Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Why Getting Involved On Campus Is A MUST [From A KSU Student Perspective]

Many people come to college and dont get involved on campus. KSU has over 200 organizations for residents and students to take a part in. Getting involved can change a persons experience in college.

There are many benefits, such as:

1.    Making friends:
-   Making friends is a very important part of college. The friends you make in college are the friends that you will have the rest of your life. By getting involved in THRIVE my first year I made friends day one and still have those friends. They were my roommates and are now best friends.

2.    The connection to the campus:
-   Getting involved helps you to connect to the campus more and want to stay at KSU. It shows that those who get involved in college are more likely to stay at that college and enjoy their college years.

3.    Passions and strengths
-   It will help you to find what you like and dont like. By getting involved, you can try different organizations and clubs until you find the right one for you. By becoming involved in an organization or club you can utilize your strengths.

4.    Advisors:
-   By getting involved on campus, you will find advisors to help you get through all 4+ years. When I got involved in the Center For Student Leadership (CSL), I gained multiple advisors that I can go to for anything. Whether I am stressed or just want to talk, they are there for me. My advisors give me advice and help me make the decision that is right for me. My advisors are one of the main reasons I have stayed at KSU.

5.    Resume:
-   Getting involved also helps you to build your resume. Having a good GPA is important, however if you have not participated in any activates or been involved in any organizations then you wont expectancies to put on your resume. Many employers want to see that you have been involved on campus, while still maintaining a strong GPA. They want to see that you can work well with others while doing your job.

Being involved with the CSL and ResLife has changed my life. I met friends that I will have forever and who will always be there for me. I have learned how to be a leader and through that experience have discovered my leadership styles. Being in the CSL and ResLife has given me a reason to stay at KSU and a reason to stay involved on campus. Even if you are not a freshmen, it is not too late to get involved. There are many organizations on campus that have members of all age groups and accept students at any level in school. To get involved, go to Owl Life( and click on organizations and a list of the different organizations will pop up. Under each name is a description. Scroll until you find the club/organization that is right for you.
-Sam, Resident Assistant

Get Out! [Outdoor Adventures In Kennesaw]

A common phrase heard all around KSU’s campus is, “There’s nothing to do…” The real problem isn’t that there’s nothing to do around our campus, but that most students don’t know where to look. Kennesaw is a city rich in American history, culture, and my personal favorite, outdoor adventures.

Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park

Kennesaw boasts many civil war era memorial sights, but the one that stands out to most around our area is the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park. This national park features hiking, running, and biking trails, volunteer opportunities, civil war memorials, and the famous Kennesaw Mountain Battlefield. The battlefield remains empty at all times to preserve the memory and historical events that occurred on the field. All of the national park’s historic sites and attractions can be found at the visitor center. The Kennesaw Mountain Battlefield Park is located about five miles Southwest of downtown Kennesaw on Kennesaw Mountain at 900 Kennesaw Mountain Dr. Kennesaw, GA 30152.

Stone Summit Climbing Gym

College students’ rock climbing interest has exploded recently, and lots of people are taking advantage of the practice gyms around Kennesaw. Stone Summit at Town Center features, of course, lots of climbing walls, with plenty of space and difficulty levels. However, Stone Summit goes further than that; it offers Yoga, Pilates, and other fitness classes. Stone Summit also takes trips and teaches various climbing courses to help customers hone their skills and prepare for the real thing! Climbing is a great way to get in shape, or a great way to get out and try something new. 2801 George Busbee Parkway Kennesaw, GA 30144.


Swift-Cantrell Park

Swift-Cantrell Park serves as one of the premier recreation, relaxation and central gathering places for Cobb County residents. At 42 acres, Swift-Cantrell is the city of Kennesaw’s largest community park. The current features of this park include: two playground sets, a dog park, skateboard ramp, three picnic pavilions, two restroom buildings, one mile x 12-foot-wide perimeter trail, half-mile x 8-foot-wide inner-loop trail, shade structures, acres of open turf for passive recreation, and drinking fountains. Swift-Cantrell is one of the lesser known attractions by KSU students, but possibly one of the best options for anything outdoor. So go check it out! 3140 Old US Highway 41, Kennesaw, GA 30144.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Avoiding The Freshman 15 [Or Sophomore 20]


Make sure you know how to read a nutrition label. Knowing what you are putting into your body BEFORE you eat it is vital!

Try not to multitask while you eat. When you watch TV or work you are more likely to over eat because you are not paying attention.

Choose wisely in the commons. There are plenty of options in the commons, both healthy and unhealthy. Color your plate more often than when you “treat yourself”.

Get active! There are so many outlets to do something good for your body, whether it’s a yoga class, or climbing Kennesaw Mountain! Try to get active everyday- even if it’s something little.

Try to snag some morning classes! They keep you accountable from sleeping in every day, which can be bad for your metabolism and motivation.

Drink a big glass of water before each meal, this can leave you feeling fuller and prevent over-eating.

Do not rush while you eat. It takes your body 20 minutes to communicate to your brain that you are full. If you eat slower you will be less likely to go back for seconds!

Moderation is key! That slice of pizza or dessert you’ve been wanting wont kill you. Think: “moderation not deprivation”.

Try not to drink your calories! This applies to all drinks- especially soda and alcohol. Less is more when it comes to soda, coffee creamer, sugary energy drinks, etc. Choose wisely.

Get enough sleep and drink water. These are two simple things that impact your health and weight.

Don’t be too hard on yourself- know that your body at an age where it is changing and just do what you can to treat it right.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Summer Bucket List!

The following checklist is designed to give you an idea of some things you can do this summer. You can try to complete this list of use this as a guide to create your own. Have fun and have a safe summer! 

 ☐ Watch a sunrise 
 ☐ Watch a sunset 
 ☐ Make ice cream 
 ☐ Go on a picnic 
 ☐ Play flashlight tag  
 ☐ Camp out in your backyard 
 ☐ Read under a tree 
 ☐ Go swimming 
 ☐ Make fresh lemonade 
 ☐ Play in the rain 
 ☐ Wash a car 
 ☐ Hunt for a 4-leaf clover 
 ☐ Climb a tree 
 ☐ Take a meal to someone 
 ☐ Fly a kite 
 ☐ Catch fireflies 
 ☐ Star gaze 
 ☐ Have a sundae on a Sunday 

Monday, May 4, 2015

Nap Well, Live Better

Finals week is coming up faster than we want it to. Pretty soon we’ll be in the season of sleepless nights spent studying our hearts out to try and scrape out the highest possible grade in each of our classes. The problem is, the less we sleep, the harder it is to actually retain the information we are trying to learn. The solution? Take naps! Here are some tips to help you make better use of your nap time:
Consider the Time of Day
Studies show that the most effective time to take naps is between 1 and 3 pm. It’s actually part of human nature to sleep for one long period of time at night and one shorter time period in the afternoon. However, avoid sleeping after 4 pm if you have any plans to sleep at night.

Try Preparatory Naps
Staying up all night isn’t good for you, but if you know you will have to, it is actually better for you to take a nap in advance rather than trying to make up sleep the next day. A nap of about 2 hours can increase alertness for up to 24 hours.

Keep Track of Time
For most people nap lengths of between 10 and 20 minutes work best. Napping for any length longer than 30 minutes will make you groggy when you wake. If you want a longer nap, try and wake up after 90 minutes so that you sleep a full sleep cycle. Waking up in between cycles is what makes you feel so groggy.
Caffeine Nap
If you want to wake up energized try drinking (quickly) a full cup of coffee and immediately going to sleep. If you sleep for about 20 minutes, you should wake up energized.

Set an Alarm
Especially if you aren’t sleeping at night during a time like finals week, don’t just let your body sleep. You will relax better knowing that you will be able to wake up on time (and not sleep through an exam or something else equally horrific!).

Know Yourself

As surprising as it may seem, naps aren’t good for everyone. If you struggle with insomnia, you probably shouldn’t try to take naps. Research has found that avoiding naps can increase night-time sleep in insomniacs. If you try it, and the above tips don’t work for you, you might want to find an alternative to naps. Some people’s bodies just don’t respond well to naps. If you continuously wake up groggy no matter the nap length, you might be one of these people.

Monday, April 27, 2015

An Apple A Day...

As the saying goes, a single apple keeps the doctor away, but there’s more to nutrition than just one apple. It’s a fad diet, something that doesn’t work and typically shown on the infomercials on repeat from 2 am until the morning news.

So what is a fad diet? It’s a product or nutrition plan that promises drastic results.

And who could blame them?! People are always looking for a “get skinny quick” plan.

But there’s more to health than curves and small pants sizes. People of all shapes and sizes can be healthy. Before we talk about diet, let’s talk about exercising: the most essential activity to becoming healthy.

Exercising, like dieting, should depend upon your intended outcome. There are many different ways to exercise and many outcomes to achieve: first and foremost, weight control (there’s more to exercising than weight loss), training for sports, and muscle toning are just a few. There are also suggestions for a minimum level of exercise to maintain a healthy heart. The American Heart Association (AHA) suggests a minimum of 30 minutes of moderate exercise 5 days per week. And again, I’m not saying that everyone needs to go run 5 miles at an 8-minute/mile pace.

Exercise should be personalized, not a one-sized-fits-all! Exercise isn’t even a one-sized-fits-most, and I can’t stress this enough!!!

But I digress.

The American Heart Association is a great resource to learn about how to stay healthy. But it’s more than exercise.

Dieting is a term that many have come to mean “cutting down on food.” But in its very definition, a diet is one’s eating habits, regardless of what those habits are - again, not a one-sized-fits-most. Yes, there are fad diets that give false promises to the masses. The people on the infomercials are less than 1%. Wake up people!!!

For changing your diet, there are many myths, but if you stick to recommended portion sizes and cut out junk food, you’ll be A-Okay! Personalize a plan for yourself, depending on what your exercise outcomes are, and there’s a simple way to do that. The Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) determines how many calories that you would burn in a day of laying in bed or sitting on the couch: basically zero-activity.

Paired with that is the Harris Benedict Equation. I’ll wait while you check that out too:

Are you back? Good. Now here’s how it works. Plug in your personal information into the BMR and figure out how many calories you’d burn flipping through Netflix all day. After you get that, use the Harris Benedict Equation to determine (based on your level of exercise) how many calories you should be eating every day. None of this “2000 calories a day” fad diet (unless that’s what you got in the Harris Benedict formula). There’s also a couple of links for gaining weight and losing weight.

So, let’s recap. If you get nothing out of this article, take away this: don’t do fad diets! Ever!

Also, take the time to learn about what healthy means, not fit, not skinny. Because in the end it matters how your insides work, not how your outside looks. So plan an exercise routine that fits your schedule, one that works for you, and plan a diet that fits your needs that doesn’t involve wearing a funny contraption or drinking some kind of miracle water. Being healthy isn’t always about weight loss, and being skinny doesn’t always mean healthy. Look past the myths and break down the stereotypes.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

25 Tips to Make Finals More Manageable

1.      Create a master to-do list and a schedule for the remaining days in the semester. Break cumulative exams into smaller study units, which will prevent you from feeling overwhelmed and help you monitor your progress daily.
2.     Just get started. Don’t wait until you feel like studying.
3.     Review your notes daily.
4.     Identify the format of the exam. Vary your study technique according to the type of exam.
5.     Predict possible questions. Review old tests, study guides or the course objectives.
6.     Answer questions you didn’t know the first time. If the exam is cumulative and you struggled to master any material, return to it.
7.     Meet with the professor, a tutor or a learning specialist if needed.
8.     Develop summary sheets for each class.
9.     Link new information to things you already know. Forming these associations will help you retrieve information later.
10.   Check the front of your textbook to see if the publisher provides any online study aids.
11.   Set specific measurable goals for each study session to keep yourself on track.
12.   Create mnemonic devices, such as acrostics, rhymes or acronyms, to help you remember information.
13.   Take short breaks. Your brain can process a limited amount of information and benefits from some rest.
14.   Reward yourself with naturally enjoyable activities, such as playing X-box or clicking through Facebook.
15.   Stay healthy. Get some sleep and avoid caffeine. Seriously – your brain with thank you.
16.   Draw it. Create tables, diagrams, mind maps or pictures to represent and organize the information.
17.   Explain it aloud. Go into an empty classroom and pretend to teach the material to someone. Using your own words helps you assess your comprehension, which ultimately aids your memory.
18.   Study in a distraction-reduced environment. Turn off your cell phone, TV and email notifications.
19.   Identify examples or illustrations that embody the concept and demonstrate ways you will utilize the information.
20.   Attempt to answer the questions at the end of the chapter in your textbook.
21.   Quiz yourself. Cover up your notes and try to explain them. Create flashcards. If you find yourself struggling to remember, try different techniques to learn the material.
22.   Form a study group and develop a practice test together.
23.   Manage your anxiety. By listen to calming music, stretching or breathing deeply, you can avoid stress and release negative thoughts.
24.   Overlearn the material.  When you think you are finished, keep going.

25.   Finally, examine your beliefs about learning. It does not happen quickly and intelligence is not fixed. Stay positive and persist, believing that talent can be developed. You can learn material by working hard, seeking help and using effective strategies.