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Hey guys, Andy here again. I hope all of you are settling in well this year. The weeks are definitely going slower than it did during the summer (sadly), but I am chugging along. We'll get through the rough patches right? haha

So I wanted to have one more night class before moving on to write this blog. I actually should be doing my homework right now but there was a little mishap so I'm pushing that til tomorrow (procrastination prevails).

I am currently taking a night course on Mondays that run from 6pm to 9pm. The course is called Global Marketing. It's one of the handful of night classes that are offered in UMass Lowell for undergraduates. Going into the semester, I was actually worried about this class the most. Three hours seemed like a century to me and quite frankly, I didn't think I could focus for 3 hours. It seemed a little impossible.

First night of the class, I sat there thinking it's going to be 3 hours of boring hell. It was actually the opposite. The professor kept a very good pace and atmosphere in the room. I didn't even know time was ticking. Part of the reason may be the fact that he is an excellent professor, but I think as long as you stay focused in the class, time will go by.

I had another class for 3 hours today. It felt the same way again and I felt like I was being productive. By the way, if you have never taken a night class before, looking outside the window during class and seeing it pitch black is a completely new thing too. Pretty awesome.

If you like being out at night and wouldn't mind easing your weekly schedule with a 3 hour night class, then I highly recommend you try it. It's college. Try out everything. If you don't like it, you can always drop it right? Experiences are good and I think night classes offer something completely different. Try it out.

Til next time, stay healthy and warm!


A Word to the Freshman!

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Hello there! It's Andy here again. Back in business. It's been a rather "normal" week of school. Nothing exciting or anything haha. I guess that's what happens when you are a junior. I remember how excited I was when I was a freshman. I honestly should find something to do on campus. I will start doing that ASAP.

So the topic today pretty much is from what I wrote in the opening paragraph. I am going to now think back to when I was a freshman and tell you some of the things I don't regret doing and some of the things I do regret doing. Keep it in your minds!

I was a shy kid back then (still am). I didn't know how to approach someone the "right way" and I certainly couldn't keep a conversation going with someone. It was all a new experience for me because high school was a completely different atmosphere.

The difference between high school and college though, and you will find this out soon enough, is that everyone wants to get to know each other. It's a new experience for everybody at the freshman stage of college. I definitely regret not being as interactive as I could have been with people on campus. I used the "I'm a commuter" card too much to avoid interaction. Don't make the same mistake!

What I don't regret is joining a club like WUML Radio. It's been an amazing experience so far with some great people who really care about the station. I have learned a lot about college radio over the years and it reassured me that there are students out here that really are passionate about what they are doing or what they want to do. This is your best way of meeting people that will influence your life in a positive way. So please, I beg you, join a club of your interest. There are 100+ clubs on campus.

Did I ramble on too much? I didn't want to go on for too long. I am sitting here today thinking that I should have made more friends in the time period that I was given! So I am telling you guys now, that academics are important, but making friends are just as important in college. Make it an objective if you will. You will have a much higher quality college experience.

My next blog will be on night classes. I'll see you next time!

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Hello folks. It's Andy here again with another blog. Hope you all are enjoying your lives. The first day of classes started on Thursday. Did everyone like their classes? How are the freshman settling in? I haven't been to the university yet. I will be there on Tuesday. I can't wait to get back to the campus atmosphere. I'm just not prepared for all the work haha.

My blog today focuses on one of the most underrated tools for college students today. It is the website called ratemyprofessors.com. Now this site has been criticized by some people before, as it critiques teachers harshly (too harshly). I honestly believe it is a necessary and useful site for all of us.

As useful as this site might be, it has some flaws as well. Now I'm here to point out a couple of them.

Negative Ratings

So there is a class that fits your schedule perfectly. You look up the professor on the website and the ratings aren't so great. Well examine it with a grain of salt.

More than half of the time, there are students who go on the website to vent their emotional bias toward a professor. They offer no objectivity nor helpfulness, pretty much just a waste of time. It's up to you how you can judge this.

For example, there are students that go on and leave a short message like "OMG COULDN'T STAND HIM. WILL NOT TAKE EVER AGAIN." I mean, that doesn't tell us anything. Now maybe a comment like this could certainly help you make a decision: "Class is a lot of work. Attendance is required and be prepared to take a lot of notes. Overall a fair grader and teacher." At this point you can draw a much better conclusion of what to expect and whether you would like this kind of professor or not.

Majority Rules

This one is a simple concept. If you see a professor with a couple ratings that were in the negative side, then don't be afraid to take their classes. Granted, if the ratings went into extreme details of the professors' class and it doesn't fit you, then ignore it. Most of the time, however, there won't be too many details on those short-listed ones. It will more than likely mean that the professor is new and is adjusting to the university themselves.


What is overrated? It's none other than the easiness rating. From my experiences, these easiness ratings are never what I expect them to be. Remember, every student has their own "easiness" rating, so even if it is a low rating, that doesn't necessarily mean you will think it's easy. Instead of focusing on the numbers on the site, try focusing on the text. See what the students had to say about this professor. Was the comment objective? Was it helpful? What is the majority saying?

That pretty much sums up how I use ratemyprofessors. I should advise that this site is not the 100% answer to your college life with classes, but it should help one way or another.

Hope you enjoyed the blog. Make sure to follow me on Twitter and/or add me on Facebook. I'd be happy to chat about anything.


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