Congrats to TJ Warren the 2014 ACC Player of the Year!!!!
Contrary to popular belief, spring break in college is vastly different from Hollywood’s depiction of booze, partying, and beaches. I personally don’t think college students have that much money to do that. Sure, there might be a break where college students go to the beach for one or two days BUT it’s usually to de-stress after a week of constant quizzes, tests, homework, and life in general.
During spring break at NC State, you have the option to go on ASB trips, travel abroad with the NCSU Scholars Program, or do something adventurous with NCSU Recreation! The ASB program is an alternative spring break program where students engage in direct service to a community, while being immersed in the culture and customs of that community. With the program, students can travel internationally to Guatemala, Alaska, Costa Rica or nationally to Charleston or San Francisco. One of my roommates went to Belize and helped install a purifying water system so that villagers could receive clean, drinking water on a daily basis. She was able to directly impact the people in a positive way and learn their way of life in a week. With NCSU Scholars Program, students can travel to Europe with their scholars group; for this break, the current scholars in the program are actually going to Spain for an entire week to visit the tourist and local spots! If sightseeing isn’t your thing, NCSU Recreation offers outdoor adventures where you can go sea kayaking, bungee jumping, or hiking.
There’s going to be activities that you can partake in during spring break regardless of what college you go to so try it out! If you love it, then you can become a leader and do more the next spring break! If you decide that it’s not your thing, then there’s always something else to do!
"I’m so freaking cool. I may actually be the greatest thing since sliced bread." - is credited as the number one thought that enters college kids on the first day of their first year of college - (John Taylor’s incredible stat analysis)
Folks, as you know I am senior at NC State University. For most seniors, this means that we will soon be graduating from 16 years of schooling, excited to enter the workforce or on to the education program. What I would look to focus on today is the four years before this magical day in the spring. That’s right folks, here is our very first edition of
John Explains College!
Big man on campus! Look at you! You made it through SATs, ACTs, EOCs and whatever other acronyms that they are throwing at you now a days, and now you are ready for the L-A-D-ies (or the B-O-Y-zies, but it really just doesn’t work as well) the all night RAGERS, and the chance to meet literally thousands of new people. Oh yeah and school, or so you say to mom and dad.
Freshman year, you are absolutely the most adventurous that you will be on campus. I don’t mean adventurous in a sense that you want to go rock climbing every weekend. I mean you will do just about anything that pops up on campus. ”I got an email from 15 clubs! time to go visit all 15!” This is absolutely a great mentality because of the fact that there is simply so much offered on campus that you could spend your entire life at club meetings instead of in class (BAD IDEA #1). This is also probably the only time when it is socially acceptable to do this, and you may actually make friends:
Also, freshman year is the first year that the party scene is in your face, and you may be drawn to it. Go for it. Go to a party and have a good time. I don’t care what you have heard, it is perfectly okay to go blow off some steam and meet new people. (for problematic partying, refer to BAD IDEA #1)
(SHOUT OUT TO PROJECT X)
Inevitably, freshman year may turn into this (especially if BAD IDEA #1 is met):
But that’s okay, because you went out, you met new people, you learned about yourself a little, and you failed a few exams. Welcome to College my friend.
BAD IDEA #1
I have had a few bad ideas during my time at State, and I would like to help you avoid some of the same pit falls. Bad idea #1 is skipping class, for any reason. There are acceptable times to skip class, such as family emergencies, you are sick, or any number of extreme cases. Skipping class because you don’t feel like going, or you just had a test in the class so you don’t want to go the next day, these are not acceptable reasons to skip class. I have done both of them, and truly sacrificed some of my education. Skipping class because you are too drunk, you had to go to a club meeting or any number of terrible things you can think of (clubs aren’t bad but you get my point…) is an unacceptable reason to miss class, and a good way to fail out of school. As my father would say, “Cut the s***, go to class.”
"Oh, maybe I’m not the most amazing thing since sliced bread" - is credited as the number one thought that enters college kids on the first day of their second year of college - (John Taylor’s incredible stat analysis)
From what I can tell, sophomore year is pretty much the make or break year for most college age adults. Sophomore year can go one of three ways:
1) ”I learned from freshman year” - This is the pathway that involves learning how to study, stopping partying, and truly focusing on your education. Eventually, if you will graduate from college, you will reach this stage in your education. All pathways lead this direction. I did not reach this stage until junior year, a mistake of my own. If you take this path, you will graduate from college on time, most likely maintain a high GPA, and probably land a sweet job after graduation. (The perfect path, right?)
2) “I did not learn from freshman year” - This pathway involves more partying, less schoolwork. After your freshman year, you will know most of the shortcuts. While I mean you will know how to get to class faster, I also mean the shortcuts of school work. Chances are you will have figured out how to get solution manuals, or have found a friend that will help you with the answers. You will also know the easiest way to get ________ <— insert any substance that is illegal to a sub 21 year old. This my friends is a very dangerous path to walk down. Chances are, this path will very quickly lead you to your demise, whether that demise be the end of your academic career, or worse.
3) “I was semi-successful freshman year, I can live the same way now that I did then” - How to sum that up:
If this is you, watch your peers that are in group one. Sophomore year can very quickly turn ugly (no major, no classes, no idea where to go… sounds fun right?) if you aren’t careful. Whatever you did freshman year to pass your classes will not work beyond freshman year. Its a weird principle that is seen very often in the freshman paradox, but cramming until 6am the night before a final will not work ever again (unless you take more freshman classes… then it still works. You don’t need to remember that information, right?) Sophomore year will not be fun, mostly because you won’t be taking classes that are of interest to you yet, and that is just the cold hard fact of it. Also, you cannot eat an entire order of pokey stix and enjoy yourself the next day after freshman year. Yeah, it really sucks.
BAD IDEA #2
Not learning how to study is bad idea #2. Sophomore year can make the decision of how many years you will spend in school for you. Take it upon yourself to learn how to study now, and you won’t be in college for six years.
"This is the year I figure it out!" - is credited as the number one thought that enters college kids on the first day of their third year of college - (John Taylor’s incredible stat analysis)
Junior year, often credited as the hardest year of undergraduate, is the year where students are expected to be in the major of their dreams, and will be taking difficult classes but doing well because they love the material. <—- Will someone please take a rocket to this university standard?! They are so very wrong.
Let’s start with the bad things of junior year so I can find awesome gifs of the good parts of junior year:
As a college student, you spend time learning about yourself, your friends, and where you will be in the future. With these high expectations of learning, you will probably reach a point in time known as The Breakdown
Every college student reaches this point. I personally reached this momentous occasion during the spring semester of my junior year of college, so I decided to include it here. College maturity is a lot like puberty, we will all reach these points in our own time. What is the breakdown? It goes a little like this:
At the begging of the year, things will probably start out nice. Maybe, you will have found a major that you think is the one you will graduate in, or maybe you will still be looking. At some point during the year, everything will seem like it has collapsed around you. Your friends won’t be what you wanted them to be, you will hate your major, and it may seem like you will never get out of school. It involves a lot of this:
But, once you stop pitying yourself and figure it out (as you are expected to do as a 21 year old or near 21 year old adult) the world opens up and you can be excited again
So yeah, that part of junior year really sucks. But there is a good thing about junior year, that’s right we all turn TWENTY ONE!
The only proper way to show being 21 is by putting up more party gifs
BAD IDEA #3
Just because you turned 21, it doesn’t mean you can handle your alcohol any better. As a 21 year old, you can be expected to be downtown pretty much every weekend. By the time you reach this age, who I am to tell you what to do? I’m just merely reminding you to be careful and make the right decisions.
"Almost there. Just 196 days left." - - is credited as the number one thought that enters college kids on the first day of their last year of college (not necessarily 4th) - (John Taylor’s incredible stat analysis)
As they say, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Much like your high school senior year, this is a year of excitement, hard work, disappointment and most importantly, accomplishment. Of course, none of us have any idea what we are going to do with our lives, but at least we are that close to almost having it together. Almost.
Thanks guys, Go Pack! (PS, once you turn 22 the hangovers last multiple days)
Although it pains me to say that I’m 10 WEEKS away from graduation (yes, I counted), I am also somewhat excited about the future! Coming in as a freshman, I never imagined that I would be a senior. It’s been an amazing (almost) four years so far and a break is definitely long overdue and necessary.
Being in college was wonderful but for life after college, I plan to catch up on all of the things that I haven’t had time for. After graduation, I will be moving to Virginia and working full-time there as a Network Engineer for the public sector. The first thing on my to-do list is to pack everything at my apartment into boxes and move it to Virginia. Once the move is done, the fun begins! I’m going to start my summer adventure by traveling to India to visit my extended family. The last time I saw my family was six years ago and all of the baby cousins have grown up to be sassy six and seven year olds.
I’ll be in India for a month and in that month, I plan to visit many places such as the Taj Mahal, the Red Fort, the Golden Temple in North India, and Jaipur (nicknamed “The Pink City”).
Although I was born in India and lived there for about six years before migrating to America, there are so many places that I haven’t seen before. I’m also excited to eat all of the Indian street food and dessert. The butterscotch cake is probably the BEST thing I have ever tasted in my life. If you ever go to India, I highly recommend that you try it! Apart from the relaxing spa appointments, shopping with cousins, and eating lots of food, I will also be celebrating various milestones that I’ve missed out on over the years with my family members. It’ll be the first time in six years that everyone is together in one place and I plan on making sure that it’s the most memorable one yet!
Once I come back from India, it’ll be time to enter the real-world. It’s the world where I have to pay for everything without parental support. But it’s also where I’ll truly be on my own and independent in a big city. I guess you can’t have the ups without the downs! Either way, I’m beyond excited to be a Wolfpack Alumni and begin carving my own way to bigger things!
The days before an important interview can be very nerve racking. You may not have met the interviewer before, or you could be nervous about questions they may ask. It could also be your first true interview and you are nervous about what to expect. Well that’s ok. Everyone has been nervous about an interview at some point or another. They are not something to take lightly. Here are a few quick tips to help with this. Don’t forget, everyone is not a master at interviews their first few times. Like anything else it takes practice. After a few of them the nervousness will begin to subside.
#1 Dress accordingly. Looking the part is just as important as being able to do the work. I have heard so many of my professors and employers say they have had an interview with someone dressed inappropriately and walked out of the room. What’s appropriate you ask? Always be professional. If it is a major company business professional would be perfect.
#2 Know the organization. Do a little research beforehand. Learn what they expect from their employees. What do they do? What is their philosophy? Who works for them? You’ll have an upper hand against many other applicants.
#3 Ask questions. This also has a little bit to do with knowing the organization. Companies like their interviewees to ask questions because it shows real interest. If you don’t ask questions it could seem like this is one job out of many and it is not important to you.
It’s my senior year and our local rivals came to town. It was our chance to beat UNC on our home turf. The atmosphere around the campus leading up to the game was intense and it didn’t disappoint game day. The game was slated to start at 8pm and hundreds of students such as myself stood in line starting at 5:30pm. Even though I got there early I ended up sitting in the upper deck. It was kind of disappointing at first, but I was happy to see the game in person.
The whole PNC arena was loud the entire game. The first half was one to remember- we did everything right and ended up leading by a couple of points before the second half. The game was even louder the second half, when UNC started to come back. In the final seconds of the game, TJ Warren who was playing in my opinion the best game of his life scored two clutch free throws to send the game to overtime. At this point, every person was standing up next to me. In overtime, the game went back and worth with layups, three pointers, etc. But, a controversial call in overtime and lack of defense in the end cost us the game making the final score 85-84 UNC. It was truly heartbreak, and heartbreak to our rivals as well. But, I couldn’t have asked for a better effort by our players, they truly played their hearts out and it showed on the court. And, like always still a strong Wolf Pack fan!! Go PACK!!
#UNC #rivals #heartbreak #basketball #acc #pnc #wolfpack
You can’t just go to North Carolina State University and just BE a Wolfpack fan. It is an art form and a way of life. You have to learn the rules, perfect the actions, and appreciate the history that is behind everything. But don’t worry, here are some quick tips on how to be a TRUE Wolfpack Fan!
1. Perfect the Sign
3. Understand that the Best Couple of all Universities is Mr. and Mrs. Wuf
4. Know the traditional songs
5. Attend all events as a Wolfpack Fan…not just Men’s Basketball and Football
5. Wear Red all week, not just Fridays
With this knowledge, go forth and show everyone how to be a Wolfpack Fan the right way!
Yes. This is my farewell blog. Sad, I know!
Well, for those of you who consistently read/reblogged my posts, many thanks sent your way!
But it has come to my attention that I’ve truly began to burn the candle at both ends. And to be clear, this isn’t anything abnormal for me—I always do too many things, have too many jobs, take on too many tasks.
But as graduation slowly encroaches in the coming months, I’ve had to do some serious reevaluation and have made the tough decision to focus solely on career-related projects.
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Stay thirsty, my friends—and Go Pack!
On a previous blog, I mentioned some of the activities I’ve crossed of my “Bucket List” while being at NC State. The other day, however, I had a conversation that went something like this:
"Let’s go to the Farmer’s Market!"
"Um, okay!" —-> that’s me.
"You’ve been to the Farmer’s Market….right?"
Truth be told, I have not been to the Farmer’s Market in Raleigh. Even though I have been here for 3 years. Why? NO IDEA. But I realized that there are some places I still need to visit so I made a small list. Maybe I’ll write a blog about each adventure!
1. Farmer’s Market (for obvious reasons)
4. Irregardless Café (I went once but it was closed so it doesn’t count!)
When most people think of coding I feel like they immediately picture the typical nerdy kid who’s socially awkward, stays indoors all day, and just has way too much time on his hands. I also think that this stigma is further propagated in places or schools that don’t have any particular emphasis on mathematics or engineering. Well apparently our government wants to change that. In fact, the America Can Code Act wants to go so far as to say that children, as young as kindergarteners, should start learning how to program. Will crayons, Legos, and GI Joes be replaced with iPads and laptops?
Here’s some more information on the America Can Code Act. It strives to implement coding in elementary education. By 2020, it’s estimated that there will be 1.4 million computer programming jobs but only 400,000 Americans to fill them. It seems like a good idea to introduce coding to younger children so that we can not only raise those numbers, but also develop a more intelligent and logical youth. Coding is becoming increasingly important in today’s society and I know that almost all engineers at NC State need to learn some form of coding through their curriculum. But can we characterize coding as a “critical foreign language?” According to the America Can Code Act, yes we can; but this is where it starts to get controversial.
The controversy surrounding this policy is embedded in how we go about teaching coding, a very particular and mathematical science, as a foreign language. Coding needs to be taught by someone who’s qualified and definitely not by someone who teaches foreign language. Many are scared that schools will place the responsibility of coding education in the hands of foreign language departments, which is of course unacceptable. Coding is definitely important, but I think we may be jumping the gun here. I believe that teaching actual foreign languages is much more important for a child to learn in the critical period of their psychological development (between age 5 and puberty). Coding is a skill that can be learned later and mastered, however learning a language is not nearly as easy later in life nor does it even use the same part of your brain! What do you think?
Check out what the Technician has to say about it!
Coding humor… HA! It’s comparing coding to the (once) popular video game Guitar Hero.
Acceptance letters are beginning to roll in and now you’re wondering what’s next right? There are a few important things you should make sure to do. The first step is to ask questions. There are going to be a lot of things thrown your way in the upcoming weeks. Call the school. Make things much easier on yourself and your parents as well. I’m sure they will be just as stressed as you if not more! There will always be someone able to answer your questions. It is very easy to get nervous when speaking to someone from a university. I know I was, but don’t worry they want to help you. It’s their job. If you’re talking to a student, ask what campus life is like. What do they do to feel at home? What about homesickness? Things like that will benefit you in the future.
You’ll then have to begin to make a decision to what school you want to attend (which is hopefully NC State). At the same time you and your parent must work to fill out the FAFSA and other financial aid information that the schools you applied to will ask for. Once this is complete you should then pay your deposit to the school of your choice and begin looking at housing! This process will come upon you faster than you may anticipate so make sure you’re ready. Don’t forget about deadlines. Start things early because they will pop up and surprise you.
Oh and make sure you take a visit to the school. It’s pretty difficult to make a huge decision like this based off of pictures and what people have told you. Find out for yourself. See what you like and dislike about the campus.
We’re all in college for the same reason—-to start our careers. There are so many great opportunities and resources, like the Career Development Center and ePack, at State to help you get that first job or internship. A note to rising Freshmen: college is where you start planning your life and career. Individual colleges like Engineering, Management, CHASS, Sciences, etc. have career fairs (usually every semester) specific to the jobs associated with their majors. I thought I would share my last experience at the Poole College of Management Career Fair on February 7th.
It took place at the McKimmon Center and there were 86 employers! Poole does a good job of preparing their students for the career fair by making sure students know how to dress, what to bring, and how to introduce yourself. With a test and work, my schedule wasn’t ideal but I still managed to be at the fair for an hour. Shuttle buses are provided to and from campus which was very convenient.
I spoke with 6 employers and am being considered for a summer internship, so I think it went pretty well. It was a great experience to practice introducing myself and talking to employers. Talking to recruiters can still be pretty intimidating but I found that being well prepared improved my overall performance.
The Career Development Center has some great tips for students planning on attending a career fair!
(I apologize for the horribly unprofessional photo but it did capture my business attire)
Am I proud to be a Wolf-packer? Yes, and why shouldn’t I be? In my opinion, I’m getting the best value for my education. And, the recent ranking by Princeton Review proved that. NC State was ranked 4th in the country for its value. I can attest to the fact as a student that this ranking is definitely well deserved. My time here at NC State has been the best of my life. I first transferred here to NC State from Clemson, and I thought I wasn’t going to be happy here. Little did I know that university is the best thing that would happen to me. I was not only getting a world-class education from the best professors in their respective fields (attending College of Textiles- rated the best textiles school in the world) but also meeting genuine people along the way. I felt that I had big school opportunities but a small school feel.
NC State is situated in Raleigh, NC (rated the best city to live in the country). Raleigh is close to Chapel Hill and Durham, which houses UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke respectively. If you ever feel like traveling to those school you can go there for free using the Go-Pass, as an NC State student. The proximity to these other universities and the Research Triangle Park which has big companies like Cisco, IBM, GlaxoSmithKline, Quintiles, etc. make it a very attractive place to live.
Apart from the location, NC State also has top-notch sports competing in the Atlantic Coastal Conference, which is arguably the best college basketball conference. Furthermore, our library system is second to none. We have one of the world’s best libraries, Hunt Library which is fully equipped with the best technology out there. And, as students we can borrow technology products for a select amount of time-anything from cameras to computers, you name it we can probably check it out.
We also conduct world-class research in multiple fields, and get millions of dollars in grants every year to fund this. I could go on and on, but let me tell you that I don’t regret one bit coming to NC State. All I know is that its going to be real rough when I graduate, that’s for sure. I will miss this place.
There comes a time in everyone’s week where you just need a break. No matter who you are, what stage of life you’ve ended up in, a little laughter a day makes the crappy go away. Below are some hand-selected images that I hope give you a laugh. This week has been very taxing on my brain, so while I cool off and veg out, you should too.
Send me what brightens your day, helps you relax, or clears your head after a tough week. Do it!: email@example.com