Study Tip: Getting Organized!

By , February 15, 2011 7:55 am

[This study tip was provided by guest blogger Jordan Lee, a sophomore in the pre-dental hygiene program. Her organization skills have helped her keep up with a hectic schedule and allowed her to be actively involved on campus.]

As students we often get wrapped up in what seems like an endless list of “To-Do’s” that come from school, our family, our friends, and even ourselves.  Just when we get to put a check mark on that list, something else is added.  For myself, maintaining the slightest bit of organization is what keeps that list from getting too out of control.  The following list is composed of some of the things that I do to keep organized:

  • Keep a planner – writing down everything you have to do in the week, helps to assure that you won’t forget anything.
  • Make lists – Lists help organize your thoughts and keeps them from getting too jumbled in your head.
  • Use binders – Use a binder for each class; labeling the binder also helps keep everything organized.
  • Storage – I have a 3-drawer storage container that I keep all of my school stuff in.  I know exactly where to look when I need something for school.
  • Keep your desk clean – If your desk or the area in which you work gets cluttered, so will your ability to stay organized.
  • Calendars – Sometimes having a calendar on your wall helps organize the month’s events versus the week’s events that your planner provides.
  • Relax – When I’m feeling unorganized or overwhelmed with school, I take a few minutes or even an hour to just relax and then I’m able to get back on track.

These are just a few tips that I have to stay organized with school and with life in general.  There’s no better feeling than to be organized.  When I’m organized, I’m not stressed and I can maintain the focus that I need to do well in school.

The “V” in V-Day stands for Victory, Valentine and Vagina

By , February 15, 2011 7:52 am

This information was provided by Bethany Reyna on behalf of the Women’s Center.

According to the United Nations, one in every three women around the world will be physically or sexually abused in her lifetime.  Although these women are from diverse backgrounds and cultures, their pain is universal. In an effort to bring broader attention to this reality, playwright and activist Eve Ensler wrote a series of monologues in 1994 centered on the violence, sexuality, rape and abuse of women. The monologues were a creative eye-opener for people who weren’t aware of the oppressions of women. The Vagina Monologues ran for five years in New York before it toured the United States.  

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Coaching Seminar: WEPT Preperation and Procedures

By , February 15, 2011 7:50 am

Are you wondering what the WEPT is or when you may need to take the WEPT? This week’s topic is on preparing for the Written English Proficiency Test (WEPT). WEPT is designed to determine academic writing of undergraduate students. The Writing Center will be coming as a guest speaker during this seminar to help students prepare for the WEPT as well as inform students of the process of and procedures before taking the WEPT. In addition to information from the writing center, students will be practicing their skills of MLA citation. The purpose of this seminar is to help students understand the reason of WEPT and to prepare for the test when it comes time for them to take it.

Seminars will take place:

  • Tuesday (Feb 15) – Noon-1:00pm, SASS Room 213
  • Wednesday (Feb 16) – 3:00-4:00pm, SASS Room 213
  • Thursday (Feb 17) – 5:30-6:30pm, Student Union, Multicultural Student Affairs Suite

Next week’s topic:  Writing College Essays and Papers

Spotlight: LGBTQIA Programs and Services

By , February 15, 2011 7:48 am

LGBTQIA Programs & Services provides support and services for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and ally students, faculty, staff, and members of the greater Kansas City community. Established in 2003, we came out of a push by students, faculty, staff, and alumni to provide more comprehensive support to LGBTQIA individuals within the UMKC campus community. UMKC took the initiative to agree to the then-LGBT Initiative as a part of the university’s commitment to supporting cultural diversity and making UMKC welcoming to all people.  8 years later, we continue this goal of diversity and equity in higher education as a means for creating positive social change in Kansas City, Missouri, and beyond.  Continue reading 'Spotlight: LGBTQIA Programs and Services'»

Tips for Filing Taxes

By , February 15, 2011 7:45 am

Taxes can be a very daunting task every year for anyone, and they can be especially scary for those of us that have never had to do them on our own before! The most important thing to remember- be aware of potential scams. Don’t submit any personal information online unless it’s a trusted source. Even then, make sure the address bar says “https” instead of “http.” This indicates a secure site- one that won’t have third parties spying on the information entered into the site.

Tax forms can be very  confusing and difficult to fill out right. The best advice? Visit the IRS website. It contains information about how and why to fill out a tax return. They even have tutorials for students just like you looking for some help! There are two sections of tutorials: the Hows of Taxes, and the Whys of Taxes. The most helpful section is the Hows of Taxes. There are 14 modules in this section. Each module focuses on a different set of tax concepts and includes interactive activities, tutorials, simulations, and assessments. They show the actual forms, where to fill information, and what information to use.

For more information, visit the student section of the IRS website or their tutorial section.

For helpful forms and assistance closer to home, visit It allows you to print your 1098-T form, gives you access to the Guide to Federal Student Aid, and has a link to the IRS’ Tax Benefits for Higher Education center.

The Shape of Things

By , February 15, 2011 7:44 am

UMKC Theatre presents The Shape of Things, written by Neil LaBrute and directed by Ron Schaeffer and Carla Noack.

The Shape of Things is a chilling look at how far we are willing to go for love and for art; how far for the right look, the right clothes, the right weight, the right girlfriend, the right TV camera in the bedroom. How far is too far?

Shows run February 16-26 in Grant Hall Theatre. For tickets, please call the Central Ticket Office at 816-235-6222.

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