Sober Fun: How it’s Done

A BIG college myth is that everyone drinks all the time and it’s just one big party. While this is in some ways true, there are many people who choose not to drink, and still have an amazing time. Watch this video about sober fun with interviews with students Ali Zimmerman and Jillian Alexander and R.A. Brett Kelley.

 

 

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The End?

What is True? is coming to an end…maybe. College myths are pretty interesting to write about so you may see a few more in the future. Blogging has been a very fun experience. Starting out, it was all so new and different, but it was easy to learn and I had an awesome time writing stories, taking pictures, creating recordings, and shooting video for it! The hardest part was probably advertising it, because I don’t really know how to use Twitter, Pinterest, or Craig’s list. Those are all things that I should have learned, and I plan on doing so in the future. The most interesting work I did was the story about studying abroad, because it was fun to organize and find photos for. That one also received the most traffic which made me feel good. I had 1,700 total views, and my best day for views was about 500. I received 11 comments, mostly from family members, but I’m still excited! Any feedback for me? How do I improve? Thanks for reading, and watch out for one more awesome video post!!

What is True?

Should You Even be in College?

“What am I even doing here?” “Is this worth it?” “I just want to drop out and travel.” “I have an idea for a business, I don’t need college.”

These are all popular things students in college say. There are brief ‘freakout’ moments every student experiences. You or your peers, while they may love college, also sometimes question what the heck they are doing. For reassurance, here are some reasons to stay in college. Click here for the full story.

Better Job Opportunities

  • Degree will give you broader range of choices
  • Courses keep you up-to-date with technology
  • College has amazing networking opportunities
  • People on campus are there to help you find internships while in college, and jobs when you graduate

Better Way of Life

  • A college education=better income potential than your peers with high school diplomas only
  • More job stability and better benefits
  • Families often live more comfortably with college-educated parents

More Knowledgeable and Well Rounded

  • Courses widen your views, you become knowledgeable in a great range of areas, as well as specific
  • Exposed to diverse cultures and backgrounds, if you take advantage of it
  • YOU (going to college) are helping to make our society better, and more advanced place!

So the next time you are wondering WHAT AM I DOING WITH MY LIFE?! WHO AM I?! WHY AM I EVEN HERE I DON’T UNDERSTAND?! Just look at this list, and reassure yourself that you are making a good choice in obtaining a college degree.

Living in the DORMS.

The dorms…should incoming freshmen choose to live in them?

Two Sierra Madre residents living in tower 1, Claire Francis and Josh Hafford,  spoke with What is True? about their experience in the dorms so far. Resident Advisor Brett Kelley also talked

about his previous time in the dorms, and about what he does as an R.A. to make the dorm life an incredible experience. Listen to their interviews below:

Claire Francis and Hannah Russell became close friends through the dorms. Photo by Anna Jacobson.

Claire Francis and Hannah Russell became close friends through the dorms. Photo by Anna Jacobson.

Freshmen dorm talk around campus.

Experimenting with iPhone recording, photo taking, typing, publishing-quick chats with residents.

Three residents share positive thoughts on freshmen dorms. Andrew Blocher likes many aspects of dorm life.

“Having all your friends right next to you, and its super close to campus, that’s really nice,” he said.

Jerry Hansen agrees. “It’s a great way of meeting people. You might meet people you live with next year and hangout with at college,It’s a close community,” he said.

Jackie Abeyta has made many new friends as well. “It is a great experience meeting a lot of new people,” she said.

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Claire Saiza, Jackie Fleming, and Tory O’Dwer all live on the same floor, and have become great friends. Photo by Anna Jacobson

GoodGuide-all of your product myths answered!

The GoodGuide app allows one to make safe, healthy, and GREEN choices when purchasing a product. These items can be food, household appliances, apparel, electronics, pet food, bathroom essentials, cars, and more! Say you need to buy a new deodorant, and you are trying to decide between Speedstick and Adidas. Well,

scan both items into your GoodGuide App. One will see that Speedstick scores a 7.5 out of 10 overall on how it impacts health, environment, and society (The higher the score, the better). Adidas, however scores a 3.3 out of 10 on how it impacts health, environment, and society. Knowing this information, a consumer’s choice will most likely be to purchase Speedstick.

6 Reasons that YOU should get the free GoodGuide App:

GoodGuide app for iPhone. Scan your item...

GoodGuide app for iPhone. Scan your item…

  • Your choice of product benefits YOUR HEALTH (products have been tested to analyze which ones are the healthiest for you)
  • Your choice of product benefits the SOCIETY (items compared to see which are economically fair, etc.)
  • Your choice of product benefits the ENVIRONMENT (go green!)
  • Contains database with over 120,000 products ranging from baby food to race cars
  • Only takes 1-2 minutes to compare products on your iPhone
  • Feel better about each and every purchase you make as a consumer!
Help conserve the planet by making 'green' choices when purchasing a product. Photo of Haines, Alaska by Anna Jacobson

Help conserve the planet by making ‘green’ choices when purchasing a product. Photo of Haines, Alaska by Anna Jacobson

How safe is your campus?

Cal Poly Campus is safe…Trust it or Bust it?

Walking back to the dorms late at night…Students have had feelings ranging from complete comfort to absolute terror. So, how safe are you on your college campus? According to Cal Poly Campus Police Chief George Hughes, the most common types of crime on campus are property crimes, and crimes of opportunity. “If someone leaves their computer or I Phone laying around unsecured somewhere, it could be gone. If bikes are left unlocked, that’s a big one too,” he said.

Students should talk to the police about anything they feel matters.

Students should talk to the police about anything they feel matters. Photo by Anna Jacobson

Hughes says that the campus experiences a low crime rate.

“The county of San Luis Obispo and the campus enjoys a very low crime rate. The environment that we’re in helps us.” – Hughes

Hughes says that the police force is very proactive. The students, faculty, and staff all seem to be very safety-conscious and aware of their surroundings. “When things happen, people call us. They travel in pairs, they take care of each other,” he said.

Lacy Williams, a freshman at Cal Poly majoring in architecture, spends a lot of time walking back from the studio late at night. She feels pretty safe on campus for the most part, she said.

“I feel very safe on campus. I try to walk in groups at night. I pay attention to my surroundings, and keep an eye on questionable people.”-Williams

Claire Saiza also spends a lot of time on the campus at dark walking back from the library.”I feel fine walking back at night. I used to carry my keys in my hand though so in case someone came up to me I could stab the person with them.”

Sam Corio, Jackie Abeyta, and Hannah Russell are not making a good choice being in a bad environment late (the "rape tunnel" at night. But, at least they are together.

Sam Corio, Jackie Abeyta, and Hannah Russell are not making a good choice being in a bad environment late (the “rape tunnel”) at night. But, at least they are together. Photo by Anna Jacobson

 Chief Hughes recommends taking these precautions to stay as safe as possible:
  • Travel in pairs

  • Stay in well-lit areas

  • Remember the blue phones if you need help

  • Be aware of your surroundings

  • Look for things that are out of place

  • If you choose to drink…make good decisions, stay with friends, keep an eye on each other, make sure everyone gets home okay

  • If you go on dates, make sure at least your friends know the other person

  • Communicate with your friends of your plans

    Know who your date is...Riley Erekson and Tom Ward. Photo by Anna Jacobson

    Know who your date is…Riley Erekson and Tom Ward. Photo by Anna Jacobson

Although San Luis Obispo and the Cal Poly Campus do both have their occasional crime, Cal Poly, overall, is a generally safe campus if you make smart decisions. Trust it.