Top 10 Best Ways to Procrastinate

Jul 28, 2014 | Author: Colleen Bierstine

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We procrastinators share a special bond; we get each other. Nobody else understands why we put off assignments and tasks until the last second and voluntarily subject ourselves to working under pressure, but that’s okay. No one needs to get it but us.

One of the most annoying problems procrastinators face is when they run out of ways to procrastinate. How are you supposed to justify not doing your work if you’ve got nothing else to do? That simply won’t fly. That’s why I’ve compiled a list of my favorite ways to procrastinate so you never have to run out of things to do when you should be doing other things.

1. Buzzfeed

This is hands-down the number one reason I procrastinate when on my computer. Buzzfeed is an abyss of procrastination potential, especially because of its infinite feed format. You keep scrolling, but it never really ends.

The site features posts compiled by BF staff and contributing site readers, and there is no limit to the topic of each post. Most of them are “listicles,” meaning that they are articles in the format of the list. Almost all the posts are hilarious, but they do serious, in-depth news articles addressing crucial current events as well.

The best thing about BF is that there is something for everyone. Whether you like food, Harry Potter, sports, cats, Chipotle, make-up, feminism, or whatever, you’ll find posts about it on BF.

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2. Pinterest

Contrary to popular believe, Pinterest is not just for the ladies. Like Buzzfeed, there is something for everyone on Pinterest. It covers food, tattoos, nail art, make-up, animals, cars, celebrities – you name it.

Some people don’t understand how it works until they actually start using it. Think of it as a collection of online bulletin boards. You find pictures of things you like on the web and then pin them to the appropriate board. For example, say you love cooking and you found this great recipe on a food blog with a drool-worthy photo. You can pin that delicious picture to your “Recipes to Try” board.

The boards are customizable, and you can make any you like. If you’re planning a wedding, make a “Wedding Inspiration” board. If you’re into fitness, make a “Fitness” board.

Pinterest is great for procrastinating because it never ends. Just keep looking through all the stuff you like and pinning away.

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3. Baking/Cooking

This is a great way to procrastinate because it is actually productive. Plus, you can make it a two-for-one procrastinating session if you look on Pinterest for recipes.

If you’re procrastinating, it’s probably because you’re bored with what you’re supposed to be doing. And if you’re bored, you’re probably hungry. It just makes sense that you get in the kitchen and hone your cooking skills. It’s a legitimately useful ability to have!

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4. Online Shopping

Regular shopping works too, but online shopping can be done in the comfort of your pajamas, and there’s less chance you’ll order something online. With the internet, you have every one of your favorite stores at your fingertips. The possibilities are endless.

Go look for those new sneakers you need for the gym, or find a dress for your UC graduation ceremony. If you really want to torture yourself, you can look at adoptable pets in your area. Again, that is actually a productive way to procrastinate because animals need homes!

5. Cleaning

The only time I clean is when I don’t want to be doing something else. Even if you don’t live your life like a tornado like I do, there are literally always things that need cleaning. I bet you the top of your ceiling fan needs a dusting, and vacuuming is always necessary. Do some laundry, organize your closet, or clean your oven.

6. Movie Marathon

Pick out your favorite movies, make some snacks, and procrastinate the day away. This one never gets old because there are always new movies to watch. The best thing is binge-watching a franchise like Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings.

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7. De-Clutter

It’s time to purge the stuff you no longer need. Again, this is  very useful way to procrastinate. I guarantee you’ve got stuff laying around that you’ll never use again. Grab two garbage bags, one marked “To Donate” and one marked “To Trash.” Fill them up and de-clutter your space. It is an especially good idea to get in your closet and do this.

8. Thought Catalog

This is similar to Buzzfeed in that it has articles covering all kinds of topics, and they are all reader-submitted. However, it is in a blog format as opposed to a feed. Honestly, it’s a guilty pleasure of mine because some of the stuff submitted is quality and thought-provoking, but some of it is controversial garbage. It is a ball to read some of the more ridiculous articles, and it’s even more fun to troll through the comment section.

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9. Work Out

If you hate working out, this won’t appeal to you, but it is one of my favorite ways to procrastinate. I honestly don’t even consider it procrastinating sometimes though because it de-stresses me while doing something good for my body, so it really is a necessary act.

Best of all, working out is customizable. You get to pick what you want to do, and for how long. Run for 30 minutes or dance for an hour; it doesn’t matter. You’ll sleep better too, which will help you in the long run when you finally have to finish that assignment that’s due tomorrow.

10. Nap

This has to be the best one. There is nothing like napping when you should be doing a million other things. Naps are fun, refreshing, and anyone can take them!

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Greece and Romania

Jun 9, 2014 | Author: Ryan Kelly

What a blast we have been having! I’m currently sitting at a resturant in Bucharest, Romania! We were all sad to leave our friends in Albania. The relationships and friendships we have developed over the 2 weeks were just phenomenal! We were truly treated as family at the Livia Hotel and I can’t wait to go back and visit all of our friends there! From Albania we took a hydrofoil boat to Corfu. I was a little bit nervous about it, but it ended up being a lot of fun! Corfu was beautiful! We spent about two days there and I wish we could have stayed longer. Corfu was a transition time between classes in Albania and Romania. We got to spend time exploring the towns and shops. We found a beautiful beach and spent quite a bit of time there! Our hotel was located between two beautiful citadels. image We then all boarded on our flights to Romania. I think I figured out that I don’t really enjoy flying. I just much prefer my feet firm on the ground. The city of Bucharest is beautiful! It is described as the Paris of the east. We are spending our class time at the Rainer Insitute which has a skull collect of almost 6,800 skulls! One of the biggest collections in Europe and the world! It was fascinating walking into the bone room!  The insitute is about a 20-30 minute walk from our hotel. Our first walk over there a stray dog we named Sporky found us and escorted us all the way to the insitute! She chased after cars and bikers that came near us. She even almost got in a scuffle with another dog that wandered to close. The amazing part that was when we left the insitute a few hours later, she was sitting outside and walked us the entire 30minutes back to the hotel! image We are getting to the part of the course where we are getting to do some research and analyze the bones! Sorry to make you wait so long Aunt Sylvia  for this post:)image

Day in the Life of Forensic’s Field School

May 29, 2014 | Author: Ryan Kelly

You know you are at a forensic science anthropology field school when you are sitting at lunch eating chick with a bone and people start asking strange questions. What bone is it? What is it (chicken) ethnicity? Is there evidence of trauma or disease? Can we analyze it? Other items at the table such as milk bringing up conversations of tuberculosis and brucellosis. Tuesday in our morning class we talked about the process of washing and cleaning bones as well as bagging and labeling. It is very important to keep organized and label everything! Tuesday afternoon we started discussing how to determine the sex of the individual based on morphology, metrical and multivariate statistical methods. We were able to talk a lot about differences in the morphology of the bones between men and women. The pelvis is the most accurate indicator of sex followed closely by the cranium. Long bones are also sexually dimorphic, meaning that there are differences in the bones between men and women. I can’t wait to be able to apply what we’ve learned when we analyze bones!

Wednesday we took a day trip to the city of Gjirokaster to take a look at the ancient citadel, prison block and the city. It was such a neat little town! The citadel was filled with many canons and one tank from World War II. I found it interesting that the tank was made by Fiat! There was also an American plane that sits at the top. It was claimed by the communist that they shot the plane down. However that is untrue and likely that the pilot and crew ejected before the plane crashed. We believe it was a plane used in training flights and had technical difficulties. It was neat to see an old piece of American history sitting at the top of Gjirokaster!

Professor Washburn gave a presentation on the history of Albania which was fascinating as well as confusing. Albania has a very complex history I highly encourage you to read about it! There seems to be a common trend throughout the history of the country being under many different rulers and different forms of governments. There was quite a few shifts in the religion of the country as well. Albania was officially listed as an atheist state for a small period of time! It’s amazing to think that just in 1997 they were consumed in a civil war! This trip so far has been completely fascinating with learning forensic anthropology as well as the culture and history of Albania!

Wifi has not been very strong, unfortunately I won’t be able to post pictures in tonights blog. Hopefully I will be able to get some more posted soon!

Greetings from Albania!

May 25, 2014 | Author: Ryan Kelly

I don’t think people realize how long 8 hours is until you are stuck on a plane for that long! I was extremely nervous for the international flight, but it went really well! The flight was nice and smooth and we were provided with endless amounts of in-flight entertainment! I watched 3:10 to Yuma, countless episodes of The Big Bang Theory and The Blacklist! Played some trivia, wordsearches, colored on my coloring app, solitaire. I attempted to sleep, but it didn’t workout very well. Sleeping while traveling is always a struggle for me. We have a total of 14 students! Only a few of us kind of knew each other, nothing brings a group of people together more than traveling halfway around the world! We have only known each other a few days, but we have had such a blast so far!

We are here in Butrint now! Getting wifi has been extremely tough here! I apologize for the lack of posts! We have now been here for 3 days. The trip from Tirana to Butrint took about 6 hours. We had the pleasure of traveling some unique roads. One was a little nerve racking, climbing the side of a mountain with winding turns and quite a ways to the bottom! The scenery of the Albanian countryside was amazing!!!! It’s absolutely beautiful! I am actually typing this on the lovely beach of Semil, about 2 miles from our hotel. Yesterday was our first day of class, which was held at the acropolis in the national park. Today we went through the bones that comprise the axial and appendicular skeleton. We were able to look at these bones from an individual that died about a 1000 years in Butrint. We are all very excited to have started the class portion and we are looking forward to analyzing and learning as much as we can!

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I am fortunate enough to have one of our professors run with me! We were able to run through Tirana and was able to see some statues and monument in the park. Yesterday we took a ferry across the channel and basically ran through farm fields and countryside! I’m extremely glad to have a running buddy with all the amazing food they have been feeding us!image

Off We Go!

May 20, 2014 | Author: Ryan Kelly

We are finally on our way! It still hasn’t quite hit me that I will spend the next month traveling and studying abroad! I’m currently sitting our chartered bus on our way to JFK. I’ve met a few of our expedition members Paul, Jess, Lea, Kaitlin, and a few of the professors that will be joining us! We are all very excited to get this adventure under way. I will admit that my packing skills are not up to ninja status! Packing was not fun at all! With all the luggage restrictions it was extremely hard to pack everything I wanted. I had to do some serious prioritizing. Hopefully I remembered all the essentials! We should arrive at JFK around 1/1:30 to meet with the rest of the members of the trip! Our flight departs at 5:25pm, we are traveling via Lufthansa #411. If you google our flight number you can track the flight! Make sure to follow me on twitter, I will be posting a lot on there. You can also follow our itinerary online, if you google Utica College Forensic Anthropology Field School! I was so excited this morning that I forgot to eat breakfast, hopefully we will stop soon! I’m still not positive what our Wifi situation will be once we get overseas, but I will try to post as much as possible when we get there!

Junior Year: A Closed Chapter

May 17, 2014 | Author: Allison Acquaviva

Junior year was definitely an interesting year for me! The fall semester started out rocky being a Government major, but then I finally found my place in Public Relations and now, I could not be happier!

I have to say (really for the first time in my college career) that I’m actually going to miss this semester. I met so many great people, and learned so much about myself in the process. I also grew a passion for writing – which I never thought I’d enjoy so much.

I couldn’t wait for the fall semester to end. Then come January, I never expected to love the courses that I was taking….and of course, I never expected to become a student blogger, which I obviously enjoy greatly.

Now, it’s so weird to think that it is a closed chapter in my book. For anyone who has told me that college goes so much quicker than high school was right; especially if you’re loving what you’re doing! It’s definitely strange to know that my college career will be over this time next year.

So, a note to all incoming freshman, or just any students in general….these are just some things that I’ve learned in all of my 3 years here, but especially during this year.

  • Work hard in your curriculum, do your assignments, and do them on time.
  • If you’re unhappy in your program, change it. It is never too late.
  • Take your time before choosing a major – read through all of your options and then decide. Don’t go into anything blindly.
  • Once one semester ends, a new one begins. Leave the old one behind. If you’ve made mistakes, learn from them and try not to repeat them. Always make a fresh start.

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Happiness Tip #2: Forgiveness

May 16, 2014 | Author: Allison Acquaviva

One of the hardest things to do in life is to forgive someone who hurt you. It doesn’t matter if it’s a family member, friend, co-worker, enemy….and so on.

That old saying “sticks and stones may break your bones, but words will never hurt you” isn’t exactly the truth. Words hurt, and unfortunately can stick with you for a long time. The key is, to let whatever they said, go. Easier said than done, I know.

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In order to live a happy, peaceful and successful life, we must forgive those who do us harm. It can be extremely difficult, but so freeing.

Instead of cursing those who hurt us, bless them instead. It takes a strong person to forgive and just move on. But, it is so necessary for our own health and well being.

When we forgive others, we are giving them absolutely no power over us. By holding on to anger, we only hurt ourselves. Life is too short for that.

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One of the best days of my life was when I learned to move on from all of the people who did me wrong. With the help of some great people, I came to my senses and realized that harboring bitterness was only ruining me, not them.

Moral of the story: do you want to travel the road to happiness? Learn to forgive and make peace with people and your past. You’ll be surprised how much better you will feel.

Reflection: Freshman Year

May 16, 2014 | Author: LaShanna Saunders

tumblr_m7do3d3slc1r115hxo5_250Freshman year started off just like you see in movies, fall semester was ridiculously fun. From parties  to late night walks and dinner dates let’s just say fall semester was one that as a freshman you will never forget. You have just arrived at college, your first time away from mom and dad, you are  nervous about making friends everything is  handed to you at once, it is a scary amazing feeling. Fall semester of your freshman year  is always the most fun. Everyone is eager to be in college and most importantly ready to be an “adult”. I put adult in quotation marks because that is how a lot of us feel, we feel as if we are grown and ready to eat life’s challenges for breakfast. But let me be the first to tell you the way you ENTERED freshman year will be completely different then the way you LEAVE freshman year. At the end of freshman year  19 or 20 year old you will look back at your self and feel like a stranger to the person you once was. I have learned so much about myself it is scary to think I knew who I was.Even with  the amount of maturity that I came to college with I still feel as if I grew beyond my expectations, I really surprised myself at how much I had evolved. I evolved into this confident, well-spoken, involved, even more ambitious then before and amazingly beautiful young lady.  I now like to look at  myself as a Pitbull in a dress because I have become so hungry for success and  developed a kind of power and strength I never knew I had. College will teach you things about yourself, it will help you become a women/man. Going away to college or living on campus is the only way you can get the full college experience.The ability to discover who you are is something that everyone should want to do because if you dont know who you are, your dreams and goals are going to impossible  to reach. A huge goodbye to freshman year for all it has done for me and taught me.

Life Hacks: Health Edition

May 16, 2014 | Author: Ghedion Behonegne

Life hack-noun. informal. a strategy or technique adopted in order to manage one’s time and daily activities in a more efficient way.

I have a confession, I have not always been as wise and all knowing as I am now. I have assimilated a wealth of knowledge that will become useless the day I graduate, so here is my gift to you underclassmen and incoming students; l present the most time saving and headache curing tips and tricks. This post shall concern general health, well being and fitness related advise.

Here’s the scenario, it’s winter (I know that we are closer to summer, but bear with me) and if you are a man this means one thing, its bulking season.

How to bulk like a boss:
Step 1. Lift heavy things.
Step 2. Eat lots of (healthy) food so you can refuel muscles to repeat step 1.
Step 3. Sleep an adequate amount so you can return to the gym, refreshed and ready to repeat step 1.
Step 4. Repeat step 1.
Step 5. Repeat this whole cycle.

But how do you maximize on calories so you can improve on step 1? Using this recipe a close friend of my mine has come up with:
Bulking Shake:
1.5 cups milk (chocolate if you can)
1 cup pre-ground oats.
2 frozen bananas.
1 scoop protein.
2 tbs peanut butter.
Throw all these in a blender and voila. If my calculations are correct (They always are), this will come out to approximately 1300 calories and 64 grams of proteins. Have one of these between meals and one after you work out, your muscles can thank me later.
Broke and can’t afford things? You can get peanut butter, chocolate milk and bananas from the cafeteria (Disclaimer- I do not condone nor condemn these actions. Sodexo do not come after me).

Of course you have to supplement this with a quality diet high in protein. But Ghedion, what foods have a high protein content and are delicious you ask? Lean meats like chicken, turkey and fish are a staple in bulking diets. However things like peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and mixed nuts and eggs don’t get as much attention and should also be included in any serious amateur body builders diet.

Fast forward 6 months later and you are a behemoth of a human being and could stand to lose a few (a lot of) pounds. The new recipe and regime:

Cutting Shake:
1 cup low fat milk.
1 scoop protein.
1 banana.

Step 1. Lift lighter things, a lot more times and more intensely.

Step 2. Do cardio.

Step 3. Recover, drink plenty of water and eat a minimal amount of carbs and skip the burger/fries/ice-cream/soda combo.

Step 4. Repeat previous steps

Step 5.  Say thank you Ghedion :)

40 Ways to Keep Ryan Occupied on a Plane

May 14, 2014 | Author: Ryan Kelly

I can’t believe we are leaving in less than a week! I’m getting extremely excited, nervous, and a little anxious. I hope this next week flies by! For those of who that know me, you’ll know that sitting still is not one of my strong suits and neither is flying! Good thing I’ll be spending over 18 hours on a plane over the next few weeks! I’m a little nervous about the flights so I thought it would be a good plan to come up with a bunch of things to keep me occupied and distracted. I am going to try and accomplish as many of the items on the list as possible! I’m really hoping I will have a window seat; it would be amazing to watch the sunset over the ocean! Please feel free to give me some suggestions! 5 days, 17 hours and 49 minutes!!

  1. Color
  2. Listen to music
  3. Word search
  4. Make shapes out of the clouds
  5. Watch the sunset
  6. Watch Frozen
  7. Read a book
  8. Take a nap
  9. Write a blog
  10. Take a deep breath and enjoy the view
  11. Look for whales (Yes, from 30,000ft!)
  12. Take a walk
  13. Play solitaire
  14. Read the Sky Mall Magazine
  15. Download piano app and create a masterpiece
  16. Have a conversation with a planemate
  17. Download and play trivia app
  18. Eat food
  19. …Watch Frozen again
  20. Take pictures
  21. Daydream
  22. Start a journal
  23. Read coursework material
  24. Plan meals I want to cook
  25. Play card games
  26. Find someone to play card games with
  27. Count to 1000
  28. Contemplate life’s mysteries
  29. Try to understand men…
  30. Take another nap
  31. Plan fun summer activities
  32. Play plants vs. zombies
  33. Download paper app and doodle
  34. Get as far into the impossible quiz…as possible
  35. Play Angry Birds
  36. Make friendship bracelets for the track team
  37. Design shirt logo for track team
  38. Watch bridesmaid
  39. Learn how to card count
  40. Try to accomplish this entire list!

Need Something to do this Summer? (Part 2) Arts and Entertainment

May 14, 2014 | Author: Joseph Fryc

Being a local, I get asked a lot by my fellow students where they can go to entertain themselves while they are here for the summer. Maybe you’re taking a summer class, maybe you’ve just gotten an apartment here, or maybe you’re just stuck here because of a job. Either way, you’ll need something to keep yourself busy until classes start up again in the fall.

Arts and Entertainment

All too often the numerous Art venues in the Utica area are overlooked, maybe because they are seen as boring. However, you could easily spend a day venturing into the depths of arts and become lost in their charms. Keeping that in mind, here are a few suggestions of some easy trips you can take to enjoy the arts.

Munson WIlliams Proctor Arts Institute

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The Art Museum at Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute is a great place to spend an afternoon enjoying  both classical and contemporary art as part of their permanent collection. Plus, its free for the public. The museum also holds special exhibitions that you can view for only $10. The museum is open weekly on Tuesday – Saturday from 10am-5pm, and Sunday from 1pm to 5pm. If your hungry you can stop into Terrace Cafe featuring made-to-order sandwiches and daily specials. The Terrace Cafe is open from 11am to 3pm, Tuesday – Saturday, every week. Munson Williams also offers a performing arts series with performances weekly, as well as movie screenings all summer long.

Want more info, Check out Munson Williams at: http://www.mwpai.org/

 

Corning Museum of Glass

The Corning Museum of Glass is truly a New York State treasure. The museum displays nearly 3,500 years of history through glass. In addition to the great art work, the museum offers glass blowing demonstrations daily to educate visitors on the process. After you’re done browsing the museums extensive collection of glass work, stop by the gift shop to see the hundreds of handcrafted glass pieces for sale. The museum is open from 9am-8pm, every day, all summer-long. Admission is $16 for adults, $13.60 for college students, and free for anyone 19 and under.

Want a preview? Check out these photos from my last trip to the museum:

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Want to know more, Check out Corning Museum of Glass at: http://www.cmog.org/

 

Barrett Art Gallery – Utica College

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Alright, time for some shameless self-promotion. This summer the gallery will, for the first time, be holding an exhibit during the summer for students and community members. “Art in Between” is a collection of works from local artists, exhibiting a range of artistic mediums. Artists include locals, Mary Murphy and J.D. King, Gallery Director Carolynne Whitefeather, Kyle Riecker, Administrative Assistant in the Education Office, as well as professors from the college, Steven Specht, Larry Pacilio, and Nancy Hardy.   The exhibit was organized by yours truly, as part of my summer internship, under the supervision and assistance of gallery director, Carolynne Whitefeather. “Art in Between” will be on display from June 2 through July 25th, Monday-Thursday from 12-4pm.

Check us out at: http://www.utica.edu/academic/as/fine_arts/gallery/index.cfm

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Edith-Langley-Barrett-Fine-Arts-Gallery/241248979265223

Twitter: https://twitter.com/UCBarrettArt

Instagram: http://instagram.com/ucbarrettart#

If Galleries aren’t really your speed, you could catch a performance at The Other Side or the Stanley Theatre in Utica. Or watch a movie at the Marquee Cinema.

Stay Tuned for the final post of this series “Fun and Games”, where I will highlight a few great places in the area to have fun.

Bloom Where You are Planted!

May 14, 2014 | Author: Allison Acquaviva

“The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all.” - Walt Disney (Mulan)

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That quote speaks so much to me. In fact, it’s one of my favorites. Why do I love it? Well, I think this phrase fits so many people out there today, me included.

I used this as my senior yearbook quote back in high school, and several people were confused by what it meant. It’s pretty simple, to me anyway.

“The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all”….well, I look at that as the flower that dares to be different from the rest, is unique. So, let’s liken that to people.

I’ve always been different from the rest of the crowd. I was never one to follow what others were doing, and I sure am not about to start now! I do my thing, what makes me happy…and, if that means reading a Nicholas Sparks novel rather than going out to a party, so be it. That’s where I was “planted” so to speak.

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Which brings me to my next point, bloom where you’re planted.

In my opinion, it is so beautiful to see somebody be themselves…and be content with that. Bloom where you are planted. If you’re different than the rest of the people you know…who cares? So what? That makes you unique. Congrats…you’re a fruit loop in a world filled with cheerios!

Never, I repeat, never let anyone tell you who you have to be or what you have to do. Give up the thought that you must fit in with the crowd because you don’t. It sounds so cliche, but it’s true. Why fit in, when you were born to stand out?

My point for this: I see so many people trying to change who they really are just to please other people or to look cool. I’m sorry, but that’s crazy. It took me a few years (and some lovingly advice from my parents) to figure out that by changing who I am OR by choosing to disassociate myself from something I loved was only harming me….not helping me.

I’ve loved country music since high school and so many people laughed at me because of that (and funny, they are the ones who love it now..;)) so, I did what I thought was best: gave it up. I tried listening to everything that was “cool”, but it was totally the wrong move. Eventually, I outgrew the need to care what everyone thought about it and just did me.

*Okay, I know that seems like a corny example, but I think it makes my point!*

So, bloom where you’re planted. Grow where you are meant to grow. Don’t worry about what anyone else has to say, or what anyone else does for that matter. Remember: the flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful.

 

Tips for Incoming International/Foreign Exchange Students

May 13, 2014 | Author: Ghedion Behonegne

Seeing as I will be graduating in approximately ten days- I would like to share some helpful tips on making friends as a foreigner.

Diversity, yay!

1. Join clubs- This is an awesome, or probably one of the easiest ways to meet people with similar interests.

2. Join a team- If you are skilled in a sport then playing on a collegiate team will be one of the most enriching things you can participate in. You will meet a lot of people, come to love your teammates and travel and see a lot of places in the Northeast.

3. Play in Intramural Sports- This is a great way to meet people and socialize if you are fond of sports but not so athletically gifted. Intramural sports are always fun, and a little competition is healthy.

4. Befriend Americans- There is a tendency among international students to form clique’s and stay with each other 24/7. This is a sure fire way to isolate yourself from a lot of people, so go ahead and befriend that friendly kid in your English class or your roommate and improve your English and learn about American traditions, culture and food.

5. Ditch the laptop- I know super-fast WiFi 24/7 may seem like a blessing but it can be a curse and a crutch. So take a break from your 32 hour binge on How I met Your Mother and go outside, attend events on campus and socialize.

6. Socialize- The main theme here has been to socialize. Most American’s will be absolutely thrilled to learn about your country, your language and cultures so start a conversation, it really is as simple as that.

Brazil 2014: Players to Watch

May 11, 2014 | Author: Ghedion Behonegne

Here is my pick for the players to light up the World Cup this summer.

Neymar da Silva Santos 

Brazil’s darling, Neymar da Silva Santos has blossomed into one of the best players in the world. Backed by a soccer crazed nation, he’s one player who can change any game with a moment of personal brilliance. Agile, fast, tricky and an excellent finisher he’ll definitely be one to watch.

Cristiano Ronaldo

The Portuguese super star is coming off one of his best ever personal seasons. His goal scoring record speaks for itself, he has struck 49 goals in 44 goals for Real Madrid this season, more than a goal a game ratio. He also recently broke the Champions League record for goals in a single season and seems to just keep getting better and better. All rounded and incredibly athletic, Portugals’ World Cup dreams rest on his broad shoulders.

Lionel Messi

Widely considered one of the best players to play the game- he has won virtually every personal and team accolade possible, save for one; the World Cup. He will be hungrier than ever now that his rival Ronaldo has eclipsed him in the last season. His slalom runs, incredible touch and lightning speed coupled with his unparalleled finishing ability have made him a force to reckon with.

Radmel Falcao

El Tigre is a clinical finisher and an absolute menace in the air. He is a prototypical striker and the mere sight of him will have defender’s and goalkeepers shaking.

Yaya Toure

A criminally underrated soccer player who is currently Africa’s finest. He pulled the strings in Manchester Cities midfield all season and is poised to lead them to another Premiership title. He is a strong, box-to-box midfielder that commands possession and dictates the tempo of the game. When on form he is a real treat to watch.

Things I’ve learned from Hollywood

May 9, 2014 | Author: Ghedion Behonegne

Very recently I sat down to watch the thriller Taken starring Liam Neeson. I was amazed at how many action stereotypes were packed into that hour and a half.

This is a list of things I have noticed while watching Hollywood’s finest and most predictable action films.

Disclaimer- Not an actual quote from the movie.

  • Every punch is a knockout punch.
  • Flammable materials are always near a source of fire.
  • Cars are always left unattended with the keys in the ignition.
  • If not, then remember that cars are also extremely easy to hot-wire.
  • If you shoot at a car, one of two things will happen A.) The bullet will strike the tire or the axle and the car will then perform acrobatics as it flips majestically through the air or B.) The bullet will hit the gas tank and the car will explode.
  • If you wake up in a strange place with no recollection of how you got there, do not fret- wait until you have a flashback and all will be remembered.
  • When a dead body is found, it is almost always by a woman who will then shriek in horror and drop whatever it is that she is holding.

Brazil 2014: The Teams

May 9, 2014 | Author: Ghedion Behonegne


The Teams:

Group A

1. Brazil- The host nation and strong favorites to win the World Cup. They are the tournaments most successful team with 5 previous World Cup’s under their belts. They completely dominated during last summer’s Confederations Cup Tournament and dismantled the current World Champions, Spain, during the process.  Known for their flair and highly entertaining style of play, they have recently been able to balance that with a defensive stability that makes them a force to be reckoned with. My personal pick for the winners of the tournament.

2. Croatia- Boasts a strong spirited side comprised of many hardworking and talented players. Luka Modric is the marquee player of this team, the midfield maestro looks to bring other players into the game and looks to dictate play from deep.

3. Mexico- This nation breathes soccer, with a highly talented and technical side lead by Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez.

4. Cameroon- The African giants are led by an aging Samuel Eto’o, and will look to progress as far as they can in the competition.

Group B

5. Spain- The current World Champions and strong favorites to lift the trophy come the end of the tournament. The Spanish gave birth to ‘tiki-taka’ soccer, a style characterized by technical, rapid, one-touch passing. They look to monopolize possession of the ball and make the other team run themselves into the ground. They boast the most deep squad, with any given player on the bench capable of making an impact.

6. Netherlands- The previous tournaments runners up, The Dutch have a wealth of world class attacking players but will need to get ego’s and their defense in check in order to have a successful tournament.

7. Chile- One of the smaller teams in the tournament, many have this side picked as their dark horses. An exciting mix of lightning fast counter-attacks and strategic possession, this team has everything needed to be a huge surprise. Lead by Barcelona’s Alexis Sanchez, they’ll be one of the teams to watch.

8. Australia- Another small team that will be happy just to be present. The Socceroo’s go to Brazil with no pressure or expectations.

Group C

9. Colombia- The South American side, led by their talisman Radamel Falcao could pack a surprising punch. I tip South American sides to do well on home soil, fueled by proud supporters and home conditions. The key this side doing well is the support cast around Falcao, simply put- make sure he gets the ball in dangerous areas and he will score.

10. Greece- The 2004 Euro champions are the epitome of a hard working, defensive side. Going to the tournament with no expectations they will look to grind out close games in order to progress. Goal scoring and creativity out of the midfield will be an issue that they should address before heading to Brazil.

11. Ivory Coast- This may be the last chance for Ivory Coast’s ‘golden generation’ to put together a meaningful assault on the World Cup as their leaders Didier Drogba and Kolo Toure are approaching the twilight years of their careers. Key to their campaign will be the form of Kolo Toure’s younger brother, Yaya Toure. Perhaps the most important issue facing this team is mentality, they need to rally together and not choke at crucial moments (As has happened so many times before).

12. Japan- The Blue Samurai are a technically sound team, perfectly comfortable in possession with a wealth of young, home grown talent at the managers disposal. Keisuke Honda and Shinji Kagawa will look to combine in the midfield to unlock teams.

Group D

13. Uruguay- Tactically flexible and tough, the Uruguayans will be a tough team to beat. Especially if the enigmatic and controversial Luis Suarez manages to have a decent tournament.

14. Costa Rica- A small, defensive side. The Costa Ricans will be hoping that their star player, Bryan Ruiz is on his best form.

15. England- The key to England’s success at Brazil 2014 will be their ability to remained focus and cope with the pressure of their home media.

16. Italy- The Euro 2012 finalists are regarded as strong favorites for the title. They will be hoping that Andrea Pirlo will be on form and marshaling possession

Group E

17. Switzerland- The Swiss national side is ranked 7th in the World and features a tight-knit squad that boasts a large home base of players. This will surely be a huge advantage as these players are used to playing with each other, whereas start studded teams have their key players playing across Europe. Tough from set-pieces, they will look to score many goals through their aerial superiority.

18. Ecuador- The tragic death of Christian Benitez, a regular in the starting line-up has seemed to spur on the South American team. Many have tipped these smaller sides to exceed expectations during this tournament as they will have a large contingency of home support helping them out. Statistically speaking, no one was scored more from headers than the Ecuadorians and one suspects this might be key in their progression.

19. France- The French national team has always been blessed with incredible talent, however this means nothing when the team cannot rally and play together. The team’s shameful showing as well as the subsequent mutiny and removal from last the World Cup will still be on the minds of some player’s . If they can rally together and play for each other, they will be one difficult opponent to match up against.

20. Honduras- A relatively unknown team that boasts lots of homegrown talent. Few expect the team to go far.

Group F

21. Argentina- Perhaps the team boasting the best forwards at the tournament, the key for Argentina to do well will be making sure to balance all their attacking talent with defensive discipline. And of course, Lionel Messi might have a word or two to say for himself, with his feet that is.

22. Bosnia & Herzegovina- This will be the first time these nations are represented in the World Cup. Their team has an array of attacking talent, Edin Dzeko in particular, that will likely be undone by the team’s weak defense.

23. Iran- Coach Carlos Quieroz is the star in this team with a wealth of knowledge coming from coaching for years side by side with one of the game’s finest, Sir Alex Ferguson. He has taken this knowledge and constructed a defensively sound team.

24. Nigeria- The super eagles swept aside all competition and were head and shoulders above the rest at the last AFCON tournament. The current African champs have a wide selection of players to choose from with Emmanuel Emenike looking to impress on the world stage.

Group G

25. Germany- The German team has impressed and continually improved over the last few years. The core of young players has grown together and will be one of the hardest teams to beat at this year’s tournament. They have a fine blend of team ethic and individual talent. From Mesut Ozil to Toni Kroos to Marco Reus- the attacking talent speaks  for itself. Many have the German’s picked as their favorites.

26. Portugal- Led by the current best player in the world, Cristiano Ronaldo. Portugal is essentially a one man show. This might be a weakness for most, but when Cristiano Ronaldo is in the form that he has been in over the course of the last few years- then this is simply not an issue. If Ronaldo is playing well, then Portugal has a chance in the tournament.

27. Ghana- Ghana never fails to impress or entertain. The heartbreaking moment when Asamoah Gyan’s last minute penalty struck the crossbar and their subsequent loss to Uruguay in the penalty shoot-out still is fresh in the memory of players and fans. They will look to undo this perceived injustice and accomplish a lot at this tournament.

28. United States- Jurgen Klinsmann’s team is playing some fantastic soccer but disappointing results in friendlies have undercut the American’s confidence. They will be looking to prove the naysayers wrong.

Group H

29. Belgium- The Belgian’s are considered by many to be the dark horses of the tournament. With a golden generation of players, the true question remains whether they can play together under pressure. We will find out.

30. Algeria- Considered one of the weakest team’s at the tournament, their presence is an honor.

31. Russia- The squad boasts a defensive solidity that has been missing in recent years. Goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev’s return to form following a broken leg will be a huge boost.

32. Korea Republic- Coached by legendary former player, Hong Myung-bo the Koreans have got to the tournament by playing soundly defensively and getting goals through direct play. Their star man Song Heung-min will need to be at is best for his nation’s side to progress.

Brazil 2014: The World Cup Dissected.

May 9, 2014 | Author: Ghedion Behonegne

The World Cup is the most widely watched sporting event on the planet. Last time around, an estimated 3.2 billion people watched the World Cup Final- roughly about 47% of the earth’s human population.

For those of you not so versed in the affairs of international soccer I have here a dissection, a series of posts in which I will do my best to: Explain the tournament, describe the teams and the key players to watch.  Without further ado…

Teams will be fighting for the chance to bring this home. Beauty really is in the eye of the beholder.

The World Cup

32 teams take part in the World Cup. These teams are picked based on a 3 year preliminary period, in which teams play for qualification and the right to represent their country at the World Cup. These teams are then randomly sorted into 8 groups of 4 teams each. This stage is called the group stage; the goal of which is to finish with as many points as possible.

But what are points Ghedion, and how do you go about getting them? Points are awarded for wins and draws, with 3 and 1 point(s) being rewarded respectively. Losing will give you a whooping 0 points.  After each team has played each other, the top two teams advance to the next stage. So the winner of Group A plays the runner ups of Group B, and so on so forth. The next phase is called the knockout stage, it starts with 16 teams each playing to stay in the tournament. There are no draws in this phase, with games going to extra time and eventually penalties until a winner has been decided. Penalties are shots taken from a dead ball position from 12 yards away and whomever gets the best of five shall be declared winner.

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The losing teams are knocked out, with the exception of the losers in the semi-finals, they stick around to play for 3rd and 4th place. The winners of the final are crowned World Champions and get major bragging rights.

Last year the Confederations Cup was held in Brazil. In this tournament, each continent sends its champion (From its respective continental championship tournament) and the host of the next World Cup as well as the past champions into a mini-World Cup style championship. The final saw the hosts, Brazil, take on the current world champs, Spain. The result was an emphatic 3-0 victory for Brazil, Spain were well beaten and will be itching to at the possibility of redeeming themselves.  The purpose of this tournament was to act as a teaser, but it has done more than that- it has stoked the appetite of soccer fans everywhere.

The Pros & Cons of Being a Perfectionist

May 8, 2014 | Author: Colleen Bierstine

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A perfectionist is defined as a person who refuses to accept any standard short of perfection. Some might also add that they are delusional, generally nuts, and stress out everyone else around them.

But I’m not so bad once you get to know me.

I swear I wasn’t always like this. I think it was somewhere midway through high school that perfectionism started to infiltrate my brain, but even then, it was only in certain areas. However, when I hit college, full-blown perfectionism took over, and just about anyone who knows me now will describe me as a perfectionist.

It is not necessarily a bad trait. I mean, there are a lot worse things somebody can be.  Perfectionism sure has helped me both excel and go crazy throughout my college career, and now that I’ve got only one semester left to my senior year, I can see how it has both helped and hindered me.

These are the pros and cons I’ve discovered to being a perfectionist throughout the years:

Pro – You generally do exceedingly well on assignments and papers because you won’t hand in anything short of your absolute best.
Con – You cannot emotionally handle getting any grade less than an A. An A- might as well be an F, because an A- means you did something wrong. And mistakes mean failure.

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Pro – You go the extra mile, even for things you aren’t necessarily interested in. For example, When I started weight-training, it was not my cup of tea, but I still worked to learn perfect form.
Con – You can never have that “I don’t care about this, so I’m not going to try” mentality. It doesn’t matter if you’re working on a diorama for an art class you had to take for your core credits even though you’re a PR major; you’re going to stress over it.

Pro – People think you’re someone who really has everything together and look up to you.
Con – You are constantly busting your butt to live up to that impossible standard and feel mortified when somebody realizes that you are, in fact, imperfect like everyone else.

Pro – You have motivation, determination, persistence, and drive – qualities that most people find redeeming and can make you a great candidate for landing a job.
Con – You stretch yourself thin trying to exude these qualities in every aspect of life, whether it be schoolwork or getting your hair to look perfect (seriously, that takes some persistence).

Pro – You’re excellent at correcting and editing things because you get a secret joy out of seeking out imperfections.
Con – You’re constantly annoying people around you by correcting and editing everything they do without being asked to do so.

Pro – People admire how hard you’re willing to work.
Con – People don’t understand why little mess ups that wouldn’t bother the average Joe can bring you down so much.

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Pro – You always try to look your best, therefore coming off as put-together and professional.
Con – You can’t just “get up and go,” nor do you have a quick way of getting ready. If you’re going out, whether to a ball or to the grocery store, everything has to look perfect.

Pro – You are willing to try something over and over again until you can do it right. Therefore, you know the incomparably amazing feeling of watching something that seemed impossible become possible. For me, such is the case with challenging yoga poses.
Con – You waste way too much time and energy trying to do these little things, and beat yourself up when you can’t do them on the first try.

Only took me 254,183 tries

Only took me 254,183 tries

Pro – You can seek out and correct the tiniest imperfection in any area whether it be painting lipstick or painting a portrait.
Con – You have no control over your ability to walk away from a task; you end when it’s perfect.

Pro – You never accept failure from yourself.
Con – You never accept failure from yourself.

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Move out Day, ARE YOU READY?

May 8, 2014 | Author: LaShanna Saunders

blogging web      Move out day is May 15th are you ready? Is all your things packed? Do you have a storage space ready? How are you getting home? Did you study for finals? All these things come to play all at once, it can get overwhelming. Dealing with finals and moving out is hard. For me its a little more hectic because I have to deal with finals, moving out, organizations events, internships and work all at once but when you find a balance it will all work out for the best. Staying motivated and healthy is what is going to get you thorough this rough time. Make sure you eat health and when up late studying replace junk food with health snacks. Like carrots, sandwiches, crackers and cheeses, cereal bars  and most importantly water to keep your body from crashing. If you are feeling stressed or maybe your just pissed off, there is always someone here to help. The counselling center is available and the gym closes at 11pm, take a break and go work out and release some stress I promise  that you  will feel a hundred percent better after you are done. Moving out is a better sweet time because at this point everyone is excited to finally be home and yet again it is stressful because we have final exams but as time goes by these things will become normal to us.

Confidence: The Key Component to Success

May 8, 2014 | Author: Allison Acquaviva

As a young woman in today’s society, it seems that everyone puts labels on us. If we’re curvy, we’re too fat. If we’re skinny, we’re unhealthy. All of the constant criticism weighs down on our confidence & self esteem. That, ladies, is just wrong.

I’ve struggled with confidence issues since high school. I used to care what everyone thought of me & tried to change myself to please them. That, by far, is the biggest mistake anyone could make.

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I know now that I totally wasted my time worrying about the opinions of others. I’m finally at that point where I know who loves and appreciates me for who I am & those who don’t? Well they don’t matter. I make my own sunshine!

One of the few steps to happiness is finding your confidence & learning to love who you are, regardless of what people say about you. In my last post about surrounding yourself with positive people, I mention how they can help build up your confidence. That’s 100% true.

But, you also need to be able to build up your own confidence.

And how do you do this? Well….it’s quite the journey, but by having a persistent, positive attitude, you will succeed.

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The first step to finding your confidence is: Stop comparing yourself to others. 

This is so hard to do, but it is absolutely crucial. I know. Easier said than done. We wish we looked like that, we wish we could dress like that, we wish we had that talent…..and the list goes on.

Why do we do this? Each one of us is a gift. Our bodies, minds and hearts are all unique. We are imperfectly perfect in our own way. So, stay focused on yourself. Run your own race. Just because someone does something better than you, or before you, doesn’t mean that you have no talent. It doesn’t mean that you can’t do it too. Everybody’s different, everyone learns and grows at different rates. Confidence, confidence, confidence!

The second step? Relax & go with the flow!

Seriously, listen to what you are saying about yourself. If you had a friend that talked to you, the way you talk about yourself, would they even be your friend? Think about it. So, take a breather. Find an outlet that you can channel your talents to (and yes, everyone has a talent).

Never lose your confidence over a mistake. It’s not worth it! Remember – it’s all about perspective. You can gain your confidence from your experiences, rather than losing it from your experiences.

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The third (and perhaps the most important) step: LOVE YOURSELF.

Listen, it’s not easy. There’s always something that we wish we could change about ourselves. But, once you come to that place of love and acceptance, you’ll be so much happier. When you have low confidence or self esteem, loving yourself can be a challenge. However, it is NOT impossible.

Put it into perspective. Life just would not be the same if you didn’t exist, or if you changed yourself for others. You were created the way you are for a reason. That means, you have a special gift & talent that can be used to put some good into the world, that maybe no one else has. Embrace it. Embrace everything you have to offer. *with dignity, of course*

Fourth: Be Positive.

Look for the good in any situation. Talking from experience, this can be hard too, but not impossible. Once you make up your mind that you want to be happy, the rest comes naturally.

Breathing in positivity and exhaling negativity, eventually becomes a habit. Sure, we all have our down moments. That will happen. The key is…don’t get stuck there. Sometimes, we are the prisoner’s of our own thoughts.

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The fifth step to confidence: Do what you love & love what you do.

People shine the most whenever they are doing something they love. That’s when your true confidence shows because you want to be the best you can be.

Life isn’t all about making money, doing something because it’s in the family…..granted, having a good job, making money, those are pretty important. But, of course, they aren’t everything. You have to be happy in what you’re doing. If not, change it. You don’t like your major? Change it!

It has taken me 3 major changes to find my happiness….and I’m so not ashamed of that fact. I’m loving what I’m studying & I love all of the opportunities that are presented in front of me. I have big dreams, and I needed to find a major that complemented them. I finally did, and never felt better about it.

Long story short: Confidence is essential in everything you do, whether it’s at school, work, whatever! Build yourself up. Stop tearing yourself down. Ladies, stop thinking of yourselves as objects, or someone’s possession. Know who you are, and know your worth.