By: Sharon Nellist This is it. Ten more days until… FINALS WEEK. I am usually of mixed emotions during this time: glad that the workload will be placed on a brief hold, and sentimental over the ending of classes that I truly enjoyed. I had the privilege of taking a course in which the grade is solely up to me. It is a beautiful array … Continue reading I AM A CREATURE OF HABIT
By Kellie Doherty This week is Thanksgiving. A time for laughter and cheer, for friends and family, for great food and even better company. A lovely little holiday leading up to The Big One. But honestly? It’s some pretty terrible timing. Next week is Dead Week here on campus and finals are literally just around the corner. (T-minus 14 days, in fact.) And I know … Continue reading Give Thanks for Thanksgiving
By: Sharon Nellist Can you imagine going into your senior year and doubt the major that you have so painstakingly been working toward the last few years? Well, I certainly can. HELP! My most recent thoughts: I am certain of the type of job I am looking for…. But will my current major get me there? Will my major hurt my chances of getting this … Continue reading STUMPED in Stumptown…
There is a secret held by many a Portland State student, closely guarded, but not really secret; not shameful, but not boasted of. We keep it from others, and ourselves as well. It is the grinding, relentless poverty of the college student. Students push poverty out of their minds, taking loan after loan each term without dwelling on the ramifications, trying to hang on until graduation, … Continue reading A relentless secret at PSU . . .
Here are some academic tricks I’ve learned at Portland State. I hope these hints help you become a stellar Viking scholar: Calendar Your Studies. Enter ALL assignment and exam deadlines into your calendar or organizer. Planning ahead saves cramming later! Don’t be a perfectionist. I don’t advocate skipping readings, but when an exam is upon you, there may be more benefit … Continue reading “Man, I Wish I Knew This When I Started!”
A few weeks back, I was low on money and had to budget in order to eat at least once a day. Fortunately, I was helped out by my girlfriend, who kept me alive by buying me meals. I am truly grateful to her for taking care of me. As a student, I have many educational expenses. Books, tuition, and course fees mount up to … Continue reading Failing to Plan is Planning to Fail
At one point, I was a freshman, eager to go to my first university class, but not knowing what to expect. Inexperienced and with no siblings who had gone through the college life before, I was all on my own. Class registration, time management, budgeting, making friends, housing, food, finding a job, and numerous more things were all put on my plate at once. This … Continue reading Navigating PSU as a Student of Color