The weekend of spring break began with a lot of productivity which allowed me to enjoy the rest of my break. Sunday was officially the day I started my marking off things to do on my spring break list.
Remember that day was daylight savings “Spring Forward”.
The morning of my husband and I completed a 1000 piece puzzle and decided to frame it once it was glued it together. We hope to start a wall of puzzles. Afterwards we made delicious breakfast of pancakes, oranges, yogurt and coffee followed by a hike at a local park called Laurel Hill. Luckily it wasn’t too far away and there was a lot to do like horse-back riding (bring your own horse), fishing, golfing, bike riding and a farmer’s market (starts in May). Witnessed a youtube stunt of teenage cyclists having their friend jump into a lake whilst on his bike at full speed. Explored the grounds of an abandoned prison just off Ox Road (it would make for a fantastic fortress should a zombie apocalypse occur). Discovered some unique history behind it, dating back nearly 11,000 years ago when the lands were home to natives who had built a village before it was turned into a prison.
We hit up a bookstore where we found our second puzzle to complete and frame, and a couple of books that we started reading at Silver Diner. We tried a couple of their famous milkshakes in flavors of Brownie Sundae and Banana Nutella. We ended our evening with making plans for the next hike/adventure and a challenge. My challenge was to re-create the logo of Elder Scrolls Online via crocheting. Challenge Accepted my friends.
Until next adventure!
Tags: activities, Adventure, Discover, Hiking, Local sights, Lorton, Northern Virginia Community College, NOVA, Spring, Spring Break, Student, VA
Hello Fellow NOVA goers!
Today I spent the first part of my spring break at the Johnson Center at Mason to get ahead in my studies. Reminder: the NOVA campuses will be open at normal hours if you want to place yourself in a productive environment to help you focus. This is also a way to fight off the “itis” of the first 8 weeks, take it from a professional procrastinator who is now in job transition to productive early bird, the stress of putting things off to until the last minute is not worth it. Studies show that if you repeat something 9 times, it will be stored into your longterm memory. Plus it’s a great ego booster for those who haven’t done as well as they would have liked.
On top of assignments, I’ve also been able to enjoy some me-time and have some peace and quiet (hint: 3rd floor Johnson Center is absolute silence). I wrote 3 letters to my pen pals and made some plans to go on nature trails that people have suggested. Called my parents to catch up with them (yes my semester has been that busy that I couldn’t even phone my family). All these little accomplishments went a long way for me.
Hope this inspires you to go out and be a person you can like better.
Tags: Faculty, GMU, JC, Johnson Center, midterms, NOVA, Spring, Spring Break, spring semester, Student, study
Finally we can breathe a bit easier for at least a few days with one less item to worry about on our list. NOVA officially next week Monday will be Spring Break. How are you going to spend it? As a busy student (among other roles that apply to you) there may be a laundry list of things that you let pile up. Not your fault, I am personally guilty of that too. So here’s a sample laundry list that I will go through this week
-Clean my room
-Catch up on my pen pal letters
-Read my textbooks
-Go hiking on different trails
-Take a dance class
-sleep in ’til noon
-finish a 1000 piece puzzle
-redecorate the apartment
-organize my pile of notes and books
-try a new recipe
-crochet/knit something new
As a fellow student I know how the semester can really drag you down: your stamina, motivation and focus are completely nil just before midterms/finals. Take this as an opportunity to reward yourself for a job well done. And if you haven’t reached your ideal goals, take this time to reflect on your study habits, your schedule and your priorities. It’s a no brainer when it comes to Netflix vs. Studying but due to the laziness or so called “semesteritis” that you develop, Netflix is always the go to answer. Hint: the classes may not be in session but the campus will still be open during normal business hours. Use them wisely. You’ll come to appreciate a quiet library/study room.
If you’re one of the lucky ones going on vacation for break then kudos to you, stay safe, come back in one piece. Just make sure you don’t forget about your assignments that your professor gave you for break (insert rolling eyes). I shall end with this
Nothing worthwhile is ever easy. Make it count. Find a reason to keep your spirits up and your head on tight. If you don’t believe in yourself then find someone who does. Believe in the person that believes in your (Guren Laagan).
Happy Spring Break NOVA!
Tags: alexandria, Annandale Campus, Goals, louden, MEC, Medical Education Campus, midterms, NOVA, semester, Spring Break, Springfield, student life, students, Woodbridge
Last semester, I accepted the challenged to go around campus and get people to fill out the Shuttle bus survey. It wasn’t really hard, because an incentive always catches people’s attention and encourages them to take 5 minutes out of their time to fill them out. Nonetheless, I saw a lot of students rushing and were not careful with their answers. I think you should know that your feedback is taken very seriously.
Today as I was checking my email I got a survey from NOVA about the student parking.
Why is it beneficial for us as students to fill them out?
It has a greater impact on the decisions that the staff and administration have to make. Without us filling this surveys many times they get away with making their own predictions about what we want and need.
Sometimes we fill them out without looking at the big picture. It’s our voice as a whole, so we have to look after each other and answer this questions thinking of the different possibilities. For example when they ask about parking, there is a chance that they may think about raising the cost of the parking garage or parking pass. The information that we provide can be used for or against us.
Take your time to read the questions and answering them thinking about your fellow classmates.
Here is the link for the Nova student survey on parking:
Every six month people need to go to the dentist for a checkup and cleaning. Two weeks ago in one of the Student life board I saw an ad about a NOVA Dental Clinic. Here is a few things that we all need to learn about the NOVA Dental Clinic.
To begin with the Medical Education campus provides dental services to students. Students of the MEC under supervision will perform the different services. This is what it means, if I go for a cleaning, it is expected that the process will take few appointments for completion. And each session will last couple hours.
Now here is the part that caught me by surprise, the price.
The price depends on who you set up the appointment with. The first time that I called, I was told that it will cost me $35, to me the price is reasonable. However, I was walking in the CM building and I saw a board with a different type of advertisement that said, “Free dental care, X-rays included,” I called, and found out that this was part of the MEC dental program. So, I asked Olga why was she offering the same service for FREE? She replied to me by saying, “As a student I need hours of practice and I decided that I am going to give it for free to my patients because I can afford to pay for them and I really want to have patients.” She also explained that there are students who are unable to afford to pay for their patients so in that case the school will charge $35 for the services.
Also, Olga is looking for patients! You can reach her at 571-242-5078
NOVA’s Medical Education Campus is located at 6699 Springfield Drive, Springfield, VA 22150-1913.
Going to the dentist is really important for your well-being. Here is an article that explains why.