Month: November 2014
Every high school student wants to know what it is like to be a college student.
Well, most college students aren’t just students, they also have jobs.
Working in college makes sense. College students are usually not independently wealthy, and the income is welcomed. However, work, school, clubs, friends, and other commitments create an incredible circus juggling sideshow act that is quite tricky to maintain.
I work as a telecounselor in New Student Services, and also as a staff writer at our campus newspaper, The Collegian. It is recommended not to work more than 15 hours per week in college, and I usually work around 11 total.
I really like my jobs. The hours are flexible, and the people are incredibly nice and fun to work with. I enjoy talking with students and sharing my K-State experience with them.
Honestly, working and being in college is challenging at times. Some days I leave at 9:00 a.m., pack a lunch and a supper, and then I am not home until 9:00 p.m. or later. If I have a lot of homework, I have no option but to stay up late and get it done. The time management aspect is not easy. It took me about a month into my job to figure out how to balance school, work, clubs, and other obligations. Here are some tips to balance school and work:
Sleep You may feel like you don’t have time to get a solid 8 hours of sleep, but it will make your awake time much happier and more productive if you are well-rested. Naps are also a great pick me up!
Say No If you feel overwhelmed, feel free to decline when friends ask you to hang out or other things spring up. Take time for yourself. You can’t take care of anything else if you aren’t taken care of first.
Exercise Like sleep, you may convince yourself that you don’t have time to exercise. Don’t believe it. You will feel so much better if you work out at least 3 times a week!
Work hard and stay rested Wildcats,
This week has been crazy! With deadlines and preparing to go home for break I found myself needing to just unwind between classes. I have found many great places to study on campus, but sometimes it is just as important to find a place to NOT study. I have found the secret is not staying on the main floor where everyone rushes in and out but going up to the SECOND floor. This magical place doesn’t demand you check KSOL or emails and even lets you turn your phone off if you’d like.
Here are my top 3 places to stop in and do anything but study:
2) The SECOND floor of the Union in the Cat’s Pause. There is a fireplace, yes, a fireplace. This has been a favorite of mine since before I enrolled here at K-State.
3) The SECOND floor of Fairchild Hall in room 215 (also known as the UHP office) because of the views of McCain and Anderson. The honors program also offers warm beverages (my favorite are hot cocoa and coffee) to their students. Sometimes there are even snacks and other students to sit and chat with.
I am going to try and utilize some of these locations to decompress between studying for finals. Yes, I’m starting my finals preparation already. I have found it makes the whole process less stressful and it works for me. However you handle your finals preparations, good luck!
According to Newton’s First Law of Motion (and I’m paraphrasing here because my last science class was my junior year in high school..) an object in motion will stay in motion and an object at rest will stay at rest unless acted upon by an outside force.
I am that object. (And you might be/become it too.)
In college it’s easy to find comfort and stay there. That comfort could be your bed, it could be doing the bare minimum in school or the organizations you’re involved in, it could be accidentally not going to the gym for a week that turns into a month.
Again, I am that object and I have found that comfort and it is fighting to stay with the zeal of a thousand armies. It’s telling me to sleep more, do my homework and just get it done, that the gym is “just so inconvenient”, and that it really is just too cold to go to that class I have a high ‘A’ in.
I am at rest and I am searching, yearning, and calling for that outside force to well.. kick me in the butt and get me movin’.
But ya know… I can’t just wait for it. I am just going to sleep and eat way more chocolate if I choose that option. So I decided to do some research for myself, here are my findings.
… at K-State
-The Rec Center; getting yourself to the gym for the first time after a “dry spell” will take some willpower, but once you get there they have OOOODLES of self-health resources such as Group Fitness Classes fo’ FREE such as Yoga, Cycling, Total Body Toning and Zumba. You can also workout independently, work with a trainer or just spend some time on the courts playing volleyball or basketball with friends.
-Counseling Services; need to talk about choosing a major? need help adjusting to college life? or maybe you just need someone to talk to? Students at K-State have access to these services right on campus.
-Sleep is KEY to your health and your sanity; getting enough sleep at night will not only give you the energy to get through the next day, but it gives your body time to reset benefiting your ability to learn and retain information and maintain mood.
-Spend time with your friends; school is important, no question, but getting outside and letting your brain have a short break will benefit you in the end. If your mind is too busy or tired you won’t retain as much information while studying; clear your mind and come back when you’re ready…or as ready as any of us are when it comes to studying.
-Balance. Balance your activities, friends, school and sleep. And yes, this is easier said than done, but having a balance in your life will allow for success in every area.
Like I said, I am that object right now. So as a resolution I am going to go through my entire email inbox, make a to do list, and put everything on my phone calender to address my mental health with organization, I am going to go to two Group Fitness classes at the Rec Center this week to address my physical health, and I am going to set up an appointment with advisor to learn more about my options academically.
This is my kick in the butt towards balance; what will you do?
BUT IT HAS ONLY BEGUN.
Anger happens when your mind turns against your body for being sick. Thoughts like “I can’t be throwing up! I didn’t have THAT many cheeseburgers!” and “Really sinuses? You are doing this now? Don’t you know I have 3,827.5 things to do!”
3. Bargaining/Begging for Mercy
When you are sick, you will call for help from any source. You will start with frantically calling and texting your mom. “MOOOM! I’ve contracted the plague plus mad cow disease and may also have a leprosy!” “MOOOOM! I am sickkkk. What do I do?! This is the worst!” “Dad, can you give the phone to Mom please. I’m sick. No I don’t need money, but I’m not going to complain if you transfer some to my account.”
You will also ask your roommate to bring you soup. Or water. Or watch as you attempt to swallow a large pill because you have a fear of choking to death alone. Don’t worry, this probably won’t be the weirdest thing you ever ask your roommate to do.
This phase is characterized by relentless whining, pathetic moaning and general lethargy. “Help… I can’t reach the remote.” “Help… I can’t reach my phone.” “Help… I can’t reach my elbow.” There may also be perceived arm-shortening in this stage.
This is where you decide to buckle down and cure yourself. You will drink more water, rest, and go to sleep before 2:00 a.m. You will take medicine. You will go to Lafene Health Center. You will get better and think “Huh, maybe if I take care of myself at the first sign of illness next time, it won’t get so bad.” Then next time you feel the germs are after you, you will forget all wisdom you gained this time, and the cycle shall repeat.
Whether you live in a residence hall, apartment, tent, or igloo, we are a family. We breathe the same air everyday, and we are in this cold and flu season together. If you feel yourself getting sick, don’t be Taylor Swift and shake it off. Call Lafene, call your mom, and get better.
1105 Sunset Avenue
So this past weekend I met a pretty awesome lady. My roommate Chelsea’s grandmother! After coming up to visit us on a game day she invited my roommates and I to come visit her. So last Friday we made the 40-minute drive out to see her. And honestly, it was one of the best days I’ve had in college so far.
She lives in a hill! Years ago, she and her husband (along with their sons) decided that they wanted to build their house into a hill. It was crazy hearing her stories about that time of her life. They actually got dynamite and blew a hole into the side of a hill and then built the house themselves. Because it’s built into the hill the house looks pretty small from the outside, but once you walk in it’s huge and very open. She also lives next to a river, she can look out her window and see the sun reflecting off the water. After getting a tour of her amazing house and hearing stories about her life, Chelsea’s dad took us hiking. I’ve never really been to into hiking, but I had so much fun. It was the perfect day, the sun was shining and it was just a beautiful day.
Throughout college I have met some amazing people and heard so many interesting stories. College is really the best time to interact with people who have so many different life experiences!
Lately my trips down memory lane are getting more and more frequent. Is this a “Senior” thing? The nostalgia typically emerges after the words “When I first came to K-State…” or “My freshman year…” and flows freely. Today is a fine example.
A friend that I met during Week of Welcome my freshman year met me in the Union today to catch up over a cup of coffee. It was a time to put the cellphones down and talk about the things that might not have shown up in the social media newsfeed. It’s funny how even with social media many things get missed. “Oh! I remember…” was a common phrase as we talked about a time full of roommates and Sunday dinners.
I have to admit that it got a little bittersweet. We talked about the other friends we made during that time and where they are now. When I graduated high school I thought that was the last time I would be separating from really good friends. I was wrong. It’s amazing how quickly strong bonds can form. I now have friends from all over the country and the world. I didn’t think goodbyes would come so soon.
I knew that I met amazing people here. I am reminded of that every single day. What I forgot was what comes next. In a few short months they will no longer live a short walk away. I forgot early morning coffee shared on campus and late night shared pizza deliveries will come to a close. Sharing gallon size tubs of ice cream will come to a close. It’s not all sad though. There’s always plenty of reasons to meet back here in Manhattan and catch up with old friends. So, on that note, here as some pictures of some of my fondest memories from my days in Ford Hall. I’m so thankful that I took a chance, lived with strangers, got to know my floor and building, and never had to go out into the cold to eat in the Derb or grab a bite from the Bakery.
My junior and senior year of high school, I stressed and studied and obsessed over my ACT score. I took an ACT prep course online. I studied old tests. I took practice exams, all in hopes of earning AT LEAST a 28.
I got a 27.
I got a 27 three times.
Is 27 a bad score? No. It easily got me into the only college I wanted to go to, K-State. It helped me receive several scholarships. It is 6 points above the average national score of 21. My parents were pleased and proud of me, yet I felt like a disappointment for not earning my elusive goal of 28.
When I came to college, I realized something. My ACT score holds no value here.
My professors don’t care. My classmates don’t care. My current and future employers don’t care. My friends don’t care except to tease me about it.
Your ACT score truly does not matter once you are in college. It won’t matter after. Don’t let it freak you out. Study, prepare, sleep and eat well before the test, be on time, and do your best. Don’t let it take over your life.
There are a few essential ingredients for success that the ACT doesn’t measure. These include communication, will power, creativity, innovation, problem-solving ability, work ethic, dependability, and kindness.
Success in college and after is not determined by your ACT score. However, it is determined by how hard you work and how you treat others. Practice these skills more than ACT language usage, and you’ll be fine.
Of all the buzzwords that we throw around in our daily lives at K-State, I think “procrastination” has to rank in the top ten. Maybe even the top five, if you take out “Chipotle,” “Twitter,” and any terms used to describe caffeinated drinks! For a problem that affects people from all ages and walks of life, though, why does it seem that procrastination peaks during our collegiate years? You could make an argument against social media, or the way that modern technology is affecting our minds. Another quality explanation is the heightened expectations of college students in today’s global community. At the end of the day, maybe we’re just really good at, y’know, not doing things!
I come to you as a constant citizen of the state of ProcrastiNation. I’ve never met an assignment that I haven’t tried to finish within 24 hours of the due date, and there are no sweeter words to my ears than “assignment extension.” Over my past four years in college, I’ve dealt with this problem enough to become a sort of expert on the matter. (I’m not proud). However, in the interest of helping your productivity, GPA, and mental well-being during your years at K-State, I’ll try to give you the best primer I can on how to recognize and avoid procrastinating! So, without further ado:
THE FOUR LEVELS OF PROCRASTINATION
Level One – Snowball
The Snowball is your garden-variety source (and result) of procrastination. This level of procrastination starts off as an innocent “Oops!” moment. Maybe you forgot about a particular assignment for class that’s due soon, or you put off working on a group project until the last minute. In an effort to finish this particular task, you start putting off obligations to other things in your life, until BAM! The work starts to pile up, and you begin to get further and and further behind. Like a snowball rolling down the mountain, it’s easy for this backlog of work to grow, and grow, and grow, which leads us to our next level of procrastination…
Level Two – Kilimanjaro
Ever had so much to do that you just freeze? Does making your to-do list take longer than the homework itself? Congratulations! You have entered the “Kilimanjaro” stage of procrastination. Your mountain of things to-do has become so formidable, just the thought of starting on it terrifies you. Deadlines are approaching swiftly, and if you don’t start soon, you run the risk of falling behind completely. You know that you’ll have to climb this mountain step by step, but where should you begin? If you don’t have a set way to prioritize your time, you may drop to the stage of…
Level Three – Procrastivity
Let’s step into the mind of someone who has finally decided to take on their mountain of work. “This is it! I’m definitely getting some work done today. Let’s check out my to-do list… Hmm. I have an essay due tomorrow, an interview the day after, and a test next week. I think I’ll rearrange all of my Spotify playlists, and then revise my bucket list!” Way to go, champ. You have officially fallen into the trap of procrastivity. This is where, in an effort to defeat procrastination, we start to be incredibly productive…on all the wrong tasks! Yeah, you get the rush of endorphins from actually checking something off of your to-do list, but the deadlines on the work you actually SHOULD be doing are creeping closer, and closer, until…
Level Four – Queen Syndrome
BOOM. In one final push, you somehow finish all of the work before the deadline! As you collapse onto the bed/couch/futon of your choice to make up sleep, you hope that you never have to do this again. Unfortunately, for some people, they’re doomed to repeat this behavior again, and again, and again. These students may say they “work better with a deadline,” or that they are “game-time performers.” If you also asked these kind of people what their favorite candy bar is, they’d tell you Time Crunch. This problem can escalate to the point where they can’t accomplish anything unless they’re under an unhealthy amount of self-inflicted stress. They prefer to live their entire lives…UNDER PRESSURE!
Now that my obligatory 70’s rock band reference is over, it’s time to get more serious. I’ve taken a very lighthearted look at an issue that we all may deal with at some point in our lives, but chronic procrastination can wreck more than just your GPA. Humans aren’t meant to live under the type of stress that that this problem can create, and chronic procrastination can be a sign of underlying psychological problems, such as anxiety, ADD, ADHD, or even depression. If you ever feel like you have too much to handle in your life, I encourage you to call some of the campus resources I’ve listed below! These are all free for K-State students, and can drastically improve your quality of life.
Office of Student Life – 785-532-6432
Counseling Services – 785-532-6927
Student Access Center – 785-532-6441
Check in soon for some productivity tips perfect for defeating procrastination!