January 2014 - Vol. 14 Issue 1
CSU Off-Campus Life

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Every Semester Deserves a Good Start!


At the beginning of a semester every student goes through a period where they get into a habit and these habits can  be good or bad. However, with this in mind, the better the start of the semester is the more likely the semester will end in academic success.  Here are a few tips:

  1. Set Goals: Think about what you would like to accomplish, and try to create measurable objectives that you can monitor throughout the semester. These goals can be along many different lines. For example, raising your GPA or not procrastinating on assignments can be beneficial goals.  Even personal goals can help to improve a semester -- for example, committing to reducing your stress levels. Smart goals are ones that you know that you have a chance of accomplishing.  If you make them too lofty you will become discouraged and give up.
  2. Create a Calendar: Calendars help to bring order to a person’s life when going through a busy semester. When you receive your syllabi put the assignment due dates on your calendar and use a daily schedule to keep track of when and where you need to be. If you are in need of a calendar there are some located  under Time Management on the TILT website that are meant for students.  
  3. Don’t Skip Class: Making sure that you attend all of your classes will make the semester easier.  If you miss one class it can be difficult to get back into the habit of attending every class every day.
  4. Keep a Schedule: Plan your schedule for the entire semester, keeping in mind all activities you will be involved in, including work and co-curricular. Try to keep your wake up times similar throughout the week because it will help to set a sleeping schedule and keep your energy levels constant.
  5. Give yourself “You” time: “You” time is an occasion where you choose what you want to do. You can use this time to relax, de-stress, or even just to have fun.
  6. Exercise: Semesters can be very stressful, especially when class assignments and exams start to overlap. Exercising can help with the stress. It will not only help you keep in shape, but will help boost your energy and keep you in a good mood.
  7. Stay Healthy: Staying healthy is more than just exercise. Eating right and staying hydrated will help to keep your immune system working properly which in turn will help you from getting sick and make it easier to keep up with your classes.
  8. Be Optimistic: Each semester is a new and fresh beginning. You can make the changes to who you want to be, or what you want to do. Embrace the idea of a new beginning and choose the type of things you want to do to be successful. 
  9. Find a Place to Study:  Studying is essential to being able to pass a class. Finding a place where you are comfortable studying will help make those long assignments bearable.  Try not to study in bed because it might make it difficult to sleep. Locations such as the library, study cube, behavioral sciences building, or other study locations on campus can be a comfortable place to study without distractions. And as always, it is important to figure out what types of situations work best for your own study capabilities. 

  With these tips and a little bit of planning, anyone can have a good start to a semester and be successful academically.


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Buying Textbooks?

There are many places to get your textbooks for your next semester, and many options to do the necessary shopping. The main one everyone should check out is CSU's Textbook Reservations through the CSU Bookstore.  The CSU Bookstore also has a list generator that you can sign into, with your EID, and get your list for the next semester. It is called MyTextbooks. This list provides information such as, ISBN numbers, titles, and pricing (new and used). After gathering this information you can either use the CSU comparison tool, or you can use the ISBN number to compare on your own. There are many websites that advertise selling low cost textbooks in great conditions, and they usually have coupons. Examples of these websites are Alibris, BigWords, Amazon, Abebooks, ValoreBooks. The best way to find the cheapest price is to shop around and check out the prices. 

Career Center Helping Students

It is the start of a new semester, but with this in mind some of you may be looking for jobs or internships. The career center is here to help our students with these tasks. They help with resumes, mock interviews, and can even help steer job searches. They also have events throughout the semester that are geared towards helping our students succeed in the job market. In January they are hosting a resume rush where employers critique the resumes of students. This is a drop in event and it only takes 15 min to critique your resume. However, it may be busy so they have three days for this event. Make sure to bring your resume to get this free advice

January 29, 2014 between 10:00AM and 3:00PM in the LSC- RM 230 
January 30, 2014 between 10:00AM and 3:00PM in the LSC- RM 230
January 31, 2014 between 10:00AM and 3:00PM in the LSC- RM 230 

The Creation of Martin Luther King Day 

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day  is celebrated every year in the United States as a way of recognizing the effort one man had on civil rights, and his influence has been taught many times. However, we never learn how or why this has become a federal holiday. Especially since only three people in history have a holiday in their honor: Martin Luther King, Jr., George Washington, and Christopher Columbus.

The idea of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day as a holiday was promoted by labor unions in negotiations of contracts, and then was brought to the attention of and supported by U.S. Representative John Conyers of Michigan and U.S. Senator Edward Brooke of Massachusetts. However, when it came time to vote, the bill fell short by five votes. The argument was that it would cost too much to have a paid holiday for federal employees. However, this turned around when the King Center asked for help from the community. This plea was successful when Stevie Wonder sang “Happy Birthday” to popularize the support of the holiday, and later hosted the Rally for Peace Conference in 1981.  All of these actions lead to the largest petition in U.S. history with six million signatures collected to send to Congress, and a bill being created to make Martin Luther King, Jr. Day a holiday celebrated by everyone.

On November 2, 1983 President Ronald Reagan signed a bill proposed by Representative Katie Hall of Indiana making Martin Luther King, Jr.  Day a reality. The bill also established the Martin Luther King, Jr. Federal Holiday Commission to oversee the observation of the holiday. This commission also included permanent membership of Coretta Scott King, wife of Martin Luther King, in May 1989. The first time this holiday was observed was January 20, 1986, representing the importance of civil rights and freedoms in the United States for years to come.

Let our Aggie Shine!

Every single year in the National Western Complex in Denver there is a Stock Show. This is fun for anyone of any size and has different events. The shows start on January 6, 2014 and go through the 26th. Events include rodeo shows, dog shows, Mutton Bustin', draft horse shows, a very impressive show of Dancing Horses, and much more. To see their full schedule visit their website or their schedule. And as always there are plenty of animals to look at and pet.


Summer Jobs

If you are looking for a job in the summer there are a lot of departments that are hiring:

Conferences:  CSU Office of Conference Services offers students an opportunity to discover summer positions available within one of the leading university conference operations in the country. Students will be responsible for summer conference operations and welcoming guests to the Colorado State University campus while working with diverse conference groups of all sizes. On-campus room and board will be provided (excluding Conference Assistants) as well as hourly pay. Check out the available positions and discover a new Colorado State University experience! 

Pingree Park Mountain Campus:  Live and work in a beautiful mountain valley for the summer and/or fall season at the Pingree Park Mountain Campus. Be part of a small community of staff working towards a common goal. Enjoy the mountain lifestyle – hiking, fishing, mountain biking, trail running, and rock climbing. Positions are available in Dining Services, Office/Store, Housekeeping, Utility Crew, Delivery Driver, Challenge Ropes Course Facilitator, and Eco-Week Instructor. For more information about working at Pingree Park please visit their website
Summer School & Preview:  Residence Life is hiring live-in positions from May 17 through August 11, 2014.  You will have an opportunity to work with current students as well as new freshman for the fall 2014 semester.  What a great experience to meet new people, utilize and master your customer service skills while staying on campus!  

Tutoring and Skills workshops

Important resource for CSU Students
TILT is a resource that provides a lot of services every semester. They provide group tutoring for different classes that prove to be challenging for students, as well as workshops that are meant to improve different skills necessary for all students. They also provide information about scholarships, and classes. Visit their website. Another resource is the Colorado State University tutoring website, where you can find a one-on-one tutor for different classes.Visit their website, log on using your student EID, then search for the class. A list of tutors will show up along with their emails. 
Ram Stories
Hey students! We are starting a new tradition here at Off-Campus Life. We want to hear your opinions each month. We are asking that our students send us emails with their opinion based on the theme for the month. We will choose one story a month to publish in our Monthly Newsletter as a way of recognizing the many opinions that our students have, and if we pick your story you will receive $15 in RamCash. Submit your story via email -- We will only be publishing first names when necessary.

Our first theme will be winter vacations: Tell us about your favorite moment from your winter vacation!

Limited Lockers Available

We know it isn't always easy to get from one side of campus to the other, especially with a heavy backpack. That’s why we offer lockers for students’ storage needs. There will be a limited number of lockers located outside the MAC gym. Come into the OCL office to rent one for $15 a semester. 

CSU RideShare

Driving to campus and have an empty seat or looking for a way to get to campus without having to drive?

Avoid the parking lot dance by checking out RideShare at
RideShare gives students, faculty, and staff the ability to make carpool arrangements quickly and securely. The goal of RideShare is to help users find rides, save money, reduce pollution and traffic congestion, and encourage GREENER transportation choices.
Registering with RideShare is free to CSU students, faculty, and staff and allows you to conveniently arrange carpools online.
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