Recipes by Yesenia Gonzalez and JaNae Williams
Photos by JaNae Williams
Summer Berry Lemonade
Story and photo illustration by JaNae Williams
Photo by Bailey Bussell
With the cost of attending college continuing to rise and financial aid not always a reliable option, more and more students are taking on full-time jobs while being enrolled. For many, part-time employment simply does not provide enough income to fund a college education.
When students decide to pursue higher education, they are faced with the task of paying for tuition, books, fees and sometimes room and board along with other bills. With the federal minimum wage stagnant at $7.25 per hour since 2009, part-time employment, like many held in previous decades, does not cover the cost of living and education combined.
This lack of sufficient funding leads many students to the decision to work full-time at their jobs, while also enrolling in full-time coursework of 12 credit hours or more.
Being a full-time student or working full-time alone can be stressful, and when the two are combined, finding the balance between work and school can be a struggle.
Students looking for ways to avoid a sense of being overwhelmed can follow a few simple tips.
Plan Everything: Get a planner or find an app that works as a personal assistant and put everything down in writing. Having everything laid out can put things into perspective and help in staying on task. Taking advantage of the calendar app on most smartphones can help. Many of them include prioritizing tasks, event reminders and even the ability to invite others to the event/task. This can be especially helpful when it comes to group projects.
Know the Value of Your Education: Choosing to pursue an education is an investment in your future. Students should value that and look for an employer who does the same. Working for a company that places value in its employees and their desire to better themselves means they are more likely to be supportive and flexible regarding an employee’s needs as a student.
Prioritize for Success: If students know they need to spend more time on certain classes, then they have to plan to do so. Some classes will come much more easily than others; by getting the easiest assignments out of the way quickly, students can devote more quality time to more challenging tasks on their plates.
Time Management is Key: Staying on task can be difficult, and knowing deadlines are in the middle of the semester makes it easy to procrastinate on assignments. Inevitably, six more assignments, a paper, three midterms and the party of the semester will all come up at the same time, leaving students stressed. Many resort to pulling all-nighters and missing out on any semblance of a social life because they failed to complete their assignments ahead of time when they had the chance.
Accept Imperfection: Those who find themselves putting excessive pressure on themselves to be perfect may need to take a step back and re-evaluate their expectations. While wanting to achieve at a high level is admirable, obtainable and encouraged, adding to already high stress levels by expecting perfection is unrealistic. No student will be perfect 100 percent of the time. Accepting this and focusing instead on doing the best they can while maintaining adequate emotional, mental and physical health is a student’s best option for success. If a student needs help academically, Rose State offers tutoring at no cost through the Tutoring Center located in the Learning Resources Center.
Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Help: The level of stress that comes with walking the line between student and employee can begin to build up quickly. When stress leads to feelings of panic and increased anxiety levels, students should be aware of changes to their mental and emotional state and be willing to talk about them. Counseling and referral services like those offered through the Rose State Office of Special Services can provide a valuable outlet for students needing guidance.
Managing life as a full-time student with a full-time job is difficult, but not impossible. Students need only prepare themselves for the demands of that particular lifestyle. With proper planning, utilization of available resources and a solid support system, students who find themselves working their way through the university experience can find balance and achieve a rewarding and fulfilling educational journey. For more information on tutoring or counseling services at Rose State, visit the LRC or call 733-7370.
For this issue’s “What’s in My Bag?,” we interviewed Rose State Dean of Humanities Claudia Buckmaster.
A book: The No. 1 thing I have in my purse is a book. I don’t go anywhere without a book. If I sit down somewhere I need to wait, I might look at my phone, but a book is much more important because I love to read.
Keys: Keys are very important.
Checks to deposit: I usually have some kind of a little check in here that I haven’t gotten to deposit.
Hairspray: Because we’re in Oklahoma.
Wallet: All my money and my credit cards [are] in it.
Checkbook: I rarely use it anymore, but it’s in there.
Hairbrush: I tie a little hair tie on it if I have to pull my hair back now that it is longer.
In my side pocket I have:
• Eye drops
• Dental floss
In other words, all the things that keep you going during the day. In the other pocket I have my hand sanitizer. My purse is very uninteresting, full of the essentials. I try to keep my purse organized.
What would you do if you did not have one of your essentials with you in an emergency situation?
If I don’t have my book, I immediately start looking around for something else to read even if it is a magazine or an old newspaper. If I’m sitting, I have been known to read over the shoulders of other people or even to read upside down ... I’m slow. I’m not really fast reading upside down, but I can.
Note: Dean Buckmaster retired Aug. 1. Thank you for your time as dean!
Story by Brayden Conover
Photos from the 15th Street News’ archives
Storm season in Oklahoma is as unique to the state as the Sooner Schooner and Pistol Pete. Although many Oklahomans brave the storms and even look forward to storm season, very few like to see the destruction that Mother Nature too often leaves behind. This state has seen its fair share of destruction, but for each tale of destruction and death rise two more tales of heroism, bravery and love for thy neighbor. Whether it’s April 9, 1947, May 3, 1999 or the outbreaks of May 20 and 31 of 2013, there’s a date tied to many Oklahomans that will haunt them for the rest of their lives.
Steve Carano has helped Oklahomans through some of their toughest days. The former broadcast weatherman for KFOR and KOCO is a professor of Earth Sciences at Rose State. Carano has served Oklahomans for more than 20 years. He’s seen the worst that both Mother Nature and man have to offer, but out of those tragedies, he’s seen the best in people. From working in the makeshift morgue at the Murrah bombing to keeping us safe during storm season, Carano has been there for Oklahomans.
On May 3, 1999, Carano was storm chasing for KFOR News Channel 4 when the outbreak of the tornadoes occurred. He was relaying information to Meteorologist Mike Morgan and the public as the F5 tore its path from Altus all the way up the H.E. Bailey Turnpike. When Carano and his videographer arrived just northeast of Asher, the tornado was so strong that it blew the back window out of his chase vehicle. It was not until later that Oklahomans would learn these storms brought the highest wind speeds ever recorded.
“David [Payne] didn’t take damage and he was three car lengths ahead of me,” Carano said. “At that point we knew it was going to be bad, bad, bad.”
Carano and Payne kept eyes on the twister as it headed toward the metro. Carano stayed on a northward track to intercept one of the 72 tornadoes that ripped across the state in a 48-hour time frame. Payne followed the storm as it tore through Del City, Midwest City and Rose State. The tornado Carano chased was near Mulhall and Piedmont. It was dark and power was out all over the city. Carano and his videographer were driving on fumes.
“You forget that you need electricity to pump gas,” Carano said.
He pulled up to a farmhouse as the storm grew close. If no one answered the door, they would break a window and seek shelter in the house as the storm passed, instead of riding it out in his chase vehicle. Fortunately for Carano, someone did answer. An elderly woman answered the door and Carano explained who he was and that he needed gas. The woman proceeded to notify her husband.
“I thought it was kind of weird that she opened the door if her husband was home,” explained Carano. “Usually the husband answers the door if there’s strangers on the porch.”
Carano asked the man if he had any unleaded gas. To his surprise, the man had 15 gallons in his barn used for his tractor.
“I saw that as my guardian angel,” Carano said.
Most farmers don’t have unleaded gas, as most farm equipment takes diesel fuel. The fact that Carano pulled up to a random farmhouse in the middle of nowhere, that had enough fuel to get himself and his videographer home, astounds Carano still to this day.
This story exemplifies the Oklahoma standard. When strangers are in need, those who are able to help do just that.
“I couldn’t tell you where I was … I’ve tried to go back and find that house but I can’t find it,” Carano stated.
He pulled back into the Channel 4 parking lot around 2 or 3 a.m. because of the debris, road closures and lights out everywhere. He got his footage to the newsroom and debriefed with Morgan and the rest of the storm team.
Once he was home, Carano could not sleep. He was running on pure adrenaline and emotion from the past 12 or more hours and could not seem to shake the images from his mind. Just as he might have started to wind down, it was time to head right back out as another wave of severe weather set its sights on the OKC metro.
“I didn’t sleep for at least 36 hours,” Carano said.
May 3, 1999 is a day most Oklahomans know and those who were old enough will never forget. Carano said it will never leave his mind.
“I still have flashbacks when I go down there,” he said when asked what it’s like today, seeing the towns that were in the twister’s ravaging path. In fact, the tornado bothers him more than the Murrah bombing. Carano worked in the makeshift morgue and helped with communications on April 19, 1995.
“We could hold someone accountable for what happened in Oklahoma City. We can’t put a killer tornado on trial and give it the death penalty,” he said.
Carano has dedicated his life to making sure people are safe, while putting himself in harm’s way. By doing so, he has been a personification of the Oklahoman standard. Carano has kept Oklahomans safe for more than 20 years. Although he no longer chases for a news station, he is teaching his students how to become the next generation of Oklahomans to inform and protect the public from Mother Nature’s fury.
The 6420 is a student publication at Rose State College.