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As the first couple weeks of the semester continue to fly by, you might have already found your niche in your respected placement. However, as we all have discovered, contributing in the classroom may not be the easiest task, especially if you’re not familiar with the professor or subject. Establishing yourself in your placement is key in order to connect with the first-years and seminar professor.

            Before the semester began I was pretty nervous about my role as a writing colleague. Being placed in a different first-year seminar than the one I took as a first-year, along with fact that this would be my first placement left me feeling uneasy. I wanted to get off on the right foot though and since I already knew the professor of my placement, I contacted him to discuss my role as a Writing Colleague in his class.

             From his description of the course, I got the notion his seminar would incorporate much more than the subject he teaches, using the seminar as a preparation class for all college courses. He also encouraged me to be active with the first-years outside of class, in order to make them as comfortable as possible.

            Starting from day one I have tried my best to utilize myself as more than just a Writing Colleague to the first-years. I have office hours twice a week and have had some of the first-years stop by just to talk about college in general. I think making yourself a resource for your first-years outside of the classroom promotes interest and comfort in the class.

            Along with making relationships with your first-years to enhance your experience as a writing colleague, I have learned being active in the classroom establishes your persona as a person with some authority. If I have something of importance to add on to whatever Professor Laird said, I wont hesitate in throwing my two cents in. Also, I have met with my seminar professor weekly or so outside of class, just to let him know how the first-years are responding to the assignments and what we can do to better the class.

            I am interested to hear how other people participate in and even outside the classroom with their first-years and seminar professor. 

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Going through the college decision process, I weighed out the pros and cons of each school. Looking back on the stressful and time-consuming process, I wish there were things that I had paid more attention too. Although I am very pleased with my decision at Hobart, there are always things that could be changed or upgraded. As a college freshman I completely understand that college students blow through their money at a ridiculous pace, so saving any sort of money is a must. With this in mind, dishing out money on the simplest things like laundry does not seem entirely smart. This is why I think that the Colleges should utilize the multi function capability of our ID cards.

Converting our one dimensional, boring ID cards into a multi-use key card would not only simplify tasks such as laundry and entering dorms, it would save an obscene amount of time it wouldn’t be funny. Think about it, how many times do you walk up to your building in despair knowing you don’t have your keys because you left them somewhere? Or how many times you have your laundry in hand at the machines but have no quarters to dish into the machine? With having a multi-functional key card students will be able to use their ID to swipe into Saga, use their dining money for the Pub and Café, swipe into their own dorm and swipe to use the laundry machines. Here is a picture of a student using their keycard to get into their building: 

Have doubts? College campuses all over the nation are making the switch from easy to lose keys and loose change to a simple an easy multi-purpose card. According to the Harvard University Newspaper,The Harvard Crimson, they made the switch over 10 years ago and have been exceptionally pleased with the results. Another example of colleges making the switch is at Syracuse University. According to the SU Newspaper,The Daily Orange,the University is allowing students to use their ID cards at off campus restaurants, a more radical use of the key card. Although the Colleges don’t have the same type of atmosphere that surrounds SU, making it difficult to use HWS cards in that same manner, expanding the use of the HWS ID cards seems to be more than necessary.

The following video is from the University of Indiana, explaining how their “U Card” is their all access tool for any student on their campus. Although Indiana is a much larger school than HWS, the basic things are all the same, laundry, food and dorms. This could be HWS!

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Hot Topic

I used to be very hot-headed back in High School, but I’ve learned that it’s not really that big of a deal to get mad. Everything used to set me off, the way someone said something, facial expressions, almost everything. I’ve calmed down alot since my Sophmore and Junior years but there are stil those things that tweak me and ill flip, real quick. Probably the thing that gets me the most mad is when someone touches my shit when not asked. It’s a pretty normal thing that i know some people would get mad about but i know there are those out there who share everything with everybody, im not one of those people. No matter where, in my car, in my room if someone touches my stuff and they were not given the OK, i am not a happy camper. For example, sometimes ill come back to my dorm or even at my house and my computer will either be open or missing. That is my computer, please dont mess with it. Also sometimes when im on the golf course, there will be people who will touch my clubs, from experience ive had my clubs broken like that. It just gets me really heated, i know its a real simple thing but please dont my shit when not asked.

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FW:5 Dinner Party

If i were going to have a dinner party, my guests would be people that I would only want to see one time. I would like to know and understand enough of that person in that time and then never see them again. It’s not because I don’t like the person, it’s just because I only need to talk to these people for a little bit to understand them. My first person would probably be LeBron James. After he choose on the Miami Heat in his disgraceful press conference to make his decision, my respect for LeBron James dropped off the charts. However, LeBron is very well spoken so I would like to ask him about his decision. I’m not a big fan of the guy but would like to talk to him. The second person would be Eminem. Em has been one of my favorite rappers forever and in his release of his album, Recovery, he makes a comeback from his drug use and is better than ever. He’s kind of an intense dude though so i think i would only talk with him once. Finally the other person would be Adam Sandler. This guy is one of my favorite actors in his early days, but his new movies have been pretty bad and dont really want to talk to him about his shitty movies. So one meeting should be pretty good.

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One of my favorite shows on TV has always been the office. From the days of Jan to Jim and Pam, the office has always been a ritual for me every thursday night at 9. However, the man who makes the show, Steve Carrell is leaving in a couple episodes for good and i don not know how the office will be afterwards, will it be funny or who will take steve’s or “Michael’s” spot. Very interesting though, i hope Ricky Gervais doesn’t but i have a feeling he will. A couple episodes ago he randomly appeared out of the blue in the very beginning. Right when i saw him i though oh hell no not this guy i cant stand him. I don;t know why i severely dislike this guy, it may be because he and his show,(the original office which started in the U.K.) is not even close to as funny as the American office. I have no idea what is going to happen after Michael Scott, but he will be missed and im sure that the show will never be the same without him.

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FW:4 Elevator

I would like to be stuck in an elevator with Paul Rudd. First of all, if i was ever stuck in an elevator, which i hope that i am not, i would want to be there with someone funny. There’s no way i would want to be there with someone boring and dull like Ben Stein or something. Second of all, someone that is famous, well known and has made a career for themselves. Paul Rudd has been in so many hilarious movies that i love so i know he wont be boring me at all. And finally, i wouldnt want to be shitting my pants so i think that paul rudd’s humor would help that, (even though he may be the one shitting his pants).

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FW:3 He’s Baaaaack

Another fabulous golf season has arrived and there probably is no golfer more excited than I am. Not to actually start playing (the frustrating and amazing sport, hobby, leisure whatever the hell you want to call it), but to just get into the swing of things again. And to do this, I choose to watch the Farmer’s Insurance Open in sunny Southern California, where not only the golf season is in the early stages of the 2011 season, but where the (infamous or famous) Tiger Woods, returns to the game after a long off-season. This is actually the 4th tournament of the season, but honestly who knew that? By the way the media portrays the sport, entirely encircled around Woods, many people believe that 2011 season kicked off this week, false. Let me just say that I don’t like the guy. Not because of his unfaithful and scum-bag actions, but to what he brings to the game. The man is a superstar, but why does he act like an infant? One bad swing or a bad kick, Woods is seen cussing, throwing clubs, breaking clubs, not being the role model that he is suppose to be. He is the face of golf,(even though he is the number 3, yes i said number 3 player in the world) why can’t he just keep his composure for once?

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