Tag: Stress

“College & Chill” Fall Playlist

Anyone who knows me personally knows that I’m hands-down a huge indie/alternative rock and pop fanatic. My interest wasn’t some attempt to be less mainstream—because that’s not entirely what “indie” means—but it was more of a serendipitous attraction. As I’ve mentioned before in a previous playlist blog, I was born into and grew up around various types of music that were constantly played throughout the house. If it was after church. Music. Cleaning the house. Music. Car rides just ten minutes from the house. Music. Evening idleness. Music. So I like to blame my parents for my habit of...

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How Not to College

First of all, it’s Accepted Student Day season! I love being able to see high school students touring Union and trying to picture themselves here in the fall.  That led me to thinking about things that I wish I had known to do differently and things I wish I were better at.  So here are a few of things not to do, courtesy of me, the one who does them. Don’t let your dishes pile up.  I don’t care if they’re just 7 Nalgene bottles you just haven’t rinsed out, do it ASAP or you will never do them....

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10 Things I Wish I Knew Before College–(Part 2)

Now, continuing on with the proposed, first five Things I Wish I Knew Before College list, the remaining five are as followed. 6. Don’t Overestimate Your Free Time As glorious as the trimester schedule can be at times (and challenging at others), try to refrain from being idle with your time. Due dates are closer than they appear and the days go by quickly. Take baby steps and work on assignments bit by bit, though it’s easier said than done. Even if it’s just brainstorming what you want to write a paper on, doing the first two equations of your...

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Trimesters at Union

Let’s take a few minutes to talk about trimesters. Something that sets Union apart from most colleges and universities in America is its trimester system. Contrary to the norm, we have three terms instead of two and we take three classes for ten weeks each. This works out so we get a six-week winter break from Thanksgiving to just after New Year’s, and while we get out a little later in the summer, we don’t have to go back to school until early September. By the time we’re out of school for Thanksgiving break, we’ve completely finished with our...

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10 Things I Wish I Knew Before College–(Part 1)

Freshmen year at college is fun and all (depending on what you make out of this  “new-found” freedom). In a general sense, first-year students either immediately love college life, are gradually liking it, or feel static in their pursuit of happiness on campus, and that’s fine. Everyone goes through life differently. With that being said, with careful consideration, I’ve cooked up a list of 10 Things I Wish I Knew Before College for anyone to relate to or find some truth in. Here are the first 5: 1. It’s Okay Not to be Okay There’s no reason in the...

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in the next week…

By this point you probably have come to realize that I am quite the planner and live religiously by my schedule (see here and here), but this next week will probably be my craziest of college yet. Why? Not only do I have to hand in all of my final assignments for my classes (details below), but I have a twin sister who just happens to also go to a school on the trimester schedule which just happens to be 3,000 miles away in Southern California. Oh, and throw in there that the two of us will be turning...

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thesis

With just five short weeks left to complete my thesis, I thought is was about time I wrote my obligatory “Senior Thesis” post. You already know I’m a stressing senior, but the latest component of that has been working on my senior thesis. I am an economics major (and the happy face of the Union Econ Department, apparently!) and currently in term two of a two-term thesis. I’ve mentioned my thesis before (here and here), but I wanted to share more about the stressful, wonderful, nerve-racking, rewarding, generally-cuckoo process: Every economics major at Union College has to write a...

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s.t.u.d.y.

  Stay sane – It’s so easy during finals week to go absolutely cuckoo. In fact, sometimes I find myself getting all worked up just for the sake of getting worked up! Remember: there is nothing saying that you have to become a complete stress case in order to get a good grade. The best performing students know how to treat this week just like all of the others. Talk it out – I tend to hole up when I’m studying; I’ve never really been big into the whole group studying thing. Until NOW! There is just something about...

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photo of my life

I have been speaking with a lot of my fellow seniors recently and we have all came to the same conclusion: we are just not on top of things like we used to be. Now, this is unfortunately not a function of partying too hard or enjoying being a senior too much (if only!), but something about this year is especially difficult when it comes to managing time. I am a workaholic (I have admitted that before here and the proof can be found here), but despite my constant chipping away at work, I have found myself time and...

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hard work

Yesterday I attended our Becker Career Center‘s first Senior Orientation of the term. It was great, but also really scary. See, I spent all summer thinking about my future (working 14 hours-a-day in corporate America can do that to you…) and living in the “real” world and it’s not an easy thing to wrap one’s head around! Sure, in college we have classes and tests and a million clubs and social stresses, but we have it so easy; working after college is forever — there’s no school calendar, there are no periodic breaks, there’s no opportunity to say, “hey, it’s...

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