Surviving The Devil’s Anvil: Staying Motivated & Healthy Until Graduation


As of April 12th, 2017, spring graduates are just about a month away from graduating from Sac State and either entering entering the job market or heading to graduate school. It seems like just yesterday, we were entering our freshman year here at Sac State or just transferring from our community college. Now, we’re just about to call ourselves alumni of this great university.

 

But don’t get too ahead of yourself, fellow graduate as we got a almost a month or so left to survive. That means that final or that late in the semester midterm could still make its mark on those final grades and if those final grades aren’t good enough, you may be having an extended stay at good ol’ 6000 J Street. Do not fear for you are not alone! For you, I have some advice on how you can survive what will possibly be the longest four or so weeks of our lives.

 

  1. Stay On Top Of Your Assignments & Study Well

 

You’re probably feeling the same senioritis that you were feeling in high school some time ago. Your motivation is probably slowly dwindling and your mind seems to float away in those early morning lectures. It may seem that your body and mind can’t take anymore of these factors and just wants to break down, but you’re a strong person and have the ability to keep pushing on. Allow yourself an hour or two each day to keep up on your reading and homework each night. I know having work, meetings, or a social life can interfere with this time, but even the smallest of commitment to some studying can make your grades survive the final push through the semester.

 

  1. Get Some Sleep & Eat Well

 

It may be hard to not stay up so late, but to feel revitalized for the upcoming commencement and summer season, it may be a good thing to get some adequate sleep and some good nutrition along the way. Instead of all of those all-nighters and sleepless nights (less than five hours of sleep), jump into the sheets and count some more sheep and shoot for six to eight hours of shut eye. It will allow your body to get that energy it deserves and keep you going strong through the day.

 

To accompany that sleep, try to get some healthier grub into your stomach as well. I understand that as college students, we don’t have the capital that can get us the freshest foods and healthiest ingredients, but it is still possible to make it work. Try to get some fruits and vegetables into your system and get some of those key vitamins and minerals that your body needs. Try to skip out on a panda bowl in the union and enjoy a delicious whole wheat sandwich with an apple as a lunch. Your body will feel more energized as you make your way through these last few weeks of classes.

 

  1. Get Some Exercise

 

Something some of us dread is a nice workout; something to get us off of our behinds and making our hearts pump a little bit. However, getting a little exercise can be therapeutic and serve as a break from the stress of exams, homework, and big term papers. Exercise doesn’t mean lifting heavy weights or running miles on end, but even a stroll through the park, a midtown bike ride, or even a swim can count as some exercise. Just 15-60 minutes of exercise a day can make the case and as someone who exercises on the daily, it contributes to my days being a little less stressful. Though it may sound dreadful, take the stairs, take a stroll around campus, or get your gym clothes and head for the Well.

 

  1. Enjoy Yourself

 

We’re in the twilight of our college careers and that time is quickly coming to an end as our final semesters is coming close to ending. Enjoy it while you can. Gather your closest friends and take some time to appreciate the moment. Go one a night out on the town and enjoy the company of your friends. Go on a hike, to a ballgame, or enjoy a board game night in your apartment, house, or dorm. We won’t get this time back so make the best of it all while you can.
As graduation looms, we will be leaving the comfort of our fellow Hornets and try to find a career or opportunity for higher education. We will join fellow alumni into making a difference in the world. However, until we walk the commencement floors and earn our final grades, we must stay strong, stay healthy, stay on track, and enjoy life. Congratulations on reaching this point and good luck with the rest of your semester! Stingers, up

The Finals Week Rally Cry


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For most of us, it has probably been a long, tough semester. There have been demoralizing exam results, the feeling of defeat as we type our term papers, and the grueling 8 a.m. lecture have attempted to take us out of the game.

We have had all-nighters, mental breakdowns, and our fair share of failures that have made us wonder if the direction that we have chosen was the right one. There are times where we ask ourselves: Do I have what it takes to keep pushing forward?

You bet you do! Not even the force of of bad professors and group projects can bring you down. Keep your head up and let your determination, your preparation, and your will to push on keep you sane and make your trek through this dark time known as finals week be out finest hour.

Remember the reason why you are here, the future you want to have, and the thirst of success and keep marching on, take every test with conviction that you can pass and you can achieve what you once thought was impossible.

You have come a long way to get to this point in time. You have passed through the transition from teenager to adolescent. You have survived the scary realm known as high school, where drama and disaster loom around every corner. You have survived tough times and excruciating tasks that have made you stronger and more resilient for the looming threats ahead.

Pain is only temporary, but glory lasts forever. These finals may be a disaster now and life may be a little cloudy, but when the sun shines through the clouds, there is a world beyond the classroom and it is waiting for you.

This world, depending on the way you see it, can be paradise or perdition, an oasis or a vast wasteland with no hope given by the rivers of the waters of life. With the right mindset you are battling your way though this university to find paradise after you leave the halls of the Riverside, the walls of Tahoe and Alpine, or the great Mendocino.

With the right mindset, you will find happiness and accomplishment after you finish at this university. Finals week may be a tough time that makes you lose hope, but never lose sight of why you’re here. Believe in yourself and the causes that keep you alive and moving forward and allow good feelings to get you beyond finals to accomplishment.

To all of you who are graduating this semester or in the spring such as myself, congratulations. You probably have worked hard and been through grueling and rewarding experiences alike and soon it is about to all pay off and you will resent to the real world to find your paradise.

However, never lose sight of where you came from. Remember the friends and the great experiences that have positively influenced your upbringing into adulthood. Thank those who had supported you through your finest hours and the dark times of your college career and finally, make your university proud!

And for those who still have a bit of classes left, keep on moving forward for commencement will be closer than you think. As the great coach Jim Valvano once said, “Don’t give up… Don’t ever give up.”

Tips to survive the final wave of assignments


booksI have a few tips to survive the final wave of assignments.

Tip 1: Do not procrastinate. Of course this is always a suggestion, but no one actually does it. I have honestly been procrastinating this semester because of the weather. It makes me not want to do anything. I just want to stay in bed all day but I can’t. I recently checked my calendar and we have three weeks left of this semester after Thanksgiving. Two weeks for the lucky students. I have many assignments, tests, and papers do the week after Thanksgiving. I became overwhelmed for a while but then I had to stop myself and take a deep breath. I realized there is enough time to complete my assignments before the week of Thanksgiving. So the week that everything is due, I can have it completed ahead of time. This will give me enough time to study for my tests the two weeks after Thanksgiving without a huge workload.

Tip 2: If you have any tests, papers, or assignments due soon try to start them whenever you have free time. What I usually do is go to classes throughout the week, stay on campus to do homework, then go home. Completing assignments throughout the week will give you time to relax on weekends. Especially doing assignments once the class is over so you won’t forget later. I understand many students work over the weekend, go to parties, or have a few days off. If you complete your work throughout the week, there shouldn’t be a lot of assignments to complete over the weekend, and you can have your free time.

Tip 3: Staying on campus is a great way to survive the wave of assignments. The library and the AIRC is always available for students to study, do assignments, or projects. Also, making a study group with classmates to meet up on campus is helpful. Staying on campus gives you the choice of actually doing your work. Going home is too distracting. Your bed will look so comfortable, there are so many good movies and shows on television, and roommates are distracting. Just wait to go home until it’s actually time to go home.

Tip 4: The last thing I want to share is make sure you take naps throughout the day, eat a well balanced diet, and exercise if you have time. We all forget to take care of our bodies when the end of the semester comes. We go to class with sweats on, hair not done, probably four hours of sleep, and feel horrible when we wake up. Coffee is our only solution to get through the day.

The end of the semester is stressful but remember this is just another semester that will end soon. Keep a calendar in your phone with due dates and try to make a plan to where you can complete all of your assignments, projects, and papers ahead of time. Finals week will pass by faster than we know it. Good luck you all.

 

ASI? What’s that?


csus_asi_logoDid you know that each month ASI hosts a legal aid to give free one-on-one information to students? Did you know that their is a collection of students that work year round to advocate for student rights and access to a quality education? Did you also know, ASI runs the on-campus Food Pantry for students in need?

The truth is, you might have known these things, but you might not have. There are many things that ASI offers students on campus that you may not have known even existed, but have the opportunity to utilize every day. Associated Students Incorportated, or ASI for short, is a 501c3 non-profit corporation. “501c3” is a fancy financial classification that puts the organization into a non-profit category according to its size. ASI is run for students and by students. Each student at Sacramento State pays $66 into ASI every semester in order to run the various programs and services that it hosts such as the ASI Aquatic Center, Safe Rides, Peak Adventures, KSSU radio, the on-campus Food Pantry, ASI Children’s Center, and many more. Not only do they run programs and services that any and all students can utilize, but ASI also hosts events to bring the campus community together. Last month, ASI hosted its annual Block Party where students could interact with on-campus resources, play games, win prizes, eat food, and enjoy great music. All students are invited and encouraged to take advantage of events and resources ASI provides to add to their quality of life during their college career.

Not only are these ASI programs and services your resources, but there are ASI reps that are resources as well. At the heart of this organization is student representation on the ASI Board of Directors. The board is comprised of students and on-campus representatives and advisors that make decisions in order to help drive the campus community forward and be a voice for students. The structure of the board is fairly standard. There are 8 students elected by their peers to represent a particular college/population on campus (ex. College of Arts & Letters, College of Business Admin, Graduate Studies etc.). These individuals work closely with the Dean of their college, the clubs/organizations affiliated with the college, and their students in order to help make appropriate decisions on their behalf. Also on the board are 5 executive officers (President, Executive VP, VP of Finance, VP of University Affairs, VP of Academic Affairs). These executives work with the college directors on the board to move the organization and campus forward as a collective force.

At any point in your career here at Sac State, if you need help scheduling classes, you want to start a club, you need a help from a student that understands your needs, or you simply want to get involved, reach out to a board member! These students are here for you. Each week they host office hours in the union and around campus specifically to be there for you to access. They go to committee meetings, they go to club meetings, events, fundraisers, rallies, all to better serve students. Be sure to reach out to them, they are there for you.

In order for you to get a better idea of the wide breath of programs, services, and resources ASI provides to Sac State students, stay tuned each week to learn more about what ASI is really about and the people that work so hard to better the lives of students.

If you are interested in getting involved in ASI or have any questions, check out the ASI website at http://www.asi.csus.edu or contact me at asibusdirector@csus.edu for more information.

 

 

 

 

 

Introduction-How to Adult Series


imagesWe live in the age of instant gratification, short attention spans, and even shorter sighted goals. The myriad of distractions available have such a hold on our generation—mind you, I am no exception— they can and often do usurp from our minds all things uninteresting and dull. What motivation do we have to spend any amount of thought on the practical when the time could be passed scrolling through social media while watching Netflix and simultaneously Facetiming our S.O.? It is human nature to take the path of least resistance, and we see this played out most dramatically in the lives of us young adults.  The problem is a snow-balling self-fulfilling prophecy; as college students we are aware it is happening, we understand that each moment willingly spend on the readily available distractions does nothing to improve the quality of self, yet we do not resist. That new cat video on YouTube is still more interesting after 30 views than some article about the election, or the pile of homework that never seems to go away, right? Arguably the most depressing part of that idea is not that we are such terrible people who don’t find academics and learning interesting, it is that no one creating curriculum tries very hard to make it interesting—or even relevant half the time.
As a collective, college students are stuck on a cycle of ‘memorize, regurgitate, forget’ and are unwittingly perpetuating the assignment of tasks that can be depressingly menial, all in order to beget knowledge that often times is never interesting enough to file past short-term memory. It is my hope though, that knowledge and learning that has a practical application to life will have ability to hold our interest in a way that a teacher telling us something is relevant does not.
All that being said, I am going to endeavor to do something here that should have begun in grade school. In a series of Blogs I will attempt to share important life skills—knowledge that will actually benefit the life of a college student, or anyone—in a brief and hopefully interesting way. It is my hope that these short, beneficial lessons on ‘How to Adult’ will be able to contend with those ubiquitous distractions and impact in a meaningful way.
Join me here on the KSSU Blog for our first instalment next week: ‘How to Adult: Establishing a Credit Score’ which will be a precursor to our second article ‘How to Adult: Improving a Credit Score’.

Get the Most out of Sac State


The first week of the fall semester has come and gone and is now in full swing. If you’re like me you’re juggling school life, work life, and your personal life; and finding the balance has proven trickier than running simple planning in your mind. Just a quick tip: use the calendar widget on your smart device to set reminders! But however busy you may be, at least make your time on campus worth while to make for a great semester. Whether you are an incoming freshman, transfer student, or on your way out as a senior, there is plenty of opportunity to get involved with an organization on campus. Using community organizations as networking platforms increases your chances of landing a career in the field that you’re most interested in, and regardless of what major you’re in, there is a group, club or society that is just right for you! If you were too busy to catch up with a club in the quad for the first week, Associated Students Inc. is a great way to get involved on campus, or just to obtain information on the wide variety of clubs on campus. ASI programs include Safe Rides and KSSU radio, but as mentioned earlier, most majors have a group to join. For instance, the Sacramento Anthropological Society (SAS), the Hornet Film Society, The State Hornet Newspaper, or you can venture off campus to groups at the aquatic center, like the Sac State Rowing Club, or contact the friendly folks at The Well sports complex to see what sporting clubs are currently offered. Whatever you might be interested in, whether it involves your major or not, seek out the opportunities to get involved and make new friends on and off campus, because your future really does depend on it.

Dead Week


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We have made it to dead week here at Sacramento State.

What is dead week you ask? It is the zombie week before finals where we students crowd the libraries and any other available tables on campus with every intent to study. Where we stand in long lines for coffee. Where we get out laptops to start on final papers due next week. And one way or another we end up on twitter.

This semester’s dead week for me consists of actually taking finals and stressing out over course selection. Yes. You heard correctly, professors give out finals on dead week. I love it. It means one less class to worry about next week, and possibly not even having to come to school during finals week. While some may not enjoy it, I fully embrace early finals.

But let’s get back on track.

Course selection.

College students everywhere let out a collective groan when they hear the phrase “course selection”. I am a second year student here on campus, but technically a junior due to all the AP classes I took in high school. While that is exciting that I get to skip a year, it is also terrifying that I get to skip a year. Trying to ensure I graduate on time is no easy task.

First off, it seems as though every class I want or need fills up an hour to my enrollment period. Let the last minute scramble to find classes to get you to “full time” student enrollment status, begin! Ultimately this leads to us having to take a class on dinosaurs or a class on the study of camping.

Second, taking all these filler classes and prerequisites means staying in school longer. Don’t get me wrong, I love campus and the instructors, but I would like to leave some time soon. Here is my advice for y’all:

Choose your classes wisely! This includes knowing what the prerequisites are to those classes as well.

Meet with advisors because they make life a ton easier.  Plus you get a free pen for talking with them.

Treat yourself to an ice cream after finals and course selection. If you’re lactose…I apologize.

I wish you a smooth course selection process, a productive dead week and a happy summer! I keep hearing that all the stress will be worth it in the end, so let’s plow through these last two weeks and recharge during summer to start the next semester strong. For you seniors graduating this semester, you rock! Despite all the stress, tears, and sleepless nights it was your dedication (with a little support from caffeinated drinks) that got you to this point. We’ll miss you all, but have fun living your post-college lives!

Angelina DJ on KSSU

My Portal Into Yesteryear


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If you have listened to my show on KSSU or have taken the time to get to know me, there is one thing that you’ll probably discover, and that is that I love  jazz music from the 1930s and 40s. I get several questions about my strange taste in music. Why do you like such old music? How did you get into this music?  Well, that’s what I plan to tell you guys about, my portal into yesteryear.

It must have been 2007 or so and I was in visiting Disneyland down in Anaheim with my family. Our next destination was the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. As we approached the giant, art deco themed building, ghostly sounding music started fading into my ears. For me, it was as if I was entering a different time. It started with this wonderful trumpet solo that wasn’t like anything I have heard before. As we moved deeper into the line, the louder the music got and the more I was mesmerized by the music. As the trumpet solo ended and the orchestra joined the trumpeter and created an even more mesmerizing melody. It was a new, pure sound that I never thought I would enjoy and it became more sentimental as a ghostly vocalists filled the halls of the Tower of Terror. I knew at that second that I enjoyed this music and had to find out the name of that song.

After weeks of searching (smartphones weren’t  around yet so I couldn’t just open Shazam to identify the song), I found the song on iTunes and got to enjoy the performance once again. It was titled, “I Can’t Get Started,”by Bunny Berigan & His Orchestra. Bunny Berigan, the talented vocalist and trumpeter, masterfully used his talents to bring me to in a new world. From there, I found other songs like “Moonlight Serenade” and “Lets Dance”and artists like Frank Sinatra and Doris Day. As I listened to more music, I then realized that jazz was my kind of music.

When people ask me why I like jazz, I give them a variety of answers, but the answer I use the most is that it is different. Jazz is relatively simple, yet elegant. I liked the elements of jazz from the trumpets, to the saxophones, and the occasional crooner. Sure, a lot of the music is old and can be considered “elevator music” by many, but the material is fantastic. I enjoy the sentimental lyrics and the sound of each instrument. Sure many of my favorite songs are 70+ years old, but recorded music is made to last forever.

For anyone who wants to get into jazz or anyone interested in the 1930s, 40s, or 50s, I would suggest to just find a few songs and give them a careful listen. Listen to the sounds of each instrument, the lyrics, and ( if you’re listening to a 78rpm record or an old recording) the scratches and old radio sound. In fact, here are songs I recommend. Some of these songs have lyrics and some are instrumental:

 

  1. “Moonlight Serenade” by Glenn Miller & His Orchestra
  2. “I Can’t Get Started” by Bunny Berigan & His Orchestra
  3. “Long Ago (And Far Away)” by Glenn Miller & The Army Air Force Band
  4. “Ciribiribin” By Harry James & His Orchestra
  5. “Saturday Night is the Loneliest Night of The Week” by Frank Sinatra
  6. “Let’s Dance” By Benny Goodman

Enjoy and let me know what you think.

Griffin does music on KSSU

Love Life


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Hello there, everyone!

I think we can all agree that life gets hectic at times. Juggling jobs, school, recreation, studying and maybe even a little sleep here and there can seem like an impossible task. When this happens it is easy to get frustrated and discouraged, but you can do it! Balance is possible and don’t take any of your opportunities for granted.

Personally, I find it hard to evenly balance my responsibilities and my desires. I either binge watch Gossip Girl on Netflix and neglect my responsibilities; or I spend copious amounts of time on daily tasks then get frustrated when I don’t have the time to do other activities.

Trying to break the procrastinator cycle can be difficult for many. And from the attendance in the library during the semester, I think everyone falls under the first (bing-watching) category for the first 14 weeks and spends the 15th week in overdrive trying to cram information into the nooks and crannies of their brain. Then comes the sleep deprivation then the stress then the frustration, but it doesn’t need to be that way! I recently found myself in the same rut, but after taking a step back I realized that there is so much I could do to turn that around. Instead of blaming the world around me, I could change my habits and my attitude to live a happier and healthier life. So here are the steps I took to turn things around…

  1. Take inventory of what is going on around you

    The first step to solving the problem is figuring out what the problem is in the first place. Too much sleep? Not enough sleep? Feeling overwhelmed? Procrastinating?Once you’ve identified your problem write them down. Look at what it is that is stressing you out. Then see how much of it can be prevented and think of how you can turn that around.

  2. Appreciate what you have

    This past week I found myself dreading working out and I found inspiration in the most unlikely places, Facebook. I was scrolling through my feed and saw a member of a workout program I instruct for post a picture. It read ” Be thankful for what you have. You have no idea how many people would love to have what you’ve got.” And that really struck me. I am a young, healthy individual. I’ve got two arms, two legs, ten fingers, ten toes and am able to workout. That’s more than some have. I am able to go to an awesome college and graduate in three years. The more I thought about it, the longer the list became. There are over 7 billion people in the world; and I’m glad to be me.

  3. Plan your days out

    If time management is what your troubles boil down to, then make a list. I keep a planner with me at all times! Put everything in there and you will thank yourselves later! That’s right: birthdays, work schedules, school schedule, homework assignments, finals, deadlines, all of it!

  4. Stick to your plans

    It’s a little counterproductive if you spend all this time writting in a calendar and then leave it at home or never open it again. If it helps, write specific tasks to complete each day and cross them out as you go. Your phone is a helpful tool for this as well. If you’ve got an iPhone, take advantage of the calendar and reminder applications; it’s what it is meant for! This helps you feel accomplished at the end of the day and relieves any anxiety about forgetting something.

  5. Do at least one thing you enjoy each day

    It can be as simple as going on a walk or reading, but do something that is strictly for you! Dedicate 30 minutes to an hour to yourself. Treat yo self. If you find yourself with more free time then amp it up by going out with friends!

  6. Smile more and worry less

    You are an amazing person and don’t forget it. Be the best possible version of yourself in all aspects of life.Find that happy balance between work and pleasure and enjoy life. College students spend so much time stressed out that we often lose sight of the fact that these are supposed to be our fun years. While it is important to take school seriously, your mental and physical health need to be in tip top shape as well.  I’ll leave you with this last tid-bit. As Dr. Seuss once wrote:

Today you are you! That is truer than true!

There is no one alive who is you-er than you

The more that you read, the more things you will know.

The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.

Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.

 You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes.

You can steer yourself any direction you choose.

You’re off to Great Places! Today is your day!

Your mountain is waiting, So… get on your way! 

Angelina is a DJ for KSSU

KSSU Celebrates 25 years of Student Run Radio


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Sacramento, CA: KSSU, Sacramento State’s student run radio, turns 25 years old this semester. Although the actual anniversary is on May 14th, the official celebration is slated for April 15th in the University Union from 10:00am to 8:00pm.

KSSU is an online radio station that broadcasts live 24/7 on KSSU.com. It is run entirely by Sac State students. Being the only student radio station of Sacramento State, KSSU provides the opportunity for Sac State students to learn about broadcast media with no prior experience necessary. KSSU is a non-commercial and free format radio station, which allows students the ability to express themselves with each show. This brings a diverse selection of programming to the station, which reflects the diverse interests of the Sac State student body. KSSU is a Student Engagement and Outreach (SEO) program of Associated Students, Inc., (ASI) at Sacramento State. For more information on KSSU and its history, go to kssu.com/about.

The celebration of being a radio station on campus for 25 years will happen throughout the day on April 15th in the University Union. KSSU alumni will be taking over the airwaves in honor of the anniversary. Various alumni from the past 25 years will program radio shows throughout the day for all to listen on KSSU.com. Some highlights of the day include: a student-produced video presentation on KSSU’s history, and a panel discussion with the founders Jim Bolt and Chris Prosio. At their panel discussion, the founders of the station will discuss their journey to start what is now known as KSSU. Following the panel discussion will be a Q&A. At the conclusion of the day, there will be a reception for attendees. Music will be provided by KSSU Alumnus, DJ Mappquest. The reception also features a photo booth. Food will be provided by Epicure Catering. A photo slideshow highlighting the achievements of KSSU alumni will be on display. The specific schedule for the day is as follows:

  • In-studio sessions with KSSU Alumni: 10:00am – 3:00pm, 5:00pm – 8:00pm, live on KSSU.com.
  • Panel discussion and presentation with KSSU Founders: Jim Bolt and Chris Prosio: 3:30pm – 5:00pm, Delta Room in the University Union
  • Reception: 6:15pm – 7:45pm, University Union Ballroom 1.

More on KSSU: To stay updated with the anniversary and KSSU, follow us on social media. Follow @KSSUsparky on Instagram and Twitter or like KSSU, Sac State Student Run Radio on Facebook. Go to KSSU.com for more information and to listen to KSSU live.