3 Ways Dreamers Can Become Doers


Want to see your dreams become a reality? Keep reading. I’ve always been a dreamer. I would daydream in classes that I was accepting an award for a television show, or that I was getting interviewed by Ellen. I didn’t realize until recently that being a dreamer isn’t necessarily a bad thing. I just needed to figure out a way to become a doer. Over the years, I have learned to take big dreams, make a plan, and put it into action. I will share my three secrets to become a doer. 

1. Take big dreams and think smaller 

You read that right. It’s time to make your big dreams and make them smaller. This does not mean to stop dreaming big! All you need to do is think about a plan with smaller steps to achieve the bigger plan. For instance, if you want to save $1,000 in a year – you need to save around $20 a week. Look how easy that was! If you think smaller, big dreams don’t look that big anymore. Here’s another example, if you want to hit 10K on Instagram – start by reaching 1,000 first. Then, go from there. *NOTE: The most important thing about this tip is to make sure you can reach the smaller goals. If you don’t give yourself attainable goals  – you will give up faster! Whenever you hit a smaller goal, you will feel more inspired to keep going! Trust me. Recently, my parents tried dieting and exercising and started to lose weight. As soon as they saw the weight change on the scale  – it inspired them to keep going. They have both lost over 40 pounds and I couldn’t be more proud. 

2. Do research, then make a plan

I dread the word research, but I promise it isn’t as bad as it sounds. When I wanted to become a TV host at age 13-years-old, I started to do research on Oprah. I was pleasantly surprised to see she started in radio and has a very humble background. This was really refreshing to me. Hard work does payoff! It’s not just a phrase. Everyone reached their goals somehow. You may not reach your goals the same way, but it’s inspiring to see that it’s possible! No dream is too big. Don’t let anyone ever tell you that. Just make a plan to implement. If you need your degree  – finish it! If you need money – save it! If you need time – make time for it. Anything is possible, the sky isn’t the limit (you are). Only you can set a limit on your dreams and the future outcome. 

3.  Work hard, and do it for yourself 

You know how I said, I have been dreaming to become a national TV host? Well, I did become a local TV host in Calaveras County when I was 13, but on a small scale. I’ve been working non-stop for the last 7 years hoping my big dream will happen. I know, eventually it will  – if I keep pushing forward. Dreams don’t happen overnight, or at random, unless you are the yodeling kid at Walmart. If you aren’t familiar with the story, he yodeled at Walmart and became famous. I wish it happened like that for everyone, but that’s why I’m sharing these 3 secrets to become a doer. 

Not to mention, some people will not believe in you. They will think you are crazy. You need to always remember why you are pursuing a dream. For me, I want to become a national television host to have a platform for people to share stories of God’s faithfulness. That’s why I continue to work harder and harder each day to make that happen. I have small goals for my bigger dreams. 

Your dreams will become reality when you least expect it. Keep dreaming big, but think small to make it attainable. Also, you need to get some inspiration by doing research to make a plan. Lastly, it’s going to take hard work. Don’t forget why your dreams matter.

In case nobody has told you this  – you got this! 

The Final G.O.A.T.


There are some people that say Michael Jordan (MJ) is the best player ever to play the game of basketball. There is, however, a player that sport writers have been comparing to Jordan: Kobe Bryant, the shooting guard for the Los Angeles Lakers.

Sports writers have broken down these two players by three things: their ability to make their team better, scoring ability, and ability to make big shots for their team in key situations. Both players have played with their share of all-star teammates like Michael Jordan played with hall of famer Scottie Pippen. and won 4 NBA Championships and six division titles together.

Once these two parted ways, Scottie Pippen never won an NBA championship for the rest of his career whereas Jordan ended up winning two more. Kobe Bryant also played with a future hall of famer and his name is Shaquille “Shaq” O’Neal. Shaq is labelled as one of the best centers to have ever played basketball. Shaq never won a championship with the Orlando Magic but once he signed with the Lakers, they took off.

They won three championships back to back to back and were considered the best pair of teammates in

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the NBA at that time. With Kobe drawing so much attention in the front court, the other team would leave Shaq in a one on one. Kobe took advantage of that and Shaq was named NBA MVP two years in a row. In 2007 when Shaq left the Lakers, he ended up winning one more NBA title with the Miami Heat. Kobe would then move on and win three more NBA titles and an NBA MVP.

In terms of scoring titles, which go to whoever averages more points in a game, MJ lead Kobe nine to six. This might not be very accurate though, as Kobe is still playing in the NBA. Their ability to score when they have the ball are also almost the same with MJ’s career scoring average being 26.4 while Kobe’s is 25.9.

These two players were go-to players when their team was in dire need of a  core. ESPN Sports writer Stephen A. Smith said “when you break down these two superstars’ game, they are almost the same.” He went on to add that “Kobe and MJ are the best scorers to have ever played in the NBA.”

I believe that careers are made in the playoffs. For example, Robert Horry has won seven NBA titles and in every single playoff games he’s been in, it always seems that he hits a big shot to win a game. While Horry has always been a bench player, he will probably be a hall of famer simply because of his ability to hit big shots in the playoffs. Kobe and MJ never shied away from big moments like that either.

When ESPN interviewed Kobe and MJ’s coach, Phil Jackson, he said he “never coached two players that demanded the ball in the final seconds like Kobe and MJ”. When looking at these two players’ performance under pressure, Kobe has hit ten game winning shots in the playoffs while MJ has only hit eight. He does, however, beat Kobe five to two in terms of championship game-winning shots.

Who is the best NBA player of all time? The debate will go on for as long as time exists. That’s what makes sports so great, everyone can freely give their opinion. There is no doubt that Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan are some of the best scorers to ever play basketball and that they have both changed the game in their own way. ESPN did a poll on who the better player is between Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant: the final result said Kobe Bryant was a better player… by two percent.

Safety in Zombies: Tricks to Protect Yourself in a Pre-Apocalypse World


Navigating the world around you on a daily basis can be tough. There are bills to pay, food to eat, chores to do, pets to care for…blogs to write. On top of all that, everyday you need to keep yourself safe from any number of dangers like muggers, murderers, and rapists to name a few.

It’s not like we don’t know how to prevent a surprise attack from catching us off guard, but all of the little things you have to do can be a bit much to remember.

Park close to the building, underneath a light, and within sight of the windows of the building.

Always have your pepper spray.

Keep your head on a swivel.

Keep track of everyone you see.

Have your keys ready before you leave the building.

The list goes on. It’s is so much to keep track of that it would be easy to forget a step and end up a victim. Luckily, there is an easy, fool proof way to remember all of these safety precautions and more.

Pretend you are in a Zombie Apocalypse.

No, you didn’t read that wrong. Zombie Apocalypse. Think about it.

If there were zombies out and about, would you casually saunter to your car while digging your keys out of your purse? No. Your keys would be in your hand as you power walked to your car, all the while checking the shadows and jumping at every sound.

Would you sit in your car while scrolling through Spotify, trying to find the perfect playlist to drive home to? No. You’d check your backseat, get in, lock the doors, cut the car on, and go!

Would anyone ever be able to sneak up on you because you had your headphones in and were dancing to another bop by Todrick Hall? No! You would know where everyone around you is, was, and is going to be because any one of them could be after you and your brains.

On top of your new constant vigilance, you would never leave home without your pepper spray, knife, brass knuckles, or whatever is your preferred self-defense weapon. Walking around unarmed in a zombie apocalypse is a death sentence for sure.

Not only are you now hyper aware and armed but in a Zombie Apocalypse you would also be knowledgeable of the many weak points on the human body in the event you do ever come in contact with a zombie or maybe a looter taking advantage of the fall of humanity. Go for the foot, the diaphragm, the nose, the eyes, the throat, the…under carriage. Whatever you can get to, strike it hard and fast because everyone knows that it takes a lot to bring down a Zombie and we don’t know what kind of Zombies these are. Are we talking Walkers or White Walkers? Thriller or Zombieland? It would be best just to cover your bases and kick it until it stops coming for your precious brains.

Make it fun too. That is, you have to do all of this anyway. Why not turn it into a child like game of make believe so you don’t have to face the cold hard truth that you are literally trying to keep yourself alive.

Therefore, if you ever find yourself out in the world and all alone just remember:

Zombie Apocalypse.

Turns out that all those sci fi and horror shows you watched just may have been good for more than just a scare.

Bay Nite: Event Review


The new Bay Area rave Bay Nites recently occurred on March 31st in San Francisco’s famous Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. The event had a bit of everything from Rap to Electronic Dance Music. The venue lacked any real parking structures and San Francisco offered little to nothing of available street parking, but going into San Francisco I wasn’t expecting much in terms of parking. As I entered the venue and scoped out my surroundings, I noticed the mixture of attendees from Hip Hop heads to full on Rave goers. The diversity in demographics showed that these events thrown by Insomniac have something for everyone and inclusive of all people. This is something that Insomniac productions have done across the board from Electric Daisy Carnival to all smaller events.

YEHME2 went up and just killed his set. Formerly a member of the famous Flosstradamus duo, YEHME2 played new music and some classics from his earlier Flosstradamus days such as Roll Up and the many rare remixes that many don’t know about. The set featured a lot of Rap, Trap style EDM, and even The Beatles.

The next set was JOYRYDE who brought that European sound of Garage House, Bass House, RIDDIM (Fancy word for Dubstep) and even some classic Electro. His performance definitely woke everyone up and we even got some explosions that were synchronized with the music’ bass drops.

Lil Yachty took awhile to come out but that didn’t matter because Lil Yachtys’ DJ was dropping a mini set that got the crowd going crazy by playing songs by tons of currently trending songs. Lil Yachty performed all his hits and new songs off his new album Lil Boat 2 and the crowd went crazy. Lil Yachty then had his entourage throw over a hundred water bottles in the crowd and when the Bass Dropped, instructed everyone to toss the water in the air. It was literally one of the most “LIT” moments of the night and showed us how great a performer Lil Yachty and his DJ are.

The performance I was most excited for was NAV, who is a member of the XOXO label headed by The Weeknd. The performance was amazing because NAV played his songs and songs he was featured on. At one moment Nav asked if anyone was a fan from the beginning and then went to play one of his first songs titled Fell In Love, which is a love song about California and particularly Los Angeles and The San Francisco Bay.

The last performance was by Los Angeles native DJ SAYMYNAME and he brought that heavy hardstyle music mixed in with Rap and Trap. The performance was the last one of the night but it showed no sign of stopping. The crowd was still there until the end of his set and it was one of the most aggressive sets the whole night. A memorable moment is when SAYMYNAME dropped A$AP Ferg’s Work remix.

Overall the night was epic with a great lineup. I went in with an open mind and the performances I was least excited for were probably the ones I enjoyed the most. Till next time…

 

///BIGTAPATIO

March Mania | KSSU Picks


Recently, CHVRCHES released a cover of The 1975’s “Somebody Else” BBC Radio 1’s “Live Lounge”! We totally love this cover and it evokes the same kind of emotion that The 1975 have when performing the song. Head on over to BBC 1’s website and skip to about 2:10:25 to hear the track!

Altered Carbon is an ambitious sci-fi, Bladerunner themed movie. It explores the future without the possibility of death and income inequalities in a dramatized way. Many found this series an underwhelming introduction to Netflix’s sci-fi category. Although we see a lot of potential! It starts off very ambiguous and hooks you until you’re obsessed and eventually have to keep watching to find out what happens next. If you have Netflix, you’re in luck!

Beach House’s has been teasing their new album with two new singles! We love their sound and how they always stay super authentic. They’ve been true to their sound and themes since the beginning. We can always count on Beach House to have the dream pop anthems of the year and be consistent with their releases! The track list for their upcoming album 7 has been released along with a full U.S. tour. Make sure to grab your tickets for the 2nd Bay Area show before they sell out! Listen to their new singles “Lemon Glow” and “Dive”, out everywhere now.

Another Round Podcast with Heben & Tracy covers everything in the media, as well gender, race pop culture from the perspective of Black women! They’re hilarious and incredibly vulnerable and sensitive! They talk about the normalization of mental health awareness in Black families and give people a voice that normally wouldn’t have one. Listen on iTunes podcast app or on Buzzfeed now.

Icarus is a documentary about the doping of athletes and the history behind it. Filmmaker and cyclist Bryan Fogel sets out to endure a huge scandal in the cycling world. He goes to great lengths to uncover a story of personal experiments, unexplained deaths and Olympic gold medals. Watch on Netflix now!

Favorite February Finds!


A couple of our favorites from everyone at KSSU! Ranging from podcasts, tv shows, books and new albums! We hope you find your new Spring obsession!

First on the list is Porches’ new album The House that was released recently. During many of the introductions of the songs, he had a very 2000’s techno vibe but throughout every song it evolved into melodic lyrics and music that fits every occasion.

Dear Sugars, a podcast produced by New York Times is hosted by two people Cheryl Strayed and Steve Almond. Their mission is be radically empathetic and give advice to be in troubling situations.

Season 4 of Grace & Frankie, a Netflix original about two women in their 70’s that are accepting the trials and tribulations of growing old. I won’t give any spoilers but you’ll be laughing and crying throughout the whole show. Go binge now!

South & West by Joan Didion is a series of entries when world renowned journalist, writer and native Sacramentan traveled to the South in 1970. Originally all of notes and information was written in her notebook at the time and eventually her experiences were published. It’s a really telling story about the difference between the culture and habits of the West (California) and the South.

The Shannara Chronicles is a fictional show that follows heroes in the Four Lands as they embark on a quest to stop an evil Demon army from destroying the universe. Austin Butler (you may have seen him in The Bling Ring or Carrie Diaries) stars in it as a half-Elf alongside some amazing women! Watch this show if you want to get hooked on a new fictional mystery!

Glossier is a cruelty free and mostly vegan company that specializes in skincare and minimal makeup products. They have saved my life and are so inclusive with their products. Click the link if you want to be inspired and never go back to other beauty brands.

KSSU’s Study Tips for Finals


Hey Readers! Read below for some study tips from everyone here at KSSU and ace those finals. 🙂

  1. Listen to what your body is telling you! If your eyelids feel heavy, take a power nap. Studying is pointless if you and your body are not in a position to retain the information you need to learn.
  2. Get out of the space that you’re most comfortable in! Go to a nice coffee shop (Philz Coffee, Identity, Tupelo) or to the 4th floor of the library. Just get out of that bed.
  3. Make sure you keep snacks with you (that you will actually eat) and that you’re hydrating. Opt for water before anything else.
  4. Give yourself breaks and don’t overwhelm yourself. You deserve that 15 minute walk, 45 minute nap or 30 minutes of your favorite TV show.
  5. Speak out loud instead of reading in your head. This improves your memory and you’re 50% more likely to remember important information.
  6. Use the SelfControl app to block distracting apps and sites. Create boundaries for yourself!
  7. Don’t stay up all night before your exams, study as much as possible but make sure you’re getting enough beautyrest.
  8. Lastly, listen to KSSU’s Picks on Spotify! Updated bi-weekly every Thursday. Motivational tracks, R&B and lowkey instrumentals included.

Everyone here at KSSU hopes you have a relaxing, enjoyable and inspiring break. See you next semester!

Almost There!


FinishLineAheadSign.jpgHey everyone. I am so excited that we made it, yet, to the end of another semester. This semester has been the most relaxed semester I have had in a long time. Now that I am a graduate student, I am excited to attend another year at Sacramento State. I made a plan to do my work in advance, and make a schedule that is not so stressful this semester. So far, I have accomplished my goal of having a less stressful semester and not procrastinating on work. I have been ahead of work and taking at least one day off throughout the weeks of the semester. We all need at least one day off out of the week.

Before I get too far with this post I would like to remind everyone about the accomplishments that Sacramento State has accomplished this semester and year. First of all, our football team had a great season compared to last season. I was very impressed with them and looking forward to their games next year. Second, we are finally getting ready to have another parking structure next to the dorms. That should be very helpful for student/staff parking. Speaking of dorms, we have a new dorm built for our new freshmen. It is actually nice. If you have not seen it yet, stop by the dorms and check it out. Speaking of freshmen, Sac State has increased the amount of freshmen attending our college this semester. Which means our population is increasing, good job hornets for our increase and students. The last thing I wanted to share is our new comers to KSSU this semester. We are expanding as well, and it has been nice to meet everyone.
Now I am going to discuss finals week because I am sure everyone is worrying about it. I do not have many finals or exams to worry about. But I do have a paper and presentation coming this upcoming week. There are many students on campus who have to complete papers and presentations instead of exams. I believe teachers wanted to have a less stressful semester with work as well because many students are less stressed about finals this semester than last semester as well.
All I can suggest is get the last week of finals over with. We had that teaser Thanksgiving week off, and it got students ready to go home. Especially with this cold weather. With only two weeks left, we will all finally get ready to go back home and enjoy winter break! We have got through these few months of the semester, these last two weeks should be nothing.
So everyone get your coffee, energy drinks, snacks, and sweat pants ready because this semester is almost over already. I am happy the time has went by so fast, and I hope it can go by faster because I am ready for winter break. I am assuming you all are too. So good luck with these last few weeks, and I hope you all enjoy the rest of the semester and year.

11/18 Football Game


MG_1183_editedDid you all catch the football game yesterday? If not, you missed out on a great game. We won against Davis! Our winning score was 52-47. It was such a close score, but our team did a great job. They showed great team work, and it finally paid off for this semester. I did not pay attention to the football game’s of last season, but I heard there was an improvement this season. I believe it, we won seven games out of eleven. I don’t know if it is because of our new players or what but I am very proud of our football team this season.

So yesterday, I didn’t catch the game until the end of the first quarter. I saw the score and said to myself, “Davis does not have a chance”. As the game continued I was for sure we were going to win the game. Towards the end my heart began to race because Davis score was caught up with our. But, behold, we won! I do not know what this means for the players. Rather they have to go to the play offs or something? I’m not really a college football kind of person, but I am interested in figuring out for what is coming up for the players next.

If the players do not have anything else for the rest of the season, I will suggest that they celebrate this good year for them.

I am so excited for next Fall to see what the players are going to bring to us. Maybe I will attend more games during that season. As I previously stated, I am not a football kind of person. However, if our team continue to play as well as they did yesterday in the future, I will finally have a first favorite football team. Well, I hope you all were as excited about the game as I was yesterday. Once again congrats to the football players. Go Hornets!!

Daylight Savings


downloadOkay, so is it me or is this time change effecting everyone? I love daylight savings in the Fall because the sun rises earlier than usual. I am a morning person, so when I leave out the house for class or to study the sun is out. I dislike daylight savings because it gets dark outside too early, and time is going by super fast. Ever since the time has changed I feel like I am doing so much work and still have time left over to spare. Also, I sleepy all day because I feel that I am lacking sleep, although I slept a full eight hours. I don’t know, maybe it’s me. All I know is there should be a warning that people may become sleep deprived due to time change. I was so used to the long hot days during the summer. Now the days are short and cold. Which makes me want to stay in my bed and watch Netflix all day. I think my main issue with daylight savings right now is it happened during the middle of the semester. I would not mind if the time change would happen during winter break because I would already be at home with family with no worries to get up and study, work, or go to the gym.

I would like to give a suggestion for this time change. First of all, the semester is almost over. Thanksgiving is in ten days, and there are three weeks of school left when we return. That sounds like a great time to relax, and come back to finish off the semester and year with a lot of homework and projects. I am sure plenty of students are working on assignments, projects, and exams for this upcoming week or the week after thanksgiving. I do not understand why teachers give students a work load after a holiday but it works out for some students. Hopefully you all are ready for this upcoming week to have some time away from school. And hopefully this break can give us students the break that we need, without making us lazy or exhausted from classwork.

I am honestly a procrastinator when it comes to assignments due later in the semester. If you all have something due the week after Thanksgiving break, try to start some of the assignment ahead of time. A start is better than rushing at the last minute. By doing this, there will be less work to due and worry about when coming back to end the semester.  As I stated before, I dislike daylight savings because of the time change. I am trying to look at the time change as a positive. By doing this, I think about the fact that the semester is almost over. I feel like we really just started this semester and it is already ending. Although the time is flying by and we will be in a new year soon, I am excited to see how this year ends. My advice is to enjoy this time change, get your classes done, and get ready for the holidays because they are coming. It already feels like Christmas outside. Good luck to all of you with these last few weeks of school, and I hope you all are doing well with these short days.

I wish you all luck with these next few weeks, and good luck completing everything in a timely manner. Until next time take care of yourselves.