Test Anxiety: How you can change it

Imagine this…

it’s the day of your big test in first hour. Where your knowledge of all the information you’ve been learning this trimester will be questioned. So many thoughts are running through your head: “Did I study enough” ,”What if I fail”, ” “What was the formula for that kind of question”, or “AHHHHH!”. You’re heartbeat is speeding up. Your palms are sweaty. You stomach is feeling a little rumbly  Finally you walk into the room and sit down. “Wheres my pencil!?” But you find one. The teacher hands out the test and you write your name on the top of it. They announce that you can begin the test and suddenly you forget all of the information! People are finishing the test before you and you’re getting distracted. “Wait, answers 1,2,3,4 are all B…that doesn’t happen. I think I made a mistake!”You’re one of the last in the room so you hurry up and guess on the last few questions. You spend the next few days worrying about how you did.


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How’d you get into that!? Graphic Design

Do you like to create things? Do you find yourself doodling in your notebook or playing with pictures in Photoshop? Perhaps you should look into the career field of Graphic Design! This can be a very broad field. You can work for yourself or a company, with a team or alone. Graphic designers are the ones who create everything you see.

Ever wonder who created:

  • The McDonald’s “Golden arches”
  • Anoka Ramsey Community College Logo
  • That t-shirt of Grumpy Cat

Even our Summer T-Shirts every year come from the collaboration of our ideas and a designers.


Graphic Designers, and a team of others, create much of what we see everyday and play a role in creating the identity of companies and organizations that we all recognize. In 2014 the Bureau of Labor Statistics found the the average income for Graphic Designers in Minnesota was $50, 940. This is about $24.49 per hour.  The lowest make around $30,000 and the highest make about $75,000. It was estimated in 2012 that by the year 2022 there will be an increase of 17,400 more jobs available at a growth rate of 7%, which is slower than average. So you want to make sure to partner experience and a great portfolio to showcase your talents. Often students who receive a degree in Graphic Design will also learn Web Design and other skills to have a broad range of abilities.

But enough of numbers and stats. Our interviewer this week is Mr. Chris Berseth!

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How’d you get into that?!: Nurse

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Here we are again for another post in our series “How’d you get into that!?” This weeks entry I think will be of interest to some of you because I’ve heard many students express interest in this field. Nursing. This can be a difficult field to summarize because there are so many directions you can go and so many areas to specialize in.  But we can still look up some average numbers to get an idea. Back over with the Bureau of Labor Statistics they calculate that in 2014 the average annual income for Nurses was $71,450. This breaks down to $34.35 and hour. The career also has a positive outlook in terms of job growth as well. Between 2012-2022 it is estimated that the need for this career will grow by 19% or about 526,800 jobs, which is faster than average, when comparing to other careers. With this degree you will also receive a job quickly after graduation, Additional research from the American Association of Colleges in Nursing shows that 89% of new BSN graduates had secured employment in nursing 4-6 months after graduation.

There are  many schools that offer nursing programs such as Anoka Ramsey Community College, Metro State University, and St. Scholastica. But be prepared. If you are interested in having a career in this field you need start focusing on academics TODAY. With limited spots in these programs, they have to use your academic record (GPA, ACT, Types of Classes, College Essay) to base their admissions decision off of. So start planning now! Not to mention the school work that is required to receive this degree is challenging too. But as you will see throughout the interview, you can achieve it and the benefits of helping people and love for the job make it totally worth it!!

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How’d you get into that?!: Dental Hygienist

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There are MANY directions someone can choose when pursuing a degree in the medical field. Surgeon, Pediatric Doctor or Nurse,  Registered Nurse, and many more.  I think a lot of people are drawn to these types of careers because they involve helping people, pay well, and are interesting topics to learn about. This is no exception for our next “How’d you get into that?!” career, Dental Hygienist. This is a great career option for any of you out there! In 2014 the Bureau of Labor Statistics found that the average annual income of a Dental Hygienist in Minnesota was $70,390 which breaks down to $33.84 per hour. That’s the AVERAGE, in California the average income per year is $94,370! That’s some serious cash , or as Doug would maybe say “That’s, like, 10,486 Chipotle Burritos!” Our interviewee is an Alumni of OUR Upward Bound program and even worked as a summer intern! Please welcome Paul Nguyen!

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