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Lacking Free Time? Make Your Own

April 18, 2014 in Alive Campus, Campus Life, Health

Since coming to college, “free time” has become an outdated and unused phrase in my daily dialogue. What even is this phenomenon, “free time?” College students are, unfortunately, so constantly consumed by academic, extracurricular, and work-related responsibilities that any free time becomes scarce.

And this is why we students must make free time.

relaxing free time

Without some time set aside for clearing the mind, relaxing, and forgetting about scholarly stresses, you’re bound to drive yourself crazy. This is dangerous in many ways—it threatens your physical health, your mental health, and even your academic performance.

It can be hard when the pressure of passing a test or finishing a research paper weighs down on you, but sometimes the best thing to do amid study sessions, long shifts at work, and club meetings is to take a much-needed (and much-deserved!) break. Now that I’ve learned how to force myself to take breaks, while still working hard and accomplishing everything I need to get done, I find myself much happier overall!

Mixing up your break-time activities is wise—falling into too much of a routine can become trite. I like to spread out my free time between my friends and family, my hobbies, and general relaxation.

Friends and Family

When you’re so wrapped up in schoolwork, it can be easy to forget to tend to your relationships! But passing up time to spend with your friends and family could cost you these precious connections. Set aside 15 minutes to give your parents or grandparents a call—it means more to them than you may realize. And when it comes to friends, spread your time out evenly between everyone important to you—or risk losing all but one or two friends. I, for example, always want to make spend time with both my roommate, who has been one of my best friends for several years, and the new friends I’ve made through my theatre group this year. Coffee dates and lunch dates are great go-to hang outs—I did this just last weekend with a good friend from high school who goes to school at a college neighboring mine. You’ll be glad to kick back and have fun with friends every once in a while. Going out gets your mind off school and creates lasting memories to look back on later.

Hobbies

Your free time doesn’t necessarily have to be unproductive—as long as it’s stress-free productivity! I am really passionate about sewing and knitting, so I often set some time aside to tap into my inner designer and get crafty. I plan on starting up my own Etsy shop this summer to sell my handmade clothing, so in my free time, I work on projects that I can sell later (or keep for myself in my own wardrobe!). Doing this gives me a sense of accomplishment, without stressing me out. It’s a hobby I enjoy doing, but there’s a convenient simultaneous payoff every time I make something. This principle can be applied to any hobby you enjoy, be it painting, reading, or playing an instrument. In the end, you’ll feel like you’ve achieved something, but you’ll be having fun in the process.

Relaxation

Nothing can quite compare to an hour (or a few hours, or even an entire lazy Sunday…) spent snuggled in bed. Whether you’re snacking, listening to music, watching Netflix, or just lying in pajamas in a mindless, meditative state, you’re letting your mind take a much-needed breather. When you’re giving yourself a break like this, try not to let your mind wander and think about due dates, projects, and homework—the point of this free time is to forget about all of those temporarily.

If lounging around isn’t your style, get outside and take a relaxed walk around campus or around town. Going to school in Boston, I love walking around the Boston Common, a huge park with a pond and several trails to follow aimlessly.

To Prospects of Life and an Alive Campus Farewell

February 5, 2014 in Academics, Admissions, Alive Campus, Campus Life, Career, Colleges, Events, Health, Infographics, Love, Reviews, Sports, Style, Tech, Travel

Hello Camper,

Aim and shoot for beyond the stars…

Alive Campus provides an awesome experience for individuals receiving and sharing information about their colleges. It provides an avenue for incoming freshmen, transfers and overall prospects to view an institution in light of the person-student. It is better than a commercial about an institution that attempts to sell the environment to the student. Still- the able, productive and willing student will learn to use an institution as a useful platform: Students excelling in academics and sports will be able to promote their selves through the institution or their merits for their personal reasons. College may be an expensive or inexpensive experience but SallieMae is always willing to assist the educational process toward their profitable return.

Every collegiate institution will vary by academia, cultures, privatization, religions, regulations and traditions. My attendance from Lock Haven University to Centenary College has been a fulfilling and tremendous rollercoaster of experience. El Torro and Kingda Ka in a blizzard cannot compare with my college tumbling experience. After completing then paying for one class and test I will have the opportunity to graduate from Centenary College in May, elated.

It has been a great experience writing for Alive Campus. It will no longer be my place to discuss Centenary College’s environment as I improve away from it. I do have bits of advice for individuals seeking to attend an institution or transfer from an institution. The future is changing dramatically with the variety of institutions available; chiropractic, culinary, dog training, masseuse, music and etc. type of schools exist for individuals seeking a particular career path of growth.

Do not rush any decision about the future. If you feel an inclination toward a different direction for your life then find the avenues prospering in the direction of your inclination. If you are unsure about attending a large university then attend a community college to save money and receive half (or more) of the credits at a four year college. You will have enough time to think and prepare financially for the future ahead of you without risking valuable time especially since community colleges are very affordable avenues. The one class I am taking at Centenary is more than my co-worker’s semester tuition at a community college.

Don’t let others make decisions about your life either: If they’re not offering financial backing and a place in their home with their advice about your future then take their advice like an open wound with a grain of salt; take careful thought thinking about the next steps in your future. Don’t rush your life. Advice is another option to think about especially when various walks of life will have advice readily available for a variety of purposes. Be patient thinking about decisions, and even more patient making those decisions, to enhance your life in the long run.

I hope the future progresses well for every individual!

It will progress well if you take your time for its true value.

Time is not money: It is your life.

Onward and Upward,

Kevin Dufresne

www.kdufresne.me

Thank you Radek Janowski and Alive Campers for being amazing and useful!

Free on Time?

September 9, 2013 in Alive Campus, Health, Love, Sports

“Free time is productive time or leisure time. There is no reason leisure cannot be productive.”

Free time is productive or leisure time. There is no reason leisure cannot be productive.

Yes, I am concentrating in Creative Writing but you don’t have to be an English major to enjoy Reading. I like having books open in front of me to devour. I have no issue or problem hanging out with a story. It stimulates my mind, allows me the experience of travel and various situations all from a place of my own comfort (or discomfort). I know it will be worthwhile in the long run. I create a list of books that I want to read if I finish reading the stories on the original list and I pick up a few books along my progression of my Reading list. It helps me stay active without physically being strenuously active (though the brain handles tough material at times). It’s relaxing.

Ah, you might have guessed the next one! I enjoy Writing very much. It becomes a deeper practice by the day. It is a form of expression that allows me to wield emotional, mental, spiritual, physical chaos and joys in my life through communication and words. It is the most active passive aggressive practice I experience aside from meditation in its various forms. Writing is a great overall stimulator; mentally, physically, spiritually, and emotionally- Writing stems to provide growth. It allows for the greatest connection between humanity beyond the immediate presence of an individual. Writing allows individuals to transcend time and I believe it is a natural human endeavor to acquire for those that can handle the challenge of growing further through their inner self.

Write Away!

Well, speaking of inner self, I am a fan and supporter of Yoga. There are various Yoga forms that provide varying channels of meditation for an individual seeking to continue exploring ways to enhance and become closer with their inner self. It is an increasingly strengthening practice and does not fail to allow the individual an avenue of focus to channel their deepest energies to form their greater self. Yoga is an amazing way to appreciate silence, calmness and continuously growing peace without feeling a sense of absence without violence or hate. It is an amazing practice to enhance one’s physical, mental, spiritual and emotional health as well as provide a channel for an individual suffering from anxieties, frustrations leading to anger, and/or any aspect of life any college student might relate to the struggle. It is a great benefit to enhancing one’s overall life.

Yoga allows for deeper -inner- communicating!

I Wrestle. Thank God Wrestling will be in the 2020 Olympics. Training is a part of Wrestling and both of them benefit me. I practice using my body in various ways to perform competitively. All the while I am creating a deeper connection with my body. Every individual is able to relate to soundness in their body. Wrestling and training allows me to become sounder with myself as well as assist others in honing their skills to prove better in competing.  The gym provides an abode for training and Wrestling. Everyone needs a home for their loves.

The IOC approves Wrestling for the 2020 Olympics – woo!

Gaming is classic. I will enjoy gaming for a long time. Members of various ages enjoy video games with individuals all across the world. Everyone can participate in a game of some sort that allows a deeper unification compared to dragging someone unwilling to the gym. Gaming is simple; fair across the board for the consistent players and an overall benefit to humanity along with other art forms. I want to create video games and know that Writing will assist me in the long run to join a bomb team to create a master piece.

I hope you find a bit more to do with your time now!

-Kevin Dufresne

Not Enough Hours In the Week

August 30, 2013 in Alive Campus, Campus Life, Colleges, Health

College is different for everyone. Some people are very involved on campus and actively participate in a number of organizations. Others prefer to spend their time relaxing. They have class and that’s it. The rest of the day to themselves. I am in the first category. I am a double major, an executive member of my fraternity and work on campus. This leaves me with plenty to do during the course of my week. I’ll take you through a basic week for me and all it entails.

Sunday: Sundays are always the most relaxing. I get to sleep in, watch football, and relax. It’s not all laying on the couch not doing a damn thing though, Sundays my fraternity has its weekly chapter meeting which can last from 1-4 hours depending on how much we have to get done. I also work on Sundays from 6-8 life guarding in the pool at the gym on campus. It’s an easy job and I like the people I work with, it’s just tremendously boring. I really can’t complain though since I get paid to literally do nothing. I sit next to the pool and watch people swim laps. I have a better chance of playing in the NBA than someone has of drowning in that pool. So yes, boring, but still a nice job to have.

Monday: Get up at 8:45 for class at 10. And by get up at 8:45 I mean hit snooze 3 or 4 times before I actually get up. I then have my deviant behavior class from 10:10 (Weird right?) to 11. After that I grab lunch, go to the gym, and do what ever errands I need to do on campus since I have about 5 1/2 hours before my next class. I’ll often go into the library to get some work done then as well. At 4:40 I have my field research class which goes until 6. After that I have a meeting to go to each Monday which lasts for just an hour or so. Then I’m done for the day. All that’s left is homework, and what ever else I want to do.

Tuesday: Class at 9:30 until 10:45. I’ll usually grab lunch after and have an hour or so before my next class so after I eat I’ll usually just find a spot to relax for an hour or so. Then I have class from 12:30 to 3:15. I’ll typically go to the gym after. Some days I have something I have to or want to go to that day but after I go to the gym I’m free to do as I please. Most week day nights I’m doing homework and reading for class at night since that’s typically all I have to do for my classes.

Wednesday: Same class schedule as Monday except I have work at the pool on Wednesday’s as well. Life guarding from 6-8. Unfortunately I can’t just kill time by going on my phone at work and not paying attention. The pool is surrounded by windows and I can guarantee you that someone will see me and then my boss will yell at me. Oh and making sure people don’t drown. That too.

Thursday: Done with class by 3:15. Go to the gym, then relax or do homework. Thursdays are popular bar nights and sometimes there is a party going on that night as well. A lot of people don’t have class on Friday so their weekend starts Thursday. I, however am not so lucky.

Friday: Luckily only one class at 10-11. Afterwards I’ll usually go to the gym, eat, take a nap, just generally do nothing. I also typically write these articles on Friday since I have so much time.

Friday Night/ Saturday: Relax, party, sleep in, do nothing, play Xbox, or binge watch tv shows on Netflix. The world is your oyster and the weekend is only a few days. Carpe Diem that shit.

Netflix is a cruel mistress.

Netflix is a cruel mistress.

by Jimmy

My Free Time

April 26, 2013 in Alive Campus, Campus Life

Free Time

Free Time

It’s funny that this week’s topic is free time, because I have so little of it lately.  Between upcoming finals, projects and work I am finding that free time is sparser this year more than most.  Regardless, I spend my free time in a variety of ways, and almost none of them are specific to my school.  I think most people would list similar activities throughout all colleges.

When winter hits (I live in Massachusetts after all) and the snow is falling I am indoors more often than not.  If so, I am probably playing ping-pong with my friends (who I usually destroy) or playing a video game of some kind.  I know that it is a tad cliché, but I play a lot of video games.  I’m not as dedicated as some people tend to be but if I’m being honest (especially in the winter) video games take up most of my time.  Right now my roommate and I are in a Super Smash Brothers phase.  I’m talking about the N64 version not the new GameCube ones; you can keep those goofy controllers.

To go along with the video games, the winter makes me read watch more television.  If you don’t already know, you can get any television show for free online, and that has made me get into a lot of shows.  I’m into basically all of the shows that mass amounts of people like (things like Breaking Bad and Dexter).  I’ve been reading a lot more lately, and I’m trying to write some fiction too.  To be honest I got so into reading lately because of television.  I watched the first two seasons of Game of Thrones and I needed to know what happened next.  This motivated me to read all five books, and now I’m feinding for the release date of the sixth.  If you haven’t read the Song of Ice and Fire (HBO’s A Game of Thrones) then I highly recommend it, especially if you are a fan of the show

I like to play pickup basketball here and there when there are enough people around.  That’s what’s nice about basketball is that if there is even one person you can play two on two.  My school has some nice basketball courts, but in the winter they are usually taken by people practicing.  If I get lucky my friends and I will be able to get a game in before or after a game or practice.  When the weather is nice though, there is an outdoor hoop to play at.  The only problem with that hoop is that there is only one and making the walk down to the court just to see it taken is always annoying

Another spring activity that has been a constant throughout college is Frisbee.  I never really played much in high school, but since I’ve gotten into college I have been all about it.  My friends even started the Frisbee club (before they graduated) which is now, from what I hear, an actual club.  We get competitive if there are enough people around that want to play a game of Ultimate.   If not we just toss it around or play a smaller game.  That takes a lot more running but it is fun none the less.