Guest Blogger Kelsey Carter

Greetings all! Occasionally we are going to have guest bloggers here to give us different perspectives on the undergraduate experience. This week will be our first guest blogger. Post a comment below about what you guys think!

Hi my name is Kelsey Carter and I am a junior accounting and finance major! I am also a member of the Dean’s Student Leadership Council within the College of Business and have the unique opportunity of being a CAM the Ram Handler.

My undergraduate experience has been more amazing then I had ever thought possible. The College of Business is a great school with great professors who can make classes interesting so you actually are excited about learning and attending class. The clubs within our College are held to very high standards and are definitely worth joining as they help you connect with other students in the college. For me, joining the Dean’s Student Leadership Council (DSLC), has already been a wonderful experinece. I have made close friends and become more a part of the College because of it.

The DSLC is an organization whose goal is to be the liaison between the students, dean, and faculty. Also, we help to spearhead different activities such as Cans Around the Oval or Business Day and then recruit all of our fellow College of Business clubs to join us in making these events a success. One of the aspects I enjoy most about DSLC is the fact that we are a purpose-driven organization instead of an activity-driven organization. While it is true that we do participate in a variety of activities, our goal is to focus on the “why” aspect more than the “what” factor. We want to make sure we are truly “making a difference” and living up to the motto of our college and not just going through the motions. DSLC is not a large organization but consists of all concentrations under the Business Administration major. In keeping the organization more on the small size, it allows everyone to get to know each other and come together on projects. Not only have I been able to participate in Cans Around the Oval and Relay for Life, both events giving back to the community, but I was also able to help with Business Day and watch as it was such a success. This organization has truly helped me to find my place in the college instead of just attending classes. I would encourage all students to find a club or organization to get involved in as it truly enhances your college experience.

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Rivalries and the Thrill before a Big Match-up

By: Katie Kershman

Sports are one of the most exciting parts of being in college! Of course this excludes our exciting classes ;-). Rivalries make it even more exciting for the players, but especially for the fans. Whether it’s the big showdown against CU or our neighbors to the north; or whether the sport is football, volleyball, basketball, or soccer, fans break out their green and gold and get pumped up for a rivalry event. For fans, it’s more than what happens on the field or court that makes the difference at an event. It’s the tailgating before a big game, the friendly banter between competitors, and the energy in the crowd. It’s the anticipation and the promise of a good time no matter what the outcome.

All around campus my fellow students and I discussed our experience from last weekend’s showdown against CU. Somehow we all managed to get out of bed far earlier than for classes (and with far less complaining) and find our way to the stadium (Mile High/Invesco field/Sports Authority/whatever they’re calling it these days). Many rams even find their way down the night before and stay downtown extending the experience. Despite the outcome, I felt satisfied with my experience. It’s more than just the game; it’s everything that goes with it. Spending time with friends, making plans, and bonding with the university student body. After the big showdown, I thought it might be fun to share our rituals heading into a big game. What are some things you guys do to celebrate sports at CSU?

Study Tips

By: Katie Kershman

Here we are about a month into the semester. Unfortunately this means the first round of exams should be underway. To help make it through lookin good I’ve researched some helpful hints for succeeding when it counts.

In preparation for any exam here’s what the experts are suggesting.

  • Go to review sessions – I know this seems obvious and/or boring, but it will let you know what the teacher thinks is important which means you may be able to skip things you might have wasted your time studying!
  • Take breaks – During your study time, take at least a five minute break for every hour of study time. There is only so much information you can process in one setting and it gives you time to blow off some steam.
  • Set a backup alarm – This may seem like overkill, but tons of students have failed exams (especially early morning exams) simply because they didn’t wake up on time.
  • Use the restroom and come to class early – On exam days seating can become an issue! Use the restroom so you can sit comfortably and come early so you are sure to get a seat.

Okay, now that you’ve made it to the exam, here are some tips to keep in mind during the actual exam.

  • Look through the test – when you first get the test, it’s a good idea to flip through it to see what you’re up against. This will help you budget your time.
  • Read directions – teachers want us to succeed. Many times they will give hints about the way to approach questions so we can give them what they want.
  • Skip questions – I’m sure you’re thinking this is a bad idea but stick with me here. If you’re stuck on a tricky question, don’t waste your time. Get through the test so you can answer all the questions you know, and then come back if you still have time. It’s the best way to get the most points.
  • Eliminate options – if you’re faced with a difficult multiple choice question, mark out the ones you know are wrong.

These are just some of the tips that jumped out at me. What are some tips you guys have learned to make it through exams?

Advice

By: Katie Kershman

As we jump start into the new semester, I thought it would be interesting to see what advice there is out there for studying, succeeding, and life in general. To get the conversation going I asked some familiar names throughout the College of Business what advice they find the most important. Here’s what they shared:

Melissa Luna, Career Services Manager, wanted to let everyone know how important internships are for junior year. In addition, she emphasizes the importance of getting involved either in student organizations and/or the community.  She explained both of these make the students more marketable upon graduation. She also wanted to share with students that the typical job search takes between 5-6 months so we need to get engaged in the career search knowing this timeline.

Susan Athey, Associate Professor of Computer Information Systems, shared this:

“… two roads diverged in a wood, and I —
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.”

These lines from Robert Frost’s poem are my favorite and tend to guide my life.  When I was 18, I took the back roads from Maryland and West Virginia and headed off to Virginia Tech where the M/F ratio was about 8 to 1 – talk about interesting!  The next “road less traveled” led me to Fort Collins – 1500 miles from where I grew up.  I didn’t know a soul here!  When I got bored with my job after 5 years (I have a short attention span.) the next road took me to Tucson, Arizona for  Ph.D. land. I eventually made it back to Ft. Collins and CSU as a prof in CIS.  I turned left off the “professor” road to the Associate Dean road after 14 years or so and meandered down it stopping at meeting, problem, event, and interesting student stops along the way.

Squiggly roads have let me spend a year in Melbourne, Australia and 3 months in Portugal.(Portugal has LOTS of “roads less taken” in an absolute sense.)  Studying maps  led me to places and towns on the white roads on a Michelin map that are not on any formal tour, I’m sure. (Anyone been to La Grave or Eaux Bonne, France??)  The same “roads” led me to new adventures in life – living where I know no one, grad school, attempting to learn a new language, traipsing around England by myself, researching genealogy in hidden cemeteries, etc.

So … get out the map, look for the narrow, infrequently traveled roads in life and go exploring.  Don’t just follow the interstate that everyone else travels.  That unpaved, tree-lined road may lead you to the best adventures in your life.

Gina Mohr, Marketing Instructor, shared this life experience:
I have found that my greatest rewards have been achieved as a result of patience and persistence rather than hard work alone. My advice to any student who is stalled in a tough job market, a tough class, or even a personal challenge is to be patient and ask questions…and continue to ask questions. There have been a number of situations in which I felt completely stalled and all it took was a simple inquiry, or a meeting with a professor or mentor, to get moving again.

This is what our esteemed faculty have learned what are some suggestions you have for your fellow students as we move forward through the year?