Zama About three weeks ago, myself and many students were working hard campaigning for the …
25 Days of Christmas (Bucket List)
1. Decorate a Christmas tree
- 2. Make Hot Cocoa
- 3. Make Paper Snowflakes
- 4. Drive around looking for Christmas lights
- 5. Sit on Santa’s knee (one last time)
- 6. Write a note to a loved one and hide it in their stocking
- 7. Donate a toy for a tot
- 8. Listen to Vince Gill’s “Let There Be Peace on Earth”
- 9. Make a bubble Santa beard in the shower
- 10. Read the Polar Express
11. Make something sweet and homemade
12. Celebrate a December birthday
13. Wrap presents
14. Watch “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”
15. Go on a romantic Christmas-y date with someone special
16. Give a gift to someone who didn’t expect one
17. Wear fuzzy socks
18. Enjoy milk and cookies
19. Play a board game with the whole family
20. Do something crafty
21. Send someone far away a Christmas card
22. Attend at least one holiday party
23. Go ice-skating
24. Watch “Jesus is Born” at Champion Church
25. Sing Happy Birthday to Jesus
What is it?
“Life of Pi” is about an Indian man telling a tall tale of his mission of survival out in the sea. It starts from his life in school, his changes through religion as a young boy, and the trip to America. He went on a Chinese boat with his family, and it sank during a huge rain storm. He develops a relationship with a lion who was in the Chinese boat who managed to swim to the life boat. He managed to find a boat and that is where the story really begins.
I thought it was a great movie! It was imaginative, original, and had me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end! It had great character development, even for the animals. This was a great movie, and it is good for all ages and all occasions.
The community college setting, especially at Arizona Western College, not only challenging but very accommodating to the full-time student with a job or that has other obligations. As a non-traditional student, I have learned a few tricks of the trade to make your life easier if going to school is not your only job. Here are 3 tips to keep it all together and have a healthy semester:
Be Mega-Focused: Live in the present. If you are in class, be in class mentally, psycologically, and of course, physically. Take notes and participate in class. Take time to ponder the topics discussed in classWhen studying, do not text with friends and study but do whatever it takes to help you focus on the task at hand (have your pencil sharpened, wear comfortable shoes, put buds in your ears to avoid distractions, turn your cell phone off). The same applies when at home with your family, be present. Don’t try to study at home unless you are positive everyone else is doing something else. Instead, spend time with your spouse or children by watching a movie or going out to eat and do not check school email at home because you may get caught up doing something for school when your loved ones were expecting quality time. All in all, whatever task you are doing, or wherever you are, be there and fully present by preparing a head of time for the moment so you can live in that moment.
Use a Planner/Be Organized: Because you essentially have to be 2 people for a semester (a student and an employee), prepare to use a backpack, your car, and a planner to their fullest extent. The night before, plan your day and put in your car the extra sweater you may need for that class that has the AC turned up too high or put a travel toothbrush and brush in your backpack in case you don’t have time to come home to prepare for your PowerPoint presentation. The syllabi in your classes will be your best friend, take the time to write in a planner all the important events and due dates at the beginning of the semester so on a weekly basis, you know how to prepare for week. The power is really in your hands. As a working student, time is NOT on your side, you have to always be a step ahead to beat it so it won’t beat you. You will feel so empowered as a student when you get things done that even students without jobs were unable to do.
Be honest: You cannot say Yes to everything. As a working student, you will have get very comfortable saying NO, actually. But there is a way to say No, especially when it comes to saying it to someone you care about or it is a bridge you do not want to burn. For example, if a professor has a supplemental study group at their home and you feel pretty confident in the material, say No, so you can spend that time with your family instead or to study for another class that you’re not doing so well in or to get your hair done for yourself! But be sure to let them know that you’ll come to the next session and put the next session in your calendar right then when you’re saying it, so you don’t forget. If your spouse wants to go to the movies over the weekend but you have a paper that is due Monday, say NO. But assure him/her that going to school is only temporary (a semester is only 3 months) and you can have a movie day for a week once you’ve completed the semester or go get the tickets for next weekend…and put it in your calendar, right then. If co-workers, want to hang out after work and you haven’t slept a full night in 3 days, say NO. Instead, have them send you play-by-play pics throughout the night about how it went (turn off your phone, of course) and when you wake in the morning, check them out and give them feedback so they know you care. Don’t forget to text, “Next time, I’m gonna be sitting next to that fountain!” See? Saying No is only temporary. You’re in school for a reason. You have to make sacrifices and communicating that your friends and loved ones is essential. But you don’t have to be stressed just to get through it all.
Have a great 2013!
It’s time to put an end to just humming Christmas songs! We hear them everywhere this time of year. But how many of you actually know the words to these snazzy tunes?
One song, in particular, that we all act like we know the words to is, “The Holiday Season (Happy Holidays). So, here are the words (sing along to the tune!):
Lyrics to The Holiday Season (Happy Holiday) :
While the merry bells keep ringing
May your every wish come true
May the calendar keep bringing
Happy Holidays to you
It’s the holiday season
And Santa Claus is coming back
The Christmas snow is white on the ground
When old Santa gets into town
He’ll be coming down the chimney, down
Coming down the chimney, down
It’s the holiday season
And Santa Claus has got a toy
For every good girl and good little boy
He’s a great big bundle of joy
He’ll be coming down the chimney, down
Coming down the chimney, down
He’ll have a big fat pack upon his back
And lots of goodies for you and me
So leave a peppermint stick for old St. Nick
Hanging on the Christmas tree
It’s the holiday season
With the whoop-de-do and hickory dock
And don’t forget to hang up your sock
“Cause just exactly at 12 o’clock
He’ll be coming down the chimney
Coming down the chimney
Coming down the chimney, down!
courtesy of : www.lyricsmania.com
Did you know that Yuma has a deaf community that is pretty prominent in the high schools and junior high schools (especially Cibola High)? Taking American Sign Language at AWC has opened my eyes to more than just learning a new language but introducing me to another culture here on the Southwest American border.
Usually, on one Saturday each month, ASL students are invited to practice the language at a Deaf Chat at one of our local businesses, the Coffee Bean, located on 4th Avenue.
I attended the chat and was surprised at how I was able to comprehend the language in the short amount of time studying ASL at AWC. Although not required, I was able to even order my coffee in sign language!
The most fascinating part of the Deaf Chat is communicating with Yuma’s very own deaf and hard-of-hearing. There were very open to practicing with me. It has even been known for a student to receive their “deaf name” at one of the chats.
All in all, I am very happy that I had this opportunity to take American Sign Language at AWC. It is not required to go to the Deaf Chats but it certainly enhances my fluidity and brings the lessons about the culture home.
Arizona Western College is certainly a college that gets involved with the community in all subjects.
Thick needles piercing into your skin forcing ink under your flesh, with a buzzing sound in the background as if reminding you of the power it’s taking for the needle to thrust ink farther under your layers of skin. If you think about it, it doesn’t sound as pleasant as it is portrayed to be. When tattoos were first originated they used whatever means necessary to make the imprint. The Japanese were known to use a small needle with a wooden handle to position under the skin. In my opinion that sounds more like human torture! It was not until Thomas Edison invented his stenciling machine that we adapted to the gun. Tattooing was known for men to show their “brotherhood or remembrance”, to one another. The idea that a woman would get a tattoo was repulsive for all ages. Now in 2012, “a recent shows that women outnumbered men in tattoos”, but why is it still looked down upon? Why do women get discriminated against because of their full sleeve of tattoos but not men? Even with these proven statistics, tattoos on women are still socially looked down upon much more than a man.
Challenge: Next time you see a man or woman with a tattoo think to yourself how you would judge that tattoo. Is it more a body art or is it an unnecessary marking? Then think about if that decision was based upon the sex of the person.
On November 7th, I had plenty of free time to burn. So I then decide to look at the AWC calendar to see if there’s any events going on. The reason why I looked it up is because every time I’m busy there’s usually something going on. It’s pretty cool how there’s always something going on. If you’re able to make it to an event AWC has to offer, do it! For an example today I went out to the art gallery here on campus. Ernest Bush is the artist that had his work on display today. There were many paintings and also photographs. You could tell he liked water based colors. The colors he used were very colorful and sometimes dark. As a photographer I enjoy seeing other people’s work. Since everyone has a different point of view, it makes everything interesting/different. Also it gives me helpful tips and ideas for future pictures. All in all, I enjoyed seeing another fellow artist do what they do best.
I went to the Majors for Matadors fair last week. I was working as an Ambassador for the event. I had so much fun and it was amazing to give a tour to Kofa Kings (since I was a king)! I knew some of the students so it was fun to interact with them and show them AWC. There were also other high school students there like Yuma High School and Cibola.
The best part of the Major Fair was the diversity of the booths. It wasn’t just majors; it was clubs, universities, programs, and much more. I really enjoyed learning more about the clubs here at AWC. I learned that there’s actually an honor program for Psychology majors. I also learned that there is a Mathematics Club. I might join since you don’t have to be a genius of math.
Overall, it was a great and very informative experience, I recommend everyone to go next time. You never know if you’re going to find your future career.
Today the massage therapy students were out and about at AWC. My friend Michelle and I went to go see what they were up to. We walked up the 3C building and headed to the Purple Room. Once you saw several massage chairs, you knew you were at the right spot. From there I was able to choose any chair. Then came the relaxing part. The massage felt amazing. It was great to see what fellow Matadors have learned and brought out to show. Next time the massage therapy students come out to do massages I recommend getting one from them! Just remember to keep spare change with you because they deserve the tips!