Saturday, August 29, 2015

The Stresses of Starting a New Term

The Stresses of Starting a New Term

Every semester, I worry about time. How much time I’ll need to spend on homework, whether or not I’ll have time to play my guitar, or if I’ll get the time to do my homework or read a book on a Sunday afternoon. The week before the term starts, I make plans to “set aside time” for non-school activities, saying that I’ll take things week by week, assignment by assignment, and this time I’ll be really, really good at managing my homework to free-time ratio. But as soon as the semester starts, I realize that all that thinking about “setting aside time” was just a way to calm myself down.

I make guesses about things, like whether or not a class will be easy or difficult, if the material will be fun or dull, or what the syllabus will be like. But the truth of the matter is that I never know if any of these guesses are anywhere near right, and I don’t know until the classes start. The not knowing is what really bothers me. I have expectations, and when they’re way off base, I get scared, and start to freak out.

There are the things that I have expectations about, and then there are things that I have no expectations for whatsoever, and I worry about these things, too. For instance, the instructor’s personality and teaching style. I take a lot of online classes through Mid-Plains, so navigating the stormy waters of communicating with a difficult teacher over the Internet can by stressful. In some cases, the teacher seems to not comprehend technology, and can’t open an attachment in an email or download a file. Or sometimes, the teacher isn’t a good communicator, and doesn’t explain assignments clearly. In those situations when the assignments are vague, I feel like there’s a 50/50 chance that I’ll get a good grade on a project.

But, on the other hand, there are also some exceptional instructors, and very easy to work with in an online environment, and in person.

Tomorrow I’ll be taking my first set of in-person classes on campus at Mid-Plains. I’m sitting in my living room tonight writing this article, and to be honest, I’m about ready to explode from nerves. My cat is sitting beside me, every once and a while nudging my arm with her head, as if to say that everything will be fine, and I’ll know what to do when the time comes. I give her a little pet-pet, and I rehearse the mantra in my head, “I’ll know what to do when the time comes. I’ll know what to do when the time comes.”

When the “time” is, I have no idea, but I’ll know what to do when it gets here.

Lydian Shipp

Webzine Team Member

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

This was Great!

This was a fun and interesting class for me to take. I knew nothing about blogging until I took the class but after a while I realized how simple and fun it was to write what you think about.

Mrs. Walker (a.k.a Tina has been very easy to work with) and this made it a good experience. I just moved to Grand Island a couple weeks ago so it has been hectic but it has been good for me to check out the MPCC site and see what was going on back at home.

I would encourage everyone to do this that is interested in writing because it is very free and open about what you want to talk about. You can choose the subject and just run with it from there! You can’t miss with this course and the instructor!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Chet DeVaughn Retiring

Chet DeVaughn is retiring from teaching at the end of this year after 43 years. Chet grew up in McCook and had a couple teaching jobs at other colleges until 1995 when we came back home to teach at MCC.

A retirement open house is set for Wednesday at the Weeth Theater on campus from 3-4:30 p.m. for DeVaughn and Kathy Dernovich. The public is encouraged to attend. Please come out and show your support for someone who truly cares about what he does and cares about those that he teaches.

Monday, April 20, 2015

IT Classes for Fall 2015

Starting in the fall of 2015 Mid-Plains Community College will offer an Information Technology (IT) program for those wishing to have certificates in that field. These will be online classes for those who have a busy life style and don’t have time to make it to the classroom.

IT refers to anything related to computing technology, such as networking, hardware, software, the Internet or the people that work with such technologies. A few jobs that one could use this for is web development, network administration and computer programming.

If this is something that you would be interested in just make sure you sign up for the fall sememster.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Baseball and Good Times!

The end of the school year is near and so is our baseball team’s season. Come out and show your support for one of the last times that they will be here playing in McCook. April 22nd, 23rd and the 25th are the last time that our team will play at the Jaycee’s Sports Complex.

Please come out and show your appreciation for our team and root them on for the home stretch of the season! The weather is great now and our team is trying to finish strong.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Softball Team Solid Season and Still Going

Our softball girls are on a roll this year and are looking to have an outstanding season. Right now the Lady Indians are 32-12 and looking like a team that can play with anybody.

Come out Saturday April 11th and show your support as we host CCC Columbus for a double header with the first game starting at 1 p.m. and the second game to follow.

Show your support because these girls have been playing extremely well and are working hard to have this stellar season so far.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Sunshine and Baseball

The weather is starting to get warm so it’s time to get outside and enjoy it! The baseball team is hosting Western Nebraska Community College this Friday and Saturday at 1 p.m. This will be the second and third meeting this year between us and them with our Indians winning the first meeting 8-4.

Bring your t-shirt and shorts because it looks to be in the mid 80’s with very little wind. Come show your support and soak in the beautiful weather!