free time

The Typical Day of a Seminole

September 7, 2015 in Alive Campus, Campus Life

The typical day of a college student varies significantly. Some work, others are members of several clubs on campus, others intern, and some may just strictly focus on classes if they are in a difficult major. A typical day in college for me is certainly a busy one. With Tuesday/ Thursday classes only, I keep my schedule open to work my part-time job as a waitress at a popular local sports bar. I completed my required internship over the summer so classes, working, interning, and attending club meetings wouldn’t be too overwhelming all in one semester. My three classes, twice a week, go straight through from 9:30 to 1:45. I wake up around 8 to give myself time to have coffee and eat breakfast. Some days, I may even wake up earlier to do some homework or study before walking to class. Once I complete my classes for the day, I walk home to my apartment, eat lunch, and get ready for work, which usually starts sometime between 3:30 and 5. I usually work until about 10, depending on how busy the night is at the restaurant. I then drive home, eat dinner, and unwind at home by doing some homework if needed, or simply reading a book to fall asleep. I also take an online course, so I make time for that either at night or on my days off.

I organize my schedule so I can work and attend class all in the same day. By doing so, I can have a full day off to take care of homework, grocery shopping, seeing friends, etc. These are usually on Mondays and Wednesdays. On my free days, I’ll either go to the pool with friends or simply relax at home while doing work on and off. With a busy schedule, I sometimes cook all of my food in advance for the week ahead so I’m not constantly buying food out. I keep my evenings open for meetings, specifically for Her Campus- a known organization that has its own FSU chapter. If there is no meeting to attend, I catch up or get a headstart on my homework for the week, which usually consists of several pages of reading, papers, and blogging. I also make time on my days off to exercise, which totals about four times a week.

Time management is key in college!

Time management is key in college!

Finally, my weekends always vary. Since I work in a restaurant, it’s important that I’m available to work almost every Friday and Saturday night. However, depending on my shift, I sometimes will be done early enough to go out with friends afterwards. Unfortunately, that’s a commitment you have to make and plan your schedule around if you want to work as a server. If I have the mornings or afternoons off, I am always making sure to attend the football games- a fall tradition that makes you wish every day was Saturday throughout the semester.

It’s important to stay busy and productive throughout college to build your resume, but always find the time to relax no matter how crazy your schedule may be. Sometimes, there’s just not enough time in a day to get everything done. That’s what weekends are for. Days will always vary according to your agenda and how much work you have. Some weeks will be entirely exhausting, while others will be more relaxing. A great idea is to write yourself notes each day of the tasks you need to complete so it’s all planned out already. It’s all about time management and knowing how to balance free time with productivity.

TV for College Students?

May 13, 2015 in Alive Campus

TVAs a cadet at the Virginia Military Institute with a hectic schedule, there isn’t much time to watch TV shows. Most cadets really do not have the time to watch the shows they wish they could, or they skip their homework and binge watch their favorite show and watch their GPA suffer because of it. However, on rare occasions when cadets do get free time they have their favorite shows they like to watch on Netflix.

I myself never really watched many TV shows before getting to college. I would much rather watch a movie any day. Additionally, I do not have Netflix and we are not allowed to have TVs in our rooms. Therefore, I do not have access to watch any TV shows. However, the one TV show that I like to watch, So You Think You Can Dance, takes place during the summer so I am usually able to watch it. If you are into contest TV shows and like any type of dancing, then this is the show for you. It is similar to Dancing with the Stars, but the contestants are not celebrities. Contestants compete in all genres of dance in order to be named America’s Favorite Dancer. It’s such a great show, but is not for everyone.

Now for the more up-to-date cadets that are on top of all the hottest TV shows, like my roommates, here are the TV shows you need to be watching according to them.

1. Breaking Bad: This show is about a chemistry teacher who is diagnosed with terminal cancer and teams up with a student to make meth. Need I explain more?

2. House of Cards: This show is about a congressman who works with his wife to seek revenge on the people who betrayed him. Sounds rather conniving, doesn’t it?

3. American Horror Story: This TV show probably beats them all. This is one of my roommates’ favorite shows. The plot of the show is about a family that moves into a haunted house haunted by demonic creatures. So if you are into scary movies, I would say this is the show for you.

4. The Walking Dead: This show is my other roommates’ favorite show. The general plot is about people trying to survive after a zombie apocalypse. So if you like zombies then this is the show for you.

5. Game of Thrones: This seems to be the show that everyone is talking about. It is a medieval fantasy epic about two powerful families playing a deadly game for control of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros. So if you are into medieval fantasy I would say this is the show for you.

6. Orange is the New Black: This is another show that everyone seems to be talking about. It is about a woman running from her past. She is a powerful businesswoman, but is put behind bars for her association with a drug runner 10 years earlier. She soon makes her way through the corrections system and adjusts to life behind bars making friends with many eccentric and unexpected people.

Overall, these shows seem to be currently on the hot list right now, so if you have the time or are looking for something to watch in your free time you might give these a try.

Free Time in College

April 20, 2015 in Alive Campus, Campus Life

It’s hard to believe that college students even get a moment to breathe, but I think it’s important to always find a way to make some time for ourselves, even if we have to force it. Unwinding at the of the day and forgetting about the 6 papers and 3 tests we have in the upcoming week is a necessity if we want to stay sane. But when we are lucky enough to find free time, we have absolutely no idea what to do with it. It’s like a foreign way of life to to have time on our hands. To help you out, I’ve compiled a list of ways in which I personally spend my free time when I have the chance to.

What is free time?

What is free time?

Exercising: Sometimes initially getting yourself to workout is difficult, but the feeling afterwards is so rewarding. It relieves so much stress and instantly puts you in a better mood, making you feel more energetic and overall happier. One of my favorite workouts is Insanity because I can do it from the comfort of my own home without having to drive anywhere. The workouts are all relatively short, yet still so intense! Going for a run outside is also a great stress reliever. You get to enjoy the outdoors while also burning calories and keeping those legs in shape.

Shopping: Shopping is a definite hobby of mine, whether it’s online or in store. It’s impossible not to take advantage of the local and affordable boutiques around the city of Tallahassee during my free time. They’re always offering the latest styles and affordable clothing for college girls on a budget. This is probably my number one stress reliever after a long week of tests and papers. Retail therapy, anyone?

Netflix: I’m sure you saw this one coming. College students are known to have a love affair with Netflix, and we’re certainly entitled to having one. There’s no better way to unwind at the end of the day than binge-watching a thousand episodes of Friends. But make sure not to overdo it, or that homework will be put off for a very long time. Hint: Avoid the phrase, “Just one more episode,” at all costs.

Go out to eat: I love going out to dinner and treating myself to a good meal, especially on weekends. Getting dinner and drinks is perfect on a Friday night either with friends or for date night, either at a local burger joint or Mexican place.

Take a nap: Let’s face it. College is absolutely exhausting. On top of classes, we have endless amounts of homework to complete. Sometimes the most tempting thing to is simply to take a nap and catch up on the sleep we’ve lost throughout the semester. Trust me, no one’s judging. Any extra amount of sleep will feel like a huge bonus to you. We frequently start to wonder to ourselves how we ever resented naptime in Kindergarten!

Homework: As someone who hates the stress of procrastinating, I’m always getting ahead on my work when I have the chance to.  All of the professors tend to make the major assignments and tests due around the same time, usually mid-semester and at the end, so it’s better to get ahead of the game rather than losing sleep for an entire week straight and drinking endless amounts of coffee. You’ll feel much more relieved when that week rolls around to know you’re not squirming to complete everything in one night.

Sporting Events: FSU football games take up most of my free time throughout the fall semester on weekends, but during the spring, baseball games are also fun to attend! Sporting events are always a great choice for taking advantage of the awesome school spirit here at FSU.

Read: Reading is so underestimated and probably one of the most relaxing things you can do, especially for us English and Writing majors. Read a good book and your mind will certainly be taken off the upcoming paper you have due on World War II.  You will gain such an emotional attachment to the fictional (or nonfictional) characters that it’ll be impossible to put it down.

Reading is so underestimated!

Reading is so underestimated!

Go to the pool/beach: I love going to the pool, sitting on a lounge chair, and reading a fashion magazine. Even though FSU is located in Florida, the beach is still about 40 minutes away, but many students will take a day trip to the beach and soak up the sun. Me? I personally prefer the pool in my apartment complex that’s 100 feet from my door, but it’s all a matter of opinion!

So, yes, us college students do have free time. It may not be as often as we like, and we may have to force it every now and then, but that’s why it’s important to take advantage whenever we can!

Free time? In college? What?

December 6, 2014 in Alive Campus, Campus Life

Due to my high school reputation as a bookworm who studied 24/7, it always comes as a shock to people that I’ve found ways to actually enjoy my college years. Most of my family and friends peruse my Facebook photo albums to find scandalous photos of me committing scandalous acts (not XXX material, but close enough) and are stunned to know that Cornell University students are capable of finding ways to not be overworked nerds. Maybe it’s just me. Maybe it’s just the groups of friends with whom I surround myself.

So, what exactly is it that I like to do during my free time?

Cornellians (plus one Columbian) queers know a thing or two about having a good time

Cornellians (plus one Columbian) queers know a thing or two about having a good time

Party! (Filthy/Gorgeous is the party of the year, basically)

“Sugar, spice, and everything nice?” More like “Glitter, grime, and mojitos with wedges of lime!” Filthy/Gorgeous is an annual dance thrown by Cornell’s LGBTQ+ organization to promote safe-sex positivity and to celebrate the beauty that is Ithaca and its gorgeous gorges—with the added fun of raunchy party themes (Glitter and Grime circa 2014), excellent house music, and deliciously gorgeous go-go dancers. Think Project X meets a Las Vegas Gentlemen’s Club meets a NYC Village rave meets RuPaul’s Drag Race. Come filthy, come gorgeous…just come (pun absolutely intended).

Eat Eat Eat! (Risley Dining Hall is my fave)

Cornell has gotten the reputation of being the “Harry Potter” college within the Ivy League conference. I constantly argue that this reputation has emerged because of the amount of students that appear to use Hermione’s Time Turner device—I mean, how else are they able to take so many classes, get all of their homework done, and still have any time to sleep? In contrast to my own conspiracy theories, most would agree that Cornell has obtained this reputation due to the architecture and interior design present around and within the campus, Risley Dining Hall fitting into this Harry Potter-esque category. It simply fits the description of a Harry Potter dining hall—antique wood aesthetic, old Victorian-style chandeliers, and tons of stain glass windows. Located on North Campus, this dining hall is ideal for any Cornell Frosh—and even hosts an annual Harry Potter night (for any of you readers who are adamant about their “house”).

Cornell's Clock Tower

Cornell’s Clock Tower

Eat some more! (Louie’s Lunch Truck sells milkshakes, too)

That red truck stationed on the road that connects Balch Hall to Risley Hall is known as Louie’s Lunch Truck—or, as I called it, Heaven in a vehicle. As a New York City kid, I grew up with delis and food stalls on every corner during every hour of the day. While not open 24 hours, seven days a week, Louie’s Lunch Truck (open during lunch, dinner, and midnight-snack hours) serves the most scrumptious Cajun fries, sugary milkshakes, hefty burgers of all types, and a variety of subs! As a North Campus Frosh, it is absolutely your obligation to commit to an all-night study session and to order your midnight snacks from Louie’s.

Exercise (Climb the clock tower for a fun activity)

Cornell boasts its 161 Things To Do list inside of the Cornell Store, which is a checklist that includes 161 things to do or places to visit before one graduates. One of the items on this list is to climb the 161 steps of McGraw clock tower. I am a huge proponent for checking off this item during your Frosh year, rather than waiting until your senior year. Firstly, it’s great exercise. Secondly, the view from the top of the clock tower is grogeous! And thirdly, said view is not only aesthetically pleasing, but also makes for a wonderful Instagram photo (Hashtag Cornell, Hashtag Clock Tower, Hashtag Hashtag).

Gorgeous Gorges

Gorgeous Gorges

Take a moment to appreciate the waterfalls/gorges

With classes, parties, and tons of extra-curricular activities (because, let’s face it, Cornell students are overachievers), students rarely take the time to look at their surroundings. Next time, when you’re crossing that bridge, take a moment to stop, to look past the railings, and to look. Look at the water streaming down the gorge. Listen for the sound of water rushing across the land. Close your eyes and let the mist hit your face. Smile.

And, of course, there are the obvious go-to’s for a college student’s free time: Netflix, read a novel, go on a date, watch a movie with friends, go shopping, etc. Whatever floats your boat, just make sure that you’re being safe and doing anything and everything to avoid that terrible schoolwork of yours!

What Do Us College Kids Do in Our Spare Time?

December 4, 2014 in Campus Life

 

Wait I have free time?

Wait I have free time?

As a college kid, you will probably find yourself either swamped with ridiculous amounts of work or literally nothing to do at all – there really isn’t ever an in between. These weeks we get with no papers, due dates, or exams are a godsend to a college kid, but what do we do with all of this spare time?

1. Netflix: This is number one on my list because Netflix is the easiest, laziest, and hands down best way to spend free time. Netflix is reasonably priced, and you could even split the cost between friends or roommates because multiple viewer accounts are allowed. There is a huge selection of movies and TV shows, and my personal favorites have been the TV shows that Netflix has produced themselves. Netflix also follows what you are watching and recommends movies/shows that it thinks you would enjoy!

2. Sleep: Catching up on sleep is a great way to spend the extra time you have. After all of those all nighters working on papers and those late nights out at parties, you need to rejuvenate and give your body the rest that it needs. This could simply be going to bed a bit earlier or taking a mid day nap. If you have trouble sleeping during the day, try taking a natural melatonin to help you get to sleep – you’ll wake up feeling better than ever.

3. Food: When we’re busy we tend to eat anything and everything in sight, so when we have free time it’s a great opportunity to take the time to do groceries or create a great meal. You are what you eat, and if you’ve been eating bad because you’ve been busy, your body probably needs a good meal to keep it in check. This could be anything from going out with friends to a sit down restaurant, cooking a meal with your roommates, going home for a home cooked meal, or taking your time at the dining hall when choosing what to eat.

4. Exercise: Some of us hate going to the gym, but exercising doesn’t have to mean just working out with equipment and weights. Try taking a walk with friends, going for a run, or joining a pick up game on campus. You will feel more energized, healthy, and you will probably have a lot of fun.

5. Get Ahead: Even though we all love to spend our free time away from schoolwork and responsibility, sometimes it’s useful to use free time to get ahead in classes. Is there anything you can do now that will alleviate your hell week that’s approaching? Yeah this kind of makes me sound like an overachiever, but I personally like to get ahead when I have free time so that I’m not stressing in the future.

So, when it comes to free time, use it wisely! These weeks where work and due dates seem to come to a standstill are far and few between. Take advantage of your free time in college – I promise you’ll be missing it when it’s gone!