Medieval Quips by Tara Lafferty, SGA

Plague Doctor

Recently in my Humanities class for Medieval to Modern times, we learned about a very saddening topic of THE BLACK DEATH. Our teacher wanted to make a point on how many really died during that time. He split the class in half and told me, along with the rest of my peers who had been given the number 2 that we had caught and died from the black plague. He then told us to zombie walk to the door to show who was left alive. I, of course, could not help but to act dramatically, and hopefully do a very good performance of a zombie walk. I think I looked slightly weird doing it because no one joined in, but I did get the approval of my teacher, Mr. Park. I also got the satisfaction of doing it just because I wanted to. It was an awesome visual for me to remember just how many died back then.

I got my Halloween costume idea from this class, and became a very feminine, decorated plague doctor.  In the medieval times a plaque doctor worked with the sick, but would wear these bird like masks for protection against illness. They would use the beak shape of the nose to put in herbs. They thought by breathing in air with herbs it would prevent them from getting what their patients had. Sadly, this form of logic did not work and many died during the black plague.

This class has been amazingly fun, and I would highly recommend it as either an elective or if you can use it toward your degree to put it in your schedule. Mr. Park definitely puts a fun spin to learning!

Financial wellness? What's that about? by Sierra Finders

Financial wellness isn’t something you hear about very often. Some people don’t know what financial wellness is, and that’s okay.  Everyone should be informed about their finances. Aims has given us resources to learn more about our finances through the Smart Cents Financial Wellness Program. 

Smart Cents is trying to help students learn to manage money efficiently and make wise financial decisions. The Smart Cents Financial Wellness Program is committed to creating a culture of financial empowerment on campus and lifelong learning that enhances the student experience. There are many ways to get involved with Smart Cents to improve your financial situation.

Join us for “Money for the Taking” on November 10, 12:15pm – 1pm, in the College Center, Room 226. Come learn about ways to get your hands on some free money for college!

To hear more about financial wellness, register for a one-on-one Wellness Session with a GreenPath financial advisor, and to learn more about upcoming Smart Cents events, please contact smart.cents@aims.edu.

Jumping Out of a Perfectly Good Airplane by Tara Lafferty

Tara Jumping

 I was convinced by my crazy and awesome sister to jump out of a perfectly good airplane for an early 21st birthday present. I know, scary! As much as I just wanted to wimp out, wanting to stay alive longer, I jumped. 

If you think I jumped because I’m one of those crazy adrenaline junkies, you’ve got that completely wrong. Meet the girl who has never been on a roller coaster in her life. I would say going from lazy rivers at Water World to actually jumping from an airplane was a pretty big “jump”. For anyone who is thinking about jumping in the perceivable future, I would say, “Go for it!” It’s actually not that scary.  The idea of going on a roller coaster scared me more before the jump, and still scares me more after.  The only moment in which I felt true genuine fear was the few milliseconds standing at the door before jumping. I was given a spark of determination to jump, partly because I was right next to the jump door in the airplane on the way up. It was a bumpy flight, and I was afraid a bump would actually knock me out of the airplane before I was tethered to my tandem jumper. It was a relief to feel him strapping me up. After I got my breath going again, I felt truly amazing. It’s an interesting feeling to be going so fast that the air itself feels like it’s catching you. I not only jumped into the sky itself, but through a cloud. Incredibly I didn’t feel like I was falling, and I had no butterflies in my stomach. 

Falling through mist and raindrops for a while before moving past to clearer sky, I could only focus on how freezing it was. Then I focused on another jumper right next to me as he filmed our fall. This took my attention from the actual speed of the fall. At one point he grabbed on to my hand and we spun in the air going 120 miles per hour. 

When the parachute was pulled, time completely slowed even though we were falling just as fast. The shoot came out fully and we were lifted up a few feet. Once it was open, it was no longer cold and we could talk very clearly to each other. The view was incredible because of the clouds casting shadows on half of Colorado. My tandem guy did some huge spins and then we came in for a smooth landing. I didn’t stop smiling for a week after. 

I have a few recommendations if you would love to be prepared for one of the best experience in your life. This includes not eating or eating very little an hour or two before a jump. I ate a small breakfast and didn’t eat lunch at lunchtime, jumping instead. Be prepared to wait half a day sometimes because if the weather is not up to par then they are not allowed to take you up in the airplane to jump. I waited about two hours, which was really good for the switching weather. Be prepared afterward to be extremely hungry, and to be really tired. That’s the result of all the adrenaline leaving your system. Thankfully, unlike adrenaline, your smile will not be leaving you for quite a long time.  

If you do decide to jump out of a perfectly good airplane, I would recommend the Mile-Hi Skydiving center. They have been great to me (as much as they can be for throwing people out of airplanes).

 

 

Making Good Study Habits by Tara Lafferty

Having a plan of action on hand for studying can make your grades go from barely passing to having an above average grade! I figured out what worked for me. I had grades that were just barely passing, and now I have a regular GPA that ranges above a 3.5 or higher every semester.

I start by creating good study habits and being EXCITED about what I’m learning. I know that this is sometimes hard to do, but when there’s a will, there’s a way. I myself try to find something within the class that has to do with something I’m interested in. Math, for example, is a subject a lot of people do not enjoy. I found that the sense of accomplishment I got when I got an answer right made it worth my while to learn it. That’s how I made it exciting. With English I don’t enjoy grammar, but because I love creative writing I focused my writing on the story and eventually learned the grammar I needed to know to pass my classes.

Next, I find different ways to study. In the classes before the test there is always reading, lectures, and homework. I try to take in as much as I can during this time making connections to what the teacher is saying to my life. I do all my homework because repetition is the key to memorization. My dad taught me the trick of reading through my notes after every class and then reading through them a few times before each test or quiz. I also have either my mom or a friend of mine ask me questions pertaining to the upcoming test while I have to verbally answer back. This can take awhile so plan to give yourself what I like to call “brain breaks”. Give yourself 15 to 20 minutes of something fun to do. Whether that’s food or a fun game app is your choice. It only needs to get you to relax, and get you out of your mind a bit. When you start feeling drained from work that’s when you know you need a break. I would also suggest snacks during these breaks, I like to call “brain food”.  Some people do better with notecards, and others prefer just looking at the book itself for their study sessions. Each person learns differently. I suggest you try several types of study methods and find which ways work best for you.

Last but not least, get a good night’s sleep and don’t bring your worries about the test to the test. I’ve always yielded better results on my tests when I tell myself that I will do the best I can and that’s all I can do. Feel proud of your accomplishment big or small.  It can help to motivate and keep pushing yourself to doing better and better in school.
 

Benefits of Joining Clubs here at Aims Community College by Tara Lafferty

I’ve been in many of the clubs at Aims including Phi Theta Kappa, the Aims English Honor Society, the Aims Music Club, and more.  What’s great about Aims is there is a club for just about everyone ranging from the arts to the sciences.  If you find that Aims doesn’t have a club to your liking, you can actually create a club. If you would like to create one, you just go down to the Student Life Office and talk to Randee Morris.  She’ll give you all the information you need to build your own club.
What are the benefits of being a member in a club?  Well first off it’s a chance for personal growth. I used to be the girl walking down the halls of the school with my hair covering as much of my face as possible while still having enough sight to keep straight, holding my books against myself.  When I started participating in clubs I began getting out of the shell that I’d created around myself.  I learned to be confident in who I was and what I had accomplished.  Failure was no longer something that I looked at to be a complete negative.  Failure turned into a learning experience instead.  Joining a club also helped in me to find people who have similar likes and dislikes, creating more than a club, but also a friend circle.  They became people I could rely on and do a lot of fun things with.  Hanging out with a lot of friends, never really happened often for me until I joined some clubs.  Now I have a bunch load of people I can have fun with.  It’s a great feeling!
Joining clubs also gave me some great references for jobs and furthering my college.  I’m planning on going to UNC after Aims so recommendations will really help in getting me where I want to go.  I now have some great information to use for my resumes.  This will help me when I look for a job because it will let me stand out more.  Standing out is a big way employers look at to decide who to choose.  It gave me a great knowledge base on how to work with others, and I can use this knowledge to impress potential employers at an interview.  Recommendations are important to use to get into college and I plan to use my involvement to further my schooling. 
Take these points into consideration when someone invites you to their club like many have done for me.  It will be a great time for fun and personal growth.