Handling Stress In College

October 22, 2014 in Campus Life, Health

The Problem With Stress? All Those Side-Effects!

The Problem With Stress? All Those Side-Effects!

There’s no doubt about it: college is a stressful time! The course work picks up and the teachers expect more from you. And, as if homework wasn’t enough of a struggle, you have to maintain your social life while keeping on top of all of the other things that come with being independent. With all of your new responsibilities, it can be easy to get overwhelmed. But stressing yourself out leads to all sorts of health issues like insomnia and increased appetite (Did someone say freshman 15?), just to name a few. Don’t let the stress consume you. Here are some tips to help you handle stress in college:

  • Make a checklist of all the things you have to do. After you make the list, you may become overwhelmed just looking at it. But, once you start to tackle things, you’ll feel so good when you start to check things off. Making a checklist and schedule make life so much easier because everything is laid out right before your eyes. And when you’re able to check off everything on your list, you feel that much more empowered and accomplished.
  • Take a nap. When you’re too stressed out to function, bad things happen. You can’t do your homework because nothing is making sense anymore. You’re not acting like yourself anymore. You’re lethargic and boring. At this point, you must take a nap to recharge yourself. Trying to push through any assignment or situation while exhausted can be downright painful.
  • Make sure you have a quiet space to work. One of the biggest stressors I faced this past year was the overwhelming feeling that I wasn’t getting as much work done as I should have been. And then I realized that doing homework with my friends was the problem. Yes, working on things in groups definitely helps because everyone has something new to bring to the table. But when the people you’re doing homework with aren’t in your major or in your classes, you might just end up goofing off and singing off key to the songs on your friend’s newest playlist. Take a break from the group and get down to business. The more productive you are, the less likely that your work will pile up. Less work= less stress.
  • Socialize. Sometimes, the only escape from stress is to be surrounded by people who make you smile. When you do have time and your workload is manageable, schedule in some socializing time. If you spend every waking moment in the library, you will go crazy. If you spend every waking moment with your face crammed in a textbook, you will go crazy.
  • Get some exercise. Working out makes you sharper mentally and it just makes you feel good. Hit the gym, listen to some music, and lose yourself in the workout. I find that the most relaxed I feel during the day is when I work out. It really is a great escape from the struggles of the real world and it keeps you in shape.

Stress is unavoidable. But I find that just taking time out to re-focus and re-energize does a great deal for the mind and the body.

Who Wears What at Assumption

October 20, 2014 in Style

Fashion

Fashion

I have to admit, I am no fashionista myself. I actually dread shopping most of the time, and it’s probably due to the fact that I have never had a disposable income. You can usually find me scouring the racks at TJ Max and Marshall’s for cheap steals, but other than that you will only find me in a completely new wardrobe after christmas and my birthday.

Honestly I would have to say that the majority of people at Assumption aren’t crazy about being fashionable, but there are a few exceptions like with anything. You can definitely tell who is who by what they wear if you observe…

Jocks: Clearly, most of the athletes here wear their warm ups around campus, since they usually have practice throughout the day at random times. You will see guys wearing gym shorts, sweatpants, sneakers, warm up sweats, and team sweatshirts around the school. They also get backpacks with their sport on it as well as their number. I am not sure if every team gets these though, I have only seen some students with them. Usually the athletic girls will wear sweats or workout clothes to class, and their team shirts or sweatshirts. Of course, athletes wear other clothes too, but you will usually see them in comfortable, sporty attire.

Rich Kids: Assumption is a private school, that costs about $50,000 a year, so you can probably guess that there are some people that go here that DO have a disposable income. It’s common to hear someone say they’re going shopping with their parent’s credit card, and you can usually tell who these people are. You will see these kids sporting all of the name brands and nothing less. You might see the girls in lucky brand jeans, real leather Michael Kors boots, ray ban sunglasses, a Marc Jacob’s purse, and some expensive jewelry. As for the guys, they might wear Vineyard Vines, Polo, or an expensive watch.

Majority: Most people at Assumption dress similar and just try to keep up with the trends as best as they can. Currently, girls are wearing north face jackets, riding boots, leggings, cardigans, flannels, leather jackets, scarves, combat boots and bean boots. Most people shop at TJ Max, Marshalls, Forever 21, or any other reasonably priced store. Most college kids don’t have the extra cash to drop $500 on a shopping spree, so most of these things are from average stores. For boys, gym shorts, jeans, t shirts, sweatshirts, and Nike attire are all popular. For some reason bucket hats are coming back for the guys as well…not sure where that came from. As the winter goes on, more students are apt to dress for comfort, rather than style.

Artsy: Assumption is not an art school to say the least, but there are definitely some artsy and creative people out there who dress to their own beat. I’ve seen everything from a boy wearing capris to a girl who dresses in halloween type dresses year round. You can’t help but admire these people who aren’t afraid to be themselves and break away from the mainstream style and expectations.

I do think that when it comes to Assumption, it’s small size contributes to its lack of diversity when it comes to style. Because Assumption is such a small community, it’s easy to just blend in with the current fashion and wear what everyone else is wearing. I think most colleges are like this though, and that fashion can tell you a lot about the people who go there.

What’s Your Aesthetic?

October 19, 2014 in Alive Campus, Campus Life, Style

In Janice Ian voice: “Here, this post is going to be your guide to Cornell’s fashion scene. Now, how you dress on campus is crucial, because you have everybody there. You have your freshmen, ROTC guys, preppy WASPS, JV jocks, Asian nerds, cool Asians, varsity jocks, sexually active band geeks, the greatest people you will ever meet (FEMINIST, GENDER, AND SEXUALITY STUDIES MAJORS), and the worst (the pre-professionals who have their entire lives, their children’s lives, and their great grandchildren’s lives all planned out). Beware of the pre-professionals.

Jacob Brogan, Grad, English

Jacob Brogan, Grad, English

Being a university comprised of over 20,000 undergraduates and graduate students, Cornell boasts an eclectic assortment of fashion styles—ranging from J.Crew Preppy to Thrift Store Quirky to Cornell Apparel Chic to “I give up” sweats. Some students—like myself—spend hours figuring out their outfit for the following morning, whereas others turn off their alarms and rush to their 8am class while still in their pajamas. With such a diverse range of aesthetics, Cornell is the mecca of haute couture and Carnelian-red sweats.

*While it may be problematic and inappropriate to stereotype specific majors/schools into particular aesthetic categories, I will do just that:

Humanities:

The students who strut around campus in their quirky, faux-hipster attire. As a former English major and current Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies major, I can state, without a doubt, that humanities students have a desire to avoid conformity. Whether it be through the stain glass patterned circular glasses that they wear, the vintage denim jackets with two missing buttons, or the black combat boots with the scratched and muddied front, humanities students represent the “Williamsburg café wanderer meets prep school intellectual” look.

Marianne Dorado '14, Fiber Science & Apparel Design

Marianne Dorado ’14, Fiber Science & Apparel Design

Engineers:

Colloquially referred to as “the geniuses who give zero CHUCKS,” engineering students have a tendency to be seen wearing striking red Cornell apparel, t-shirts on khaki shorts or blue-jeans, and (as I’ve seen on numerous occasions) knee high white Adidas socks on khaki-colored open toed sandals. While some would consider these approaches as fashion faux-pas, I like to think of Engineers as the true non-conformists—the ones who literally say “screw societal conventions” and continue to walk around in comfortable bliss.

Athletes/Greeks:

It might be a stretch to lump these two into a single set, but considering the amount of athlete Greeks with whom I am acquainted, I will continue using this grouping. Athletes and Greeks, alike, are known as the students who “go hard core with the letters/logo reppings”—by which people are referring to the Greek letters and sports team labels present on Greek apparel and varsity jackets, respectively. Greeks love to boast their letters via their tote bags and sweaters. Athletes love to show off their oatmeal-colored knitted sweaters with the single Carnelian-colored C stitched across the center.

Angela Carbone '15, Architecture/Theatre

Angela Carbone ’15, Architecture/Theatre

Pre-Professionals:

To clarify, pre-professionals include, but are not limited to, Hotel students, Communication students, Applied Economics and Management students, Policy Analysis and Management students, and Industrial Labor Relations students. They’re the ones who rock the preppy and polished look. Think J.Crew and Vineyard Vines meets the Ivy Look Book. Some have their organizers in one hand and a venti Starbucks hot latte in the other. Some of the majors even have specific days in which students are expected to wear certain attire. Parodying Karen from Mean Girls, “On Fridays, we (Hotelies) wear suits.”

Fashion Majors:

And then we have the students who, literally, major in fashion design. There’s truly no single way to describe their looks, although I’ll try. Innovative. Trend-setting. Inspired. They pair patterns that I would have never even considered pairing. They choose fabrics that are fashionable, yet functional. They go for the haute couture and chic looks, while also maintaining their unique flares that are absent within the current fashion sphere. They truly are the fashion icons of Cornell.

And there we have it, a concise—and truly unfinished—guide to the Cornell fashion scene. And if you feel unnerved by the multitude of different themes, just remember one important motto: Dress for yourself, not for others.

Greek: An extension of the patriarchy?

October 19, 2014 in Alive Campus, Campus Life

I want to start this post by explicitly stating that I am a queer rights activist, a feminist, and am personally opposed to the idea of joining a fraternity. In stating that, I wish to make it clear that I do have certain biases against the Greek system due to several stereotypes that I have found to be true at not only my university, but also several universities. However, regardless of my biases, I do have many friends who are associated with the social, professional, and service fraternities and sororities on campus, and that I do not dislike the Greeks—I simply do not feel comfortable in joining one. Having said that, I give my two cents on the complications of Cornell’s Greek party system.

According to an urban legend that circulated—and is, presently, perpetuated by the Cornell student body—sororities are not permitted to throw parties due to the New York State brothel laws. Such laws assert that having a certain number of young women, living under one roof, throwing a party, constitutes the label of “brothel.” Though my research has indicated that such laws are nothing more than myths, Cornell continues to perpetuate this fictional law. As such, only the fraternities on campus are permitted to throw parties.

Victory Club: Greek Edition

Victory Club: Greek Edition

What is so wrong with only allowing fraternities to throw the parties?

To start with, autonomy. By taking away the ability to throw parties in a familiar environment (i.e. sorority houses), members of the Pan-Hellenic society give up some form of protection. They are forced to attend parties where fraternity brothers have absolute control over who enters the house, who receives alcohol, and what kind of alcohol to provide. Taking into account the stereotype that “fraternities rape women,” this power dynamic seems problematic, as men are, literally, given full control over the situation.

What do you mean by “control who enters the house?”

As an extension of the issue that arises when only men are allowed to throw parties, Cornell’s fraternities have a ratio system for guests attempting to enter the party. By this, I mean that men must have a certain number of women in their group in order to enter (this ratio differs from party to party). If a man were to come with only one woman (or none at all) the woman would be able to enter, but not the man. This becomes increasingly problematic with gender-ambiguous guests—should we qualify ze as a male or a female? Should we let zim/zer/them in?

What’s wrong with having a ratio?

Simple: More defenseless women who are given alcohol by the fraternity brothers, less outside men. The implication lies in that very sentence.

Do you get to enter the parties?

As a flamboyant, gay identifying male who performs his sexuality in an incredibly effeminate way, it’s clear that I won’t be attempting to take home any of the female guests. As such, I’m usually allowed into the party without any hassles (and no ratio). Though I had fun at said parties, I still find it problematic that the ratio and male-dominance exists.

Again, I want to reiterate that I am not against Greek members, just the system as a whole. I attend classes with several brilliant-minded Greek members, each of whom I consider to be excellent leaders and intellectual classmates. Being a Greek means being part of a family and having responsibilities. Joining the Greek system opens the doors to several networking opportunities, which is why professional fraternities exist, as well. I would never consider joining the Greek system, simply because I have too many deep-seeded biases against the system, but I definitely wouldn’t stop others from rushing.

Role Model: Alumni

October 17, 2014 in Academics, Alive Campus, Campus Life, Colleges, Events

Alumni are the best role models and examples that a college can offer to their current students because it shows the growth and knowledge a student will gain by attending the college. At Wheelock college, personally, I have not heard of any alumni that are well known around campus.I believe it is because I do not live on campus so I do not get to attend a lot of the events happening on campus that alumni may be invited to attend. I do know alumni that just graduated last year and are great role models for me because they showed me to never give up on my dream and any goal I set, with heard work, will come true. Every year, Wheelock hosts an event for Alumni to speak to current Wheelock students and they share their experiences and knowledge about life after college.

There is a recent video that Wheelock posted in Facebook about a alumni talking about his experience at Wheelock and how attending Wheelock help him realize his dream. He also talks about how taking certain classes helped him gain the experience he needed in a classroom setting. I find the video of this alumni helpful because it shows me that every class can be helpful and a person can gain a lot of experience from a class that will help them in the future.

Here is the link to the video of the Alumni: Alumni Louis Torelli Reflects on His Time at Wheelock (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KAY3PwOjqHU&utm_content=bufferfc419&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer)

Alumni Network

Alumni Network!

This student used the resources that Wheelock has, such as taking classes in one of the colleges of the Fenway school, to gain a new skill that he will use later in life. He took a class at MassArt, about designing a classroom for teachers. This shows that Wheelock offers a lot of opportunities for students to grow and find their passion. If teaching is not your passion, there are still other paths to explore such as social worker, communications, psychology, and humanities.

There are no alumni that I particular admire or think are good role models, but I do think that hearing alumni talk about their experience at Wheelock helps me find resources that I should take advantage off and what kind of classes I should take to gain certain skills that I would need after graduation.

Although the alumni talked about his experience at Wheelock through a video, this is what happen every year at Wheelock when they invite alumni to talk to current students on campus. I find it interesting that even the smallest information, class, event, and activity can help a student find their passion in life or a career path that they love. Hearing alumni talk about their experience at Wheelock helped me realize how glad I am that I decided to attend Wheelock.

Alumni are great role models that can help current students find their path in life and what they want to study in college. Also, they can become great connections for students who are pursuing the same career path. 

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