How to Get a Jump Start on Spring Semester

It’s time to SPRING into action. This list is sure to put a SPRING in your step. It’s very SPRING– okay I’ll stop.

 

FIX YOUR SLEEP SCHEDULE

We know you want to go back to bed. Sadly, screwing up your sleep schedule during semester (or leaving it as screwed up as it already is)  isn’t a good move. I always end up doing this. Always. I end up being all “Hmmmm, get good sleep…. stay up and edit a movie…. get good sleep…. hang out with friends…” NO. Stop right there. This is it. Your semester to… sleep properly.

TAKE NOTES EARLY ON

It’s easy to be like, “Oh, the teacher will post this on Blackboard. No need to take notes,” and then getting into a bad habit of not taking notes at all. However, taking notes is actually a good move, whether the info is posted on Blackboard at all. It forces you to pay attention to the teacher, and prevents you from checking your phone or distracting yourself in other ways. Writing also helps the information to sink in. The best I ever did in a class was one where my teacher played PowerPoints… but didn’t post them on BlackBoard. Each student had to give their undivided attention to the screen and write down everything as quickly as possible– but boy, did we nail those final exams!

BRING FOOD TO CAMPUS

Everyone knows what’s, in their opinion, the tastiest food item on campus. However, everyone (I think) also knows that such food items tend to be pricey and rather unhealthy. Bringing your own food to campus both saves you time and allows you to eat healthier. Make this semester your “bring food to campus” semester.

ADJUST YOUR STYLE

If you’re planning on adjusting your personal clothing style, the beginning of semester is a good time to do it. Then people aren’t shocked by any abrupt changes in what clothes you wear or type of hair you have, but you can still stroll through the library and turn heads and all that jazz. Basically, it’s a good excuse to look the way that you actually want to look.

HAVE A DAILY SCHEDULE 

Get into the habit of writing down what you have and when you have it. Whether it’s working an event, turning in a homework assignment, or printing that one thing for club, make sure you write it down somewhere. If you don’t have an official daily planner, just stick it in your phone or notebook.

 

Any other suggestions on how to get a jump start on Spring semester? 

Welcome back!!

BAM! GOODBYE, WINTER SEMESTER! (the gif above is an actual representation of me)

I am  one of those people who gets far too excited to go back to college. Maybe because, as a former PEP student, I’ve been at CCBC so long that it feels like a second home. Maybe because I can jump back into a mode of productivity and college-y adventure. Maybe because I’m rather sentimental. Whatever the reason, the first days back I feel like I’m in a musical, skipping around campus and waving at practically everyone on campus (I’ve been told I know everyone except for like, 2 people. Perhaps, seeing as I walked into my first class the other day and saw 5 people and the teacher who I all knew, this is factual).

My classes were amazing. I landed some lovely teachers, and am excited for this semester to get rolling. I worked at First Week as an Ambassador, which was quite nice. Film Society will be back in action soon, as well, which is of course very exciting for me. Last semester was a little rough for me, class-wise, but I am looking forward to this semester and have a very good feeling about it!

What are YOU looking forward to this semester? 

If you don’t know, I suggest swinging by Film Society. We make movies, and meet in HTEC 035 on Tuesdays at 3:00pm!

And if you want to go to an upcoming event, I suggest MSA’s Ice Cream social. You don’t have to be Muslim to go, and there’s free ice cream and a hilarious movie (that I’m helping to make). What’s not to love?

I wish everyone a happy end-of-winter-break/welcome back/new semester. Peace out!

Winter Break

Welcome to “Winter” Break in Maryland, where it’s 75 degrees one day and below zero the next! Hopefully you are all excited to enjoy this break. Or perhaps take some winter classes, for those of you who are doing so!

If you are on Winter Break, however, I’ll give you a few suggestions on how to pass the time. Because while doing nothing the first week can be quite relaxing, I know that I for sure get antsy if I have nothing to do for too long.

 

SLEEP

Well, duh, right? But unless you’re waking up early for work or other activities, getting to sleep in a little or having some time to take naps is definitely something to take advantage of. Of course, the problem is, Winter Break is also a good time to stay up late, which can kind of counteract the benefits of sleeping in. Whatever, at least it feels good, right? Don’t feel guilty for sleeping in and staying up late. It doesn’t make you lazy, it just makes you a tired person refreshing themselves during break.

GET A JOB

If you don’t have one or are looking for something more beneficial or more fun, Winter Break is a good time to buckle down and get a job/new job.  If you have a job, particularly a flexible one, Winter Break is a good time to rack up those work hours.

READ A RELIGIOUS TEXT

1) If you’re not religious, this is a great way to learn about others’ mindsets and way of life. I’m sure you’ve heard different stories from religious texts and heard different rumors about them– why not come to your own conclusions? It can be really interesting and intriguing to at least partially flip through a religious text, and you sure ain’t going to have time to do so during semester.

2) If you ARE religious, this is a good time to become more familiar with your religion and deepen your spiritual connection. Especially if you grew up with your religion and are familiar with the culture but maybe haven’t checked out the text in a while.

READ A PSYCHOLOGY/PHILOSOPHY BOOK

One good thing about college is that you get many opportunities to THINK. One BAD thing about college is that you get many opportunities to think… but only about certain things! Remember that college helps you academically and knowledge-wise, but it does not necessarily help you with certain aspects of existence, help you to be more of an open-minded thinker, or give you much freedom to learn about whatever you want. Utilizing Winter Break to learn about whatever you want is a good move, and I would suggest reading psychology and philosophy books. There’s an excellent collection of them at the Catonsville library. You can learn so much about how humanity works by reading such books– not because of the content, so much as because they inspire you to be more observant and think a little differently in day-to-day life.

TALK TO FRIENDS

I am under the impression that Winter Break is the time that makes or breaks friendships. If one can remain friends through Winter Break, chances are their friendship is solid. This is especially true for new friendships made through college. People, if you want to be friends with someone, maybe act like a friend. Talk to them. Have a nice text conversation. Invite them somewhere. Don’t be annoying, but make sure to put in some effort. As barf-worthilty (not a word) cheesy as it is, to have a friend you have to be a friend.

GO FOR WALKS or RUNS

No excuses not to, and unless it’s raining, pouring, or North Pole-level cold, weather doesn’t count. Not only is it good for staying in or getting in shape, but it is a good way to clear your mind. If you’re walking, it’s a cool way to explore a neighborhood, too.

WATCH A TV SHOW

I personally believe that watching a TV show is not a bad thing. You can actually learn a lot from certain shows– and also, it’s fun. Not everything has to be about education. Getting wrapped up in a good story and intrigued by excellent characters is perfectly fine, and Winter Break is a good time to do it because you don’t have to feel guilty about watching a TV show instead of studying. You can just watch. Watch. Watch away!

DYE YOUR HAIR

Pretend you’re in a movie and come back after break with a mini-makeover. According to studies, those who dye their hair tend to be more confident in themselves– and why wouldn’t they be? If you dye your hair, you are taking control over a certain aspect of your appearance, and it’s really quite cool. Go for it, yo.

SPEND TIME WITH YOUR FAMILY

Especially for those of us who are on campus all day, missing out on spending time with your family can be something that happens completely accidentally. Use Winter Break to spend some time with your family, particularly if you have siblings who would like your attention. Read to your little sister. Watch YouTube with your little brother. Be a decent human being. One day they’re going to grow up and remember what you were like during their childhoods– try and makes sure that what they remember are good things, not bad.

Stuff CCBC Students Say: Fall 2015

This is a thing now. An established thing. And the time has come yet again.

Here we go again– more Stuff CCBC Students Say! Enjoy this list of the wild, wacky, and perhaps relatable things that I have heard CCBC students say this Fall semester. For more fun, check out   my    past    three   posts of these. Special thanks to Ian and Spencer who each had several things that they’ve heard that were added in as well!

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“I blame my parents when they created me I only have 2 hands. I told the woman in the book store, I said I need hands like an octopus. I’d be in glory.”

Girl 1: ”Nobody has ever heard of my major”
Girl 2: ”What is it?”
Girl 1: ”It’s called Mass Communication”

*loud whisper* I STEPPED IN THE WATER, TOO

Girl: “Where do you go if you need to like, make a schedule and meet with an adviser?”
Guy: “Academic Advisement”

“I hope this is the right word. I dunno why I’m having trouble reading things lately”

“This fool wants to tell me that they lifted up his willy, and they moooved it somewhere else”

Person 1: “I always miss the first week of classes. On purpose.”
Person 2: “Why”
Person 1: “I don’t know…”

Guy: “You lucky I got on clothes”
Girl: “I’m not the lucky one”

“I find “ok” so belligerent like, you sayin “ok” cause you want me to respond, you sayin “ok” cause you saying you got it, you sayin “ok” cause you want me to shut the f*ck up…?”

*walks up to a table outside SSRV*
I’m looking for 106!

“Look, my son, has a name and an identify. Stop calling him baby!”

Guy to freshman: “You play ball here?”
Freshman: “Yes sir”
Guy: “Me too. 1976. Been a long time.”

“We gonna fight you, teeth and nails!”

“Looking at you I wanna PUKE!! In my MOUTH!! And then spit it back out on the FLOOR!!”

“Someone brought us… legit moonshine”

“Some drugs are AWFUL!”

“I signed up for Veterans Day and I’m not even a veteran”

“Yall bad f*cking gel heads”

“Even if she did almost die, like we’re all gonna die one day. That’s how I feel when I wake up every morning. I’m like, ‘That’s one day closer to death.”

“And I hit him with my foot”

Girl 1: “There’s a lot of good-looking men here”
Girl 2: “He’s gay?”

“Its 1:27. I mean 1:14.”

“Did you PEE!”

“It’s like cloudy with a chance of bisexual”

“I’m really sorry to hear that….I was just thinking, I didn’t, really know him”

“Time is film”

“Alright everyone we’re gonna take it from the top. Actually not the top, the middle”

Guy 1: “What’s up man? Missed you yesterday. Where you were you?”
Guy 2: “Home.”

“You know they’re talking about eating deer.”

“Meninists don’t exist”

“Ohhhhh, my lips look really chappy”

“Are people like born gay, or are they like, born?…..Clearly, but…”

“You know they say rationalization is like masturbation, you only do it to yourself”

“Why would you wanna do a thing in south Africa when Florida’s like, right down the street?”

“Dude, if I could 64 her, I would!”

Guy 1: Everyone wants to compare everything to Hitler and I am SICK OF IT!”
*beat*
Guy 2: “I see.”

“What we did is uh, we took a baby doll, and we uh, ripped the center open…”

“I used the flippers for the first time today. OH my GAWD do you have any idea how much easier swimming is with flippers?! When all you have to do is move your legs?!”

“As soon as people realize it’s gone they’re gonna want some”

“They haven’t mastered the art of…. smartness yet”

“My niece just came out on Facebook. I mean, Facebook is whatever, but is that…. is that The Way?”

“Well I used to be a 9 but then life is like, mmm lemme bump you up to like a size 13.”

Girl 1: “What color is your red carpet?”
Girl 2: “Red”

“Chinese people bout to cook their chicken with the hair and sometimes they burn it all up in there”

*Man rides a bike around the library lounge*
*Asks for directions to the cafeteria*
*No one bats an eyelid*

“I’m like blind without being blind”

“His girlfriend, got married because she didn’t want him around, or something”

“I’m getting there on stretches that are almost nearly impossible, I think. Not saying that I’m getting there but I’m getting pretty close”

Person 1: “How many years you gon be here for?”
Person 2: “Forever.”

“Oh, that’s cool too. I know they gon be maaaaaad. ‘Raphael Lauren.’”

“Ooooooo that yo baby mama!”

“I didn’t have boobs until like, 10th grade. Well, I started budding in 5th grade. But they’re different sizes. THIS one is DEFINITELY a cup size down”

“I think it was like, longer than our class period, maybe shorter”

“When that baby reach 18 I’m gonna tell him like, your momma was HORRIBLE. She be cussing you out before you even EXISTED!”

“No. I died”

“This haaair spraaay is a BEAUTEOUS PAIN”

Girl: “Did you know the bride?”
Guy: “Yeah, I used to date her sister”

“Hi husband. Yes husband. I’m in the bathroom, husband. I’M IN THE BATHROOM. Husband, are you outside?”

“Drunk me is nothing compared to drunk me in a horse mask”

“She’s obsessively obsessing over things he’s interested in”

Person 1: “Box seats aren’t really that good for seeing plays”
Person 2: “Yeah, you might get assassinated”

“One thing we don’t remember is that plants have minds and are actually intelligent. They actually have minds and can think. We take that for granted a lot”

Girl 1: “I have a friend named Jesus and his best friend is named Angel.”
Girl 2: “He should marry someone named Mary. And have a kid named…. God.”

“My dad used to live in LA. *beat* Did a lotta drugs.”

“I got my main here, my ex in North Carolina, my side piece here, my side piece there, all them going crazy over that sh*t.”

“Yo, I had to chase my girl’s mother down the street cause her mother was chasing after with a gun.”

“I want lists, I want medicine, I want to know what she’s allergic, like if she’s allergic to sh*t.”

“If you want a child, that sh*t is not coming. Me and my ex tried for the longest time. She wanted that sh*t TOO bad.”

“I might as well cut off my side b*tches, because I won’t even have enough time for side b*tches.”

Guy: “Whaaaat? That’s my favorite show.”
Girl: “Trust me, it’s my favorite show as well, I just haven’t liked it recently.”

“I always like it when I’m like ‘Hey’ and they’re like, ‘I have a boyfriend’ and I’m like, cool. Are we going to work on our f*CKING PROJECT NOW?”

“30 MILLION candle lights. Do you know how bright that is?!”

“I like your barcode. It might end up beeping on the way out!”

“It’s not like if I’m a sociopath that I’d walk up to you and be like ‘hi, I’m a sociopath’”

“I was in the mall and Frank Sinatra comes on singing “oh the weather outside is frightful…” and I was like, no, it’s 60 degrees; don’t TELL them to let it snow.”

“You LIKE chilling at ccbc! That’s alright, I love this school. I love chilling at this school. This is my school.”

I Love You

The college girl runs over to her classmate upon seeing her in the library. They hug, and chat a bit about the relief of completing their finals. Finally, they hug again, and the girl cries, “Hope to see you next semester! I love yooooou!”

The 18-year-old freshman couple cuddle against each other in the hallway. “Love you bae” “Love you, too,” they exchange. They’ve only been together for two weeks.

So goes our culture, where the word “love” is thrown around like it’s nothing. Do you love that guy like you love the Santa Fe Wrap from the Einstein Bros? Do you love that class friend like you love the fact that you got an A in your math class? Do you love either of them the way that you love your parents? Siblings? Pets?

I’m not saying it is wrong to use the word “love.” There’s much, much, worse things in the world than people expressing positive thoughts towards each other. I know plenty of people who use “love you!” as a casual greeting, and I don’t hate them for it. I am also not going to be one of those people who rag on people who say that they love their favorite food/band/clothing item/whatever. That is clearly different than saying someone loves another person. Goshhhh.

That being said, I personally believe that the word does not need to be used as frequently as it is currently used. I tend to get quite uncomfortable when people tell me that that they “love” me as a greeting or goodbye when I do not genuinely “love” them as I may love my family members, best friend, etc. And so, I encounter exchanges all the time that go like…

Person: Bye! I love youuu!

Me:

Me: Yaaaay!

Me: Byeeeeee!

Me: See you!

…and hope that they do not think that I hate them for not responding with “Love you toooooooo!” like most people do.

Don’t you think that perhaps using the word “love” with people who you do not legitimately love lessens the meaning of the word? Why does it matter when you tell your mom that you love her if you already told 12 other people that day that you love THEM? What about telling your significant other that you love them for the first time… when you barely know each other? Doesn’t that lessen the impact of saying it when you legitimately LOVE them as time goes on? And even when you do actually love them… how can it mean something to them if you tell EVERYONE that you love them?

Would it really mean much to hear “I love you” from your best friend for the first time, if your best friend already tells everyone and their mother, brother, and 3 pet pugs that she loves them?

Obviously this is all situational as well. People know that if they hear their friend go, “Ahhh, you bought me ice cream! I freaking love you!” or, “Kirk! Ahhh, I love that guy!!” it does not mean the same as someone directly telling them that they love them. Those types of statements (to me, anyway) do not “count.” It is only direct statements of  ”Love you!” and “I love you!” in non-meaningingful-moments to people one is not close to that are long-run problematic.

Let the word love means what it means. Save it for times when you need to use it because there are no other words that you could use. Reserve it for people who are important to you in a deep enough manner.

Tell casual friends and associates that they’re awesome or great or lovely or whatever. Pick a fitting adjective and use that instead of a meaningless “I love you” and save that word for a better time. It doesn’t make you cold; it makes you careful.

It means so much more to hear an “I love you” from someone who doesn’t throw that word around like it’s nothing. So, maybe consider being that person with a bit of reserve.

Just a thought.

Finals

Finals… finals… finals…

What even is a final?

It has such finality to the word.

Final.

The end.

Final: The end; a conclusion

Final: A last exam

Final: An excuse to get out of anything else for an entire week. “Oh, I’m sorry, I can’t hang out, I’m soooooo busy with finals” *watches TV that night* (Shhh, people, we’re onto you and your excuses! But alas, we can’t prove that you’re making them, so, we just roll with it).

Welcome to Finals Week.

Happy Finals Week. May the curve be ever in your favor.

(I stole that from the internet okay).

Done freaking out? Don’t worry. Just because finals happen to be called “finals” doesn’t mean that they are the end of everything. Work hard, but know that if you do less than amazing on your finals, it’s not the end of the world. You can always register for some winter classes!

Finals just indicate that last mountain to climb before the end of semester and the beginning of winter break. You got this. Don’t lose too much sleep, or too much time. Just do your thing. Meet with your teachers before if necessary.

My favorite thing to do when studying for finals is to type up my potential answers, then write them out by hand. That way when the final is given to me, I’ll better memorize potential answers and therefore do much better.

Good luck, everyone!

 

The 14 Kinds of People You Will Meet at CCBC

This is just for fun, please don’t think I’m trying to create stereotypes.

But you gotta admit, it’s pretty accurate.

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The Nursing Students

That chill, sometimes-around student who you normally see in class and nowhere else? Yeah, they’re probably a nursing student. They are there and they are many. Don’t let their focused calm fool you, though– they’re actually never free because they’re so busy working hard to get that nursing degree, and no one but fellow nursing students can understand.

The “I’m There All Day” People

7am? Oh look, there they are in the library. 9pm? What the– they’re still in the library, but in a different place. The “There All Day” people are, you see, at CCBC all day. The thing is, they probably only had like 1 or 2 classes that day OR, dare I say, NO classes that day, and were on campus all day anyway. You can catch them carrying too many bags literally ANYWHERE on campus, and everyone knows them because they’re as ever-present as the $1 fries in the cafeteria. They also often take the bus, which makes their days even longer than you know…ow..w…

 Starbucks-esque People

There they are. In the cafe. Chilling. Drinking coffee. Eatin’ a wrap. You never see them again. Do they even go to CCBC…? Are there people who show up just to use the Einstein Bros at Catonsville? Is that a thing that people do? Are they even students?!

Desperate Follow-You-Around People

They do have class, sometimes. You know this, because these are the rare occasions where they are not following a certain person/group literally everywhere they go. They are everywhere, and they are many. Perhaps… you are one of them. OoOoOoOoOoOoOo.

Art Students

People think being an art student is easy. It is not, apparently, easy at all, because art students tend to spend their very-little free time telling people such. The evolution of an art student goes from a semester of having time to join clubs and hang out, to a semester of being NEVER SEEN AGAIN. 

Theater People

Theater People are a tightly-knit group who tend to hang out backstage/in the dressing room and are rarely spotted anywhere else. They have inside jokes from their plays and skits, but are always willing to share the fun by inviting you to all of their performances.

Adults Going Back to School

These are the adults who decide to go back to school. You usually just see them in your classes because many of them are parents as well. They tend to be good students and don’t try and cheat off of you. TEND to be, anyway. The other option is the adults going back to school who try and cheat off of EVERYONE. Just because you’re not 20 does not mean that you are exempt from rules, adultier-adults!

Adults Who Want to Fit In With Young People

And then there are the adults who are going back to school… to relive their college days. The only problem is, they are not college-age. They’re like, 47. They have kids who are also in college. KIDS, I tell you. They can be spotted making fun of popular culture with groups of 20-somethings.

Fake Popular People

You know who they are. The only problem is, apparently they did not get the memo that there AREN’T POPULAR KIDS AT CCBC. Something cool is that anyone can be friends regardless. However, certain people (likely people who were not popular in high school) create a “popular person” persona for CCBC and everyone knows that it isn’t a thing, but kind of humor them anyway.

Athletes Who Pretend They’re Star Jocks Like They Were in High School

These people didn’t get the memo either. Hooray for confidence, though!

Cafeteria People

Cafeteria people are not just people who can be found in the cafeteria, they are just a certain kind of college student in general. You can find cafeteria people anywhere except for the cafe, for that is not their domain. Cafeteria people are loud and travel in packs. A lone cafeteria person may only be spotted when they are in class, or waiting for a bus.

Been-There-For-Too-Long People

You know they’ve been at CCBC for too long when you’ve actually HEARD of them, but never actually spoken to them. Perhaps they started there as a PEP student. Perhaps they only have time for a few classes a semester. Whatever the reason, there they are, still around, and they like to tell you so, too. Then one day they leave and it is as if there is an empty space in the universe. Emphasis on the ONE DAY.

Older  20-Somethings Who Are Still There

Related to the above category, the thing about these older 20-somethings is that either they have always been there, or only recently appeared there. And then everyone is surprised to find out they are four years older than you guessed that they were. Luckily, it’s CCBC. Nobody cares.

People Who Are Randomly Visiting Back to CCBC

Hey! Look! It’s– wait a second. Didn’t they transfer already? Didn’t they move to Kentucky? Didn’t they graduate? Why are THEY here? The answer is this: In the end, we all love CCBC in our own way. Once a CCBC student, always a CCBC student.

 

 

Midterm Madness (Or like, calmness)

Midterms! They are here! Some of you have taken yours already! Many, even!

I am that one person who kind of, kiiiiiiind of, finds midterms to be fun.

So even if I am acting all “Aahhh, I have a midterm today!” BEFORE the midterm, during and after said midterm, I will likely be enjoying myself. It’s almost like a game, really, in my opinion.

Shut up, Ron.

In case midterms are causing you to go mad, here are some of my tactics for making midterms easier to take and possibly more enjoyable and beneficial, so that they can be done and out of the way!

LOOK AT YOUR RESOURCES

Your teachers have likely given you many clues on your scholarly journey. Perhaps even a study guide! If so, utilize them!

Sure, you may have not picked up any of those printed slideshow slides since they were handed to you. Yeah, you haven’t actually looked at that “Notes from 10/10/15″ folder. It’s okay, now is the time to do so. You know how long it takes you to memorize something, so start at the moment that you feel you will have enough time to be set for your midterm.

 

WRITE ON

This is especially helpful if you have a study guide to go on. A great way to remember things for your big test is to simply write them beforehand. No, you likely cannot bring this going into your test– (unless you randomly have a rare teacher who lets you use notes!) this is merely a memorization and knowledge-keeping technique. What I like to do is first write them out inside a Word document, and then copy them down on paper. You will feel much more confident going into that midterm this way!

 

SLEEP

Erm…. don’t notice the time that this post was published… at all…

Making sure that you get good sleep leading up to your midterms is actually very important. If you don’t sleep well enough, you won’t be functional enough to even study for your midterms, let alone actually take them– and care enough or feel up to doing your best. I am often one of those people who stays up much too late, but I know that when something important is coming up, it’s time to prepare and part of preparation is making sure that you are in good shape for what you are preparing for. Note that your most important night of sleep is NOT just the night before, but ACTUALLY the NIGHT BEFORE the actual night before. If you get decent sleep two nights before your midterm, then you will be golden, mentally!

 

How do you/did you prepare for midterms?

 

 

Time…Time…Time…

Today is Friday, which is almost over, which means that it will be the weekend, and it will be Saturday, which is practically Sunday already, and then it will be Monday which means it’s almost Tuesday but then Tuesday will come and it’ll be the day before Wednesday which is the middle of the week when it’s almost Thursday and the week is practically over already,  because then it’s Friday which is basically Saturday that turns into Sunday which is basically Monday already, and Monday means that the day after that is Tuesday but after Tuesday is Wednesday and the week is practically over at that point because then it is Thursday which is the end of the week, as Friday barely counts and just becomes Saturday which is almost Sunday and then it’s Monday again….

Gasp. Sigh. Flop on the floor dramatically.

A loop, that is what life is. A loop of a gazillion weeks of a gazillion days that make up months. Day in and day out, day in and day out, day in and day out.

It’s October which is almost over which is practically November and November is almost December which means freaking winter break and then it’s suddenly spring semester and I’m advertising for Film Fest again and it’s May and semester ends and it’s June and then it’s summer break which is oh-so-summer-like, but then it’s August which is almost September which is fall semester again which quickly becomes October and somewhere in there is Nationals and then it’s November and pretty soon it’s December and then WINTER and then ALL OVER AGAIN.

And then you look back and think, what was last year, what was two years ago, how has time gone this fast and yet this slowly?

It’s not that time flies, although it does. It’s just that despite the fact that so much happens, life feels like such a loop if you look at it like this.

Treasure the moments that are outside of time. Treasure the reading for fun in your bed. Treasure long conversations at 1am. Treasure sleeping in on an odd morning. Treasure reading to your sister in the car. Treasure locking eyes with someone and grinning. Treasure that warmth. Treasure feeling lost and so found at the same time; the moments within which it doesn’t matter that it’s Tuesday and soon Wednesday and soon Thursday and the week is over.

Time will continue to be time. Just make sure to enjoy your story, even if the pages flip too fast.

 

A Hunger That Must Be Satisfied

Once upon a time, I discovered that sometimes, I would get into a “writing mode” where all I wanted to do was write. As if writing felt right, and was something that just needed to be done. It’s a feeling of something lifting in your chest, pulling your heart and mind in the direction of that particular activity that you want to do.

Then when I was around 13, I read a book about writing (name forgotten) and it described this as a hunger for writing. It was very-well described– a hunger for writing– like being hungry, but in your heart and mind instead of in your stomach.

Do you know the feeling? Do you ever get into a certain mode where you are “hungry” for writing, or other artistic activities? Sometimes, you can even be “hungry” to do your homework. So, what do you do when you feel this hunger?

Well, in real life, with real food, most people would say that when you are hungry, you eat. So, logically, it would make sense that when you are hungry for some activity, then you go for it, right? But, not all of us eat when we are hungry.

Sometimes, we are hungry, but do not eat because we have other things going on in life. Sometimes, we are not hungry, but we DO eat just because we know that we SHOULD be eating.

So what do we do when we are hungry to write something? Do draw a picture? To edit something? To do your homework? Well, I would suggest to just do it –

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BUT, here is the dilemma.

What do you do when you’re hungry for, say, writing– BUT, you should really be doing your homework?! When your mind says homework, but your soul says “write the thing!”

I wish that I knew the answer. Alas, I do not. However, here is my suggestion for such a dilemma:

Look at how much time you have.

If you have a little time to write (or do whatever you are hungry for) then it may be helpful to have a break from school and to follow your heart and soul for that moment. No work is as good of quality as that work that is done when one desires to do it.

The thing is, you just have to make sure that you do your homework at some point after you satisfy your hunger. If you do NOT have time to do what you are hungry for, then, well, DON’T do it. You have an hour to finish that essay and submit it on Blackboard, but you really, really, reaaaalllly, want to write this poem that is forming in your head? In this scenario, your best bet is to just stay hungry and try to focus on your top priority activity.

Now, if it is homework that you are hungry for, this is a slightly different dilemma– because oftentimes one is only hungry for homework when they have several weeks left to complete the homework, so they decide that they have time to wait and ignore such urges. In this case, I would suggest that if you have free time and are compelled to do schoolwork– THEN DO THE SCHOOLWORK. DO IT. DO IT NOW. Don’t wait until it is too late!