I'm A Commuter Student And I'm Proud

I'm A Commuter Student And I'm Proud

You may look at me like I'm crazy, but for me it's just another day.
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Being a commuter student can often be looked down upon especially when you make a commute that is over 30 minutes. Personally, I make an hour commute 2 days a week to class and then extra days during the week depending on what I have going on with my organizations. To some of you, this may seem crazy, to me, it's just another day.

Driving isn't as bad as it seems when it's all interstate and you really don't mind the drive. Some people would not be able to do it, but I do it without complaint. See, being a commuter student doesn't make me any different from you besides I just spend more time in a car and I don't get the extra sleep — literally that is all. I go to class on Tuesday and Thursday for the convenience of my job. Even when I lived in the same town as my university I went to class only on Tuesday and Thursday because I could also work decent hours.

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Even though I am a commuter I still get involved, I still get to see my friends, and I always have somewhere to crash in case I can't make it home that night. It really isn't as bad as it seems. I know you're thinking, why waste the gas? Why waste the time driving? Why would you want to do that? To be honest, it's pretty nice living away from my university and college town sometimes because when I am at home I have somewhere to go that isn't as stressful, I have somewhere to go that doesn't cost nearly as much to live in like it does in my college town.

As long as I have a good playlist going and I have some water or coffee I can drive and drive and be perfectly fine. You get used to it after awhile, really I'm no different than the girl that lives near campus.

Sometimes people look at me like I am crazy for commuting an hour to school, but I just do it with hesitation. Being a commuter student can have its ups and downs, but in my opinion, there is still more ups.

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I Learned Forensic Science In One Day For HOSA SLC 2019 And Still Placed Top Ten

We all have those days where we have to cram for an exam you know nothing about the night before, but have you tried to study for it the day of the exam? I never knew I would find myself in this situation until I went to HOSA SLC. With minimal study time, my partner, Kasey Park, and I were still able to place in the Top Ten in Georgia.

Joel Lee
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As a member of my school's chapter of HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America), I went to SLC (State Leadership Conference), where members all over the state of Georgia come to Atlanta to compete in a variety of competitions in the field of Science and Healthcare. All members can pick only one competition to participate in, and the guidelines and rules for each event are posted on the HOSA website.

The event I chose was Forensic Medicine, which requires a team of two people to take a written exam about Forensic Science (Round 1) and write a death report for a case study (Round 2). You must pass Round 1 to move on to Round 2. I worked with a good friend of mine, Kasey Park, for this event. HOSA recommended two textbooks to study for the event: Forensic Science: Fundamentals & Investigations 2nd Edition and Forensic Science: An Introduction to Scientific and Investigative Techniques, Fourth Edition.

Kasey and I both had the books, since Winter Break of our sophomore year (2018-2019), and we both agreed to start studying during winter break. Instead, we both completely forgot about it and when we returned to school after the break, we knew we still had time to study, since SLC was in March. We made a game plan of what chapters to read and when to read them, and we agreed to meet for reviewing the chapters we read. But, it didn't happen.

This procrastination continued about a day before we needed to leave for SLC, and we both realized we needed to study two thick textbooks in about 24 hours. We both knew at this point we just needed to cram as much information we could possibly fit into our brains.

The way we crammed was we both read the textbook as fast as possible and absorbing information as we go. Even though will not understand everything, we can still get a lot of information that can help us do well.

We studied on the way to SLC and before the Round 1 exam, so we can have the best chance possible when taking the test. My partner and I took the Round 1 exam during the afternoon, and we both we did alright, but not good, so we were worried about whether or not we made the second round. We got a notification in the evening that we made to Round 2. Kasey and I started to study all night and during the morning to cram as much information as we could. A little before noon, we took the Round 2 Case Study Test, and we thought it was a breeze.

Since we finished our event, we could finally hang out with friends from our school, as well as students from other schools. I meant so many new people at HOSA SLC. The next day, we went to the award ceremony, and my partner and I did not get in the Top 5, so we were not recognized. But later we were informed that we got 9th place, which we were happy with since we did not study very much for this exam.

From my experiences ar HOSA SLC, I have learned many things and met many new people. I would recommend that if you have a testing event, you should start to study prior to SLC to give yourself the most amount of time to study before the test. I feel that cramming last minute at SLC is ineffective and very stressful. I also think that you should try to meet new people since the conference is for members all over the state of Georgia.

If you are a middle or high schooler, I would recommend attending HOSA SLC, as it will be a memory you will never forget.

Joel Lee
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