Spring Break With The Smiths!

Spring Break With The Smiths!

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It's been a rough week. It's been a rough month. It's been a rough semester. It's been a rough year. Six months down and three more to go. While finals are starting to seem closer than ever, there is one thing that we can all look forward to before we think about all of the sadness that is final exams. Spring break is here, and in good timing because we all know that it is much needed! Midterms have passed (and hopefully so have you!), and we couldn't be happier. Now, it is time for us to head home, let loose, and enjoy the nights that we won't remember with the friends that we won't forget! And who better to help you channel your inner spring-breaker? None other than the Smith family!


Spring break is the time to make plans. Are you going away? Taking a big trip? There are so many options... Miami? Europe? A cruise? Either way, take the time to make plans, because this week should be all about relaxation and enjoyment.


If only for this week, you've got to be true to yourself. Do exactly what you want to do! But don't be disappointed when you take a look at your life and realize what you're hoping spring break will consist of!


And if by the start of spring break week you're still stressed out, just take it day by day...


Remember not to make commitments. This is your week to take a break from school. You get to relax: sleep in, go to bed early, and not wear pants. Don't make plans, and more importantly, don't make plans, instantly regret them, and then break them.


Have no regrets. This week is about Y-O-U, so do what you want to do while you have the time to do it. Whether it be partying, sleeping, or exploring- get it done, and be happy about your choices.


Don't be ashamed to do nothing. Okay, so maybe you'd prefer to be on vacation on a tropical island, but you can have just as much fun as all your friends, even if they're going to Jamaica and you're going to... bed.


Have fun. Be silly. Be a kid again. Or just be you. You can go to Disneyland, or you can go to a museum. Find some friends, make a plan, and have fun doing it!


But if you can get through spring break without looking like this...

Then just maybe it's time for you to treat yourself.


So whether you're planning a week that you won't remember...


...Or a week you won't forget...


...Remember to make the best out of the time you have. Enjoy having no homework, partying like it's 1912, sleeping in late, and going to bed early. Take advantage of the time while you still have it, and I'll see you back on campus in a week ;-)

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10 Shows Netflix Should Have Acquired INSTEAD of Re-newing 'Friends' For $100 Million

Could $100 Million BE anymore of an overspend?

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Netflix broke everyone's heart and then stitched them back together within a matter of 12 hours the other day.

How does one do that you may wonder. Well they start by announcing that as of January 1st, 2019 'Friends' will no longer be available to stream. This then caused an uproar from the ones who watch 'Friends' at least once a day, myself including. Because of this giant up roar, with some threats to leave Netflix all together, they announced that 'Friends' will still be available for all of 2019. So after they renewed our hope in life, they released that it cost them $100 million.

$100 million is a lot of money, money that could be spent on variety of different shows.

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How Can We Be More Clutch?

Look back on past events in your life where you were resilient, where you did succeed in high pressure and high stakes situations. What did you do then? What can you learn from it now?

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Each of us, deep in our souls, has the gift of clutch. Look no further than the last time you had a paper due in less than an hour with more than two pages to write, and you were able to finish the paper (surely with phenomenal outcomes). That's what you were in that moment: clutch. Clutch as an adjective is defined as being "dependable in critical situations."

Jeff Wise, the author of Extreme Fear , a book about performance in moments of high pressure and danger, said that "there's no question that when pressure is intense, skilled performance are able to tap abilities that are otherwise kept in reserve." I'm sure myself and many of my peers, with final exams and papers on the near horizon, would like to tap into our deep-seated reserves of clutch to lift our grades.

Some believe that the idea of being clutch is a myth, that it is just a statistical anomaly that perhaps we notice it more when people succeed seemingly impossibly in high-pressure situations. According to Wise, to some extent, clutch is a myth - but it is only a myth for those that are not experts in their fields. Professional athletes are the best of the best in their respective sports, and in that context, clutch is not a myth. The truth behind clutch performances is that those we see as "clutch performers" have " a rich store of past experience, organized into a deep intuitive understanding.'

In Dr. Mark Otten's sports psychology lab, the researchers concluded that we can all be clutch, "provided [we're] in the right mental state." Those in high-pressure situations need to feel like they're in control, as those who felt like they were in control were the most likely to succeed under pressure. Obviously, confidence also helps. So those who feel confident and in control are the most likely to succeed in clutch situations.

I do not, however, find the psychological explanations of clutch performance satisfying. To me, clutch performance is not just a psychological phenomenon, but an art, and to me, an art is something that can never be adequately explained, but instead interpreted. There is no one-size-fit-all explanation, and so I will interpret the two most clutch plays in my favorite professional sport, the NBA. Both these plays took place in Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors.

The two plays are as follows: Lebron James's game-saving block on Andre Iguodala's open layup out of nowhere, and Kyrie Irving's game-winning three pointer.

One thing is clear: the last two minutes of the game were absolute chaos. By this point in the series, both teams had been worn out and absolutely exhausted. The plays were nothing short of miraculous, as Lebron James was located at half-court while Iguodala was at the free throw line, and Irving's shot was heavily contested. When the stakes were highest, the two players succeeded and thrived. While neither team had scored in more than five minutes, the two players pulled through and won a championship for their team, on the road.

Clutch, for the, constituted not cracking under pressure, but thriving under it. The two of them have faces of laser focus indicating their confidence and sense of control in their situations. That is clutch. The game comes naturally to them, and it seems like they stop thinking as hard and just let it come. The two players slow down, and don't freak out. However, I don't know what is actually going on. in their heads. I am merely speculating, and I will never know unless I'm able to sit down and talk to Kyrie and LeBron one day.

I want to take a lesson from LeBron and Kyrie, too, and learn how I can become more clutch in a phase of high-pressure exams and papers. I want to be more clutch in job interviews, in times I'm usually afflicted with overwhelming anxiety, or in social situations that are incredibly awkward.

So to be clutch in our own lives, the formula in high-pressure seems to be this: feel more confident and in control. Slow down and let things come naturally. I have been able to reach these phases using a mantra that taught me to allow life to come naturally: "no surge." I am not saying the formula or even the mantra works for everyone, but it is a mantra that has worked for me given its emotional and historical significance in my life.

Approaching finals, deadlines at work, or difficult life events, find what works for you. Find out how to be clutch your own way, which is much easier said than done, but I don't need to be telling you how to do things you know best yourself. Look back on past events in your life where you were resilient, where you did succeed in high pressure and high stakes situations. What did you do then? What can you learn from it now?

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