Cru Culture: Prep for the upcoming finals frenzy
Apr26

Cru Culture: Prep for the upcoming finals frenzy

It’s that time of year again – the time where students frantically search for their notes, study all night for that one hard class, and buy a lot of scantrons. Finals week is coming up. Just the thought of it might make give stomach butterflies. But there is no need to worry. Follow these steps and you will feel much better. Most importantly, you will be prepared for your tests. 1.Make a schedule Planning out when and what you are going to study will help keep you on track. By sticking to the study plan you made, you will eliminate the chance of forgetting what you need to review. Make sure you don’t overwork yourself. Study a little bit each and every day. 2.Use flashcards Flashcards are a great way to study. If you don’t have any flashcards, Quizlet is a great source to use. You can listen to your notes and play games that help you learn terms and definitions. 3.Start early Don’t wait until the last minute to study. Start looking over your notes at least two weeks before your test. It is wise to start studying early so you don’t have to pull an all-nighter and worry about not understanding a concept. 4.Go to tutoring If you need more help understanding certain material in a subject, tutoring is a great place to start. Tutoring is free for students at the university, so there is no reason not to go get extra help. You can schedule an appointment online or walk in to see if there is a tutor to help you. 5.Be healthy Being healthy means getting plenty of sleep (8-10 hours each night), eating nutritious foods, and drinking plenty of water. These steps will help you stay happier and more alert, and ready to take on the day’s...

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Interesting Places to go around the Central Texas Area

Published in the October 12, 2016 issue of The Bells Around campus, it seems as though students are left doing the same old same thing. From movies to going to the lake, to bowling, students are faced with ultimate boredom and longing to go home to do something new. But there are things around the Central Texas area that many don’t know about that could keep locals entertained all year around. 1. Local Pumpkin Patches With the fall season embracing Texas with its slight change in leaves and light breeze, pumpkin patches and Christmas tree farms will be popping up all over. Locally, we have a few pumpkin patches open for business, The Robinson Family Farm and Silo Christmas Tree Farm. They each have various attractions, including mazes and hot chocolate. And theri pictureesque surroundings make them great places for perfect photo ops. 2. Topsey Exotic Ranch In Copperas Cove, this drive-through safari includes various animals ranging from deer to giraffes. For 10 dollars a person and 1 dollar per bag of feed, it’s a great way to spend a day. But be warned, the animals can be quite large, and the trail is quite long. So go with a full tank of gas and preferably in a large vehicle or truck. 3. That Art Place/Arusha’s Looking for an experience closer to campus? That Art Place in Belton or Arusha’s Coffee Shop are great to visit. That Art Place is a local art studio where patrons can take art classes to learn how to paint canvases, work with glass, and paint pottery such as mugs and figurines. These items will be glazed and fired for you and available within a couple of weeks, and will be food and drink safe. Arusha’s is a great hangout if one is looking for somewhere to chill out and listen to some local bands and drink something locally-brewed. 4. Drive-In Theater In Gatesville, for a small fee of 10 dollars per carload, a group can see a movie and enjoy popcorn from the comfort of their car. New releases are shown and the theater is open seven days a week, featuring two movies a night. There are many hidden treasures around the Central Texas area that students have yet to discover. So keep these in mind the next time you feel the need to venture off campus looking for fun and...

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Finding your Hustle: Alternative Ways To Make Money in College

Published in the September 28, 2016 issue of The Bells College is filled with so many amazing moments. Academics may seem stressful, but there’s no doubt that the social part of college is a truly fun experience  There’s hanging with friends, playing sports, going to events, joining church groups and clubs, and so much more. But let’s be honest: college is hard to enjoy when you’re broke. There’s the cliché that after paying for tuition, room and board, books, and other necessities, college students struggle financially and consider themselves “poor, which sadly, most of the time rings true. It’s understandable. A lot of times as college students, we work minimum wage jobs. If you want to find a hustle (a clean, legal hustle) that does not involve flipping burgers, here are a few suggestions First, find what you are good at. Your best shot at making extra money is to find something you are good at. Get better at it, and network and advertise those skills. You can be a service to people, with a little effort and practice. There are plenty of jobs that come just from practicing the skill and having a little faith. That is usually how people make extra money on the side. Here are just a few jobs for an example: Barbering/Hairstyling This is mostly for the guys, but it can be for the ladies, too. All you need is some clippers, some sheen, and a mirror. Practice makes perfect, and soon, you can be cutting all your friends’ hair for a rate. Ladies, if you are also good at cutting or dying hair, your friends can come to you for convenience and a discounted rate compared to a salon. Babysitting or Tutoring Some people love working with kids. There are always jobs for aiding and helping kids, and babysitting or tutoring are incredibly needed, especially in the Belton/Temple community. Families are always looking for college students to help watch kids after school, and Temple ISD even has an afterschool program so you can help kids with their homework. It is a great way to make money while also making an impact on the next generation. Freelance Writer Although this would take some time to build traffic, companies pay for writing. You can either make your own blog and write about popular, relevant topics (such as how-tos or pop culture articles), or you can find someone who wants you to write a particular piece and will pay you for it. There are tons of media outlets looking for bloggers/ writers. These are just a few ways you can be a service to others and...

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How to get away with eating like a pig over Christmas break
Dec08

How to get away with eating like a pig over Christmas break

By: Starr Rivers It’s that time of the year. The most wonderful time of the year. It’s Christmas Break. Time to take a rest from 8 a.m. classes, tests, all-nighters, and Chick-Fil-A (well…maybe not Chick-Fil-A). Time to enjoy family, old friends, caroling, giving to others, and of course, EATING. What’s Christmas without your mom, aunts, and grandma pulling out their best recipes and ending the year with more food than you could ever eat. Thanksgiving just passed and be honest, you went back for seconds, thirds, and maybe a fourth plate. But that was only a week long. With Christmas break upon us, it could be four weeks of stuffing your face. You could go back to Belton 20 pounds heavier. When you return to campus, everyone will know exactly what happened. They’ll know that eggnog, cookies, figgy pudding, chocolate fudge, and gingerbread houses got to you. For those who don’t want to ruin their workouts, here’s some tips to get away with countless cheat meals before spring semester. 1. Focus on other things When attending different Christmas functions and parties, remember it is a social gathering. The pigging out should be for Christmas dinner. Many times people believe it is all about eating. In truth, it is more about congregating and socializing with others. Play board games, watch a movie, sing songs, but don’t get stuck in the corner with a plate full of chocolate chip cookies. 2. Go for that turkey There’s bound to be tons of turkey, ham, quail, and other protein sources. It’s usually a mainstay of holiday dinners. Eat it. If anything, eat lots of it. It’s delicious because Grandma knows how to marinate it just right, and it is a great source of nutritional value and protein. 3. Pace Yourself` This is usually the biggest problem when gaining weight over the break. This is usually why by the end of the night our stomachs are killing us and we regret those last two plates of pie. When eating all the delectable dishes, give your brain time to register how much food you’ve eaten. Believe it or not, 10-15 minutes later, you might not want the food as much as you thought. I know, you’re shaking your head, saying no way will I turn down a plate of Mom’s famous chocolate cake, but hey, just give yourself time and it may save you a pound or two. 4. Drink lots of water Water does the body good. It’ll make you feel fuller longer and will keep you hydrated. You may hate water, but it’ll really help with all the salt and sugar you’re going...

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Cru Culture
Oct29

Cru Culture

Most college students value sleep, but because they are often pulling all-nighters, hurriedly writing forgotten essays or just hanging out with friends until the early hours of the morning, they don’t often get the rest they need. This lack of sleep makes students long for the days when naptime was a scheduled part of the day. To combat this sleep deprivation, students are making sure that they get some Z’s throughout the day, through 30-minute nap breaks between classes, catching a few winks in their vehicles, or skipping meal times to catch up on rest. If only there was a class you could sign up for that condoned sleeping and gave you credit for doing so. Sleep has become essential to the average college student, but it is costly. Carving out time for a quick nap has almost become a game. When can I nap? Where can I nap? How long can I nap? But seriously, if you don’t have a list of the most comfortable spots on campus to sleep, are you even playing the game right? One of the biggest fears in the napping world is over-sleeping. It isn’t the same as turning your alarm off for your 8 a.m. class and accidentally rolling back over and missing it completely. No, sleeping too long during your nap is a different kind of terror that everyone knows about. You wake up from a deep sleep in a dazed-and-confused state. Was that ten minutes or ten hours? But don’t worry, there are ways to prevent this. Freshman who have not yet mastered the art of napping should take notes. If you know you are going to be up late cramming for a test, plan ahead for your nap. Even if it’s a small cat nap, anything will help to keep you running until the end of your day. Another great tip is to set multiple alarms. When you’re in such a deep sleep for such a short period of time, it’s easy to confuse your alarm for something in your dream. And you don’t want to miss reciting the speech you prepared all night for. It is also important to not sleep in your bed. It’s so temping to do this because it’s comfy and it’s yours. But it’s a trap. This is where you’re used to sleeping for long periods of time. Just skip the routine all together and opt for the couch or even the floor (if it’s carpeted, of course). Naps are a privilege, so don’t take advantage of them. Follow these rules and guidelines so that your social and academic life can continue to thrive...

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Cru Culture
Oct15

Cru Culture

We’ve all been there before. With minutes to spare, you are rushing to your afternoon class. You’re frantically searching for that close parking spot that will allow you just enough time to fast walk and get to class right on time. That’s the goal anyway. But it hardly ever works out that way. Instead, you spend ten minutes searching for that parking spot, only to find yourself parking a mile away from class, walking into class late and forcing the professor to give you a tardy. An awkward predicament to be in. Parking on campus has turned into a mock-up of The Hunger Games. Especially for those commuters who don’t start class until the afternoon. Parking is somewhat easier when you have an 8 a.m. class that allows you enough time to get to campus early and get that perfect parking spot. For those of us who enjoy sleep, or just got lucky enough to opt out of an 8 a.m., it’s a little harder to find somewhere to park our cars. We are either forced to leave our houses entirely too early just to make time to find a spot, or we have to sprint to class after having to park miles away. Another alternative is parking in a faculty parking spot that could potentially result in a parking ticket from campo. As a commuter, it is necessary to get a parking spot because that is how we get to campus. It doesn’t make it easier when students who live in on-campus housing choose to drive because it’s too far of a walk or because it’s too cold to walk. Commuters don’t have the option to walk from where they live at all. Complaints about the parking situation have been an on-going thing since anyone can remember. Certainly, there are solutions to this reoccurring problem that the university can do to help fix the problem. But all of that takes take, so until then, be curtious of others. Really, the walk isn’t that bad. And it’s unfair for those of us who do commute to have to be forced to park off campus or in a commuting parking lot that is nowhere close to where we need to go. For those freshmen who are just unaware and to the upperclassmen who are just fed up with having to walk from your apartments, just be considerate of those students who drive 20 or 30 minutes to campus every day. Walking to class is the least you can do so that those of us who have no other choice but to drive, actually receive a decent spot without having to...

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