Stay on top of your semester: Time management tricks for students
Sep12

Stay on top of your semester: Time management tricks for students

The life of college student isn’t always easy. Between trying to get good grades, maintaining a social life, going to church, staying healthy, and getting a decent amount of sleep each night, we have a lot on our plate. How do we do it without going crazy? Time management is the key for any college student to survive. Here are a few tips to manage your time wisely: 1) Write everything down If I don’t write something down, I won’t remember it. So, when you’re in class and your professor gives you a due date and extra information on your homework assignment, jot it down. This way you can go back in your notes and remember exactly when the due date is for your upcoming homework assignment. 2) Maintain a planner This is a cheap and easy way to remember due dates, your boyfriend’s or girlfriend’s birthday and the dates of the Cru’s football games. It’s all in one place. Some people like to color code their planner. Whatever works best for you. If you’re not a fan of planners, at the very least make a list of upcoming assignments starting with the one that’s due first. Prioritize assignments. Don’t work on an assignment that’s due 5 weeks from now if you have one that needs to be finished by tomorrow. 3) Make time for fun “All work and no play make Jack a dull boy.” You can’t study 24/7. UMHB has many student organizations to get involved in. Just don’t overload yourself with too many organizations. Find a couple that you are passionate about, attend their meetings, participate in organization activities and make friends. 4) Don’t be distracted by electronics We all get into the habit of working on an assignment, picking up our phone for just a minute or two, and suddenly 30 minutes has passed while we were checking our Facebook and Instagram. When studying or working on homework, put your phone away. Whether you must put it in your desk drawer or tuck it into the pocket of your backpack, put it away so you’ll be less likely to get distracted. 5) Don’t wait until the night before Many students think they can wait until the night before to finish an assignment due the next day. Speaking from personal experience, waiting until the night before to complete an assignment is very stressful. If you have a large assignment that is going to take you many hours, start early. Get a little bit done each week. This way you will not be stressing the night before. It will also give you time to ask your professor...

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An Evening with C.S. Lewis
Sep12

An Evening with C.S. Lewis

“Mere Christianity,” “The Screwtape Letters,” and “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.” All of these books have one thing in common and that is their author, C.S. Lewis. According to the official website of C.S. Lewis, “Clive Staples Lewis was one of the intellectual giants of the twentieth century and arguably one of the most influential writers of his day.” “Mere Christianity,” “The Screwtape Letters,” and “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.” All of these books have one thing in common and that is their author, C.S. Lewis. According to the official website of C.S. Lewis, “Clive Staples Lewis was one of the intellectual giants of the twentieth century and arguably one of the most influential writers of his day.” On Sept. 6, 2018, UMHB hosted the “Highways & Byways Series: My Life’s Journey: An Evening with C.S. Lewis” with actor David Payne portraying Lewis. David Payne is a veteran British actor, and has performed this C.S. Lewis show over 500 times. Erik Vose, the director of the Performing Arts Center, has been working at UMHB for a little over a year and wanted to bring some of his work from California back with him.“We haven’t done anything like the Highways & Byways one-man performance before here at UMHB,” Vose said. “I wanted to expand out and do more theater projects here and this one is a great starter as a one-man show, kind of simple and can help us ease our way into integrating more theater into the Highways and Byways and UMHB in general.” Payne’s website said that he doesn’t believe it is an especially religious play but that  “you couldn’t do a play about Lewis and not include part of what made him tick, and that was his Christian Experience.” In his performance, Payne came onto the Performing Arts Center stage with a pot full of tea and made himself at home. There was a comfy looking chair and a side table with a teacup and saucer resting on it. Payne sat down and immediately became Lewis. It is a plus that he looks like him, too. He talked about all the different aspects of his life starting with his early childhood in Belfast, Ireland and how his home felt warm and full, especially when his mother was there. Unfortunately, his mother passed away in 1908, and soon after he was sent off to boarding school in England. After graduating from boarding school, he was offered a full scholarship to the University of Oxford and while he was there he enlisted in the British Army. Payne/Lewis jumped ahead a few years and talked extensively about his friendship...

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Dorm room cooking: 5-10 minute mug meals
Aug29

Dorm room cooking: 5-10 minute mug meals

Here are five quick, easy, and affordable microwavable mug recipes to make in your dorm this semester. don’t forget to cover your mug to reduce overflow. 1. Microwavable Mac and Cheese in a Mug For this yummy treat, you need 1/3 cups of pasta, 1/4 cups of water, two tablespoons of milk and 3/4 cups of shredded cheddar cheese. Combine the water and pasta in a large mug and microwave on high for two minutes. Repeat this process twice, stirring between two-minute intervals. Remove your mug from the microwave and stir in milk and cheese. Microwave the pasta for one minute and enjoy your treat. (recipe courtesy of babble.com, Kelsey Banfield) 2. French Toast in a Mug Every lazy Saturday morning needs a classy brunch to set the mood for endless hours of mindless cartoon watching. For this tasty treat, you need 1 1/2 to two slices of bread, one egg, three tablespoons milk and a dash of cinnamon. Tear the bread into small pieces and place them in your mug. Combine the egg, milk and cinnamon in a separate mug or small bowl. Pour the egg mixture into the mug with bread and press the bread down with a fork so it can absorb the liquid. Microwave for one minute or until fully cooked. Remove your mug from the microwave and enjoy your brunch. (recipe courtesy of spoonuniversity.com) 3. Omelet in a Mug For this tasty breakfast on the go you need two eggs, one tablespoon of milk and your favorite omelet toppings. Crack the eggs into your mug and add milk. Combine the milk and eggs by beating them together with a fork and microwave them for one minute. Add your favorite omelet toppings and microwave for 30 to 60 seconds. Remove your mug from the microwave and enjoy a tasty breakfast while you head to class. (recipe courtesy of spoonuniversity.com) 4. Broccoli, Rice, and Cheese Casserole in a Mug This simple recipe requires two broccoli florets, five tablespoons rice, 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch, a pinch of salt, four tablespoons of grated cheddar cheese, three tablespoons of milk and 2/3 cups of water. Combine the rice, broccoli, and water in a mug and microwave for four minutes. When the rice is fully cooked, add cornstarch, milk, grated cheese and a pinch of salt. Place the mug back in the microwave and heat for one minute and 30 seconds. Remove the mug from the microwave and enjoy your personal casserole. (recipe courtesy of biggerbolderbaking.com) 5. Brownie in a Mug Every great meal needs a great dessert, and this delicious brownie recipe is the perfect ending to any Friday night...

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Tips and tricks to decorate your college dorm room
Aug29

Tips and tricks to decorate your college dorm room

Freshman year can be scary and exciting all at once. Making new friends, finding out where all of your classes are, staying on top of your college courses, getting involved in the community and finding a church home are all new things to juggle. What better way to prepare for the year than to spruce up your living environment? Decorating and organizing your dorm room will help build your feng shui and ease you into the year ahead. While you’re doing your homework, you want to have a nice and relaxing environment to do so. Some ways to create a calming atmosphere in a small space are: •Succulents (on a window sill or desk) •Wallflowers fragrance plugs •Carpet/rug •Posters/wall art •Standing lamp •Whiteboard/cork board calendar Feeling homesick? Here are some remedies: Make sure to bring reminders of your friends and family to keep them close, even if they aren’t physically present. •A photo wall mural on a bulletin board •Photos on the wall with washi tape borders •Picture frame of family/friends •Knick-knacks from family and friends, or items reminding you of your town Dorm rooms are tiny, so when friends or guests come over, the living space becomes even more cramped. Here are some ways to add more seating: •Fold up chairs with cute cushions •Beanbag chairs •Inflatable chairs Want to stay organized? There are many thrifty and creative ways to store your belongings in your dorm room. •Colorful plastic bins to stack on top of each other •Mason jars for pencils and pens •Hanging closet organizer (for snacks, larger items or shoes) In addition, make sure you check your dorm’s guidelines to see what you can and cannot decorate with. For instance, some living spaces with sheetrock walls require you to use picture hanging nails and thumbtacks instead of command strips. Talk to your RA if you have any questions regarding what you can use. Remember, it is important to make your living space as welcoming as possible so you can relax, socialize and study in an appealing environment. This is now your new home, therefore it is essential to love where you...

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Cru Crunch: a freshman’s guide to hidden treats in the area
Aug29

Cru Crunch: a freshman’s guide to hidden treats in the area

While campus offers us a good selection of food, sometimes students want to get around to explore area eateries. But because It can be daunting to figure out an area’s dining options when you first arrive at your new school, we have compiled a short list of some of the restaurants here from a huge selection actually available in the area. These restaurants offer a bit of variety in types of food from some of our nearby restaurants and can offer a start in new students’ exploration of enjoyable and delicious food experiences while attending UMHB. To find more available restaurant options, continue to follow the Cru Crunch series or check out your local Yelp. 1. B Town Burgers- A juicy burger joint located at 508 Sparta Rd near Belton High School. This burger joint offers both dine in and drive through options. The food here is well-priced and sure to please many low-budget college students with big appetites. It is rated 4.6 stars on Yelp and 3.5/5 by our own Cru Crunch writer. 2. Dead Fish Grill- This lakeside seafood joint meets all your seafood cravings. Everything from catfish, to Cajun, to pasta all at an affordable price. Make sure to swing by on the weekends for live music and an amazing view. With 4 stars on Google, home-style comfort food is only a 10-minute drive from campus, located at 2207 Lake Road by Belton Lake. Feel free to sit inside to soak up the A/C or sit on the patio and enjoy the nice lake breeze. 3 Schoepf’s Bar-B-Que- This classic barbeque restaurant features customizable dining options. It is rated 3 stars on Yelp and 4.3 stars on Google. There is plenty of room for large groups and it also offers carry out options. It is located at 702 Central Avenue and is open seven days a week. 4. The Gin- Open daily for lunch and dinner, this steakhouse is set in a 1920’s building with a menu filled with delicious Texas-style meals. With sandwiches, burgers, chicken and tacos, you can’t go wrong when ordering from The Gin. Conveniently located at 219 S East Street beside Nolan Creek, foodies can enjoy a variety of good food in the center of town. This Gin is just a short 4-minute drive from the heart of campus. It is rated with 4.2 stars on Google and 3.5 on Yelp. 5. Sweet Confections- Located at 2449 N Main St., this little café has sweets and sandwiches galore. Although they specialize in homemade desserts, the sandwiches are also a yummy treat. This is a sweet stop for those looking for a quick sweet...

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How to plan for an impromptu trip
Jun23

How to plan for an impromptu trip

It’s officially summer for the vast majority of crusaders out there, and along with summer comes vacationing and trips around the state and around the world. Some people plan months in advance. However, there are those who prefer to go with the flow and take trips on the spur of the moment. These types of trips, while fun, could still be planned for and given some thought to make for a better experience overall. Budget Whether you’re making a day trip to the nearest city or taking a weekend getaway to the nearest beach, make sure to know a general maximum you want to spend while out. Having a budget helps to guide you on spending, and it makes sure that you don’t overspend. Always factor in gas and lodging costs, as these can often be the biggest costs. Transportation is key Make sure to gas up before a big trip, and make sure your car is in the best condition possible before making a long drive. Check your gas, and make sure your oil is topped off, and check the air pressure in your tires. Not sure how to do these things yourself? Check out your local Jiffy Lube and Discount Tire. Often, these stores will check your car for free. Making sure your car is in top condition before taking off on a trip ensures that you won’t end up getting stuck somewhere. Have a general idea Even when making an impromptu trip, you should have a general idea of what you want to do when you make it to your location. Whether you want to wander the streets and ask locals for ideas of how to spend your day, or just want to do one specific activity, knowing what you want helps even when making a spontaneous trip. It can help with your budget, as well as knowing your time frame and how long you’ll want to stay. Be OK with being flexible When making a spontaneous trip, it is important to realize that some of the luxuries of planning will have to be given up, like planned out visits to museums and monuments that might otherwise be sold out. Look up online what types of things are popular in the city that don’t require planning, and then try to abide by those. This can help you figure out a general idea of what can be accomplished while on your trip. Also, when planning an overnight trip, call ahead to see what is available. This can save you from spending a night in the car. Spontaneous impromptu trips can be a fun way to get away...

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