Random Ramblings

Just a few of my thoughts on the world around me

TT – Doctor Who at the Proms 2013 – 8/28/13

VEEERRRRYYYYY long, so plan on taking 1-1 1/2 hours to watch.

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Roomates

Now unless you’re a commuter or have your own apartment, roommates are something you’ll definitely deal with in college.

First, set down the boundaries for what goes on in your room. Do you want to share all your food? Clothes? Accessories? Really think about it. You may think it’s fine now, but what if you change your mind after a few months after your favorite shirt has a stain that you didn’t put there? Or maybe all your snacks are gone? Even if you decide to share, make sure you respect each other’s property.

How about who is in your room? Do you want to have an open door policy and let all their friends hang out in your room when you’re studying for your 8 a.m. exam? And if you do have friends and guests come, decide how late, how loud and how many beforehand.

It would be a good idea to get all these things down in writing (after you’ve worked through any problems and compromises) and if you want, sign it with a witness or two and treat it as a legal document. Hopefully you never have any problems with each other, but this is a good way to identify any problems that may happen in the future and prepare for how you handle them. Remember, you can always bring any problems you have to your RA, but it’s best to work it out between the two (or three) of you first.

Something that students tend to freak out about is if their bedtime or alarm may disturb their roommate. Obviously, you should do your best to not be overly annoying, but it is your room too and if you have 8 a.m. classes and they don’t start until 10, you need to be up and ready, so don’t let worrying about waking them up stop you from that.

Sorry for the haphazardness of today’s post. I’m actually taking a writing class so maybe I’ll get better at organizing my thoughts (ha!).

~jojo

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TT – Irish Impressions – 8/20/13

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How to NOT gain the Freshman 15!

So I’ve been in orientation for college this weekend! And I’ve decided to share some stuff that I’m learning with you guys so you’re that much smarter.

So first, how not to gain the dreaded Freshman 15:

If your college has a lot of social activities put on by your dorm/residence hall or something like a Student Activities Board (SAB), take advantage of the free food provided. If you see that there’s a bunch of these events close together, skip the dining common and only eat at these activities. Granted, it’s not always healthy food (for example, tonight we’re having pancakes and Yogurtini), but at least it’s not extra calories on top of your basic three meals. Another great aspect of this is you get to meet new people and save money (most events like these are free).

Don’t be tempted by the soda machines in the lobby! And remember, water is free, so keep a bottle handy to fill at drinking fountains.

I know breads and pastas are cheaper, but they’re not all that great for you. Instead, make sure you’re getting lots of protein, especially if you have a big campus to walk. Veggies are great too, so don’t forget your greens! When staying up at night to finish a report, make sure you’re not just junking out with chips and such (I have a jar of crunchy peanut butter in my room for those nights).

Try and workout at least every other day. Many colleges have gyms that are opened 24 hours or at least late into the night. Even if you’re tired, get moving with jumping jacks, sprints, stairs (I’m sure there’s LOTS of those around campus), or check out the weight room.

Now obviously, I’ve only been here a few days, but this is some stuff older students have told me and also some of my regular diet plans. Don’t judge me, my degree’s not for nutrition!

Of course, make sure you get plenty of sleep and be alert when that 8 a.m. lecture starts!

~jojo

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Thought of the Week- 20 seconds

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Atheists Hear the Gospel

Taken from LivingWaters.com

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