Roommate Etiquette

BY: RUTH PETIT-BOIS

So now you’re living with a bunch of people you probably just met mid-August. At this point in the semester, I really hope you guys are getting along. I can tell you that college was and still is an amazing experience because of the people I lived with. The fact that I had people that I lived with who were just getting acquainted with the “First Year Residence Experience” and the college life just like I was was great as we bonded over similar struggles despite being in completely different majors.

I can say that having diverse roommates can definitely help you out by letting you glimpse into the life of a stranger. You never really know someone until you live with them after all. You can have absolutely everything in common or you could be polar opposites. But that is what makes the whole roommate thing (especially random roommate thing) really, really fun.

I want to help you out with your new living partners. I want to give you guys 5 things you can do together to have fun and get to know one another a little better. They worked (and still work) for me, and they will hopefully work for you!

1. Go eat together

Whether it is at Stingers (where you can meet up with your other awesome new friends), or at the Marietta Diner, nothing bonds two people better than eating in one another’s presence. During this meal time you can learn about each other and you can figure out what you both like to eat. You can talk about how good, or bad, the meal is and the habits of other patrons. As you probably already know, dinner is a great way to get into those very awkward silences where you’ll both be scrambling for something to say to fill in those empty spaces. While that may be a bad thing at first, soon enough you guys will stumble on topics that you both are very enthusiastic about and you’ll be having normal conversations just like normal people… Great huh?

2. Walk to class together

Do you guys leave at the same time to go to the same building or at least in the same direction? I think rather than awkwardly waiting three minutes for your roommate to leave and give you sufficiently enough time so you can walk alone, try ad switch it up and make the trek together. It beat silence and it is a great way to gripe or praise the class and teacher decisions you made earlier in the summer. Hopefully you took my advice from my “Choosing Your Classes” post from late July/early August!

3. Study together

The conference rooms were made for a reason. I know I made my very best friends by studying in the conference rooms. By having your roommate come with you to study, you can bypass the weird stage of being in a room or space by yourself and have your living buddy there with you to spark conversation. After all, let’s face it you both need to be studying for your classes regardless. Even with your roommate there, you can also make other friends as other studiers who just want to make a better grade and a new friend join your group.

4. Chat with one another 

As you can see, I am commanding that you guys spend a lot of time talking with one another. How else do you expect to know one another better? Since you guys are living in the same place you guys can just make the short walk into the common room and just talk. If you have already reached a close enough point, go into one another’s rooms and resume the chat from there. It is convenient and it is also great because you don’t have to go to another room to find your social fix, you can just talk to your roommate! Another pro to connecting with your roommate now is that you can room together again next year of you don’t like change. You also don’t really have to do all these steps all over again for your new living partners.

5. Go to campus events together

Finally, I think you guys should make an effort to go campus events together. Especially if you are a part of the First Year Residence Experience (FYRE). You should make every effort to try to be a part of the events going on on campus. Your Resident Assistants work really had to organize events for you to take a step back from your studies and instead of going by yourself you can go with your roommate. This eliminates the awkward wait as you hope for your other friends to arrive because you are with your roommate and you can make a safe return to your dorm as you will probably be walking in groups of two or more.

Like I stated earlier, I really hope you and our roommates are getting along! If you aren’t, please take a look and try these steps above. They helped me and I think they can help you. As you can see, talking in a major factor in getting to know each other so if you are introverted try to break out of that shell. I promise you, the results are way worth the risk.

Roommate Etiquette

How to Get an On-Campus Job

BY: RUTH PETIT-BOIS

It’s been a hectic start to the semester guys, what with financial aid, dropping and adding classes and making sure to get enough sleep. I’ve been away for a while, but I’m here now! :)

I hope you guys are ready for me to drop some more knowledge on you. And this time it isn’t philosophical, moral, or parental-like guidance! No, what I’m going to give you is the precious key to making money (all without having to hop into your car and zipping off to some fat food chain to pick up after people you don’t know!). I know, I’m amazing.

I kid, obviously. But the sentiment is still the same.

So maybe where you’re from, while you were in high school, you were in school and working part-time to help pay for your car insurance, or your phone bill, or maybe even for the tuition for school now. Flash-forward and now you are probably hours away from your old job, you are in a new school but you don’t have any money. Not for the gas in your car, not for the toilet paper in your bather, not even for the dollar menu at McDonald’s (now that’s a struggle).

Not everyone is blessed with parents who give them a college allowance like a salary. So let’s get you some extra change in your pocket so that you aren’t looking at your “bordering on zero” bank account any longer and when your friends ask you if you want to go to Marietta Diner this weekend, you can confidently tell them yes and have a good time.

So Step One!

Go to SPSU’s Website –> Go to Current Students –> Go to Career Services under “Student Services” –> An then click on Career Link!

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Or, you know, you can click right here to go straight to Career Link. But because I doubt you have this blog post open 24/7, I suggest you should do the above steps to familiarize yourself with how to get there on your own. I’ll tell you why in a sec.

So now you scrolling all the way to the bottom and register just like you would with Facebook or Twitter. And when you finally log in, you should be brought to a page that looks like this:

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Once on that page, click on Jobs! And you will see a list of jobs in the area. Can you see now why I suggested you familiarize yourself with how to get to this page? The Career Link database can help you find jobs, internships, and co-ops that are not just on campus or for the duration of your education, but for graduation and beyond. Career Link is a valuable tool if you want to find employment quickly and easily as these jobs (& employers if you are brave enough to click on that tab! ;)) are looking to hire Southern Polytechnic students! Cool right?

So anyway, click on jobs and click on Advanced Search. It is to the far right of the search bar.

A complicated list of drop down menus and text boxes will show up, but all you have to do is just go the box that is labeled Position Type and select On Campus Job.  Them press search!

Bam! Life made easy! You found a list on on-campus job! Congratulations! Now start applying.

The best times to look through this list is the beginning of the semester and the end of the semester. The departments will then be looking for hire-es because people may have graduated, transferred, or you know, dropped out. Who really knows?

Another great place to find jobs is through email and then just walking around and asking if the department is hiring. It pays to do work. … (hahahahaha…)

Okay so hopefully you guys have a glimpse of what Career Link is, and you know how to find some jobs on campus! Off campus jobs are great, but on campus jobs are very convenient and do not require much from you. These positions are very competitive though so make sre you get in there early!

That was my gold nugget advice! Hope to see you guys soon!

–RPB

How to Get an On-Campus Job

Reasons to Consider Greek Life

BY: CATHERINE BROWN

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So for those of you who have not already heard, Sorority and Fraternity recruitment is right around the corner. For some of y’all, that might sound scary but for others, it might sound awesome and interesting.

For both groups of people, I suggest coming out to the Panhellenic meet and greets (for the ladies) or the IFC round robin (for the guys), which is where you really get a chance to meet the chapters in a more casual setting and have the opportunity to find your forever friends. I made the decision to “go Greek” and it was one of the best decisions I have ever made; I love my sisters and know that if I ever needed anything I could go to them for help.

But, enough about MY experience because this post is all about what YOU can get out of joining Greek Life at SPSU.

  1. A home away from home

I don’t care how cheesy you think that sounds you will shortly realize how important a support system is and in my opinion nothing is better than a support system that is ultimately working towards the same goal. This is especially important to those females on campus because I am sure you have noticed in your classes that there really are not that many females at Southern Poly. Sororities are a perfect way to find your fellow females because even for myself who was raised with boys it is nice to spend time with other females. Also you learn “It’s not four years it’s for life” which means once you are a sister you have friends that you can count on for life plus going to bid day as an alumni is pretty exciting.

  1. Leadership Opportunities

Joining any organization is really going to give you the opportunity of learning leadership but with Greek life there are a lot more opportunities for education on what leadership really means. With Greek lettered organizations, your brothers or sisters really want nothing more than to see you succeed and that includes in leadership roles. My first year after recruitment in the sorority I took on a position that was really perfectly suited for me and with the time you’ll spend with your brothers or sisters they will help you find that perfect position for you as well. There is also a minimum GPA requirement to join each Greek lettered organization which you are required to maintain which also ensures your success in college itself.

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There are literally a bazillion other reasons that Greek Life is amazing but I don’t want to bore you with a ten page paper why I love Greek life when you can get out there yourself and fall in love with Greek life like I have.

Visit the link below to check out the dates for Panhellenic recruitment events

http://www.spsu.edu/studentlife/greek/panhellenic/Ties.pdf

Visit the link below to check out this last week of IFC recruitment events.

http://ifcspsu.wix.com/rush

Reasons to Consider Greek Life

A Hornet’s Tale

By: Shah Zafrani
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There I was…

…17 years old and ready to start my real education. My plan was to attend a college in-state and then transfer to Georgia Tech after two years. So, my decision of where to go first didn’t mean much to me. I weighed out my options and finally decided to go to SPSU thinking I would enjoy a small school for a few years. I signed up for Jumpstart which was a program that let me start classes in the Summer right after I graduated from high school. I was very excited to start college and I had no clue that I was about to have one of the best summers of my life!

Fast-forward 4 months…

…I was a Desk Assistant for Residence Life on campus, and I had joined the Student Government Association. I was loving the small school environment and the green, walkable campus. It wasn’t long until I decided that I wanted to finish my 4 years off at this welcoming University.

Continue to fast-forward nearly three more years and I’m now counting down the classes till I graduate using the fingers on my two hands. I’m on the SGA Student Council and involved in running the International Students Association. I’ve been proud to call this place my home and look forward to using the skills, and knowledge that I’ve gained here out in the workplace and wherever I go in life. But first I have one more year of classes and debauchery.

And that, my friends, is the story of how I came here and evolved into a Hornet!

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A Hornet’s Tale

Red Top Mountain

By: Drew Forbes

If you like getting outdoors, you might not be a stranger to the fun of hiking in northern Georgia. I’ve seen many of the local mountains, but Red Top Mountain remains one of my favorites on the virtue that you can swim on location.

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You can also camp out in the park’s campsites. My high school swim team took a couple of camping trips here. I can confirm that you’ll have a good time if you like camping and don’t want to have to hike between your car and the campsite.

There’s an impressive total of six different trails here. You can go mountain biking, take a hike that’ll give you a good workout, or take a short stroll on a paved trail. Hear it straight from the website: “There are 12 1/2 miles of wooded hiking trails in the park. These vary from 1/2 mile to 5 1/2 miles, traverse the woods and the shoreline, and vary in ratings from easy to moderate.”

Parking is $5 for a day. If you want to plan a trip there, check out the maps or the other resources on the website.

Have fun!

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Textbook Shopping for the Frugal

By: Laura Sherman

It’s almost that semi-annual time of buying your textbooks! But before you empty your wallet- try to save a few bucks by buying some not-so-new books.

Start by looking on Banner Web to see your required books for the classes you’ve registered for. Sometimes, you can already skip a few of the books that are listed as “optional”. More times than not, you can get by without them.

Mentally sort your books into these 3 categories:

  • Workbooks/Lab books that need to be purchased NEW
  • SPSU-ONLY Textbooks that were written by SPSU Professors
  • Generic Books (i.e. books that can be found on Amazon.com)

For the SPSU-ONLY textbooks, you can save a lot of money by going right across the street from Southern Poly to:

Southern Engineers Bookstore at 1011 S Marietta Pkwy SE, Marietta, GA 30060. You can see what their book prices are and then come back to the SPSU Bookstore. You can tell them the price of the book across the street and usually SPSU’s Bookstore will match the prices!

Most SPSU students end up consigning their books there. You can find many of the most recent editions of professors’ books gently used. You also get to flip through the pages to make sure nothing’s been ripped out or drawn in. But be sure to get there early! The best books go fast!

  • If you’re buying a new/gently-used textbook that you don’t need to write in, invest in a book sleeve and keep the book in like-new condition. Selling the book “like-new” immediately after your course can sometimes give you a full refund!
  • Don’t risk buying a used lab workbook. If the day comes that you’re in class and a page is missing, that’s a missed grade. The extra dough is worth it.
  • If you’re feeling extra-thrifty, try the SPSU Free and For Sale Facebook page. If you get lucky, someone might be willing to sell/give you a textbook on your shopping list!
  • For all your supplementary needs, go to a thrift store and rummage through their textbook section. Having multiple versions of the same information can help you study!
Textbook Shopping for the Frugal

Pro-Tips For The New Semester: Choosing Classes

By: Ruth Petit-Bois

School is approaching soooo quickly. It may not seem like it, but trust me before you know it, it’ll be August and if you have siblings still in public school, they will be heading back and then it’s only a matter of time before it’s your turn.

You’re probably really excited if you’re a freshman. It’s a whole new world! A whole new environment! These are the final years that anyone ever finishes off with “the best years of your life.” Now there is a pressure to making these next four years years all about the stories you can tell your kids and the stories you will keep under lock and key til the end of time (or til you reminisce with the ones who were witness).

I’m here to offer some last minute tips to making college bearable. Things I wish I knew before I entered college for the first time. Things that you learn as an upperclassman through experience (aka: the hard way). Be grateful that I’m telling you these right now.

I’m Studying What?

Fresh out of high school you still probably have this schedule in mind: English, Math, Social Studies, Science, Elective, Elective. Only now that you are going onto college you’re probably going to be thinking like: English 1001, Math 1113, HIST 1111, BIOL 2107K, SPSU 1001, Major Class. You’re going to have to get rid of the mindset that you need to take a bunch of core classes all at once. For one thing, college doesn’t work that way, and two, you don’t have enough time in the day to take a bunch of core classes while trying to complete your degree. If you were to do the schedule I listed above you’d be taking 18 credit hours. You would be pretty much struggling to handle your coursework and your social life. Not the best start to “the best four years of your life” and it will kill you at the end of your college career. Don’t be that person who is stuck in all major classes come your junior year. Your core classes offer a much needed breather in between all the stress. Space these out evenly over the years.

I Wake Up When?

There are only a very few orientations left. This information came a little late, but if you decide to take this advice to heart, there is still some merciful time to change it. If you are thinking of taking 8am-3pm classes on the premise of “I woke up at 6am to catch the bus/drive to school every day at high school and got out at 2pm. I’ll be fine”. Don’t. Take it from someone who made that mistake. My freshman year I signed up for an 8am Pre-calculus class for every day except Wednesday because I thought I could handle it much like I did in high school and the only reason why I don’t regret that decision is because now I know better. Love yourself. Take classes at a reasonable hour. If you don’t have to wake up at 7am every morning to make it to class at 8 because there is another slot open.Don’t. Take the other slot.

I’m Taking That Class With Who?

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If you are going to pick a professor for the rest of the semester, please go on RateMyProfessor.com to double check if you really want to take them. Rate My Professor is a biased site as you can get feedback from both the slackers and the triers in one spot, but usually the advice on the site is legit and you can get a really quick snapshot of what the rest of the year is going to be like just by viewing a couple of comments.  Sometimes there isn’t a choice in who you want to take, but if you end up getting a choice, it is great to see how previous students reacted to the professor you are about to take.

I’m Supposed to Go Where?

The day before school starts, I always make it a habit to go to the classroom where my classes are going to be. That way, I eliminate the struggle of having to look for the classroom and showing up late because I don’t know where I am going. I also do this so I can grab the best seats in the room. Sometimes your grades correlate to where you are sitting when the professor is teaching. Make sure along with knowing who and what you are going to take, take care to also know where.

I Had To Leave How Long Ago?

I missed several classes at the beginning of my first semester because while I did create the schedule I would follow and who I would take, I still wasn’t used to going to class at say, 2pm. My roommate can attest the multiple times I’d scramble out the door in the most undignified fashion because I found out I completely forgot I had a date with the SPSU’s Hitchhiker’s 1001 class 30 minutes ago. Set up some alarms to make sure you get yourself to class on time. Walking in to your English 1101 class 25 minutes late isn’t a cute look (and it scores you ZERO points with the professor). You’re in college now. Act like it.

That is what I’m going to tell you about classes. Next I’ll be telling you about choosing your friends! I hope you can use this info well! See you next week! :)

Pro-Tips For The New Semester: Choosing Classes