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Oluwatobi Oluwagbemi has 11 articles published.

Model UN: A good experience for all students, despite your major

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MODEL United Nations. APRIL 13 TO APRIL 16 2017. I will never forget my Model United Nations experience because it was such an amazing time. First of all, I had been to Model Arab league in the past and that was amazing too. Model Arab League was hosted by the University of North Dakota. Model Arab League is a diplomatic simulation and leadership development program. It is designed to give students insight into the Middle East and the Arab world as well as build critical leadership skills from public speaking to negotiation and compromise. I represented Somalia and was in the political and security council. I loved meeting students from other schools and networking. I loved being able to talk to other students who acted as diplomats and I was able to get support to pass my resolution. My favorite parts were the debates. I saw amazing public speakers stand…

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Choosing a Career Path

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Choosing a career is not always easy. It is not easy to just flip a switch and magically know what you want to spend the rest of your life doing. It is rather a challenging task. It takes time, effort and deep research. I have a friend who started with computer science, changed to politics, then to business, then to marketing, then switched to communications and ended up in advertising. It took her a lot of time to realize what she wanted to do with the rest of her life. It took trying out a lot of majors. A lot. As a freshman, you are probably not looking for a major right away, you are most likely looking for how to make friends, where the parties are at (for most freshman students, not all), the fun things to do and so on. But a major? not yet. Freshman students would…

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Education as a tool to empower people

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Have you ever thought of why you are in college? Why you have to write that 50-page paper with the deadline in two weeks? Or that 200-page paper in one week? Why you have to suffer sleepless nights to study for an exam? Why you have to work so hard in school and maintain three jobs at the same time without feeling the need to break down or why you have to stay in that class of physics when you are an accounting major? It can be confusing. The thought of having three jobs, an internship, lead an organization and also maintain a healthy lifestyle. I have a friend who is an accounting major and she has to take chemistry, physics, literature, french, and many more subjects that have nothing to do with accounting. She felt like she just needed accounting classes and that was all. I agree that it…

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Graduation: The dream of every college student

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When I came to St. Cloud State University, all I could think of was what my grades would be the first semester and I was scared. I thought of what to do to make sure that I met American standards of intelligence. I really was not sure I was good enough for St Cloud State University. I was worried because my classes were not easy and I was sure that I would not do well in school. I always was in distress and was sad just thinking of what would happen if I could not maintain the standard grade point average that the school had and what would happen to me if I could not stay in school. I think most students agree that grades are the way we know if we are successful or not. People have a way of asking if we are doing well in school by…

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A writer worth noting

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a Nigerian writer who writes on feminism and on Nigerian History. She hails from Enugu in Nigeria. She is a powerful leader in feminist culture, shining a light on marginalized people. Adichie has studied medicine and pharmacology at the University of Nigeria for a year and a half. At the age of 19, she left Nigeria for the United States to study communications and political science at Drexel University in Philadelphia; she transferred to Eastern Connecticut State where she graduated summa cum laude in 2001. In 2003, she completed a master’s degree in creative writing at Johns Hopkins University. In 2008, she received a Master of Arts degree in African studies from Yale University.   I see Adichie as a role model and a woman of strength. I look up to her for a number reasons-the first being that she is from Africa. People do not see African writers often American culture, so I view her as a gem.…

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Grades are not the reflection of a student’s ability

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Grades are very important in college and that is the whole aim of a college education. To get good grades is why students are in school, and to get a good education and better their lives. So looking at things, good grades are good to have. The truth is, good grades are hard to get, they don’t fall on your lap. It is a real struggle to get good grades and it affects the mental health to try and set very high standards. It is sometimes unrealistic when students say they want perfect grade point averages. They can be done but very hard to meet. I met a girl at a training who had perfect grades for the past two semester, and I was so impressed. Furthermore, she was a bio medical science major. Amazing. I have met people who have been on the dean’s list since freshman year until they…

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The Art of Focus

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The art of focus is something that I am trying to learn. It is so hard to try and focus on one thing at a time when there are so many things to do and little time to do them. Look at it, we all have the same time, but we tend to want to do more in a day than we have time for. When I say the art of focus, it really is an art form, because it is hard to give 100 percent focus. It’s a skill that employers look for and people value. It is the art that very few can truly master, especially as a college student. It is a certain obsession with success that makes people want it so badly. So, imagine you woke up today and you told yourself you were going to write that 15 page essay for Literature class, since it’s due…

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College Tips: how to make it through finals week

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Finals are approaching and students are in the mood to get ready for the last exam that would determine their grades for the semester. Finals are important as they are the exams that can make a difference in being on the dean’s list or not being there. My first final exams were terrifying because of how scared I was. I was so worried that I would fail and it was over for me. I was sure that my finals would end badly and that it was going to define me forever. Years later, I would say I have come a long way and I am no longer as worried as I used to be about final exams. I still get nervous but not to the extent that I would risk my health. I remember not sleeping well and even sometimes sleeping for just one hour during finals. Study tips and techniques for…

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How to keep stress in check as a college student

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College students are prone to stress. The workload of courses, classes, assignments, tests and other requirements can often feel like too much. And then there’s the social obligations. While they may appear to be forms of relaxation, things like attending parties or other social functions, may actually turn out to be sources of stress, especially for those who have fear of missing out. For some, anxiety about how to cope with all these things will bring on its own stress. Stress can have many physical effects on college students. Some may have mild headaches, others may have chronic headaches, and some might feel constantly tired.  The feeling of how to cope or the inability to cope may set in. The trick is to understanding the source of stress and how to solve it. One helpful strategy might be to not get competitive about grades with fellow students. Obsessing over the achievements of others and…

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