Summer break can be a chance for college students to rest and recharge after a busy year. It also can be a great opportunity to get ahead. In either case, it’s important for students to retain the valuable knowledge and skills they learned in the classroom.
Kevin Powers, Coordinator of Academic Success at Nebraska Methodist College, offers the following tips for students to use their summer wisely in order to hit the ground running when they return in the fall:
- Use it or lose it. It’s a lot easier to forget things than it is to remember them. Find ways to stay connected to your material during summer break. Make time each week to brush up by reviewing notes, answering questions in textbooks or practicing some of the skills you learned in your labs with friends. It can prevent you from having to take time to relearn that material later.
- Get a job. Finding a summer job or internship in your field of study will help you maintain, and likely expand upon, the knowledge you’ve learned in the classroom. Plus, that job or internship will give you important experience that you can put on your résumé.
- Take a summer course. If you want to get ahead, taking a class during the summer can be a good way to earn credits ahead of schedule and maintain your academic momentum. Keep your expectations realistic though, and don’t overload yourself with too much work.
- Work ahead. Even if you’re not taking a summer class, you can still get a jumpstart on fall by doing things like previewing the texts or viewing videos online associated with your upcoming courses. Reach out to your instructor for recommendations.
- New students, get to know your advisor. Advisors are filled a wealth of essential information. Visit them often and ask questions. They can help you plan your schedule as well as understand what to expect in your first year and beyond.
- Take a break. College is tough, and sometimes we all need a mental break. Whether you are working to maintain what you’ve learn or trying to get ahead, make sure to find time to relax and properly recharge your batteries this summer.
Feel free to comment about your favorite summer activities.
Through the Mobile Diabetes Center, Nebraska Methodist College students provide crucial diabetes screenings and education in a wide variety of community settings while gaining valuable experience. Through Omaha Gives!, the community will have an opportunity to support the next generation of the Mobile Diabetes Center.
The Cornbelt Diabetes Connection (CDC), a chapter of Cosmopolitan International, will participate in Omaha Gives! on Wednesday, May 21, as part of its effort to raise funds for a new Mobile Diabetes Center. The Mobile Diabetes Center is a partnership between CDC and Nebraska Methodist College’s Center for Health Partnerships.
Omaha Gives! is a 24-hour, online giving event organized by the Omaha Community Foundation to grow philanthropy in the metro area. During the event, supporters can give donations of $10 or more to their favorite nonprofit organizations. Those donations will then be amplified by matching funds and prize money awarded to organizations at the top of the Omaha Gives! leaderboard.
A new Mobile Diabetes Center is expected to cost approximately $350,000. So far, CDC and Nebraska Methodist College have raised $200,000 for the new center from grants and individual donations, leaving about $150,000 left to go.
For more information about Omaha Gives!, visit omahagives24.org.
With graduation just days away, we want to say congratulations to the Nebraska Methodist College Class of 2014. We wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors as you search for your first jobs, begin new careers or perhaps prepare for graduate study.
If you aren’t graduating this year, now is a great time to take a good look at your friends who are and start taking notes. Take the opportunity to ask them questions and learn from their successes as well as challenges in pursuing their chosen careers.
Before you graduate, here are five things you should do:
- Study. This probably seems obvious, but don’t take this advice for granted. For many Nebraska Methodist College students, your finals won’t be the last tests you have to take. Licensing exams, such as the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX) for nurses, will follow soon after graduation.
- Job shadow. If you really want to find out what a job is like, shadowing someone for a day is a great way to find out. While job shadowing, you will quickly find out if a job really is or isn’t for you. It’s also a great way to meet people in your future career field, which brings us to our next point…
- Network. Join and participate in the student association or society for your respective career field. Through these organizations you will meet others in your field while gaining great insight into your future career. Also, go to career fairs and recruitment events (even if you have already found a job) to learn about all the opportunities that exist in your career field. Dress nice and bring plenty of résumés. Speaking of résumés…
- Build or update your résumé. Once it’s time to apply for a job, having a current résumé will save you some time because you won’t have to start from scratch. Include all work experience you’ve ever had — not just healthcare-related experience — and clearly list any clinicals or internships you’ve done. Also, update your references. Make sure to personally ask each person you plan to list if they will give you a positive reference. Ask your advisor or a professor to give you feedback on your résumé.
- Have some fun. Yes, classwork comes first, but don’t forget to enjoy the ride. Once you graduate, you may not see many of your college friends again as your lives and careers take you in different directions. After graduations, things may get a little hectic, so make time to hang out with your friends now.
Research conducted by a group of Nebraska Methodist College students was recently featured in American Nursing Today, the official journal of the American Nurses Association.
The March issue of American Nursing Today published the article “How Magnet® designation affects nurse retention: An evidence-based research project.” The article was the result of a critical literature review conducted by Nebraska Methodist College Master of Science in Nursing students Mellisa Renter, Anna Allen and Anne Thallas. Dr. Linda Foley, director of Nebraska Methodist College’s Nursing Graduate Program, mentored the group throughout the project.
During the spring and fall semesters of 2013, the group conducted critical analysis of literature researching the levels of nurse satisfaction and retention among hospitals that achieved Magnet Recognition®. The Magnet Recognition Program® recognizes healthcare organizations for high levels of patient care and nursing excellence.
According to American Nursing Today, the group’s analysis “confirmed that Magnet designation correlates to positive work environments and nurse satisfaction, both of which may influence nurse retention.”
The evidence-based research project was a capstone project for Renter, Allen and Thallas. Nebraska Methodist College graduate students are challenged to conduct capstone projects that address needs, gaps or issues in nursing and healthcare that ultimately help improve patient outcomes.
Nebraska Methodist College congratulates students who were recently named to the Dean’s List for the Fall 2013 semester. The Dean’s List recognizes students who are achieving at high levels academically. To qualify for Nebraska Methodist College’s Dean’s List, degree-seeking students need a 3.75 semester grade point average (GPA) or better and must be enrolled in 12 or more credit hours.
Here are a few tips about how to make the Dean’s List:
- Go to class. Unless you have a real reason to miss class, you should try to go to every single session. Missing just one class could mean losing out on important information that you will need for an upcoming assignment or exam.
- Get to know your professors. Ask them when you have questions about an assignment. Engage them in discussion about their expertise and background. You may have the same professors more than once throughout college, so building a relationship will help you clearly understand their expectations.
- Take good notes. Write down all the crucial information you can during class. Also, consider highlighting or marking important excerpts in your textbook so you can refer back to them. If your professor has PowerPoint slides, see if you can get them.
- Study. Set time apart from each day to review material and prepare for your next classes. Read your assigned text, organize your notes, make flashcards, quiz yourself and create study guides to prepare for exams.
- Turn in your assignments on time. In many instances, professors either won’t accept late work, or they will deduct a significant portion of your grade when you turn in an assignment after it is due. Start working on projects as soon as they are assigned.
- Utilize the college’s available services. Nebraska Methodist College’s Academic Resources include free tutoring, supplemental instruction and writing support, among other services.
As a student, your GPA is important. It’s something that graduate programs consider when admitting new candidates and employers look at when hiring new staff. So, making the Dean’s List each semester is a good goal for students to aim for in maintaining high GPAs and setting themselves for the career paths of their choosing.
The holidays probably now seem like just a distant memory for most, and for all you on campus students, your classes are just beginning. For returning students, it probably feels like ages since you left Nebraska Methodist College for winter break. For others who are just beginning your college studies, you might find yourself wondering how to succeed at college. While some of you might feel refreshed and ready to go, for others getting into or getting back to the routine of college and classes can be a real challenge. So here are a few tips to help you get back into the swing of college life:
- It’s all about establishing consistency. College is all about balancing your priorities—classes, studying, social life, and for some—family and perhaps even work. So it is just makes sense to set regular habits that can help you stay at the top of your game. Start first by establishing a routine for going to bed and getting up at the same time each day, and try to make your bedtime hour reasonable. Join a study group that meets regularly. Designate an evening as laundry night. Perhaps set up a time that you have coffee each week after class with a friend. Getting yourself into a regular schedule will help you settle in and focus in the classroom.
- Eat healthy. A well-balanced diet will help you stay energized and undistracted in class. And yes, that starts with a good breakfast. Of all the meals, breakfast, especially for college students, is the most important meal of the day. A good healthy breakfast will give you the energy and stamina you need to focus on your studies and go through your day. Avoiding breakfast will drain your energy quickly and may cause you to eat unhealthy foods. Avoid too much fast food or pop. Eating fast food will have you feeling lethargic, and drinking too many sugary, caffeinated beverages will leave you feeling jittery and distractible.
- Keep track of your assignments in a planner. Writing down what projects you are assigned and when they are due will help you stay organized so you avoid feeling overwhelmed. Avoid procrastination and embrace the new semester as an opportunity to get off to a strong start by working ahead on your assignments.
- Schedule exercise into your day. Exercising regularly will help you feel more energetic and less stressed out.
Block out an hour each day for a visit to NMC’s fitness center or for some other form of activity, like a walk or run on a nearby trail.
- Make time for friends. Whether you’re going to the movies or just hanging out in your apartment, spending time with your friends at NMC can be a great way to decompress after a long week in the classroom.
For freshman, the first few weeks of college are often a combination of fun and stress. You are living on your own for the first time, meeting new people and — most importantly — learning a lot of new things to set you on the path toward your career. Any one of those things can be either exciting or overwhelming, depending on your point of view.
It is important to get off to a good start and settle into your new life as a college student in the first weeks. Here are a few pointers to help you start off strong:
- Go to class. You have probably heard this a hundred times by now, but this is the single most important thing you can do at college. It’s why here are here. One college class is filled with a lot more information than your average high school class, so attending each one is important.
- Make a schedule and don’t procrastinate. Keep a planner of when you have class and when your assignments are due. Also, don’t wait until the last minute to study or finish an assignment.
- Meet new people. College is a chance for you to make new friends who share your passion. Your new friends will also become your support group when things get stressful. Seek out social activities or student organizations on campus where you can get to know your fellow students.
- Stick around on the weekends. The first weekends of the school year are a great time to connect with your new friends outside of the classroom.
- Explore your surroundings. If you are new to Omaha, go see a movie, watch a concert or go walk around downtown and get acclimated to the area.
- Take care of yourself. Eat healthy and exercise to avoid the “freshman 15.” If you’re looking for a place to work out, try Nebraska Methodist College’s fitness center. Also, make sure you’re getting enough sleep.
- Have fun! College is a great experience on many levels. Enjoy it and make the most of your opportunities.
The Fall 2013 session of online courses recently began at Nebraska Methodist College. We thought it appropriate during this back-to-school season to share some helpful tips to being successful in the virtual classroom:
Make your online course a priority. Take your online course just as seriously as if you were in an on-campus class. Your GPA can’t tell the difference. Be aware of all your assignments that are due — not just tomorrow, but over the coming weeks.
Manage your time. Online classes are great for working professionals with unpredictable schedules, but make sure to schedule study time every day to log into your online course. Try to set a routine study time each day. Work and family interruptions happen, but the routine will help you study consistently.
Make a study space. Study in a place where you can get away from distractions. Doing your coursework in an at-home office setting or at your local library is a good alternative to the couch in front of the TV or trendy coffee shop.
Read your course syllabus closely. It will lay out clearly the course expectations, grading, required textbooks, learning tools at your disposal, and required hardware and software for the course. Your syllabus is your course manual.
Back up your work. Before submitting your assignments, save them on your computer and back them up on a flash drive. Sometimes glitches happen and backing your work up multiple times will protect you from having to do it over.
Be involved. In online courses, participation is often a big part of your grade. It’s also where learning takes place. Login every day and take time to be part of the discussion.
Have a study buddy. Make a friend in the course with whom you can discuss questions and assignments either offline or through other channels.
Ask questions. If you are having trouble with an assignment, don’t be afraid to ask your professor about it. If you are having software problems, ask our Education Technology Department. (Have questions right now? Visit our Online FAQ.)
Use what you learn! Take what you learn in your online course and apply it in your real-world career.
August marks the start of the school year for many Nebraska Methodist College students, with the fall semester of on-campus classes beginning Aug. 19. Whether you are a freshman moving to campus for the first time or a returning upperclassman, here are a few tips to help you make a smooth adjustment to college life:
- Adjust your sleep habits now. If you’ve been in summer vacation mode, you may have gotten used to staying out and getting up at later times. Going to bed a little earlier now and setting your alarm clock for when you’ll be getting up for class will help you be alert and awake for your first day.
- Pack your things for moving day. If you will be moving to Josie’s Village or somewhere else near campus, it’s a good idea to start packing your things early to help avoid a stressful moving day. Packing early will also help you decide if you can make it all in one trip or determine if you’ll need help moving.
- Buy textbooks and school supplies. You don’t want to be the one borrowing a pen and a piece of paper on the first day of class. Stop into the NMC Bookstore to buy your books and stock up on supplies. Don't forget to get some NMC swag, while you're at it!
- Upgrade your technology. If you have a computer, now is a good time to perform any needed upgrades and updates or to install any new software you’ll need for the school year. You might also want to remove any unnecessary programs that are slowing down your computer.
- Have your car checked out. Whether you’ll be living on-campus or commuting, give your car a once-over before school starts. Change the oil, check the tires and have any needed maintenance done to help you avoid any preventable car problems during the school year.
- Stock up on supplies for your new home. Make sure you’ve got a good supply of all the necessary toiletries. Having some snacks on hand is also a good idea.
- Spend time with family. Make room for some “quality time” with your parents and siblings before classes begin. When school starts, they will miss you, and you will miss them too.
- Connect with your fellow students. If you’re a returning student, plan a get-together with a few of your close classmates. If you are a freshman, make contact with your roommate and get acquainted.
- Say goodbye to summer. If you are someone who absolutely must make the most out of your summer, get in one last hurrah. Go to the lake, lay by the pool or enjoy one last summer festival with your friends. (But don’t worry, fun is still allowed after classes start.)
- Set goals. Come to college knowing what you want to accomplish. Writing down a few goals will help you stay focused on what you want to achieve, whether that is maintaining a high GPA or pursuing a certain area of your career field.
What are you doing to get ready for the school year?