Winter quarter is in full swing and we’ve all huddled deep into our studies until warmer rains bring us out of hibernation. By now, many of us have frequented the Cannell Library in search of books or a quiet place to study. And while the library is certainly full of those, many people aren’t aware of the other fantastic benefits it offers.
One of these is the library reference desk. Clearly labelled with a large blue sign, this unassuming little booth on the ground floor is home to the library’s special forces: reference librarians. If you’re taking anything from English to economics to engineering, you may have the privilege of meeting these champions. Whether you’re just beginning a research project or finalizing a works cited, the reference librarians have got you covered. From 8:00 to 5:00 they stand guard over the library’s reference collection, a valuable assemblage of encyclopedias and reports covering everything from agriculture to bankruptcy law. Exploring these tomes can be a challenge, so the reference librarians are at hand to help you find the material you seek.
Don’t think, however, that books are their only specialty. In fact, if you need help finding anything in the library, be it books, periodicals, or any media, the reference desk is the place to be. These educated folks are fully up to date with the digital age. If you are utilizing any of Clark’s online research databases, they can help you turn up more and better sources than you ever thought possible. I guarantee you, if you think you found everything relevant that a database has to offer on your subject, the librarians will prove you wrong. Beyond their research aptitude, Clark College reference librarians are also masters of citing sources. Whether you use MLA, APA, or any other format, translating sources into their respective citations can be baffling. How do you cite your grandmother’s recipe book? Between their formidable knowledge and an arsenal of handbooks, the librarians have the answer. Believe me, they should all wear capes.
So the next time you are faced with an insurmountable investigative assignment, pop in and pay the reference desk a visit. If you’re buried too deep in your academics to come to Cannell Library, you can also telephone the desk or utilize the library website’s 24/7 online chat feature, which allows you to connect with a network of reference librarians across the globe no matter the time of day. Whenever and wherever your studies take you, good luck and happy hibernating!
Hello fellow Penguins,
I cannot believe it is already week four of the quarter! I hope everyone is adjusting well to new classes. If you are struggling, just know Clark has resources there to help you for anything you need! One of my favorite resources that Clark offers is the Student Success Workshops.
Student Success Workshops are completely free to all students and you do not have to sign up beforehand! All you need to do is show up and take in all that the workshop has to offer. There are three different types offered, which are academic success, professional development, and personal development. Therefore, if there is anything you need a little extra help with, they have it! For professional development, there is Resume Building on the 8th from 12-12:50pm. I personally attended one of the procrastination workshops and took a lot away from it. There are many others offered through the rest of the quarter including Destroy Debt, Develop Your Career Plan, Transfer Degree 101, and Job Search Tips. Just know that the ones I have mentioned are not the only ones offered. To find the full list you can stop by the information desk or the Welcome Center and we can give you a paper copy. Or you can find it online at: http://www.clark.edu/enroll/careers/events/studentsuccessworkshops.pdf with the full descriptions on every workshop.
I highly suggest you all try at least one workshop every quarter. There is a different schedule every quarter so make sure to look back for the new workshops for the spring quarter!
It is nice to be back in school again after winter break. I hope you all enjoyed some time off and have begun this quarter with new strength to get through another, well, 7 weeks left now. I have some more advice for you to help in your further success. A great resource that we have is scholarships. We offer many scholarship opportunities at Clark.
How do you find a scholarship that fits right for you? Where do you go for more information about scholarships? I will try to answer these questions for you. So the first place to look for scholarship opportunities is by going to our Clark college website, click enroll, and then choose scholarships. Here is the link: http://www.clark.edu/enroll/paying-for-college/scholarships/index.php . There is a list of them, and you can also choose to view all donor scholarships, which will give you even a bigger list to choose from. If you don’t have a lot of time and energy to apply for scholarships separately, you can go to Clark College Foundation Scholarships: http://www.clark.edu/enroll/paying-for-college/scholarships/foundation/index.php . You will need to fill out just one application online and it will be turned in to the foundation. The foundation then looks through your application and decides whether or not you qualify for a scholarship, and if you do, they assign you for a scholarship. Yay! That’s exciting. It is not required, but you can attach a few recommendation forms from your instructors or employers.
Also, one more tip, the more you are involved in different activities on and off campus, such as volunteering, working, being part of a club, and just making our society a better place to live, the better applicant you are. With this in mind, write all of the activities that you are or were involved in into the application. The Clark foundation scholarship applications are open every April and October to apply, so watch out for these months, and I encourage you to apply. You will be notified via mail if you received one, and via email if you didn’t in a few weeks (maybe a month). The amounts of the awards vary, but I think it is totally worth it. You might spend a few hours total on everything, and “get paid” (scholarship award) around a hundred dollars per hour (amount varies). This is something to think about.
Another few places where you can go is the scholarships wall in Gaiser Hall. There is a display on the wall in the hallway that is between the Welcome Center and the information desk. They are some wonderful opportunities. Check it out some time. Otherwise, if you have any questions about any of the scholarships, contact the Scholarships office located across from the Culinary Institute in Gaiser Hall (room 137). They have answers to all of the questions you might have. I have been there myself a few times and it was very helpful. In case you want to call, here is their number: (360) 992-2582.
I hope this will help you deepen your understanding about the resources that are available to you in paying for college. Thank you for reading! Have a nice day, and I wish you success in your educational and career goals!
Hello again, everyone! Welcome to winter quarter!
I am going to tell you about the Counseling and Health Center that we have right here on campus. This is a great resource for students.
Since it is the dead of winter, there are some nasty bugs going around. We all know how horrible it is to be sick right before a big test or project. Luckily, we have a great resource to combat productivity-lowering-sickness. Clark’s counseling and health center, located on the main campus, has a nurse practioner on site. This means that you have access to many different medical services. They offer; physical exams, a few different vaccines, lab tests and even nutritional counseling. All of these things are offered at a low cost to students.
This office also offers a variety of over-the-counter medications such as ibuprofen and cough drops. These are free to students. This is an excellent resource, so you can kick that headache to the curb and focus on your studies. Another cool thing about this resource: snacks. Yes, that’s right. Food. This office has quite a few cool, self-care features such as; hot tea, coloring books, and couches for students to study or de-stress.
Speaking of stress, this office offers mental health counseling. Students are given 10 sessions for free! They can help you get through whatever hardship may be going on in your life. Whether you’re struggling academically or having relationship problems, they have people that can help. Mental health is something that is very important to your well-being, so get help if you need it.
Lastly, this office has student success resources. Even if you are not struggling academically, check it out! You can get some great tips to help you be even more successful. They hold quite a few workshops throughout the quarter.
The Counseling and Health Center is an awesome resource for students. Even if you think you don’t need their services, check it out! You never know what awesome resources you may find.
Winter Quarter, especially in the Northwest, can be bleak and rainy and gray, which doesn’t encourage leaving the house. Now is the time, however, to stay healthy and active! There is no better time to keep ahead of cold and flu season, and staying in shape promotes that.
There are still may options for fitness in these upcoming months:
- Join a gym. This sounds cliche, but it’s a good idea that will keep you from exercising outside. Money can also be a concern with this option, but many local gyms have student discounts, including Clark’s fitness center. They charge 20$ a quarter, and if you apply within the first week, there is a discount on that price as well.
- Take a PE class. Now may seem like the time to load up on heavy academic courses, but I recommend breaking up a busy schedule with something that gets you moving physically. The great news is, if you take a PE class at Clark, the use of the fitness center and weight room is free for the quarter.
- At the very least, run. Running seems to be everyone’s least favorite exercise. Personally, I love it. It does a couple of great things for the body, including: opening up the lungs, strengthening the heart, developing endurance, and quickly releasing endorphins. I have asthma, and running really helps my breathing. The other important aspect is that after a run is over, you’re left feeling refreshed. The release of positive hormones not only benefits your physical body, but your mind as well. Take the run at your own pace, and using music is a great way to stay motivated throughout the exercise.
It is proven that people who find ways to keep their bodies healthy perform better academically, are less likely to get sick, and have more positive attitudes. All of these sound amazing, especially during the winter time.
Make sure to make time for yourself and your health. From personal experience, I can assure you that if this is not a priority in your life, you won’t thrive in other areas either. A few years ago, I spent a good portion of winter quarter in the hospital with various sicknesses, but that was before I started making time to take care of my body in a better way.
Stay active penguins! All year round.
Now that you have settled into winter quarter, I hope you’re able to keep up with studying. Studying can be hard, especially when finding the motivation and time to do it. I find that many students prefer to study on campus because once they go home they get distracted. There are plenty of great places to study on Clark’s campus including: the library, Scarpelli Hall, Hanna Hall, and the Penguin Union Building.
Did you know we have secret study spaces as well? If not, I’m here to clue you in!
Area #1: The STEM Building. The stem building has lots of little study spaces on all three floors. They are tucked away, usually with a nice view of Portland to the south, or Mt. Saint Helens to the north. Try exploring the STEM Building one of these days and find a spot that works for you.
Area #2: Upstairs in Gaiser Hall. Gaiser Hall connects to the Penguin Union Building, and there are some quiet corners upstairs to use as a study space. If you walk passed the Cashier’s Office you’ll see a staircase. Follow the stairs to comfy couches and quiet hallways to get some homework done.
Area #3: Frost Arts Center. There is an awesome student gallery at the front entrance of the Arts Center. If you keep walking through the building you’ll come to an outdoor atrium that’s closed off from the rest of campus. There are benches and chairs to use, especially in the warmer months. While you’re there you can check out the new musicals and plays featured in the Decker Theater.
Area #4: AA-5. The Applied Arts complex on the south side of campus has plenty of study places. A quiet one is located upstairs in the AA-5 wing. It’s tucked away at the end of the building, and there are chairs and tables set up to use for homework and studying. There is also a computer with a printing station for student convenience.
Area #5: Beacock Music Hall: The great thing about studying in the music hall is the background music while you work. There are always students using practice rooms, so there is soft classical music to listen to while you study. I recommend sitting in the back part of the building facing inward to the campus, and not toward the red parking lot.
I hope this helps with your studying goals and staying on track in class! Come visit me at the Information Desk in Gaiser hall to ask questions or say hello!
Because the Pacific Northwest has weather that can be unpredictable to say the very least, I thought it would be a good idea to talk about ways to stay successful through anything we could encounter. With Inclement weather on the way, I would like to point out some ways so stay safe, as well as reduce confusion with class times and closures.
First I would highly utilize the RAVE alert system. This system is set up to notify students and staff that are signed up of any alerts. Students can utilize text messaging or email, and it is not only a way to receive updates about inclement weather, but other emergency notifications as well.
Starting this quarter the RAVE system has been updated so that students will be able to receive notifications automatically. Because the system does not pull your personal phone number from any other department, I would recommend going to https://www.getrave.com/login/clark so you can update and start receiving texts.
Another great option to get around safely in the winter months is by taking public transportation. Some people feel unsafe driving when roads are less than favorable, and C-tran could be very helpful on your way to classes or job. The Clark College Bookstore has discounted C-tran bus passes that are added on top of your photo id. With that discounted price, it will cover your bus rides in C-zone for the full quarter! There is a limit on how many are available, so I recommend to check in with the bookstore for prices and more information.
The last thing that I want to reiterate, is to plan accordingly. I know that it is something that shouldn’t have to be said, yet every winter, I see myself and many other students forget that different weather changes a lot. When it’s cold and icy, leave yourself enough time to get to campus safely, the commute may be slower because others and yourself may have to drive a bit more cautiously. Remember that sometimes the parking lot and sidewalks can get slippery when it is frozen, try to wear shoes with better traction. These small changes can change your whole day, and when everything goes smoothly on your way to class, you are going to be better off in class as well.
I hope you all have a wonderful quarter! Be safe!