50 States, 50 Colleges: Ohio

College in the Spotlight: Bowling Green State University

Location: Bowling Green, Ohio

Size: 19,000 students

Fast Facts:

  • The university offers over 200 undergraduate majors and programs.
  • Not sure what to major in? Their Pre-Major Advising program assists you in exploring different subjects, helps with making a class schedule, and guides you in understanding your interests.  The purpose is to help you achieve your goals and be successful while at the school.
  • The student union has a movie theater, computer lab, Starbucks, Panda Express, a pub and bistro, Jambo Juice, and more!
Source: choose.bgsu.edu

Source: choose.bgsu.edu

  • The school is only an hour away from Cedar Point, The roller coaster capital of the world!
  • The official university seal holds a few traditions.  The first is that you will soon be married if you stand on the seal at midnight and kiss your significant other.  Also, If you don’t want to break up with your significant other, don’t walk on opposite sides of the seal and not hold hands.  Finally, make sure you always pass the seal on the right.  You will fail your next test if you stay on the left.
Source: college-graduation-announcements.signaturea.com

Source: college-graduation-announcements.signaturea.com

  • They are a NCAA Division 1 school with 18 intercollegiate teams for men and women.  Go Falcons!
  • Last year, about 8,700 students took part in service-learning and/or community service opportunities.

Go to www.bgsu.edu for more information!

 

Helpful Study Tips

Can you believe it is almost March?!  I can’t, but that means that June is going to be here in the blink of an eye.  With that being said, I want to provide you with some helpful study tips.  These tips should help you finish out the year strong and be prepared for those final exams (that are only a little over 2 months away!).

  1. Location – It is important to choose a place to study that is not distracting to you.  Think about where you study now.  Do you find that you are actually getting anything done?  Do you have trouble focusing on one task?  Study where you won’t be tempted to go on social media, talk to people, etc.

  1. Time management – DO NOT wait until the last minute to start studying.  For final exams, even the week before may not be enough time.  Evaluate your classes and subject matter to determine what you need to focus on and how much time is necessary.  It may be helpful to plan out weekly schedules with set studying times.

  1. Organization – You should have a system where all your notes, handouts, and assessments are for each class.  You don’t want to be going through piles of papers and flipping through notebooks looking for something in particular.

  1. Join a group – Consider joining or creating a study group if you work well with others.  This is a great way to learn from others, ask questions, and test each other on material.

  1. Ask questions and for help – If you don’t know something, don’t be afraid to ask!  In order to improve and understand material, clarification is sometimes needed.

  1. Review notes – Review your notes daily.  Repetition will help you to retain information.  Also, go through your notes and make sure they are complete.  If it seems like something is incomplete, check with a friend or a teacher to fill in any holes.  Also, if they are messy, it may be helpful to rewrite them in a neat, organized fashion.

  1. Get plenty of sleep and have a good breakfast – You don’t want to be overtired when taking an exam.  And you don’t want to have your stomach growling in a very quiet room.  Your focus should be on the exam, not how hungry and tired you are.

  1. Be prepared for the big day – Make sure you have everything you need to for the exam together the night before.  Have writing utensils, paper, books, calculator, or whatever it is you need to take a test.

  1. Listen to your teacher! – Your teacher may give you tips on how to study specific material or clues on what to look for on the exam.

  1. Be positive! – Having a positive attitude can make a huge difference.  Don’t focus on your weaknesses or what you can’t do.  Focus on the knowledge and skills that you have.  “I am going to do my best on this exam” is a lot better than “I don’t even know why I should bother studying.”

I hope you find these tips helpful.  Sure, it does seem like you may have to add more time devoted to school work each day.  With time and practice, your newly developed study habits will become second nature.  And just think of the benefits!  When you get those good grades, you will look back and realize it all wasn’t so bad!

Major Monday: Computer Science

Are you a logical thinker and a strong communicator?  Do you enjoy using creativity to solve complex problems?  Do you have a strong interest in and aptitude for computers?  If so, Computer Science may be the right major for you!

General Description:  Students majoring in Computer Science learn about computer systems and the way that humans and computers interact.  Most Computer Science degrees include a strong programming component, where students learn how to design software programs to increase efficiency or address problems in computer systems.

Education Requirements:  Most entry level jobs in Computer Science require a Bachelor’s Degree.  Many people choose to pursue a Master’s degree or PhD in Computer Science in order to rise to higher level jobs in the field or specialize in a specific area.

Types of Courses:  Computer Programming, Software Engineering, Artificial Intelligence, Digital System Design, Data Structure and Algorithms, Theory and Design of Software.

Colleges with Computer Science:  Bentley University (Waltham, MA), Adelphi University (Garden City, NY), Bridgewater State University (Bridgewater, MA), Connecticut College (New London, CT), Daniel Webster College (Nashua, NH), Oberlin College (Oberlin, OH)

Salary and Job Projections:  With a Bachelor’s degree, many Computer Science graduates enter the workforce as software developers.  This is an extremely lucrative field–as of 2012 the median annual salary for this career was $93,350!  It is also expected to see job growth of 22% between 2012 and 2022, which is much higher than average.  Computer Science graduates may also become computer programmers.  The median salary for this career is also substantial:  $74,280; the predicted job growth is about average at 8%.

Tip:  If you are considering majoring in Computer Science, think about taking Calculus, Statistics or one or more of the elective Computer courses offered at LC.  These classes will help prepare you for college and also give you a better idea of what to expect from a Computer Science curriculum!

Sources:

http://www.seas.gwu.edu/~simhaweb/misc/cscareers.html

http://www.bls.gov/ooh/Computer-and-Information-Technology/Software-developers.html