Many people posit that everything in the Universe is connected, and I think that this is a principle of quantum physics — “think” meaning I read it on Google once. Someone much more connected to quantum physics than I will have to clarify. I am just considering how many theorists believe everything in nature is connected to everything else.
This theory is often overlooked in the world of academia, for many reasons. Scholars can be somewhat territorial of their work and their fields, and therefore often do not want to consider the other disciplines they might have cursorily used to do research. However, this is becoming a thing of the past, with the growing field of interdisciplinary studies (not that I am biased or anything).
Once known as a “liberal arts” degree, interdisciplinary studies has grown tremendously in recent years. No longer is this degree only good for saying, “Would you like fries with that?” (Back in the Stone Age, when I first began my college career, my adviser actually told me that was all I would be able to do with my degree. Awe-inspiring pep talk indeed.)
The majority of secondary and post-secondary schools now have interdisciplinary offerings, and even teaching hospitals, such as the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, have an interdisciplinary department.
Think about it–research does not live in a vacuum. Psychological studies often share components of sociological studies; historical studies often share literary studies; anthropology and psychology are often linked; and of course, truthfully, any scholar writing about his or her research is using rhetoric to persuade their audience.
There have been many instances while studying for my Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies and Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies where I could see connections, in seemingly separate areas. For my BAIS, my areas of emphasis were health sciences, psychology, and history. Obviously, there were connections between health sciences and psychology, but sometimes facts would pop up in my history classes that related to something in one of the other fields.
If you like thinking outside the box, the interdisciplinary studies program might just be the program for you. Many employers are now looking for critical thinkers who can work with other specialists or departments, to “work smarter, not harder.” Because just remember, everything is connected–it has to be. Stephen King says so.
Written by Suzanne Homesly
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All it takes is a quick walk across the UALR campus to see that it’s a great place to be a student. Study nooks, social activities and delicious food spots are everywhere. But did you know it’s also great to be a UALR student when you’re off campus, too?
UALR is Little Rock’s largest university. Many local restaurants, retail locations and entertainment venues cater to the student body with discounts and freebies. We compiled a list of some places around town and what discount you get just for being a UALR student. Don’t forget your student ID!
River City Coffee
10% discount on Wednesdays with no additional coupons
Up to $200 discount on a Mac or $20 discount on an iPad
Sign up for exclusive college student coupon codes.
Free six-month trial of Amazon Prime by signing up for Amazon Student
(Refer a friend to the student loyalty program and you’ll also be given a $10 credit.)
15% discount on full-priced merchandise
Barnes and Noble
$25 Barnes and Noble membership
(Members enjoy a 10% discount on all in-store purchases and receive free expedited shipping for online purchases.)
Up to 20% discount for full-time students under the age of 25 who maintain good grades
Up to a $200 discount for students with a B average or better
Up to 10% discount on liability, collision and medical payments coverage for full-time students under the age of 25 with at least B average or 3.0 GPA
Up to 25% discount for students who maintain good grades
(Bonus: You get to keep your Good Student Discount until you’re 25, even if you’ve already graduated!)
Discount available for unmarried students who either have a B average or better, a 3.0 grade point or better, make the Dean’s List or Honor List, rank in the top 20% of their class, or rank in the top 20% on recognized standard tests.
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$1 off ticket
UALR Alumni Discounts
The benefits of being a UALR student continue even after you graduate! Join the alumni association to experience even more Little Rock establishments with discounts and rewards.
Donaghey Student, Aquatic & Fitness Center
Six months free membership to new alumni association members
UALR Barnes & Noble Bookstore
10% discount on official UALR apparel and Trojan merchandise. Also receive special offers such as discounts and free shipping
UALR Basketball Tickets
10% off season tickets
Arkansas Arts Center
$10 off annual membership
10% off merchandise (excluding cosmetics) or $10 off any $100 cosmetic purchase
15% discount on regular and everyday value priced merchandise
Free dessert to alumni members with purchase of a full-priced entrée
Eggshells Kitchen Co.
15% off retail products
Garvan Woodland Gardens
$2.00 off regular admission price plus a 10% discount at the Garden gift shop
Hillcrest Artisan Meats
$1.00 off per pound of any fresh meat purchase and $1.00 off any sandwich at lunch (one per visit)
20% off any order of $50 or more and a free wedding cake topper for all wedding cake orders over $500
$3 off haircut service at any Arkansas location.
US Pizza (Fair Park location)
The Villa Marre
10% off room rental
White Goat (Heights location)
Rental Car (Alamo, National, Hertz, Auto Europe, Avis, Budget)
This is merely a snippet of the incredible discounts available with your UALR Alumni Association membership. Check out the full list of discounts online. We hope you take advantage of the discounts available just for being a UALR student and get out and enjoy the city of Little Rock even more! Are there any discounts we missed on this list? Let us know in the comments below or on social media using #UALRdiscount.
Writing doesn’t come easy, not for any of us. When asked how to write, famous sports columnist Red Smith once said: “It’s easy. You simply sit down at a typewriter, open your veins, and bleed.”
While most of us crank out essays and papers on a computer now, Red’s sentiment still holds true. It’s no simple thing to put ideas and words out there in the world. But when we do, it can be magic.
And that’s what Quills & Pixels, the nonfiction journal of UALR, wants to help you do: make some magic by helping you to take the next step in your writing career.
So why should you submit your work for the 2016 edition? Here are our top five reasons:
- Because your groundbreaking research on thermodynamic equilibrium is just too good to not be shared beyond the halls of Fribourgh.
- You have penned the world’s greatest personal essay about (you working at the State Fair, your granddad’s mustache, that summer spent on a mission trip, your lifelong addiction to Girl Scout cookies), and it would be a terrible shame not to share that essay with the world.
- Your professor gave you the college equivalent of ten smiley-face stickers on that paper to which you devoted an entire semester, which must mean you’re onto something good worth sharing with others.
- Journalism is in your blood and you have been sitting on the best feature piece ever in the history of feature writing, just waiting for a moment such as this one.
- Because you live for writing, you breathe writing, and are in danger of dying for lack of a chance to be published.
Submitting your work is simple: Visit ualr.at/qp and download the submission form. Fill it out, attach your file(s) and the completed form, to an email addressed firstname.lastname@example.org.
Remember, this is for nonfiction writing, so no poetry, fiction, or drama. Stick to the research essays, academic writing, journalistic features, technical communication, creative nonfiction, and personal essays. You may submit as many pieces as you wish. Any length piece will be considered, except maybe that 100,000 word memoir trilogy sitting in your desk drawer. Your work will be double-blind peer-reviewed and, if selected for publication, you will work closely with an editor to prepare it for publication.
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Every school year, students start classes with several goals in mind. At the top of the list is one master goal: get – and – stay organized! Inevitably workloads increase, fatigue sets in and chaos ensues, forcing us to throw our good intentions to the side and simply focus on survival. There has to be a way to avoid this disorganization so many students face, right? It may take a little extra work and preparation, but we’re here to tell you: it is possible.
Here are a few of our favorite tips on how you can stay organized no matter what the school year throws your way.
Start meal planning.
Busy college students are all too familiar with the dinnertime scramble or a vending machine lunch – especially those with kids or others who need someone to prepare their meals. Taking a few minutes out of your weekend to plan meals and grocery shop will save you the stress of frantically throwing together a dinner or the high price tag of eating take out for three days straight. By planning ahead, you’re more likely to eat healthy, cost-efficient food. You can take your meal planning a step further by doing some meal prep like chopping vegetables or putting a week’s worth of lunches together during your weekend. Get started with this cute printable meal planner.
Color code activities with Washi tape.
A calendar or planner is your friend, and you should definitely be using it to its highest potential. At the beginning of each week, plan out the week ahead by color-coding different activities with Washi tape. Find a few different tape colors and designs you like, then assign each tape roll to a different category, such as classes, social activities, chores and other obligations. We love this tutorial here.
Plan out your wardrobe.
We know you’ve heard this one before, but an effective way to avoid the frantic morning rush is to pick out what you’re going to wear the next day the night before. By minimizing the amount of decisions you have to make before you get out the door, you’ll be able to get ready more quickly. You’ll also avoid any wardrobe surprises while getting ready – like discovering all your socks are dirty or finding your only clean blouse crumpled on the floor.
Create a memory board.
Cut down on paper clutter by keeping mail, bills and important reminders on a memory board. This project is easy to make and won’t take up too much of your precious time either! You can find step-by-step instructions on how to make yours here.
Set up a designated study area.
Setting up a designated study area in your home will keep schoolwork from taking over your kitchen table or living room. The area doesn’t have to be big, just big enough to store your books, papers and computer. This area will make them easy to find and out of other living areas. Ideally, you’d be able to find a well-lit spot away from distractions like the TV. If you don’t have a good study spot in your home, set up a bookshelf for all your academic materials, then set up at the library, a coffee shop or your own kitchen table to study. Just remember if you study at home, put everything back in its place once you are finished.
Keep a goal list.
Goal setting is an important part of getting things done. Whether it’s the small, daily tasks or your biggest, lifelong dreams – having goals encourages motivation. You can’t keep your eye on the prize if you never communicate what the goal is that you’re working toward. Start setting weekly, daily or yearly goals. Check out this free printable checklist to get started off on the right foot.
We hope you’re feeling inspired to get organized. If the thought of implementing all of these tips at once overwhelms you, just start with a few! The steps you take toward a more organized life will reap rewards in the future.
Now we want to hear from you: What organizational practices do you swear by? Let us know by commenting below or post your answer to social media using #UALR.
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