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Hello Healthful Washtenawans!
While doing some research for my German class, I happened upon an article that might be of interest to some of you, especially considering we are in the midst of cold and flu season!
According to the article, German scientists are working on a tissue that can detect the flu virus simply after you use it to blow your nose. What?! How does one do that you might ask? Well, for all you science buffs out there, the process is actually pretty interesting and well worth looking into, but for those of you that would prefer a basic summary, I will do my best to provide an overview as well as leave the link to the article below!
In a nuthsell, the Germans are developing a tissue that contains antibody-like molecules against the virus. If the virus binds to several of these antibodies, it causes a change in the anitbody-like molecules’ original structure. As a result of the original structure being altered, the molecule then releases a “signal” by changing the color of the tissue. This is the color you will see to tell you if you have the flu or not when you use the tissue to blow your nose! Interesting, huh?
Of course you will not see these tissues being used by the public any time soon as there are still many more studies to be done, but it would definitely be interesting to see in the near future. Plus it’s always neat to see what scientists are researching in order to better our health.
Until next time,
Click Here for the link to the article and a more scientific explanation of the process
I’m sure all of you, at one point in your life, have looked over at the person who you sit next to in class and glanced at their notes. And I’m sure that at least a few of you have looked over to see a paper completely covered with little drawings of things that are sometimes not even related to what the professor is saying. The initial impression that this person gives off is something like, “I’m not really paying attention, and I have nothing better to do in this two hour Western Civilization class…so, I’m going to turn my notes into my own personal art studio,” right?
Wrong! Haha. Yep, that’s not always true. I actually happen to be one of those people whose notes become a canvas over the course of a lecture. The thing is, doodling really helps me concentrate on what my professor is saying. The pictures below are from my own notebook this semester, and from a series of lectures last semester.
According to psychologist Jackie Andrade of the University of Plymouth, doodling requires just enough cognitive effort to fend off the dastardly attention-ruiner, daydreaming. Doodling forces your brain to use enough energy to stop it from daydreaming, but not enough for you to not pay attention to what’s being said. It may actually help you pay attention! Which is great! I’ve found that my grades and note-taking abilities have actually improved from my constant doodling!
So if you find yourself or someone around you picking up a pencil and doodling the next time you’re in lecture, don’t scold yourself or them. Doodling very well might be a great way of keeping someone’s mind on track when listening to important information. Who knows? Give it a try!
Hey Amazingly Fantastic Washtenawans!
Lately I’ve been getting questions about how to find jobs on campus. For those of you who are trying to find employment, I was in your shoes last year. I know what it feels like, and I want to be a help to you.
A step I took to start finding jobs was looking at the grey bulletin boards around campus. They not only have job postings, but also have events posted by Student Development and Activities (SDA). I’ll go into detail about SDA in another blog, but for now check them out by clicking the link above!
Then a counselor told me to create a human resource jobs account. I went to the WCC homepage and scrolled down to the bottom to click the jobs link which is under the heading “About us”. Once I was on the human resource site I clicked create an account. I checked my account periodically and I came across positions like a writing center tutor and a note taker. Then I noticed the Student Ambassador position, and the rest is history.
Working on campus is a wonderful experience and I’d suggest it to anyone. Many students are on campus nearly 36 hours a week. That depends on their class schedule and where they like to study, but who wouldn’t want to save gas, time, and money to work at a place they’re at a lot any way?
For additional information on finding that perfect job on or off campus, gaining impeccable interview skills, and other important job hunting tips, click here. You can also make an account with Career Services, or check if the WCC bookstore is hiring.
Stay Amazing and Fantastic,
Alright, I have a confession to make. Around this time of the semester, everything just seems to get more difficult for me. The weather is starting to get colder, the days are getting shorter, I’m right in the thick of all of my classes, and those dreaded midterms have been occupying my weeks recently. In short, it’s no fun. All I want to do is go on a nice, long vacation to some tropical place where I can lay on the beach all day.
If you’re feeling like this too, believe me, you aren’t the only one. As you can see, I’m right there with you! Haha. So, I think now is a great time to go over some of the things that we all can do to take care of ourselves when the October blues come around.
- Get enough sleep: yep, you’ve heard it a thousand times, but this is something that really does work wonders. Sleep gives your body time to reenergize, as well as time for your brain to process everything that you’ve learned throughout the day.
- Take a couple minutes in the morning just to stretch and breathe: starting your day off thinking of all the things that you have to do will only get you stressed right off the bat. Start your day off with some silence and taking the time to wake yourself up gently.
- Keep your work/homework space neat and clean: less clutter in front of you, less clutter in your mind.
- Accept that you just can’t be productive all the time: as much as you would like to be, you simply can’t be productive and do your best work at 1:30 in the morning. If it can be done tomorrow, do it tomorrow. Or better yet, get it done early!
- Do something ridiculous and silly: sometimes, a good laugh is all you need to hold you over till the next day. Go play laser tag, sing some karaoke, have a dance party, or do whatever you need to get yourself happy and laughing.
- Accept yourself as you are: you’re only human! The most you can do is to trust your instincts, and try your best. You can do it!
Alright! That’s all I have for you, so best of luck with whatever tests, midterms, projects, or anything else that might be coming your way. Remember to take care of yourself! Talk to you all later!
As some of you may know, I am in school to study biology and aspire to be a doctor (a Pediatric Endocrinologist to be exact) one day in the future. Now, of course I didn’t just wake up one day and randomly decide to venture down this arduous path. I, just like many students, had to recognize my strengths and weakness as well as discover what it was that I was truly passionate about. How does one do that you might ask? How do you turn a passion into a career choice? Well, my friends, I don’t have a simple answer for you. Unfortunately the answer is different for everybody, but what I can tell you is my story and what worked for me.
It wasn’t until I was 12 or 13 that I started thinking about what career path I truly wanted venture down when I was older. Still, from a young age I was always drawn to the healthcare field. I think part of that has to do with that fact that at age 3 I was diagnosed with type 1 Diabetes and from that day onward I spent a great deal of time in hospitals and doctors’ offices, all of which were positive experiences for me despite my circumstances. I even can go as far as to say I developed a very trusting relationship with my former Pediatric Endocrinologist of 15 years. Not only did she put me at ease about my plight, but she taught me SO much along the way that sparked my interest in not just mine, but all of the Endocrine diseases. She also made her extremely difficult job look like a walk in the park and I still can’t figure out how but that’s a story for another day!
Perhaps another force that drove me into the direction of the medical field was my passion for helping others. I’ve always believed that one should leave people and places better off than they found them. In fact, I see that as one of my personal duties throughout life. Even before I knew I wanted to be a doctor, I practiced this philosophy every day and I think that very minute detail about my personality helped me to realize how valuable of an asset I could be in a health care profession.
My last and final motivator for my career choice was the natural talent I possessed in the field of sciences. Strangely enough, when I was in elementary school I actually did not hold science very fondly in my heart. I can clearly remember days when I’d come home from school only to tell my mom how I had done wonderfully on a test in science class that day, but dreaded every minute of it and the class itself. I’m not sure what changed in order for me to start to love the peculiar, scientifical, world but I can tell you that my innate abilities toward that particular subject initiated my shift towards adoration rather than the contempt of it.
So, as you can see, pinpointing a specific career and what exactly it is that I’m passionate about was not a simple nor an expeditious mission for me. Deciding what you want to do with your life is a different experience for everyone. Some people have a more difficult time discovering these desires than others, and that is perfectly okay. If you’re ever unsure of yourself, you can always talk with our lovely counselors here at WCC that can guide you in further in uncovering your interests.They can also help you choose classes that will provide a wide range of topics for you to “test the waters” with. You can also check out our online career exploration tools at WCC, like Career Cruising. For me personally, I took a step back and looked at not only my interests and strengths academically speaking, but also my personality traits in general. After that I spoke with a counselor about the information I had collected about myself, we created a plan specially tailored to my desires and characteristics. Overall I am very happy with my decisions so far, and hopefully I helped provide a little support as well as some background information about myself to all of you fantastic students out there!
Until next time, Lovelies!
Hey Philosophical Washtenawans!
We are working on a project with Amber, one of our Orientation Advisers. The part of the project I’m sharing with you are my philosophy statements. The goal of the statements is to explain our unique perspectives, motivations, and explain why we have the goals we do. I hope you like them!
“If you truly love life, don’t waste time; because time is what life is made of.”–Bruce Lee
This quote stands out to me because Bruce Lee is one of my favorite people, his life story is truly inspirational. I think what Lee was trying to say is straight forward: don’t procrastinate, and get your stuff done. That’s important if you love life, which I do.
“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
My mother has this quote hanging up in our house. She tells us how she wants us to be leaders, not give into peer pressure, and to think for ourselves. I’ve seen this quote every day since I was a child, and it has resonated with me that I should be the best that I could be, and not be what others are, or want me to be.
“What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you.”- Ralph Waldo Emerson
This is one of my favorite quotes — it makes it in the top three. This helps me realize I need to forget my past mistakes and failures, and not worry about possible hardships and obstacles in the future. Each time I see this quote it makes me think of the power, courage, bravery, wisdom, and knowledge I have to overcome any adversity, and to help someone else along the way.
Hey there, everyone!
At this point in your life everyone is always asking, “What are you planning on majoring in?” or “What are your plans for the future? What do you want to do for a living?” And I won’t lie, when you don’t have a definite answer it definitely puts the pressure on you. I’ve been in that situation many times over the past year and a half, and at first, it wasn’t super fun.
But have no fear, my lovely Washtenawans! Over the past year, I’ve been able to really figure out what I’m interested in, and even get some idea of what I want to do for a career! And let me tell you, WCC is the best place to come and figure things out – like I did. It saves you a ton of money, and it’s really easy to experiment with different classes to find out what you really like doing.
So here it is! In short, I’ve decided that I’m incredibly interested in history and the human experience throughout time. My interest ranges all the way from U.S. History (up to 1900), to ancient Rome, Egypt, and Greece. In some ways, I’m a historian interested in dates and times of events that happened over thousands of years. In other ways, I’m a humanities “expert” interested in the people that lived way back then, their art, religion, and way of life. With all of that said, I think that I would really love to be a college professor (kind of like a combination of Robert Langdon and Indiana Jones, for those wondering).
Now, since I’ve finally found the answer to all of those questions people ask, you’d think the pressure would be off, right?
Yep. Wrong. Now, whenever people ask what I’m studying, and I tell them “social sciences”, they all have this weird look come over their faces, and simply answer with, “Oh. Well that’s…interesting”. And that’s if people are being polite. I’ve had people straight up tell me, “Oh. Well, be prepared for a lifetime of no money.”
It’s true, most people don’t see a history/humanities major like me the same way that they see a business, law, or engineering student. Many people who I’ve talked to seem to think that those degrees I mentioned above are more important than a degree in history. Of course, those students might end up making a little more money right off the bat than I will, and that’s okay!
I’ve come to the point in my college journey where I’ve had to sit myself down, and talk about what I want for the rest of my life. In doing so, I’ve come to the conclusion that I would much rather love what I do than make a whole lot of money. And I’m learning to be alright with that.
So, to make a long story short, a few points. First, it’s okay to not know what you want to do. It’s normal. Don’t worry! Second, if you come up with something that you absolutely love, and could definitely see yourself doing it for the rest of your life, go for it. Just be sure to have a talk with yourself to see if it really fits in to what you want out of life. A counselor or advisor can help you with this process. And third, some people might give you grief for your decision. That’s okay, too! Being confident in your decision is the best thing you can do.
Okay. I’m done rambling. Haha. Hope all of your classes are going swimmingly!