Contibuted by: Adam Gray
10 Things that Happen When You Become an RA According to The Incredibles
You never have to worry about being bored or needing something to do.
You get to be your residents' biggest fan!
You will amaze yourself with what you can accomplish and learn over the course of a year.
You get to be fabulous and famous without any special talents or powers.
I couldn't have said it better myself....
You become part of the support system your residents respect and trust.
You find a whole new family and develop lifelong friendships.
You develop a whole new appreciation for diversity and inclusion.
You begin to look forward to finals week because of the de-stress programs you can put on!
10 . You get to avoid the marathon known as Housing Selection
And finally after all is said and done you may be exhausted but you still can't wait for next year to begin.
Contrubited by: Keenan Connery
Try Progressive Relaxation:
go all the way from your fingers to your toes, releasing each muscle group in your body (your lower arms, upper arms, chest, back, abdominals, face, etc.) because once your body is able to relax, your mind will soon be able to relax..
if stress has you anxious, tense and/or worried, consider trying meditation. Spending even a few minutes in meditation can restore your calmness and inner peace
taking a deep breath has been shown to lower cortisol levels, which can help reduce stress and anxiety. Breathing deeply also relaxes the mind and body and brings clarity and helps to clear the uneasy feelings from your body.
Listen to music:
music has a unique link to our emotions and therefore it can be an effective stress management tool. Music has been found to improve the body's immune system and reduces stress. Music also reduces levels of the stress hormone cortisol.
Laugh it off:
laughter increases the endorphins that are released by your brain, therefore triggering a feel-good effect. It also activates and relieves your stress response. A lively laugh starts up and then cools down your stress response and increases your heart rate and blood pressure and the result is... a good, relaxing, feeling! Laughter also can stimulate circulation and help in muscle relaxation, which both help to reduce some of the physical symptoms of stress!
Do an Art Project:
art therapy can potentially reduce stress-related behaviors and symptoms, and it can take your mind away from what is stressing you out.
Take a Walk:
a quiet, meditative stroll can do wonders for stress relief! Walking can help you recapture a calmer and more centered state of mind.
Write it Out:
keeping a journal may help to relieve stress-related symptoms due to its meditative and reflective effects. Also, a gratitude journal can help you to put things into perspective during stressful, or non-stressful times.
a study found that drinking black tea leads to lower post-stress cortisol levels and a greater feeling of relaxation.
trying to keep your memory sharp? Try getting plenty of sleep. Lack of sleep will throw your whole system off balance. If you're feeling stressed out, getting enough sleep should be one of your top priorities. After all, Rest = Better than Stress!
Contributed by: Savannah Young
Worried about returning from five blissful, pumpkin-saturated days of Thanksgiving break to a mountain of unconquerable finals stress? I think I would be lying if I said you were alone. While the two week period following Thanksgiving is plagued with presentations, papers and exams, it can end up being the best part of your semester if you stick to the following tips for ultimate finals and stress-busting domination.
Find a space (and stay in it). Whether you prefer to work in your room, at the library or in a tiny, hole-in-the-wall café, you should choose a study space that best fits your learning habits. Do you need absolute, horror movie silence or extreme Common Grounds chatter? Bright overhead lights or the simple ambiance of a single desk lamp? Whatever your preferences, make sure you pay attention to them to optimize your study experience!
Find a friend (and stick with them). Even if you prefer to work or study alone, consider finding a study buddy to hunker down with during finals. Nothing beats a second pair of eyes on your final paper or someone to run through your vocabulary flashcards (again and again). Be sure to choose your study buddy wisely - both of you should be able to be productive in the same space. A solid buddy can not only help you study or edit papers, but also hold you accountable for crushing your finals goals!
Find a time (and use it). Since finals week is less structured than the rest of the semester, find an hour or two each day (at your designated study space and with your study buddy) when you will only focus on your finals work. Choosing this specific time will not only get you up and going every day, but will also guarantee a base level of finals preparedness. And if you end up spending more time than allotted on your finals, then consider yourself an over prepared finals dominator!
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November, November, how I loathe thee.
November is a hard month. November means Thanksgiving, football, family, and the light at the end of the fall semester tunnel...but getting there means slogging through group project upon group project, paper upon paper, exam upon exam, and the chill that starts to creep and settle into your bones; for surely, winter is coming and there is no escape.
This November has been particularly distressing thus far; I've been in bed sick for the past week with a vicious "virus" (translation: we have no idea what's wrong with you, we know that you're practically coughing up a lung and your blood pressure is abysmally low, but you're not currently dying so...sorry, can't help you) and as I write this post I am, naturally, neglecting the assignments that have piled up during my absence.
There's one assignment I haven't neglected, however; for one of my classes (more on this later, I promise), I was required to write a critique on a professional dance performance. Perhaps knowing that I needed an advanced lesson in fine art, the Boston Ballet scheduling gods smiled upon me - the masterfully redone Swan Lake has been showing at the Opera House all November.
The Boston Ballet, being a nonprofit organization, has wonderful incentives for the community that I will shamelessly plug for the rest of my life: namely, student rush tickets. $20 gets you whatever seats are left in the house at 2 hours before showtime, and they are often fantastic ones - for last year's Nutcracker performance, my friends and I had rush tickets that were worth well over $200 each. Unfortunately, Swan Lake's (and principal dancer Misa Kuranaga's) popularity meant that I dragged myself out of my sickbed for nothing on Thursday night; it was sold out minutes before rush. My friend and I made the valiant trek downtown the next day, and we (finally!) scored tickets. They were the nosebleeds of the nosebleed seats (to explain this reference - nosebleed seats in football stadiums are so high above the field that you get a nosebleed from the dryness of the thin air), but there are no terrible seats at the Opera House.
Contributed by: Julie Nickerson
As October flew by and November quickly turns into December, students succumb to the pressure of deadlines and are forced to face the stress of finals. Stress is a topic countless students are faced with, and many even struggle with it on a daily basis.
If not properly handled, stress can show up as cognitive, emotional, physical and behavioral symptoms and can lead to detrimental health issues. Many of these include exhaustion, chest pain, loss of sex drive, nervousness, frequent illness, irritability, depression or general unhappiness according to Web MD.
The most important piece of advice many doctors and teachers frequently tell college students is find a way to cope with your stress. For some this could be a casual stroll in the park while for others it involves a rigorous workout routine. Another form of managing stress is through sleep.
Contributed by: OSLA
This time of year means one thing is right around the corner...no, not finals...SHARK WEEK. The Office of Student Leadership and Activities is excited announce Shark Week 2014! This year OSLA is combining some fun new events with old favorites. It's going to be the best #SimmonsSharkWeek yet!
- On the first day of Shark Week, Common Grounds will be transformed into a roller skating rink from 10:30-1:30pm. Strap on some skates to kick off the week. Also on Monday will be a Cake Cutting- enjoy some delicious gluten-free cake and cupcakes, also in Common Grounds Cafe. A favorite Shark Week tradition, the Cake Decorating competition, will be in Bartol from 5:00-7:30pm. Members of the Student Life staff, Residence Life and Admissions will serve as judges with prizes going to the best cake decorators!
- The second day of Shark Week make sure to stop by the Student Activities Center from 10-2pm to get your photo taken with Stormy on the cover of your very own comic book. That night, grab a friend and head to Quadside at 7pm for the chance to win prizes in a Shark Week game show- Million Dollar Shark Maker.
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5 tips on being successful in the classroom:
Record what stood out the most/concepts that you will need to know for later on in the semester!
Don't be afraid to speak up and ask clarifying questions when you don't understand something or offended by what someone said.
Contributed by: Danny Boucher
Do you remember the first time you realized your hands could make something beautiful?
As a high school student I wanted to take a graphic design class but a prerequisite to the class was a black and white film photography class. Disgruntled, I signed up for the class in hopes that it would not bore me to death. Two weeks in, though, when I was standing over the developer waiting for my first ever photograph to develop, a familiar feeling came over me. I had felt it when I was a kid and made cards for my mom, or built things with my dad. In that one day of photography class, I came to the understanding that this class was not just a prerequisite; this was something I was quickly falling in love with.
Fast forward two years to me as a senior in high school. I had just put my deposit down at Simmons college the papers were signed. I was going to Simmons to be a Pre-med major. Simmons has this funny requirement, though, of fulfilling modes in different areas of study than your major. One of the modes is art. Being a typical first year took the easy way out, I knew how to do black and white photography and I wanted a class I knew I could get an A in. Poetry of Photography was my one way ticket to success. Three weeks into the class my professor looked over at me and asked in her kind voice what my major was again? I reminded her of my path to be the next great trauma surgeon. She looked at my contact sheet one more time, looked me dead in the eyes and said "you're not a Pre-med major. You're a Graphic Design and Photography major."