A common grievance among most college students is required group projects, and Lycoming College is no exception. Every semester, in at least one class, I have been tasked with a group assignment. Although we understand the necessity of learning how to work together, it can be very frustrating when everyone isn’t on the same page. Group projects can either be successful or fail miserably. Looking back on my former group projects, I have bulleted a few things that I find lead to a more successful experience.
The further into the semester we get, the more stressed everyone becomes, especially now that the first projects are due and the first tests are coming up or have passed. I’ve learned over the past three years that stressing myself out doesn’t help anyone, especially myself. So, I’ve come up with a few things to do when I feel stressed and need a break.
As a student with a concentration in commercial design, I am required to take certain art courses to complete my degree, including a photography course. Photography I is a black and white photography course where students learn to manually control and adjust their 35mm Single Lens Reflective (SLR) camera to take photos. Prior to this course, I only ever used my Canon, which is digital and did all the work for me even though I had a decent idea of what I was doing. However, photography is a complex art, and in Photo 1 I learned all of the following skills and plenty more!
Since I arrived at Lycoming College one week before classes start, my choice was somewhat restricted when I was choosing classes for my fall semester as a freshman. Some of classes that I intended to enroll into were already full, but my academic adviser was patient to find classes that would fit my schedule and my interest. And this is how I ended up in my Introduction to Political Philosophy class.
When I graduated high school, I had an idea of what I wanted to do, but I wasn’t convinced that it was for certain what I wanted. I came into Lycoming College as an implied theatre major, which means that I was understood as a theater major and had all the benefits and responsibilities of a major, but I was not declared as one. However, part of me knew that theatre was nowhere near what I wanted to major in. I had no idea what I wanted to major in, but I viewed the performing arts as an escape from the everyday life and something to do, not as a career. I had always imagined myself as a commercial design major or architectural design, something at least along those lines. So, if you are in the same boat as I was, you’re not alone! Here is my process of figuring out my life.
The idea of getting an on-campus job did not occur to me until as late as my second semester of college. Now as I look back at the last two years of "employment" at Lycoming College and my seven different positions (sounding like a job-hopper already, aren't I?), I am glad I did not start any later. These jobs have benefited me in various ways, even though some of them might not necessarily coincide with my future paths.
Although I didn’t apply to Lycoming College for psychology (I was originally a biology major), I have found that being a psychology major was the right fit for me! Psychology is one of the most common majors in the United States , and there is a good reason! Having a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology grants more job opportunities because it is a flexible major. People assume psychology is all about experiments in super secret labs, but in reality, psychology is used in every-day life. Having experience with studying about mental disorders and how the mind works allows students to get jobs in counseling, social work, business, education, and childcare.
The study guides on the table. The class notes wide open. Textbooks with important information highlighted. The typing sound of the keyboard resonating on the first floor of the library. Group study in the Pennington lounge. Queues at the Writing Center. The Lycoming students are in full study mode for final exams.