Category Archives: December 2010

Need a little inspiration for next semester?

By Anne Dudley

Sometimes, we all need a little inspiration to make it through another semester of exams, papers, extracurriculars, and the daily frustrations of balancing our role as a student with everything else in our lives. It’s important to remember what we, as students, are working towards.  Week-to-week we need an ‘A’ on an assignment, a passing grade on a test, or a good recommendation for that first internship to get our foot in the door. Some of us do all of this on top of twenty-hours at a job just to eat Ramen Noodles and $5 Hot ‘N Ready pizzas. Tasty.

It’s easy to get caught up in day-to-day or week-to-week survival aspects of college. But do remember, one semester completed is one more step closer towards that light at the end of the tunnel: graduation.

Last weekend, Kent State University’s December 2010 graduates were recognized at the commencement ceremony. The keynote speaker for the 2 p.m. ceremony, which included students from the College of Communication and Information, was Terry A. Scott. Scott graduated from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication in 1973 with a degree in Journalism. Currently, he is Senior Vice President and Global  Head of Creative Brand Services and Cake Mix Studios for Hasbro, Inc. In his keynote speech he reminded students to remember the consequences of their actions, strive to go far, and make a difference every day.

Watch the commencement video for a little inspiration of what we’re all shooting for: degrees!

Anne Dudley is a graduate assistant and master of public relations student in the College of Communication and Information.

What can I do with a degree in communication studies?

By Emily Carle

Kent Communication Society and Lambda Pi Eta showcase opportunities for Communication Studies students

The School of Communication Studies’ two student organizations, Kent Communication Society (KCS) and Lambda Pi Eta (LPE) teamed up for the event Communication Convention: Making the Most of your Communication Degree geared towards all COMM students. The event, which took place on Dec. 7, 2010, 8:30-10:00 PM in room 317 in the Kent Student Center featured students, faculty and alumni who spoke to answer the question: You majored in what?!

Speakers included senior students Rosalind Bowden, Arianne Gasser, Casey Zimmerman, Devin White, Myrna Daher and Emily Carle all of whom spoke about their experiences at Kent State, involvement on campus, and future plans with their communication degree. In the hopes of helping students new to the major, the senior students also offered advice and suggestions to the group, including the classes to take and what to expect in college and after graduation.

After the student speakers, faculty members Lorie Hopp and Dr. David Trebing each spoke about their paths to working at Kent State. Both are KSU alums and also discussed their experiences at Kent State and advice for current students. Also, both offered great advice applicable to all college students looking to make the most of their time in college and beyond.

From there, the alumni panelists came up to the podium to tell their own stories. Karen Koch, 1984, and Joe Di Lullo, 2004, both graduated from what is now Kent State’s College of Communication and Information. Each has taken a different career path and was able to give insight into life after college.

One fact that every speaker touched on was the importance of communication in every avenue of work and interaction. Current students to faculty all use communication every day and alumni stress that it’s a top skill that employers are looking for. The core message that was spread throughout the night was the importance of communication and the prevalence of communication in many jobs and careers.

KCS and LPE are planning to continue this event next semester with even more speakers to try and focus on students graduating in May that may need encouragement or networking opportunities. Also, KCS will be planning many more events for current students next semester to try and increase involvement within the school.

What is CCI doing for Kent’s United Way Efforts?

By Emily Carle

Kent Communication Society wins CCI Kent State Penny Wars

In the College of Communication and Information’s fundraising efforts for the United Way, the student organizations combined to raise $90.09. Together the four CCI Kent State organizations of Kent Communication Society, AAF Kent, PRSSA and AIGA raised money through a Penny War Nov. 8 through Nov. 19. Each organization was responsible for collecting money in their schools as well as across campus while trying to “sabotage” the other groups’ collections.

In a Penny War, each penny counts for one point and all silver coins count as negative points. For example, if a group were to collect 25 pennies and a quarter, their total would be zero. This encourages competing groups to donate more money in nickels, dimes and quarters to the other groups. All of the money goes to a good cause and the competition is all in fun.

Kent Communication Society’s president, Arianne Gasser, expressed KCS’s excitement over the Penny War, “I felt that KCS was excited about raising the money because they like the idea of sabotaging the other teams,” also Arianne added “[KCS is] a highly motivated group and they have excellent potential to do great things for the community.”

Though Kent State’s CCI organizations have similar goals and even some similar members, they have not always participated in many events together. After this success with Penny Wars, there will hopefully be more collaboration within the school’s organizations. Gasser goes on to say that she would “love to do more events involving the other CCI organizations. I would like to see more interaction between the groups so everyone has the chance to meet new people and share ideas.”

As this fall semester is coming to a close, there is hope that the upcoming semester could bring more chances for KCS, AAF Kent, PRSSA and AIGA to work together in other social and community service related activities and fundraisers.

Emily Carle is a senior applied communications major and marketing assistant in the Dean’s Office of the College of Communication and Information.

What is there to do over break?

By Emily Carle and Anne Dudley

Phew! You did it! Finished up the fall semester, survived finals week, and made it home despite all the snow in Kent.

Ahhh…. Time to relax!

Not to put a damper on the peaceful moment here, but there are few things you might want to consider squeezing in between eating holiday cookies and taking all those well-deserved naps.

Here they are:

  1. Relax.  – Sit down and take some time to enjoy not having any assignments, papers, or tests to worry about. Balance this with time with friends and family.
  2. FAFSA – Get ready to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible after January 1. Even if you haven’t received tax information, it’s good to get it started. Set a reminder on your phone to finish this up when you get back to Kent.
  3. Kent State Scholarship Application – One app, tons of scholarships. One essay. Do this in one afternoon over break and then take another nap. Good job.
  4. Books – Don’t max out that credit card on holiday deals….. Book buying season is upon us again!
  5. Summer Internship searching – start your search over break and you’ll be mighty thankful when the Spring semester hits! Write down or set reminders for all the deadlines, because many come before you think!
  6. Evaluate – When you get a moment between playing C.O.D. and stealing another slice of Grandma’s pie, think back over your semester. Would you change anything? How can you improve for next semester? Consider writing this down and taking it back to Kent with you.
  7. Read a book, just for fun! – Take the time to catch up on reading you don’t have time for during the school year. Learn something new!
  8. Do some organization. – By taking the time during break to organize everything, the spring semester will start off on the right foot. Even if it’s just doing a little cleaning, it’ll make a big difference! If you are cleaning out your closet, remember you can take clothes to Plato’s Closet and get a couple bucks to put towards holiday shopping or donate to the Goodwill or Salvation Army in the Holiday spirit
  9. Pack and Repack – Make sure you have all your winter apparel ready to go. Unfortunately Spring semester isn’t always very spring-like at Kent State, so bring back boots, coats, gloves, scarves to be prepared for the winter months.
  10. Do something fun! – Skiing, sledding, snowboarding, ice skating, tubing, or anything you don’t have time to do when classes and homework are first on the priority list. Shows and concerts can be fun too!
  11. Get all of your doctor and dentist appointments in over break when you have time to do so. Or remember to schedule them for Spring break (March 21-27). Be completely healthy and ready to start the spring semester!
  12. Set goals for the future (similar to evaluation). – If you know what you want to accomplish in the spring semester before it starts, you won’t be playing catch up all semester. Be realistic and be ready to do what it takes to accomplish those goals.

Winter break can be a tough thing for a lot of students. Life has probably changed a lot since you lived at home full-time or simply started going to Kent. Sometimes, it can be an awkward balance between life at home and life at Kent. So be supportive of your friends, keep in touch, communicate with others about how you’re feeling, and rest up for another 15 weeks!

Emily Carle is a senior applied communications major and marketing assistant in the Dean’s Office of the College of Communication and Information. Anne Dudley is a first year PR master’s student and graduate assistant in the Dean’s Office of the College of Communication and Information.

The Dreaded Finals Week: How do I deal?

By Emily Carle

Thanks to Anne Dudley, all of our blog readers should know where to go to study and how to handle the last few stressful weeks of the semester, but the days leading up to finals week can use some more attention. For a lot of first-year students, finals week is a new or very different concept. Even being a senior and dealing with my seventh finals week (AH!) I know that every semester is different with a variety of exams and projects thrown at me. Thankfully every semester there are also more resources for students to use.

First, it’s important to know when your exams actually take place. A lot of the time, professors will alert the class as to the time and location for the exams but it never hurts to check and plan ahead. The Final Exam calendar can be found on the Registrars website. It gets updated for every semester, so keep that in mind for the future finals weeks. Make sure you contact your professor if you aren’t sure about the exam time. Final exams are nearly impossible to make up without a documented excuse, so there isn’t any leeway with the excuse “I didn’t know.”

Second, remember that there are numerous resources for students on campus. The library not only has study areas but drop-in math tutoring. If you have final papers to turn in instead of final exams, make sure you make an appointment with the Writing Commons to help you edit, cite, and proofread any writing assignment. To sign-up for a time slot, just go to the website and click “Schedule an Appointment” and an email reminder will be sent. More study resources are available through the Academic Success Center  as well as information on Kent CORE Study Groups and Drop-In Tutoring.

If incentives are a priority, make sure to check out the Study-A-Thon on Saturday, Dec. 11th from 12 noon to 12 midnight in the Student Center Ballroom. Every hour of the Study-A-Thon will have 50 minutes devoted to quiet study and the last 10 minutes will be a study break with food, snacks, coffee and prizes! There will be a grand prize of a $300 book scholarship at the event. Make sure to check it out just in time to devote the entire weekend to finals studying.

Lastly, it’s important to keep a few tips in mind while studying:

1. Take care of your body: eat healthy, exercise and most importantly SLEEP.

2. Take short study breaks: non-stop studying is not as helpful, make sure to break up the time.

3. Choose your environment carefully: find what works best for you but a peaceful environment will help your concentration.

4. Become a time miser: identify the time-stealing activities (i.e. television & Facebook) and eliminate them during finals studying.

5. Prioritize: plan your week, your day and what you need to study

6. Get help: don’t be afraid to ask questions of friends, classmates and professors if you don’t understand.

7. Use study groups: learn the material on your own and then review it by teaching/explaining the subject to a group.

8. Make outlines: identify key points and stay focused on what is important.

9. Rewrite notes: the extra time will help engrain the information

10. Get creative!: find the study style that works for you, from sticky notes, to podcasts, to PowerPoint.

By taking advantage of all the resources on campus as well as planning and studying everything accordingly, a successful finals week is inevitable! It is always important to end the semester on a strong note, so there is no excuse to overlook the endless possibilities all around you.

Emily Carle is a senior applied communications major and marketing assistant in the Dean’s Office of the College of Communication and Information.