Read on to learn some helpful methods for not crying your way through mid-terms.
Senior in Secondary Education – Spanish
Hometown: Shenzhen, China
Favorite Fun Fact: Octopuses have two hearts
Spirit Animal: Cat
Do you think trying new things is scary? This K-State student moved to a different country to go attend college!
Associate Vice President for Student Life and
Director of New Student Services
From Olivet, Kansas
Strengths: Maximizer, Arranger, Individualization, Learner, and Achiever
This phenomenal woman is someone that you need to know.
I love what I do, and I feel really grateful that I can say that. That thought made me think even more about why it is I am yet to dread anything I do and unlike a lot of people I do not have any miserable tasks hanging over my head. This is an “explore as you write” kind of blog-post where I just threw a random thought or feeling onto my laptop screen and at this point I do not even know where I am going with this.
Is it that I find the silver lining in everything? Is it that I am too easily entertained? (I would put my money on that.) Or is it that I coincidentally have a knack for everything I do? (I would NOT put any money on that- at all.) Continue reading “Do what you love and you will never have to work a day in your life”
There is always that one class you take with you after college. Whether it’s a soul-baring writing class or a tough-as-nails statistics course, this one class leaves its mark on you and challenges you to stretch the limits of your brain and redefine your comfort zone. Read on to learn which classes at K-State spurred our student bloggers on to great new heights and why!
Yesterday I took a walk around campus with nothing but my camera in my hand and I took dozens of photos of an average day on the K-State campus. Continue reading “Let the love of learning rule humanity.”
Trying new things is part of the essence of going to college, we do it on a daily or weekly basis. With every new experience you learn something new and with every new thing you learn you grow.
Some of us, however, always end up learning and growing more than others. The reason for that is that while some are trying something new and being brave enough to embark on a new venture, others try a new attitude and are brave enough to embrace a new perspective.
I believe attitude to be a skill of success, and perhaps the most important one there is. The way you make yourself feel about things in your everyday life dictates your level of success in your personal or work life. Attitude also controls one very important thing, and that is one’s happiness, without which, everything else is perishable.
Last Saturday I attended a design workshop at the Beach Museum of Art with Anita Lehmann, an artist visiting from Seattle, WA. I had signed up for the workshop 6 weeks in advance and had totally forgotten about it, and when I got the email reminder Saturday morning only one feeling was running through my body: dread.
It was the next morning after a Friday night that ended quite late, and the workshop was from 10 am to 3 pm. I have classes and work every day of the week and I’m always up by 7 am to start preparing for my day and I am usually back in bed by midnight. Every day but Saturday; Saturday is my holy day (No pun intended). On Saturdays I get to sleep in and do lazy activities in my pajamas to help me decompress and recharge, but now I had to spend five hours on my feet bent over trying to draw with tools I’ve never used before in my life.
However, I knew that I was bound to this room at the museum for the next five hours and not attending the workshop would reflect negatively on me as the spots were limited and that means I probably took a spot away from someone who would’ve attended.
Right then and there I decided to change my attitude, the way I’m making myself feel about the workshop. I could’ve gone in there with a straight face and sucked it up until 3:00 PM, or I could’ve put a smile on my face and walked in there and listened to what the instructor had to say and done my best to enjoy the time I’m spending. Either way I would’ve spent the same amount of time and felt the same sore back and feet. So even though I wasn’t entirely excited to begin with, I did my best to be enthused and content with being there.
That design workshop with Lehmann ended up being the most gratifying, enriching, and soulful artistic experience I’ve had in years. I enjoyed it so much that by 3 o’clock I was hoping she’d ask us to draw something else just so I can stay and take in more of the experience. So much so that I could actually write two or three blog posts about this one day.
You might have that dreadful 7:30 AM class that you signed up for because it was the only one left, an assignment that you can’t possibly see the rhyme or reason behind being assigned it, a job that is as boring as the day is long, or student loans that feel like a boulder on your back. Next time thinking about these things brings you down, try instead thinking about the time you’ll have left to do with your day and how healthy and good it is to wake up early, how rewarding it is to get an A in a class by the end of the semester, what you could do with the paycheck you’ll be getting in two weeks, and how if you play your cards right, you can take your student loans out in a few years, one baby step at a time, and you’ll be left with a degree and a college experience for life.
So it’s Sunday, the night before the Finals Week. Time to freak out, right? No! Finals week can be stressful, but as I am going into Finals Week and the end of my junior year, I think I’ve finally developed a strategy to help me get through this week with as little stress as possible.
Embrace the stress. “Whaaat?! Embrace the stress? What does that even mean?” Well, to me, it means accepting that you might feel a bit stressed and tired. It means resisting the urge to curl up in bed or watch Netflix because it feels like you have too much to do and you’ll never accomplish it all. I try to remind myself that it’s only a week (maybe not even that long, depending on when your finals are) and then its summer break!
Sleep. No seriously, get some sleep! I always hear people talking about how they stayed up all night studying in the library before a final. I even heard a story of someone who stayed in the library all night, and brought their toothbrush and clothes to change into before their final. That just sounds awful to me! I won’t sit here and tell you that you should never pull an all-nighter, because I definitely have and I’m sure the majority of college students have, but I’d recommend not pulling an all-nighter for a test. I mean, how much information are you really retaining at 3am? And the number of horror stories about people staying up all night to study, only to fall asleep and miss their test, makes it seem too risky to me. You can cut down on a lot of stress by staying on top of your work so your prepared at the end of the semester. I struggle a lot with this, Netflix just always seems like a better time than writing a paper you know? But I try to remind myself how much more relaxing Dead Week and Finals Week will be if I get it done ahead of time.
Talk about summer plans, movies, ANYTHING except finals. Sometimes when I hear people talking about finals it starts to feel like a competition. “Oh you have two really hard finals? Well I have THREE!” “Wow, you only got 4 hours of sleep last night? That sucks, I only got like 2 hours.” I think that we start to sort of encourage a negative attitude about finals. Talk about summer, family, anything to get you excited and put you in a happy mood!
These are a couple of things that I try to do help get me through Finals Week. It might not be possible to completely get rid of the stress, I mean, finals are definitely important. But they don’t completely determine your entire future, and they don’t have to be as awful as we make them out to be. So just remember this and that there is only one week until summer break!
Good luck on finals!