Category Archives: Opinion

Next semester will be here before you know it

The semester is nearly over — can you feel it yet? The pressure, the stress, don’t let it get to you.  You can get help and learn some techniques to help you in the future.

It takes diligence, but right now it’s more important than ever to stay on top of your assignments and deadlines.

Staying ahead, or at least, keeping up and not falling behind, is extremely important right now.

Just know that you’re not the only one.

We all feel as though we’ve been smacked in the face with the reality of our various courseloads.

I know I do.

I just want to encourage you to do whatever you can to maintain the “A” I’m sure you all have, right now.

If you’re like me, and are taking a speech class, don’t get overwhelmed! The language lab can be lifesaver for you right now, I promise.

Are you trying to make it through that English class? The language lab can help you, too.

Likewise, the math lab is available to those of you struggling with your math courses.

Vol State has a variety of student resources which are at your disposal.

Don’t wait until the night before a paper is due to stop by the language center and speak with a language center tutor.

Staying on top of studying can alleviate stress.

Even if you’re not yet struggling, don’t wait until it’s too late!

Vol State has resources to help you succeed.

I encourage you all to take advantage of them.

If you need a tutor, you could try the disabilities office or the TRiO student support services.

I, myself have utilized TRiO’s tutoring program and it make all of the difference in the world.

One of the things that has helped me is setting the bar high.

I promise that if you can attain a good GPA, you will want to maintain that GPA.

Having some success under your belt not only boosts your confidence, but also gives you a standard to live up to.

I know community college isn’t the first thing you think of when you hear about the “college experience,” but these are the days when you can take your life into your own hands and really be proud of what you’re doing.

You never know, you might find something you’re really passionate about that will shape the rest of your life.

Or you might just squeak by with your GPA intact, which is a pretty good consulation prize.

Either way, right now is when it’s more important than ever to keep up the pace. Don’t let yourself fall behind. You won’t regret the hard work, because it truly does pay off. Good luck!


Apply for Foundation aid

Foundation Scholarship deadline March 1

Are you returning to Volunteer State Community College in the fall?

How are you going to pay for it?

The first step you should take is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  This will determine your eligibility for federal financial aid like Pell Grants, state programs like the HOPE and lottery scholarships and other income-based programs.

The FAFSA should be completed early; just as soon as your taxes are filed (you will need to enter information from the return).  Some funding programs are available in a first-come-first-served format, so the early bird gets the worm.

Whether or not you qualify for income-based aid, the next step should be right here at Vol State.

The Vol State Foundation awards more than 200 scholarships, totaling nearly $300,000 each year, according to the school’s website.

In order to qualify for a piece of that proverbial pie, students must complete the scholarship application available at aid.  Click on “Scholarships and Waivers,” then follow the instructions.

With only one application, a student is eligible for all scholarships.

The bulk of the application is fill-in-the-blank.  You will need to list your total income, based upon this year’s tax forms.  Students who are under 24 will be required to provide parent information, including income.

The foundation does require a 2.75 cumulative GPA for eligibility.

The final portion of the application is a short essay, which requires you to “write briefly ‘Why I am applying for a scholarship.

“You will be asked to include your future plans as they relate to your area of study as well as any special circumstances regarding your financial situation.”

The priority deadline for the foundation application is March 1.  Students who have completed the application by that date will have a better chance than those who wait.

Some of the foundation scholarships are very specific in their requirements.  For example, the White House Kiwanis Club scholarship is given to a “graduate of White House High School with a 2.5 GPA, member of WHHS Key Club in good standing with 50 hours minimum accumulated service to home, school & community. Recipient selected by Kiwanis Club of White House committee.”

Others are very general, with a deserving student chosen from a larger pool.

There’s a lot of money out there.  Now, go and get your share!

Dear Mr. Limbaugh

On Feb. 29, talk radio personality Rush Limbaugh spoke about a young Georgetown Law student after her testimony to congress.  She was addressing the subject of insurance coverage for birth control.

“What does it say about the college co-ed Sandra Fluke, who goes before a congressional committee and essentially says that she must be paid to have sex, what does that make her? It makes her a slut, right? It makes her a prostitute,” he said.

“She wants to be paid to have sex. She’s having so much sex she can’t afford the contraception. She wants you and me and the taxpayers to pay her to have sex. What does that make us? We’re the pimps.”

Mr. Limbaugh, I will tell you what it says about you.  It says that you are a dirty old man.  It says that you don’t have any sense whatsoever of common decency.  It says that you have no grasp of how birth control or health insurance works at all.

It says that you are a pig.

What it says about Ms. Fluke is that she took the time to exercise her right to petition congress.  That’s the first amendment, Mr. Limbaugh.  It goes along with the right to free speech and the freedom of the press to which we, here at The Settler, owe our very existence.

Yes, it also says that you have the right to free speech, but there’s also a little thing called slander.  That’s when you say things that aren’t true or that damage someone’s reputation.  You aren’t allowed to do that.

Ms. Fluke was called a slut and whore a total of 53 times over three days.

You later said, “I sincerely apologize to Ms. Fluke for using those two words to describe her. I do not think she is either of those two words.”

It’s too late, Mr. Limbaugh.  You have ruined the reputation of a young law student, forever linking her name to yours and pushing her into the spotlight, whether she wants it or not.

More than two words were spoken.  Volumes were said.

Thousands of Americans have been outraged by your slanderous attacks on a private citizen.  They have reached out.  They have contacted your advertisers, threatening a boycott.

As of press time, nearly 30 of your advertisers had pulled out of your show.  Radio stations were beginning to drop the program entirely.

It isn’t about your right to say things, Mr. Limbaugh.  It’s about my right to spend my hard-earned money with companies that won’t give it to you.

And what of Ms. Fluke’s sex life?  It is none of your business.