One Of Winthrop's Biggest Issues

One Of Winthrop's Biggest Issues

There has to be a change around here and it has to be soon...
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The school year has started and everyone has gotten their parking passes. So everyone should know where they should and shouldn't park though. Right? Wrong, I guess. Why are there residents parking in commuter parking spots? Because there are not enough spots for everyone to drive. But there are enough pieces of ticket papers for WU PO to give out tickets.

Even if it's just $25, I have to continuously get a ticket because we are low on parking spots for all students with vehicles. There are areas around campus that say, "no parking" but in all actuality, the spot where the sign is can be made into a parking spot. Trying to conserve the grass is cool and all, go nature; but, I paid $100 for a parking sticker that is not being used and is being looked over just because I'm parked on the grass or in a faculty/staff spot. No, I'm not a faculty or staff member but they have more spaces than we do, it seems. Sharing is caring, right?

Commuter students have it just as bad. Living off campus presents the anxiety of being late to class or our on campus jobs because we can't find parking.

There are a couple of solutions we can possibly look into. We could start assigning parking stickers with numbers so everyone would always have the same parking spot. However, that wouldn't be too good if someone got a parking spot in the back of Legion. We could also integrate all of the resident and commuter parking lots so everyone could have a fair chance at getting a nice parking spot.

Since I don't think we will be seeing any changes soon, we can't keep complaining because it isn't going to do anything. Maybe we can pray too, praying is good. Pray for more parking and equal opportunity. Let's do that. (Or if you're not religious or are of a different religion, just hope that one day things will change for the better.) Some may say I'm exaggerating but I'm positive that there are other students that feel the same way. This problem needs to be addressed, sooner than later.

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Finals Week As Told By Schmidt

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Finals week is finally upon us. The time every college student has dreaded all semester and there is no avoiding it. Let the stress, tears, and sleepless nights commence. Here's Finals Week as Told by Schmidt.

1. When you walk into the library and see that there are no more spots available because every freshman decided to start using the library now.

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2. You run into someone from your class and they ask you how prepared you are for the final.

3. Your first meltdown begins...

4. And then you get a call from your parents asking you why you've been so on edge lately

5. When you're three coffees deep at 2AM and believe everything will be okay even though you still haven't studied.

6. The day has arrived and it's time to take your first final so you give yourself a quick pep talk.

7. When you are the first one to finish the final early because you didn't study.

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8. Trying to pack while studying.

9. And then you start wishing you didn't wait until the last minute to pack because now there is no way your stuff will fit into your car.

10. When you get your first grade back.

11. And you have to tell your parents how you did in the class.

12. When all of your roommates are done with their finals and you still have one left.

13. But then your time has finally come and you have finished your last final as well.

14. And you realize you have survived yet another hell week.

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What To Expect For Big Lecture Classes

Don't be afraid, you'll survive these classes.
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I’m about to finish my first year of college once spring quarter is over, and I’ve already been able to experience classes of many sizes, ranging from 13 students to a little under 500.

Thankfully, my larger lectures have been taught mostly by energetic and passionate professors, which I deem as a key quality needed in a great class. Especially for these larger scaled classes, it’s much easier for students to fall off track quicker when the ratio of student to teacher increases.

Student engagement is critical in lectures because the more students are able to participate, the more they can keep focused. In a 400 student class, I had the professor keep the class interesting and persuasive by using memes and gifs throughout his lessons, as well as debatable questions to be consulted with your peers. There were also videos that resonated with today’s media society, all surrounding and relating to the important material kept on a PowerPoint presentation.

Another professor I had read off his already indistinguishable PowerPoint and, occasionally mapped out problems on the chalkboard. Almost one-third of the class dropped within the first week.

Now, this isn’t to scare you away from these large-scale classes. If the professor is worth their dime, they’ll know how to engage the class, and as long as you put in the required effort as well, you’ll have no problem adjusting to the larger class setting.

Remember, the main goal is engagement and participation, even if it’s not to the whole class or to the professor themselves. Don’t be discouraged by the numbers, there are many ways to seek independent help as well if you feel that you’re struggling.

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