End of the Semester Stress

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It’s that time of the semester. Everything you have been putting off for the last minute is catching up to you, and you feel like your teachers are just piling everything on you on purpose and it seems impossible to get through, but in the end, we somehow make it out on the other side.

Here are a few pointers I find to do to get me through the next few weeks.

  • PLAN AHEAD! I can’t stress that enough to people,if you just write it down in your planner, on your calendar, or even put a reminder on your phone, it will reduce your stress immensely knowing you have a plan to do that paper, or to make that study guide for your test.
  •  Sleep. I know it seems silly telling you to sleep during the most stressful weeks of your life (it will seem), but if you don’t get enough sleep in your daily schedule, it will catch up to you and mess up your studying schedule. You want to be well-rested when trying to study or it will just go in one ear and out the other.
  • Take a break from your work. You can’t drive yourself crazy doing your work 24/7 because you will be run down and maybe your work will not reflect the results you would like to get. If you’re having trouble concentrating go out to eat with your friends, get your mind off of school for a few hours and come back with a clear head to focus again and it will be much easier to retain the information.

Just relax and do your work, everything will turn out great if you take care of yourself first!

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Coffee Addiction

I seem to catch myself drinking WAY MORE coffee lately than I have ever before. I usually now have 3-4 cups of coffee a day. I feel that this is due to the amount of school work that is being piled on one by one at this point into the semester. If you are caffeine addicted as well, you can probably relate to this…

1.) You literally CAN’T get anything done until you’ve had your coffee for the day. If you talk to me before I’ve had at least one sip of my coffee of the day 9/10 times I’m not even listening to you. imgres-1.png

2.) When you get a headache, that is an excuse in itself to go drink more coffee.

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3.) One cup is never enough…

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4.) You’ll risk being 10 minutes last to class for your coffee.

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5.) Coffee at 9:00pm is totally normal…especially if you have a 10-page paper due at 8am the next morning.

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6.) You go to Starbucks and the baristas know your order front to back… You don’t even have to say anything to them when you walk up to the counter to order.

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Struggles Every College Student Will Go Through

Considering it is heading towards the end of the semester for most of us students in College, I thought it would be appropriate to write a post about the struggles I feel that every student can relate to, at this point in the semester.

Running out of money on your meal card. Every student has experienced that horrid moment when you look at the balance on your meal card and seeing BARELY enough money to last you another 3 weeks. So, you resort to good old Ramen Noodles, and beg your friends for scrapes of their left over food. studentstruggles_freefun.gif

Registering for classes. This is always the number one thing throughout the semester that gives me the most anxiety. You will choose your classes and constantly check online to see if any of them close. If one closes, you’re doomed. images.jpg

Pulling all nighters. We’ve all done them. Unfortunately at this point of the semester you catch yourself doing them almost every night due to the procrastination from the beginning of the semester when the assignment was given to you, and you catch yourself kicking yourself when you re-call yourself saying “Oh I’ll worry about that later, I got so much time”.imgres-2.jpg

Laundry. If you’re like me, you’re probably broke at this point and are literally going through couch cushions to find that dollar in quarters you need so you don’t have to re-wear your clothes due to procrastination of doing sunday morning laundry.imgres-3.jpg

 

Stages of a Netflix binge

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If you pay the $8.00 a month Netflix fee, you have DEFINITELY had your fair share of having Netflix binges. Here is what you’ll probably experience while on a Netflix binge.

1.) Choosing a show to watch, you’ll most likely choose a show that everyone is talking about on Twitter or Facebook and see what the obsession is, can it really be that great of a show?

2.) After watching the first two episodes you don’t really get what the whole hype about the show is, but you decide to watch a few more episodes before you move on to the next best thing.

3.) NOW you get why people are so fascinated with the show about 3 episodes after, and you’re slowly getting hooked into the show.

4.) You’ve watched about 6 episodes and you realize you need to stop being anti social and go do SOMETHING other than having your eyes peeled to a computer screen for another 6 hours…

5.) You automatically regret leaving your laptop and want to go back and see what is next to come on the show you’re watching

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6.) You tell yourself after EVERY SINGLE episode “I’ll just watch one more and then I’ll go to bed…but OH WAIT it’s 4am? How did that happen?

7.) You’ll most likely go through the EXACT SAME process tomorrow… and the day after that…and the day after that…

8.) You finally finish the entire series and you feel like you just lost your best friend.

9.) BUT, then you finally find another show to obsess over and start the obsessive cycle ALL OVER again.

Sunday Blues

SUNDAY-BLUES

I thought it would be appropriate to write a post today about how much i dislike this day, along with probably everyone else, during the week.

Sundays are the most depressing day filled with work that you probably forgot to do during the week before, and you most likely will be procrastinating on that work the whole day. Here are a few things that probably most college students feel as their sundays go on…

1.) Sleeping in until about 12:00pm- 1:00pm. No one ever wants to wake up on a Sunday morning, no matter if you didn’t get a lot of sleep from being out until 3:00am the night before, all of your responsibilities can wait until later, right?

2.) Watch some Netflix or at least attempt at your homework, but then go right back to binge watching Grey’s Anatomy because hey its still early.

3.) Take a Nap because you’re still exhausted from the lack of sleep, or the hangover that you are probably fighting, and you need a clear head for the loads of homework you’ll be doing later.

4.) It’s probably around 5:00pm and you’re starting to feel the anxiety of getting absolutely nothing done, so you start to do ANYTHING else but your work, like cleaning your room so you don’t have to face that philosophy paper due tomorrow.

5.) Dinner, you can’ start your homework without having a full meal, you need to focus, so what is sitting at the dining hall for an hour an a half going to do? You were probably going to procrastinate anyways, right?

6.) You FINALLY start your work, after looking at every form of social media you decide you need to put your foot down and face your responsibilities, but how did it get to be 9:00pm?

7.) You promise yourself you won’t do this next week, but the cycle will continue, because you know sunday’s are meant for procrastination.

Having a Twin Sister

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I thought that I would write a post on what it is really like having a twin. My sister Sarah and I although many would argue that we look exactly alike, we are in-fact fraternal. Although that really doesn’t matter because we almost are interested in the same exact things. We even ended up going to the same school together, have the same major, are in the same sorority, and we even live together. Here are a few things of what it’s like to have a twin…

1.) Being a twin is as cool as you think, we even have switched classes a few times pretending to be each-other. Yes, basically pulling a parent trap. It can be a lot of fun messing around with people.

2.) Yes, we did have our own “twin language” when we were younger. My parents say that we would be up all night talking to each other in jibberish, knowing exactly what each other was saying. I know, weird right.

3.) It does kind of suck being compared to someone almost all the time, we have even had people say that they call us “the pretty twin and the ugly twin”, yea it does suck.

4.) You will ALWAYS have someone there to be brutally honest, even if it does end up into a fight. Your twin won’t hesitate to tell you the truth, no matter if she is trying to be as nice as she can, she will tell you if you look bad in those jeans.

5.) No, twin telepathy is not a thing. We always seem to get asked that question all the time. Yea i guess we do think the same things at the same time, but there is no way i can read her mind, thats just silly.

6.) There will always be someone there for you. No matter how much we fight, i know she will always have my back and be there for me, even if it is just to have someone to get lunch with.

 

Why I am Going to Miss Winter

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So, these past few days the weather has changed pretty dramatically from the ice cold days that we have had in the past few weeks, to 70 degrees and wearing nothing more than a long sleeved shirt. Everyone is taking full advantage of the perfect weather, even the professors seem to be too, either ending classes early to let students enjoy the beautiful day, or even having classes outside.

Now I am more than happy with this weather and it seems to be making everyone a lot happier and friendlier, which is great to see. But, I really am going to miss the cold weather, and this is why…

  1. The fashion.The outfits are SO much better in the winter than the spring/summer seasons. Whether it’s because of the more layers or what you might think, there is just something better about winter fashion than anything else. ALSO, there is nothing i love more than wearing a big comfy sweatshirt and sweatpants, and now that winter is ending i won’t be able to bum out in this comfy attire 😦
  2. NO ALLERGIES. My biggest thing i hate about the spring is the allergies. I have the WORST of it, between the runny nose, scratchy throat, and irritated eyes. In the winter i never have to worry about bringing my allergy medication with me everywhere i go.
  3. In the winter when it is cold out, you just put on more layers of clothes and your fine! In the summer when you’re practically almost naked and you feel like you’re on fire, there isn’t much you can do.
  4. The holidays! I am a BIG FAN of the holidays, especially christmas (but who isn’t).
  5. Snow. I love snow, i know a lot of people would beg to differ, but i love when it snows, and the beauty of it outside when it’s completely white. I think it is beautiful.

Home Will Always Be My Favorite Place To Be

Being away at College, and being a Junior, I’ve had my many times of being home sick while being away at school. Luckily I don’t live that far away from school, so i will always have my safe place to go back to when I get that feeling of missing my Mom and my family. Here’s a few reasons why. 10645154_10205456549282818_7012209736308652083_n

  1. Nothing beats your own bed. No matter how comfy your bed at school can be, it will never measure up to your bed at home.
  2. Having your car again. Unfortunately for myself, my car is at home, so I don’t have the luxury of having my car and being free to go where I want, when i want.
  3. Being able to sleep in as long as you want. Now I do sleep in on the weekends at school, but nothing is better than sleeping in, in your childhood bed at home and waking up to eggs and bacon that your mom made.
  4. Speaking of bacon…HOME MADE FOOD. This may be my favorite thing when coming home. Being a junior in college, im sure every college student knows the struggle of maintaining money on your food plan, which ofcourse runs out about a month before you go home for break, so when going home and being able to eat GOOD food and not worrying about how much is left on your card, it is nothing but pure happiness to me.
  5. FREE LAUNDRY. Now my number one thing I hate more than anything is doing my laundry at school. I hate how I have to spend at least $5 to do just one load of laundry. When I am home, I don’t have to worry about spending money, and if people will steal my clothes.
  6. Being able to shower in my own shower. Although my shower in my apartment at school isn’t half as bad as the one’s I’ve had to deal with in my past two years at school, being able to shower at home in the shower that I basically grew up to know, is the best thing.
  7. Spending time with my family. Although I don’t admit it enough, I do enjoy coming home and hanging out with my sisters. It’s fun to catch up on everything going on in our lives, and to reminisce on the past.

Why Your College Roommate is your Best Friend

10614346_10204732772224008_2626045843247696743_nLuckily my freshman year at Iona College, I got paired with the best people i have met in my life. Going into College the number one thing i was most scared about wasn’t just making friends alone, but having my roommates as my friends. I’ve heard horror stories about roommate situations in college, and with my luck I have,I didn’t have a doubt in my mind that, that would happen to me. But I was wrong.

I didn’t expect to be placed with my best friends. I am more than grateful that I ended up with such great roommates and best friends that have always been there for me. Even now, as a junior in college i still live with at least some of these people, and I wouldn’t want it any other way.

Here are a few reasons why your college roommate is your best friend.

  1. They are ALWAYS there for you when you need a good venting session. Whether it’s about life, or that stupid philosophy test that you probably failed, they will always be there to hear what you have to say, and give you great advice on it.
  2. They will eat food with you at any hour, whether it’s 2:00pm or 2:00am, they will always be down to eat at the cafeteria, or a late night McDonalds feast.
  3. Your closets are each others closets. Whether you want to borrow her big comfy sweatshirt for class, or you’re trying to figure out what to wear out on a Saturday night, you have now multiple options to sift through.
  4. You will always have someone to watch you’re favorite show with. If your roommate is your best friend, odds are you have the same interests, such as the same T.V. shows. It doesn’t matter what you are doing, if your roommate says “hey want to watch Grey’s with me right now” you will make time for it.
  5. There is no judgement when living with your best friend. You will never ever be embarrassed in how you look or act when you live with her, no matter how weird/ odd you are, because you love each other like sisters.
  6. You can’t picture living with anyone else. No matter how much you fight with them, they will always be there for you no matter what. Life and college wouldn’t be the same living without your best friends.

The Need for Organization

These past few weeks have been nothing but riddled with stress and anxiety for me. I’ve had to pretty much sit myself down and force myself to realize that all of this stress is pretty much stemmed from myself and my tendency to procrastinate and leaving everything for the last minute.

I realized that i need organization in my life. The best advice i can give is to write everything down that you need to do, and force yourself to do whatever it is needed to be done on whatever day that you think would be best for yourself to get that project you’ve been holding off on for weeks that is due. Not only will you get it done, but you will feel better about yourself for accomplishing something you wouldn’t normally do, even if it is something as small as completing the homework assignment a week early. You will feel like you have a lot more time, and your stress and anxiety will decrease.