commuting vs staying on campus

Pick what is best for your future

There is a big difference in Between wanting to commute or stay close to college campus. the first two years I commuted because I went to a commuter school at VW workshop. you never Waukesha was only a commuter school, but it was only 5 minutes away from my house. this was very easy because I was able to not have to rush to go to school since it was right there, And I also didn’t have a choice to live there. white water is a different situation because I live 45 minutes away. my junior year and this semester I have been living in the dorms. starting next semester, I chose to be commuting to school. I chose to commute because I’m only going to have 2 classes on Monday and Wednesday back to back.  

I think if you can live close to campus, I would do that instead of commuting. personally, I feel that when I live on campus, I do way much better grade wise since I’m not distracted at home. Yes, I know I just said that I’m going to be commuting next year but it works out better for my schedule. Plus, I will have a lot of free time to focus on my classes and also be able to work at home.  

A bonus on living on campus, is that it’s easy for you to get help when ended or to meet up with your groups for a project. For me commuting next semester, my time is going to be a lot more limited on campus. Another reason I am commuting is because I personally hate staying on campus. I am a person who lives to stay at home, and I am so happy I get the chance to do so next semester. 

The option of staying on campus or commuting is a big choice. I do think the better option is staying on campus because your grades are most important. 

Thank you for following me on my journey everyone. I hope everyone has a great rest of the semester!  

-Alyssa Holliman 

Don’t give up!!

I know it can be hard at times in college. There is so much time going on at once where you feel you like you can’t do anything anymore. You get to a point where you feel like you are lost and get to a breaking point. 

Not only do we have college classes, we have a personal life. On top of classes we have things that go on in our life on a daily. Things happen out of nowhere that we can’t control causing us to choose what is more important. This has happened with me this last weekend. 

I have so much homework going on, but I just found out that I have two funerals to attend this week. With attending two funerals, that impacts a lot of my time on the weekend. This weekend I was going to study for my exam and get homework done that is very needed. But now, I need to figure out a different schedule. Not only do I have that stuff, I also have personal things going on in my life as well that is causing me to be stressed.  

I am trying not to have a break down, but I can feel it coming on soon. There are only three weeks of school left with so much little time. Since this is my senior year, I haven’t had this much pressure on me yet since I’m so close to graduation. When thinking about giving up, I need to remind myself what the bigger picture is. 

In seven months, I will be done with school for good. All of this time and pain will be worth it because I will have my Bachelors degree. I’m sure you are struggling like me also, but we need to stay strong. Don’t let this destroy you! 

Struggles to graduation

There are 3 weeks left of school until semester break. I have been struggled this much this entire semester because there are so many things to do in such little time. Next week I have 2 presentations to give in front of the class. The following week I have 2 presentations and one exam. the week after that is exam week, he with having 4 exams. On top of everything I have projects papers in homework that is all do very soon. I feel stuck because I really need to try my best and focus on getting a good grade in all these classes. If I don’t pass a class, that is going to put me behind because I am supposed to graduate in May.  

I was once told that senior year is supposed to be your easiest year, but I don’t think that’s true. everyone I know in my classes who are seniors are struggling and are trying hard to keep up. we know that we are so close to the finish line, but we need to get through these hard times. it’s very stressful knowing that if we make one mistake of having a bad grade it will affect us in a bad way. There is no going back by getting a do over. There are no times for that. 

I said in the beginning of my blog I was going to write about my struggles and I am. I am trying to keep it together but it’s very hard.  



This whole time we have been talking about leading up to graduation and how to get ready for it. But never have we put a definition onto the term. I thought this post could be some meanings and synonyms of the word graduation. 


“the receiving or conferring of an academic degree or diploma.” 

“the action of dividing into degrees or other proportionate divisions on a graduated scale.” 

“Graduation is the award of a diploma or academic degree, or the ceremony that is sometimes associated with it, in which students become graduates. The date of graduation is often called graduation day. The graduation ceremony itself is also sometimes called: commencement, convocation or invocation.” 

“the formal event at which a person who has successfully completed a course of study at a school, college, or university gets a document stating this fact, or the successful completion of a course of study:” 

“the fact of finishing a degree or other course of study at a university or school, or the ceremony at which you are officially said to have finished:” 

“Graduation is the successful completion of a course of study at a university, college, or school, for which you receive a degree or diploma.” 


commencement. admission. alpha. birth. bow. celebration. convocation. countdown. curtain-raiser.

Memories last a life time

Graduation is very stressful because all these days and years we are going through school, we are leading up to one day in our life. Have you ever thought about that? We are all going through so much time and stress to each graduation. It took me a while to realize this, but we won’t be able to get college back. Never again will we be this young and not have to worry about big payments until after we get a real big job.  

I am here to remind you that we need to cherish all of the memories. There are so many stressful times, but we also need to remember they don’t have to be. Going out with your friends is something that you will remember for a lifetime. Hanging out with your roomies, or even going to a football game. You need to take the time to have some fun for yourself. 

I struggled with this for a while last year at Whitewater. Since I transferred, I didn’t know anyone. It was very hard to get out of my comfort zone to talk to people. This year I am a different person. Since its senior year it’s time to make some friends and enjoy myself. Most likely I won’t ever be around so many people again that I am able to connect with.  

Take advantage of being in college to do fun things with people. College only happens once in your life and you will regret it if you don’t spend time on yourself. Not saying that you shouldn’t do homework or study, but to learn how to have a balance with friends and family. 

Weekly Schedule

Today’s post is going to be talking about my weekly routine at school. On Monday and Wednesday, I have class from 12:30 -1:45 and 2:00-3:15. My first class is social media optimization and we learn lots of information on how social media works and influences others. My second class of the day is my persuasion class. It sounds easy, but it’s a lot harder than you would think. On Tuesday and Thursday, I have three classes. The times are 9:30-10:45, 12:30 -1:45, and 2:00-3:15. Those classes are sociological theory, event planning, and adverting media planning and buying. Below I am going to list everything that I do throughout the day. I stick with the same routine the whole week. It would be crazy if I did something out of the ordinary by not sticking to my time schedule.  


 10:30 am- I drive from Waukesha to Whitewater for the week 

11:10am – Arrive at school and eat lunch 

12:30-1:45 pm -social media optimization class 

2:00-3:15pm – Persuasion class 

3:00-6:00pm — doing homework in the library  

6:00-6:30pm – Eat dinner 

6:30-10:00pm –Free time 

10pm- Bedtime  

Tuesday :  

9:30-10:45am- Sociological Theory class 

10:45- 12:30 – relax / lunch 

12:30-1:45 pm – Event Planning class 

2:00-3:15pm – Adverting Media Planning and Buying 

3:00-6:00pm — doing homework in the library  

6:00-6:30pm – Eat dinner 

6:30-10:00pm –Free time 

10pm- Bedtime 


12:00pm – Arrive at school and eat lunch 

12:30-1:45 pm -social media optimization class 

2:00-3:15pm – Persuasion class 

3:00-6:00pm — doing homework in the library  

6:00-6:30 pm- Eat dinner 

6:30-10:00pm –Free time 

10pm- Bedtime 


9:30-10:45am- Sociological Theory class 

10:45- 12:30 – relax / lunch 

12:30-1:45 pm – Event Planning class 

2:00-3:15pm – Adverting Media Planning and Buying 

3:15- Drive home to Waukesha for the weekend 

Emailing Skills

Having good emailing skills is a type priority to be successful. Professors aren’t going to take you seriously If the email has multiple spelling and grammar errors. errors are not for people in college. When emailing someone who is higher up, you want to make sure what you’re saying makes sense. If your email is full of nonsense most likely they won’t even pay attention to it because they have more better things to do.  

Overtime I really tried to perfect my skills of emailing a professor and making sure I know how to write a correct email that’s proper and formal.  

Here are some tips on how to write a good email that will be successful. 

– Proofreading 

This needs to be done after the whole email is done. I would read it out loud to yourself because it’s easier to find mistakes. I would also recommend having someone else read it since it’s easier to have someone else to find things. 

-Check the Tone 

Having a certain tone in the email can set the outcome. If you are upset or confused, try not to be rude or concerning about it. Talking online is different compared to in person so someone might take your tone the wrong way. I would try to make it as calm as you could make it.  

-Good Use of Subject Lines 

This Is the hint to tell the person reading the email what it’s about. You need to make sure it’s short but able to show the main message of thought. If it seems to not be important, some may ignore it.  

– Use standard fonts. 

Even though bright colors and crazy fonts look cool, it’s not formal for a professor. They need to have something easy to read for them to understand.  

Associate’s vs Bachelor’s Degree

The purpose of this blog post is to talk about my personal experience of how to get ready for an Associates degree compared to a Bachelor’s degree.  


Getting an Associate’s degree is easy because there is a whole outline of classes you need to take. You don’t have to decide because it’s already chosen for you. It wasn’t stressful because I didn’t have to worry about what I wanted to do. All I had to do was make sure I didn’t fail the class. When it was time to graduate there was only about 60 people. Not a lot of people get an Associate’s degree because it’s not very helpful when getting a good paying job. Once I graduated with my degree, I felt accomplished because I knew I was 2 years done and I only had 2 more to go to get my Bachelors. 


When you choose a major and minor there is a certain amount of credits that they contain. To be able to graduate with a Bachelor’s degree you have to have a total of 120 credits at UW -Whitewater. Once you get into your senior year you really start to stress and struggle with your classes. It’s much more of anxiety one knowing you must pass these classes in a certain amount of time to graduate. Mostly it takes people on average for years to graduate with a bachelor’s degree. I would say a Bachelor’s degree is different because there is a lot more pressure. When getting a Bachelor’s degree you can choose if you want to settle down or go for your Master’s degree. 


Why should we have it in college?

I’m not always motivated all the time but I try hard to be! Motivation to me is everything because it’s what helps me get things done. What gets me motivated is thinking about the big outcome in the future of what is going to benefit me. For example: My biggest motivation I have right now is graduation, and that is what I’m working up to.  

Where are some reasons why I see being motivated is good for you; 

1.High quality work

Having good grades is what allows us to graduate. We need a certain GPA to pass successfully. Students can’t fail classes and still be allowed to graduate. If you want to get a good grade you are going to put in a lot of time and work into it to do good.  

2.You get along with people better. 

By being motivated I’m more social with people. I think it’s because I’m trying my best to get my work done correctly. So, either asking someone for help, or studying with someone is a good way to be social. You also get to know your professors better by doing one on one with them if you need help.  

3.Less stress 

By being on top of your work to get things done, most likely you are ahead of your work. By getting work done ahead of time, it gives you more time to do other things. The process of staying ahead is very helpful since you don’t have to worry about deadlines at the last minute.  


Today is my Communication Department’s group advising event which is held every semester. The purpose of this is for everybody to be on the right track to graduate. As I talked about before, scheduling can be very tricky as to why this is held to help us. I am very excited to go because this is my last one since I graduate in the spring!  

What to bring :  

-Academic Advising Report (AAR) 

This what tells us everything we have completed and still need up to our 120 credits to graduate. It’s an easy way to keep track of all of our classes. 

-Advising Worksheet 

This needs to be completed by us before we go. The sheet is what we need to take for next semester. It gives us a lay out of what’s need with the course number, course name, credit amount, and day/time it’s on.  Having this sheet is super helpful when it’s time to register for classes.  

If we don’t bring the AAR and advising worksheet to the event, we won’t be ahold in.  

Reason to go: 

IT’S A MUST. There will be a hold on our account If we don’t go which means we can’t register for classes. 

-To know what’s going on 

It’s so helpful to understand what’s going on with our schedule so we know how to graduate on time.  

It’s going to be held in the Hamilton room Nov 4 and 5th.  The event has been “revamped” for this fall and is now called CommConnect.   

12:30-5:30 pm on Nov 4th and from 2:00-5:00 pm on Nov 5th.