To Read or Not to Read

I’ve loved reading ever since I was young. However, I didn’t really get into reading until I read the Twilight series.

People always have really strong opinions about this series. They either love it or hate it. I had a really intense obsession with the series all through middle school. I had every poster and piece of memorabilia humanly possible. I can’t imagine how much money I spent, to be honest.

I have since read it back (several times) and didn’t enjoy it nearly as much.

However, it was the Twilight series that ultimately got me into the Harry Potter series.

Unlike someone, I didn’t really get to grow up with the series. I didn’t read it until I got into high school after writing it off for years.

The kid I babysit for now just finished reading the series and it was awesome reliving the series with him. He is obsessed. He asks me about a million questions per day about my favorite books, favorite characters, favorite scenes, etc. His mom is actually a published author, so she instilled a love of reading early.

Reading can be really amazing and powerful and I hope it isn’t lost in the age of technology.

Singin’ in the Car

Why don’t more people sing in the car?

Almost every time I reach I stop light, I look around at the cars nearby. While I’m busy singing my head off, everyone is just sitting stoically, just trying to get through their commute. Well, that or texting.

So today I say screw texting and driving! Singing and driving is a way better alternative.

National Karaoke week is just a few weeks away, so here are my favorite songs to sing in the car, shower, or anywhere your heart desires.

  1. Total Eclipse of the Heart – Bonnie Tyler
  2. Alone – Heart
  3. Livin’ On a Prayer – Bon Jovi
  4. Africa – Toto
  5. I Will Always Love You РWhitney Houston 
  6. Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen
  7. I Want To Know What Love Is – Foreigner
  8. Faithfully – Journey
  9. Here I Go Again – Whitesnake
  10. Hard To Say I’m Sorry – Chicago

It’s almost impossible to sound good singing these, but that’s the point!

Happy crooning!

How to Succeed During Registration Without Really Trying

Okay, you might have to try a little.

Registering for classes is probably the biggest pain in the ass, but putting in just a little bit of effort can save you a lot of stress in the long run. Here are a few tips on how to make the most of class registration.

  1. Know your registration time slot. These can be found here.
  2. Be sure there are no holds on your account that might prevent you from registering. This can be done through WPConnect. Simply log in, select the ‘Student’ tab at the top of the page, and click the link that reads ‘View Holds.’
  3. Make an appointment with your advisor. You need to meet with your advisor to receive your registration PIN. (At least, I haven’t discovered the way around this one yet)
  4. If you can’t fit this into your schedule, be sure to attend one of the group registration sessions.
  5. Plan out several potential schedules and write down the CRNs. This is the most complicated and also the most important step.
    • I have work in the afternoons and I like to give myself Fridays off, so planning my schedule in advance is crucial because I need to get into classes that are offered Monday-Thursday before 2 p.m.
    • I typically write down all of the classes that I need to take that are offered in this time range and see which ones combine together to make a schedule that works.
    • It is important to write down the CRNs because this is the information that you need to register.
    • Bringing this information with you to your registration meeting makes the experience way easier. I prefer to do this on my own because I’d rather not rely on an advisor who knows little to nothing about my individual college experience.

Ultimately, if you follow these steps, your registration process should be relatively painless. A little bit more effort might be involved on your part, but it is definitely worth the effort. By doing these few things I am able to get the classes I need during the times that I want, and you could too!

Don’t make registration worse than it needs to be!