10 Ways To Stay Sane In College, Especially As Finals Week Approaches

10 Ways To Stay Sane In College, Especially As Finals Week Approaches

Stay calm, cool, and collected on campus.

Life at university moves pretty fast, and if you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. I looked over my time in college, particularly this past quarter, and wondered, how do we do it? College is hectic, but it's doable. You just need some good strategies. With finals coming up, I thought I would share 10 ways I stay cool, calm, and collected on campus.

1. "The Office."

I may have been against it for a while, but this September, faced with nothing new to watch, I decided it was about time I saw this iconic show. College keeps me busy and this silly level of comedy is perfect after a long day. How could you not feel good watching Pam and Jim fall in love?

2. Calling home.

There’s nothing like calling home to the people who know you best. For me, that’s my parents. They’re always willing to listen to what I’ve got going on and remind me of what’s important in life. Plus, they’re always willing to laugh at my jokes (my cheesy, cheesy, jokes).

3. Going to the gym.

While my roommate has to drag me most mornings (thanks, Amber), getting some exercise in really does clear my head and make me feel good. While the walk to the gym might be the hardest thing you do all day, the post-workout feeling will make it worthwhile!

4. Taking time to be artsy.

Express yourself! College days are filled with lectures, work, and studying, and that’s it if you aren’t proactive! Taking time to paint, write, and even dance helps me fill my college days with even more meaning. And being mega-talented isn’t important; when it comes to creating, just doing it is all you need to do.

5. Eating with friends.

Sometimes I feel so busy at school, I feel like I don’t even have time to see my friends. But eating is a perfect time to catch up with your buds! I find that if I make the time to eat with friends as opposed to by myself, the day is so much greater!

6. Staying a week ahead.

OK, this is the only academic tip on this list, but trust me, it is so worth it! Staying a week ahead really starts to pay off in the middle of the quarter. When everyone is starting to freak about midterms, you’ve been studying and finished with projects for a while. Staying a week ahead can allow you extra time for those unexpected assignments (or life events) and will make you feel so much better. Trust me.

7. Listening to the news.

Maybe it's just me, but not knowing what is going on in the world makes me feel crazy! Up at school, I don’t have my usual news sources on hand, so I’ve had to find new ways to stay in touch. If you do Apple Podcasts, NPR does frequent news updates that are five minutes long; they are great for busy days!

8. Journaling every night.

I’ve been doing this daily since 2016, but it's been a great habit to have in college. Not only do I get to vent every night, but it's become a wonderful capsule of my college days thus far.

9. Exploring my college town.

I’ve found one of the great things about college is you’re in a new place with new things to explore. So take time to do so! I’ve certainly enjoyed making new places my favorite hangouts and benefiting from fresh sights.

10. Making my bed every day.

Before college, I wasn’t a big “make your bed in the morning” gal. Well, now I am. Why? A couple of reasons. The first, dorms are so small that making your bed will really make a difference in how it looks. The other is that it feels much better to have an already-made bed when you come home from a long day.

Hope this list gives you some ideas on how to keep on keeping on in college!

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As we embark on the semester, we are put on the spot in order to share interesting details about ourselves. This article discloses possible fun facts to tell others!

After experiencing my first week of classes, I have learned that every student needs a handy-dandy list of fun facts about themselves to tell other people. Many professors use the first couple of classes to learn about their students, so you may need to think about who you are and how you want to introduce yourself to your professor and classmates. We all have that one go-to interesting fact about ourselves, but sometimes you just have to mix it up!

1. My favorite hobby is...

What do you do in your free time? Personally, I love to stay active! I am a competitive Latin dancer and enjoy teaching and taking Zumba classes, going to the gym, and hiking.

2. I love...

Is there something, someone, or somewhere that you love? What makes your heart ache? What do you miss when it's gone? I can say that I love my friends because I feel my most confident when I'm surrounded by those who love and support me.

3. I look up to...

Is there someone you adore? Who mesmerizes you? Who do you wish to learn from? After watching "A Ballerina's Tale," I discovered Misty Copeland. In 2015 she became the first African American ballet dancer to become the Female Principal Dancer at American Ballet Theatre. Her passion, grace, and strength continuously motivate me to better myself as an athlete and an individual.

4. This art speaks to me because...

Coco Chanel said, "In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different." This encourages me to always follow my heart no matter what. I will never follow society's standards and norms because they do not define me. Chanel's saying definitely influences my character and lifestyle.

5. A funny and/or embarrassing memory of me is...

When you make others laugh they want to spend time and make memories with you! Don't be afraid to embarrass yourself. You will come off as down to earth, easy-going, and loyal.

6. My siblings or lack thereof influenced me by...

I can go on and on about my brother, who is 10 years older than I. We have opposite personalities and despite the age gap, we're quite close.

7. My pet(s) are my life because...

Only sad people don't like hearing about furry creatures, even if your pets are slimy and slithering creatures all human beings enjoy hearing pet tales!

8. I'm afraid of...

Your personality can be revealed by your likes and dislikes, including the things that you fear. I am terrified of change and the unknown, hence, the future is an anxiety-inducing topic to discuss for me.

9. I am the way I am because...

What have you gone through in life that has shaped you into who you are today? Remember to be open minded and allow yourself to open up to your peers. You may be surprised by how others respond and/or what others have endured as well.

10. The most unusual item that can be found in your dorm...

This is a fun fact about yourself that can easily liven up an awkward conversation. Think about your quirks and differences! One item I have in my dorm is my teddy bear, Peter, whom I like to joke is my boyfriend.

11. My dream job is...

In college, "What's your major?" is a widespread question. Nonetheless, skip the boring statement of "I'm majoring in..." and go in depth on what your dream job is (hopefully your major factors in to this dream of yours).

12. My hidden talents are...

Angelina Jolie is a knife thrower. Kendall Jenner can produce bird noises. Amanda Seyfried can crochet and knit. Is there anything special you can do? Some people have rare and unique talents, maybe you can think of some hidden talents of your own!

13. My guilty pleasure is...

I will say it a million times: don't be shy when introducing yourself to new people! I'll start by divulging my guilty pleasure: Youtube's family vlogging channel, "OKBaby"!

Check them out: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvUCbnwzySKgbKiB_...

14. Some activities on my bucket list are...

This is an easy way to grab people's attention and find others with similar desires as you. Be an adventurer! Go out of your comfort zone!

15. Talk about your best friend...

How would your best friend describe you? What do you love to do with your best friend?

16. Talk about an accomplishment of yours...

You are incredible and have achieved so much! Reveal something that you are proud of — show off a little!

17. This one time at my job...

Bosses breathing down your neck. Curious coworkers asking personal questions. Cursing customers who never leave you alone. Your job can be filled with tons of hilarious situations that can easily entertain a crowd.

18. During the summer...

Any scars with stories? Any summer flings? Any lessons learned from the tanning too long? Now that summer is over, disclose memories that can leave positive impressions on others.

19. I volunteer at...

Do you do any community service? Share a funny moment while you were volunteering. What did you learn while there? Would you continue?

20. [blank] is meaningful to me because...

What do you appreciate in life? What brightens your day? What makes you fall in love? What does someone have to do to make you smile?

Finally, remember to be outgoing! Reveal that three-mile smile and open your arms to learning about others. Spread smiles, love, and happiness.

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My Argument For Happiness: Part 3

Deviance from logic.


So far, my argument for happiness has circled around the idea of objectivity, specifically the idea that something can exist apart from the person. I've reached this conclusion through the analogy of the falling tree, along with the ideas concerning sign and signal. In this article, I'm going to connect these ideas to God and Jesus!

We've established the idea of an objectivity existing, so, why does that matter? If there is an objectivity, for example, the communicative property in the Maths, then we must wonder, where did that law come from? People? The mathematical law was discovered, not created, by mathematicians. People are good at observing and making a hypothesis, theories, and laws based off of those observations. But that is not the same as creating those things.

Perhaps those laws, the natural world and the natural order of things have always existed. I think that this is the idea that's popular with the secular world, but I feel like it's held together through inconsistencies. The logic follows that everything came from a singular point; there was, or is, a singular speck containing everything in time and space, and so was everything in time and space. Certain people who might try to use empirical science might say that the singularity is not the very beginning, but I don't think they can use empirical evidence to describe what's outside the singularity. Everything we think we know about this points to the singularity, but not beyond it.

I think a good example of this is Plato's cave. Imagine a small group of imprisoned men inside a cave. They're chained in such a way where they can't move their bodies or even turn their heads to look around the cave, so they're fixed to look on a wall. Behind the prisoner is a fire, and other people, the wardens, walk in and out of the cave between the prisoners and the fire, so the people can see the shadows of the people and any objects that enter the cave. The prisoners are also able to talk to each other. Since the objects are the only thing they see, that's all the can talk about. Their entire discourse would be centered around the shadows they see.

There's a bit more to the analogy of the cave that continues to describe human ignorance, but I think the big idea here is the idea that we can't know beyond what we can observe. So, looking back at the singularity, we're left with the question as before: where did the objective laws, the natural world, the singularity come from?

The answer I believe in is God, and for this reason: the Bible told me so… and it makes sense! First, I'd like to use sense to lead us to certain answers in the Bible, then actually quote the verses I think are pretty relevant.

Building off what we've gathered so far, we have the singularity--everything we have and know about wrapped up into a single thing. The question was, where did that thing come from? The answer is God. The issue we have here is the same as before, where did God come from? The answer is… no. The question is loaded, it assumes that God came from somewhere, when God simply is.

At this point, I have to admit, I'm deviating from what we know as logic, because logic also follows the laws of the natural, and therefore must have a beginning. So, God is outside of our world, outside of time and outside of Logic. If he is outside of logic, because He's the creator of logic, then God's existence should be self-fulfilling, like circular reasoning. So, God, the identity of God, should take the form of some circular reasoning. And this is exactly what we have in the Bible.

Exodus 3:13, "Then Moses said to God, 'Behold, I am going to the sons of Israel, and I will say to them 'The God of your fathers has sent me to you.' Now they may say to me, 'What is His name?' what shall I say to them?' God said to Moses, 'I AM WHO I AM…'"

I AM WHO I AM. Isn't this the description we need to fulfill the identity of the Creator of everything? It's a circular statement, the conclusion is based off of its preposition. A sermon by John Piper listed seven implications this name has: 1. God exists. 2. No reality exists behind God. 3. God does not change. 4. God is an inexhaustible source of energy. 5. Objectivity is crucial. 6. We must conform to God, not He to us. And 7. This God has drawn near to us through Jesus Christ.

The linked article goes deeper into each point, along with ideas and significance surrounding names. But I think the main points have been covered here! This is just a brief look into the rationale of Christianity, but it is in no way the totality of the rationale, nor is it even that great of an explanation. My goal is to help open a perspective you might have dismissed immediately because of some bad experience, or what you might think was just unscientific. I hope I demonstrated how God is more than what we can understand, literally.

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