MAJOR TALK: Internships!

You will end up taking plenty of courses for your Major here at UW-Green Bay and they are all important to your educational development, but Internships might be a great opportunity for you to gain real world experience. They are not mandatory, but are highly recommended by many professors/ advisors and myself. No matter what your Major or interest is, there is most likely some sort of Internship or opportunity out there for you. Some Internship can be for student organizations here on campus or other internships can be for outside companies and businesses.

So how do Internships work? Well I can’t speak for all internships, but I will try my best to describe the general process. Typically you can go see your advisor and ask him or her what sorts or Internships or opportunities are nearby that suits your interest. Once you find something you like, you may have to apply or interview for your desired position, which also provides good practice with the interviewing process for the future. Some Internships can be paid positions, non-paid positions, or positions that get course credit, but no matter what the compensation is, the work you do and the skills you learn are the important part. To my best knowledge, most Internships on campus through student organizations, etc. are for course credit. 3 credits to be exact, which translates into 1 class that you would have to take otherwise. Most Internships off of campus for companies tend to be unpaid, but give you even more real world experience!

I personally have been interning with a student organization called Phlash TV, the student run television station, for the past two years. It has given me the chance to take what I learned in the classroom and apply it to real life situations. My Major is Communications and I have an interest in electronic media and television production. This Internship allows me to practice and perfect many techniques that will give me a leg up from the competition for jobs in my future. My role at the station is Station Manager, which also builds my leaderships skills, which is very important to me!

So, I talked a lot about “real world experience”, which is the whole point and appeal to Internships. Many classes teach you about what you will encounter in certain situations, but Internships allow you to actually experience them for yourself. I starting taking my Internship my sophomore year here at UW-Green Bay and I’m planning on continuing it until I graduate. You can start or take an Internship whenever you please, but you may want to get a year of college under your belt beforehand. Please let me know if you have any questions about Internships or anything else you have on your mind. I will try my best to get back to you right away and give you a great answer!

UWGB – What I do for fun!

Something I like to do more than anything is play basketball over at the Kress Events Center on the UWGB campus. It’s a close place where I can get a bunch of my friends together for a pick up game. And the best part is it’s completely free for students, even during winter and summer break. All you need to do is flash your student ID at the front desk and you’re in. You can check out basketballs and other equipment to use in many open gyms.

Two semesters ago I played basketball every Tuesday and Thursday for two hours in the morning with 5 of my close friends. It was a good way to start off my mornings and it gave me something to look forward to during the week besides classes and homework. Sometimes it was hard waking up at 8 AM in the morning, but it’s a lot easier to wake up for basketball than it is a 9 AM class. It was also very good exercise! The first few times we played, we could only play for an hour and I was pretty sore the next day. But after a while, we could play for hours with out stopping and I felt better than ever.

It’s nice to have a routine or a planned time to visit the Kress. I see many students who walk over to the Events Center a few nights a week and exercise. They find times and gaps in their schedule where they are free and devote it to the gym. It is a nice escape from having your head in the books and gives you a chance to work off some stress. So, I say use the Kress and use it often. You might as well, because it is free for you if you are a student and if you live on campus…it’s only a short walk away. And even if you don’t live on campus, there is a huge parking lot that you can leave your car while you hit the weights.

The Kress is the home for all of the indoor intramurals sports that take place in the fall and spring semesters. This is for the more competitive sports lovers, but it is another great way to take advantages of this great Events Center. And if basketball is not your sport, don’t worry; there is a huge variety and sports and activities that the Kress offers.

I will be using the Kress Events Center for the remainder of my time here at UWGB. I mostly play basketball and I try to play at least once a week. You might see me there sometime, but if you’re a huge fan…please post a comment and ask me any questions you have about the Kress Events Center. Also share with me your favorite sport and we can discuss some further opportunities that the University of Green Bay provides.

Happy New Years!

2009 is finally here and for some of you, college is just around the corner. You have a few short months left of your High School career, you have summer break, and then you’re off to a new chapter in your life.

I know most of you are bummed about Winter break being over and having to go back to school, but my advice would be… just enjoy it. You may think that it will take a lifetime to get to Summer break, but before you know it you will be sitting in my place heading into your last few semesters of college. College is awesome and I don’t doubt that you are pumped to live on your own, but it will come fast enough…so just enjoy the ride.

So, for your New Years resolution, try to finish your last semester of High School out strong. Try to get all of your work done well and on time. Try and be more organized and dedicated. Try to be more involved with academics and extracurricular activities. Try to have your best year ever be your last year ever! This will give a great impression to colleges and Universities, as well as give you great practice for your future. Most of you probably have a job outside of school as well; so for you guys try to have a good balance between work, school, and your social life. One can’t be twice as big as the other two, or you are going to find that problems will start occurring. I’m probably telling you what you already know, but I think it’s important to start fresh for the New Year!

My New Years resolution is to be more organized. I tend to save important pieces of information, but I don’t save them in places where they are labeled well or in places that make sense. Like I will put an important test date into a folder for an entirely different class. And then when I need to know that date down the road, I know that I saved it, but I have no clue where I put it. I definitely need to be way more organized in 2009.

I’d like to hear your New Years Resolution! Please post a comment on here with your thoughts and questions about this blog, and share with me your own Resolution for 2009. I will be back soon with another piece of Major Talk, but until then…I would like to wish everyone a very happy and healthy New Year!

MAJOR TALK: Undecided is OKAY!

When I first came to UWGB back in 2006, I was told by students, professors, and advisors that not having a Major in mind was okay. In fact it was a good thing. Why is that a good thing you say? Wouldn’t it be better to have a plan and know what you want to exactly do before you enter college? Well, it’s a fact that many students end up changing their minds once or twice anyways once they are in college. I’m not saying that having a plan is bad, because I’ve seen people have a dream in High School and stick with it through college. But, if you don’t have a clue, you are definitely not alone and a Major will find you. It is kind of weird how it works, but somehow something shows up and takes you in a path that you never thought you would go down.

This such thing happened to me. When I got to UWGB I was definitely undecided with a career in mind. I had no clue what direction to take, so I ended up taking General Education classes while I put some thought into it. General Education classes or (Gen. Eds.) are courses that you must take to graduate, but don’t fall under a certain Major or Minor. After my first semester, I felt that I needed to make a decision for a Major, so I decided to pursue an education in becoming an art teacher. I enjoyed art in High School and I consider myself creative, so it seemed like a good match. But this is not the end of my Major story!

I thought being an Art Major and an Education Minor was what I wanted to do, but I quickly found that it was not at all. My next big switch happened when one of my friends auditioned for a hosting position for Phlash TV, the campus television station. He told me the good news that he got the role for the show and that he had to go into the campus studio each Wednesday to film the show. One Wednesday he wanted me to tag along to see the show being filmed live from the studio and I said sure. I didn’t know what to expect, but seeing all the cameras, lights, and equipment in action really caught my attention. What was a short visit to watch my friend film his show, turned into attending every week for the rest of the semester. I quickly became more and more involved and eventually changed my Major to Communications with an Emphasis in Electronic Media. I now am the Station Manager for Phlash TV and oversee the day in and day out production or the organization. Who would have thought I would go from visitor to Station Manger in one year.

So, It’s okay if you don’t have the answers right now. It’s okay if you “don’t know what you want to be when you grow up”. But somehow, your pathway is going to find you and you’re going to be thrown into something that you didn’t even think about. And for those who have a plan, that’s a good thing too! Have an open mind with opportunities and everything will work out great. If anyone has any questions about choosing a Major, please post a comment and I will get back to you right away. And keep a look about for more MAJOR TALK!

Happy Holidays!

School is done for the semester and everyone’s home for the holidays. Finals week can be a stressful one, but it is all worth it once it is over. We get a nice long break from classes until late January.

My family has a number of traditions that we celebrate every year around this time. On Christmas Eve we go slightly up north to my cousin’s house, on my Mom’s side, for the entire day. We exchange gifts, eat some great food, and just plain enjoy each other’s company. It is nice to spend time with everyone, especially when I only see some of them once or twice a year.

Then on the 25th, we wake up early in the morning, sit around the tree, and watch the parade on the television. We exchange our family gifts and get ready to go over to my grandparents to celebrate the holidays with my Dad’s side of the family. There is so much food to eat at my Grandmother’s house! She loves to bake, so we definitely don’t leave her place hungry. We have this weird tradition where we kind of mix X-Mas with Easter. My grandmother likes to hide one of our presents around the house and we search for it like a basket full of eggs on Easter. It’s kind of weird, but I have much younger cousins that find it very exciting. We exchange gifts and conversation till very late that night and then return home.

It seems like a whole lot, but it’s goes by surprisingly fast. You look forward to it all year and it goes by in a very short days. That’s why you have to enjoy every moment you can away from your textbooks, because before you know it…spring semester will be here!

So, Happy Holidays to all of you and your families. Break goes by so fast, so enjoy every last day. And if you have any fun family traditions you would like to share, please post it on here! I would love to here more about you guys.

Cofrin Library

What place on campus do you think has the most visitors this time of year? Yep…you guessed it, it’s the library. With exams and finals next week, students will be having a date with their books this Saturday night instead of their significant other.

The Cofrin Library at UWGB has 8 floors but there are only really 6 that are important to students.

The second floor of the library is where the plaza desk is located. It serves as a spot to check out or return your books. In addition, there are also book return stations located here and on the first floor for your convenience.

The third floor is where the Reference Desk is located. Here you came come with your questions and a librarian will assist you. It also houses the reserved materials that faculty place here for certain classes. The bulk of this floor is taken up by the Reference Collection, which is comprised of the library’s most frequently used books, and plenty of computer workstations for students to use.

Level four is where you can lounge around and take advantage of the newspapers, journals, and magazines. These may be used for leisure or class projects. They serve as an excellent source other than the Internet for essays and papers. You will also find the Popular Reading Collection here that contains the library’s “recreational” books and magazines that any student is able to check out at the front desk.

Level 5 contains the library’s government document collection, map collection, and stacks Q-Z. The stacks are comprised of those library books which circulate. They are arranged from call numbers beginning with Q through Z. The rest of the stacks are located on the 6th floor.

The sixth floor of the library houses the rest of the stacks collection A-P. This is probably my favorite place in the library to go and study. All of the books are located in the middle of the floor and there are private study rooms that run along sides the walls. It is a very quiet and peaceful environment with no distraction that allows you to get all of your work done.

And last but not least is the seventh floor of the Cofrin Library. Here you will find the Special Collections, which contain local history books, photographs, maps, censuses, and oral history tapes focusing on northeastern Wisconsin. Along with those, this floor contains the University Archives, which holds the official and unofficial original records of the University. You can find some real fun and interesting stuff here if you get the chance to pop on up.

I hope that my brief descriptions of the many ins and outs of the library gave you a better look at what to expect once you get to UWGB. It truly is a great library and a great place in general to go study for classes. Let me know if you have any more questions about the Cofrin Library and I will answer them ASAP.

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And check out this YouTube video I made on the Cofrin Library:

Jingle Bell Run/ Walk

For 15 years now in the cold month of December, the UWGB trails fill with runners and walkers of all kinds to fight arthritis, the nation’s most common cause of disability.

A few days ago on Saturday December 6th, the Kress Events Center gave host to the start of the annual 5 k run/ walk. I personally attended the event for the second year in a row and braved the cold weather with hundreds of others for a good cause. Registration started at 8 AM and the run/ walk started at 9 AM. Each participant received jingle bells for the walk and a shirt. Before the gun went off you were able to get a free massage to get your muscles loose or you could grab a hot cup of cocoa or coffee.

When the event started everyone made their way from the Center out into the cold for the start all the 5 K. There were kids, parents, couples, people dressed up as presents, dogs, and students who all participated. Some were runners and some were walkers, but everyone was there for the same reason – to celebrate the holidays and more importantly supporting the fight for arthritis. It was less than 10 degrees out but it felt much warmer with all the body heat that was around. I walked most of the time, but I occasionally kicked it up a notch into a run and finished in pretty good time if I must say so myself.

After the event, massages were offered again as well as soup and more hot cocoa to warm everyone up! This was a great event that surely got me into the holiday spirit and the amount of people who lent a helping hand was amazing. I know that I will definitely be involved in years to come and I urge everyone who is thinking about UWGB as his or her homes next year to join as well. It only a small amount of money to register and it all goes to a great cause. As always post comments on here and I will get to them ASAP!

Check out the pictures from the event!

‘Tis The Season To Be A Phoenix

Final exams are just around the corner and the holidays are quickly approaching. Campus is becoming a dizzy, busy mix of break-anxious and stressed out students. To cure some of these emotions, UWGB started its holiday celebrations this week- and if you ask me- it was just in the nick of time.

For me it started Monday. My on-campus job in the Dean of Students Office called for some office decorating! As the student workers went through boxes of ornaments decorating trees, the university staff in the office played Christmas music and we all talked about family traditions and what presents we were most excited to give to others.

After Monday the week became busier again with spring theater season auditions, preparation for final exams, and final projects being due.

So what better than more holiday cheer at the end of the week? On Friday evening Good Times Programming, a student organization here on campus that plans fun events, sponsored an event entitled “Baby It’s Cold Outside.” At first, I was hesitant to go considering I could have sat in my pajamas in my very warm dorm room instead of braving the cold, but they made it too exciting to pass up.

A horse drawn carriage arrived at the Community Center, a building in the middle of student housing at 6 PM. For three hours the horse drawn carriage would carry large groups of students around the beautiful snow covered campus to the Union.  It was SO cute and SO Christmas-y that the horses had jingle bells on them and the drivers wore Santa hats. Even though I couldn’t feel my fingers at the end of the trip, everyone was giggling and singing Christmas carols and just having a great time along the way.

When arriving at the Union groups of “weary travelers” stumbled in to the coffee house to make- get this- GINGERBREAD HOUSES and frost and decorate Christmas cookies while sipping on hot chocolate in front of a fireplace and participating in “Christmas Carol-oke.” Oh, and did I forget to mention the entire event was positively FREE to all UWGB students? Well…it was! J

Then, on Saturday morning, after a long night of stuffing St. Nick’s stockings, Santa himself came to campus! In an event properly entitled “’Tis The Season” families from the community intermingled with curious UWGB students and UWGB volunteers to make Christmas crafts and meet or take pictures with the jolly man himself. Although I didn’t stay and do a lot of crafts, the pure energy of the dozens and dozens of toddlers and pre-schoolers asking Santa for their Christmas goodies, or making ornaments for their holiday trees was inspiring and refreshing during a stressful exam week.

So, incase you thought that exams were one big ball of stress, or that the holidays could not be celebrated in style on campus- I hope this proved you wrong. Really, where else do you get to go on horse drawn carriage rides and see Santa all for free?




Don’t Let 5-7 Bother You!

I have been a Packer fan for all my life. Through thick and thin, through the good times and the bad I stand by the green and gold. I remember when I was 8 years old and I watched the Pack roll into New Orleans and bring home the Lombardi Trophy. And I was almost late for class when I stayed at my dorm and watched Brett Favre “retire” earlier this year. We have our good years and are bad, but eventually the Green Bay Packers will return to the Super Bowl and win again. It might not be in this decade, but a true Packer fan believes that one day they will! So don’t worry about our current 5-7 record.

You have to look at this year as a transition year; the year between the departure of Favre and the rise of Rodgers. I’m not saying that he is doing a poor job this year at all; I’m actually very much impressed with his performance so far this year. There is much controversy with how some recent events transpired with the two quarterbacks, but Packer fans need to look towards the future. It is a shame with how things were handled but there is no way to go back and change things, so we just have to keep our heads up. I’m still a Favre fan, I always was growing up and I will still be one even if he is on a new team. But my real loyalty lies with the Packers and in the end, they are the team I root for.

Most of you aspiring to attend UWGB are most likely from the state of Wisconsin and may already be Packer fans. But, let me tell you there is definitely an added bonus and sense of pride when you live in Green Bay. When staying at the UWGB campus, you are a mere 15 minutes away from the frozen tundra. Even on some game days you can hear the jets fly overhead for the beginning of the game. It’s a neat feeling to know that they are playing so close to you.

Living in Green Bay and being very close to Lambeau Field has many more advantages. First off, you can go tale gate every home game. You don’t have to have a ticket or anything for the game; you can just go enjoy the pre-game party with all the other crazy cheese-heads. You can also get a tour of the Stadium, which costs about 10 dollars, but is really neat for any fan. You get to see places such as the locker room and box seats that you might never see otherwise. Lambeau also has a nice restaurant called Curly’s Pub that is a cool place to eat.

So Green Bay has its perks, and Historic Lambeau Field is definitely one large perk. And as for the Packers…don’t worry! Even though they might be in a rough patch, things will turn for the better. Like always post any questions and I will get to them ASAP!

Black Friday

First off…Happy late Thanksgiving and I hope everyone and their families had a great turkey day! And I want to say I hope everyone who went out shopping this morning made it out okay because I know in past experiences how rough and tough the day after Thanksgiving can be.

It’s called Black Friday and it’s a chance for die-hard shoppers to get up early for some big time deals. And early means extremely early, sometimes it even means camping out in front of a store on Thanksgiving night. Now that’s dedication! But, I think the appeal is more for the experience than strictly being out in the cold all night just to get something on sale. I can see how it could be fun to go with a group of friends and stick it out in a tent all night to be the first in the store to get something really cool. It almost turns into a mission, where you’re going to be the first one in there before anyone else sets their eyes on the item you most desire.

I personally try and go every year, but not for the deals and steals…not even for the experience of camping out with my friends. I like to go just to watch and see reactions of the super shoppers freak out over some of the silliest things. For example, a few years ago I went to Menards at 5 AM. That is super early for me, but some how I willed my way out of my bed and made the trip to Menards with my father. When we got there, there was a huge crowd waiting by the doors ready to pounce at any moment. Once the doors were unlocked, people started shoving and pushing to make their ways to the back of the store where the “hot” item was. You would think that this item was something like a DVD player for a quarter or a chainsaw for a nickel, but it was a beanbag chair for $9.99. What an incredible deal! I mean some had some pretty neat designs on them, but really…what were these people thinking? I wonder if any of them actually needed 4 or 5 beanbag chairs or if they just wanted to get them just to get them before other people got their hands on them. I bet once they got those puppies home, half of them sat down and thought to themselves, “what was I thinking?”

But it’s all fun and I hope you guys liked my take on Black Friday as much as your own experiences out their on the battlefield. Once again Happy late Thanksgiving and post any questions at all about UWGB on here and I will get back to you ASAP with a great answer!