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#StudiousSeptember: Releasing My Inner Dancer

30 Sep

Dancing has always been a passion of mine but, since I have self-esteem issues I’ve never really pursued/developed this talent. I enjoy dancing because it helps me take the edge off and I’m able to express myself. 

After not dancing for almost three years now, a co-worker of mine was somehow able to convince me to audition for a dance crew. However, I didn’t know what to expect and ended up being completely unprepared. I thought this audition would be about an hour long at the least…BOY was I wrong. I woke up a bit late, so I didn’t have time to eat breakfast. That was my first error. I forgot to get a water bottle, error number two. I decided to wear running shoes to the audition, error number three. Not to mention it took the 62 people who showed up almost three hours to learn the dance. And after that, we still had to audition in smaller groups in front of the judges.

The whole process ran from 1-5pm! By that time I didn’t even care if I made it on the team or not I just wanted to go home to eat and rest. I had blisters on my feet, felt exhausted, and I couldn’t stop thinking about food. 

It comes as no surprise that I did not make the cut. But, it was quite a learning experience. I learned to never wear running shoes to a dance audition, always pack a lunch and water bottle, and to make the best out of every situation. I also learned that I am too hard on myself and I should really be more confident. 

Special thanks and props to Bri for convincing me to get out of bed at 12 pm on a Sunday.


Take a Study Break

12 Dec

The finals season is one of the hardest parts of the semester. This is a time when everyone is stressed beyond belief and running on fumes. This is why study breaks are so important. It is necessary to your well being to eat well, get an adequate amount of sleep (a minimum of 6 hours), get some exercise, and have some fun! Here are some study break ideas to help relieve some stress and get you ready for finals.

1. Take a Nap

Naps can be a great way to break up study sessions and give your mind a rest. Just be sure to limit your naps to 45 minutes by setting an alarm or asking a roommate to wake you up. If you don’t, you might hit a rut and decide to sleep through some much needed studying time. kitty

2. Treat Yo’ Self

It’s always nice to reward yourself with a healthy or not-so-healthy snack after a long study session. As we all know, food becomes energy, so snack it up!



3. Walk it Off

Sometimes life just knocks you down with all of its demands of exams, essays, and presentations. So what you have to do is just walk it off and clear your head.


4. Create Something

Working with your hands can help release all the pent-up feelings and tension. Try doodling, painting, knitting, or even cooking. Doing something completely unrelated to studying and physical activity can have very positive outcomes.



5. Work it Out!

Utilize your resources by going to the Rec and getting your sweat on! Get your heart rate up and go for a run or, if you’re too lazy to get dressed and go outside, do some quick indoor exercises like squats during commercial breaks and some push-ups every time there is a holiday commercial on TV.



6. Therapy Animals

Petting furry animals like dogs, cats, and guinea pigs improves your emotional health and warms your heart. For people that don’t have pets, go to a pet store and ask to hold some of their animals.


7. Karaoke Time!

Have a jam out session! Sing at the top of your lungs and dance it out.


8. Laughter is the Best Remedy

Laughing relieves stress and puts you in a better mood. Watch a funny movie or youtube video. Go on tumblr or 9gag and gets some laughs in. Here are some gifs to get you started:






Hope these tips help, and good luck on finals!




The Magic of 10.

20 Jul

As students, and human beings in general, time is of essence. The idea of “free” time seems illusionary and unattainable, but perhaps it is the manner in which we perceive free time that constrains us to believe it nonexistent. What I mean to say is that perhaps when we think of free time we think it to be an expansive amount of time like an hour or more. What if you had 10 minutes at this very moment free of responsibility and restrictions? What can you possibly do in 10 minutes?

In my busy schedule, 10 minutes can allow me to do a numerous amount of activities. Here are my top 10.

1. Eat.

Sometimes 10 minutes will be as much time as you will get to grab lunch or a snack in between classes, work, or any other commitments. Take advantage of it!


2. Work out.

Feeling in need of an energy boost or perhaps a release of stress? 10 minutes can be more than enough time to get your heart racing and blood pumping with 10-minute workouts. If they are high intensity workouts, they can serve to burn a good amount of calories.

3. Make a to-do list.

Ten minutes can help you organize yourself for the remainder of the day or the week even. Create a to-do list of what needs to get done, what deadlines are coming up, and what other commitments you have to keep front and center. You will be surprised at how much organization can flourish from just 10 minutes.


 4. Meditate.

Take time to find some peace if that is what your heart desires. Ten minutes of yoga, breathing exercises, sitting under a tree, or whatever relaxes you can have an immense impact on your mood and the rest of your day. Find peace and concentration in ten minutes by doing what you love.



5. Play games.

Allow your inner child to come out! Find a game to play in 10 minutes. Whether it is solitaire or a friendly game of tic-tac-toe, 10 minutes can be enough to get your creative, competitive juices flowing. Go solo or share the game with a friend! Just do not get too competitive.



6. Tune into the news.

Hop on the news train and submerge yourself with the latest news. Nowadays, a newspaper, the internet, the tv, or even your phone will allow you to read/listen to the news. Just 10 minutes can be enough to update you on all that is going on in the world.


7. “Me” time.

Yes, most of these activities are already about “me” time, but this bullet really emphasizes the idea of doing something that you really love. For example, dance your heart out to those embarrassing songs you are too afraid to admit you like or go on a photography adventure. Whatever it is, do it!


8. Reach out.

This can be a great time to write a letter to an old friend that you have not talked to in a while or perhaps an email or Facebook message. Ten minutes is all it takes to make somebody’s day a little better.


9. Study.

You might be thinking to yourself that studying in 10 minutes might not be the best strategy. Well, if you are trying to study a semester’s worth most likely 10 minutes is not enough, but if you are trying to gradually learn something then this is the perfect time. Ten minutes is a good time to learn new vocabulary words in another language or memorize those calculus equations.


10. Write.

Express yourself freely. Write a blog, a journal entry, a poem, a story, anything that will liberate your mind. Ten minutes can be a great chance to create something unique and express yourself to the best of your ability.


       Some of these ideas might seem unworthy of your time. Perhaps you think them to be wasting time, but remember:

“The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time” -Bertrand Russell


Happy ten minutes (:


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