The Orion

Finding the right mindset to stay motivated

Illustration by Darian Maroney

Allison Galbreath

May 3, 2015

Everyone has their own specialties and skills: those certain areas of life that come easier to them. It's when something doesn't come as naturally that people struggle to find motivation to do it. The task seems too daunting to achieve. The goal seems just always out of reach. What separates those that ach...

Take my advice, learn to budget

Illustration by Miles Huffman

Daisy Dardon

March 18, 2015

As I sit here, writing about how to keep a budget in college, I realize that I'm like Rebecca Bloomington from Confessions of A Shopaholic. I have no idea what I'm talking about. I used to be very good at keeping a budget- when I was on my parents money. Now, that I pay for my own things an...

Chill on the slang in the workplace

Chill on the slang in the workplace

Miles Inserra

March 16, 2015

As dope as slang may sound in casual conversation, slang is just that — casual. As students transition from backpack to briefcase, they need to leave slang where they found it — on the playground. Slang is a language of its own. A language of words abbreviated and combined or made up altoge...

It takes all sorts of intelligence to make a world

Illustration by Darian Maroney

Allison Galbreath

March 16, 2015

In our technology-obsessed society, people may have a hard time considering themselves intelligent if they don't have an affinity for math or science. But in reality, the definition of intelligence is “a capacity for learning, reasoning, understanding, and similar forms of mental activity.” Now...

Educated and totally unprepared for the real world

Illustration by Darian Maroney

Allison Galbreath

February 15, 2015

I feel like I’m standing on a ledge. Behind me is the realm of school, and in front of me is the real world. There’s no parachute or gear — just the deep, terrifying abyss in front of me. I feel completely unprepared for what’s to come. I've been in school for 17 years now. That mean...

The O-Face: Lessons sex education doesn’t teach

Michael Karp

April 7, 2014

What was Sex Ed in school like for you? Informative? Awkward? Funny? Disgusting? Sex education began around the 1950s. I believe it still has a long way to go. My sex education was taught in a manner that said, “You’re better off not having sex until you’re married. But then again, use...

Considering clickers in classes

Math professor Mark Wilpolt thinks clickers are the most effective way to gauge his many students' understanding.Photo credit: Shayla Ramos

Veronica De La Cruz

January 25, 2014

Many students wonder if the almost $7,000 they pay to attend class every year is spent wisely by the professors who offer the courses. Several courses do not take students’ attendance into consideration but many Chico State professors have resorted to using clickers, hand-held remotes that allow students to answer multiple-choice q...

Succeeding in the spring semester

Valerie Teegardin

Valerie Teegardin

January 23, 2014

Dust off your backpack and empty your bank account at the bookstore, because spring semester is here at Chico State. No more sleeping past noon or home cooked meals from mom, that one month of pure, break bliss is as dead as your shriveled up Christmas tree. Completely draining that fresh motivation you ...

Challenging the required in required reading

Kristina Martinez

January 22, 2014

It can be a tricky situation for college students when trying to decide what is necessary for you to buy for school and what is not. A textbook is always seen in the eye of the professor as "required." But is it really always necessary to buy the textbook for a passing grade?According to the National...

Healthy apple cinnamon bars spice up school days

Apple cinnamon bars make a great snack for students on the go when school starts.Photo credit: Christina Saschin

Christina Saschin

January 17, 2014

2014 has arrived, and with that comes a new semester. Even though I am looking forward to this spring semester, the realization that my afternoons will no longer be filled with ice skating, watching "Elf", and drinking hot chocolate is settling in. Time is suddenly getting shorter and there is much to do including finding where my new classes...

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