By Grace Carroll
So you’ve just gotten a message to your .pdx email that it’s time to register for classes. Maybe you have a list of subjects you’ve always wanted to study, or maybe you just know the next Spanish class you need to take. Where ever you are in the process, here are some things to think about when registering:
● How often is the course offered? Keep in mind that some classes are not offered every term at PSU, while others are. For instance, most TOP: (topic) classes change each term, and if you find one specific to your interest, that should perhaps take priority over the Intro to Queer Studies class (a UNST Cluster course) that you’ve always wanted to take.
● What are your most productive times of the day? Sure, you’re sick of getting up with an early schedule, but maybe you’re just burnt out by evening classes. If you’re falling asleep in class, you may need to rearrange your day. Consider when you are most motivated during the day, and when you be best able to do your homework.
● Who is the professor? It’s true, you don’t always get much of a choice. But when you do, looking into your professors’ backgrounds can be a deciding factor in which classes you take. Portland State’s website has profiles for many of its faculty, so check the department pages for your courses. If you don’t find anything there, RateMyProfessors.com is your next step!
Still have questions? TALK TO YOUR ADVISER!
By: Zaira Carranza
Portland State University is located in one of the most bicycle friendly cities in the world. Recently, I have been thinking about commuting by bike because I have learned how much it can benefit not only myself but also the environment. You gain money in your wallet, and lose inches off your waistline. If I’m willing to ride a bike instead of taking a car, it would mean that there would be one less car on the road therefore, less carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere, and we will end up a bit more healthier. Would you do the same to save your planet and your wallet?
By: Andreea Nica
Focusing on your studies is a full-time job in itself. When you add finances and funding to the mix, it can quickly become very stressful for any student. Good news is that Portland State University has many funding opportunities available to undergraduate and graduate students.
Here are four opportunities worth investigating:
- Graduate Assistantships: GA-ships are listed on the website as they become available. I recommend checking for updates on a weekly basis. The assistantships are targeted toward graduate students, and typically include tuition remission and compensation depending on the appointment. Make sure you scroll to the bottom of the page where all the assistantships are listed.
- Scholarships: Every year PSU offers undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to apply for a wide range of scholarships. Funding is dependent on many different variables, including academic achievement, financial need, diversity, disabilities and more. Be sure to check the website for upcoming deadlines. Create an account to begin the process.
- Student Employment: If you’re looking to earn extra cash while gaining skills in a certain area, finding employment through PSU may be the avenue to explore. Go to the “if you’re a current student” section, click the CareerConnect link and sign in with your Odin account. Thereafter, fill out your profile and gain access to available student jobs.
- University Studies: The University Studies Program at PSU is a great resource to develop your mentoring and teaching skills. If you have teaching experience, or are looking to enhance your competencies as an instructor, applying to be a peer mentor is an ideal option to funding your studies. Alternatively, explore opportunities to teach within the SINQ or Senior Capstone
What are you waiting for? Go get funded!
By: Shezad Khan
Over summer term I took the first year of Latin courses. It was my first experience with summer term, so I wasn’t used to being in school during the three months I’d usually be at home doing nothing. PSU’s campus was sunny and quiet, void of the bustle seen during fall through spring, and it seemed so much more relaxed. I learned quickly, however, that summer term isn’t to be taken lightly.
One year of Latin was compacted and smashed into a rigorous and intense nine weeks. That’s right, Latin 101 through 103 in just nine weeks, that’s less than a third of the normal school year. We covered a week’s worth of material per day, and class was held Monday through Thursday – each class was three hours and fifteen minutes long. The baristas at Starbucks started knowing me by name. I devoted hours to studying every day. I had well over 200 notecards, three filled up notebooks, more than a few dead pens, and my quivering sanity that I was struggling to keep together – it didn’t help that I was working almost forty hours a week at that time.
That being said, if you’re considering taking summer courses, you should do it. Yeah, it’s probably going to be tough and you might want to cry sometimes – especially if it’s a foreign language – but you’ll pull through and you’ll feel very good about yourself, I promise. Plus you get to meet awesome people who are just as crazy as you for taking such an intense course!
Photo Credit: Jasmin Landa
By: Jasmin Landa
Every ending is merely a new beginning. But I confess that as I stood in line in freshman orientation, I was scared about what this new beginning would bring.
I grew up in a small city in Nevada, and have been used to a dry desert atmosphere with mountains that don’t have all the luxurious trees that one sees in Oregon. So as I began to contemplate more and more about my move to Portland, with my mom and my little sister by my side, I began to cry and felt like I wasn’t where I was meant to be. Was I a future Viking? Is this where I am supposed to be? I cried for what felt like hours, but my mom looked at me and assured me that everything will be OK. Things happen for their destined reason, although you may not know today what those reasons are.
She was correct. My freshman orientation was much more than what I expected. I looked around and saw so much diversity, culture and excitement; all the students waiting were anxious to begin their new chapter as Portland State University freshmen. I felt welcomed, informed and enthused by all those around me.
I had been scared at the thought of leaving my home in Nevada along with all my family and all my supporters. But what I didn’t realize before, and what I know now, is that I am gaining a whole student body, staff and friends as supporters who will encourage, support and believe in my dreams and successes.
I cannot wait to be a Viking with the rest of my classmates, community and alumni.
The PSU mobile app is a one-stop shop for your PSU needs and a must have. The free app has extensive features, including a campus directory, event and listing calendars, library services and various other useful information for students, faculty, staff, alumni and visitors.
The features that I use the most are news, photos and the library services. They are cool and here’s why.
News: I get to know the latest happenings at PSU via the news feature. Updated almost on a daily basis, the news feature highlights some of the cool events that are due in the coming days.
Photos: The photo feature enables me to breathe PSU because it sources information from “PSU on Instagram” and categorizes photos under “This year at PSU”, “Best of Portland State” and “Campus Life.” I get the sense of belonging to PSU as I see the happy faces featured every day in the photo gallery, making me happy to be a part of the university.
Library services: The library feature, although not completely integrated into the PSU mobile app, is another cool feature. It lets you book a study room directly from the app—a must for dead week— and also enables catalog searches for information.
PSU is big and I do get lost at times. Thanks to the maps feature in the mobile app, I am able to locate the building that I am looking for fairly easily. The feature tracks your location and helps navigate through the university.
The D2L integration is the next thing due for the mobile app, but it does have enough cool features to make it worth it for your mobile. Have you downloaded the mobile app?
Link for more information:https://m.pdx.edu/info/
For many of us in the MBA full-time cohort of 2012, the countdown for graduation has begun. In fact it is going to be on the 12th of June. Looking back it has been a wonderful journey. We fondly remember the day when we all first met at the welcoming reception, and since classes kicked off in September 2012, we have been on a tight schedule. Pioneering innovation, Financial Accounting and Foundational Strategy have been my favorite courses.
In the second year, me and a group of my friends took the entrepreneurship elective “Start-up Strategy – Launch in 9”. We had to come up with a unique idea, do market research, evaluate business feasibility and present to a panel of judges at the end of the term. Our team was one of those selected to further develop our concept in a capstone project. As we wrap up our capstone, we look forward to the final day this term when we will be pitching our idea to a panel of venture capitalists. The Launch-in-9 program is open to cohorts of other disciplines as well. For more information on the Launch-in-9 program, please visit – http://rethink.pdx.edu/?q=node/168