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Truthful Tuesday #1 : Study Skills

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Here's to diving headfirst into Video Blogging, AKA - Vlogging.  I promise to improve the quality of these videos as we move along the weeks here, but I'm a firm believer in starting with what you have- and this morning I had a little time, an idea, and my smart phone.

Let's kick off the semester with better study skills than we've ever had before and get better at  it over the course of the semester!  In this video, I go over the 3-step process to learning- the basics of study skills.

 

If this video was helpful - give it a THUMBS UP! And if you have any study skills to share, comment them below!

Many Thanks

Namaste

Lauren

MC SOCCER DOES: YOGA

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This summer my teammates and I have spent our time a little different than other summers. When not working, we have spent all our time training. Ever since losing in the regional finals last year, we have been dedicated to ending this season with a National’s title. Part of this journey for us was to bond and come closer together off the field. In getting to know my new and old teammates better we have found some fun ways to keep ourselves active and productive while not playing soccer. One of my teammates and I have particularly enjoyed trying out yoga. We wanted to get some others involved.

 While everyone has been school shopping, we have been playing two a days for the past two weeks. This gave us a lot of alone, on campus, time. In between practices we decided to show our teammates some of our cool moves. We are no professionals, but we are trying :)

 Enjoy the link below and maybe even try some yoga of your own!

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uvENYSLWMd0

Happy First Day of School MC Raptors!

 

Love always,

Katelynn Suzanne

 

 

THE OLD MAN AND THE IVY

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THE OLD MAN AND THE IVY

I am, perhaps, the world’s oldest undergraduate. I walk among you, a prodigal son, the long banished duke returned from exile, tired and older, if still in quest of his Golden Fleece, becoming a college graduate before death!  Indeed, I took the road less traveled, chasing countless fast-receding rainbows, but I’m still here.  Surely other elders here endure as tenaciously as a dogged English Ivy climbing ever higher, but more often than not I find I’m the oldest person in class.  On day one students regard me in deference when passing in the hall; some even offer, “Good afternoon, Professor,” a mistaken if natural first impression I correct them of  immediately.

Last Monday, the eighteenth, I awoke convinced it was the first day of classes. Not feeling well I marshaled on, determined to not miss the first day I showered my ripe middle-aged body, blindly dressed and drove myself to campus progressively intoxicated by the potency of my strong Cuban coffee.  True, I am becoming absent-minded of late, but even for me, this took the cake.  As I turned off Mannakee it was obvious I was still dreaming or in the twilight zone, for before me lay nothing but an empty sea of blacktop and endless parking spaces.  I took a deep breath. Yes, I suppose I am trying to outrun the clock like Alice’s White Rabbit. I took a moment to reflect on my first visit as a returning adult student, which ambition was thwarted by a terrible car accident in 2009, and how I came back to Montgomery to finish what I had started, this time as a Veteran under a wonderful program for Veterans, the VRAP (Veterans Retraining) that our Congress sadly felt was unworthy of further funding.

Luckily, in my time here, I have worked as hard as possible to give my earnest best and take from this tardy experience the greatest value possible.  As It turns out MC yet offers me so many amazing opportunities to exploit before I move on come Fall 2015.  I’ve known the great reward of reaping honors for my discipline and determination.  Recently I became a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Society and was also accepted into The Renaissance Scholar’s Program.  I don’t wish to applaud myself but to inspire all you younger, far brighter, wondrous young people, that you realize the remarkable opportunities Montgomery offers those who give themselves over to its challenges with pure intention, self-governance, perseverance, patience, and, naturally, a lot of hard work.

From the day I set foot on the Rockville Campus I’ve been guided and supported by innumerable professors and individual’s of remarkable depth, professionalism and passion. These men and women have shared something incredibly invaluable with me and to them I thus devote these final months of my ongoing academic journey here. The leaves are about to change and soon shall we all. Welcome incoming students to our Fall 2014. I wish everyone the very best. Carpe Diem!

 

 

RENE PEDRAZA AUTUMNhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PCeV0DfQgNw

Farewell readers

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          This is finally my last blog. It has been a great experience for me to record the events in my last year at Montgomery College. I remember when I was still one of the students who will spend about two hours just reading people’s blogs and I told myself that one day I will be writing my own blog. I finally achieved this dream in addition to other things that I had planned to do at Montgomery College. My goal for doing these blogs has always been to be able to inspire other students like me, just like some of the blogs also inspired me. I hope that current students and future students will be influenced by my experiences and know that they have the possibility to achieve things they never thought they will be able to. I began at MC as the shyest foreign student who had just graduated from an all-girls Catholic school in Cameroon, to a top honors student and leader in the College. For me I think that is the goal of education: to help you find your strengths and overcome your weaknesses. Even though I received all these accolades at the end of the semester, I do not think that this is the pinnacle of my story, this is just the beginning of many more things to come. Now, I think I have an idea about what career I want to have and I am ready to work very hard and give my all to achieve it. I am so glad that I met amazing people who have similar goals like me and they have challenged me not only to work hard but to also love myself more and appreciate what I have. Some of the teachers I had have also been one of the main reasons why I was able to achieve much.

      Yesterday, I paid my enrollment deposit at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. I got a huge scholarship from them and the small school feel with dedicated professors attracted me to them.  That is my decision for now, but I don’t know if it is going to change. One thing I can leave for all my current and future readers is that, the world owes us nothing but we have to work very hard so that it will not ignore us. I wish you all the best in all you do and when you see yourself moving up, do not forget about those still struggling; try to bring them along with you. photo 2014

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