Spring Break is Here

Howdy BPSers!

We’ll be taking the week off from the blog for Spring Break. We are, as always, available if you’ve got questions, concerns, or just want to chat.

Email us at professionalstudies@uwex.eduor give us a call at 1-877-UW-LEARN (1-877-895-3276).

Have a great week and we’ll see you next Monday for Term 2!

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End of the Term!

Happy Friday, BPSers and Happy End of the Term!

You’ve done a great job this term and now you get to look forward to a week of relaxing and clearing your mind for the next BPS term.

Got some ideas of what you want to do for your Spring Break? Here are a few that we’ve cooked up:

Saturday, March 17 (tomorrow) is St. Patrick’s Day. Throw on some green duds and head to the pub. Or stay at home and make some Guinness Stew with Irish Soda Bread.

Hopefully you’ve filled out your brackets for March Madness. Catch a few of the Third Round games and maybe cheer on your favorites. I’ve got Ohio State winning the whole shebang. Who have you got?

If you’re more into reading, March 23 is Tolkien Reading Day. Pick up The Hobbit or The Fellowship of the Ring and get immersed in Frodo’s travels through Middle Earth.

Or, just stare at the wall for 10 days, you’ve done some hard work and you deserve it!

Writing can be hard….

…but just think, it could be worse. We started by painting pictures on cave walls.

Eventually the pictures began representing what they were.

                                  

Foot           Woman        Hand          Head

Can you imagine writing a paper by drawing?  That would take hours!

Make writing easier.  Visit the Online Writing Lab and get the help you need now.  Done writing? Submit your work for feedback on your writing project.  Don’t be prehistoric!  Use the resources that are available today.

Source: http://www.historian.net/hxwrite.htm , http://access.wisconsin.edu/owl/

Happy Pi Day!

Today is March 14, or 3/14, or 3.14 = π. Enjoy the day with a slice of apple, cherry, blueberry, or make up a new flavor to enjoy!

Don’t forget pi approximation day is July 22 (22/7=3.14).

Tech Tip Tuesday – Flashcards

Create your own flashcards!

We realize in BPS that you might not need flashcards for your classes, but if you’re one of those who likes to use flashcards to hammer something into your brain….

Study Stack

With Study Stack, you can create your own flashcards or use the flashcards that are available on the website. The flashcards available on the website range from Geography and math to languages and medical terminology. You can even study for a GRE, MCAT, or LSAT test.

You can create a new account for free or log in using your Facebook account.

Give it a try, maybe learn a few words in a new language just for fun!

Career Services – Career Spots

BPS students!

UW –Eau Claire is not only committed to providing you with a world class education, but also teaching you the lifelong skills needed to choose, develop, and manage your career.

Learn valuable information regarding “Making Your resume POP”, “The Cover Letter”, “The Interview”, the “Importance of Networking”, and other important job search topics online anytime.  Information is delivered in 3-4 minute well-produced and information packed videos.

University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Career Services – Career Spots

Writing with Personality

Let’s be serious for a second – writing is not always easy or fun. You would think that your wit in person would come through inherently on paper or on screen, whatever your medium… Not so, I declare. I find myself to be a pretty decently snarky and clever gal in conversation, but I have my days where I sit in front of a freshly written paper and just berate myself. For like. An hour. “How on this sweet,  green earth did I think that was canny or insightful? What the hell does that sentence even mean? Is that SERIOUSLY supposed to be a creative metaphor? Garbage. Seriously. Have a nap. Wake up competent. Thanks.” 

My subconscious can be really harsh…

And then there are other days where I write as if I’m just regurgitating information in my own words. It’s disgusting. It’s practically word vomit. It’s unfocused, boring, and stiff. No one wants to read that.

My point is – write with your personality! It shouldn’t be horribly informal if it’s for a class, but we should still get the idea that you’re probably an interesting and insightful person. Unless you’re not, then…sorry, I guess. You should have had more Kool-Aid or something.

I’m not sure if I’ve made it obvious enough, but I’m kind of a smart aleck in person. Shockingly, people like that. Take your signature character trait and use it to your advantage in writing! There’s no magic method to finding your ‘self’ in your writing, so why not play and practice a little? Try writing a paper as formally as you can, then write it as if it’s the biggest joke in the world. Is there a happy medium that you can find?

I know I’m not the only one who would like to be mildly entertained while reading something informative! Learning new things is a lot easier when it’s also fun, guys.