Remember elementary school writing portfolios? In college, some English classes require the same thing. If you’re taking WRD 110 or 111, you will need to save all of your work to submit together to the University at the end of the year. Some WRD 112 classes do it too, but it’s generally for bonus points. Make sure you invest in a good flash drive to keep up with all of your work.
It can be pretty easy to get involved in your community when you’re in high school but when you live on campus in a new, unfamiliar city it can be more of challenge. Luckily for University of Kentucky students, Lexington has many service learning opportunities and UK has many organizations and classes that can help get them started!
Personally, I tutor high school students for the ACT. Another UK student and I leave campus once a week for two hours to head over to the alternative high school. I love having this opportunity to forget about homework and school and deadlines and to just focus on serving others in my new community of Lexington. If you’re looking for some ways to get involved off campus, check out the Center for Community Outreach at getinvolved.uky.edu/cco
As we learned today, the University of Kentucky Alert System will notify students about any even going on- even snow. Classes past 3 PM today were cancelled and faculty was recommended to leave campus by 3:30 to avoid the approaching snow storm. Make sure you sign up for these alerts when you come to UK. They will definitely keep you in the know!
Happy Friday from Snow Lexington,
Now that everyone has made their schedule, here are my tips for scheduling your class for an upcoming semester.
1. Get onto the laptop as early as possible in your window. Classes can fill up fast.
2. Make one schedule you really love and at least two alternate schedules. This will save you from having to rethink during registration and can possibly prevent you form making a last-minute class decision.
3. Don’t be angry if a class gets cancelled later on and you have to redo your schedule. That just happened to me yesterday, and registration was almost a month ago. My new schedule turned out better than my old one.
I hope this helps! Happy Thursday,
Here are my top tips for preparing for finals.
1. Make a study schedule and stick to it. Make sure you start a week from your test so that you have plenty of time to cover everything.
2. Keep up with other commitments that are not school-oriented, but don’t be afraid to cancel something if it pops up during the time that you should probably be spending studying.
3. Form a study group. This is actually a lot easier to do than I thought, and odds are that other people will struggle with the same material you struggle with.
4. Stay on campus. Feel free to disregard this tip if you disagree with me, but it is practically impossible for me to get anything done unless I’m away from my family.
5. Keep hydrated/warm! You don’t want to make yourself sick right before crunch time.
My teacher’s name is Oswaldo. He was born and raised in Colombia, has a son named Santiago, and enjoys salsa dancing in his spare time. He likes to tell jokes in class (in Spanish), and it always amazes me that our class understands him well enough to laugh when he says the punch line. He is always engaging us in our classwork and encourages us to not be afraid to mess up. My class only has about 15 students, so it’s a great environment for practicing our speaking skills.
I’m a freshman here at UK, but I took the language placement exam and tested straight into Spanish 203. I took Spanish all four years of high school, which really prepared me for the high intermediate classes. I plan on minoring in the language, which I think is important because of America’s changing demographics. I would definitely recommend taking a foreign language here at UK. The department is wonderful and the teachers are always willing to go out of their way to help you!
One of the hardest decisions I encountered when coming to UK was deciding what kind of laptop would suit me the best. Here are the questions I ultimately asked myself in order to make a good decision.
1. Do I want to use it for personal things?
2. How long do I want it to hold a charge?
3. How heavy should it be?
4. How compatible is it with the software I’m using for Chemistry?
5. Is there a help center in close proximity to my dorm that can assist me if something were to go wrong?
Ultimately, this helped me make a great pick and I am still glad that I went with my current laptop. Just in case you were wondering, I have a touchscreen SONY Vaio.
Flex- money that comes with a foodplan that goes on your account.
Uses: restaurants in the student center, quick stops, common food areas when you run out of meal swipes.
Misconceptions: CANNOT be used at the bookstore.
Plus- money that can be loaded onto your account like money onto a debit card.
Uses: pretty much anywhere, including some places in town.
Meal Swipes- how many meals you get a week, depending on your foodplan. My scholarship comes with seven.
Misconceptions: restaurants in the student center will only take these after 5 PM.
Hope this helps! Happy Monday.
Hello all! I am a freshman at UK, so this will be my first round of finals. This upcoming week will be the last week of normal instruction for the semester. The following week will serve as “dead week”- a time where teachers are not allowed to assign homework and students are encouraged to spend studying rather than working on projects. The week after that are finals. Thankfully, I have one on Monday and one on Tuesday evening, so I will be able to come home Wednesday morning for break. Although I really dread finals, I think that there is a way to both enjoy the Christmas season in Lexington and study for finals simultaneously.
1. Don’t overwork yourself, or you will retain even less information.
2. Make a study guide to work on each day, equally dividing it up.
3. Do not be ashamed to get a tutor! I am a Singletary scholar at the university and I have one. There is no shame!
4. Remember to take care of yourself! If you spend all of your time studying and manage to make yourself sick, that’s bad news bears. Just don’t do it.
5. Get enough sleep! I’m talking at least eight hours each night. There is nothing more annoying than adequately preparing for an exam and then managing to screw it up simply because you didn’t get enough rest. I’ve been there. Learn from my mistake!
Writing these down probably helped me more than it helped you guys, but I hope this provides a little insight into what you will be doing this time next year! I hope everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving break. The push to Christmas break begins!
Hello all! Lexington is a beautiful area during the Christmas season, despite the finals that inevitably come with that time of the year. Here are some of my tips for getting in the spirit.
1. Go ice skating! Lexington opens up a rink every year in front of Rupp Arena.
2. Take time to take part in Residence Hall Christmas activities, including potlucks and movies.
3. Decorate! Remember to buy trees that follow your building guidelines.
Here are some of my favorite places to grab a bite on campus.
If you’re on North Campus…
1. Chick-Fil-A (Nuggets, Fries/Fruit Cup, Lemonade)
2. Panda Express (Mushroom Chicken with Ragoons and Noodles)
3. Intermezzo (Any of the specials)
If you’re on Central Campus…
1. Ovid’s (Quesadillas on the weekends and a Build-Your-Own grilled cheese on weekdays)
If you’re on South Campus…
1. Commons (Pasta)
I hope this helped!
Here are my out-in-town food recommendations for the next time you’re in Lexington.
3. Old Chicago Pizza
4. The Merrick Inn
These are just a few of my personal favorites. I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving!
The University of Kentucky has 16 colleges, the largest of which is the College of Arts and Sciences. It has 49 different majors, including my major and minor, which are Psychology and Hispanic Studies. Becoming a part of the College of Arts and Science is a great way to obtain a well-rounded liberal arts education while still reaping all of the benefits of being a part of a large, research-based university. If you still don’t know what you want to major in, check it out!
Being someone’s roommate is all about communication. Here are my tips.
1. Fill out the roommate agreement with as much honesty as possible. Each RA will present you with one of these at the beginning of the year, and it is important that you use the rules on the contract as your rules when living together.
2. Make sure you exchange contact information in case of an emergency or if your plans change.
3. Be flexible. Understand that you aren’t the only person who is going to be living in your room. This practice of give and take will teach you life-lessons that often come in handy in the work force and in other relationships.
Hope this helped! Happy Wednesday.