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(Anne Schott) Permanent link

You’ve missed me, right?

My smile…the way I toss my hair…No? Not even a little bit?

No? Not even a little bit?


Well, if you’re one of the few people who have missed my posts this fall (Hi, Mom!), I apologize.

The truth is, I’ve been extraordinarily busy in school. This is one semester where I got waaay more than my money’s worth of wisdom from Montgomery College.

In marketing, we created surveys and developed pricing strategies and learned all sorts of new words like slotting fee. (And no, it has absolutely nothing to do with slot machines or Vegas.) My hands-down favorite project was the radio ad that my classmate Noriko and I worked on together. In a flash of pure genius, Noriko came up with the idea to create an ad for Professor Gentile's law practice. (Who even knew that he has a law practice? I thought Montgomery College was his entire life.) 

In SP 112 Business and Professional Speech Communications with Professor Johnson, we learned so much about how people behave in organizations that at one point I thought my head might actually burst. I now possess an almost uncanny ability to reduce anybody, myself included, down to a series of  amazingly accurate stereotypes.  If you’re trying to figure out what makes your snarky boss tick, this class is for you.  I’ll go out on a limb and say that it’s even more revealing than visiting a psychic for a full Tarot card reading. (Unless you actually enjoy the incense, weird music, and fur-shedding cats.)

In English 240 The Organization and Development of Technical Documents, I put in a lot of hours creating a business website. I learned that writing and designing documents for the web is both a science and an art form. Creating the website was the fun part of the project. The slightly less fun part of this project was developing the charts, schedules and budgets for the actual 25-page production plan. But somehow, Professor Davis managed to make even that part pretty ok.  (Useful tip #27: When estimating any budget or timetable in a production plan, multiply your initial guess by 9.5. This nifty little mathematical trick is guaranteed to bring you closer to your actual number. In that way, it's fairly similar to estimating the calories in an Applebee’s chocolate brownie.

Friends, I hope your semester has been as good as mine and that your are wiser, happier, and that much closer to reaching your goals in 2012.




Montgomery College In The Year 2011

(Shaswat Koirala) Permanent link

I am done with all my finals, and I am eagerly waiting for my grades. Everything went well this semester. I have totally enjoyed blogging, and I hope you guys have enjoyed reading my blogs too. We are nearing the end of 2011. A lot of things have happened this year at Montgomery College. Today, I want to share some of the significant dates to be aware of, in the year 2011.

January 5, 2011 – Our College visited the NASDAQ Market Site in New York City’s Times Square to ring the NASDAQ Stock market closing bell. The NASDAQ OMX Educational Foundation started an endowed scholarship fund with the Montgomery College Foundation in 2008.

February 3, 2011 - Montgomery College received a $200,000 grant from Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States to provide scholarships to health science students. Our college also secured another $10,000 gift from the Reznick Group to create a new online course, Introduction to Environmental and Social Sustainability.

February 23, 2011 – On this day, our College’s youtube channel posted this hilarious video. This video  makes me feel proud to be a MC student:

July 13, 2011 - Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce (GGCC) decided to raise $25,000 in scholarships for MC. I was one of the recipients of the scholarship.

August 2, 2011 – Our College partnered with WEPA to start implementing pay-for-print in libraries, labs and learning centers.

September 4, 2011 – President Dr. Pollard expressed her support to Maryland Dream Act, which would grant in-state tuition to undocumented Maryland students, after a complex verification process. Even though I am a legal resident, I totally support our college's stand on allowing illegal immigrants to enroll at the in-county rate. We are humans. Let's not fall prey to inhumane mentality of over emphasizing man-made boundaries around the world :)

September 16, 2011 – Happy 65th Birthday to MC!

September 23, 2011 – The new $74-million science center officially opened for classes. To know more about this, please click here.

October 14, 2011 – Our College celebrated the Multi-Ethnic Student Academic Excellence Awards. The award honored more than 800 Asian, Hispanic, Black/African American students who achieved 3.5 GPAs and higher. I was also one of the recipients of the award.

November 6, 2011 - The Rockville Women’s Soccer team won the NJCAA Division III National Championship.

November 14, 2011 - Montgomery College Foundation secured $50,000 gift from the David Bruce Smith Family Foundation.

November 18, 2011 - The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) named Music Prof. Dawn Avery as the 2011 Maryland Professor of the Year.

These were few important dates I could gather from Montgomery College’s Facebook page. There might be many other important dates and events I missed. However, please consider this as my personal priority list. Let me know what you think about it. My winter break begins tomorrow, and I think I will not be blogging during this break. I hope you all will have a great winter break. We will meet again next semester. Until then, have a Merry Christmas and a safe New Year

Happy Winter Break!

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 What luck I have! sadI finished my last final today and officially today is the start of winter break! Remember my last post I was rambling on about how I couldn’t wait for winter break? Well, the start to my winter break totally bites. I mean I must be the only person who becomes so ill when all the fun is supposed to begin! Makes me look back to the day I was in CVS and my boyfriend decided to get the flu shot and of course a stubborn person like me refused and said “I never get the flu, out of my 21 years of life I only got it once.” Make that twice now!

Well, anyways I hope y’all enjoyed this semester at Montgomery College. It has been quite the experience. Running around getting dressed every morning, always looking for that missing shoe. Always making it to class, right on the dot! Yea, I won’t miss that as much as I’ll miss the people who I became close too. I must say, the people in the Montgomery College atmosphere are truly unique with a ton of personality. Without them this experience wouldn’t be as incredible without them. Who knows, perhaps these are the days we make our life long friends? That would be awesome! Getting an education along with meeting fantastic people that can maybe someday turn into the kind of friendship where you chit chat about the old days at MC. Although, that is nice to think about, I’m not in a hurry to leave MC yet.

I hope everyone has an amazing holiday season and winter break! Rest up because you deserve it! Thankfully, this isn’t my last goodbye, I will be writing next semester.

*If you’re are not sick and tired of writing just yet, please let me know how your experience at Montgomery College has influenced you!*


Good Luck and Happy Holidays!!!!

(Keren Nathalie Urrutia) Permanent link

The end of the semester is here.... unbelievable!!


It seems like it was yesterday that I was complaining about how far away Christmas looked, and how busy I would be during the semester… and now it’s over.

I would like to thank all of you who have read my blog and commented during this semester. This was a great experience that I really enjoyed.

I had so much fun this semester!

I took many interesting classes, received a couple of academic awards, became a phi theta kappa member, worked as the vice president of the student senate, founded a writing club at the TPSS campus, wrote my own novel, worked for The Excalibur (and learned how to layout the newspaper too!!! Grab a copy. They are everywhere on campus), attended several interesting events, meet great people, and became very involved with the Student Life office and the Service Learning office.

Now, finals are here.  I’m almost done with them and ready to enjoy a long and deserved break. I will say that I’m going to miss school during the break. For some reasons, I always do. I’ll miss my friends (u know who you areJ), my professors, and the people who I spent my time with this 4 months. I learned a lot from them, and I hope next semester will be as instructive as this one if not more.

Oh well… like I said… this was a great experience. I guess I’ll see you all around and thank you once again for taking the time to read my blog J

Enjoy your break, and have a merry Christmas, happy holidays, or anything you celebrate! Enjoy this time away from school because next semester will be here soon J


GGCC Scholarship Award

(Shaswat Koirala) Permanent link

The Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce (GGCC) awarded five MC students, a one-year full scholarship, at the GGCC Gala & Annual Awards Ceremony held yesterday, December 8, 2011. I was one of the recipients of the prestigious award, and I've decided to begin this blog with respect and thankfulness to all the donors and sponsors. Thank you!

The event was held at the Hilton Hotel, Gaithersburg, MD. We were given a great opportunity to meet our college president Dr. DeRionne P. Pollard, Vice President Dr. Sanjay Rai, Senator Nancy King, and several other business leaders. Ms. Kathy Stevens, who is the director of annual giving at Montgomery College, gave us a very warm welcome, and accompanied us throughout the program. Another great part of the meeting was that I got a chance to make friends with other award winners: Syed, Alfredo, Bubacarr, and Rich -- and we have started adding each other on facebook :) I also had a great interaction with Mr. James G. Muir, Assistant VP of the Hughes Network Systems, who had worked hard to raise $25,000 for Montgomery College students

Let me get quite philosophical now. When I first came to the US two years ago, I had no clue where I would be heading in this journey of life. All I knew is I believe in present. Life is always uncertain. More than 150,000 people die every day in this world and double that number are born. My point is let's do something today. The awards, and encouragements I have been getting, make me realize I have to return more than what I have got. I feel the responsibility has been added to my shoulders to contribute to my college, my community, and the entire world. Life is not only about being born, eating, partying, making love, getting a degree, being successful, having a family, raising children, and finally dying. Isn't everyone doing the same? There are needy people everywhere in this world, and I think we all should be compassionate about humanity. We look at the world from our macro perspective, and we don't understand the pain among homeless people asking us for a dollar at red lights. Remember friends, there is a famous saying "Some people never learn compassion until tragedy strikes them."

In the end, I have a request for you guys. As a vice-president of the women's studies club, in partnership with the Nepalese Community in Maryland, we have started a fundraiser to save an innocent's life. She is Sarita D.C, a 11-year-old, who is suffering from ITP, a blood disease, due to which her body is unable to produce blood. Her family cannot afford the expensive treatment, and they already are facing large amounts of debts. Let's sacrifice a cup of coffee for a day, and join the cause. Every dollar counts! Here is the facebook page which contains all the information about the fundraiser, and you can also find the donation link on this page:  Help Sarita

Before I leave, I want to share some of the photos of the event, taken by my sister, Samriddhi. 

Best of luck for your finals! I will see you guys next week.


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The Holiday Season Dilemma

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I am counting down the days and the number of hours until winter break!



First things first, I still have finals I have to prepare for. Before, I can embrace the laziness of winter, I have to motivate myself to finish up school with a BANG! It is difficult for me to focus especially since the holidays are near. I find myself distracted from school and more focused on the holidays, worrying about presents, decorating the house, saving up enough money, so if you are anything like me, here are a few tips to balance finals and getting prepared for the holiday season:

1. Study while shopping? Sounds strange and maybe frustrating, but there is a way to study while you shop for gifts. Before, you make your way to the mall, make a list: List of gifts (if you already have an idea in mind what you want to get people.) Or just list people whom you need to buy for (in case you don‘t know what to get people.) Now to squeeze in some study time there is an application for phones. I use an application called Quizlet! It creates flash cards, you can use it for math, history, reading, sociology, etc. So while you are waiting in line, eating, or perhaps you’re waiting on someone in the dressing room. Use your phone and download the Quizlet application. You’ll be surprised on how convenient it is and how much it does help.

2. Wrap, break, wrap, break: Wrapping presents can wait, but if you have a huge family it is better to start wrapping sooner rather then later. Also, leaning over to wrap these presents can cause your back to hurt over a long period of time. So, to fix this dilemma I printed out my anthropology articles and sat them next to me. Every time, I wrapped a gift I would take two to five minutes reading through the article and anointing. This allows my back to have a mini break and this helps me to prepare for my final which is on Monday.


3. Relax!: Lastly, treat yourself to some cookies, holiday movies, or if you’re already set up for the holidays use the peaceful environment to collect yourself and study. Sometimes I’ll have my little sisters quiz me and every time I get a question right I’ll treat myself to a cookie. Other times, if I am alone I’ll watch a movie and during the commercial break I’ll study some more.

Those were my tips for the holiday season and for finals. I wish everyone luck! Hang in there, because less then a week from now we’ll have a break.










National Debt from a student's perspective...

(Keren Nathalie Urrutia) Permanent link

On Monday, I had the chance to attend a very interesting forum, along with four other students and faculty, where we discussed the national debt and approaches that our political leaders could take in order to reduce it...

I really enjoy participating in events like this because they make me grow as a person and student. In addition, I enjoy hearing other people who have a lot of experience in these kind of topics, and it's always nice to learn from them.

During this particular event, we had the chance to give our input as students and new generation, and we discussed how we can help or do something in favor of the country as well as the reasons why the country is in this situation in the first place.

It was very interesting to hear what more experienced people have to say about the national debt. We discussed many things I hadn't personally considered before, and my knowledge about national debt increased greatly. The other people attending the forum were also very nice to us, the youngest ones, and made us feel that our opinions matter too. They were very respectful to our opinions and, in some cases, even agreed with us.

It was a great experience! I'm looking forward to the chance of attending another event like this.

I truly appreciated all of the opportunities I have thanks to my involvement with Student Life. I know that if I weren't as involved as I am, I wouldn't be selected to attend these events. I'm truly grateful that my professors and advisors have faith in me, and allow me to do all this kind of things!!!

On another note... tonight I have to present my paper on America Foreign Policy in the honors' colloquium. Another great experience added to my list!!! :)




Memorable Moments at MC

(Antoine Battle) Permanent link

The time I have  spent at Montgomery College has been an unforgettable experience.  The following are some memorable moments:

1. The MC Student Blogger Interview:  In the middle of the my interview to become a MC Student Blogger, at the Montgomery College Office of Communication, the fire alarm went off. Therefore, the interviewer and I had to evacuate the building. Fortunately, we were able to finish the interview--15 minutes later.

2. HS202 Radical Sixties Presentation:  My classmates and I wanted to go above and beyond for our history presentation, "Radical Sixties"; so, we dressed up as JFK, Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), a Native American chief, a Black Panther, and a Woman's Suffrage leader.  In addition, we had accompanying background music that reflected the sixities, such as Edwin Starr's "War."

3. New Student Orientation (NSO): In August of 2011, I volunteered at every NSO on the TP/SS campus, and I had an excellent time.  At the beginning of each NSO, I passed out everything from  MC catalogs and Student Insider's Guide and Planners to First-Year Experience (FYE) refrigerator magnets and water bottles.  In addition, at the end of each NSO, I led a campus tour, showing important places and introducing them to professors and other faculty members.

4. MC Student Leadership Summit:  This event brought together students from the Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park/Silver Spring campuses to attend leadership workshops. 

Today, I will have another memorable moment because I am presenting at a Renaissance Scholars Honors Colloquium. I will be presenting for ten minutes about plate tectionics.

Thank you reading my blog entry. 

Peace and blessings,



Hi December !

(Shaswat Koirala) Permanent link

Hi everyone,

I had a great thanksgiving break, and I hope all of you did too. We are going back to the same old schedule, but this time with the joy of the semester coming to an end. I know most of you have started counting down your days; so have I. 

Today I have few photos to share with you guys. Check'em out !

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Some of my friends didn't know that Germantown Campus is the home of Gryphons. It is our official mascot. Likewise, Rockville campus's offcial mascot is "Knights", and Takoma Park-Silver Spring campus's official mascot is "                   ". 

It's blank. The college website has left a blank space under Mascot section of TP/SS campus. Any ideas ?

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I love "Ride On" bus. I generally use it twice a week, and it's a very satisfying experience. By making a one-time payment of about 40 bucks, a MC student can use the bus service for an entire semester. It has certainly helped students with financial needs, international students -- and also the students who are working on their driving licenses, especially when it is not so easy to pass "Road Test" and obtain a driving license in Maryland.

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This is why Ride On rocks. Most of us have probably suffered through the crowded parking lots.

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Now that's what I call awesomeness -- a relaxed bike ride to the campus -- and a great way to explore the environment. I should try this someday. What say you ?

That's it for today. I've recently started using "twitter". So, follow me and I'll follow you back :) 

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 Have a good one guys. Take care and keep reading.  


A Greek Thanksgiving?

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It has been a busy week. Thanksgiving was absolutely amazing, but it took a lot for me to stay awake. Not only did I have three huge meals provided by my mother, my step mom, and my boyfriend’s dad, I also had a project due on Monday

Trust me, juggling between family and school is hard especially during a holiday.

Let me explain my project: This project is on Greek culture. I had to interview two people and survey five people who are of the Greek decent. So most of my holiday was spent on the road meeting these people which were so kind to take time away from there family to meet me and contribute to this project. Specifically, I forced on Greek marriage and their values towards marriage.

Surprisingly, this is probably the first project I’ve ever enjoy creating. It was very hands on and I felt so honored to meet these people and to learn what they have been taught from their mother and their father.

Luckily, my project was recorded, so if you would like to see what I did over my break please check it out.

Here’s the link:

On other note: If you’re interested in anthropology or sociology, perhaps journalism too, I suggest you take reading/anthology 120. It mainly is a reading course, but it taught me a lot about different cultures and it’s great because as you take this class, you become more worldly. Also, if you’re one of those people who likes to move around and can’t sit still, you should consider it because the final project keeps you moving. And you have a chance to meet very interesting people.

Professor Rock, is my recommendation if you decided to take this class. She is fun and she enjoys working with her students. She is passionate about her lessons.


Writing Club coming soon!!!

(Keren Nathalie Urrutia) Permanent link

So, I decided to start a new club at the TPSS campus.

For some reason unkown to me, we don't have a writing club otherwise I would be already involved in it. So, this semester, with the help of a couple of good friends, I decided to start a new club.

Given that I have a million things going on, I decided the most reasonable thing was to wait till next semester, but I already started the process to get the club approved by the end of this semesters.

Currently, at least 15 people have shown interest in the club, and I hope that for our first meeting, which will be on Tuesday 6th at ST256 at 2:15pm, we have enough people to approve the constitution and semesters goals.

Our advisor is one of my former English professors who was the one who encouraged me to get involved with student life and community service, and currently we are working together to start the club and having it running by next semester!!

I'm pretty excited about this because I truly enjoy writing, and I know that with the help of my advisor and my friends who also are putting a lot of effort in this club, it will be very succesful!

If you're interested in getting involved with this club, please don't hesitate in contacting me at! It will be a pleasure to have you join us for our first meeting :)


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