How to be a Redbird, not a dead bird

How to be a Redbird, not a dead bird

The clumsy college student's guide to survive without falling flat on your face

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You're running late for your 3 p.m. lecture halfway across campus from your apartment. You slide your backpack over your shoulders on the way out the door, and the mission begins. You pass a friend in the hallway, turn around to say hello, then BAM! You've walked into the wall at the end of the hallway at full speed... that will leave a bruise tomorrow, or in my case, a broken nose.

Surviving four years at Illinois State is not easy by any means, being clumsy adds many bumps in the road. Trips to the hospital are tedious, expensive, and can easily be avoided with the help from these tips.

Get some sleep

Catch more z's like this little one

https://www.parents.com/baby/sleep/issues/5-sleep-through-the-night-strategies/

The recommended 8 hours of sleep every night is shown to help improve balance. Losing sleep slows your reaction time and could be detrimental in the event of an accident. Plus, if you're sipping on coffee all day, you'll have a better chance of spilling it on yourself or someone else!

Keep your head on a swivel

Don't be like her, stay alert

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We've been taught to look both ways before crossing the street, but clumsy people need to be prepared in any situation. This implies for hallways, sidewalks, communal bathrooms, you name it. Walls catch you by surprise, icy commutes are inevitable, and don't even get me started on doors. If you're alert and prepared, you'll be ready for whatever life throws your way.

Exercise

50 crunches a day will keep the clumsiness away!

https://www.popworkouts.com/upper-body-crunches/

Your core is the control center of the muscles in your body. Strengthening your body, primarily your core will help reduce risk of injuries in accidents. A simple, daily ab workout before bed puts you at an advantage during your next klutz moment. College athletes train their cores to lower the risk of sprains and strains during games, and for non-athletic students life is their game.

Take a breath

https://www.freegreatpicture.com/healthy-men/relaxed-leisure-men-52158

Stress during the day can be good for productivity and increasing your situational awareness, but too much stress leads to slower processing. Unhealthy amounts can actually negatively impact your peripheral vision, which is the last thing a clumsy person needs. Over-stressing can cause you to think strictly about your stressors and you may lose focus on your surroundings, which can put you in danger.

Train your brain

If you're brain is moving a mile a minute, you will too

https://www.simplek12.com/communication-and-collaboration/boost-students-thinking/attachment/boost-student-thinking-thinking-process-woman-thinking-lightbulb-thinking/

Studies show that people who possess a strong memory have faster reaction times and are less clumsy. By being less forgetful, you are more aware of your surroundings. Downloading a "brain games" app can not only help boost your memory, but coordination as well; and keep you out of accidents.

Lastly, don't be too hard on yourself

Confidence is key to overcoming clumsiness

https://www.hinsdaledentistry.com/blog/confident-in-your-smile-try-this-test/

Clumsy people tend to have low self-esteem due to their frequent embarrassment. Though not everyone is hard on themselves, getting into accidents frequently can do a lot to a person, especially a student under the immense stressors of college life. Remember to take time for yourself and do things that make you happy, just stay safe while doing so!

Accidents are unpredictable, but these tips will improve your clumsiness over time. The little changes you make in your life will have a big impact to make you healthier, happier, and keep you out of trouble.

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Bonnaroo Is Unlike Any Other Music Festival

4 days of camping, 150 performers, 10 stages, and the most incredible experience you'll ever encounter in the middle of Tennessee.

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The Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival takes place in an enormous 700-acre field -- nicknamed "The Farm" -- in Manchester, Tennessee. Festival-goers from all over the country fly, drive, or walk into the festival to experience 4 days of music, activities, and food. This past weekend was my first time going, and I can without a doubt say that it was one of the greatest experiences of my life. One of Bonnaroo's common sayings is "Radiate Positivity," and the 4 days spent there are factual evidence of the saying. At Bonnaroo, there is no stress, no worry, and not a care in the world. People of all kinds come together each year to celebrate life, love, and music without judgment. Each person's authenticity was something I noticed as soon as I stepped foot into the festival.

You can embrace your true self without apology. Each person is there to lift you up, too.

The atmosphere is much different than anything else I have experienced before. Even when my friends and I felt tired, or if the sun was just too hot to bear, we still did not mind being on our feet for hours on end. We enjoyed being exactly where we were, despite the minor inconveniences we may have faced -- like sitting in 5-hour traffic to get into the campground! I may sound crazy for saying this, but time truly did slow down while we were on The Farm.

My friends and I pulled up to the campground at 6 a.m. on Thursday morning as The Farm buzzed with people. We were too excited to go to sleep, so we spent the morning exploring the place instead. Day or night, everyone was alive with smiles that were contagious. We heard the words "Happy Roo!" from friends and strangers alike.

No matter where you came from, everyone was family at Bonnaroo.

One thing I noticed this past weekend was that everyone was there to help one another. If we needed help with setting up our tent, our neighbors who camped next to us were there to help in seconds. If someone tripped and fell, three people would be there to help the person up. If someone needed a few bucks for water, there was someone in line who was more than willing to cover the cost. I felt so at home there, as if I was a part of this community consisting of all types of people. I felt like I belonged there.

Alongside incredible people and a fulfilling community, there was stellar music as well (of course!). Headliners such as The Lumineers, Post Malone, and Kacey Musgraves rocked The Farm with new and old hits that hyped up the crowds.

Each performer reminded us that Bonnaroo is a safe place and does not discriminate against any person.

Hearing these words so often gave me so much hope for this world and the changes we can make. Bonnaroo is known as a Music and Arts Festival for a reason because it also promotes and sells eco-friendly living and handmade creations all throughout the festival. The activities that are available to attendees set the festival apart from other music festivals.

Bonnaroo connects us all through music, acceptance, and love. I can't wait to go back next summer!

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5 Cosmetics For The College Cutie With Limited Cash

Some of these drugstore dupes are better than their high-end pairing!

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If you're anything like me — a broke college student who loves makeup — you have definitely run into the issue of taking a trip to Ulta or the grocery store for that week. Over my years in college, I've compiled a list of holy grail beauty drugstore products that I will never substitute for a high-end product again unless I win the lottery. These products are affordable, available everywhere, and easily lovable!

1. Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder ($5.29)

This powder has been my holy grail since high school. It's perfect for setting foundation and concealer, or applying all over your face after your makeup is fully applied for extended longevity. The translucent shade doesn't reflect a flashback in pictures either — ideal for achieving the perfect 'gram.

2. NYX Micro Brow Pencil ($9.99)

This eyebrow pencil is an exact duplicate of Anastasia Beverly Hill's Brow Wiz but half the price. Sold at drugstores and convenience stores, once I tried this pencil I never went back. With a variety of colors ranging from blonde to black, there's an option for everyone!

3. Maybelline FIT ME! Concealer ($5.49)

YouTube beauty gurus have been gushing over this product for years. An exact duplicate of the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer for a fraction of the price. You can get this at Target and other drugstores for such a cheap price! A little goes a long way. Creamy enough to highlight and contour, but thick enough to provide ample coverage; this product is one I cannot live without.

4. L'Oreal Paris Makeup Infallible Pro-Spray & Set Makeup Extender Setting Spray ($12.39)

A little bit pricier than the options above, but the price reflects the quality — basically a dupe for the Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray. For the price of a travel size UD product, you can get a full-size L'Oreal product. Something unique about this is that it's oil-free and tested by dermatologists, so it won't make your skin break out.

5. E.L.F. Poreless Putty Primer ($8.00)

If you can get your hands on this (usually, sold out primer), take it and run! This pot of putty has been approved as an amazing product by numerous YouTube beauty influencers, including Jeffree Star.

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