You are on your own for the first time in your life. You
have nobody to cook for you, so what do you do? Living on Big
is unhealthy, expensive, and inevitably boring. Fortunately,
HPU provides seminars at the beginning of every semester not
only in cooking but also in college survival skills. Even better,
they are free, open to everyone, and include pizza and soft
The most popular seminars are the academic ones,” said
Brad Provines, HPU academic advisor and seminar coordinator.
The academic seminars include presentations
such as Time Management, which advises students on how to balance
and personal life; Better Notes=Better Grades, which teaches
students strategies that will help them to better prepare
for tests; and Successful Test Taking, which gives students
on how to become more effective at taking tests.
In order to succeed, you have to manage time,” said Nick
Nichols HPU advisor and presenter of Time Management, which
mostly focuses on new students who are looking for skills to
manage their school priorities so that they will have some
personal time left. “The lecture is fun with a lot of
interaction among the crowd,” said Nichols.
Better Notes=Better Grades welcomes any
level student who wants to improve his or her note taking.
The 6Rs of the
system are presented, along with some DOs and DON’Ts
of note-taking. “The only place where success comes
before work is in the dictionary,” said presenter
Jill Merl, quoting the famous hair stylist, Vidal Sassoon.
Without effective note-taking
skills, students will have nothing to study and so will
fail. Malia Chong, former HPU student and present academic
will demonstrate various techniques to help students study
for a test. Successful Test Taking is mostly aimed at freshmen
who came out of high school and others who are still seeking
a better technique. “Test taking can be fun and rewarding
if you have the right technique,” said Chong, who
will supply handouts to all students attending as a reminder
the various techniques presented.
Over the years, the seminars have included
other subjects at students’ requests, such as How to
Use Campus Pipeline and How to Get into Graduate School. However,
based on feedback
from students who attended the seminars last semester,
only the basic academic subjects will be presented this fall,
a special seminar on Surviving your First Year in college,
which will provide general information about how to survive
year away from home.
I think these sessions are a way to get new info and meet other
students,” said Karey Santilena, HPU academic advisor
and presenter of Surviving your First Year. Santilena
will also provide
students with tips in how to be safe in the downtown area.
Of course, What’s Cooking? will provide
you with information on how to cook a meal with minimal time
and ingredients. Ann
Yamashiro, HPU advisor, will present this one. “The
best part of it is to have a hands-on experience and
eat your own
creation,” Yamashiro said. Ingredients such as
chicken and onions are cooked prior to the presentation.
presentation, Yamashiro shows students how do do quick
and easy dishes such
as omelets or noodles. She also gives tips for grocery
shopping and links to Web sites with recipes.
“All HPU students are welcome to come,” said Provines.
The seminars will be held in UB 211, and each lasts
for about an
hour. Refreshments and snacks will be provided for who