Tag Archives: Vanessa Garcia

‘Big’ bird idea promotes station

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Panhandle Public Broadcasting Service started the Big Idea Challenge April 2. It’s a five-week puzzle full of scattered clues all around Amarillo. The Challenge, in its first year, is a way to raise funds for Panhandle PBS. Read more [...]

MCC students lounge, learn

Photo by Vanessa Garcia  Moore County Campus students kick off the 2014 spring semester with entertainment at the new Student Activity Center.
Construction on the Amarillo College Moore County Campus in Dumas has been completed, and the Career and Technical Training Center building and the Student Activity Center are up and ready for the semester. The Career and Technical Training Center building, located at Highway 287 and Success Boulevard, has 30,000 square feet of classrooms, labs and shops Read more [...]

VIDEO: #BadgerBS Episode 1

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#Badger BS, a voice for the students Read more [...]

OPINION: British accents boost boring books

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By Vanessa Garcia Opinion page editor   “The presence of a permanent dipole moment in polar molecules gives rise to dipole-dipole forces. These forces originate from…” Bet I lost some of you readers, didn’t I? Every college student is faced with staying focused on what he or she is studying. Studying and understanding the studied subject is a major difference, just like the saying, “I hear you but I’m not listening”. You can catch and cook a fish, but if you don’t know how to gut it, it definitely will not be a gourmet meal. Are you listening to what I’m saying? Staying focused on a textbook is difficult. Once I open a textbook, my mind travels into another world. I’ll be on the third paragraph and then I realize I have no idea what I read. Then, I have to reread the section over again. It can definitely be rather frustrating. If there’s a will, there’s a way to staying focused! I’ve learned that I must entertain myself in order to stay focused on my studies. What works for me is reading in a British accent. I get a kick out of my terrible British accent as I talk about protons and neutrons. What also works is changing my environment. I find it easier to focus when I am at school. When I’m at home, I’d rather put in a movie and paint the day away. Find a place to study, whether it’s at a quiet coffee shop, a library, on campus or at a park. Keep flash cards and supplies in hand. Back in high school my 9th grade English teacher was a flash card Nazi. She was a little crazy, but I learned that using flash cards really does help keep all the knowledge in my head. Set time aside for studying. Having a set schedule will make studying less stressful. Waiting till last minute to study will cause unneeded chaos when forcing all of the information on a subject on the night before an exam. Keep notes while reading the textbook and then go over the notes after the chapter. The human brain doesn’t Read more [...]