Category Archives: Helpful Tips

Free Stuff, Free Gas, Free Convenience?

By Spencer Curry & Kegan Ham

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How much do you pay for gas? It’s outrageous, right? Wouldn’t you love a solution that saves you money? Well, as cost-conscious student, we have found one at MAPCO. We are sure you’ve heard about them, but you might not realize the benefits they offer. We hope that this post will enlighten you on the subject.

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Digital Footprint

By Bobby Smith & Kevin Keenan

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Let’s just take a minute and think about the countless times we use the internet each day. The reason may differ:  paying bill, social media, shopping, or reading the news.   As we do those things, we leave information about ourselves in the cyber world, this is known as a digital footprint. If you are not aware of your digital foot, you should be.

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Fashion Meets Fitness

By Magen Bain & Sarah Murphy

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Have you ever thought about how much you really walk during the day versus how much you just sit around? Right now, a wearable device called the Fitbit is a great way to monitor your activity level! The Fitbit allows you to track how far you have walked and how many calories you burn. Not only does it track your activity during the day, but your calorie intake, weight, and sleep patterns as well. It also syncs automatically and wirelessly to your Apple, Android, or Windows phone. You can even keep up with your progress online or on your phone using your Fitbit app!

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The Truth About Facebook Messenger

By Jessica Reynolds & Georgiana Lamar

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Do you have the Facebook app? Most people do. Have you noticed that you can’t get messages through your app anymore? Well, there is a reason for that. Facebook is now requiring that everyone download the Facebook Messenger app which is causing quite an uproar. Huffington Post wrote an article about the app, its terms of service, and how it requests a lot of personal information. The article mentioned that the app could; send text messages, call people, record audio through the microphone, take pictures and videos, and read data about your contacts – all without your knowledge.

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Blogging as a Class Project

By Lisa Rich

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How many times have your heard the word “blog”? Have you ever stopped to think about what it means? For those of you who don’t know, blog is short for web log. Blogs began as Internet spaces for online users to store lists of important websites that they wanted to revisit later, kind of like marking a page in a book that you want to reread. Over time, blogs evolved into online journals or diaries where people shared information, sometimes entirely too much information, about themselves or topics of special interest.

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Field Trip to the Library!

By Jennifer Wolfe

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My favorite day of the year at the Athens State University Library is field trip day. Let me explain…

As a child one of my favorite things to do in the summer was to go to the Knox County Public Library’s Norwood Branch on Merchant Dr. in Knoxville, Tennessee for the summer reading program. This should have been my first clue to my future profession – a librarian.

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“This is Due Tonight” – How I Helped a Writer Improve on a Deadline

By Tony Ricks

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It was an hour past my lunchtime when a student opened my office door and asked if the Writing Center was open. The Writing Center had officially closed the previous week, as the university had now entered Finals Week. That left me, the Writing Center Director, to help. After we arranged a meeting time, I went to lunch with her paper in hand. It was due that night.

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Be Prepared to Dazzle in the Phone Interview

By Saralyn Mitchell

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For many positions, employers increasingly rely on telephone interviews to screen job candidates before they are invited to the in-person interview. I find quite often candidates discount the importance of the phone interview and don’t prepare for it. This is a big mistake. Impressions are made in the first few minutes of the call so take the time to be well prepared. I hope these tips help you ace the telephone interview.

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What Employers Are Really Looking For

By Saralyn Mitchell

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My job is to complement the excellent academic education our students receive and ensure they are prepared to be successful in the world of work at the local, state and national levels. We start with useful, practical knowledge that results in excellent resumes, impressive interviewing skills, a good elevator speech, and solid networking skills. There is a growing need for us to spend more time on networking. Our students need to understand the importance of networking in the employment process, what that means and how you do it. Then we need to provide firsthand opportunities where they can practice.

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On the Joys of Browsing: Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable

By Ron Fritze

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These days, people tend to go on the internet to get answers to their questions. I know that I do. That said, I still have and use a big collection of reference books. One reason is that a standard reference book will be more reliable than some of the internet sites (although I think Wikipedia is generally quite reliable). Another reason is that for some purposes, a reference book can be just as easy to use, or even easier than an online source. That is certainly the case for dictionaries. But there is another reason for checking out many ink and paper works of reference—they are fun to browse. Well, maybe not for everyone, but they are fun for me and I am not alone.

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