Friday, September 19, 2008

? More about Me!

Hi Readers-

Today, I will have my Blogging Orientation!

I will be sure to update you on my University Blogging Site, so that you will be able to keep up with what's going on at my campus!

New post coming soon.... REALLY SOON!

Ok- here's the URL to my University Blog- ENJOY!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Education & Employment: Take Advantage of Your Resources!

So- I know a lot of you are wondering... "Where has Miss Building Blocks been hiding?" The answer is short and very much true!

I have been dealing with the hectic schedule that most college students deal with, so don't think that I am any different because I have time to blog. I'm actually at work browsing the web, and will soon be doing my homework. But enough about me, let's talk about you!

My post today will explain to you the value of resources, which I know a lot of you may or may not take advantage of. But this is sacred information for any and everyone!

Let's first discuss middle school. In middle school, most students are only concerned with one thing- and that's going to high school. Bigger and better things right? Of course! But you must remember that there are things in high school that you'll encounter, that middle school doesn't teach you, or doesn't make exactly 'readily available' to you.

So here's a few things to take advantage of in middle school that can prepare you for the future!

Join the National Junior Honor Society, if grades permit! Ask your school counselor if there are any scholarships (yes, for COLLEGE) that you can get your hands on now. Don't be afraid to ask someone to be your mentor. They prove to be very beneficial in the long run. And if you have a hard time finding one, ask me! I provide E-Mentoring through this blog. Email me at for more information! Also, if you're having an issue with your attitude, ask your teachers if there are any programs that you can get involved with to better your communication skills. When I was in middle school, I was a Conflict Mediator. I helped students through their tough times and altercations, which in turn enabled me to be able to deal with my own internal issues!

Now, let's take a look at high school. If you haven't already done so, take advantage of an organized sport such as basketball, football, even GOLF! Pick up the skills necessary to be successful in these sports, and it can take you far. It's never too early to invest in your life!

In high school, there are a plethora of opportunities for you. Sports, pep club, all sorts of academic based programs such as Academic Games, Poetry Club, Drama Club, School Newspaper, National Honors Society! Seriously, the opportunities are endless.

For education's sake, please, please, please take advantage of test prep courses and materials. At my high school, our counselor's office had free practice ACT & SAT test booklets. You can also purchase book aids at local bookstores, such as Borders or Barnes and Noble. If you are in high school and short on cash, use! You can usually find good quality books for cheap!

Begin your search for scholarships IMMEDIATELY! Read my earlier posts about scholarships, and even find featured scholarships on my blog!

In high school, some things are handed to you! However, in college, things are the exact opposite.

Professors, faculty and staff expect students to be hands-on. They expect a great deal from you, that's why it's important to gain these skills before entering an institution of higher learning. Do not for 1 slight second believe that your professor is going to point you out and ask if you need help. You do have a handful of professors like that, but they are limited! Your instructor has office hours, email and phone, and those are the best ways to reach them. NOT DURING CLASS TIME. Not only is it rude to ask a billion questions during lecture, but it also takes away from the other students' learning experience. Be cordial, short and to the point. If you can't get the help you need from your professor, begin your search!

Do not wait until the midterm to decide that you need a tutor in math! It does not work like that. College is progressive, therefore you need to learn the foundation immediately in order to be successful in your courses.

Don't forget to meet with your academic advisor at least one semester. They can usually guide you toward the classes that you need to take, your expected graduation, etc. Keep regular correspondence with them.

Take advantage of the library. Check out supplemental information if you need to, videos, CDs, etc.

I mean, really I could go on about using your resources! But, I'll leave that up to you, the reader. Be sure to leave Miss Building Blocks a comment whenever you find a resource on campus, or in high school that you didn't know existed!

Take advantage of Technology!

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Education & Employment: College Bound Students Beware!


I recently took a poll on Facebook and Yahoo Answers, for your benefit! The poll was to see which courses college students found the most challenging.

Now, my results have proved my theory wrong. I have always been good in both math and science, but usually had a harder time in math.

To my amazement, most of my colleagues have a harder time in science classes, i.e. Physics (ranked #1), followed by Chemisty, Botany and then Math! Gosh was I in disbelief when I received so many messages with Physics as the toughest subject. I LIKE PHYSICS!

Be very particular about your college studies, because it is much different than high school. You will not have a teacher on your back about coming to class or being tardy (although it is extremely rude to walk into your professors' class late, as well as disturbing to other students who are already prepared). Professors could care less about your attendance to their class, they get paid regardless.

My suggestion is that you spread your difficult and easy classes evenly. For example, if you have Calculus, Chemistry, Accounting, Composition, Biology, Music History, Sociology and Information Systems to take over the course of one school year, then here is my suggestion: Semester 1; Chemistry, Composition, Sociology and Information Systems. Take Accounting, Biology, Music History and Calculus during your second semester.

Have fun! If you need any advice on what classes to take, email me at!

What you must remember is how to study these subjects.... until next time!

Miss Building Blocks... A Little About Me

So I thought I'd keep my reader's up-to-date with what's going on in my life, aside from blogging...

I am getting ready for the Fall Semester... Getting ready for Kappa Omega Chi Sorority Recruitment (I love Rush!!!)... Helping my boyfriend get the Golf Team going... Planning for my 21st bday... AND------



GO BLUE!!!!!!!

Friday, August 22, 2008

Education & Employment: Scholarship #1

Yes All! I'm back, and in full effect! As promised a few weeks ago, I will be providing soon-to-be high school seniors (or whomever will benefit) with scholarships on a weekly basis.

So, here's the information for my first scholarship:

Writers of the Future

Amount: $500-$5000

Deadline: The Contest has four quarters, beginning on October 1, January 1, April 1 and July 1. The year will end on September 30. To be eligible for judging in its quarter, an entry must be postmarked no later than midnight on the last day of the quarter.

Applicable Majors: Science Fiction, Fantasy Writing, Horror Writing, Speculative Fiction

Scholarship Information: The Writers of the Future Contest is open to amateur writers. Your entry must be a new short story or novelette with a science fiction, fantasy, horror or speculative fiction theme, that has not been previously published. Poetry and children's literature cannot be accepted for this contest. There are four quarterly deadlines each year (September 30, December 31, March 31 and June 30) with three prizes per quarter of $1000, $750, $500 and a yearly grand prize of $4000 is offered.

For more information pertaining to this scholarship, follow this link: Writers of the Future

You can find this scholarship, and other scholarships pertaining to your major at FastWeb!!!

Monday, August 11, 2008

Busy, Busy, Busy!

Please excuse the fact that I haven't been updating my blog as often as you would like. But please understand that I am working on content, finishing a class, and planning a retreat. So I'll be back within the next week! Wish me luck!

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Life Issues: Teenage Affirmations

Today, we're talking about teenage affirmations, the power they have, and a brief list of some that I find to be great (along with an explanation of what they mean for teens today). I hope you enjoy!

To begin I would like to define an affirmation as being a statement that is declared to be true. Let me rephrase that, it is a statement that is declared to be true by the person doing the affirming! They are true across the board, and unique to the individual using them.

Many teens today do not understand the power of affirmations, and even less actually use them. I never did, until I became older and able to understand that these are important in anyone’s life. The simple act of telling yourself that ‘I am wonderful’ works wonders. Reading the list that I have compiled for teens can have a positive effect on their lives. It can cause them to think differently of themselves and the people around them. These affirmations can be read in any order, day or night! They can be used to lift your spirits or to start your day off on the right foot! And so the list begins:

  1. I am a responsible individual; irresponsibility is not in my vocabulary.
    1. This affirmation applies to any and everyone. It’s a basic statement meaning that you are responsible for your own actions, whether they are good or bad. By saying this, you are accepting that being irresponsible is unacceptable. Ex: your chores every Monday is to take the trash to the curb. If you forget next Monday, you agree to take full responsibility for your actions!
  2. If I love myself, others will learn to love themselves as well.
    1. It is true that people rub off on each other! Loving yourself completely and accepting your flaws is very important in life. Ex: if you and your best friend are both having issues with being accepted by the ‘in-crowd’ at school, chances are once you decide that it’s ok to be different and that you love yourself regardless, your friend will do the same. They will begin to see the same qualities in themselves and will appreciate them more!
  3. I am ME; I am creative, unique, smart, and beautiful. I am all of the above.
    1. Accepting yourself for who you really are! These tie in with loving yourself, and loving the individual traits that you possess.
  4. Yesterday is history, today I will make memories, tomorrow is only a dream.
    1. You cannot change things that happen yesterday, it’s the past. Today you can learn from those things, and possibly do things differently. Tomorrow, you can do the same thing you did today, only better! Remember that the only thing that is constant in life is change!
  5. I am successful in absolutely everything I do.
    1. Self-explanatory! No exceptions. You are successful because you said so, and that’s all that matters!
  6. I control my own destiny.
    1. Yes you do! Your destiny could include landing a job, attending an Ivy-League school, or simply raising your GPA. All of these goals start with YOU!
  7. I am the creator of my own problems. I will not bring others into the fire with me.
    1. This is a tough one to sometimes understand, and a lot of people mistake this affirmation as being about ‘snitching’. Let me explain to you what I mean. Any problem that you create, you are RESPONSIBLE for. When I say don’t bring others into the fire with you, I mean don’t intentionally try to make people feel down because of your problems. Again, you are in control of your own problems; therefore blaming your mom because you failed a class simply will not cut it! Get my drift?
  8. I am different and so is everyone else; therefore I cannot judge.
    1. Everyone was created equally, yet differently. Sometimes people are not in control of their differences, so who are you to judge them because of their differences? Just like they are different from you, you are different from them. That’s the point of being different; you’re not supposed to be the same!
  9. I control my emotions; they don’t control me.
    1. Now I must say that this gets complicated. Sometimes your emotions do control you and you have no choice but to release them. However, you control your reaction to these emotions. For instance… your GPA drops, which in turn causes you to be upset. Instead of taking your anger out on your teachers, you can control this reaction. This is when thinking before acting comes into play. If you think beforehand, you won’t have to explain your actions. You can simply think about why your GPA dropped, and it may be because things changed at home that interfered with your study habits. So doesn’t this mean that your teacher had absolutely nothing to do with it? Indeed it does. Think about it.

Start your list today... I'm not joking! Feel free to add to this list! Also, check out my guest post on Vanessa Van Petten's wonderful site: On Teens Today!

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