How To Ace Your Midterms

 

                                              

Flashcards. Study groups. Late nights at the lib. Buying Redbull in bulk. Adding an additional shot of espresso to your ‘usual’. Having a mental breakdown on almost a daily basis. Gophers, what does all of this mean?! ‘Tis the week of midterm exams, that’s what it means. But have no fear, CEHD Undergrad is here! We’re about to give you a boatload of useful tips that will help you to A) ace your midterms and B) ease your nerves.  

Tips on how to study-

1. Study when you’re sleepy.  Spend about 15-25 minutes studying right before you hit the hay. During sleep, the brain strengthens new memories, so there’s a good chance you’ll remember what you reviewed right before dozing off. (Just try not to study in bed because this may make it harder for you to fall asleep!)

2. Space it out. A relatively new learning technique called “spaced education” involves breaking up information into small chunks. You are then supposed to review these little chunks consistently over time. Let’s pretend that you’re enrolled in a chem class and you know that you’re going to be tested on the Periodic Table in just a few weeks. Don’t try to memorize the entire table in one sitting. Instead, learn a few rows each day and review each old chunk before starting to learn new ones.

3. Tell a tall tale. Turning the details you need to remember into a short story helps make the information more meaningful to you. For example, remember the order of mathematic operations, PEMDAS, this way- (P) Phillip (E) Ejected (M) Mary’s (D) Disk (AS) ASAP.

4. Change up your scenery. Research suggests that studying the same material in different places makes us more likely to remember the information at hand. This is because every time we move around (from the library to the coffee shop, or from the coffee shop to Coffman), we force the brain to form new associations with the same content. Thus, this material becomes a stronger memory.

5. Add some variety. If you’re studying for a math midterm, remember to study different types of problems in the same sitting. In fact, studies show that students who study “mixed sets” do twice as well as those who don’t. For example, if you just focused on a set of division problems, you would simply solve them by using division. You wouldn’t think about what strategy needs to be implemented in order to come up with the correct answer. But doing a series of problems that require different operations (such as multiplication, subtraction, or addition) means that you would have to stop and think about which strategy is best to use. With mixed practice, each problem differs from the last. Thus, teaching you how to choose the appropriate procedure (something you will have to do on your midterms). This technique helps prepare you to use the right strategy for finding the solution to a problem.

6. Try testing yourself. Quizzing yourself may be one of the best ways to prepare for the real deal.

7. Write it out. It’s time to put your third-grade penmanship lessons to good use! Students store information more securely when they write it out by hand versus when they type it (click here to read more about how this works!). Work on recopying the most important notes from the semester onto a new sheet of paper.

8. Take a break. Taking regular breaks can boost productivity and improve your ability to focus on a single task. Also, for a real productivity boost, step away from the screen and break a sweat by having a midday workout sesh. Research has found that just by engaging in a half hour of aerobic activity, one can improve their brain’s processing speed and other important cognitive abilities.

9. Play some tunes. Classical music has been known to reduce both anxiety and tension. Though listening to it won’t make you any smarter (people often believe that it will, but this is a myth), it can still serve to improve your memory. If you want to get super specific, listen to music that’s 60 BPM. Research suggests that’s when the benefits will be highest. So smartypants, give those biology notes a soundtrack and start to stress less.

10. Whip up some coffee or tea.  A little bit of caffeine won’t hurt. Staying energized is a big part of absorbing information/ course material. But remember, don’t go off the deep end! We don’t want you crashing in a matter of hours.

11. Read out loud. Reading information out loud means mentally storing it in two ways: by both seeing it and hearing it. But Gophers, we can’t guarantee that this won’t get you kicked out of Wilson. (You might want to try this one at home!)

Tips to help reduce test anxiety-

1. Own the Omegas. Omega-3 fatty acids, found in fish, nuts, and olive oil are known for their brain-boosting potential. Moreover, studies have found that eating a combination of Omega-3-and Omega-6 fatty acids before an exam actually reduced test anxiety.

2. Take a pre-test. This will be helpful for two reasons: A) you’ll be less nervous when the actual test rolls around and B) it’ll help you to perform better on it. Try writing up a pre-test and have your friend do the same! Then, you can grade these for each other and reap the benefits.

3. Review the morning of your midterms. This is a good strategy for the same two reasons that are stated in the previous step. While taking your midterms, you want to be calm and relaxed (as calm & relaxed as you possibly can be). Typically speaking, reviewing material the morning of helps one to “cool their jets”. Additionally, this will help you retain the information (brains are very alert and focused upon waking up).

4. Study the simple things. On that note, only review the simple stuff if you choose to break out your flashcards while walking to campus. Trying to wrap your brain around difficult concepts at this point in time won’t do you any favors. Instead, you’ll end up psyching yourself out and nobody wants that to happen! (Not even your “frenemies”). During this short amount of time, just prime your brain with basic class content.

5. Get in the zone. Before heading to class, try meditating or get your “downward dog” on and do a little yoga. Maybe even try listening to more classical jazz? Anything that relaxes your breathing and gets you to clear your mind will be beneficial to you.

6. Get your beauty sleep the night before. When you have a textbook full of equations to memorize, it can be tempting to stay up all night committing them to memory, or at least trying to. But remember, all-nighters rarely lead to acing an exam. In fact, studies have linked them to impaired cognitive performance and greater sensitivity to stress. Don’t let sleep deprivation undo all the hard work you’ve been putting in!

Tips for test day-

1. Be mindful of what you eat and drink. Don’t you dare go into a midterm on an empty stomach! Hunger can interfere with your concentration, and the noise of a rumbling tummy can often be distracting.

2. Don’t forget to wear a watch. You’ll want to keep track of the time when you’re testing.

3. Arrive early to the classroom. It’s important to give yourself time to both relax and reflect before the test begins. Shoot to arrive about 10 minutes before class starts. Ladies, when it comes to taking midterms, there’s no need to be fashionably late!

4. Look over the entire test as soon as you receive it. Take time to evaluate the test. This will help you to determine how much time you should spend on each section. For example, you may find a multiple choice section followed by two large essay questions. In this case, be sure to give yourself enough time for the essays. Assign a time limit to each section. And remember, you can always go back if you finish early.

5. Pay close attention to directions. Actually read the directions (GASP!). Maybe even re-read them. Don’t make assumptions.

6. For the multiple choice section, try to answer the questions before looking at the options provided below. If you’re right, one of the choices will match your answer.

7. Tackle the easy questions first. Skip over any questions you’re not sure about. Sometimes answers will come to you later on, or after you take a second look at the question. If it’s your lucky day, answers just might appear in the essay questions or elsewhere on your midterm assessments.

8. Every time you skip a question, be sure to mark it. How many times have you left an answer blank by accident? We’ve all done it, but that’s such a silly mistake to make. You’re smarter than that. Be sure to make a star beside questions if you skip them.

9. When defining terms, concentrate on themes and chapter titles. If you’re facing a list of terms to define and you’re unsure about a few, think back to major themes and chapter titles. Ask yourself: self, where might that term have appeared?! Take a guess even if you’re not quite sure. And if you have absolutely no idea, still take a guess. Getting partial credit for an answer is better than receiving no credit at all… duh.

10. If you finish early, go back and check your answers. This one is pretty self explanatory.

11. Stay positive! If you start to doubt yourself, you may go blank. Instead, keep concentrating on your strengths and remember that confidence is key.

 Take these tips to heart and show your professors that you’re smart! Happy studying! 

PS: You got this.

 Gif/ Photo Sources: Nervous BreakdownPanicSmartest Man, Studying

Wake Up On The Right Side Of The Bed

 

Liar, liar, pants on fire!

Good grades. A social life. Sleep. Pick 2, and welcome to college! Let me first start off by stating the obvious, sometimes college kids don’t get enough sleep. Maybe it’s because they were busy cramming for a future midterm. Maybe it’s because they procrastinated on a big project, causing them to pull an infamous “all nighter”. Maybe it’s because they stayed up wayyyy too late “netflixing”. Or maybe, just maybe, they can’t hit the hay because they simply have too much on their minds. Sometimes getting an adequate amount of sleep can be tricky business, but it’s important that you do so. Shoot for getting 8 hours of sleep each and every night. To help a Gopher out, here are 20 effective tips for getting a better night’s sleep. 

#1 : While you’re trying to catch some z’s, try thinking in images and not in words.

According to Scott Adams, it’s impossible to clear your mind of all thoughts before falling asleep. However, he recommends switching off the language center of your brain before going to bed. He says that after he shuts this off, he finds himself seeing a flow of images. Adams says the first few images are relevant to his everyday life, then random images begin to appear, and after that, he quickly falls asleep. He claims that this process takes less than a minute for him to complete.

#2: Stress less. Don’t stress out about not being able to fall asleep, instead make relaxation your goal.

The more you stress out about not being able to fall asleep, the more likely you are to remain wide awake. Try relaxing both your mind and your body, doing so will rejuvinate you. Once you’re no longer agitated about getting to sleep, sleep will come naturally. It’s basic psychology people!

#3: Make a to-do list (for the next day) before crawling into bed.

This will help free your mind of upcoming tasks, and it will make tomorrow seem more manageable. Quit trying to remember everything, and just write it all down.

#4: Remember to breathe through your nose.

This will prevent snoring and provide more oxygenation to your body. You’ll be able to take deep breaths which will help you relax. (Helpful hint: if you have the winter flu and you’re stuffy, try using Breathe Right strips!)

#5: Use the SleepCycle app as your morning alarm clock.

This app uses your iPhone to monitor the tiny movements you make while you sleep. It’ll wake you up at the lightest point in your sleep cycle, so you’ll be able to rise and shine! Grogginess be gone!

#6: Visit this webpage, Sleepyti.me, to determine your new “bedtime”.

Simply enter in what time you wish to wake up in the morning, and the Sleepyti.me calculator will assign you a bedtime. This bedtime ensures that you will wake up between REM sleep cycles. Wake up feeling refreshed and recharged.

#7: Stick to your “bedtime”.

Once you’ve found your perfect bedtime, keep on a regular sleep schedule. This includes weekends, folks!

#8: Eat breakfast within the first hour of waking up.

Not only should your sleeping be scheduled, but your meal times should be too! Eating breakfast helps reset your body’s internal clock and one should try to eat breakfast at roughly the same time every day.

#9: Maintain a nightly routine.

Do the same thing, every night, right before you head to bed. You could read, whip out a crossword puzzle, take a relaxing bubble bath, etc. Do whatever your heart desires! These activities will become your sleep triggers. Your noggin will begin to associate these activities with bedtime.

#10: Use a program like Fl.ux to reduce blue light emissions from your smartphone and laptop.

Blue light emissions inhibit melatonin production (the hormone that’s responsible for making people feel tired/drowsy). So, if you reduce your exposure to this type of light, it will be easier for you to fall fast asleep.

#11: If you insist on watching some T.V. or doing a little “creeping” on Facebook before you go to bed, try wearing BluBlocker sunglasses.

These sunglasses work to block out blue light. (Alan knows what’s up!)

#12: If you’re a light sleeper, try using a sound spa, white noise, or a fan.

Websites such as simplynoise will continuously play white noise in hopes of getting you to doze off. If you find the sound of rain to be soothing, try using rainymood instead. Either one will be sure to cancel out all other sounds and keep you from getting distracted by arbitrary noises.

#13: Or try Pzizz, people swear by it!

Pzizz

This website provides you with a soundtrack that is composed of dual tones. It’s designed to help you get to sleep instantly.

#14: Adjust your thermostat.

The ideal room temp. for sleeping is between 60-68 degrees.

#15: Before bed, try taking a hot shower or bath.

After you get out of the bathroom, your body will experience a drop in temperature. This will help to put you in a deeper sleep.

#16: Don’t exercise within 3 hours of heading to bed.

Although exercise is a great way to tire you out, engaging in physical activity right before bedtime is a bad idea. If you work out less than 3 hours before going to bed, you’ll still be feeling the effects of increased energy when you slip into your sheets.

#17: Eat an early dinner and then munch on a low-carb snack before bed.

While lying in bed, you don’t want a full stomach. But yet, you don’t want to be starving either. Remember that both carbs and sugars alter your body’s natural energy level, so try to avoid consuming foods rich in these things during the evening hours. Instead, pack in the protein! Try snacking on things like: turkey, soy beans, yogurt, and peanuts.

#18: Use essential oils on your body.

Essential oils, like peppermint and chamomile, are relaxing and soothing. Before you hit the hay, simply try dabbing some behind your ears and onto your wrists. You can even put a few drops of these calming oils on your pillowcase before going to sleep.

#19: Wear a sleep mask. 

Mask

Sleeping in total darkness also helps to increase one’s melatonin production.

#20: Click here to learn a few bed time yoga stretches.

Bedtime Stretches

Wanna hear something that’s super duper cool? You can perform this whole yoga series while lying in bed! You should do these exercises before hitting the hay, but they are also a great thing to try after you’ve been tossing and turning for what seems like forever. Instead of just lying there with your eyes wide open, try this. Working on regulating your breathing and calming your body will help you catch some z’s.

Undergrads, it’s time to wake up on the right side of the bed. Follow this guide to great sleep, and you just might become a morning person after-all…

Sweet dreams!

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One Class, One Day: Preparing for Meaningful Community Engagement

When instructor Amber Cameron asked her students to close their eyes, eleven pairs of eyes fluttered shut.

“If you were ever called names because of your race, class, ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation, take one step back,” Cameron read. The sound of feet shuffling filled the room.

“If you were told that you were beautiful, smart, and capable by your parents or other adults in your life, take one step forward,” Cameron continued. Eleven pairs of feet moved forward.

The class was performing what Cameron called the “Power Walk” exercise. The exercise  asked students a series of questions to help them think about power and privilege in society and how it relates to their own experiences and life opportunities. At the end of the exercise, how far forward or back students were from the middle of the room represented the amount of privilege they held in society.

After completing the activity, students returned to their seats and were presented with the question, “How do power and privilege affect inequality?”

The “Power Walk” exercise highlighted the kinds of worthwhile and thought-provoking topics covered in EDHD 1620: Preparing for Meaningful Community Engagement, part of the Student Academic, Professional, and Personal Success program (APPS). This 1-credit course is a unique class where lessons learned in the classroom can be implemented into one’s everyday life almost immediately. Students enrolled in this class learn how to become active citizens in today’s society and understand the ways they can take on social responsibility when working with communities. This particular class session discussed power, privilege, and access.

At the beginning of class, Cameron showed a video clip about men who forcefully developed a rural village community and, in turn, stripped the villagers of their native way of life. After the video ended, students discussed concepts such as cultural diversity, cultural sensitivity, and the need for countries to find a sense of “common ground” with one another. When asked if the development technique was a success, one student responded with “[the developers] pretended they were gonna help, but instead changed everything.” Another concluded that “because [development] works for us, we assume it will work for them.”

The conversations the students had represented the very mission of the class, which is to provide students with the information they need for an active citizenship and social responsibility. Because of the relatively small class size, all of the students were able to engage in meaningful conversations with their peers. Moreover, the classwork encouraged students to identify their assets and motivations for community work and discover how to use them for meaningful and positive work with a lasting impact.

The final portion of the class was spent listening to Julie Huck, a program manager at Project for Pride in Living, a non-profit dedicated to helping Twin Cities residents achieve self-sufficiency by providing them with housing assistance and other services within the community. Huck explained the services and projects that PPL offered as well as ways for students to volunteer their skills and services within the program. Huck’s visit showcased the connections that Preparing for Meaningful Community Engagement provides for students by connecting them with both employment and network opportunities from the comfort of their desks.

The class, which meets once a week for half a semester, packed a wide variety of activities in the two-hour session. One minute, students were debating a video, the next Power Walking in center of the room, the next listening to a guest speaker discuss relevant volunteer and employment opportunities. Cameron was a very relatable instructor, saying things that literally left the class laughing out loud and explaining material in a way that was simple and easy to follow. The class provided students with all the tools that a student working with a community should possess. It is clear that no matter where students ended up following the questions in Power Walk, Preparing for Meaningful Community Engagement will give them the knowledge they need to succeed with both their careers and personal goals.

Apps That Every College Student Should Download

If you own an iPad or smart phone, you probably have your fair share of apps. Apps are great, not only because they’re namesakes with boneless wings and nachos, but because of the resources they provide at the tap of a finger. As of October 2013, there were over a million apps in the Apple App Store, according to About.com. Lucky for you, CEHD Undergrad has narrowed the selection to bring you some of our favorite apps. From the scholarly, to the interesting, to the downright addicting, check out our picks on the apps that every college student should download. 

 

Academics

BrowZine

BrowZine (Free) This iPad app is CEHD Dean Jean Quam’s pick for the download that will most benefit students. BrowZine allows you to customize the search for research by organizing scholarly articles into a newsstand. “I think I would have used it a lot when I was a student,” Quam said. 

Urban Dictionary

 

Dictionary.com/Urban Dictionary (Free) When looking for a reliable dictionary, one app doesn’t cut it. Dictionary.com is the perfect app for traditional use, where Urban Dictionary is ideal for translating all of the modern words and phrases you didn’t know (or didn’t want to know) existed.

 

The Homework App

The Homework App (Free) The difference between a phone and a planner is that your phone is likely with you no matter the situation. The Homework App is the perfect download for the student who is always with their phone. Alerts can be set to notify an approaching due date and a color coded dashboard showcases what is due when.

 

Mail app

Mail (Free) Don’t be the only student to show up to a class when a professor sends out a cancellation email at the last second. Having your University email account liked to the mail app on your smart phone or iPad can save time and add convenience… if you can figure out how to set it up, that is. Fortunately, the process is broken down on a setup guide offered by the Office of Information Technology.

 

Quizlet

Quizlet (Free) Nothing like seeing the Quizlet app to instill a littlebit of guilt in you when you’re texting through a long lecture. Quizlet is an app that allows you to study flashcards (either made by you or others) to prepare for the big test on the bus, elliptical, or, yes, even the lecture hall with no Internet connection.

Fitness

Couch-to-5K

Couch-to-5K ($1.99) 5K’s are undoubtedly the most popular race on college campuses and if you want to join in the sweaty, rewarding, and yes, even fun, world of 5K’s, Couch-to-5K is the app for you. Couch-to-5K is a series of 20 to 30 minute beginner workouts that you perform three times a week. Bythe end of nine weeks, you’ll be ready to run a 5K. Once you’re ready to run, check out the Running In The USA site for a full list of the best races in the area.

 

Fitness Buddy

Fitness Buddy: 1700+ Exercise Workout ($1.99) This Fitness Buddy app allows you get a great workout wherever you are. Fitness Buddy features over 1700 workout moves accompanied by over a thousand tutorial videos. This app also allows you to keep track of your workouts.

 

Nike+ Running

Nike+ Running (Free) Nike+ Running works with iPhone to map and track the distance of your runs. This app allows you to share you workouts on your social media sites, as well as to add photos and other information about your run. If you want to track your run distance and improvement (maybe when you’re running that 5K!) this is the app for you.

Student Life

Campus Special

Campus Special (Free) Get your hands on the best student discounts! Stock up on loyalty rewards, place orders, and check out business information all with this app. Local coupons include discounts at Baldy’s BBQ, Pagoda Chinese, Rainbow, and so many more.

 

TC Next Bus

TC Next Bus (Free) The only lie bigger than a professor considering a five to eight page paper as short are the bus schedules that hang at bus stops. TC Next Bus tracks the arrival times of buses throughout the metro to give you approximate wait time or to help you plan your day.

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Dots

Dots (Free) Speaking of when you have no Internet connection, Dots is you App in Shining Armor. If you don’t feel like spending time studying on your newly installed Quizlet app, play a round of Dots. Dots is an addicting game of trying to connect as many dots (shocking) as you can, with the ultimate goal of making squares. The more dots you clear, the higher you score. Dots offers the options of seeing how high you can score in a set number of moves or a set number of seconds.

 

Find My iPhone

Find My iPhone (Free) The Find iPhone app is a must-have for anyone who wants to track the location of their phone. Find iPhone works with your Apple ID to track the location of a lost or stolen phone, computer, or iPod. In case of a lost device, Find My iPhone offers a number of tracking options, including the option to delete all information on the phone.

 

Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock

Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock ($1.99) We all know the feeling of waking up out of a deep sleep and feeling sluggish the rest of the day. No more! With the Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock, set a 30 minute window of time when you’d like to wake up and Sleep Cycle will use the accelerometer built into your phone to wake you up during your lightest sleep.

 

Songza

Songza (Free) What do a Tuesday night workout, a Friday morning drive, and even a Sunday all-nighter have in common? Songza has playlists for all of these occasions and more, thanks to the ability to customize your music based on the time of day and your mood or activity. With playlists ranging from instrumental mellow jazz to dancing in the kitchen: oldies, Songza has the perfect playlist for every situation you could find yourself in.

 

Spotify

Spotify (Free) This popular music app is now available on smart phone! Log in to Spotify on your phone and shuffle play all of your favorite music and playlists. Unlike Pandora, you can control all of the songs on your playlist to minimize the time you have to freeze your mitten-less hands changing the song on the walk to class.

 

This list is only a small sampling of the awesome apps that can be found for smartphones and tablets. Do you use any of these applications? What do you think of them? Comment below with an apps we might have missed!

 

Mixed Feelings About February 14th

Most holidays are widely celebrated. On Thanksgiving, people love to pig out. On the 4th of July, people head up to the north-woods for a little R&R. On Halloween, people actually enjoy getting so scared that they almost pee their pants. And then there’s Christmas morning, where kids actually want to wake up early (GASP!). But, despite all of this, there is one holiday that people tend to have mixed feelings about. Yep, you guessed it, it’s the one on February 14th. 

Q: “What’s your relationship status?”  A:”I’m as single as a one dollar bill.”

For those of you who can relate to the above statement, you might call February 14th ‘Single’s Awareness Day’. Your day might look a little like this…

At first you’ll try to play it cool… until someone calls your bluff… Next, you’ll make these faces.

Why? Because you see your ‘taken’ friends dancing around and acting all giddy.

And it reminds you that you’re all alone.

You’ll get annoyed with them. All of them. Like really, really annoyed.

Then, they’ll ask you if you have any BIG plans for Valentine’s Day. But, you won’t.

In fact, you’ll realize that not only do you not have a date on Valentine’s Day, but you don’t even have a ‘crush’ on anyone. You, my friend, don’t even have a ‘texting buddy’. But no worries, at least Taylor Swift can relate to you…

After you have a mini heart attack, you then start to wonder, “What’s wrong with me?!”

So you ask your (only) single friend, “Friend, why am I still single?” And they’ll say something along the lines of, “Beats me! I think anyone would be lucky to have someone like you!” (or at least I hope they do). And then you’ll be all…

And they’ll say, “Heck yes!”, which always ends up leading to…

BOOM. You suddenly start to feel a little bit better. Your ‘singleness’ just led to either a bros night or to a GNO (girls night out).

Now, that short story told in memes and GIFS wasn’t supposed to be depressing. It was  designed to prove to you that everything will be okay. So what if you don’t have a ‘valentine’, life will go on. Don’t make Valentine’s Day into Single’s Awareness Day! Just think of it as being Friday…  after all, everybody loves Fridays. If you don’t mind being single during the other 364 days of the year, why get down in the dumps on February 14th? Don’t, just remember that Goldy loves you!

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, it’s only fair to acknowledge the lovey-dovey side of things. Whether you’re in a relationship or not, you’ll still be envious of T.V.’s cutest couple- Cory and Topanga. Here’s the tale of their classic love story…

The awkward first kiss…

Cory did some crazy things for Topanga (once upon a time, he snuck into the girl’s bathroom!)

Awwwww, guys you better remember this line! Take notes from Cory Matthews.

And then…

Cory said, “YES!”

And then they lived ‘happily ever after‘!

Cory Matthews: “Mom, Listen, I haven’t been together with Topanga for twenty-two years, but we have been together for sixteen. ‘Kay, that’s a lot longer than most couples have been together. I mean, when we were born, you told me that we used to take walks in our strollers together in the park. When we were two, we were best friends, I mean, I, I knew everything about this girl. I knew her favorite color. I knew her favorite food. Then we became six, you know, and Eric made fun of me because it wasn’t cool to have a best friend that was a girl or even know a girl, so for the next seven years I threw dirt at her. I like to call those “the lost years”. Then when I was thirteen, Mom, she put me up against my locker and she kissed me. I mean, she gave me my first kiss. She taught me how to dance. She was always talking about these crazy things and I never understood a word she said. All I understood was that she was the girl I sat up every night thinking about, and when I’m with her I feel happy to be alive. Like I can do anything. Even talk to you like this. So that’s, that’s what I feel is love, Mom… When I’m better because she’s here…”

Final cheesy thoughts- Every ‘Cory’ deserves his ‘Topanga’. If you’ve been lucky enough to find that special person, don’t take them for granted. And if you haven’t yet, don’t give up hope! ‘The lost years’ can’t last forever and eventually your ‘valentine’ will find their way to you. This year you might not be looking forward to February 14th, but someday you will.

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Your GoldPass Guide

Think of GoldPASS as your wingman for helping you land the most beautiful job or internship of your life. Thanks to GoldPASS, students and alumni of CEHD have free, unlimited access to thousands of job postings, professional networking, and career events. Read along and CEHD Undergrad will take you through all of the features of GoldPASS faster than you can pick out what to wear for the job interviews that will start rolling in!

Creating Your GoldPASS Account

The first step to effectively using GoldPASS is setting up your profile. Your profile includes details such as your email address, GPA, graduation date, and major. Setting up your profile takes a matter of minutes and makes your information visible to employers.

The second step in creating your GoldPASS profile is to upload documents. Documents include your resume, cover letter, unofficial transcript, references list, work sample, and essay. Before you feel like you’re drowning in a sea of documents, remember that the very first (and most important) document is your resume. To attach a resume, simply click on the My Account tab in the upper left corner and scroll down to My Documents (visible above.) Following the instructions, upload a resume to be reviewed. Once your resume is approved you are given the GoldPASS green light.

Tip: For help creating or improving your resume, check out the CEHD Career Service’s Resume Workshop slideshow or schedule an individual appointment with a member of the Career Services staff!

How to Do a Simple Job Search

Once your resume has been approved, the world of GoldPASS is open and you are free to search jobs and submit your resume to employers directly through the site. There are many ways to search for jobs on GoldPASS and they largely depend on what is the most effective for you. Several tips to get the most out of your job search on GoldPASS include:

  • Take advantage of Advance Search for a variety of options ranging from a job search by major, searching for a specific job using a job ID, and other features.
  • Don’t be afraid to reach out to employers. GoldPASS offers the ability to search through their enormous employer directory. Not every employer has a posting on GoldPASS, but if you see an employer you are interested in working for, don’t be afraid to email your cover letter and resume in. Reaching out to an employer can put you on their radar and provide you with information about future job openings.
  • Don’t narrow down your search. This advice may seem strange, but looking at the entire catalog of jobs is a good way to figure out where your interests lie if you aren’t quite sure what kind of job or internship you are interested in. By not using keywords, all of the postings are available and you are able to see listings in all fields of work. Who knows, maybe you’ll find a summer internship you’d never have expected!
  • Don’t fall back on the same old keywords. GoldPASS adds hundreds of new positions daily, but it can feel like you are stuck scrolling through the same postings day after day if you aren’t using a variety of keywords. Instead of simply typing in your dream job, try using synonyms for the position you are interested in. For example, if you aren’t having any luck typing in “teaching,” try searching for words like “educator,” “leader,” or “school.” If you want a broader variety of jobs, search for keywords such as your skills and qualities like “creative” or “self-starter.” You never know what job might be hiding behind a non-descriptive title.

How to Register for a Career Event

The Career Event tab on GoldPASS offers listings of all the career events happening around campus. This is a great resource to find out when things like resume workshops, job fairs, and other events come to campus.

While we’re discussing career events, may we suggest the University of Minnesota’s 2014 Job and Internship Fair? The fair will feature over 200 organizations that want to hire YOU for jobs and internships. Check out the 2014 Job and Internship Fair Facebook page for tips on how to prepare and register for the events.

Hopefully these GoldPASS tips help you discover the wonderful world of employment that is waiting for you. For more information and the answers to GoldPASS FAQs, visit the GoldPASS homepage. Happy hunting!

Winter Olympics

In honor of the upcoming Olympic games in Sochi, Russia, CEHD Undergrad presents everything you need to know about the winter Olympics. The opening ceremony is on February 7 so brush up on your Olympic knowledge and get ready to impress your friends and family with some gold medal-worthy facts.

Fun Olympic Facts

There are 302 events among 41 summer sports but only 98 events among 15 winter sports!

Norway has won the most total winter Olympic medals (303) followed by the United States (253) and Russia (194.)

43 countries have yet to medal in the winter Olympics.

The five Olympic rings include at least one color present on every country’s flag.

Olympic gold medals are actually silver with gold plating. They haven’t been pure gold since 1912.

Women first participated in the Olympics in 1900– a year that also saw more athletes than spectators.

Winter Olympics Sports: Tweet Style

The most unique winter events explained in under 140 characters

Because we don’t want anyone else to tune into curling thinking it’s going to be a hair tutorial. Or watching skeleton thinking that it’s going to be a horror movie…

Biathlon- Cross-country skiing plus rifle shooting! Now that’s a sport you don’t see every day.


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Skeleton- Racing sleds down a track and insanely high speeds… oh yeah, FACE FIRST.


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Bobsleigh- Teams are timed as they sled down a twisting tracks. Teams complete the run multiple times and times are added up to calculate a total.


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Freestyle skiing- Aerial stunts, moguls, and half-pipes! Oh my! Think gymnastics on skis.


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Luge- A lot like skeleton, but face up and feet first!


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Curling- The objective of curling is to slide a stone across a sheet of ice to the middle of a target. Sweepers can alter the path of the stone.


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UMN Olympic Connections 

Eleven Gopher hockey players from both current and past teams will be competing at the Sochi Olympics. Five members of the women’s hockey team will be representing Team USA, while two will represent Team Finland. Three men’s hockey players will represent Team USA, while one will represent Team Austria.

Former CEHD student and four-time medalist on Team USA women’s hockey team, Angela Ruggiero, is a member of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and International Olympic Committee. Read more about Angela’s experience here!

Legendary hockey coach (and former Gopher hockey player) Herb Brooks coached Team USA men’s hockey team to gold medal victory over the Soviet Union in 1980. [Side note: If you haven’t watched Miracle, the movie based on the story of Herb Brooks, we highly recommend you watch it!]

Photo sources: Fisht Olympic Stadium, Miracle