POEM: “Today I went to the roof”

by Elizabeth Cornelius

I notice that people don’t question you if
you know what you’re doing.
Even if you’ve reached what you thought was the
highest level, there’s always another way up.
Don’t be afraid to disregard red tape.
I noticed that all walks of people are here on
Trees look like veins.
I noticed people traveled more in groups than
solo. Even construction workers.
Just because the sign says “Hard Hats Only” doesn’t
mean it’s dangerous.
Loose signs make me jittery.

East Parham road isn’t that busy around 11:20am.
Exploring makes me want waffles.
There aren’t too many cars in the lot
the day before break.
I noticed I’m a bit dehydrated.
People tend to do a half-assed job when no one
else is working. You’re basically invisible

when you appear to know what you’re doing.

Poem in response to an English 111 writing exercise. 

Student Advice: How do I do it all?

Welcome to the inaugural student advice column for Compass! You can already tell this is a pretty fancy deal, since we’ve already dropped the Latinate “inaugural” to describe the dang thing rather than saying it’s the first in a series of a bunch of these suckers.

Sometimes college can feel like that last sentence—a long, winding road that kinda, sorta feels unending, with the occasional need to look up words and ask tough life questions. We know, we know.

We’ve been there, done that, sometimes even successfully! So what follows in this and future columns are our thoughts, words of advice, hard-won lessons, and straight-up guesses to some of your toughest questions. Ready? Let’s go!

Reynolds Honors Program Application Available!

Young lady is going up to the stairs.

Looking for smaller classes, additional scholarship funds, and greater interaction with professors and students? Check out the Reynolds Honors Program!

There are tons of reasons to consider applying—did we mention scholarship dollars?—and the now’s the time to submit your application. The application is live, and the Program is now accepting students for Fall 2016 admission.

Here’s what you need:

  1. A cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  2. A writing sample on a topic provided by Reynolds.
  3. Two letters of recommendation.
  4. Extra-curricular activities as described on the application.

Applications should be submitted by March 18. What are you waiting for? Click here to apply!

New Student Advice Column Coming Soon

College Life
What’s the best way to prepare for finals? How can I get an “A” on my mid-term essay? Do I really need to see my advisor before signing up for classes?

Sometimes college seems like one big mystery, wrapped in an enigma, nestled in a box of question marks. It’s easy to think that everyone (except you, of course) knows exactly what they’re doing.

The big secret? No one knows it all. Succeeding in college often comes down to asking questions.

Time Management Advice

“But at my back I always hear
Time’s wingèd chariot hurrying near”

– Andrew Marvell, “To His Coy Mistress”

What’s today’s equivalent of Marvell’s chariot? The day planner? Cell phone calendar? The alarm clock crowing non-too-pleasantly in your ear?

As a college student, you know time is valuable. But what you may not know, however, is how to manage your time well. Time management is one of the biggest struggles among students.

Time management is often the key to success—both in and out of school. Below are eight ways to better manage your time, reduce stress, and make the most of your day (and night).

Lifesaving Study Skills

Midterms are just around the corner, and soon the dreaded Final Exams will arrive. So we’ve done the hard work here at Compass, and gathered all of the most useful and time-tested study tips into one place.

Now instead of galavanting all over the web, you’ll have a collection of learning skills right at your fingertips, so you can spend the precious time before exams playing Fallout 4.

All study tips shown here have been proven (by Science!!) to actually work. Of course, not everything works for everyone, so choose the ones that you think will work best for you.

Advising Advice

College can be confusing. That’s why you have an advisor. (You do! Trust us!)

But advising might not be the more straightforward thing in the world either. What if you need some advising about advising at Reynolds?

You’re not alone. Lots of students have lots of questions about advising. Questions like:

  • What does an advisor do?
  • Can I go to any advisor?
  • How do I find out who my advisor is?
  • How do I locate my advisor?
  • Do advisors wear special uniforms?

Here’s how it works.