It’s perfectly practical

I know you’re looking at this picture and wondering how somewhere so unspectacular could be the sole place I find as a hidden gem in Athens. Welcome to my RiverGate apartment go-to spot. It’s bland, completely the opposite of awe-inspiring, and for a lack of a better word, practical.

In retrospect, these are the qualities that I find wonderful about it.

But why?

You see, I’m an extrovert with 95% of my day constantly deriving from interacting with others. I love social gatherings, meeting new people, and striking conversation when I deem someone or something interesting. I thrive on undivided attention and garnering that stimulation all day can become very exhausting.

So here’s my IKEA looking dinner table and white chair. It’s shoved in the corner of my kitchen apartment with no decorations, no unique positioning; all in all it’s nothing fancy. And it’s perfect.

Having a space so extremely un-stimulating is an escape. It allows me to recharge and lose focus on my surroundings.

A look into my daily surroundings.

 

I understand that many people find that their favorite place is somehow attached to a relationship with a friend, a set of fond memories, or an association with something they desire.

Not to go against the norm, but my favorite place doesn’t fulfill any of those things. It simply supplies an outlet for being stagnant temporarily during my essential morning routine.

Every morning, I go to a CrossFit class over on West Union starting at 5 in the morning. Upon returning home an hour later, I shower and throw on my robe to meander into the kitchen to prepare my typical breakfast: two pieces of peanut butter toast with an accompanying fruit and a bottle of water.

Once breakfast is prepared, I plop down in the white chair to sit in utter silence, sometimes even in the dark. I prefer usually no cell phone, and enjoy watching the sun rise diagonally from me as I bite into my toast.

You know, there’s comfort in knowing that I wish the sun good morning and not the other way around.

During the day, I rarely sit at the table as I’m still in my active state of mind. Frequently I eat lunch standing up in my kitchen and seem to pace partly due to my natural anxious nature and because I’m seemingly too busy to hit pause.

It’s typical for me to not revisit my favorite place until Friday night around 7 to 9pm. It’s the perfect location to hang with friends or to sit alone, blasting music and sharing a drink before heading out to the unmatched nightlife of Athens. My favorite place is the calm before the storm that allows me to take on the social intoxication that the night will soon provide.

I know some people favor restaurants and bars, university buildings, or outdoor excursions found throughout town. And though I am ultimately a fan of these places as well, I learned that sometimes the simple spots in your home are the most valuable.

As I’ve gotten older, I seem to have become very fond of locations that allow me to get lost and enjoy the 5% of down time during my day.

And for me, sometimes all I need is a simple table, a chair, and a quiet place to eat my peanut butter toast.

When you’re broke and have no where to go, Court Street is the place to shop

Let’s face it, being a college student well sucks…especially when you’re in the middle of nowhere and the nearest “mall” has about three stores.

But WAIT!

I was only exaggerating.

Don’t lose hope just yet, Court Street has plenty of places to shop and it ranges from small novelty stores to stores where you can purchase certain items we weren’t allowed to film.

Uptown Costumes, the name says it all. You’ll be able to find a large variety of not only costumes but also sweaters and posters. If you’re lucky enough you might run into Charlie, the owner’s dog. Be gentle, he’s an old boy.

Import House is a split into two sections, one side where you can take your parents other side where your mom questions whether or not she actually believes you’re using the money she gave you last month for textbooks. (It’s okay, your parents did the same thing in college.)

Artifacts has a lot of novelty items along with dresses and t-shirts. You’ll be able to find left-handed mugs for your obnoxious left-handed friend (me) and other handmade knick-knacks.

“I usually shop on Court Street after I get breakfast to cure my hangover. It’s a nice way to spend whatever is left of my afternoon,” said a student on Court Street who didn’t want their name used in case their parents were to ever Google them.

Join me as I dragged my boyfriend and a close friend around Court Street to look at things I don’t have room for but will sooner or later end up buying.

Our parents may be hOUme but that doesn’t mean the parties will stop

Ohio University knows how to party so well parents don’t know if they should be mad or not. This weekend was filled with live music, dancing, and regrettable decisions for some.

  1. The Union sets the tone for this fun, music filled weekend.

Adam Remnant, Breakers, Smizmar

Friday, 23 September 2016 9:00 pm

@ The Union

Creator: The Union

 

Adam Remnant is a local folk artist on tour for his recently released EP, When I Was a Boy. He was the headline act for the show at The Union Bar & Grill. Breakers, and Smizmar shared the stage with Remnant Friday night. The show was an example of not only how good the music in Athens is, but also how there’s no typical “Athens band”.

2. Open Doors Casa Dance Party

The party is slayin' with DJ vampy kitty!!! @vampykitty @ouopendoors @casanuevaathens

A photo posted by Ohio University LGBT Center (@oulgbtcenter) on

Open Doors, an LGBT student group on campus hosted their first dance of the school year with a stoplight theme dance party. The dress code for the party was simple but interesting. Everyone was to wear stoplight colors but they each meant different things. If you wore green, you were single and ready to mingle for the night while red meant you were off the market or weren’t interested.

Saturday night was also DJ Vamptykitty’s first solo act.

3. Country Night Lights 

 

Hundreds of people gathered at The Venue of Athens this past weekend to enjoy two booze filled days of country music in their cowboy boots. Two days of up-and-coming musicians entertained this rowdy crowd. The bars weren’t going to pass up on an opportunity to offer a place to pregame before pregaming outside the venue.

4. Skeletonwitch returns to Athens

Athens, thank you for a killer, sold-out show last night. There is no better way to start a tour.

A photo posted by @skeletonwitch on

Skeletonwitch returns to Athens and play their show back at The Union Bar & Grill a year after it burned down. The Union was where former OU students began playing before gaining an international following in the metal scene. This show kicked off their five-week Curse of the Dead 2016 U.S. tour.

5. No matter what happened to you this weekend just be glad you didn’t end your weekend this way.

Everyone is told from day one to be very careful around the horse officers. After a night of drinking this man seems to have forgotten the sacred rule in Athens–always ask before petting a horse.

He took it a step further by actually mounting the horse when he saw there was no police around. Though no records have been found as of yet online his friends say he was arrested but is free and will have a trial on Monday.

 

You can be grateful you woke up this morning with just a simple headache.

Not just a room for your bed anymore: why bedrooms are the best rooms

Have you had a long day of back-to-back classes? Do you have to pull an all-nighter for an exam tomorrow? You’re not only exhausted but simply cannot face changing out of your sweats or even taking a shower. Once your day or week is over, you simply need a place to go and relax and not worry about anything at all. This personal oasis is right under your nose, your bedroom.

I’m sure you’ve been through the phase of shutting yourself in your room for hours on end and if your mom is anything like mine she got tired of that real quick. But, maybe your “angsty” teenage self had the right idea because, bedrooms rock.

My bedroom/living room/study
My bedroom/living room/study

Now featuring your favorite colors, blankets, clothes, pets and you get to decide who’s in and who’s out. So cuddle up, buckle down and get comfortable.

Need more proof?

  • They are filled with your favorite things, like your bed
  • Wear anything you want to…or do not want to
  • You’re the boss, you decide who stays, and who goes
  • “Netflix and Chill”
  • Your favorite four-legged creatures
  • Two words: alone time

Speaking of alone time, a Huffington Post article shared that there’s more to alone time than not having to interact with strangers. Being by yourself can get your creative juices flowing, and clear your mind when you need to destress. If that’s not enough to convince you, alone time can even help you work harder. All of that can really help clear school work off your plate so you have even more time for the important things in life: TV and sleep.

Being in college can be tough so alone time is important, BUT, so is sleep. Sleep improves memory, so if you want an A on your next exam go ahead and hit the snooze. Do you find yourself falling asleep during your 8 a.m. class? Rest up, sleep can even help improve your attention.

Photo from Flickr, Phalinn Ooi
Photo from Flickr, Phalinn Ooi

Bonus points for not having to walk home, because you’re already there! Did I mention the soft, cozy, comfortable bed yet? Locked away in your personal castle, you are surrounded by anything you might need. Sweat pants, better grades and being close to a kitchen, life does not get any more restorative than your bedroom.

15 S. High Street
15 S. High Street

5 animals that will bless your day

 

We all love animals because they bring joy and love to our daily lives. I know seeing a dog is the highlight of my day and it turns to a blessing if I’m able to pet it. These next five are your blessings for today.

  1. This goat
Goat Mountain Trail, Peter Charbonnier

I know what you’re thinking, “There is no goat in this picture! What?! You lied! This isn’t a blessing!” but that’s where you’re wrong. This is a blessing in disguise. All we might see is a dog but isn’t every dog a blessing?

2. Her all seeing eyes

Cat with Elderly Hand
Cat with Elderly Hand, K Whiteford

Don’t be put off by her glowing eyes, she’s looking into your future and she sees nothing but good luck going your way. Trust her, look at the wise hands holding her and look at the determination in her face. This is not a chance meeting, wisdom and good luck are in your near future.

3. This smiling pig

Smiling pig

Look at this little guy, he’s all smug. He’s here to bring you smiles and whisper good words to you throughout your day. He doesn’t want you to doubt yourself, he believes in you. Don’t be afraid to smile today if you can help it. If not don’t worry, he’s got enough smiles to share with the world for you.

4. These two

Harry and Setlla
Harry and Stella, Wikimedia Commons

That’s not the flash that went off in the picture, it’s their innocence radiating off of them. They look like they were caught off guard but their friendship and love for each other is true and long-lasting, just like yours with your friends!

5. Sofia

She’s trying her best to eat all her breakfast for the day even though she’s a clumsy girl. She’s here to remind you it’s okay if you mess up as long as you keep trying. If she can do that, you can do anything today.

 

If you see them give them a flower and maybe pet their little heads. Don’t forget to get permission before you pet them.

7 things to do when one of your back-to-back classes lets out early

You created your schedule so you’d have all of your classes in a row and be done for the day. But your 80-minute class was only 30 minutes long today. What do you do now? Here are some suggestions:

  1. Homework you’ve probably been putting off
Homework, via Flickr, by English106
Homework, via Flickr, by English106

Whether it’s something due in your next class or a research paper you haven’t even thought about starting yet, unexpected free time is the perfect opportunity to force yourself to get work done.

  1. Eat food or grab some coffee
Bagel & coffee, via Flickr, by Magnus D
Bagel & coffee, via Flickr, by Magnus D

College students forget to eat sometimes. It’s just a consequence of how ridiculously busy our schedules are. Use your free hour to grab some to-go pizza from the dining hall or even just a bagel from a cafe. Or maybe down an espresso or two.

  1. Read a book
IMG_3550.JPG, via Flickr, Jay Cross
IMG_3550.JPG, via Flickr, Jay Cross

It could be assigned reading for a class; it could also be a something you actually enjoy reading. Fifty minutes is more than enough time to make a dent in that literature you’ve been wanting to or are forced to read.

  1. Bond with your professors
Source: Wikimedia Commons
Source: Wikimedia Commons, AlbertHerring

Look up the office hours of the professors you’ve been meaning to go see but haven’t. Even if you don’t need help with the subject matter in that class, it’s always a good idea to get to know the people you’re spending a semester with.

  1. Watch Netflix
Source: Youtube
Source: Youtube

If doing anything productive actually sounds like a nightmare, find a cozy spot near your next class and catch up on “Mad Men.” You only have a few episodes left in season four anyway. Just give in to the urge.

  1. Sleep
Source: Wikimedia Commons
Source: Wikimedia Commons, D Sharon Pruitt

Were you up all night in the library working on that research paper you finished an hour before class started? Does the idea of facing the rest of your classes without getting any sleep make you want to curl up in a ball in a corner? Find a comfy couch. Take a nap. You deserve it.

  1. Write your listicle for Fundamentals of Online Journalism
Source: Pexels
Source: Pexels

What better homework to do during your free time than an upcoming project due in the class that granted you that magical hour? Grab a beverage loaded with caffeine to double your productivity and maybe even come up with some witty subheads.

How to pass your college classes

As Bobcat Student Orientation draws near, many high school seniors, as well as their families, begin to think about what their next four years are going to entail: roommates, dorm life, dining halls, parties, interviews, career fairs, apartments… It’s funny how college course are normally not what students look forward to when it comes to the college experience. It’s funny how very few students actually look forward to going to class.

Failing a class is a huge fear among incoming freshmen and their worrisome parents, but taking the right steps and avoiding a few bad habits will ensure success in your college academics. Here’s your crash course on how to pass all your classes.

 

What’s Considered Failing?

In high school, failing was normally denoted with a D or F. College is a little different, though. Some majors have certain grade requirements. For instance, at Ohio University, medical students need a B or higher to receive credit for a class. Students under the Scripps College of Communication, as well as the College of Business, need a C or higher.

 

How Do I Know Which Classes to Pick?

Let’s face it: some professors are better than others. In every university, you’ll find professors experiencing burnout, or you’ll stumble upon professors who seem to have no mercy on their students. That’s why it’s important to do a little research on prospective profs. For instance, ratemyprofessor.com is a great resource to use when you’re trying to decide between class sections: you can tear through many reviews on a variety of professors on campus; after all, a professor can make or break your experience with a certain class.

 

Failing Classes: What’s the Common Denominator?

In a nutshell, not going to class can kill your chances of passing it, and having a set routine of when and what you study will help you to remember assignments and tests.

 

Other Tips for Passing a Challenging Course

1. Send out a group email suggesting a study group.

This may sound cheesy, but it can prove to be very helpful. In most instances, if you’re really confused by a concept you’re going over in class, someone else is not getting it. Talking it out with someone could help you and your classmate(s) figure the subject out.

2. Hire a tutor.

Spending money to pay for a tutor isn’t ideal, but it will save you money in the long run (tuition, fees, and textbooks really do add up). Sometimes people put up flyers on campus offering tutoring services.

3. Talk to the professor during his or her office hours.

When in doubt, ask your professor. That’s what they’re in their office for. If you happen to have a professor who is incredibly busy or unapproachable, hit up your course TA. He or she may have office hours, too.

4. Talk to a person who participates in the class often.

Because he or she speaks up in class quite often, he or she must have some idea of what is happening in the course. *Caveat* Don’t ask for help from the class heckler: it’ll frustrate you more than it will help you. You want to get help from someone who spouts answers to questions, not his or her opinion on every topic related to your course.

5. Look up additional resources online.

When the professor, your classmates, and your textbook fail you, you always have thousands of digital sources to turn to. Schmoop is a solid place for literary and math help, for instance.

6. Check out one of the many academic centers or resources on campus.

If you need help writing a paper, book a tutor at the Writing Center on the 2nd floor of Alden Library. Their staff consists of English and Journalism students and staff trained to critique your paper and help answer your questions. Other course offer Supplemental Instruction, or SI. These sessions are packed with slow-paced information to help you work out the kinks in your understanding of the course content.

 

Now, what happens if you do fail a class? Let’s hear from a music student who admits to struggling in one of her college courses.

If It Happens to You

You’ll need to sit down with your adviser to weigh your options and hash out a plan, ASAP.

You’ll more likely than not have to retake the course; keep in mind, though, that if it was a class that fulfilled a certain requirement for your major, you might be able to take a different course. You may have needed the class for a college requirement, meaning a class you take for the school with which your major is classified. It could also be a general education requirement, or gen-ed. Depending on what requirement the class was fulfilling, you may be able to take another class instead of re-taking the one you failed.

Have no fear, future Bobcats. Freshman year is going to be epic: inside and outside the classroom. Do your part, and you’ll go far.

 

5 non-perishable foods for busy college students

As a college student who takes 16 credit hours, is the Editor-in-Chief of a campus publication, a blogs editor for another campus publication, an editorial intern for a local newspaper and finally, a supervisor at a local fast-food restaurant who works anywhere from 20 to 30 plus hours a week, I don’t have a lot of time for anything in between all of that. This means that I’m typically eating on the go, which also means that any sort of produce that I may have will spoil before I can sit down and eat it.

Bananas for example. Bananas! I’m not a huge banana fan but they’re a great and quick source of potassium, especially for someone on-the-go like me. My only problem with bananas is that I don’t want to eat them for every meal, and so when I put off eating them, eventually they go bad.

An even better example of something that will spoil before I can finish it is milk. For the first month of living on my own this semester, any carton of milk I would buy, even the smaller ones, would spoil before I could use it all. So I’ve stopped buying milk.

So what’s a busy college student to do? Resort to non-perishables, that’s what! But what kind of foods are good for a balanced diet?

Maintaining a balanced diet while only eating non-perishables is difficult, but I think I’ve finally figured out a good system. So, without further ado, here are five non-perishable foods in no particular order that give you variety as well as nutrition while you try to survive your busy college lifestyle.

1. Ramen
Yeah, you expected this, didn’t you? Well it’s not exactly healthy to eat a lot of ramen, it’s cheap and not incredibly god-awful for you. You’ll never have to worry about a sodium deficiency!
In all honestly, though, keeping ramen around is a smart move. Make sure your spice collection has a little variety in it, that way you can add some different flavors to your ramen from time to time (hint: cayenne powder is amazing if you like your food spicy).

Also try adding veggies when you have them! That will give your ramen some nutritional value.

2. Instant Rice
It’s essential that you load up on instant rice packages, especially when they cost a dollar or less! Rice will satisfy your hunger and fill you up so fast that you won’t need to eat for a while (unless you have the munchies).

You can find a lot of variety in these cheap suckers. I suggest trying Knorr’s Fiesta Sides.

3. Canned Food
Well it can’t get any broader than this, can it? Whether you’re in love with Campbell’s tomato soup or enjoy eating a lot of corn, canned food is the way to go. You can stock up on the canned veggies and fruits that will add some nutrition to your diet but also enjoy treats such as Chef Boyardee ravioli!

4. Instant Oatmeal
This might not satisfy the taste buds of some picky eaters, but it’s worth a shot. You can find a lot oatmeal with dried fruits already in the mix that will add some flavor to it, such as Quaker Instant Oatmeal.

5. Potatoes
Even though potatoes are technically perishables, they last a really long time. It often depends on the temperature and area where they are stored, but potatoes can last up to three months if kept in cooler, darker areas.