Tuesday, September 30, 2008

What they left out

What I didn't know

So I have been in college now for just under 2 months, and I still am faced with things that I didn't expect all the time. I sure as hell did not realize that I would be walking as much as I do here everyday. The things that high schools and videos go over are around a lot, but I feel that the emotion that you go through is as much as an issue here as drugs and alcohol. I also didn't think I would have to try so hard on my assignments and studying for tests. There really is so much to know about college, that it is impossible to know everything going into the experience.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

The best thing that has happen to me in college

So, I have been in college for almost two months now.  I have experienced so many up and downs over the past couple months that it is hard to narrow it down to the best thing that has happened to me.  I guess the best thing that has happened to me has been gaining more of a respect for how fortunate I was when I was living at home.  I now realize more than ever how awesome of a home life and family I have had my entire life.  The thing that sucks the most is that it took hundreds of miles for it to hit me.

Monday, September 22, 2008

The assignment that I completely forgot to do... have mercy!

Chapter 4
One's self esteem is a crucial asset that will make or break your success in the future. I have always believed that staying positive is a great thing to do, because by being optimistic about things you see the good in everything and it rubs off on to the people you are around. How are you supposed to know what you should do if you don't have a goal? Goal setting is something that everyone needs to do in order to accomplish anything in life. By combining positive self esteem and goal setting it should be a lot easier to do well in life.

Chapter 5
Stress is not necessarily a bad thing. A lot of people work better under stress, because it is a mental emotion that drives you to points that you would not think were possible and you learn from the experience. It is important to be able to manage your stress simply because it really isn't healthy to feel stressed 24/7. Loss of sleep, zits, canker sores, and an overall physical look of distress are usually my personal look when I am under a more than usual amount of stress.

Chapter 6
I like most people am a visual learner. I think that it would be beneficial for every student to know what his or her best learning style is. Although I am a visual learner, I feel like I am an above average verbal learner as well.

I am sorry Dr. Rice that this is late, I was more concerned with the essay to the high school senior than this assignment, and I totally forgot about this assignment.

-Michael Haake

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Time to be Serious: College Life and Things to Know

Michael Haake
Freshman Transition 9:00am Tuesday
Dr. Rich Rice

Time to be Serious: College Life and Things to Know

When it comes to going away to college, the three most important things a college bound high school senior should know are: You are own your own, out of your parents safety net and it is up to you to cope with your emotions on your own. Classes in college are not a joke like in high school and you need to be in attendance to even think about passing the class. Finally, the choices you make in college affect the rest of your life. By knowing these things before entering college you can make it easier on yourself and spend less time adjusting to the college life.
So it begins, you are on your own and starting your future life. Living away from home is a great thing, but with all good things comes its drawbacks. Small things like being able to just be away from people, seeing your family and friends, and not really having to be responsible for much, become some of the most frustrating things to cope with. By going to college and living in a dorm, you loose most all of the small things that you take for granted while living at home. There is very little time to be by yourself relaxing, or getting home to see your loved ones. The college life can be very overwhelming at first and many people get very emotional during the first couple days of their new life, and what sucks the most is not being able to really do anything about it besides making phone calls or keeping busy. College is a very drastic change from your normal day-to-day life when you are at home. But, the good thing about college is that when you get a chance to go back home, you appreciate those little things so much more.
Sadly, the typical high school student today looses the drive to study in their later years of high school because the classes in high school are a complete joke compared to the classes in college. Don’t take classes lightly when you are in college because they are actually very demanding and time consuming. Be prepared to have homework for a couple hours every night, and assignments for multiple classes to be assigned on the same day. Sorry to break it to you, but the rumor that college professors don’t take attendance is not true. In fact, most of them do and only allow a couple of absences before they start taking points away from your final grade in their class. By skipping class in college you are wasting you or your parents money, loosing very valuable information that is vital for your success in class, and becoming lazy. Do not be surprised to be assigned an essay that is the length of your junior/senior theme on first day of class and have it due in a week.
This is your future, and most people would agree that they don’t want to mess it up by being an idiot when they are barely an adult. The college life is a lot of fun, but the thing to know is when it is time to have fun and when it is time to be serious. The next four years of your life will make or break your future. There will be many decisions that you will have to make on your own, and you guessed it, it is up to you and only you to choose the correct ones. Under age drinking is a huge occurrence in college, and college campuses everywhere are cracking down more than ever before to prevent it from happening. The last thing that you want in college is a big fat alcohol or narcotic ticket, because it will be on your file for the rest of your life. Companies do intense back round checks on all of their employees, and an arrest or alcohol/narcotic ticket does not look good to them. Going to parties is fun, but there is so much more to do when you are in college than simply getting drunk. There are hundreds of different clubs and sports to get involved with that will be fun and a good way to pass time. You decided your future, and the choices are all yours.
By knowing these three important things, you should be able to succeed and have fun in college. Remember mom and dad are not going to be there for you to tell what to do. The next four years of your life will throw many new obstacles at you that you have not yet experienced, and it is up to you to know how to deal with them. Always remember that studying is a must to do well in classes, and every decision you make has an outcome. I wish you the best luck with college, and the next four years will be some of the best of your life try to make them enjoyable and responsible.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Michael Haake's 4 year plan

My 4 year plan:

Spring 09:
  • English 1302
  • Com 1300
  • Statistics
  • Astronomy 
  • Astronomy Lab
  • Eco 2305 
Fall 09:
  • Eco 2302
  • an Applied Science
  • Spanish
  • Hist 2300
  • Pols 1301
  • Adv 3310
Spring 2010:
  • Spanish
  • Pols 2302
  • Art 1302
  • Multicultural 
  • Hist 2301
  • Adv 3312
Fall 2010:
  • Eng lit
  • Spanish
  • Hist of Rock and Roll
  • Adv 3361
  • Adv 3390
Sprin 2011
  • Adv 4000
  • Adv 4304
  • Mcom 3380
  • Adv 4313
  • Spanish
Fall 2011: 
  • Adv 4312
  • Adv 5326
  • Spanish 
  • mkt 3350
  • mkt 3351
Spring 2012:
  • Adv 6520
  • mkt 3352 
  • mkt 3353
  • mkt 3356

Yesterday my grandmother (whom I was very close to) past.  I got on a plane on Sunday to meet with my family back home in DFW, and we arrived in Boston late last night.  Her wake is going to be on Wednesday and her funeral will be Thursday at 10am.  I should be back in Lubbock Friday night.  
As far as the assignment that we are supposed to find somewhere to study goes; I like to go into the front of the Sub where it is usually quite.   

-Michael Haake