How To Still Be A Human Being Over Winter Break
12.27.2016 | Classes Source: Neil Donoghue (edited)

How To Still Be A Human Being Over Winter Break

Humans don't hibernate for 3 weeks.

So you made it past finals, your trek home, and after being reunited with home cooking and your pets, you start to fall into a routine of sorts. And sometimes, that routine is not only the least efficient use of your time, it's just setting you up for failure when you return to school.

So whether your break is just starting or you've been off for a week already, it's not too late to use these tips to help you be a real person and not just a lazy heap of fuzz over winter break.

1. Get the right amount of sleep

You would think that without finals to study for and with an absence of $2 Tuesdays and Thirsty Thursdays in your life, you'd actually start getting some quality shut eye.

You thought wrong.

It's easy when you have no obligations to stay up all night and sleep all day just because you can, but you're literally going to sleep away your break. Use this time to catch up on sleep, but also to try to get back on a healthy routine before you have to go back to school.

2. Eat this, not that

There is nothing quite as remarkable as your first home cooked meal with your family after returning from a slew of McDonald's, Hot Pockets, and plain chicken breasts. Take advantage of the food your family wants to cook for you.

You can eat all the Mexican and fast food you want when you get back to your lifestyle fueled by coffee and Chick-Fil-A. Enjoy the authenticity and being waited on by your momma. Not to mention, you're probably way less likely to retain all that stressful finals week binge eating weight. Say goodbye to that Finals Fifteen.

3. Keep your shit organized

Yes, technically you can live like a vagabond for three weeks with your socks and study guides strewn across the house in a trail that leads to your room. You can save yourself (and your mom) a lot of hassle by trying to keep your mess confined. That way when you're frantically packing an hour after your ride was supposed to pick you up to take you back to school, you're less likely to forget something of value like oh, I don't know, your laptop... or worse yet... your straightener.

4. Spend time with the fam -- I mean actually hang out with them

Don't get me wrong, I try to keep in touch with everything going on in my friends' lives through group chats, Snaps, and Instagram stories. Take some time to actually spend time with your family and put your phone away. You never know how much you'll get to see them throughout the year, and they're excited to see you. You'll get to spend the next six months with your friends, so turn your phone on airplane mode and watch a Christmas movie together.

5. Actually do something

Make a craft or read a book. Go outside and do stuff in the snow. Take a drive to see Christmas lights. Do things you don't have the time or means to do during the school year. There's a difference between relaxing and slowly becoming a part of the sofa downstairs.

If for nothing else, just do it so when people ask what you did over break, you can pretend it was something other than drinking your parents' liquor in the basement while you played Madden for a record 21 hours straight. Trust me. It's fun and you're saving yourself the shame.


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12.05.2016 | Classes Source: kpbs.org

Finals Week as Told by Hamilton

WORK!

It's that time of the year again....I'm not referring to the holiday season (I wish I was...), but rather to the not-nearly-as-merry finals season. Students across the nation are preparing themselves for never-ending biology cram sessions, for 10 page APA essays, and for breaking the world record for most consecutive hours without sleep, caffeinated or uncaffeinated.

As a fun little study break, which in my mind is crucial in order to remain sane during exams, I've compiled a list of finals week moments that you'll undoubtedly experience or witness in the coming weeks....told exclusively through Hamilton gifs.

You stayed up until 4 a.m. studying for your 9 a.m. Bio exam, you're in need of caffeine in order to begin functioning, and the Starbucks line is out the door, down the street...

When you finally realize the extent to which you procrastinated on literally everything leading up to the end of the semester.

When there's that one freshman in your Advanced Stats lecture that somehow has the highest grade in the class and you ask them how on earth they've been doing so well, when you understand exactly nothing.

When you thought you were being proactive by starting your American Lit final essay early, but the professor changes the requirements after you've finished writing half of it.

That feeling when the professor says, "We won't be having a final during exam week."

When Einstein's in the library is closed and you feel personally betrayed by the one place that has always faithfully carbed up your study sessions.

When you're tutoring a failing student for their upcoming history exam, they STILL don't understand anything you've taught them, and you're slowly losing your patience and your mind.

When your Stats grade is posted and you see that your hard work actually paid off for once. #WORK

When everyone else is done with their finals and you have a test on the last possible time slot the Friday of finals week.

And when it's finally all over, you're going home, and you have no academic obligations for a whole month...



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10.19.2016 | Classes Source: @masterone

The Secret To Success

Ain't no shame In the nap game.

Don't worry, I'm not about to bore you with all of my academic achievements and extracurriculars (duh, that's what LinkedIn is for), but I will say I had a busy workload and focused heavily on doing well in my classes.

Problem is, trying to balance everything and get a full night's sleep is nearly impossible in college. A study at Stanford University found that the majority of college students really need "well over eight hours" of sleep a night.


HA! I couldn't even tell you the last time I slept eight hours. However, sleep deprivation is a serious issue and could be to blame if you're feeling less productive, having trouble concentrating, feeling irritable... the list goes on.

So what's my secret to getting my work done while balancing the crazy college lifestyle? The Power Nap. I'm not talking two or four hour long naps where you wake up feeling like you slept into another dimension. Personally, if I ever nap that long I become even more unproductive than when I started. Sort of defeats the purpose.


I'm referring to the glorious sub-20 minute power naps. You get just enough sleep so your brain can function, but still have the this-assignment-is-due-in-two-hours adrenaline rush pumping through you. Plus, you don't miss too much of your day (you know, time needed to finish that paper).

I'll be honest, I was both blessed and cursed with the ability to fall asleep within seconds of putting my head down. It's handy for power naps, but an absolute nightmare when I'm trying to get work done on long bus rides to and from games. I'm always a goner.

The key to perfecting the utility of the power nap is getting rid of any and all sense of shame in napping publicly. Some might see this as social suicide- what about all the people who see me? Completely mortifying- they're totally going to judge me!

Wrong. Most likely the judgement comes from being too insecure to do it themselves- and deep down they probably wish they could crash wherever they wanted to. I've been "caught" napping literally everywhere on campus- the library, dorm lounges, dining hall, locker room, the quad, you name it. I do it both out of convenience and time-saving necessity.


If anything, power napping publicly should give you some social capital in demonstrating you don't give a damn what people think. We all have to prioritize, and I say whatever gets the job done is it.

My friends made fun of me at first, but I soon acquired a large following of believers who now preach the good word about the miracle of power naps

"Taylor, I just took a 14 minute one and I feel like a new person!"
"Can you wake me up in 10?"
"Mind passing me that jacket? I'm gonna crash under the table for a bit."

Yes my friends, this is transformative. I guarantee it will help you on those days your brain feels foggy and fried and your productivity level is rapidly entering the danger zone. So set that alarm and when you wake up and can finally think straight you can thank me.


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12.22.2016 | Classes Source: @meganmeza

Things To Do During Winter Break

There is always something...

As I sit home already bored and already missing school, I think about how many things I could be doing rather than sitting on my couch eating a sleeve of Oreos. Although winter break is that awkward long time home, there is so much to do and before you know it you will be back at school drinking your liver away.
Here are some things to put on your To-Do List when your home snuggling with your puppy.
1. Intern or apply to internships.
This is a perfect opportunity to get on top of applying to any internships you are interested. As it can be stressful and overwhelming this is perfect because you do not have to worry about doing school work and filling out an application and getting your resume in order.
2. Get a job.
Money. Money makes the world go round and it will definitely keep you busy if you find a job that pays well. Working at a restaurant is a really easy way to make quick cash fast. Doing anything you can to put some more bills in the piggy bank for the bars will help our so much.
3. Take an online class.
As much as class sucks, online classes don't suck that much. If you're bored, you might as well get ahead and take care of some credits in the meantime. Some online classes offer two week sessions. It can be super easy and will save you from having to take extra credits later on
4. Get holiday presents for your family.
Hit the mall and go shopping for your grandma and mother. There's no better time than the mall during the holidays (actually it sucks trying to find a parking spot), but you're going to have to buy them presents eventually.
5. Go to visit your city with your friends.
Taking advantage of the city closest to your home is important. See a show, go to happy hour, go ice skating. There are so many things to do the list is endless. Get a crew together and make it happen
6. Catch up on sleep.
Sleep is definitely not for the weak. Sleep in as much as you can and catch up on all the Z's you missed during finals week.
7. Get a haircut.
I see those dead ends, go get a fresh cut you know you can't get at school because you don't trust the people that work there. You will feel good and fresh as new.
8. Go to bars with your friends at your local town and see all the daddies.
Why not go to your local bar and see every single person from high school??? Could be fun and an opportunity to get super wasted.
9. Go to all those food places you see on Buzzfeed.
You know you want to, and you know how many friends you tag in those gooey desserts you drooled over in your dorm room. Go find those food places on BuzzFeed and go.
10. Start a new Netflix show.
I highly recommend Shameless or Westworld, but hey up to you. Great chance to finish some seasons in the month you have home.
11. Visit your college friends.
You know how much you miss them, plan a date with your homies from college and get together.
12. Join a gym and workout.
Start your New Years resolution and get in shape like you said you would ever Sunday morning after being hungover and contemplating your life. Join your local gym- no excuses.
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12.21.2015 | Classes

UnboxABLE: The Hidden Fees of That Winter Break Trip (Video)

How to YOLO on a budget

Your friends are planning a ski trip this winter break. Unfortunately, you're ballin' on a budget. They're just ballin'. We've got your back.

Presenting UnboxABLE, the series where we unpack all the hidden fees you're likely to accrue when you're busy having fun, and how to cut costs along the way.

Get to skiing, Flockers!

Directed, shot and edited by David Estrada
Post by Taylor Henderson

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01.04.2016 | Classes

The Definitive Stages of Winter Break

...I even miss my roommate, who I hate.

Exams are finally over, and you can actually chill for the first time in four months. It's winter break and you have four weeks of uninterrupted binge watching Netflix and swiping through Tinder (turns out your old high school Algebra teach is on it?! And you matched?!). However, is this break really the winter wonderland of holiday cheer it claims to be? Here are the definitive stages of winter break.

The End of Finals

You've just taken your last final. The vast land of holiday freedom lays in front of you like an unexplored new world. These four weeks offer so much promise--old friends, beer, Netflix, home cooked meals, more beer--nothing can bring you down from this natural high. Until you realize you still have to pack.

The Initial Homecoming

Your body doesn't know how to function without leftover pizza for every meal, so you lay on the couch like the dead potato you are. You've forgotten all the joys of home. Full sized showers, 24/7 pantry access, and a bed actually fit for a full sized human.

Reality

After two whole days of nothing but eating and Netflix, boredom sets in. No problem, you'll just call up a high school friend. But, it turns out, nobody else is going to be home until next week. Suddenly, the word feels like a sad, lonely place.

Holidays

Finally, the holidays act as some relief from the boredom! Unfortunately, that relief comes in the form of your great aunt asking you why you aren't in a relationship yet, and if you know what you want to do after college. You consider strangling yourself with your napkin to end the misery.

Post-Holidays

The world seems even bleaker after the holidays. There's nothing to look forward to now. You recently re-discovered how lame your high school friends are, and suddenly you long for nothing more than the chaos of your dorm hallway. You even start to miss your roommate who hates you.

Homecoming

You didn't think you'd ever be this excited to live in a tiny square of a closet/dorm again. You know you aren't going home for spring break, that's for sure.