It’s been a full year of homework, assignments, and projects and as of right now, it is going into finals week. Dun, Dun, DUUUUUN. I am extremely tired and chugging coffee by the pot.
It’s okay though. This amazing year is almost over and there’s a lot to reflect upon.
That being said, I’m going to go around campus and make a video that reflects upon one main thing students learned within the year. No… I’m not talking about equations or theories, I’m talking about life lessons.
We all know that college is a place of learning academically but we forget it’s place where you learn the most about yourself and about life.
Within my wonderful group of friends, there has been recurring phrase “IT’S A YEAR OF TRYING NEW THINGS”.So let’s put that phrase to the test and let’s see the new things students around campus have tried and learned.
If you have anything, you’ve learned and want to share in this video message me! Any tips or suggestions? Message or comment! I’d love to get you guys involved!
Tired of school? So far, it’s been extremely busy the last few weeks and have been pretty crazy. Assignments here and projects there, random pop-up quizzes and a few exams placed randomly through the week. It’s a hectic week for all students, and I’m pretty sure others feel the same.
1. StayFocusd helps you be productive by blocking out any distracting, time-wasting sites.
2. StayFocusd allows you to block sites according to your schedule.
You can decide the days and times that the app will be active on your browser and it will automatically run. It also allows you to have “free” time, setting a specific allotted time to browsing distracting websites.
3. It LITERALLY challenges you to try and change your original settings.
If already in Active mode, you can adjust the app to require a challenge for you if you wanted to try and change a blocked or allowed website, etc.
4. It has a NUCLEAR option. NUCLEAR.
The nuclear option allows the person to completely block out all unwanted websites for a number of hours. It gives no option to cancel it once it is activated, forcing you to do work for the written time.
5. YOU are in control.
With this app, you have to actually use it to be extremely effective and productive. It is only an aid for those who have the determination to get things done.
Face it. Stress is inevitable. You are bound to stress out the minute you wake up and get out of bed.
Lately these weeks have been getting busier and busier, these days have been getting longer and longer, these eyes are growing and tired and this body has become restless. It’s the stress from work that makes you pull your hair, the stress from school that makes you sigh, and just the stress from life that makes you cry.
You have to understand that the good stress motivates you, it makes you get yo ur life together and start working. Without good stress, you can imagine that there wouldn’t be much work done. Sure, there’s an assignment due at midnight and there’s some reading that needs to be done by next class but those are manageable tasks.
The bad stress is something much different. The bad stress makes you want to cry, rip out your hair, and not do work at all. The bad stress makes you feel so overwhelmed that you’re sick to your stomach. It makes you feel like you can’t breathe and you can’t focus.
What I’m trying to say is that there’s a good amount of stress that is beneficial to your daily life. The overwhelming stress can’t and won’t help you at all and stressing to the point of a mental break down won’t get you anywhere.
Remember, stress is inevitable but you do have control over what you stress over and how much you stress about it.
How To Deal
With this, here are some tips and advice to remember from some professional stressed out procrastinators who can relate to your struggles on the super-saiyan spiritual level.
1. It’s not worth it.
The stress and the worry, of course. Continually stressing and worrying won’t help or get anything done. The only thing that it can do is make you more worried and stressed out to the point where you end up crying on the kitchen floor eating the half-tub of freezer burned ice cream.
“Let it go. Just let it go. Finals week and every week is that time where I’m just so stressed out and I feel like I’m not getting anything done. It all just seems so so important but after I realize that it’s not all that important,” said Emily Scates, History sophomore.
2. Stay organized. Stay on top.
It’s understandable that once you get caught up in the moment, it’s difficult to keep organized and keep track of time. But especially in these harder, more difficult times stay organized and keep track of time. It is amazing how much less stressful life is when you can visually see how many tasks you need to do and when to do them by. Your mind gets so boggled down when you think you have so much to do but it’s the simple things like writing those tasks down, that changes things.
“Try to keep on top of your schedule when you know you have upcoming assignments due. It’s easier said than done.” said Sarah Bridger, professor of history at Cal Poly.
The importance of finding time of yourself. Yes, this blog emphasizes greatly on time for yourself… but it is important. Finding time to yourself gives you the time to breathe, reflect, and find more motivation. It’s important to get a grip on your emotions and understand that this stress is only temporary.
“A lot of times I feel that I put too much emphasis on the importance or difficulty of something I’m doing.Yes, it’s important to do my best in everything I do, but in the large scope of life, I believe God’s got everything under control.” said Eric Cuyle, business admin junior.
It’s a cheesy and stupid reminder… but in the end all this stress is temporary. Sure, finals week and midterms week is pretty important. Of course, you should do your very best during this time. But just remember to breathe cause breathing is pretty important.
The following post ‘Naps for Class’ was inspired by two wonderful articles from TIME and New York Times. The post surrounds the same subject and problem for all college students and I encourage my audience to read their articles, as well.
The subject is quite important for people of all ages and different populations, but the subject is supremely important for college students. College students of this generation happen to be one of the most sleep-deprived population, according to Campus Mind Works, and being aware of the importance of sleep for your mental and physical health, as well as your grades can change your college experience for the better.
The Lay Down
It’s a common fact that a majority of college students are sleep deprived. No matter what university, what major, or what classes they are taking, a majority of college students are so stressed or “too busy” to find time to rest.
But it’s important to find rest. Anywhere and at any time.
You can chug energy drinks and cups of coffee but the caffeine in them can only do so much to help you get that A. However, a good 20-60 minute nap can give you that rest that your brain needs to refresh itself.
Many colleges are realizing this too. A good number of universities are investing in MetroNaps’EnergyPod, these pods come with a timer and relaxing music that allow a student to rest from 20-30 minutes. Universities that can’t afford these luxury pods, invest in silent rooms where students can rest during those long nights.
According to a study in TIME, “poor sleep was found to be as powerful as binge drinking, and more powerful than marijuana, in predicting who would have academic problems.”
Please rest up. It’s important to get those Zzz’s if you want them A’s.
Just as the school year begins, every student comes in with the same attitude: “I’m totally going to ace this quarter. I swear I’ll do so well, I’ll even have the perfect sleep schedule.”
But in reality, that truly never happens.
“It’s only the second week and I’m dying,” said Vivian Mac, a Materials Engineering sophomore. “We just came back and midterms are literally next week.”
College is a stressful environment. Everyone knows that. However, the quarter system makes everything even more stressful. The quarter system is this hell bent system that pushes students to learn an entire course of information in only ten weeks. Yes, this grueling system is so fast it puts the Flash to shame. Altogether, this fast paced system gives professors back pains and leaves students tear stained.
But the solution to a successful quarter all comes down to these few questions: How can we beat the system? How can we barely survive this disastrous fate of coffee-induced papers written at 4 a.m. and tear stained cheat sheets crammed with every formula, equation, and rule?
It’s simple. It all begins in the syllabus week.
“Staying organized has to be a number 1 priority in the very beginning, especially because the quarter moves so fast. It’s easy to fall behind but it makes life easier if you make a plan and stick to it. Even planning a day at a time makes a huge difference,” said Clarisse Wangeline, English Sophomore.
Here are 3 tips and tricks to starting your quarter right.
When you get the syllabus, always read the entire syllabus.
It gives you the need to know information on percentage of grades, dates of assignments and exams, office hours and etc.
It allows you to analyze what is important and what isn’t, what counts towards your grade and what you can skip over.
It aids professor in answering almost every repetitive question every student has in their mind. Office hours? Syllabus. Contact information? Syllabus. What days they’ll be absent? Syllabus.
2. Keep a planner.
Keeping a planner keeps you organized. The minute you get your syllabus from all your classes, fill it with all your scheduled exams, projects, and papers. The planner keeps you on top of all your assignments and lets you see your exams from a mile away. Investing in a good planner or even making your own can make all the difference in the world. (i.e. this planner or DIY planner)
Keeping a planner not only helps with your school work, a planner can help with your social life. Keeping a planner means balancing your time between school work and your social life wisely
A simple “Hello!” in the beginning of class to the person beside you can make a difference in both your social life and your grade. By gaining a friend in class, you have access to their notes and a study buddy.
Being organized and prepared makes a huge difference in your experience as a college student. It determines what you get to do and what you have to spend your time on. By balancing your time and starting things right, it’s more likely you’ll have a great college experience.
I hope this helps you to a start of a great quarter. Good luck on the first few weeks of college!