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#TBT: A Retrospective from an Ohio State Student

College Life: Then & Now

 From computers and smartphones, to fashion and parties, college has changed incredibly  from the time our parents were in school.

Around Campus

Then:

Picture this, the quad filled with students, some walk to class, others throw a frisbee with a boombox playing the latest Queen song, an abundance of conversation and noise. The girls wear high-waisted shorts and jeans with feathered hair while the guys, also wearing high waisted jeans, lounge around and admire from afar.

 

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Now:

The quad is now silent, students walk alone, most on their iPhones or listening to their iPods. No audible music is heard and the number of those actually socializing and being active dwindles. Today students are enveloped with their technology, communicating through texts and emails on their way to class. In their free time they are home, catching up on Netflix or sleep. While in the warmer months there is more activity on the quad, it’s still less than it once was.

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Fashion

Then:

Have I mentioned high-wasted everything? Our parent’s generation was all about the high waisted pant/trouser and tucked in shirt combo, not to mention an array of brightly colored workout gear. Combine that with geometric shapes, crazy earrings and big, feathered hair and you have the nightmare that was 80’s fashion.

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Now:

I  jokingly refer to my generation as the “Yoga Pant Generation.” If you walk college campuses today you’ll see girls with black yoga pants, sweatshirts, and nike tennis shoes. The boys wear loose fitting jeans with their college tees. Its all very casual and “roll-out-of-bed” chic with most students opting for athletic wear. High-waisted shorts have started making a comeback with  girls on campus. Meanwhile the boys don their pastel colored shorts and polos with their sperry topsiders, because apparently everyone owns a boat in college now.

Image from http://www.hercampus.com/school/iu/boys-bloomington

Class

Then:

Students daydream and scribble in their notebooks as their professors drone on about whatever topic is scheduled for lecture that day. The smart kids sit and write furiously in their notebooks, being sure to catch everything the professor says and writes. Guys draw caricatures in their notebooks and girls fawn over the dreamy guy in the second row while giggling to their neighbor.

Image from http://www.whyallanewsonline.com.au/story/2815707/calling-students-of-the-80s/

Now:

Students sit on their laptops pretending to take notes while secretly iMessaging their friend one row in front of them. You hardly hear what the professor is saying because the article about the Kardashians is far more interesting and you know you can get the notes from a friend or the online portal that your school uses for classwork. Sometimes you don’t even go to class because you know the notes are all online and what’s the point in going if you already have notes?

 

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Thanks to Caitlyn Shaughnessy, our intern-delux at the Ohio State University ( and in the office at UQ Marketing) for this awesome post! 

 

 

 

ClusterFlunk- Helping You Out of an Academic Jam

Clusterflunk: Encouraging Cyber Class Collaboration

            A new year at the University of Iowa always brings many new changes and opportunities for students on campus. From new restaurants to sample to new student organizations to join, one thing is for sure: Hawkeyes love trying new things. Things don’t always stick, so when something does there is a good possibility that the trend will soon spread beyond Iowa’s campus.

            One prime example is ClusterFlunk, an up-and-coming social network for studying, designed to help you and your friends avoid “cluster flunking” your classes. The purpose of the site is to help students connect and collaborate with other students in their classes at the university. Students log in using their school email address and upload their class schedule. They then have access to any notes and information students in the same classes have shared as well as a convenient place to interact with their classmates. The site was created by University of Iowa students, AJ Nelson and Joe Dallago who wanted to create a site that would help them get class information quickly during exam week or during times that they couldn’t contact their TA’s or Professors.

Image from ClusterFlunk Facebook

Although Clusterflunk is a great resource and has become very popular across campus, it leaves room for academic integrity concerns. Because the website allows students to post content like lecture notes or study guides, there are some rules that should be followed while navigating the site so that students don’t find themselves crossing the line between collaboration and cheating. Here are some dos and don’ts for “ClusterFlunking”:

DO- Check with each professor about their thoughts and policies on the use of Clusterflunk within their class. Some professors strongly discourage using the site while others actually use it themselves to monitor posts or to update class information. In the end, it doesn’t hurt to ask and can save you potential heartache.

DON’T- Post entire papers or tests that others can plagiarize or steal. Instead, post study guides, questions, or homework help that can truly help you and others learn and collaborate. This is the easiest and simplest way to avoid cheating and to get that A.

DO- Spread the word about the site! The more students who join the site and enroll in the classes, the more effective the site will be.

DON’T- Use the site as an excuse to skip class or not do the work yourself because you think someone else will post the notes for the lecture you missed every day. The site isn’t meant to make students lazier, just more resourceful.

 

Image from ClusterFlunk Instagram

So the next time you find yourself scrambling to study for finals or have a quick question about that upcoming paper… consider ClusterFlunk among the resources available to you. The site has already spread to 15 other campuses beyond the University of Iowa so you surely won’t be alone. Happy ClusterFlunking!

Check out ClusterFlunk and see if your campus has caught on: https://next.clusterflunk.com

Thanks to Madeline Jacqua, our VIP at the University of Iowa for this awesome post! 

 

 

 

5 Apps for Surviving Finals Week

Finals week is rough; consisting of staying up late, consuming massive amounts of caffeine, and for many, re-learning a semester’s worth of material in less than a week.  

Fear no more…..we have found 5 great apps that will help you sail through finals week with ease.

  1. Margins: This is an app dedicated to organizing your hand written notes.  Margins takes your notes and then automatically organizes them by book and page number; it even allows you to search through your notes for key words.  Forget why a passage was important?  Well, that’s not an issue because now you can insert comments right in your digital notes to help enhance your memory after a long study session.
  2. Cram: This is an app that allows you to review all of your materials by using digital flashcards and pre-made quizzes.  Once you’ve reviewed the flashcards you then are given the option to take a variety of pre-made quizzes to test your retention levels.  After you’ve completed the quizzes Cram will grade and record your test performance so you can track your progress.
  3. Study Checker: This is an app for someone who gets sidetracked easily or tends to procrastinate.  Study Checker tracks the amount of time you’ve spent surfing the internet, talking/texting, and actually studying; so you can make sure that you are getting in quality study time.
  4. GPS for the Soul:  This is an app dedicated to helping you relax during stressful times.  You simply need to download the app, place your finger over your phone camera, and GPS for the Soul will measure your heart rate.  From your heart rate this app can measure your stress level and then offer you options to relieve that stress from photos of your loved ones, soothing music, poetry, and breathing exercises.
  5. Starbucks iPhone: This is an app to help when you need a little extra boost!  Starbucks iPhone will allow you to get directions to the nearest store, search amenities (like free wifi) and store hours, explore the menu, review nutritional facts, receive special offers, and pay for coffee electronically with your Starbucks card.
 

Get Inspired: Start Something That Matters

We have been feeling extremely inspired this week. When was the last time you were inspired? If you need a pep talk on your Thursday here are some inspiring words from a “Kid President”.

 

We are fortunate to work with some pretty inspiring companies and non-profits – and wanted to share some of them with you. If you are inspired to make the world a better place – check out the following ways you can start today:

 

1.  You want to personally impact the lives of others across the globe and expand your horizons

Your Answer: Volunteer with Cross-Cultural Solutions

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Cross-Cultural Solutions is an international non-profit that operates volunteer programs around the world in partnership with sustainable community initiatives.  They have sent over 30,000 volunteers abroad to date and their home-base experience is unlike any other.  Safety with Cross-Cultural Solutions is unparalleled; pretty much they are AMAZING and we are so excited to be their partner.

 

2.  You want to decrease your carbon footprint and help solve car overpopulation, while establishing a stronger sense of community in your neighborhood.

Your Answer: Rent a car with Getaround

Get around is a social car-sharing platform that brings together a community of car owners and renters.  With convenient hourly rentals and full insurance provided, Getaround users are part of a safe, trusting community that is disrupting the transportation industry.  We love what Getaround provides to its users, and just as importantly, how it’s helping to solve car overpopulation.

 

3.  You want to connect and give back to the causes you care about.

Your Answer: Sign up for a Pure Charity account and fund a Field Partner’s project.
 

 

Put simply, Pure Charity is a completely new way to give.  Pure Charity is a social platform that connects people and businesses to the nonprofits they care about.  Pure Charity makes it easy to give; individuals can contribute to their giving fund out of their own pocket, or shop for a cause at one of Pure Charity’s retail partners.  Pure Charity’s mission is to inspire “generation g”- or a generosity generation.  It is free to sign up- live generous!

 

We are so excited to be working with these great organizations that not only help people in the United States, but all around the world. And as we have shown you through our three partners above, everyone can contribute to making the world a better place.

 

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others”
-Mahatma Gandhi