Saturday, April 19, 2014

Getting less sleep over spring break...

I came home last Friday to Long Island for spring break to relax, spend some time with my family, and do some work. Though I've been able to see The Grand Budapest Hotel, watch a couple of movies at home with my family, go shopping, and attend a seder, the time I've had off has been stressful.

Spring break is a wonderful thing for many students: it is placed in mid-March as a reprieve from the long month of uninterrupted classes and is a way to herald in the semi-nice weather.  It is also perfectly placed so that students can gather their energy before the final stretch of school.

However, at CUNY we don't get a break in March, we get it in April, when Passover and Easter happen. Unfortunately, school ends about 3 weeks after we come back from spring break, so this is the opportune time to assign our final papers and projects! Such is why I have three 10-15 page papers to write, 2 novels to read, and then basic coursework. Now, reading all of Whitman's Song of Myself might have been semi-enjoyable (and semi-torturous), and I could get through reading all of The Day of the Locust by Nathaneal West in one day. I even completed a whole five page philosophy paper on Aristotle in a night. I've been reading Lolita, and started outlining one of my three papers. But I'm super stressed out.

Here's the takeaway: teachers expect us to plan ahead and work long-term. This is particularly difficult for me. I like getting assignments and then doing them, and then having them done and out of the way. I've always been the type of person who couldn't go to sleep if I hadn't done my homework for the next day. There is no relief from my stress until my work is done. I also don't like the idea that a 10 page paper should take me five weeks to research and write.

Regardless, this is the time that has been given me to work on this work. And as much as I complain that I've gotten less sleep during spring break than when I'm at school, it's just the way it is. Planning ahead and time management are essential in college, and as much as I'd love to do nothing this break but relax, sleep, eat Girl Scout cookies and watch movies, I just can't do it. I know doing that doing these papers now (or at least starting them) will ease my stress in the last couple weeks of school. I just have to keep reminding myself of that for the next couple of days.

Friday, April 18, 2014

My "Wild" Spring Break

Hi, everyone!!

Spring break is almost over, and I haven't done anything remotely insane or "wild". haha.
I've done some shopping with my mom, which is always fun and takes my mind off of things (like that physics test that I have right after the break. gah.)

My mom and I also paid a visit to the Apple Store on the UWS on Monday because my MacBook charger has been looking kind of messed up for awhile (there's some exposed wiring.) The AppleCare expires in June so I figured now was a good time to take advantage of it. They give me a new charger, and I was in and out of the store within 10 minutes. Afterwards, my mom and I hung out in the area for awhile. We sat around the fountain in front of the Operahouse and did some people-watching for awhile. This is one of my mom's favorite activities. She always makes the best/funniest comments about the people passing by. Nothing too mean. Just clever.
It was a beautiful spring day, and I had a good time with her.

I can't believe it snowed on Tuesday…..only in NY.

Tomorrow, I'll be seeing my middle-school friends. As I mentioned in a previous post, I hadn't seen them for 7+ years until 3 months ago when we had a reunion. We're determined to not let another 7 years go by before we see each other. haha.

Speaking of friends, one of my good friends has been stuck in the hospital for much of spring break because of an injury so I've been a bit worried about him. Life throws the craziest curves at us sometimes. He's supposed to make it back in time for our physics test on Wednesday. I'm already planning to give him a huge hug when I see him. =)

My posts have been relatively short lately. I have to do some more long posts when inspiration strikes me!

S.

College Tip of the Week: Let go of everything that doesn't make you feel good. 

As most of the college tips that I've featured this semester, this tip can also count as a life tip.
What I mean by this tip is that you should only surround yourself with people and things that have a positive impact on your life. Be friends with people who make you a better person, who you're comfortable around, and who respect you for who you are. You should never feel like you're "acting" when you're with your friends. It should all feel natural. If there's someone in your life who is bringing you down (in any number of ways), then you should let that person go. Better sooner than later.

And what about things? Sometimes, we hang on to things that hurt us. Memories for instance. I'm not saying that you should go give yourself amnesia or anything, but you should let go of painful memories. Don't them haunt you.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Coming Full Circle

It has been a while since I last posted, but I feel like it is fitting to start again. A year has gone by and I've matured and learned so much about myself as a person, here on the cusp of entering senior year. I often think back to freshman days and how they flew by. I would advise all freshmen to enjoy those first two years when everything is new and there's time to explore hobbies, take interesting classes and explore. Not that I don't now, but there is most definitely less time.

Some parts stayed constant, I am still pre-med and a psychology major (to all those starting out, I swear anything is possible after orgo). Others changed, I love the french language and starting to look at projects dealing with public health and children. My friends are still the ones I met freshmen year in all those pre-med classes. I remember the day of the outward bound orientation to Governor's Island where simply bumping into my next door dorm neighbor and heading out together turned into a treasured friendship. I remember back in high school, freshman year my English teacher had us write letters to ourselves. Senior year she gave them to us, and reading my own words again was a reminder of how growth and change we all undergo. I think we all need to be more aware of the little things.