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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Qigong: A Student Friendly Practice

 Below is a guest post from CCV Student Eleanor Kinsey.
So your friend tells you her grandmother is doing Qigong (pronounced “chee-gung”) every morning because it helps her manage her pain. You say, “Oh cool,” and pause a moment, wondering whether you really want to admit that you have no idea what she's talking about. Finally, you ask, “Is that like yoga?”

Though Qigong is growing in popularity, many people still don't understand what Qigong is all about. Looking it up on the internet, people find pictures that range from classrooms full of elderly people with their arms raised to what look like old scrolls depicting Chinese monks in various poses. Many people think that it looks like Tai Chi, and in a way, they would be correct. Tai Chi is the martial arts form of Qigong, a practice with as many teaching varieties as yoga.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Three Study Strategies

Below is a guest post from the author of Community College Success, Isa Adney. You can connect with her on Twitter @IsaAdney or

Ask Isa: 3 study strategies that helped me get 100's on exams

From the Ask Isa inbox:

Dear Isa,

This semester has started and my classes are pretty hard already. I looked at my syllabus for each class and I notice there are a lot of days where I have two or three tests from each class on the same day. 

How do you manage to study WISELY for tests that are packed on the same day? What type of study habit do I need to go through? I've never been in a situation like this.


Too Many Tests

Dear Too Many Tests,

This is a great question to ask - as exams can often fall in the same day, especially at the end of the semester. 

Below are the three things I did to manage many tests. 

I became a master test taker - me, who did NOT get a good SAT score. But I often got 100's on my tests using the methods below. I really hope they help you as much as they helped me - because one of the best feelings in the world is approaching test day with confidence. 

1) Study every day

There wasn't a day in college that I didn't study. And no, I didn't spend hours and hours in the library. And yes I did have a social life. When I say "study" I don't mean staring at your textbook for hours. That doesn't work. 

Instead, I developed a habit of getting to every class at least 10 minutes early. During that time I would review the notes I'd taken so far in that class, as well as scan the reading.  

During these short reviews if there was something that wasn't easy for me to grasp I'd make a note of it and schedule time during my professor's office hours to ask about the concept.

That kind of studying never took more than one hour each day, and it made studying for the exams the week  before test week almost feel too easy.

2) Meet with a study group

Study groups aren't for everyone, but they were huge for me. The biggest mistake students make with study groups is thinking they will get major "studying" done during that time. 

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

The Benefits of Practicing Mindfulness

Below is a guest post from CCV Student Eleanor Kinsey.

Do you ever have trouble sleeping because it feels like your mind just won't stop? Can't read that assigned chapter because, even though you're looking right at the page all you're seeing is yesterday's frustrating events play over again? “I can't believe that woman honked at me. It's not like I didn't have my turn signal on.” “I wonder what is on tomorrow's test?” “...Peanut butter...” You can't stop worrying about the future or analyzing the past. You're thinking about everything but the present. Your mind feels so...full and out of control.

The ancient practice of Mindfulness can help us regain control of our minds so we can spend more time in the present moment and less time trying to sort through a cluttered mind. What is Mindfulness? According to Shapiro, “Knowing the state of your mind in this moment, without judging it, evaluating it, thinking about it, or trying to change it, is mindfulness” (5). Sounds easy, but what usually happens when a thought floats into our minds? The “committee” arrives to talk about it, pick it apart, and open the door for other anxiously awaiting thoughts. The other day I sat down to meditate and began thinking, “Breathe in. Breathe out. Breathe in. Something smells like lasagna.” The committee immediately said, “Lasagna sounds good!” and proceeded to, “I wonder if I have time to get some burger before Willey's closes. How much longer do I have to meditate? Oh, shoot! I'm thinking! Man, I suck at meditating.” It doesn't take long for an aware mind to shift right back into mindless chatter. “Our mind analyzes our successes and failures, judging and comparing, planning and fearing for the future” (Ma 46). This creates a constant state of stress and anxiety (46) and hinders our ability to focus.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

A Time to Serve: MLK Day

"Everybody can be great because everybody can serve."
                                                                              ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

Let’s be honest –it is sometimes easy to feel like we don’t have a voice or we can’t impact or help fix the woes of the world.  I’m a realist.  I know that I am not going to single-handedly end world hunger tomorrow (even though that would be incredibly cool), but I do know that I can help hungry families in my community.  Perhaps I won’t wake up and end global warming, but I could work to raise awareness about the causes and consequences of global warming.  I could even contact a legislator and advocate for stronger environmental legislation or circulate a petition to support an environmental bill.  We all have the ability to impact other individuals, strengthen our communities, create solutions to social problems, and shed light on social injustices. I know this and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. certainly knew this.

Monday, January 20, 2014, marks the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday (MLK Day).  Dr. King spent his life serving others.  He fought for the rights and justices of all people, and he inspired hundreds of thousands of people to stand with him in the Civil Rights Movement.  In recognition of Dr. King’s legacy, Congress designated MLK Day as a day of service – a day for Americans to volunteer and come together to solve problems.  A day to make a difference.

Many of us aren’t able to volunteer on MLK Day – and that’s okay.  The spirit of MLK Day invites us to volunteer in our communities on any day.  If you are wondering how you can squeeze volunteering into your schedule or why you should squeeze volunteering into your schedule, you should not feel guilty.  It’s okay to ask, “What’s in it for me?” because the answer is – a lot is in it for you.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

$5,000 Scholarships to Vermont Students

Attention CCV students.  Are you enrolled in a STEM field - science, technology, engineering or mathematics?  Are you a first generation college student?  A veteran?  A student with a disability or from a minority group?  If so, we encourage you to apply for the VT EPSCoR scholarhsip.

VT EPSCoR is pleased to announce the Native American and First Generation Student Scholarship Program. Their goal is to encourage a diverse group of talented students to pursue a degree in the STEM fields by awarding $5,000 scholarships to Vermont students enrolled in a college degree program. 

To apply for a VT EPSCoR CWDD Student Scholarship, an applicant should be:
  • aVermont resident and United States citizen
  • a graduating senior at a Vermont high school planning to attend a Vermont college during the next academic year, OR a current undergraduate enrolled in a degree program at a Vermont college or university, with a GPA of 3.0 or above
  • enrolling or enrolled in a STEM major in college
  • of Native American ancestry OR a first generation college student

Please the VT EPSCoRwebsite for additional information and the online application: are due Tuesday, April 1st.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Attention CCV Job and Internship Seekers

Did you know there is a job search site where employers post opportunities specifically for CCV students?  Yes, you have read correctly.  Prospective employers who have career and internship opportunities specifically for community college students regularly post openings on CCV Career Connections, CCV's job and internship portal.  

Over 40 job and internship opportunities have been added in the past month.  Employers who have recently posted positions include:
  • Central Vermont Community Action Council
  • Chesire-Medical/Dartmouth Hitchcock-Keene
  • Mount Snow
  • Okemo
  • Fastenal
  • Hutchins Media, LLC
  • Peace and Justice Center
If you need to create a cover letter, revise your resume, or brush-up your interviewing skills, be sure to explore the resources on CCV’s Career Services webpages.

Good luck with your job search, and be sure to post a comment to let us know when you find a job or internship.