College Students Need To Relax

College Students Need To Relax

College should push your limits, not push you to your breaking point.

We put in four hard years of high school to get where we are right now. So we should be busting our butts all the time to prove that we are where we belong, right? Wrong.

Before you continue reading, know that I’m not trying to tell you that you should not work hard or that you shouldn’t take college seriously, because that’s not the case at all. It is critical that you put effort into your classes and do your homework, make connections with new people and take advantage of exciting opportunities. But while college is extremely important, that idea causes people a lot of unnecessary and potentially even unhealthy stress. College should push your limits, not push you to your breaking point.

If you are in college, you know this feeling all too well: waking up on a Monday morning and all of the impending stress for the week hits you like a truck. No matter how many classes you’re taking or how much time you spent studying the week before, it seems like there are always new assignments and new exams popping up. On that Monday morning, it is easy to imagine that the weekend is years away. You begin your weekly routine of classes, homework, sleep, repeat. This pattern undoubtedly creates stress in students’ lives, as they feel like they have so much to do and not enough time or energy to get it done. Some stress is perfectly okay, it is actually a normal part of our lives; stress pushes us to meet deadlines and work hard. But when stress increases and becomes too much to handle, that is when the problem begins.

Not only is it enjoyable to take a break every now and then, but it is critical to your wellbeing. Too much constant stress is terrible for one’s mental health, and it is good to take time to relax during heavy periods of work to stay energized and focused. Some days may include only as much as spending an hour doing homework, and then taking the rest of the day to unwind with friends., and that is okay. Sleep is another area in which college students need a lot of work. Right off the bat, I can tell you that you’re not getting enough sleep. It is well known that on average, most college students get around six hours of sleep, when eight hours is the standard amount for them to be at their best. Getting enough sleep is extremely crucial to one’s physical and mental functioning, and also makes it less likely that he or she will get sick. It is important for students to remember that they cannot run for days and days on little to no sleep, and thus should be attempting to get a full eight hours as often as they can.

Overall, college students experience a lot of stress which can be detrimental to their health. However, with effective time management skills and a solid work ethic, it is pretty easy to stay healthy while staying on track. So the next time you are feeling like your entire world is crumbling around you, put down the book and take a walk with some friends. Your mind and your body will thank you.

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Ring In Season 15 With These 9 Iconic American Idol Throwbacks

TBT to when Carrie Underwood admitted that she has a third nipple.

Just when you thought some of your favorite childhood memories were over – yellow Hollywood tickets, talented 16-year-olds that make you question your entire existence, calling toll-free numbers to cast your weekly vote and Daniel Powter’s “Bad Day” paired with a nostalgic video when your favorite contestant didn’t make the cut. Low and behold Seacrest pulled through.

Here are a few American Idol “remember when’s” to look back on as we ring in Season 15:

1. Cringing through auditions

Sadly, we will never be able to erase William Hung’s rendition of “She Bangs” from our memory. Bad auditions were always a staple of American Idol. Randy was never able to hide his laugh, Paula smiling in support and us waiting eagerly for Simon to lift up his hand in an unspoken “no thank you."

2. The trio

As much as we’re excited to bring the show back, let’s be real— Katy Perry doesn’t hold a candle to Simon. The dynamic was perfect between Randy’s catchphrases, Paula’s nice and Simon’s ice. And obviously, Ryan’s always our boy.

3. Kelly Clarkson's win

Season 1 started off strong when Kelly Clarkson took the judge’s chair during her own audition. We can never thank her enough for her finale performance and a true shower song classic, “A Moment Like This."

4. Carrie Underwood's awkward audition

Yes, the same girl who now sings “Jesus, Take the Wheel” also once admitted during her American Idol audition that she has a 3rd nipple. Hollywood definitely changes people.

5. Jennifer Hudson

Thank god for the show that gave us Jennifer Hudson. A Disney Cruise ship singer turned Dreamgirl overnight, where would we be without her?

6. Bo Bice's hair

For some reason, all of America was team Sanjaya from the very start. Does anyone even remember he auditioned for the show with his twin sister? Regardless of Simon’s shade, America spoke when the show’s ratings dropped 9% after Sanjaya said “sayonara."

8. Voter call-ins

We all can relate to writing down contestant numbers on a legal pad and the rush of calling the toll-free number on what was probably a landline. There’s not an app for that yet?

9. Our favorite theme song

As bittersweet as we are about the changes between season 15 and the hit of a TV show that was once American Idol, at least they still play the catchy not-a-song of a theme song that’s always stuck in our head yet seriously un-singable.

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So, What IS Modern Day Feminism?

We need to realize that we will have disagreements and different views. But through listening and understanding, we can achieve real change.

Feminism. A word that holds a lot of weight. There are a lot of emotions and mixed feelings attached to it. Many people have definitions of feminism. So I asked everyone I knew what feminism means to them and how they define it. The responses have been interesting. I have received the common expected answers and some unusual ones that have given me a new perspective.

The first wave of responses dealt with the usual perspectives. How feminism is an outdated concept, that is unnecessary for the time we live in. That it sets us back and makes every little thing some type of oppression, when it really isn't. The other typical perspective is, "Screw the patriarchy, women need to be in power and control." These are the perspectives we are used to and that are usually presented in the media. We don't usually see the views that meet in the middle or offer a unique take. Those were the views greater in number that took me by surprise and challenged my view.

A close friend of mine, who is not a stranger on Odyssey, is Aasha. She told me how she defines feminism as "the promotion and protection of equity for all women and their intersectional identities." Her definition stems from the fact she is someone who is the embodiment of kindness and wisdom. It also stems from her experience of living in India her freshmen year of high school and exposure to serious gender issues globally.

My other friend, who happens to be a male, shared with me that he believes in women coming together to support one another and gain equal opportunity. However, it can be taken into an extreme when it doesn't have to be. Men need to be open and accepting towards feminism, but as a society, these extreme measures undermine the real issues that need to be front and center.

Along those same lines, a friend of mine agreed but feels that the extreme measures taken overshadow the real issues at hand. Allowing for feminism to become something that is for the betterment of women and not equality. A view shared by many of the people who contacted me was that they were not a feminist or do not like to associate with the movement.

A person that I hold in high regard told me what they thought about the topic. They said, "to me, feminism is the understanding that all women deserve not just equality, but liberation. All women, as in women of color (black women in particular) and queer women and disabled women and transgender women and working-class women and women that fit more than one of these categories.

Feminism is not just showing up to one march or sharing articles on Facebook and calling it a day. It’s holding the people you love accountable when they say, “Oh, she looks like a man” or “She’s dressed like a slut.” It’s not necessarily the female CEO or solider.

After all, what about that CEO’s exploitation? Feminism shouldn’t seek to uphold existing oppressive structures, and it should be predicated on the idea of collective liberation. No one is free until everyone is free. By extension, no woman is free until every woman is free." I know it is a lot, but I think what they had to say was important and went beyond the general ideas that exist regarding feminism.

I wanted to explore this topic because I do not think it's something that is really discussed. I feel that there are two categories formed and people are placed into them. That should not be the case because there are never two sides. I know as human beings we are fascinated with making everything simple, but sometimes we just need to accept and embrace that things are complex and messy. There is a beauty to it and even when it's hard to confront, we should try to listen and understand. That should always be our goal.

I identify as a feminist and I define feminism as the support and respect for all women, their identities and to have the same equal opportunities as men. It does sting a bit when I hear other women say that they are not feminists or that they don't really support feminism, but I realized that it does not make them terrible people. They have valid reasons that I tried to listen to and understand. Although I have my own views and stand strongly by them, I recognize other views on this topic and give them the same respect and weight that I give to my own. Because for us as a society to make change, we need to realize there is not just one way or right way to do things.

We need to realize that we will have disagreements and different views. But through listening and understanding, we can achieve real change.

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