‘PR’ Stress Relief Week Flier Project

Anoka-Ramsey Community College

Friday, May 1, 2015

Stress Relief Week Comes to Anoka-Ramsey

Anoka-Ramsey Community College Coon Rapids Campus is proud to host Stress Relief Week from May 4 through May 8. The Mayo Clinic says that Without stress management, all too often your body is always on high alert. Over time, high levels of stress lead to serious health problems.” Manage your stress during finals week with the activities featured below:

The Courtyard Commons Coffee Shop has select specialty drinks on sale all week.

Monday, May 4

Zumba in the Fitness Studio, room G120, from noon – 1:00 p.m.

Popcorn in the Courtyard Commons from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Concert Band and String Orchestra in the Performance Arts Center at 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, May 5

Functional Fitness in the Fitness Studio, room G120, from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Campus Programming Board in Room SC175 from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Guitar Ensemble Concert in the Performance Arts Center at 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, May 6

Bingo in the Courtyard Commons from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Turbo Kick in the Fitness Studio, room G120, from noon—1:00 p.m. Faculty vs. Students Softball Game at the Softball Fields at 2:00 p.m.

Student Government Meeting in Room H154 from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Student Award Ceremony in the Performance Arts Center at 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, May 7

Chair Massages in Room SC176 from 9:00 a.m. – 12 noon

Yoga in the Fitness Studio, room G120, from noon – 1:00 p.m. , 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. , in room G225 4:45 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.

Meditation in the Staff Lounge, room SC278, from 2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Choir Concert in the Performance Arts Center at 7:00 p.m.

Friday, May 8

Men in Black III” in the Commons Area at 10:00 a.m.

Zookeeper” in the Common Area at 12:00 p.m.

Tabata in the Fitness Studio, room G120, from noon – 1:00 p.m.

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Feature Story “School or Work, That is the Question” Project (published in The Campus Eye)

School or Work, That is the Question

Why One Student Dropped out of College, and Why He Thinks it Was the Right Decision

By Kate Bauer

His eyes look haunted. His hand has a death-grip on his pencil. He stares at his sketchpad. A drawing of a beautiful anime girl lays before him. His name is Joshua Joseph and he likes drawing.

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Joshua Joseph draws an anime version of Frozen’s Elsa.

Like millions around the world, he has a dream. He is an artist. He wants to go professional. He knows the best way would be college, but he didn’t make it all the way through. Joseph is one of 48 percent of students that dropped out of Anoka-Ramsey Community College. The average drop out rate of the nation for similar colleges is 62 percent. With a much lower percentage of dropouts than the national average, one has to wonder why those people dropped out? I sat down with one such person.

Joseph seems like a regular guy. He smiles often as he immediately starts to talk in a rapid-fire machine gun style questioning manner. I can tell he’s nervous as he fidgets. His foot bounces up and down as he continues the ‘common courtesy’ questions like they are the most important questions in the world. Joseph finally calms down as I start asking him about what classes he took. I soon find out why Joseph was so nervous. He had quit going to school due to an ultimatum by his parents. Like many young students, he stayed with parents to cut down on costs while going to college. He worked part-time and went to school part time. However, his parents wanted him to go to choose one or the other. Sure, he could have moved out on his own, he tells me, but it’s much easier when you have a support system.

“I had a choice… go to work or go to school. I choose work to get more money. School just costs you money,” Joseph said.

Affordability of college is usually the number one concern for students. Joseph is no different. It costs money to go and he can make money by working. With college debt rising nationwide it’s a cause for concern to everyone. In fact, President Barack Obama acknowledged this with his latest State of the Union address, calling for the first two years of college to be free of charge. Even with Anoka-Ramsey having one of the lowest tuition rates in MN, Joseph decided he needed the money now rather than later.

“It’s like a catch-22,” Joseph states, “If I don’t go to college, I make less money working. If I want to work, I can’t really go to college the way I want to.”

Joseph does say that he eventually wants to go back to school for an art degree. He says it may not be for a long while though.

“I kind of got burned out.” He said.

For many students it’s just too much to do work and school. His eyes mist up and he stares at his anime girl on his sketchpad.

“It didn’t help that I was in… let’s just say a bad relationship.” He hugs his sketchbook to his chest.

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Joshua contemplative.

He looks back up at me and our eyes meet. It was a pregnant moment. There are moments like this between friends all the time. Moments when you connect on a much deeper level. A time when out of nowhere you see the other person’s soul and neither of you are the same again. Then the moment passes and I tell him he doesn’t have to talk about it if he doesn’t want to. Gratefully, he smiles and asks me for the next question.

I asked Joseph why he agreed to the interview. He says that he wants to tell his story. He sees so many other have tried and failed. He wants people to know that letting it go for now doesn’t mean letting it go forever. Sure, he doesn’t have a degree now. He may get discovered for his work now and never go to college. He may go to college twenty years from now and never have his drawings see the light of day. That’s the nature of the beast. However, he’s determined to never give up entirely. Joseph finished, “I’ll do what I love and love what I do. In the end, you can’t really ask much more of me.”

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Joshua Joseph doing “what I love.”

Update: This story was published at The Campus Eye, linked here: http://www.thecampuseye.com/2015/05/01/school-or-work-that-is-the-question/