Saturday, June 11, 2016

The instant gratification monkey

With June already well underway, I thought I'd talk about some thing that I've been having a problem with for a while - procrastination.

Personally, I always seem to procrastinate the most when the stakes are the highest. 20 final paper - lets start the night before! Presentation thats worth 30% of my grade - lets get this done the day of! For all of my academic career, I had been pretty good about getting things done on time, but for some reason I couldn't get myself to work my second semester of junior year. One particular example was studying for my Japanese final. Even though it was the only thing that stood between me and my long-awaited summer, I couldn't bring myself to study for the test till the night before.

Now that school was finally over, I had pushed my woes about my struggle with procrastination to the back of my head until a couple of nights ago. On one of my usual spirals into the depths of Youtube, I stumbled upon this Ted Talk. In it, Tim Urban gives us a witty and insightful talk about his own experience with procrastination and how he understands the difference between a person who procrastinates, and one who doesn't. There were many great moments in this talk, but one of the things that stuck out to me the most was his ending - procrastinating on things without a deadline.

After watching this video, it hit me. I wasn't procrastinating for the sake of not wanting to study - no, it was something deeper than that. I was procrastinating in thinking about the future. By swamping myself with schoolwork, it left me no time to think about whats ahead. Hard as it was to admit, I didn't want to plan for the future because I was afraid nothing would go to plan. Essentially, it was a fear of failure and the unknown that was holding me back from doing anything, and it had camouflaged itself in the form of procrastination. Knowing that any decisions I made now could have repercussions in the future was holding me back from even starting

The first step of solving any problem is admitting there is a problem. Now that I've been able to do so, I know for certain I can conquer this bump in my path as I head into the future. I urge anyone whose been having problems with procrastination to look at themselves and try and understand why you procrastinate. Time is always ticking.

Friday, April 8, 2016

The Midterms from Hell

Hello wonderful people!

As you may have noticed, the blog template has changed! Yes, I've finally been able to setting on something I was at least moderately happy with. I'm still a bit iffy on color choices, and keep going back and forth on some aesthetic choices, but for now we're going with this. I've unfortunately never really coded or anything before, so it's a bit beyond my ability to make some of the really nice changes I want. Once midterms are over, I definitely intend on reading up on it. 

It's been a rough two weeks since the last time I've been here. From studying for midterms (which are quickly creeping closer) to MCAT prep to scrambling to get a summer plan on lockdown, I haven't had much time to do anything fun. If there's one thing college has taught me, it's how to effectively manage my time. Granted, it hasn't worked very well (curse the tempting pull of all five seasons of Scandal), but I'm sure I'll get the system down pat by the end of senior year. 

One of the more interesting things that happened today was when I was waiting for the 7 train this morning. Today being the Mets home opener game, the Nostalgia train ran past my station on its way to Queens. The nostalgia train, or "The Train of Many Colors", is made up of vintage subway cars painted different colors to represent different eras in subway history. It's not brought out too often by the MTA, so it was a real treat to catch a glimpse of it. Thinking about out subway always leads my thought back to Tokyo. I was lucky enough to use a portion of my Opportunities fund to take a short winter class in Tokyo (Film and Culture if anyone's interested!). Essentially, Tokyo's subways system is what we all wish NYCs would be like. The contrast in aesthetic, cleanliness, efficiency is almost laughable. 

This might be the limit to my ramblings for today. I will be posting updates, as well as continually editing the site for a more pleasing experience for everyone. 

Until next time !

Friday, March 25, 2016

An Introduction

Hi everyone!

My name is Malavika, and I will be the new coordinator for the MacBlog! I apologize for the lack of activity up till now – I’ve slowly been thinking of new ideas to implement so that this blog becomes an even better resource than it was in it’s heyday for potential and incoming students.

As always, I’ll start with an introduction. I’m currently a junior at Hunter College, with a major in Biology and a minor in Environmental Science and Religious Studies while on the pre-medical track. I’m currently taking Japanese, and hope to one day become fluent enough to pass the proficiency exam. I love listening to music (I’ve recently been hooked to Bach’s concertos), and trying new foods!

I hope to start getting more writers and make changes to the site in the coming days, so please look forward to them!