A Video is coming! A VIDEO IS COMING

Hello my little stressed out lovelies!

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.

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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!

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Stressed and Tired of School

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.

Five Reasons Why You NEED StayFocusd

1. StayFocusd helps you be productive by blocking out any distracting, time-wasting sites.

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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.
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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.
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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.
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 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.
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Alternatives to StayFocusd

Mac: SelfControl

Desktop: Cold Turkey

 

 

Naps for Class

What’s Going On.

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.

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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.

 

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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.

Survival Guide: Start the Quarter Right

 

 

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.

  1. 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.

 

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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

3. Socialize.

  • 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.

 

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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!