86,400 Seconds in a Day

By: Brandon Nguyen

Several calculus assignments are due Monday, a chemistry and biology exam is set for Tuesday, and to top off the week an argumentative essay is due Friday. Finals are around the corner and if you haven’t already hit the wall of anxiety you’ll eventually feel the surge of stress creeping up on you. The most important step to preparing and tackling a dramatic finals week is to execute your plans, namely, avoid procrastination. Every so often, however, students are vigorously tapping away on social media instead of marking calendars, making notes, and planning next week’s schedule. Consider time through a different perspective. Instead of looking at time as minutes in an hour, hours in a day, days in a week, or even weeks in a month, students should monitor time as seconds in a day. There are approximately 86,400 seconds in a day. Time doesn’t earn interest. Use it or lose it. So why waste time when it doesn’t carry over to the next day? Tally up the seconds you waste fiddling through viral YouTube videos or Facebook pictures in one day, and you’d be surprised as to how much time is lost. The workload will be heavier and it will make an impression on you if you drag your feet.

Adopt productive behaviors such as making a “To-Do” list. Keeping a task-list is an instantaneous stress avoiding measure that manages time and keeps life organized. When we know what to do and when to do something, we are less likely to conveniently forget. Start the most daunting tasks first. Doing so, we are driven to keep working and sometimes we will find ourselves with the finished product that created the most stress. An easy and resourceful way to completing large projects is to break them up into little steps. Divide the lengthy tasks into shorter manageable tasks. Then reward yourself after completion. This eliminates the crammed study session the night before and the risk of needing to pull an all nighter. The workload will be less taxing and more approachable when you study little by little each night a few days prior to exam day.

We only get 84,600 seconds in a day. Saving a few puts valued minutes and hours back into our life. Beating the clock can and will back stress and turn away depression. The perks of being proactive and tackling your assignments allows students to utilize their free time and engage themselves in other leisure and social activities. Organization also leads to peace of mind and confidence. When you’re free of clutter there is a state of serenity. When students stay organized and steer clear of disorganization, they will feel calmer and continue driving to the finish line. Moreover, adopting efficient behaviors not only reduces stress, but also prepares you for the working world. Organized and more efficient workers have more successful, fulfilled careers. Imagine showing up late to an important meeting and failing to prepare. The frustration will unravel when you struggle to find crucial documents and files, and the disappointment on your boss’s face will provoke you with dismay. These a just a few embarrassments that working adults face when disorganization meets reality.

College is like an unopened book; you never know what to expect until you immerse yourself in it. Students can be captured by vampires of laziness and procrastination which are the epitome of disorganization. Conversely, students could also be engaged in reading, writing, studying, and even socializing when students learn to create a schedule that establishes priorities. In doing so, students will limit the overwhelming fear of stress from being disorganized and procrastinating. The awe-inspiring benefit of being organized and prioritizing will not only reduce heavy-heartedness in college students, but also empower the strength and self-discipline to keep moving forward to achieve their goals. The law of physics states that inertia allows a body in motion to stay in motion unless enacted upon by another force. As a college student, you must ask yourself, “Where is inertia drawing me? Am I falling into stress-induced depression or well organized and confident happiness?” Everybody has a budget of 86,400 seconds to win the latter. Take that bargain and lose no time by starting now.

Summer Adventures

By: Katie Knudtson

With the weather getting warmer our thoughts start turning to the upcoming and long-awaited season: summer. We’ve been working hard throughout the year writing papers, making and practicing presentations, and all around trying to decide what to do with the rest of our lives. With only a few weeks left however, we start worrying less about what to do with our lives and more with what we’re going to do this summer.

Yes, some of us will be working, have summer school, internships, or any of a dozen other things on our to-do list. But who says we can’t have a little fun too? It’s called summer vacation for a reason.

If you’re looking for ideas on what to do with yourselves then here are a few ideas to get you started.

1. Out of State Excursions

The ideal get away is always somewhere far away from where we are—a weekend in a city in one of the great 50 states of America. Trip Advisor has a list of the Top 25 Destinations in the United States including New York City (pictured right), Orlando, San Francisco, San Diego, New Orleans, Miami, Boston, Savannah, or Nashville (https://www.enjoyillinois.com/en-us/thingstodo ). They all have their own charms. Traveling Teams suggests a few Best Summer Vacation Spots of 2016 including Mackinac Island in Michigan where you can actually go horseback riding and of course get the famous fudge that’s named after it. Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho is always a fun place with camping, fishing, hunting, and enjoying nature. Marco Island (picture left) if you’re craving that fun in the sun. (I personally suggest Shell Island—you can find the coolest shells there). (http://travelingteams.com/best-summer-vacation-spots-of-2016/).

2. Road trip

Just get some friends together, hop in the car, and go on an adventure. I’m just kidding—you might need a little more planning than that. However, a road trip is a time honored tradition. Seeing the sights, finding the hidden jewels of small towns and roadside restaurants, and enjoying the great land we live on. There’s so many different places to go and now with our technology you don’t have to worry about following the wrong line on a piece of paper. Unless of course you want to get lost—sometimes that makes the best adventures.

If you want to take that trip but don’t know where to start, Outside Online has 10 All-American Summer Road Trips that you can use. Including—but certainly not limited to—the Southern Colorado Loop (left), The Grand Canyon, Arizona, to Moab, Utah, and Duluth, Minnesota to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Michigan. (http://www.outsideonline.com/1856571/10-all-american-summer-road-trips). But that’s not all you can do. It’s a road trip. You can go anywhere you want. Chicago to Milwaukee to Indianapolis to wherever your heart takes you. A great website to help plan it out is http://www.bestroadtripplanner.com.

3. Day in Chicago

If you’re looking for something a little closer to home and maybe just smidgen less expensive, how about spending the day in the Windy City? Take the train down. The Lincoln Park Zoo has free admittance. The Museum of Science and Industry is always changing, showcasing over 800 displays. The light/motion activated floor piano is always my favorite. Check out the Field Museum, the Shedd Aquarium, or the Willis Tower (pronounced Sears Tower). Take a walk along the Chicago River. Or if you’re feeling adventurous Kayak down it. If you don’t want to spend too much money you can always walk around Millennium Park, check out the bean, walk down Michigan Avenue, or at Navy Pier, and of course swim in Lake Michigan (Beach Day!).

4. The Illinois Adventure

If you want to stay around Illinois but still want to go out on an adventure there is still plenty to do. We may be known for Chicago but we still have a few surprises. On Enjoy Illinois there were 10,866 items on this website alone. From Starved Rock State Park in Utica, the Garden of the Gods in Karbers Ridge (pictured left), Shawnee National Forest, the KeyLime Cove waterpark, Six Flags Great America, Brookfield Zoo, Lincoln’s Home National Historic Site in Springfield, and so many more! (https://www.enjoyillinois.com/en-us/thingstodo ).

So if you’re looking for an escape this summer try one of these ideas. I personally have been dying to take a road trip somewhere. Just a few more weeks and we’ll be there. Until then, keep studying, keep working hard, and just remember: summer is just around the corner!! Be strong!