My Typical Day in College at Longwood University

January 28, 2015 in Alive Campus, Campus Life, Colleges

A typical day in my life at Longwood University is crazy.  Here’s a look at a day in the life.

I wake up around 8:30 every morning and get ready to go to class.  Then, since I live off campus, I ride the Farmville Area Bus (FAB), which is a shuttle for students to and from the apartment communities to main campus.  Once I get to campus I start my day of classes.  After classes are done for the day, or when I have a break between them, I usually grab a bite to eat and then go to the library to get some work done.  Every day I try to spend every minute of the day being as productive as I can.

After classes are done, I go to work.  I am a desk aide in one of our close-to-campus apartment communities, and so I work a two hour shift every time I go to work.  After work the rest of my evening is filled with meetings and homework.  Depending on the day, I have to go to a bunch of various meetings such as newspaper, Lancer Productions, Ambassadors, W.M.L.U, and many more.  I also have a Thursday night radio show that I host so that changes up my schedule every Thursday.

Being an avid Longwood sports fan and Lancer Lunatic, whenever there is a game, I am there.  Right now we are in basketball season, so at least twice a week you can find me in Willett Gym cheering on the men’s and women’s basketball teams.  You can also find me running errands and going to my friends events as well.  I like to support as many people and organizations as possible, so if someone is having an event, I always try to attend.

At the end of the day, I typically find myself back at the library to finish up work and get ahead.  Like I said, I love to be productive, so once I get one thing done, I jump to the next!  After I am done with all the things I want to get done for that day including meetings, homework, writing articles, blogging, and other hobbies, I ride the FAB back home to where I live.  Once I get there, I clean and organize my room, take a shower, and usually (since i am so tired from the day!) jump into bed and do it all again the next day.

It might sound like a busy, busy day to some people, but for me it is really productive and fun!  I get to spend time with my friends, learn new things, make memories, and gain experiences, from being involved and busy.  I encourage people to get involved, but also know their limits.  I also want to stress the importance of taking time to do the things you like to do, whether that is be involved, blog, play music, cook,  etc.  That way, if you do those things, a busy day, will always be a PRODUCTIVE and HAPPY day!

That's me!  A proud Longwood Lancer!

That’s me! A proud Longwood Lancer!

Top 10 Activities For Florida State University Freshmen

January 28, 2015 in Campus Life, Top 10 Lists

Florida State University is home to over 40,000 students. As you can imagine, the campus is enormous and slightly overwhelming at first glance. However, once you adjust to it, you realize all of the many opportunities it provides to students to stay entertained throughout the semester and break free from the stress of school. Here are a few of the best activities that all freshmen should take advantage of their first year at FSU.

1. Go to the “Flying High” Circus. FSU is one of two colleges in the nation with an on-campus circus, so you will definitely want to mark your calendars and attend a show on a Friday or Saturday night. Students perform a variety of acrobatics that’ll make you cringe in your seat, praying they don’t fall off a beam. Make sure you don’t miss it; they only perform a few times throughout the semester!

2. Watch a movie at the Student Life Cinema. For those of you who love catching up on the latest movies, you’re in luck. Having a movie theater on campus is extremely convenient and calls for an inexpensive date night. This isn’t a miniature theater either; it’s as large as a Regal theater! Not only do you get to experience the whole movie scene seconds away from your dorm, but it’s also free of charge. Movies are played 5 to 6 times a week and are always selected by student committees to suit that of a young, college audience.

3. Eat a burger at Monks. There is no better restaurant that defines Tallahassee as a whole. It’s only about a five-minute drive from campus and provides for a great, laid-back atmosphere on a Friday night. With a variety of food and burgers all priced under 10 dollars, this is definitely a place you should make your go-to when on a budget.

4. Take a Sunday trip to the Rez. This is the perfect pastime on a sunny, Florida day. For just one dollar, students can rent kayaks or paddleboards for up to one hour with a valid student ID. You also have the option of playing some beach volleyball or relaxing on the sand and reading a good book.

5. Bowl a game at Crenshaw Lanes. Not many campuses have a bowling alley located right in the center of their student union. If you have a long break in between classes, why not bowl a game with some friends. It only costs 3 dollars, and that’s including shoes. If you work up an appetite, don’t forget that Chili’s is right next-door.

6. Do homework on Landis Green. This is the heart and center of FSU’s campus. On a sunny day, you will always find students on Landis either walking their dogs, sunbathing on a hammock, doing homework, playing frisbee, sitting on a bench drinking Starbucks- basically anything and everything. It is an open field to simply unwind from the stress of school.

7. Take advantage of the Leach Center. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle in college is somewhat difficult, but definitely not impossible. Unfortunately, the freshman 15 is all too common. The Leach center, FSU’s main gym, has three floors, including an indoor track, basketball court, volleyball court, and swimming pool. It also offers free workout classes, such as spin, zumba, cardio party, etc., in addition to 4 free personal training sessions per student. Trainers are always available for helping students adjust to their own personal fitness programs.

8. Join an intramural sport. FSU offers a variety of intramural sports for students who want to participate in a non-competitive activity, ranging from soccer, basketball, bowling, flag football, volleyball, etc. If you enjoy staying active but don’t have the time to commit to a travel team sport, then this is the activity for you.

9. Take a day trip to Wakulla Springs. It’s about a 30-minute drive from campus but well worth the trip to make for a fun Saturday afternoon. Relax for a few hours by enjoying a picturesque setting in the beautiful springs. You can also take a boat tour and sightsee for alligators, manatees, and all of the other green surroundings.

10. Attend a football game at Doak Campbell Stadium. I saved the best for last. This is the number one activity that every freshman must partake in. The energy in Doak, home of the FSU Seminoles, is probably like nothing you’ve ever witnessed. Watching Chief Osceola and Renegade plant the spear and singing along to the Marching Chiefs’ war chant is nothing short of a bone-chilling experience. The game will be blazing hot, but the sunburn will be worth it. You certainly won’t want to miss out on this school spirit. But first, make sure to practice your Tomahawk chop and invest in some garnet and gold attire!

Doak Campbell Stadium

Doak Campbell Stadium

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Cynical Cornellian: A+ Smartphone Apps

January 16, 2015 in Alive Campus, Campus Life, Love, Tech

As I often state, “College is the time to be an adult!” By that, I don’t mean that college is the time to make long-term decisions or even mature ones. Rather, college is the time to learn how to live like a starving artist in a low-rent apartment, in which your dinners consist of ramen noodles and saltine crackers and your daily routines consist of perusing your Tumblr dashboard and posting ironic Facebook statuses to hide the fact that you truly despise where your life has headed. All cynical college student jokes aside, being an adult in college means being broke and bored (still cynical, but hey, I’m a college kid).  So here’s a list of wonderful, life-improving/life-altering phone apps and websites that might make you just a tad bit less cynical about your slowly degrading adult life.

"Seamless is an online food ordering application through which college students can find dining locations in the vicinity, and place an order for either delivery or pick up."

“Seamless is an online food ordering application through which college students can find dining locations in the vicinity, and place an order for either delivery or pick up.”

Seamless/Grubhub: This is the pinnacle of foodie heaven (I’m a foodie, so you can trust me on this one). Seamless is an online food ordering application through which college students can find dining locations in the vicinity, and place an order for either delivery or pick up. The application has the added function of dividing restaurants into food categories/genres (Pizza, Chinese, Sushi, Indian, etc.). Personally, I love the app because it categorizes restaurants based on distance and customer ratings. Moreover, I love having access to the menus in an organized fashion—I have a legitimate phobia to entering a dining establishment only to be bombarded with a huge menu and an impatient waiter/cashier. Seamless gives me the options with an unlimited supply of time to think about, and research/find pictures of, the food that I’m about to use my limited supply of money to purchase (as a cynical, broke college kid, you have to be economical). Use the app for any meal of the day—or late night, if you’re about that all-nighter life.

Tinder: Dating is tough. Dating in college is tougher. It’s true that college is probably going to be the time of your life in which you have the largest supply of potential life partners. From that perspective, you would assume that finding a date and, eventually, a boyfriend/girlfriend/partner would be as easy as reading a children’s pop up book (sans the people who are illiterate or have a phobia to paper that unfolds and pops out at you when you turn the page). Unfortunately, dating in college is not that simple—for reasons unbeknownst to me. Tinder makes everything so much easier! You make an account by linking your Facebook to the Tinder app, your Facebook profile photos sync to the app and become your main photo stream, you write a witty and provocative description, and you swipe right to all of the cuties! If you get matched, you send an awkward and slightly inappropriate greeting and cross your fingers that you’ll get lucky tonight. I met my boyfriend this way and will never regret sending that inappropriately objectifying message to him the moment we matched. Thank you Tinder!

"I met my boyfriend this way and will never regret sending that inappropriately objectifying message to him the moment we matched. Thank you Tinder!"

“I met my boyfriend this way and will never regret sending that inappropriately objectifying message to him the moment we matched. Thank you Tinder!”

Yik Yak: Imagine seeing Regina George’s burn book but with names kept out of the hateful messages and the pages being short, electronic posts. Once you can conceptualize this, you’ve conceptualized Yik Yak. An anonymous social media app, YY allows users to upload rude, comedic, or somewhere in-between posts that get disseminated to an audience in a 10-mile radius. So if you’re bored and absolutely hate that girl listening to Iggy Azalea on her iPhone at maximum volume in an incredibly silent library, post a status about that girl listening to Iggy Azalea on her iPhone at maximum volume in an incredibly silent library and hope that people in that incredibly silent library give you a thumbs up—also hope that the girl listening to Iggy Azalea on her iPhone at maximum volume in an incredibly silent library reads the post and turns off that garbage that she calls music.

And there you have it: three apps that I consider to be A+ material for college kids struggling to be adults in a world where being an adult is a massively depressing ordeal that requires a trust fund or sugar daddy to truly be happy. Am I cynical? Yes. Are these apps A+? Absolutely.

Procrastination: A College Lifestyle

January 16, 2015 in Alive Campus, Campus Life, Colleges

Are you one of those college students who leave homework for the last minute? Do always use the excuse of “I have time”, “i’ll do it later” or “it’s not due until tomorrow, so i’ll start it later”. Well let me tell you, but you probably already know, that you are a procrastinator. Being a procrastinator is a difficult and horrible hobby that is tough to get rid off. Once a procrastinator, always a procrastinator. I have to admit, I am a procrastinator and have been trying to break this habit since high school with no luck whatsoever. I think that if that’s how I get my work done and it is on time, why change it. Yes, it can be seen as a horrible habit to others, but to me it is the only way I can get work done. It is stressful, I have to admit that, but I still get work done on time.

There are people who believe that getting work done at the last minute brings out the best work out of them, therefore writing a better paper than if they had written the paper days before it was due. For some this statement is true, I know it is true for me, but there are others that do not like the last minute stress and having to write a paper in a time limit.

It is not bad to be a procrastinator because even though work is getting done at the last minute as long as it is well written and on time, there should not be a problem. Many students choose, what I call, the procrastinator lifestyle. Especially during the middle and end of the semester.

Stages of Procrastination

Stages of Procrastination!

Here is an outline of the process of a procrastinator:

Assignment is Given to the Class: Yes, it’s that moment we hate when we hear and see the next assignment that is due for the class. If you are a procrastinator, you look at the due date and see how much time you have to complete that assignment. Then put that assignment in your folder or notebook for that class.

One Week Before the Assignment is Due: That assignment sheet is still in the same place as the first day you got it. If your are lucky you will get a teacher that reminds the class of the due date. You still say to yourself that there is time before the assignment is due, ignoring the assignment.

Three days Before the Assignment is Due: That paper is still in the same place and you are still thinking that there is time to get the paper done.

Two Days Before the Assignment is Due: Same thoughts as the previous day.

The Day Before it is Due: You will start to panic and will start to write an outline of the paper to make the process easier. Then do an all nigher to get the assignment done. 

The Day of the Assignment is Due: Get to class without any sleep, but glad the paper is done.

These are my thoughts on the mentality of a procrastinator that some may or may not agree with. Being procrastinator can be stressful and a habit difficult to get rid off. 

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