Archives—March 2017

Busy Busy Busy

Hello Commuters!

I’m going to take this blog to talk about something a little bit more personal and then relate it back to all of you. Recently I’ve swamped with things to get done on campus. I was working on Keweenaw Awesome Fest, had a programming assignment to finish, was composing a song for a string quartet, all while getting ready to go to St.Louis for a conference. My time on campus since the end of the spring break has been purely a blur trying to get everything that I said I would get done finished. Now having returned from St. Louis and looking back on my experience over the past two weeks I realize that I pushed myself too far, further then I should have. Being a student at MTU asks a lot of a person and part of what defines a person is how they over come the challenges they face along the way. Many students, myself included, are trying to get the most from their time here by being very involved around campus. As commuter assistant and someone who is very involved himself I would say that everyone should be involved in something other than class. The key however is knowing when to stop and start prioritizing. During my past two weeks with all of the running around and late nights, things began slipping through the cracks. For the first time I forgot to do an assignment, and some of my work that I did hand in was not up to my standards. Even beyond school, the chaos started making me a worse friend as well. I stopped responding to texts for most of the time and told people I saw in the hall way I didn’t have time to talk. The morale of this whole story is that you need to learn how much you can actually do at one time. Knowing your limits is key to your success not only in college, but in the rest of your life. Being involved is great, but sometimes if you get asked to help out and you already have a lot of homework saying “no” is important. We’re all here to learn so make sure that you give yourself the time to do so.

That’s all I have for this week, but stay tuned for the next issue of…

The Commute

Thinking Ahead

Hello Commuters!

I hope everyone had a great spring break and are feeling recharged to tackle the rest of the semester. Now while you’re getting back into all of your class work and other activities don’t forget that registration is taking place this week. Be sure to check your registration status on banweb to see exactly when your registration period begins. It’s always best to register right away to get into classes that you fear may fill up. When you’re looking for classes to take semester another good idea is to plan beyond just the next semester. If you’re looking at going into your third year at tech, you should be trying to form a plan of what classes to take until graduation. If you’re not careful classes you planned on taking later may conflict one another leaving you stuck for another semester or two because of poor planning. Also make sure you’re taking care of some of the general education requirements along the way. I know for me it can be easy to become focused on getting degree specific classes done, but it’s best to try and work in some other classes along the way. No one really wants to take 4 exercise classes their last semester. All in all just make sure that you have a plan for yourself. I guarantee it will make the rest of your college career a lot less stressful and focused.

Moving on; an activity available to all students this weekend is Keweenaw Awesome Fest. Keweenaw Awesome Fest, also known as kfest, is a short weekend music festival being held this Friday and Saturday in the McArdle Theater. The event is brought to us and organized by the campus radio station, WMTU. This year the event is divided into a different genre for each night with Friday being “Head Bangers” and the Saturday block being “Hippies”. Headlining this year’s show is guitarist Cory Wong. Wong has gained fame through his work with the group Vulfpeck and now will be gracing the kfest stage. For a full list of group performances be sure to check the WMTU facebook page. Doors open at 5:30pm both nights with tickets costing $5 for one night or $8 for both.

That’s all I have for now, but be sure to check back next week for another issue of..

The Commute!