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# If You Really Care About Your Grades And Overall Success, You'll Start Doing A Puzzle Every Day

## Puzzles aren't always puzzling but can be a great way to take a focused break.

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During my winter break, I learned how to solve a Rubik's cube that was lying around at home. Given the time that I had, I learned the algorithm and start timing myself. I'm sure there are much faster ways to solve the cube but I did so following a strict pattern. I taught my little brother (who has now beaten my fastest time) and my father how to solve the cube. Each time I pick up the cube, my goal is to be faster than the last time. When I got back to the university, I ordered a cube for my dorm room because I enjoyed solving it and loved hearing the simple clicking sounds of the cube when it turned.

Of course, even in my first week of classes, there's a lot of homework to do: Taking notes, reading, writing assignments, and pre-labs. I haven't had the time to keep practicing the cube. I take breaks between studying. The usual type of break consists of watching an interesting video on YouTube, searching up an item I need from Amazon, finishing an episode of Netflix, or sometimes I take a nap if I am really tired. But these breaks are the downhill kind. Once I start watching a video or item shopping, I go on to look at the next video and the similar items. Even 20-minute naps turn into four-hour naps.

So I stopped taking breaks. But I got slower and less productive working for longer periods of time. And then I looked in the corner of my desk â€” my cube. I took a few minutes to solve it. Then I went back to work. I realized when I solved the cube that it was fun, short, and I got a sense of accomplishment, of something being completed. I continued doing this instead of going on my phone to take a break. I found it a lot less distracting overall.

Whatever way you take a productive break, try a puzzle, whether that's a Rubik's cube, crossword puzzle, or Sudoku, it will keep you focused on completing that puzzle. I find it calming because when I do the cube, I only think about completing it. It's a way to refresh your mind and get back to work.

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Entertainment

# 11 Holiday Songs You NEED To Listen To This December

## Tired of hearing the same songs every Christmas?

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I love listening to Christmas music just as much as the next person, but when I turn on my local holiday radio station each year, it just feels repetitive. No hate to musicians like Burl Ives or Nat King Cole, but Christmas music needs an update. Personally, I'm tired of the same "Let It Snow" and "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas". So plug in your Christmas tree, make some hot cocoa, and listen to these amazing (and updated) holiday songs.

Lifestyle

# 3 Holiday Fragrances Jennifer Lopez Just Added To Her Holiday Wish List

## 'Tis the season for Jenny from the Block.

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With the holidays right around the corner, there are many things to look forward to. Time with family, friends, great food, overall seasonal joy... And now the fragrances from Jennifer Lopez.

Entertainment

# 10 Christmas Songs For Your Festive Playlist

## I have no shame in starting to feel festive super early.

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All of these songs are definitely popular. However, I have the strong opinion that having the songs on your Christmas playlist be popular is extremely important. Having everyone sing to the songs is most of the fun; it adds to the festivity of whatever you're doing.

Personally, I love to bake cookies and hum along as I cannot sing and no one should ever hear me. Whatever you do for the holidays, enjoy your festive time and the season!

Entertainment

# 10â€‹â€‹ Songs That Made It Onto My November Playlist

## Another month of finding new music during unusual times

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A new month means new music! Like each month, I've collected my top 10 new songs or discoveries into a playlist. This November didn't have too many new releases, however, I did find a few and a couple of new discoveries.

Swoon

# 7 Christmas Ideas For Couples That You Can Still Do In The Middle Of A Global Pandemic

## The holidays are such a fun time to celebrate with loved ones; here are a few activities to consider being a part of during this Christmas season.

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Whether it is a night in at home baking sweet Christmas themed goodies for Santa, or a night out exploring lit up neighborhoods, the holiday season should always be taken advantage of for cute activities!

Entertainment

# Every Track On Ariana Grande's 'Positions' Album Ranked

## Ariana Grande has achieved major success with her new album and we're ranking every track.

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Ariana Grande surprised fans in October, tweeting that her new album was being released. What followed was yet another number one peak on the Billboard 200 albums chart. The album's title track and lead single, "Positions," also hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

With "Positions," Grande took a much more light-hearted approach than the confessional nature of its predecessor, "Thank U, Next." It was a welcome and refreshing change of pace. Now that the album has been out for a solid month, it's the perfect time to see how the songs rank.

Swoon

# 22 Christmas Gifts To Get Your Boyfriend If He's The Guy Who Always Says He Doesn't 'Want Anything'

## We all know he doesn't mean it.

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In the four Christmas' that I have spent with my boyfriend, I have realized one thing: boys are hard to shop for. Each year I have to rack my brain for gift ideas because when I ask my boyfriend what he wants for Christmas, he always says something along the lines of "nothing," which as a girl is hard to fathom since I literally give him a list each year before Black Friday.

After hours each year scouring the internet for the perfect Christmas gifts to get my boyfriend, I have come up with a pretty long and inclusive list. To help those girlfriends going through the same thing, I decided to put together some of the best gifts I have come across.

Health and Wellness

# 10 Ways You Can Safely Enjoy The Holidays During The Pandemic

## Even with a pandemic, there are still ways to celebrate.

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It's almost December, which means that it's almost time for the biggest holiday season to arrive! However, it doesn't mean that COVID-19 has decided to disappear. According to the CDC, 147,840 new cases of COVID have been recorded in the last seven days.

States such as Kentucky have closed all of their restaurants, schools, and businesses until December. Some governors have started to advise caution when celebrating the holidays, too. You may be thinking, 'is there any way to really enjoy Christmas during the pandemic?' In fact, there are ways to still celebrate the holiday safely. Here are 10 ways that you can still enjoy the holiday season without canceling any of your plans.