Positivity is Key

Aside

This post is dedicated to my friends that are struggling with something in their lives. Whether it be; relationship issues, thinking about your future, deciding what to do in regards to said future, stress on different levels, and to the friends that no matter the problem are able to stay positive this is for you my friends.

I,at least in my mind, do not claim to be the best person in the world. I make mistakes and I don’t always make the correct decision. At the end of the day I try to learn from the bad I make. I don’t complain about my life, or others, I just try to make my life better. The ups and downs of life happen for a multitude of different reasons. My belief is that people’s decisions determine their own prosperity, or lack there of.

But all these words about myself and what I believe mean something, right? All these words describe my outlook on life, an outlook that is continuously positive. My world view is that positivity is key. If you stay positive, you will find that all the boulders thrown your way are just balls of snow. A snowball stings, yes, but small amount of pain is doesn’t matter when you come to realize that it’s all a part of a bigger game of fun and happiness.

So to my friends that are struggling with their different stressors I say stay strong. Don’t let your troubles bring you down or torment you. Whatever the problem, just think about your decision and you will be just fine. But at the same time not everything can be done by yourself so, if you have a friend like myself that looks at the world in a brighter view then take advantage of them and talk to them because those types of people are usually always willing to listen. But if you don’t have one of those types of people in your life then look to those that you look up to, the people who you call mentor. Stress can be good sometimes but I see no real reason for it.

To all my friends that this is dedicated to, any thing is possible if you just believe. Have fun and enjoy life just remember…

Positivity is key.

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In need of a little Pep Talk?

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After a gloomy day, my suitemate Erica and I came across this absolutely precious video and I knew it needed to be shared. A little boy who goes by the name of Kid President gives such an inspiring and adorable message.

“It’s everybody’s duty to give the world a reason to dance, so get to it.”

Here’s the video: embrace it and enjoy it :)

Never Stop Searching

I know that we’ve been in this new year for eleven days now, but there is a video clip that has continued to resonate with me ever since, and I couldn’t wait to share it with you all. Google had a commercial to wrap up the end of 2012 that was a compilation/highlight reel of events throughout the year. While it features trials and tribulations, it celebrates many captivating and inspiring moments. I know people have been really stressed lately as we all adapt to new classes and new schedules, so I knew this would be worth sharing. This video gave me faith and motivation and I loved re-discovering the ad today. Enjoy!

And so it begins…

It is about that time again. The time when everything starts to get a little crazy around campus. November is the last full month left in the first semester, which means it’s crunch time. The following events are likely to occur:

  • Intense studying
  • Meetings with professors left and right
  • Stress over final projects
  • Stress of final papers
  • Stress over final exams
  • Stress in general

I’ve talked to quite a few people around campus, and they all tell me that this is one of the most stressful times of the year for them. Everything is drawing to a close, and this means that everything has to get done. It is important to remember:

  • Take care of yourself. Getting sick in the final stretch is going to make everything seem that much worse.
  • TALK TO YOUR PROFESSORS! They are here to help you, and they want you to succeed.
  • Take a break. When it seems like there is a never ending pile of work to do, and you can’t even think straight, take a break. Go for a walk, talk to a friend, just relax. Overwhelming yourself isn’t going to help anything.

The next month is going to fly by, so make sure you are doing all you can to end the semester the on a great note! With strong grades, and a positive attitude :) Also, for my third (and final) list of this post, here are some things happening around campus. It will give you a little break from all the studying.

  • “Breaking The Mold Art Exhibit”: Friday, October, 26th (Sponsored by OMA)
  • Ball on the Belle: Friday, October, 26th (Tickets on sale for $5)
  • Retreat to the Abbey of Gethsemani (Home of Thomas Merton): Saturday, October 27th. RSVP: mpsullivan@bellarmine.edu
  • Hall-o-treats: Monday, October 29th

I hope you guys have an awesome week :)

Courtney

When in doubt, Tom+Chee it out!

Hey everyone,

It’s around that time where the weather is changing, tests are stressful, and my immune system seems to take a hit. At this point, after battling an awful sinus infection, on top of taking two midterm tests, all I want is some comfort. Some of the girls in my Phi Mu “family,” as in the girls that are of my family tree when it comes to big’s and little’s, suggested we go out for dinner after one of our chapter development meetings on Sunday night. After a busy weekend full of studying and volunteering, I was thrilled to get dinner with my girls. We ended up going to Tom + Chee, a new restaurant off of Bardstown Road, and it was absolutely delicious.

Tom + Chee focuses solely on preparing delicious grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soups. They also offer salads and other options, but based their name off of what they do best. What sets them apart, though, are their wild and crazy ingredients. They offer an assortment of breads, cheeses, and tomato soups, but what I found most interesting was that you can even order a grilled cheese on a glazed donut! They have different specials every day, and they always look really unique!

I ordered just a simple whole-wheat grilled cheese with american cheese, with a cup of creamy tomato basil soup, and it was exactly what I needed. I had not been a big tomato soup fan until just recently, as I never really had it as a child, but the grilled cheese has always been a comfort food of mine. The grilled cheese and soup paired together was incredible and under five dollars! I look forward to visiting Tom + Chee more often now as the weather gets colder :)

Well, I’m back to enjoying my night off of studying. My two big tests of the week are done and I’m enjoying being able to do some crafting while watching movies with the suitemates!

Song of the day: Ho Hey by the Lumineers. Love the lyrics :)

Nip Stress in the Bud

Often times it feels like ‘college student’ may as well be synonymous with ‘stress’. Homework, extra-curriculars, work, finances, relationships, planning out your future; all these culminate to form a perfect storm of stress. What’s more, this stress hurricane can hit when you least expect it and the next thing you know you’re neck deep in the mighty ‘stress’-issippi.

With the amount of time I have spent there this semester, I may as well live in the library

I, like most students, have felt my fair share of stress, and this year is no exception. Despite only being in classes for three weeks, I feel particularly overwhelmed. With thoughts about the future and preparing to take the law school admissions test (LSAT),  dealing with my boyfriend’s recent deployment, and figuring out how to balance my extra-curriculars, work, school and social life; I was a ticking stress time-bomb

Luckily with the help of my friends and the internet, I was able to find some ways to reduce my stress to a much more manageable level. I figured since these methods worked so well for me I would pass them on in case anyone else was feeling a bit stressed.

1. Organize your time:Time-management is often one of the most difficult tasks for people, but when you are able to plan out what you need to get done and when it has to be by, it can help make things seem a lot less stressful.  Some tips: Write down due dates on your calendar, make a to-do list, and/or plan out study time.

2. Positive communication – Talk with someone! Bottling things up can often times exacerbate problems. Talking to someone about what is going on can release some of the burden or stress you feel. Also, avoid negative communication such as bad talking people and gossip, negativity breeds negativity. Some tips: Use your resources to your advantage. If you don’t feel comfortable talking to your friends or family a counselor at the counseling center is always willing listen.

3. Remember, you are only human: It is just as important to set realistic goals and expectations for yourself as it is to accept the fact that no one is perfect. Things don’t always go as planned but you have to keep on keeping on. Some tips:Adopt a mantra to help remind you of this fact. Personally I have a Frank Sinatra lyric, “Take a deep breath, pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and start all over again” tacked up on my desk.

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My favorite new form of exercising is slack-linig. You’d be surprised how much balance it takes!

4. “Your body is a temple” treat it as such: Practicing healthy habits is extremely important when it comes to warding off stress. When eating it is important to try your best to have a well balanced diet, meaning, your daily intake of food should not primarily consist of junk food or snacks. Another habit that will help ward of stress is exercise.Even something as simple as a short fast paced walk (20-30) can do wonders for reducing your stress level. Some tips: Citrus is supposed to help improve your mood, try having an orange or lemon water with your lunch.
5. Rest: Sleep is essential to ensuring you are able to function properly. It is recommended that you get 6-8 hours of sleep every night. Some tips: Here is one of my favorite articles “25 Napping Facts Every College Student Should Know“, who knows, maybe you’ll learn something new!

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What better way to have fun then a game of giant jenga?!

6. Allow yourself to have fun It is important to take time for yourself.Spending all your time studying or practicing will cause you to burn out. It is okay to let yourself have a good time every once in a while. Just remember, everything in moderation.

That is all for now! Until next time!

Ailise

There’s ALWAYS something to be thankful for.

Seven days until I’m 20 years old and a couple days after that, I will have completed my second year of college. Where has the time gone? I simply can’t believe it! I couldn’t be more thankful for all of the activities and responsibilities that I have been a part of this semester, which have kept me quite busy, making time fly faster than I ever could have imagined. One of the most important and significant ideas that I have learned this semester, though, is how to make tough decisions. I have been given so many wonderful opportunities lately, that I’ll explain more on in a bit, but those have also required for me to learn how to prioritize and determine what is most advantageous for me to participate in.

Last night, after a pretty emotional graduation ceremony for our departing seniors in Phi Mu, I turned in my BU Cheerleading uniforms for the last time. After extensively weighing out the pros and cons with my parents, grandparents, friends, and colleagues, I have chosen not to return to the cheer team. I have been asked to stay at my internship with Community Foundation through the summer and fall semester, and potentially beyond, which is great news but has therefore made me realize that there is simply not enough hours in the day to participate in every single activity that I want to participate in. When telling my coach the great news about my internship, I felt so sad having to follow it up with the fact that I was not returning next year. She completely understood where I was coming from, and urged me to focus my time and efforts on school and my internship, which definitely provided me with comfort. I’ll still be cheering on my Knights at as many games as I can attend, but from the stands as opposed to the sidelines. The love for the Knights and for cheerleading will always remain.

Rho ZetaThe popular saying, “when one door closes, another door opens” is incredibly holding true for me lately. As the semester has been coming to a close, I have been spending the majority of my days either hosting or attending events, while trying to balance preparing for finals and sleeping! The Teacher Appreciation Dinner that I was talking about in my last blog post could not have gone better. It was a complete success and it was great seeing how my hard work paid off. A handful of Phi Mu girls and I hosted a dinner for 33 happy teachers, telling them more about Phi Mu as both the chapter and nationally, and even giving away some pretty cool gift cards. I definitely feel that teachers do not always get the credit they deserve, and it was wonderful getting hugs and handshakes from teachers I would not have known, and seeing all of their appreciation for being honored and recognized. I’m already excited to do it all again next year!

 

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The day after the dinner, I had to get ready for Relay for Life. I had never been to one of the Relay events before, so I was excited to see how they work. It was great to see so many students, teachers, and other people of the BU community all join together to fight against cancer. I worked one of the night shifts with my Phi Mu sisters and our table actually won the “Most Creative” award. Our Cinco de Mayo theme was a blast!

More recently, this past weekend presented me with so many opportunities that it was almost overwhelming. I was awarded a special scholarship this past summer, called the Dan R. Ison scholarship, and since I was the first recipient, I was invited to attend the Heritage Society dinner to meet my donors. It was such an incredible experience… I can’t even put my feelings into words! I was honored to be the first person chosen for this scholarship, and to know that my donors believed in me so much that they would help me with some of my college tuition. They were absolutely wonderful, and getting to mingle with such extraordinary people at the dinner was such a great networking experience that I will never forget.

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On another note, this past Friday night was our Spring Formal for Phi Mu. I had an absolute blast getting to hang out and dance the night away with my sisters and other friends. It was held at Culbertson West in New Albany, In. and I had a great time!

After a late night from formal, I just spent the majority of my Saturday (from 6:45am to 4:00 pm) working the KnightU event as a student ambassador. I had a wonderful group of incoming freshmen and though it was quite the long day, it went by pretty fast!

This weekend has served as a reminder that there is always, always, always something to be thankful for. Though times can be stressful, I am so thankful that I have been given the privilege of being pulled in all of these directions, because in the end it’s always worth it. Having to attend at least one meeting for Phi Mu a week has turned out to be so valuable. Holding a high position for Bellarmine Communications Association starting next semester will provide itself with challenges, but ones that will be of such reward when they’re done. Taking hard classes will also prove themselves worthwhile too. I can’t wait to see what life has in store for me soon, but until then, I will continue to be thankful for what I’ve been given. :)

Don’t forget: the dogs are coming back!! For this semester’s finals, the ARC will be providing Canine Exam Proctors again to give us some stress relief! Sign up outside the ARC soon – times will fill up quickly!

Song of the day: Good Life by One Republic ft. B.O.B
I’m surprised I hadn’t used this song before. It always reminds me of how great truly life is and makes me happy for what I have. Enjoy!