Usefulness, a disease? Part 1

 

By Blake Bouza

Hi there, my name is Blake Bouza and I’m the Settler’s editor-in-chief this semester. I look forward to overseeing the paper working with our writers to deliver to you, the reader, the best content we can put out there.

I was sitting in a lifespan psychology class last semester when the question was posed to the male students: would you be comfortable letting your wife go to work while you stayed home with the kids?

The overwhelming majority of guys said no. Save for me.

The professor called on me and I made the argument that we live in a time where a woman is no more capable of providing childcare than a man is, and a man is no more capable of going out and working to provide for a family.

It does not impact my self worth, I said, to not be working and providing the bread. Raising children and impacting the next generation is just as noble a cause.

Though I grew up in a very traditional home where my father went to work and my mother raised the children, this could not have seemed more obvious to me, but I got labeled a “progressive.”

When she asked other guys their thoughts on it, they said that “staying home and taking care of the kids is not enough.”

After just making the argument that raising children is a noble cause that either gender can do, this flabbergasted me.

One guy said that he was extremely unqualified for the job of child rearing.

“I’d probably forget the kid in the other room,” he said.

A couple of the girls in the classroom said they would not be comfortable letting their husbands stay home “and sit around” while they were making money and providing.

Is this how both genders view the act of being a homemaker? I thought to myself.

Now obviously my thoughts that stem from this came from the situation where one spouse stays home while the other goes and works, and not both working, so my ideas on this take place within the bounds of the scenario presented.

I had the sneaking suspicion that men would not want to raise children because it may be an overtly feminine act, but I thought there was a lot more to it than that.

The answer came to me later that night: the only difference between going out and making money, and child rearing, which are both very necessary things to do in the 21st Century, is material difference.

See, the act of going out and working and providing money is a very material thing. It is “useful.” It has output. In a farming style of the act, you can literally see the fruits of your labor. Bills get paid. New clothes are bought. Loans are paid off.

Yet the act of child rearing is a very immaterial practice, one whose fruits may reveal itself in tiny ways when your child spells a difficult word correctly, or handles a situation in a manner you taught her to handle it.

Unfortunately, there is no way to measure the quiet, warm satisfaction of seeing a child raised the way you taught them to be raised.

This important act, viewed as “just staying home and sitting around,” is instead a very real, full-time, lifetime job. Someone coming home from work gets to clock out; a parent does not.

That does it for this week, but please come back next week as we explore society’s definition of usefulness with Part 2!

In the meantime, please email us at bbouza@volstate.edu. Make sure you put “Letter to the Editor” in the subject line!

 

 

The top 10 books every student needs to read

By: Michaela Marcellino
College students have lots of assigned reading, of course. Many forget, however, how enjoyable reading just for fun is!
Here is a list to get started:

10.The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
This is the heartfelt, sad and beautiful love story of a teenage couple battling cancer. When in the mood for a tearjerker, this one is a must.
“As he read, I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.”

9. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
The tale of Robinson Crusoe is a really fun read! It is packed full of adventure, danger, ingenuity, and success.
“It is never too late to be wise.”

8. A Damsel in Distress by P.G. Wodehouse
This pick is by P.G. Wodehouse, an absolutely hilarious British author. You will laugh at loud while taking in the antics of a classic love triangle in early 1900’s London.
“I wish I could get you see my point of view.” “I do see your point of view. But dimly. You see, my own takes up such a lot of the foreground”

7. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
No matter the readers age, the story of the red-headed orphan who loves big words coming to a new home on Prince Edward Island, is sure to tug on the heartstrings.
“Dear old world’, she murmured, ‘you are very lovely, and I am glad to be alive in you.”

6. A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks
This pick is another teenage love story, the sweet tale of Jamie and Landon. Readers will laugh, cry, and everything in between.
“I don’t think that we’re meant to understand it all the time. I think that sometimes we just have to have faith.”

5. Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
Tom is a happy-go-lucky boy, who is extremely clever. He also has a way of letting his imagination run away with him! Do not miss this pick.
“Well, everybody does it that way, Huck.”
“Tom, I am not everybody.”

4. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
This is the true story of Louis Zamperini, an Olympian and later a soldier in World War II. He survives a plane crash, only to be captured and brought to a camp for Prisoners of War. It is heart-wrenching, inspiring and something everyone needs to read.
“Dignity is as essential to human life as water, food, and oxygen. The stubborn retention of it, even in the face of extreme physical hardship, can hold a man’s soul in his body long past the point at which the body should have surrendered it.”

3. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
This pick is the story of the Pevensie siblings–Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy—making their way through a wardrobe to the magical world of Narnia. It is full of fun, adventure, betrayal and forgiveness.
“Wrong will be right, when Aslan comes in sight, At the sound of his roar, sorrows will be no more, when he bares his teeth, winter meets its death, and when he shakes his mane, we shall have spring again.”

2. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
This classic is a really fantastic narrative of love, betrayal, revenge, and reconciliation.
Dumas keeps readers into the plot the whole time, and the journey is thoroughly enjoyable.
“I don’t think man was meant to attain happiness so easily. Happiness is like those palaces in fairy tales whose gates are guarded by dragons: we must fight in order to conquer it.”

1. The Bible
Everyone needs hope, peace and guidance for life. This is the very best place to find it. There are lots of plans to help you read through the whole Bible in a year, the MacArthur Daily Bible being a great option.
Having the Bible App downloaded on a smartphone is another great resource.

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” -Jeremiah 29:11

Top 10 Good Study Habits

By: Cole Miller
With finals coming up even faster than we expected, we must prepare properly. Some students can take a final like it is any other test, but some are not as fortunate. But that is okay, here are some tips on healthy ways to study in a convenient, anxiety minimum manner.
10. Get a good night’s sleep. Don’t stay up late studying or not studying within the few days before your exam. Get a solid 7 hours of sleep minimum, but no more than 10, as you will feel groggy the next day if you sleep your day (or night) away.
9. Study in small bits. If you are like me, you procrastinate. There have been times where I have found myself cleaning my entire house just to put off studying. I study in small portions at a time, usually being thirty-five minute intervals once every 2 hours. Obviously not everyone will have the same intervals, but after you find your Zen, everything will fall into place.
8. Eating habits. This one may seem a bit odd, but brain food exists. Junk food may be simple and easy for leisure time, but study time needs something more, even just a drink would be easier than a bag of chips. Simplicity is in the eyes of the beholder, but my study snack is usually Chex Mix and a Snapple.
7. Turn off the phone. Majority of the time, we are glued to our phone, whether it be social media or entertainment, we are addicted to our smartphones. Just by turning off your phone, or putting it in airplane mode for your study interval, you would not feel the urge to check Instagram or keep your Snapchat streak going.
6. From the window, to a wall. Okay, title aside, study location is vital. Find your happy place, the Thigpen Library is always quiet and even offers rooms for private or group study sessions. Do not study in a public place, or somewhere where the outside world is going to be affecting you.
5. Music is key. This one is pretty common amongst college students. Music that doesn’t want to make you jump up and play your air guitar might be better if that happens to you, otherwise listen to your favorite songs. However, if complete silence is better for you, go for it.
4. Your friends will still be your friends tomorrow. Although a social life is healthy, your education is just as important. If you are stressing over a final, or maybe more than one, cancel plans. If for whatever reason your friends get angry at you for studying, just explain to them that you needed time to study and they should understand.
3. Ask for help. It is okay to ask for help. Ask a friend, a professor, a parent, a tutor, anybody who you think might be able to help you succeed in passing your exams, ask them. Study groups are great to learn new thinking strategies and a new attack plan other than “circle ‘b’ if you don’t know the answer.”
2. Bring anything you need, nothing you don’t. I feel like this one should be drilled into our minds. Things you should bring are notes, outlines, a laptop for Power Points, and a textbook if you prefer paper. Do not bring things like a videogame system, an entire meal from a restaurant, fireworks, etc.
1. Do not stress. If you go into a test thinking you’re going to bomb it, you will. If you stay up all night worrying about failing, you will. Do not stress over these exams, they are literally any other test, but they count for a little bit more.

Facebook is taking over the 2016 election

With the election results upon us today it is very important that we take something away from this election.
One of the biggest issues with this election is people taking false information away from social media.
Especially millennials know that every time you log on to Facebook you see your friends and family posting from uncredited sources, just helping add to the fire.
Every time we share a story about a candidate that we have not done our own research on and triple checked the sources we are doing ourselves and our community a disservice.
Facebook especially has done a great job of getting those fake news sources right to our newsfeed.
While every person has come in contact with false news in their life, not everyone knows how to identify it.
I have come up with a few ways of knowing whether or not it is okay to share these stories on your personal social media accounts.
Make sure you triple check the sources every single time. You can do this by simply googling the topic in the story.
If you see the topic in multiple sources odds are it is credible, but that is not enough evidence for posting.
You have to fact check the topic. There are many websites people can use to ensure they are getting the right information including FactCheck.org and PolitiFact.com.
These are great sites to ensure you are getting the right information from nonbiased sources. I encourage everyone to check their topic on multiple fact check sites.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with learning something new and gaining factual information. Another way to check your topic faster is to simply look at the address bar.
If you are looking at websites that do not have a .edu, .org or a .gov you can never be 100% sure. While there are very many credible .com websites you can get the least biased information from the websites that I have listed above.
If you read the whole article or story you can usually make good judgement based on the language and punctuation used.
Credible news sources are always going to be checking their grammar and punctuation to make sure it is perfect, where as less credible news sources wont care as much about how the appear to the public.
Fake news sources only care about getting that information across your screen and into your brain, they do not care about how good they sound most of the time.
As I said earlier, there are always going to be exceptions. It is always important to be on top of your personal research.
Knowing your facts and being well educated can not hurt anyone. You can always spread that knowledge to other people which helps the general population become a more educated whole.
It is never good to spread false information. Whether it be on social media or by word of mouth it is never good.
Dr. Lynette Long, very smart speech professor at the Volunteer State Community College Gallatin campus, always tells her students, “You always have a right to your own opinions, but you never have a right to your own facts.”
It is extremely important as a college student to be a light for those around you. Let others in on the knowledge you have and be an active listener to those you can learn from.
In my opinion the worst part about this election is the spread of false information about the candidates, and about the election itself.
No one wants to listen to each other and everyone thinks they know everything about every topic when in reality no one does real research on the topics presented to us, we just rely on the media to tell us everything we need to know and as a result we spew false information causing a horrible chain reaction resulting in a misinformed population.
While our time is over on this election I believe the American people can learn a lot about this election from how poorly it has gone.
We have to learn to listen to people’s opinions to gain information for ourselves, not just listen to reply. Ask critical questions and learn from the mistakes we have all made.
I encourage everyone to educate yourselves outside the classroom and off social media.
Help educate those around you and never stop gaining valuable information.

Top 10 best movies to watch this Halloween

by Michaela Marcellino
It is that time of year again! This is October, the time for cooler weather, everything pumpkin flavored, watching football, and yes—Halloween. One of the best ways to celebrate this fun time is to enjoy some Halloween Movies! Here are the Top 10 Halloween movies just waiting to be watched this October:
10. The Evil Dead
Five college students think they are going on a fun trip to stay in a cabin in the woods. However, it very quickly morphs into a nightmare when they accidentally unleash all kinds of evil.
9. Army of Darkness
By mistake, a man is sent to the Middle Ages, and captured by King Arthur. He must battle the army of the dead, as well as find a magical object, in order to return home.
8. Freddy vs. Jason
This is the story of Freddy Krueger, the killer who attacks people in their dreams, and Jason Voorhees, the psycho who wears a mask. They have an evil plot, but things begin to change very quickly when they turn on each other instead. 7. It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
Who doesn’t love a great childhood throwback? And especially when that throwback is Charlie Brown? Join Charlie, Lucy, Linus, Sally, and the rest of the gang as they await the Great Pumpkin.
6. Goosebumps
When an author’s imaginary demons are released from his books, it is up to a group of teenagers and the author to save their town.
5. Halloween
In this lm, a murder was committed on the night of Halloween. Fifteen years have now gone by, and the killer is back for more.
4. The Monster Squad
A group of pre-teens are obsessed with all things having to do with monsters. They have to rescue all they hold dear when their hometown is overrun with monsters they released.
3. Trick ‘r Treat
This lm is sure to get any viewer ready for Halloween. It follows the Trick- or-Treating antics of several groups of friends, and no one is quite who they seem to be.
2. The Nightmare before Christmas
A Disney classic that is a great way to get ready for Halloween. Follow the story of Jack Skellington and the rest of Halloweentown as they try to mesh Christmas with Halloween, with hilarious results.
1. Hocus Pocus
This 1993 Halloween classic is the number-one must-see movie for this spooky holiday. 300 years after banished in the Salem Witch Trials, Winifred, Sarah, and Mary are back, and ready to work their magic.

How to Get Ready for Halloween

Halloween is one of the most exciting times of the year for some people.
The pumpkin patches, haunted houses, bon res, and costume shopping can really get you in a spooky mood.
While this time of the year is very exciting it can also be very dangerous.
With the outbreak of people dressing up as clowns going around scaring and harming people this year people should be especially cautious.
You never know what someone is capable of. The person dressed up as something innocent at the Halloween party may have other intentions.
Never trust someone you do not know with your drink or food. It is so easy to slip drugs or other harmful substances in someone’s food or drink when you leave it unattended.
You can never be too careful. Never ever get in the car alone with someone you do not know. Someone’s true intentions are most likely to come out when you are completely alone with
them.Especially if you have been drinking, ladies or gentlemen, be cautious about alone time with strangers.
Nothing good can come out of alcohol and alone time with strangers. It is always better to travel with groups of friends. Even if you get separated from them
most times someone will notice and come looking for you. Good friends are always going to make you feel safe when you are around them.
They will make sure you are safe from harm, the same way you, hopefully, will look after your friends.
While I have never advised someone dress as a clown for Halloween, I especially do not advise this currently.
People are on the lookout for clowns this year because of all the tension that has been happening lately and they may or may not be ready to harm those in clown costumes.
If you have children another great tip to use when trick-or-treating is putting reflectors on their costumes.
This will help attentive drivers be able to spot them if they happen to get loose from you and get into the road.
As much as parents and guardians hate to think about it children do get out of sight due to excitement and curiosity.
Picking a special reflector to put on your child can help you better spot them in this situation.
The curiosity takes over not just children, but all of us during Halloween. Anyone who has watched a horror movie can tell you that curiously wandering into abandoned houses, wooded areas, or other buildings is a
terrible idea.
Each time someone sticks their
nose where it does not belong in horror movies it ends up being a complete disaster.
They end up unlocking something that does not need to be unlocked, poking at something that does not need to be poked, or becoming possessed with something that really wants to possess someone.
There is no telling what kind of creatures, clowns, or people are dwelling in those areas and it is just better to not nd out.
Lastly, always use your better judgement. If something is telling you that you better not do something, you better not do it.
If, however you do get yourself
into a bad situation this Halloween that you do not know how to get out of it is always a good idea to call someone.
Whether it be a family member or friend they can only provide you with help and support if something bad has happened,
I hope everyone has a safe, and very happy Halloween.

Top 8 reasons to vote this election season

By: Cole Miller
The 2016 Presidential election has the two most unpopular main party candidates in recent American history. However, whether or not you like either major candidate, your vote still matters. Please go out and vote on Nov. 8 if you have not already voted early.

8. There is more than one choice.
Although the media primarily covers the Democratic and Republican parties, there are many other parties with candidates running for President of the United States. Some parties are more known, like the Green Party and the Libertarian Party, but there are lesser knowns such as The Legal Marijuana Now Party and the United States Pirate Party.

7. You can actually complain with some integrity.
To quote Abraham Lincoln, “Elections belong to the people. It’s their decision. If they decide to turn their back on the people and burn their behinds, then they will have to sit on their blisters.” Basically what this means is, if the person you did not want to become President does just that, and you didn’t vote, you cannot complain about it.

6. The margins can be very important.
The 2000 Presidential election between George W. Bush and Vice President Al Gore had a popular vote margin of 543,889 votes in the latter’s favor, however, the electoral vote gave George W. Bush the win, making him the 43rd President of the United States. The electoral difference was 5 delegates.

5. There have been people who have given their lives for your rights.
As a United States citizen, you have several rights given to you by the U.S. Constitution. Voting is one of these rights. Ever since we became a country, there have been wars fought, and in each of these wars, Americans have died defending those rights. By not voting, or not practicing any constitutional rights, you are letting them die for nothing.

4. Because you can.
This may seem pretty basic, but most college students are over eighteen, and can finally vote for the candidate of their choice. Growing up, I was always excited to finally be able to vote in an election of any kind, and now I finally can. This election is history in the making, and every vote counts for your candidate of choice.

3. The emotion of anticipation.
The night of the election, Nov. 8 we will have announced to us, the 45th President of the United States of America. This is a very exciting time for many citizens. Excitement can be good or bad though. Some citizens could be in total fear over who will be elected this year, or and year for that matter, because of the feeling of broken promises and the unknown that comes with every new president. Regardless, people will be anticipating these results for days before that night, and the entire day.
2. Honoring Benjamin Franklin.
At the Constitutional Convention that led to our country being formed, Benjamin Franklin was asked the following question, “What have we got, a republic or a monarchy?” He answered, “A Republic, if you can keep it.” Our founding father challenged the citizens of his day and for Americans leading all the way to today to vote for their official leaders.

1. Democracy.
Democracy literally means “people force.” We the people have the ability to put our elected officials in office, any office for that matter. This all the more reason why we should absolutely vote on any ballot. We the people are the most powerful entity in this country. We the people are the backbone, lungs, and brains of this country.

These are just a few of the many reasons you should utilize your right to vote.
Although the candidates in this election are extremely unpopular, one of them will be our next president.
Being educated on your choice and your own beliefs definitely helps narrow down your choices.

Top 10 movies available to rent at the Thigpen Library this Fall

by Cole Miller
If you weren’t already aware, there is a great selection of movies available to rent in the Thigpen Library. It is completely free, just show your Volunteer State Community College ID.
You are allowed 2 movies, and can have them for up to a week with no late fees. If returned late, you owe a dollar per day, per movie. The following is my personal top 10 movies that you should check out and watch if you have not seen them already.
10. Citizen Kane
In 1941, Orson Welles released this classic mystery drama movie. This film has been dubbed “The Greatest Film of All Time” by the American Film Institute on their 1998 list “100 Years … 100 Movies” and again on their updated list in 2007. Anything that has been noted as being the greatest of all time is absolutely worth your time.
9. The Wolf of Wall Street
Released in 2013 and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, this biographical drama about Wall Street directed by the talented Martin Scorsese is a must see for a movie buff. This is definitely not one to watch around younger kids or people who are sensitive to foul language, as it broke the record for most uses of the “f word” with a whopping 506-569 uses in some conjugation.
8. The Graduate
This is a classic, and your parents probably know this one. The Graduate came out in 1967, and stars Dustin Hoffman as Benjamin Braddock who has just finished college and is returning home. With a soundtrack written by “Simon & Garfunkel” that contains now well-known songs such as “Sounds of Silence” and “Mrs. Robinson”, I absolutely recommend this movie.
7. American Beauty
Keep calm and pass the asparagus. This 1999 “dramedy” starring Kevin Spacey is outstanding. Spacey plays Lester Burnham, a husband in suburbia that is just fed up with life, at home and at work. Without spoiling any major plot points, I can honestly say this movie is in my top 5, and is one I re-watch regularly.
6. The Big Lebowski
“The Dude abides, man.” Before I mention anything about the movie, I should mention that this movie will make you want to go bowling and just take it easy for a while at home with friends. Jeff Bridges plays Jeffrey Lebowski, who shares the same name as a very wealthy mogul played by David Huddleston. Everything unfolds in a hilarious way, and is always worth the rewatch.
5. Argo
Directed by Ben Affleck, who also stars in this suspenseful movie is based on a true story. Based on the “Canadian Caper” which occurred in 1979, this movie tells the story of how the CIA faked a movie to get American hostages in Iran home.
4. Reservoir Dogs
Okay, this is my absolute favorite movie of all time, I did not put it at number one because I am aware it is not for everyone. This is Quentin Tarantino’s first production, and stars Michael Madsen, Tim Roth, Steve Buscemi, and Harvey Keitel. I will not be spoiling anything from the plot, this is a must watch.
3. The Godfather
Directed by Francis Ford Coppola in 1972, this movie is also dubbed as one of the greatest movies of all time. It is ranked second, only behind Citizen Kane on AFI’s “100 Years … 100 Movies”. It stars Marlon Brando as Vito Corleone and Al Pacino as his son, Michael Corleone.
2. Good Will Hunting
“How do you like them apples?” Written by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck while they were in community college, this 1997 drama is a masterpiece. It stars Damon as Will Hunting, and the late Robin Williams as his therapist, Sean Maguire. This movie won Williams an Oscar, and is also in my top 5.
1. Interstellar
If you have not seen this yet, go watch it. Use Hulu if it has already been checked out of the library. This sci-fi movie directed by the talented Christopher Nolan has even been dubbed “almost 100 percent scientifically accurate” by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. It deals with worm holes, black holes, and relativity for those of you who really like things like that.

What do in Tennessee for Fall Break 2016

by Lillian Lynch
Fall Break is coming up for the students of Volunteer State Community College Oct. 10 and 11, giving them a five-day weekend. A vacation can be taken in this time, but where to go is the question.
One attraction is the local amusement park Dollywood in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. There are more than 40 rides and attractions here alone according to dollywood.com.
They include the Lightning Rod, which is the world’s fastest wooden coaster, the Smoky Mountain River Rampage, where a group sits in a circle and rushes down rapids, the Barnstormer, a roller coaster based on 1920’s stunt pilots, the Wild Eagle, the world’s first winged coaster, the Dizzy Disk, where passengers sit facing outward for a ride that glides back and forth while simultaneously spinning in circles, kids’ rides, and much more.
There is currently a fall break promotion going on and three-day tickets are $33 a day, compared to one-day tickets at $65 for adults, $52 for children and $60 for seniors. The park is a little less than a three and a half hour drive away.
A less-known local attraction is the Lost Sea Adventure in Sweetwater, Tennessee. Visitors explore caves with a guided tour in a round trip of three-fourths of a mile.
At the bottom of the cave, 140 ft. under the surface according to thelostsea.com, is America’s largest underground lake. Here visitors board a glass-bottom boat and take a trip around the body of water.
Tickets are $19.95 per adult and $10.95 per child but children under 4 are free.
Another attraction in Gatlinburg is the Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies. The aquarium is made of two levels, the upper level and the lower level.
The upper level has four different sections. They are the Tropical Rainforest, the Ocean Realm, Shark Lagoon and Touch a Ray Bay.
The Tropical Rainforest features piranhas and poisonous dart frogs. The Ocean Realm features the spotted garden eel and flounder.
Shark Lagoon, as its name suggests, features the sand-tiger shark and the nurse shark. Touch a Ray Bay is a shallow lagoon where guests can reach out and touch rays as they glide by, according to ripleyaquariums.com/gatlinburg. Educators stand by for safety and to answer questions.
The Coral Reef features clownfish, butterflyfish and regal blue tang. The Discovery Center features pufferfish and horseshoe crabs.
The Gallery of the seas focuses on octopi, cuttlefish, and jellyfish. Stingray Bay consists of multiple species of stingrays.
The Penguin Playhouse includes tunnels that go through the penguins’ habitat where visitors can get nose-to-beak with the penguins.
There is also an opportunity to get an original art piece by a penguin. They are given paper and paint with their feet. It is $30 or $45 depending on the size.
Tickets to the Aquarium are $29.99 at the gate or $25.99 online per adult and $15.99 at the gate or $13.99 online per child.
Ripley’s is just a three and a half hour drive away.
A five-day weekend can go a long way.

10 ways to de-stress for your midterms

by Hope McKinney
The stress of midterms can really get to college students. These top 10 tips to get through midterms might be just what you need.
10.) RELAX. Take some time to yourself. Go for a walk, or drive around for a while and clear your head. Sitting in front of a computer screen for long periods at a time can give you a headache and make it that much harder to finish the task at hand. Some me time is always okay.
9.) Do not get behind. Take the time to space out some you time, but do not take it too far. Sometimes taking it too far can end in a failing grade. It is very easy to get behind when you are overwhelmed and you just want to do everything but school work. You have to push through and stay focused.
8.) Talk to your professors. I cannot push this enough. Keeping an open line of connection with your professors can be the difference between knowing what you need to work on and being completely oblivious to things going on with your grades. Professors are there to help you and especially if you have an online class it is important to at least email them and make sure you are on the right track.
7.) Ask a family member for help. If you have at least one family member that is willing to help do not hesitate to ask them. Especially parents and grandparents may have some great insight from when they were in college and how they got through midterms and other big homework assignments, projects and test.
6.) Organize your notes. Keep your notes well organized and easily accessible. This will reduce stress exponentially if you know where everything is and you can flip back to a page where you left off.
5.) Use the silent study rooms on the campus. You can go into these rooms and you will not have any distractions from the task at hand. You can turn off your phone and other devices and just be consumed in your work. Sounds fun right? It actually works, especially if you have a noisy house.
4.) Study smarter, not harder. When you study smarter you plan out what you need to study and outline your notes. This helps you gather your thoughts on paper so you can see them. This reduces my stress because I have everything together and I know what I need to be studying.
3.) Go to class. Especially as Editor-in-Chief of The Settler I get behind easily. With someone constantly needing my attention or texting me about not being able to do things or how something is going I have virtually no time to just sit and listen, except when I go to class. Going to class reduces stress because when you are sitting there your full focus has to be on the discussion or the lecture.
2.) Set your work load to the side. Many students work and go to school at the same time and this can lead to more stress than most people can imagine. If it is possible at all let someone take a shift of yours. This gives you extra time without work stress being on top of school stress to get things done.
1.) Be a great test taker. If you can compose some sort of mock test and take it without distraction you get a lot of practice. This is my favorite destressing tool for those of you who aren’t the best test takers. This helps me reduce stress when it is actually time to get down to business.