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How To Get More Sleep In College

I used to take two to three naps a day, but now I don't.

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If there is one thing that does not stress me out in college, it is sleeping.

I always make sure to get enough sleep and it really does help.

My first semester was really bad - I blame my dad's genetics for part of it since he loves daytime naps and so do I. I used to nap anywhere from one to three times a day, including sleeping at night. I try to only take one daily nap now because napping can affect night sleep which is more important to have.

The second semester, I really got a hand on sleeping and not being tired during the day. I don't drink coffee or soda or anything caffeinated in the morning unless I am in the mood for the taste of it, which is only about once a week.

I also only have early mornings! I work as a lifeguard at the gym and in order for me to get paid I have to go in at 5:45 am some mornings. And on days when I am not working, I either get up at 8 am for class or I am sleeping off a late shift at the gym.

So here are my tips and tricks for getting more sleep in college:

1. Schedule yourself for six hours at minimum

Whenever I know my shift starts at 5:45 am the next day, I make sure I go to bed by 9:00 pm so that I have enough sleep. It is very simple and quite relaxing to be in bed so early.

2. Workout every day

I run anywhere from 30 minutes to 50 minutes each day and then do a core workout as well. This helps get some energy out so I can sleep peacefully a few hours later.

3. Have a schedule that reminds you of your wake up time and go to bed times, set at the beginning of each week.

This is so I am never surprised.

4. Do not drink coffee

I don't really like the taste of coffee and I can't continuously drink it with the exception of when I am a staff member at camp (because working with kids really requires fast energy). I really believe that relying on something other than your normal body energy to wake you up isn't good. It also comes along with coffee breath, addiction, moodiness, and stained teeth.

5. Prepare everything the night before

Each night I make sure my backpack is ready to go, my laptop is charged, my phone is charged, clothes are set, and that I have everything I need. If I am getting ready in the morning before my roommate or suitemates are awake, I make sure that I am quick and efficient at getting ready fast without disrupting them.

6. Get ready fast

I shower the night before so that in the morning, I put my clothes on, smack on some deodorant, lotion, brush my teeth, put dry shampoo in my hair, and maybe a little mascara and walk out the door. I get ready at maximum within 15 minutes. Once you are out the door and getting to class it helps get you out the door and motivated faster.

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A list Of 15 Inspiring Words That Mean So Much

A single word can mean a lot.
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Positivity is so important in life. A lot of times we always go to quotes for empowerment but I have realized that just one word can be just as powerful. Here is a list of inspiring words.

1. Worthy

Realizing your self-worth is important. Self-worth can really make or break a persons personality. Always know that you are worthy of respect. And also, never compare yourself to others.

2. Courage

Be courageous in life. Life has so many opportunities so do not be scared to grasp any opportunity that comes your way. You have the ability to do anything you have your heart and mind set to do, even the things that frighten you.

3. Enough

When you are feeling down and feeling that nothing you do is ever good enough, know that you are more than enough. And yes there is always room for improvement but when it comes to my self-worth I always have to remind myself that I am enough.

4. Blessed

Be thankful. A lot of times we forget how blessed we are. We focus so much on stress and the bad things that are going on in our lives that we tend to forget all of the beautiful things we have in life.

5. Focus

Focus on your goals, focus on positive things, and focus on the ones you love. Do not focus on things that will keep you from not reaching your goals and people that do not have good intentions for your life.

6. Laugh

Laughing is one of the best forms of medicine. Life is truly better with laughter.

7. Warrior

Through the good and the bad you are a warrior. Be strong, soldier.

8. Seek

Seek new things. Allow yourself to grow in life. Do not just be stuck.

9. Faith

During the bad times, no matter the circumstances, have faith that everything will be all right.

10. Live

Start living because life is honestly way too short. Live life the way you want to live. Do not let anyone try to control you.

11. Enjoy

Enjoy everything that life has to offer. Enjoy even the littlest of things because, as I said before, life is short. And plus, there is no time to live life with regrets.

12. Believe

Believe in yourself and never stop. Believing in yourself brings so many blessings and opportunities in your life.

13. Serendipity

A lot of times we look for things to fill an empty void that we have. Usually what we are looking for comes when we are not looking at all. Your serendipity will come.

14. Create

Share your ideas with the world. Creativity brings change to your life. However you chose to use your creativity do not be scared to show your intelligence, talent, and passion.

15. Love

The world is already full of so much hate, so love unconditionally with all your heart.

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Internet outraged at Delhi Aunty for Sl*t Shaming

Public outrage - justified or an overreaction?

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When the topic of sexual violence against women arises, women are often held responsible - because of how they dress, or how they behave, or even if they have a voice. A recent incident in Delhi showed that the mindset of people has not changed. In a video posted by Shivani Gupta, a middle-aged woman is seen defending her claim, "Women wearing short dresses deserve to be raped."

This backward mentality surrounding rape and rape culture is horrifying to see. The middle-aged woman first shamed them for wearing short clothes and when she was confronted, she told them "they deserved to get raped." She made things worse when she told other men in the restaurant to rape such women who wear short clothes.

Shivani and her friends later confronted this woman while taking the video. They wanted a public apology for her statement and followed her around. The older woman stood by her statement. Fair enough. They felt threatened by her statements and wanted an apology for her actions. The older lady, however, was brazen about her ideologies and refused to apologize. In fact, she threatened to call the cops for harassment.

The woman who made the regressive statements. Shivani Gupta

While the anger and outrage by the women who uploaded this video are justified, several questions are being raised on whether the older woman was later harassed for her statements. Public shaming is not the way to solve this issue.

"We cannot dismantle a culture of shaming by participating in it." - Rega Jha.

Now, I believe that nobody must engage in victim shaming. Nobody has the right to police the outfit one wishes to wear. It is astonishing to believe that even in the 21st century, people still believe that an outfit determines the morality and character of a person. That older woman was wrong to sl*t-shame the girls for wearing what they want. That being said, even though what that woman did was horrible, public shaming will not work. It will not change the mindset behind these ideologies. What that older woman did was akin to bullying. Publicly shaming her, stalking her facebook account or posting comments or by coercing her, you are also behaving in the same manner of bullying.

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