What to Expect When You’re Expecting Finals

By SeVohn Hunter, Contributing Writer

IMG-2285.JPGSeVohn Hunter is prepared for finals week, wearing her signature hoodie and UGG boots. Photo by Cody Brazil

We are finally into the fall/winter months and we are undoubtedly so excited to finally break out the UGG boots and hoodies, but there is also a darkness looming ahead: finals.

There are horror stories about finals told years before you actually get to college. Getting No sleep, being super stressed and having mental break-downs. This can be absolutely terrifying.

Sleep is a human need that should never be sacrificed. A popularized way of studying for finals is cramming the night before; we should know by now that is not the way to go.

It is true that if you study before going to bed, sleep will help you absorb the information you just went over (I learned that in PSYCH 101.), but cramming and then sleeping for a couple hours will not give your brain time to process the information and will ultimately leave you sleep-deprived.The best way to study is to break it up into sections over one or two days with breaks in between.

Stressing is never fun, especially when it comes to a test that can drastically alter your GPA. Using the study habits mentioned above will help you feel prepared for nals and keep you from being stressed about your grades.

Whenever you start to feel that niggling in your stomach or chest, take a few minutes to focus on your breathing and be present.

After a long day of studying, a hot bath or shower and some selfish indulgences before bed will relax your mind and result in many hours of needed sleep.

These easy tips will calm the volcano inside of you and prevent the eruption that is a mental breakdown.

If you really think about it, finals are an insignificant piece of the vast life you will live. They may seem important in the moment, and they are, but they will not determine your life’s purpose.

After finals week, you can sleep for as long as you want and watch as many trashy TV shows  that make your heart happy.

Remember these words of wisdom, and you can laugh in the faces of those who try to scare you with their finals horror stories.

A Day in the Life of a Potomac State College Nontraditional Student

 

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Nontraditional student Matthew Thomas finds time to balance his school work as well as life. Photo by Cody Brazil

“The biggest limitation I would say is time. Being a nontraditional student is definitely a practice of time management. Everybody takes something as simple as mowing your lawn for granted, but when you’re putting in a 60 hour week it becomes something you really wish you had time for,” said Matthew Thomas, a 46-year-old Potomac State College student.

Thomas is a registered respiratory therapist and the full-time manager of the Respiratory Therapy Department at the Hampshire Memorial Hospital. He decided to return to college for career advancement, as well as personal achievement.

Thomas believes that he’d never be able to balance school with his job and personal life alone. He has the full support of his wife of 25 years, as well as his 23-year-old daughter Madeline and his 19-year-old daughter Jordan.

“I really couldn’t be doing this without my daughters. Madeline has her degree in English so I like to get her to proofread my papers. She likes to make fun of my grammar so it works out,” said Thomas.

Thomas believes that the hardest part of balancing his school, work and personal life has been time management. In addition to his homework and studying he is responsible for maintaining his home and taking care of his elderly parents. He is also expected to cover extra shifts, so there can be some overlap in schedules. Luckily for him, it doesn’t happen too often.

“I’ve found that as I grow older, my attention span grows shorter, but my priorities have always been my family,” explained Thomas.

Thomas said that scheduling has never really been a problem for him while earning his degree, but he has had problems with his willpower and focus. In his current stage of life, Thomas has the time and the means to do more activities with his wife, so school is not his main focus.

“I do not regret any of the choices I’ve made. If I could go back and do it again then I think I would have absolutely gotten my degree earlier– certainly before having children. But I cherish my family, and I have a great job. So I am pretty happy where I am, but my advice for traditional students is focus on your studies and earn your degree.”

Thomas said that he hopes earning his Regents Bachelor of Arts (RBA) degree may help him work in the field at a corporate level.

Thomas added, “The years in college are short, and they really do help form who you are as an adult. I would also say that grades are not everything, and learning is not just done in the classroom; experience as much as you can and take in the moments, good and bad, because time, well, time likes to fly away.”

Potomac State College Veteran Goes From Building Bombs to Hitting the Books

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Steffan Chapman said he has been a West Virginia University fan ever since he was little. He followed a dream and ended up at PSC. Photo by Molly Browning

“I was a troublemaker. I needed to get some foundation under my feet to kind of start a decent life,” Potomac State College student and veteran Steffan Chapman stated, explaining his original reason for joining the military.

Chapman worked on ships as Aviation Ordinanceman during his time in the military. “I built bombs, missiles, rockets, anything that went boom pretty much,” said Chapman. His training began in Pensacola, Florida. He then was stationed in San Diego, California for a short time before being deployed to Japan.

Traveling was Chapman’s favorite part of his time in the service. He’s been to Guam, South Korea, Hawaii, Florida, California, Chicago and Japan. “I have friends from all over the world now,” stated Chapman. “No matter where I go, there’s probably somebody kind of close to me.”

Chapman is an Upstate New York native, so the question arises: How did he end up at PSC? “Funny story, actually. I’ve been a West Virginia fan since seventh grade. Figured I’d try to follow a dream, and here I am at Potomac State.”

Chapman is studying psychology at PSC, with plans of becoming a high school guidance counselor. The laid-back atmosphere of Keyser allows Chapman to spend time focusing on his studies.

Although WVU and PSC are very helpful and offer plenty of veteran benefits, Chapman stated that the government made it especially difficult for him to receive the benefits. The process took over two months to finally get them. “The government isn’t only paying me, they are paying every single veteran who’s attending college, so they get backed up a lot.”

PSC also offers veteran parking and a veterans’ lounge, but Chapman said he doesn’t like to receive these special privileges just because he’s a veteran. “I’m just a normal person, you know? I had to take a different road.”

Chapman is also the Veterans’ Representative in the Student Government Association. Chapman expressed how it is somewhat hard trying to make a difference on the campus for the veterans, primarily because most of the veterans he knows are commuters who come to class then leave. However, Chapman states that he’s still working on ideas.

PSC Student Logan Scott Started in Radio at Age 13

Logan Scott in the sound booth. Photo provided by Scott

by Logan Scott

I got my start in radio when I was 13. My aunt was recording a commercial spot for the bank she manages, and she took me with her.  I  took a tour of the station.

I reached out to Amy Ryan, the program director of WQZK.  Amy hosted me as a guest on “Share the Chair” numerous times from my seventh grade year through high school. Amy took me under her wing and taught me everything I know about radio. On my 18th birthday, I turned in my application.  Six days later, I became a member of the Allegany Radio Corporation family.

The Allegany Radio Corporation in Cumberland is home to four FM stations and two AM stations. You can hear me on 94.1 WQZK and Magic 100.5 WDYK on the weekends.

I entertain my listeners with various celebrity and entertainment news along with other breaking news: accidents, inclement weather and regional events.

One of my favorite parts about working in radio is connecting with the listeners. Answering the request line, engaging on social media and interacting during live broadcasts.

I work in one of the most state-of-the art studios in the country. We use Axia digital consoles, edit audio in Adobe Audition and program in Wide Orbit Radio Automation.

I use these tools for production and to broadcast my live radio show. I get to work with the equipment when I cover football games, do remote broadcasts and for many other occasions.

In addition to working at the radio staion, I am a full-time education major at PSC. You can find me on Facebook, @LoganScott941.

Taste One of Many Marvelous Munchies at Marla’s Bakery

By Matthew Timbrook, Contributing Writer

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If you happen to be walking down Main Street here in Keyser, you might find yourself following the delicious aroma of fresh-baked cookies into the charming robin-egg blue building with white trim; there you will find one of the town’s sweetest local businesses: Marla’s Main Street Bakery.

Marla Payne first opened her business on September 23, 2008, after her husband was injured at work. Knowing it was up to her to support her family in their time of need, she made the decision to open a bakery.

Although she had never owned a business before, Payne had knowledge of how to proceed from previously managing very large bakeries. Although she recalls having had a talent at making treats for friends and family from as early as the age of 9, culinary school was never an option while she was growing up. Owning and operating her own bakery was an unexpected turn of events, but it seems to have been a pleasant surprise.

Payne provides custom cakes, donuts, cookies and more to customers of all ages in the local area and beyond and is always seeing new faces walking through her doors.

“I like to think of all my customers as my friends and some of them even as family,” said Payne. “I know people by the foods they like. I may not always know their name – which is sad – but eventually I do.”

It’s refreshing to see a local business such as Payne’s operate in my home town; she provides a great service to our community, but it’s up to us to ensure that services such as hers can afford to stay open.

“If the local community would come in to every small business – and this isn’t hard to do – and spend fifty dollars a month, small businesses would thrive. They would,” said Payne.

So if you’re downtown and your stomach is growling, consider stopping by Marla’s Main Street Bakery for a pastry or two; just prepare to be treated less like a customer and more like family.

 

Potomac State College Students Give Back to Their Community

 

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“I knew that giving an afternoon of my time to this unique park would be the smallest token I could give back to this piece of history,” said Potomac State College student Maddy Buss. Buss volunteered to clean up trash at the Flight 93 National Park in Somerset County, Pennslyvania. While Buss volunteered she had the chance to speak with families of victims who were aboard Flight 93. “I don’t remember everything she said to me about her relative, but I remember exactly how she made me feel: heavy-hearted but incredibly enlightened.” Buss’s experience had a great emotional impact on her that, she says, will always last with her.

PSC gives students opportunities to get involved in giving back to their community.

WVUe coordinator/professor Andrea Schafer has made it a goal to help students develop life skills as well as career skills. In the WVUe curriculum, students are given an Outreach Engagement Assignment in which they are asked to find a way to give back or engage the community. “Life skills are just as important as career skills,” said Schafer. It gives the students an opportunity to “step out of their comfort zone.”

Schafer sees a lasting impact this assignment leaves on some students

“They see a personal impact or career impact,” said Schafer. Tori Kane participated in giving meals to veterans. After speaking with them, Kane decided she wanted to go into the military.

“I think it’s important to show that we aren’t selfish and only take care of what we benefit from,” said PSC student Cassidy Aldridge, when talking about giving back to her community. Aldridge works at her local YMCA as a front desk staff, child care staff and as a managing assistant. Aldridge found herself staying past her shift, helping the maintenance staff clean. “I noticed how hard the maintenance staff’s job was, so I decided to help out.” Aldridge was offered a higher-level position as a party handler in result of her extra volunteer work. Aldridge expressed that volunteering made her helpful and led to more opportunities at her job.

Not only does this assignment help students to develop communication and interpersonal skills, it also reflects two more of Orlikoff’s core values. Schafer says that accountability and appreciation are also very important here. By volunteering students are showing accountability “by showing up and going through with what they said they would do,” said Schafer. “Appreciation is realized when a student discovers they have a role and a voice on their campus and in their community,” expressed Schafer. WVUe isn’t the only way students are getting involved, however.

PSC Clubs host events that give students opportunities to fundraise or participate in the community.

This year The Intro to Event Logistics class hosted a toy drive Nov. 15th and 16th. During this event, gifts were collected and distributed through the local schools to students/families in need. “I think it is important for students to get involved in the community because it makes a difference in the lives of others,” said event coordinator Amy Weaver. “The realization that you have impacted someone’s life is a huge reward.”

During the month of October, PSC students and Morgantown campus students joined together to complete projects in various Mineral County areas. These projects included painting at the Mineral County Family Resources site as well as cutting grass, power washing sidewalks and cleaning the parking lots at the Mineral County Health Department. Students also worked on similar projects in the city of Piedmont.

PSC clubs are also active in the community. Catamounts Against Cancer has hosted Relay for Life events in the past. Catamounts Against Cancer raised over $1,000 dollars at a mini Relay for Life in October of 2016. This money was then donated to American Cancer Society and the Mineral County Relay for Life. The Student Government also participated in donating their time to paint a house in the community and placed American flags on the quad in honor of veterans for Veteran’s Day.

  “Our campus is an integral part of this community, and by giving back we are showing the community around us that we care,” said Weaver.

Humans of Potomac State

 

Natalie 2.jpg“One day my friends randomly invited me to compete in the Hampshire County Fair Pageant. I won the title of Miss Hampshire County Fair. Once you win that title it is kind of mandatory that you become a contestant for the Miss West Virginia Pageant. Although I did not win, I got to make a lot of great connections, and I had the chance to make a difference in the state. I would say my personal favorite part of competing was getting to visit the West Virginia public schools. I currently study political science and hope to work with legislatures in the future. I created a non-profit to benefit veterans, and I really want to explore that aspect of it all.”

Interview by Cody Brazil, Editor