Ramblings of an Anxious College Sophomore

As a sophomore at Black Hawk College, although I cannot truthfully say that my time here is up and I have all the answers for naive incoming freshman, I can declare my love for this community college unabashedly. The truth is, when deciding on a college as a senior in high school, I was completely lost. I really didn’t get the whole “college” thing and I was unaware of which universities and community colleges were right for me. To make matters even more anxiety-inducing, I had no idea which degree path I wanted to take. I knew that I wanted to write, but how was I going to turn that into a career? Which college would best suit my individual needs? I spent most of my time worrying about making the wrong decision that it began to distract me from deciding on a college at all. Thankfully, friends, family, and high school instructors urged me to try out Black Hawk College. If I hadn’t, I don’t know where I would be today.

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Final Exams Survival Guide: 10 Simple Tips

BHC students Gabby Kerner and Cassie Wales study in the Black Hawk College library (QC Campus).

Finals week is closing in on us quickly. Needless to say, preparing for final exams can be stressful for college students. Luckily, there are some things you can do to make sure this semester’s exams are much less anxiety-provoking. Following one or all of these tips may just help you ace that challenging test.

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Giving Thanks, Finding Hope

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Thanksgiving is a time when we reflect on all the blessings that have been given to us throughout the year. It is a beautiful holiday because it fosters the humility and gratitude that all of us fortunate people need to have.

We are grateful to have the chance to get a college education. We are grateful for those people who believed in us when others did not, and maybe when we did not believe in ourselves either. We are grateful for family and friends, food, water and clothing. We wake up in the morning and are ultimately grateful to be alive.

However, this particular Thanksgiving is special.

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Toys for Tots is Looking for More Helpers–Register Today

The Toys for Tots program aims to gift as many children presents every holiday season regardless of their family’s ability to pay, and it’s been going strong since the late forties. Thanks to the help of volunteers, Toys for Tots has given away over 500 million toys to children! Toys for Tots is always accepting new helpers, too. Here’s some important information for registration if you’re interested.

Registration Dates:

November 2 through December 2

You can register every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 9AM to 5PM

There will be no registration on Thursday, November 23. Happy Thanksgiving!

Distribution Dates:

December 15 and 16 from 8AM to 5PM

December 17 from 9AM to 4AM


7922 42nd St W in Rock Island, Il

*We’ll be located about one block North of last year’s site


For more information, visit quad-cities.toysfortots.org



The Senate Strikes Back: The Battle Over Taxes

As college students, we may not be especially interested in our taxes yet. However, if we plan on getting a promotion or scoring a higher paying job after we graduate, this is definitely an issue that is going to affect our pocketbooks. Tax reform, especially these proposed bills, impacts Americans of all incomes, from $0 on up.  

Taxes, although necessary for our government to run effectively, are something nobody enjoys paying. No matter their employment or economic status, most all Americans want their taxes reduced. Continue reading “The Senate Strikes Back: The Battle Over Taxes”

Friends or Foes: Battles Within: The Walking Dead S.8, E.3 Review

SPOILER ALERT:  If you have not seen season eight, episode three of The Walking Dead yet, you may want to watch it before you read this.

If the line between right and wrong was blurry for Rick’s group before, last Sunday’s episode, “Monsters”, just about made it invisible for them. There were a lot of heavy decisions for Rick and the other groups, and their morality was constantly being called into question. Continue reading “Friends or Foes: Battles Within: The Walking Dead S.8, E.3 Review”

Retirement on Horizon for BHC President

By Ray Castellano

Black Hawk College will transition into a new era when Doctor Bettie Truitt retires from her position as the college’s president on January 1st, 2018.

Truitt was hired as a mathematics instructor  two weeks prior to completing her Master’s Degree at Iowa State University in 1989.  She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Iowa while teaching full time at Black Hawk College in 1998.  She would go on to work with the Higher Learning Commission, after six years of working on her Ph.D., while continuing her career in an administrative position.  She was named intern president at Black Hawk College in 2014.  She became the sixteenth President of Black Hawk College the following year.
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