10 of the Easiest Courses at APU

Between clubs, organizations, friends and more, college can be a busy and stressful time in everyone’s life. What’s the best way to counteract this? Take some easy classes, where you’ll get the credits you need for less stress. Here are 10 of the easiest classes at Azusa Pacific University.

1. CS 200 – Basic Software Tools

This course teaches students on the basics surrounding the uses of Microsoft Windows problem solving programs. The class takes students through all of the Microsoft Windows programs and covers all the applications of each as well as how to solve day-to-day issues with each of the programs, individually.

A charting program shown on a Mac Laptop.

2. PSYC 110 – Introduction to Psychology

This course is a introductory course to the interworking’s of human behavior. The class takes students on an in-depth journey to a number different psychological perspectives and how relationships with the brain connect with everything we do in every second of our lives.

A colorful outline of the human skull.

3. SOCW 310 – Human Behavior and the Social Environment I

A practical course for future endeavors, this class dives into the Psychology of how people act in group situations. There is a big focus on problem solving, people management, decision-making and conflict resolution. Not only is this an easy class to get through, but it is one that can benefit all students at Azusa for their future’s in any field.

A team of workers showing teamwork with a collective fist bump.

4. MATH 100 – Mathematics Seminar I

A math class based less on the numbers and more on critical thinking skills. This course is a mix of learning mathematical concepts and applying logic and critical thinking skills. The knowledge learned for this course is helpful for futures in computer science and information systems. This is definitely a course for those who consider themselves math-challenged but are successful in critical thinking courses.

The pages of a math book.

5. MGMT 210 –Principles of Management

This course gives students an in-depth learning experience about how business relates to the growth of social media, the interconnectedness of the internet, online buying, security and more. This course is for those who are looking to become business owners or in the realm of business and want to learn about all things digital communications in the 21st century.

A word cluster of business development.

6. CJ 110 – Introduction to Criminal Justice

This class is a starter course for those interested in the field of criminal justice, but is also a fun class for anyone who is a fan of those crime shows on television like NCIS or Law & Order. The course gives an overview of the US criminal justice system and how laws, policies and sentences play a part in the system as a whole. This class also highlights the careers of various criminal justice officials.

The outside of a historic courthouse.

7. HIST 121 – World Civilizations since 1648

This is a course where students learn how the globe has transformed from mid-1600 civilizations to present day. Students immerse themselves in world cultural including the formation of national identities, race, ethnicity, capitalism, industrialism and more. This class also shows students historical trends throughout history proving the old and cliché saying “history repeats itself”.

A globe showing American terrain.

8. UNRS 120 –Fundamentals of Human Nutrition

Something practical in a college class you say? Why yes! This course helps with a little something we all could improve on, eating healthy. The class dives into how certain diets and food effect your wellness and health risks as well as cover hot topics like obesity in America and malnutrition to the elderly. This course gives students an abundance of information that can lead to a healthier lifestyle and a longer life.

A healthy green shake usually consisting of kale and other vegetables.

9. BIOL 250 – Human Anatomy

What’s better than learning about your body and breezing through a college course? This class allows you to do just that! The course is covers an array of topics about the body including how the cells functions to create tissues, how all the body systems work together with each other to keep the body going and more. The course can be taken in a laboratory setting or lecture setting, making this class great for either hands-on learning or a more book-oriented learning style.

A nurse taking a patient's blood pressure.

10. PHYC 140 – Introduction to Astronomy

This course provides students with the history of ancient and modern astrology including the creation of the solar system, galactic systems, stellar systems and more. Although there is a little bit of math involved in the course, it is mostly a history class on how the universe became what it is today.

An astroid belt in the galaxy.

All of these class are thought to be GPA boosters, but are also great courses where the skills students are learning can be carried into their real life careers. Choosing from these course though will definitely keep you sane as you try to milk the most out of your college experience while still getting a fine education in the process. Tell your friends about these courses too, no reason to not share the secrets!

 

5 Addicting Coffee Shops around FSU

Coffee has become a drink many of us started drinking too early in our lives in order to get through the day, but nonetheless a great cup of coffee truly can jumpstart your day. Whether you like your coffee black or a classic latte, here are three stellar coffee shops in Tallahassee:

5) RedEye Coffee

A modern looking shop in Midtown, RedEye was originally two guys bagging coffee and selling it just to give all their profits to missionaries and charities locally. Soon, this vision became bigger and RedEye took off as an environmentally friendly coffee shop. Their coffee and teas are organically grown from small farmers and their cups are earth friendly! RedEye is extremely active in global social change, so go in, grab you Cafe Americano and sit back knowing you helped the world by buying that cup of coffee.

red eye coffee

4) Calvin’s Coffeehouse

Calvin’s is a coffee house right down the street from Westcott and although they serve Lucky Goat Coffee here (which is also on this list later), the place itself is quite great. It’s in the basement of UKirk Tallahassee, and is a quaint venue great for a study session while sipping on some fantastic coffee. Stacked with incredibly comfortable couches and enough room to sit far away from other people in the shop, Calvin’s is a perfect alternative to the Strozier or Dirac Libraries.

calvins

3) Black Dog Coffee

With coffee on a lake, Black Dog gives you a lowly lit, antique feel inside of the shop and a beautiful spectacle of Lake Ella outside of the shop. A nice and quiet place to study for your midterms or a great place just to clear your head from the day, Black Dog has is all. Their speciality drinks, Black Dogs or White Dog Frappes, are fantastic unwinders after a hard days work. A place definitely worth checking out if you are new to Tally or just visiting!

black-dog-cafe

2) Lucky Goat Coffee Company

Perhaps the largest and most popular operation in Tallahassee, Lucky Goat’s success is admirable. They went from a small shop about 20 minutes from the city, to a massive four shop expansion, each closer to campus as they opened progressively. All of their coffee is tasty, but every couple of weeks they have a featured cold brew flavor- their best being a vanilla hazelnut in my opinion- which always gives you a new option for trying. With a very industrial and hipster look inside, Lucky Goat is a fun little hang out spot as well!

lucky goat

1) Catalina Café

And now last but certainly not least, Catalina Café. This place is an absolute gem. I have, personally, never had better coffee than a cup of Catalina. With coffee bean roasted in store fresh every morning and afternoon, Catalina Café never disappoints with their taste and freshness with their coffee and with their numerous breakfast and lunch sandwiches. Atmosphere wise, you walk into a rustic scenery to a warm welcome from any employee that is working. There are 4 locations in Tallahassee (and one in Naples if you live nearby), including a shop in the beautiful Cascades Park on S Gadsden St, which gives you the best coffee in town a nice little walk around nature. Catalina has found the perfect medium between atmosphere, once in a lifetime coffee and caffeine addiction, and I highly recommend y’all check it out if you love coffee and are in town or ever visiting!

catalina

Top 5 Restaurants around FSU

Has there been a time this semester that you’ve wanted to try something new in Tallahassee but didn’t know what so you just settled for Chipotle or Chic Fil A? Well no need for that anymore because here is a list of the top 5 local restaurants around FSU

5. Burrito Boarder

the outside o burrito boarder restaurant

Ever wanted to eat delicious food on surf boards? How about $1 tacos on Tuesdays? Burrito Boarder’s has you covered then! With a surfer theme from inside to out, including surfboard tables and murals on the outside of the restaurant, Burrito Boarder serves just about the best “Fresh Mex” in town. There are a variety of proteins, including three different types of chicken, two different types of pork, ground beef, Swai fish and even seasoned potatoes! BB also has Taco Tuesdays where they serve $1 tacos with a purchase of a drink. So go in a grab a delicious meal right off of W Pensacola and Stadium Dr. and order a side of queso, which took the owner FIVE years to perfect!

4. Digia in Urban Food Market

the sushi served at mr. roboto
Interior shot of the St Roch Market ELYSIAN OYSTER BAR in foreground

Have you ever wanted a bowl of pasta as quickly as you get your chipotle? Well now you can! Digia is a quant restaurant in the greater whole of Urban Food Market, which I can only best describe it as a large , open warehouse with five or six different built-in restaurants and public seating all around the warehouse. Digia offers a quick stop pasta shop, with you getting a small or large portion of pasta (with a choice of all sorts of different types of pasta), three vegetables, a protein, your choice of 5 sauces and a cheese topper after it is all cooked and ready. Prices vary from $4.99+ tax for a kids portion (which anyone can order despite the name) or $8.99 for a large portion.

3.  Mr. Roboto

If you ever want to drown exquisite hibachi food in Yum Yum sauce, Mr. Roboto is the place to go. Mr. Robot provides extensive amounts of sauces from teriyaki to orange sauce that you are able to top off you hibachi style chicken or steak, fried or white rice, vegetables or even noodles! They also have plenty of selection of springs rolls, dumplings, and sushi. With two locations- one on W Tennessee right after Jimmy Johns’ and one on W Pensacola right next to a different Jimmy Johns’- there is no way you can resist a chance to try this appetizing place.

2. Chuy’s Tex Mex

the exterior at Chuy's Tex Mex?

Not quite local, but the only other location lies in Gainesville (and it’s not half as good in the nasty swamp), Chuy’s Tex Mex is a great restaurant with proper Tex Mex food. Chuy’s serves anything you want in its’ category, including chicken enchiladas with your choice a creamy, zesty, tomatillo sauce or light, and tasteful tomato sauce. They have a very large menu including quesadillas, premium tacos, sizzling fajitas, and humongous burritos. Also, I’d be remised if i didn’t mention their creamy and mouthwatering queso (yes, I love queso guys, sorry not sorry). So get a group of friends and hope over to Chuy’s on E Lafayette St. adjacent to Apalachee Pwky.

1. Riccardo’s Restaurant

a plate of food served at Riccardo's Restaurant

Rounding out this list is possibly the best food stop in Tallahassee, Riccardo’s Restaurant in Midtown. A proper traditional, sit down Italian restaurant with nothing but delight on their menu. From something as simple as Spaghetti and Meatballs to the more intricate Eggplant parmesan, Riccardo’s will not do anything less than make your tastebuds go bonkers. Every plate is served with a warm, garlic seasoned bread roll, but it is not just a small piece of bread you would get at Carrabas, no no no, it is a roll two times bigger than your fist! An absolute gem of a place, Tallahassee natives know plenty about it and there is a long line to wait before it even opens at 5 PM! So for your next birthday or large celebration, head over to Riccardo’s, you will not be disappointed.

Honorable Mentions- Bandidos Burrito Company, Momos Pizza, Gaines St. Pies, Wells Brothers and Gordos