How to Survive a Rough Week

How to Survive a Rough Week

Wait...what even was Monday?
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Sometimes there are weeks that throw so much at you that by Thursday you can't even remember what happened on Monday. This has been one of those weeks for me. I haven't had any tests or anything like that; there have just been so many small things that have made this week feel like it was never going to end. It has taken quite a bit of effort to stay sane, and I thought I would share a few of the ways that I kept myself going this week.

Whenever I got done with the day I was tempted to fall into bed and hide under a pile of blankets, but, as we all know, there is always work to be done. The thing that kept my mind awake enough to finish my homework and studying was music, of course. I'd recommend a playlist that is just the right mix of upbeat but chill to keep your mind going and mood brightened at the end of especially long days.

Speaking of long days, it is a tremendous help to STAY ORGANIZED. If you have an optimal time to focus on your work, use it. Do not waste those precious couple hours. Keep track of your assignments in a planner, and make sure you have checked every syllabus for your classes. Nothing makes your day worse than walking into a class and having your professor ask you to take out the homework from last night while you sit there the whole time praying that you don't get asked to answer a question. However, one assignment is not the end of the world.

The semester has just begun, but professors have decided that quizzes are something that need to be happening already. If you happen to not have done well on one of them, don't stress yourself out! This is just the beginning! You might feel embarrassed or like you're making a bad impression on your professor, but, trust me, they will pay more attention to all of your efforts to do well. Not just one grade on one assignment.

Last, but not least, find some small way to have fun and get outside of yourself for a while. Take a walk one afternoon, call a friend or relative to catch up or go see a movie one night. Forgetting about deadlines and expectations for a couple hours can put you in a good mood. It can make you feel rejuvenated and ready for what the world throws at you next.

I hope these small bits of advice help you as much as they have helped me. Just remember that there is a weekend coming, and you will have two whole days when you can take some time to yourself and be as introverted as you want while hiding under a mountain of blankets.

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22 New Things That I Want To Try Now That I'm 22

A bucket list for my 22nd year.

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"I don't know about you but I'm feelin' 22," I have waited 6 long years to sing that and actually be 22! Now 22 doesn't seem like a big deal to people because you can't do anything that you couldn't do before and you're still super young. But I'm determined to make my 22nd year a year filled with new adventures and new experiences. So here's to 22.

1. Go sky diving.

What's crazier than jumping out of a plane? (Although I'll probably try indoor skydiving first.)

2. Go cliff jumping/diving.

I must be the only Rhode Islander who hasn't gone to Jamestown and jumped off a cliff.

3. Ride in a hor air balloon.

Up, up and away.

4. Try out skiing.

Cash me in the next Olympics, how bout dat.

5. Try out snow boarding.

Shawn White, I'm coming for you.

6. Go bungee jumping.

Because at least this time I'll be attached to something.

7. Go to Portugal.

I mean I'm Portuguese so I have to go at some point, right?

8. Go to Cape Verde.

Once again, I'm Cape Verdean so I have to go.

9. Vist one of the seven wonders of the world.

I mean hey, Egypt's on, my bucket list.

10. Try out surfing.

It's only natural that somebody from the Ocean State knows how to surf.

11. Learn a new langauge.

Because my little bit of Portuguese, Spanish and Latin isn't cutting it anymore.

12. Travel to a state that I've never been to before.

Fun fact: I've only been to 17 of the 50 states.

13. Go paddle boarding.

Pretty boring but I've never done it.

14. Go scuba diving.

I'm from the Ocean State so I guess I should see the ocean up close and personal.

15. Learn how to line dance.

There's actually a barn in my state that does line dancing, so this one will definitely get crossed off.

16. Go kayaking.

All this water around me and I haven't done a lot of the water activites.

17. Stay the night in a haunted hotel room.

I bet if I got my friends to come with me, it would be like the Suite Life of Zach and Cody episode, minus the ghost coming out of the wall but you never know.

18. Get my palms read.

Because who doesn't want to know their future.

19. Go to a medium.

Like a medium that can communicate with people that have died.

20. Take a helicopter ride.

Air plane: check Helicopter:....

21. Sleep under the stars.

Because sleeping in a tent is more like glamping than camping

22. Just to try new things in my everyday life.

Whether it's trying a new restaurant, getting something different at my usual restaurants, changing my usual style, going on the scary rides at amusement parks, and bringing things I used to do back into my life now.

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Pride: A poem

Hell, I still love you.

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The word love

Is a very complex one;

Often times thrown around

far more often than it should be.

I knew the true meaning of love when

I first laid my eyes upon you

You were perfect.

Perfect in ways you could not even yet conceptualize.

I gave you life;

But, you became my life.

Your first word.

Your first day at school.

Moments that made life worth living.

One day you said you felt different;

You didn't feel like everyone else;

You'd felt this way for years

But this feeling was not just a feeling;

It was who you were.

The masses played with video games and played rough sports—

You didn't;

You were delicate.

Far more delicate than other boys.

You may not have played with the same toys,

But, hell, I still love you.

It only seems like yesterday,

You told me you had gone astray

From the normal social stigma

But you are still my little boy,

And, hell, I still love you.

Pride.

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