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#AdventurousApril: The Wonderful World of Reading

29 Apr

As an introvert, I enjoy doing things that are quiet and relaxing, such as reading. For my Adventurous April, I set out to read a book a week, for a total of 5 books. My inspiration for this was Supernatural. The Winchesters have a long family history of hunting, and like we saw in this episode, they have a long history of being Men of Letters. The Men of Letters are a group of people who study the supernatural, but do not enter into the field much, which describes me well.

henrySince the main theme of this month was adventure, I chose books that were fantastical. I started with The Hunger Games Trilogy, which are the books I will talk about in this blog. I have been a big fan of this series since I saw the first movie a few years ago. Reading the books after first seeing the movies helped me to better appreciate the writing even more than if I read the books first. I have done this a few times, and I always appreciate having some knowledge before going into a book. The Hunger Games Trilogy is by far my favorite series at the moment.

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In the first book, one of the most heartbreaking moment is when Rue dies and Katniss sings to her. I think they did a really good job at portraying her death in the movie. It was a turning point in the book, when Katniss is reminded of the cruelty of the Capitol and gains the strength to keep fighting.

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As the series goes on, the events become more and more destructive. Again and again, we see Katniss lose everything because of the Capitol. Every citizen in Panem suffers, which is why so many rally behind Katniss to incite the rebellion. I have always been on the side of Peeta. He is one of the strongest, yet underrated characters. I was elated to see how the books showed Katniss and Peeta’s relationship develop into something more than allies.

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Somehow, Mockingjay was even more devastating than the first two books. In a way, Mockingjay is both my favorite and least favorite in the series because it was able to break my heart, put it back together, and break it again. An example of this is when we get to see Finnick and Annie reunited, just to follow it up with Peeta trying to kill Katniss. I hated it, but I loved it.

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Reading The Hunger Games Trilogy was one of the best decision I could have made this April. There are many parallels between Katniss’s struggle against the Capitol, and my struggle to push through to finals. Reading has always been a way for me to escape this mundane world. I encourage you to escape with me and take up reading!

-Erika Lerma

Supernaturally Bored: Combating Academic Boredom

18 Sep

It is all fun and games to pick the 9 am Art History class that fits perfectly into your schedule, until its the third week into the semester and you don’t want to get out of bed. Even if you do drag yourself out of bed and into class, you know that you will be that one person who sits in the back and sleeps. So you decide to save your time and energy and just stay home. You have nothing against the subject or even the professor, it’s just that you find it boring so early in the morning.

You are not alone. Many students find themselves in a class that no longer piques their interest. Academic boredom is a real issue. If students are not compelled to go to class and learn the subject, then their grades are more likely to suffer for it. Having a full course load of classes that are not exactly the bees knees can be completely overwhelming. But, situations like these are when we must pull ourselves up by our boot straps and get down to business.

Here are some tips provided to us from the Winchester brothers of Supernatural. Even when their enemies are unfathomably powerful, Sam and Dean Winchester always persevere. The life of a Hunter takes more than just brute strength, it takes vast mental capabilities as well. The first thing the boys do when they catch wind of a supernatural crime is gather information and do research. Sam and Dean, much like college students, detest reading through hundreds of pages of texts only find two sentences of relevant information. But if they ran into a situations without preparing themselves, they would not have made it past the first season. The Winchesters have survived because of their ability to force themselves to do what it necessary…but not all of us have that same drive. The best course of action? Stay engaged to avoid academic boredom in the first place!

Academic Boredom may have you looking like this:

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Or maybe even this:

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But after implementing some, or all of these tips, the results should have you looking more like this:

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1. Treat yourself
When you have a long reading or writing assignment, try breaking down the work into smaller parts and rewarding yourself every time you complete a section.

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2. Turn off electronics
When studying or in lecture, turn on the do not disturb option on your electronics for freedom from the outside world. If the assignment you’re working on doesn’t require internet access, turn off your WiFi and remove the temptation to goof off.

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3. Move around a bit
Staying alert in lecture can be a challenge sometimes, so give your body something to do whether it’s bouncing your leg, squeezing a stress ball, or just chewing gum.

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4. Mark the most important details from lecture
Try using a highlighter to mark the most important information or the information the lecturer specifies as being on the test. Copying down these important details onto one flash card is another great way to do it.

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5. Create your own focus space
Try training your body by only studying in one area, but not your bed – leave that for sleeping. This will ensure that you won’t be tempted to sleep while studying, or unable to keep your mind from racing while trying to sleep. 

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6. Bring up material in daily life
The more you talk about what you are learning, the better it will stick in your mind.

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7. Quiz yourself
Don’t be afraid to check up on what you already know and get a better sense of what you still need to learn by quizzing yourself.

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8. Study breaks
Try studying for 20 minutes then taking a 5 minute break to give your brain a rest. During that break, listen to your favorite song or have a dance party. Larger chunks of studying time can seem daunting, but will also allow you to sneak a nap in during your day, which is always a plus. 

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9. Give your brain a rest
Do something you love, like take a walk, read a book, go for a run, or watch Supernatural.

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10. Plan for the future
Look up classes that seem interesting and learn more about them before adding them to your schedule. This will ensure that classes are tailored to what you like instead of just being convenient.

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School can be overwhelming and unbearably dull at times, but don’t let that deter you from doing your best. Try new things and find what works for you. Picking classes that don’t interest you is the same as flushing money down the toilet, so choose wisely. Make your education mean something by studying what you like and getting the most out of your classes.  It’s true that there will be classes that are required for your major, but use these tips to stay strong. Dedication and discipline have allowed the Winchesters to defeat ghosts, ghouls, angels, demons, leviathans and many more evil beings. So take it from the them and keep fighting the good fight. 

-Erika

So College Isn’t as Easy as You Expected…

17 Sep

So you got your first exam grade back…

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and it wasn’t what you were expecting.

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But don’t give up and drop out just yet…

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because it’s not the end of the world.

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Many classes are “weed out” classes…

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 they want to make sure you have what it takes.

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So some students will drop and take the class another semester.

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Others will just drop, change their major, and peace out for good.

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But if you have the motivation and drive…

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you’ll take that bad exam grade and stick with the class…

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But you’ll have to make some changes.

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Improve your study habits…

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because cramming the night before isn’t going to cut it.

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You’re not in high school anymore, Wildcats.

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This is college life.

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There is never a moment when you have no homework.

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Because the end of the first exam is when you should start studying for the second.

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So lift your head up…

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and head to the library…

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because one bad exam grade is not going to ruin your life.

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And you’re going to rock that second exam.

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-Kaelyn