In today's Noticeboard we look at some interesting links together. So you want to create your own app? There's a class for that. This post discusses the fact that there is a new course at Harvard Extension School on building mobile apps. Note : the link inside the post is not the correct one : this link will connect you to the page on the Harvard Extension School site. Over at the EdX website, they are now offering the following courses :
- Introduction to Computer Science I
- Introduction to Computer Science and Programming
- Introduction to Solid State Chemistry
- Circuits and Electronics
- Artificial Intelligence
- Software as a Service
- Quantitative Methods in Clinical and Public Health Research
A gift from Sue, my wife, is a key chain that reads "Not a morning person doesn't begin to describe me!". Morning routine before university is crucial, and these five secrets helped me on many occasions during my studies. Start using them today (or tomorrow if you're reading this during the day...)
Begin the night beforePrepare yourself the night before. Make sure you have all your books ready and packed before-hand. If you have homework or assignments due, are they completed? If you have a prac the next day, is there anything you need to take with you? Ensure you get enough sleep. Contrary to popular opinion, the optimum amount of sleep is about 7-8 hours per night for college-age students. I remember while studying at Pietermaritzburg University that Thursday night used to be Student Night at most night clubs - and Friday lectures and pracs used to show the attrition rate! So, even if you aren't a morning person like me, aim to be up early. Also ensure you eat well, and keep yourself hydrated. If you are on medication, have them easily available to take in the morning, or make sure you take your evening doses. Some people find they prefer to do their personal devotions in the evenings rather than in the mornings, and if you're like that, then, go ahead and have them in the evening before you go to sleep. There is an excellent book called Handbook to Renewal : Renewing your mind with affirmations from Scripture which is a great way to have passages of the Bible in your mind as you fall asleep.
Be up earlyHow early is early? Good question. Our Obstetrician is up every morning at 03h30, cycles from 04h00 til 06h00 and is in the office by 07h00. So, "early" varies from person to person! Here are some guiding principles :
- Give yourself enough time to do the practical stuff. By this I mean breakfast, shaving, etc.
- Allow yourself time to do your morning devotions if you didn't do them the night before.
- Listen out for traffic and weather problems that may impact your trip to college.
- Get yourself into a habit of getting up early. If you aren't used to it, it may take about a week to adjust.
Look after your healthI used to cycle to lectures every day while in Pietermaritzburg - in fact, I had to cycle everywhere - so my fitness was taken care of by default. However, for most college students, this isn't the case. So, pull out those running shoes, oil up that bike and go for a jog or a cycle. Eat a good breakfast. And that doesn't mean fried bacon and eggs and hash-browns every day! Yoghurt, muesli, fruit, wholewheat cereal, fruit-juice, and tea or coffee if you are used to drinking them. (Complicated medical explanation forgone.)
Look after your soulMeditation has been shown to be beneficial. Whatever your belief system, fit in soul care to your schedule. Personally I'm a Christian, as most of you are already aware, and personal devotions and prayer time are most often done in the mornings. There is Biblical precedent for it - Jesus himself often withdrew in the early morning hours to pray. Ensure you set aside an area of the house or digs that you know will be quiet, and keep a notebook handy. My preferred Bible translation is the Holman Christian Standard Bible. Carry a prayer-journal around with you. Or use an app on your smartphone. Often I also used to write a particularly meaningful verse on a 4x3 index card and keep that in a pocket during that day or that week and haul it out every now and then. Nowadays you can easily use apps like Byword on your iPad or iPhone to sync with your MacBook to keep that kind of info handy.
Be youSeriously. This isn't me trying to be all pop-psychology on you. This is me being serious. Just be you. Don't try to be something you aren't. Arrive at college and be yourself. Don't try to impress. Don't try to gain peoples' approval. Just be you. Otherwise, as Ed Welch says inWhen People Are Big And God Is Small you "are in bondage, controlled by others and feeling empty". Don't let others control who you are.
I am going to begin a fairly regular post where I will share interesting links with you from around the internet. And in honor of the good old days of school, I've decided to name it The Noticeboard! The Lifehacker Student Pack. Here the crew from Lifehacker have put together their list of the juiciest student Mac apps. I must say they are all good choices. Get Organised: Creating Workspaces that Work. Jane Genovese writes an excellent post on how she got her desk and herself organized. My Personal Campaign to Defeat Fifty Shades of Grey. Anything to displace that kind of distasteful literature from top spot. Especially when it's written by Jeff Goins. Please support him. For Back to School, Reimagine Classroom Design. I found this type of school setup incredibly fascinating. Envisioning the Future of Education Technology. According to this researcher, "65% of today"s grade school kids will end up in jobs that haven't been invented yet". EDIT : I've decided to ask you, the reader, to submit images for the weekly Noticeboard Post as the standard page header, and I will choose one winner out of all of the submissions. The rules are that the image must be non-copyrighted, they must be your own work, you must carry no copyright on them for yourself and you may submit more than one. The reward is my eternal gratitude, your name in small at the bottom of the image and the feeling of satisfaction that you've helped a fellow human being No fee or freebies I'm afraid Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. I will announce the winner with next week's Noticeboard.