For the first three years of my college experience, we have had the same meal plan options. The old meal plans were each worth $2,797. The first of the previous two options gave students unlimited access to the cafeteria (meaning you could swipe into the cafeteria multiple times during the day) with around $100 of flex money, which could be used at either Jack’s Corner (the late-night fast-food place on campus) or Café 1812 (the coffee and sandwich place on campus). The second previous meal plan option gave you 14 meal slots a week (to be used at the cafeteria or the Café) and $150 in flex. Because of meal equivalency, there were times when you could get food at the Café instead of going to the cafeteria.
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!
"When opportunity knocks, don't let fear hold you back. Open the door and embrace the opportunity that has come forth." - Anonymous
After studying abroad for a semester, coming back to the workload and social life of school is always tough. As a junior, my classes are becoming much harder and focused towards my degree, and being thrown into everything after a semester abroad is challenging both emotionally and physically. Before I went abroad, the travel coordinator explained to me what “reverse culture shock” is, and at the time I did not think anything of it. Reverse culture shock is when someone returns from living abroad, having been immersed in another culture for a long period of time, and has a tough time getting back into the swing of things at home. When I was told this, I actually thought the opposite: I would love being back surrounded by busy work and all of my friends. But it’s not until you experience it that you face reality. Thankfully, with the help of my professors, advisors and peers I have been able to overcome the reverse culture shock.