTK! It is an honor and looks good for my future with transferring and even getting started in my career. I wanted to run for an office, because I wanted to be more involved in PTK and also just for the fact that I enjoy being a leader. My goal for next year is to get more people involved in PTK and get PTK noticed more. Of course I can’t wait to accomplish this and more with all of my other fellow officers. Go PTK!ImageImage

5 Myths about JWCC

In honor of community college month, here are 5 myths about JWCC!

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1. My education will suffer because of the affordable price. FALSE
Yes, my piggy bank is thanking me. No, my education is not any less than my friends at “brand name” schools. Not only are ALL of my credits transferring to my 4-year university, but after taking a couple courses this summer, I’ll actually be ahead! I would recommend starting with 1-2 years of community college to anyone and everyone.

2. It’s going to be like high school. FALSE
I thought the same thing, but I was definitely wrong. The professors here know you’re in secondary education–when you walk through those doors on your first day, it’s time to step up your game. High school spoiled you with the ability to retake tests you slacked on studying and turn in homework late without penalties; let me tell you, this is certainly not the same. College is the time for you to put everything you’ve learned about being responsible and managing your time into practice. JWCC recognizes that college is a choice and a privilege, thus your professors treat it as so.

3. I’ll know everyone in my classes. FALSE
Because JWCC is sprinkled with non-traditional students, students throughout the nation, and even international students, you will never know everyone in your classes. I went into my first course expecting to know at least a handful, but honestly, I didn’t recognize a single student. With classmates from the Netherlands, California, Africa, and Florida, meeting new people in easy!

4. If I stay, I’ll never get out of Quincy. FALSE
I’m on my way to Oklahoma. Learning how to navigate myself nine hours away is nothing I’ve ever done before, or nothing I’d be experiencing if I was somehow forced to stay in Quincy! I have friends transferring next year to Missouri, Virginia, other Illinois locations, etc. Q-Town will always be a special place to me, and for now I still call it home, but within the next year, that will change. I’ll be back, but by no means has JWCC limited my options to “being stuck in Quincy forever”.

5. Other colleges offer flexible schedules; I’ll never have a day off. FALSE
I NEVER HAVE SCHOOL ON FRIDAYS! Talk to anyone here on campus–this is the best thing ever. EVER. Of all the students I know on campus, only one has a Friday class (choir). Even if you do have a class like choir, you’ll still have an extra half-day for your weekend! Also, our academic advisors will do everything in their power to help you out. You can access schedules online before making an appointment and find every course’s availability, so you can sign up for the classes you need with the professors you’d like at the times you want. Semester-long, block classes, evening classes, and more, you’re sure to get the schedule that best fits your needs.

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I originally enrolled at John Wood to follow in my older sisters footsteps, but soon discovered my time at JWCC is not only preparing me for the future with its great education, it’s saving money and allowing me to get ready for all of the awesome opportunities ahead! The more I think about it, the more I realize I needed this extra year in Quincy before transitioning to a 4-year university. I wouldn’t have wanted to start my college experience anywhere else besides J-Dub!

Happy community college month and have a great break! :))

Happy Easter

Easter is on it’s way, actually this Sunday. I’m so excited, even though I don’t really have much planned. I just really enjoy days when I have nothing going on and can just hang with the fam.  No school this thursday which is awesome. Ha should I be saying that? All well I just need a break right now and a day to myself to do whatever I want. So since Easter is almost here I thought wouldn’t it be festive to share some Easter facts, so here they are:

  • Nearly 120 million cards will be given out during Easter
  • Americans buy more than 700 million Peeps (Ick! I hate those things)
  • 16 billion jelly beans are made and produced for the Easter season
  • 90 million chocolate bunnies are made for the Easter season
  • 76% of people prefer to bite off the Ear of the chocolate bunny. I am part of that 76%!

There are some fun Easter Facts for you. Have a safe and Happy Easter everyone! :)