Extra Essentials & Weird Courses


Make a list…

There’s so much to think about when you’re heading to school. Whether you’re about to head off to your first year of college or you’re going back for another year, there’s lots to pack and lots to check on before you’re ready to go.

Most people spend most of their time thinking about what they’ll need to pack in terms of clothing, furniture, and toiletries for their dorms and apartments. You’ll also spend time figuring out how you’re getting it all there – depending on how far away from home you go to school, you might ship it, or you might be able to pack it all in a van.

But there are always a few things that might not be on the forefront of your mind that you still need to check up on before you head off. Make sure you know what your general daily schedule will look like – this will help you plan out what a typical week will look like so that you can build routines and feel comfortable more quickly.

Most importantly, if you’re depending on financial aid or scholarships, make sure those have gone through before you get there! You don’t want any unpleasant surprises when you arrive, so get all your ducks in a row.

…and check it twice!

Well that’s weird

Looking for a couple courses to fill the required credits you need? Or maybe just looking to make your course list a little more well-rounded?

Sure, you could add a minor, or maybe add a music or fitness class… Or you could try one of these bizarre classes if you’re lucky enough to attend one of these schools:

Explore the development of the selfie within this course. It’s actually a writing course encouraging you to take and then analyze your selfies on a day-to-day basis. Who knows, by the end you might have mastered the art of taking the perfect selfie.

How to Stage a Revolution
With the way things are going, this might be one to keep in your back pocket. The MIT’s How To Stage a Revolution teaches, “How revolutionaries have attempted to establish their ideals and realize their goals.” So, if you’re planning on having a particularly rebellious phase, this is the course for you. Please remember to take your own sword and shield, as these are not included.

Tree Climbing
No, really. If you’re missing your childhood days of clambering up the tree in your local park, then this might just be the course for you. Cornell University asks “what about that big tree down the street you always wanted to climb, but couldn’t reach the first branch? Cornell Outdoor Education’s Tree Climbing course will teach you how to get up into the canopy of any tree.”

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More strange classes

In the News This Week:

Language lessons: this week there was a meeting between Donald Trump and the Japanese Prime Minister and his wife. Akie Abe, Japan’s first lady, stayed silent throughout the meeting, causing Trump to assume she doesn’t speak English… Guess he forgot there’s video of her speaking the language…

Parole: the infamous OJ Simpson has been granted parole. Opinions are divided across the board on the decision.

Bipartisan support: while they may not cross the aisle on many things, Democrats and Republicans came together to show their support for their colleague, Senator John McCain, following his recent brain cancer diagnosis.

  From the Blog  

How to Take Perfect English Notes
Even though English is the language that we use every day, classes on this subject can be quite complex. The study of English Language Arts focuses on explaining the inner workings of the language and discovering different techniques to use when weaving our words into writing. Since this subject is so multifaceted, it may be difficult to know where to start when writing your notes. That is why we’ve put together five tips to help you write practical and valuable notes specifically for English class.

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