Displaying items by tag: Lakeland - Lakeland University - Lakeland University http://lakeland.edu Wed, 27 Jul 2016 06:46:23 -0500 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-us Preparing for Finals Week http://lakeland.edu/lakeland-fun-facts/preparing-for-finals-week http://lakeland.edu/lakeland-fun-facts/preparing-for-finals-week
  1. Sleep Early

Before exams week, students tend to stay up and study until the next day. Let me say that is the worst habit anyone can have. Not having enough sleep can result in not remembering most of the things you’ve studied the night before.

Some tips that can help you fall asleep fast:

  • Drink Tea

  • Read

  • Listen to lyrics-less, relaxing music

  • Guided Sleep Meditation apps.

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2.) Stay Organized

Make sure to have all of your content and materials organized before exams week. This is important because it can make your day go smoother, especially with all the pressure and stress you already have on your shoulders.

Some tips that can help you stay organized:

  • Have an agenda/checklist

  • Follow your plans

  • Go to Tutors

  • Manage your priorities

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3.) Eat Healthy

Eating healthy before and during finals week is the best way to help your brain function. Like the saying, “You are what you eat.” Consuming the correct nutrients will result in being more active. It is recommended to drink a lot of water, and a well-balanced, daily meal. You can study all day, but don’t forget your meals!

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4.) Exercise

When I talk about exercise, I don’t mean hardcore workouts in the gym and sweating, but just small exercises like  taking a walk, doing arm circles and stretching. By doing this, it will stretch all your stiff muscles, and get your blood flowing easily. Sometimes it is best to just take a break from studying and go for a walk around your campus or wherever you live.

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5.) Breathe

With all the last minute assignments and projects that were requested to turn in, and finals to study for, the best way is to just breathe and smile. What I mean to “breathe” is to deeply BREATHE. Take a DEEP breath and just smile. Smiling is contagious and that is the best way to handle any type of difficulties.

 

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XiongL [AT] lakeland [DOT] edu (Linda Xiong) Lakeland Fun Facts Blog Wed, 09 Dec 2015 13:31:32 -0600
Staying Fit in College http://lakeland.edu/lakeland-fun-facts/staying-fit-in-college http://lakeland.edu/lakeland-fun-facts/staying-fit-in-college

 

 

  1. Substitute junk food with healthy snacks

Take the time to substitute your yummy snacks with healthier snacks. For example, instead of eating Hot Cheetos all the time, try snacking on baked chips. It is still flavorful, yet healthy.

 

  1. Take advantage of your college gym

Why not use your college’s gym when you are already paying for it in your tuition? Students don’t take advantage of the gym, which is the problem too. A lot of schools, like Lakeland, offer free gym services.

  1. Time Commitment

Time is precious, and college is flexible. When it comes to staying fit, the best way is to just set a daily routine. By doing this, your schedule will be consistent and be part of your habit.

  1. Goals and Discipline

Dreaming of that perfect body is stressful  because it takes a lot of time and effort. By having goals and discipline set, your schedule will be easier and more flexible.

  1. Get a workout partner

Sometimes being fit can get boring and frustrated. An alternative is to work out with a partner. A partner that is not just a friend, but someone who is also pushing themselves to be healthier. By having similar goals, both of you can push each other. Instead of achieving one goal, you can achieve two.

 

  1. Dietary Meals

As it goes the same with substituting junk food with healthier snacks, the same thing should be done about daily meals. Research about diet choices or talk to your doctor for the best choices to take.

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XiongL [AT] lakeland [DOT] edu (Linda Xiong) Lakeland Fun Facts Blog Mon, 23 Nov 2015 14:36:17 -0600
How to Save Smartly http://lakeland.edu/lakeland-fun-facts/how-to-save-smartly http://lakeland.edu/lakeland-fun-facts/how-to-save-smartly

 

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  1. Pay yourself first (PYF) Method

This method is pretty self-explanatory, pay yourself first. Whenever you get your paycheck put a portion into your savings account and don’t ouch it. If you continue to do this, your money will grow without you knowing and you’ll interest which can double your money.

 

  1. Set a Budget And Stick to it

Setting a budget and sticking to it can help stretch your money. To achieve this, here are 4 easy tips:

 

Tip 1: Self-discipline

Having self-discipline means to have control over oneself. In financial terms, it is the same thing. But instead of having self-discipline for life, it is for money and spending.  

 

Tip 2: Know your net income + fixed/variable expenses

The advantages of knowing this information can lead you to a successful and stable future. By knowing your net income, you can split it between your fixed and variable expenses and what you have left over, you can save it or spend it.

 

Tip 3: Prioritize

Prioritizing your needs vs. wants is very important because not everything is a need. You can also find alternatives to replace your wants. For example, Internet is not actually a need it’s a want, but if you are paying for the super fast plan, you can downgrade it to the basic, which can cost you less.

 

Tip 4: Keep Track and Review Monthly

Keeping track and reviewing your spending can really let you know where you are with your expenses. You can keep track of your expenses by using an excel spreadsheet, write it down, or even go to your local bank and ask for a register’s tracking book.

  1. Plan For Emergencies

An Emergency Funds is the ‘extra’ money usually in a separate account that is

only used for emergency purposes-Such as buying a new washer machine or fixing your car. Emergency funds should only be touched

 

  1. Establish Short and Long Terms Goals

Setting short and long term goals can motivate you to save. How? Let’s say your short term goal is to get yourself a new camera. Whenever you planned to get it, you can begin saving and when the time comes, it won’t be as difficult. And for a long term goal, maybe  you want to travel to Japan. You can always plan early. The earlier, the better.

 

  1. Review and Improve Plans

You should set a time where you can take a look at all of your expenses and reflect on what habits should be improved or kept. By doing this, it will become a routine and you will learn better spending and saving habits.

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XiongL [AT] lakeland [DOT] edu (Linda Xiong) Lakeland Fun Facts Blog Thu, 05 Nov 2015 13:27:15 -0600
Start now: 10 Social Media Habits every College Student should Adopt http://lakeland.edu/lakeland-fun-facts/start-now-10-social-media-habits-every-college-student-should-adopt http://lakeland.edu/lakeland-fun-facts/start-now-10-social-media-habits-every-college-student-should-adopt Start now: 10 Social Media Habits every College Student should Adopt

You can have the best personality, perfect resume and get the job but is your social media as perfect as you? Social Media is a way to express your own feelings and discover new things about mostly anything. However, it is important to be professional but still have fun with your social media. By being professional, your future employer will have one less thing to worry about.

Here are 10 tips to help you about professionalism in social media:

1.) Posting the right photos
Social media is a place where photos are shared anytime and anywhere. However, it can be a place where inappropriate photos can be presented also. You don’t want your future employer to see too much of your social life.

2.) The “Mom/Grandma” Test
Before posting anything to the public, you should ask yourself this question: Would you want to show your mom/grandma? If the answer is no, it shouldn’t be an option to show your future employer also.

3.) Grammar
Avoiding bad grammar. Proofreading is the best result you can do, especially on social media. If you want to be taken earnestly, act earnest. Never assume everything is correct. Be cautious about homophones, such as “they’re” “there” “their” and “you’re” “your”.

4.) Positive Posts
Do not attack anyone or express negative posts, especially about your employer and profession. Some people have been fired because of this circumstance. Positive notes not only keep you positive but it can influence others

5.) Creating a Linkedin Profile
Having a Linkedin Profile separates your personal and regular social media from the professional profiles. Linkedin Profile is a professional social media that helps you connect to other employers, such as alumni at your school and offer opportunities for you based on your experiences. Don’t have one? Create one here.

6.) Choosing an appropriate Display Photo
Selfies are fun and it shares your personality, but the best way to choose a Display Photo is to have a nicely-constructed headshot. The headshot should not be pixelated or disproportionate. To avoid this, preparing your appearance can be done by wearing a nice blazer/blouse and combed hair. Your display photo can be the first impression of your employer and you want them to be impressed. Lastly, make your employer remember you.

7.) Watch your language
Bypass profanity and negative comments on your social media platforms. Your employers will question your professional manner. Remember that employers want to be represented properly, so do not make them eliminate you.

8.) Correct #Hashtags
Its purpose is to serve your company’s brand. When applying a hashtag, make sure it is work appropriate and it relates with what you are posting. Hashtags are meant to let social media users learn more about a certain product or content.

9.) Be unique
When an employer views your profile, the first thing they will look at is your bio. They want to know who they will be expecting. In your bio, you should put in your basic information, your position and what you do at your company. It should be updated every time you change something.

10.) No such thing as a Delete Button
Though there may be a “delete” button, pressing that button doesn’t declare deletion. The previous inappropriate posts, photos or comments you may have posted decades ago can still be shown. Internet is forever and that is why it is important to keep it professional at an early age; It will become a habit of yours to practice professionalism.

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XiongL [AT] lakeland [DOT] edu (Linda Xiong) Lakeland Fun Facts Blog Thu, 29 Oct 2015 13:39:15 -0500
Why Luxembourg? http://lakeland.edu/scott-niederjohn-blog/scott-niederjohn-blog http://lakeland.edu/scott-niederjohn-blog/scott-niederjohn-blog University of Luxembourg

Bonjour, Guten Tag, Hello, Moien, Lakeland Friends,

While on sabbatical this fall from Lakeland, I am living with my wife and four children in Luxembourg City. The U.S. Fulbright Scholar program has provided me with the opportunity to teach and work at the University of Luxembourg this semester. This is the first of periodic updates on my activities here in Europe as they relate Lakeland.

First, many readers might be asking, “Why Luxembourg?” Actually, I suspect many are also asking, “Where is Luxembourg?” as I’ve had kind well-wishers from campus offer me good luck in London, Belgium, Lichtenstein, and Germany. Perhaps this isn’t surprising given the size of this tiny country—smaller than Rhode Island and wedged between France, Germany and Belgium. To provide an example of how small this country really is, we travel just 20 minutes to Belgium to visit the local IKEA store and about 25 minutes into France to find a sporting goods store. I’ve finally learned to put my phone on “airplane mode” when I go shopping so my Luxembourg-based service provider doesn’t charge me international roaming fees as I do errands.

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The choice to spend a semester here wasn’t made haphazardly; in fact, this opportunity came about after a number of years of careful planning and relationship building both in Europe and Wisconsin. My interest in the country of Luxembourg originated with a meeting back in the spring of 2010—organized by Lakeland Interim President Dan Eck— at the Luxembourg-American Cultural Society, located in Belgium, Wis. This society is involved with activities designed to preserve Luxembourg heritage and culture in America and nurture the ongoing relationships of family, friendship, commerce, and tourism between Luxembourg and America. Since that meeting, Lakeland has worked closely with this society on projects related to student internships, philanthropy, research, event planning and business development activities between the United States and Luxembourg.

This relationship with the LACS eventually led to an invitation by the University of Luxembourg to visit their campus and investigate opportunities for our two institutions to work together. I visited Luxembourg in February of 2012 in an effort to begin to establish student and faculty exchange programs between our college and the University of Luxembourg. During this visit, I made a number of important contacts with officials in the Luxembourg government and with faculty and staff at the university. Connections made during this visit eventually led to the invitation to visit the University of Luxembourg as a Fulbright U.S. Scholar. Both institutions believe that a semester-long faculty visit will be an ideal way to solidify the relationships we have begun to build in terms of student and faculty exchange. I’m happy to report that our first two Lakeland students will be studying in Luxembourg during the spring term of 2014, but more on this in future updates.

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Due to various rules related to the Fulbright Scholarship Program and Luxembourg’s immigration process, our family was not allowed to enter continental Europe until early September. Given this restriction, we decided to spend the last couple of weeks in August visiting the United Kingdom. While most of our time in England and Scotland was family vacation, I did have the opportunity to arrange a meeting with the general manager of the Kohler Company-owned Old Course Hotel in St. Andrews, Scotland. The tour of this beautiful facility, right next to the famous “Road Hole” on the Old Course, made me feel like I was back in Sheboygan County with the Kohler plumbing fixtures and water spa identical to the one in Kohler, Wis. This visit led to a promising invitation to work with their personnel to develop opportunities for Lakeland students to serve as interns at the hotel, and I’ve already heard from colleagues at home telling me they have advisees interested for next summer.

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We were fortunate to have a week to get settled in Luxembourg before my duties at the university began. The immigration process is quite time consuming (especially for six!) and it took a while to understand how to use the bus system, shop for the basic necessities of life, and generally acclimate ourselves to life in a new country. Luxembourg is a very interesting place—at any time you can hear a multitude of languages being spoken in the various public places around the city. The Luxembourg education system emphasizes language instruction and produces high school graduates that are generally fluent in their native language of Luxembourgish, as well as German, French and English. The official language of the government is French and therefore signs and official documents are displayed in that language. My investment this past year in attempting to learn French has come in very handy as I navigate the public transportation system and fill out the various government forms. 

One of the wonderful benefits of the Fulbright program is the connection with the U.S. State Department and Embassy system. We receive invitations to all of the local U.S. Embassy’s official events, one of which occurred during the first week we arrived. My wife, Stephanie, and I attended a reception and premiere of the movie “The Butler” with a distinguished group of guests, including the American and British ambassadors to this country. Interestingly, I learned that evening that America’s first African American ambassador was stationed right here in Luxembourg in 1965. 

I’m now about three weeks into my course titled, the United States Economy, Culture and Business Practices. My class is one of four options students in the economics and business majors can choose among to satisfy one of their requirements. This seminar-style course explores a number of topics, including: U.S. economic history, the American economy today, the financial crisis of 2007-2009, American business and entrepreneurship as well as general issues of cultural and business differences between the United States and Europe. To enrich the final topic, the class will be visiting the U.S. Embassy in November and hearing from a guest speaker from the American Chamber of Commerce here in Luxembourg, as well. We are reading two books—Michael Lewis’ “Boomerang” which discusses how the U.S.-centered housing crisis spread quickly to Europe’s economies, and Walter Issacson’s well-known biography “Jobs,” recently made into a film, which will help us think about entrepreneurship in America.   

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My class is, of course, taught in English. The university is tri-lingual and all of the students enrolled in my section also take classes that are taught in French and German. In addition to being a multi-lingual school, all of the University of Luxembourg’s undergraduate students are also required to complete a “mobility” assignment. Essentially, this assignment requires them to study abroad for one semester. Because the country is so small, many of the students choose to simply live at home with their parents and drive to one of the universities in the neighboring countries to fulfill this requirement. This problem explains their interest in Lakeland as they would like more of their students to study in North America, Asia or at least outside of the bordering European countries.

I currently have more than 70 students enrolled in the class, which is causing my wife some stress as I’ve invited them all over to our small rented home for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner (and to watch the Packers beat the Lions) next month as part of the “culture” component of the class. The students at the university are allowed to spend the first month of the term sampling various classes and are not required to actually register for their final schedule until next week. This system has taken me some time to adapt to as I have no idea which students will actually be enrolled in my class until we are almost one third of the way through the term. Another significant difference between American higher education and the typical European university also became apparent in my first class meeting. The students here are used to classes that are completely lecture-based with their entire grade dependent upon one high stakes exam at the end. They seemed very confused when I explained that part of their grade was dependent upon discussion of the books we’re reading and that they would also be making group presentations on different topics related to America. Even the quiet students that are a little nervous about the discussion and presentation components of the class are excited not to have to take a long final exam in January and instead be evaluated throughout the term on a diverse set of assessment activities. 

I’ll close by mentioning that I’ve also been busy attending faculty meetings, discussing strategies for building our exchange program with University of Luxembourg faculty and staff, and learning more about best practices for internationalizing Lakeland’s business programs. This week, I will be making presentations to the students here about opportunities to study abroad at Lakeland. I’ll share more about all of these activities in next month’s installment.

Until then, Addi, Au Revior, Good Bye, Tschau,

Scott

PS—The first question many of those that know me well asked when they heard I was moving to Europe wasn’t where we will live or where my kids will go to school, but how I will watch the Packers. Well, it’s about 7:30 pm here in Luxembourg on Sunday, October 6, and I’m enjoying watching the Packers beat the Lions. We plugged a device called Slingbox into our cable box in Wisconsin and we can watch all of the Time Warner Wisconsin cable channels—including our DVR—here in Luxembourg on our computers, iPads or iPhones. Another example of how flat the world has become.

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madmadmedia [AT] gmail [DOT] com (Scott Niederjohn) Scott Niederjohn Blog Wed, 23 Oct 2013 10:52:11 -0500