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.  

 

Vote Our Own Adventure


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This is a Vote Our Own Adventure story. Read the story, then go to DJTraySquat on Facebook or e-mail me at djtraysquat@hotmail.com and let me know what our character should do next.

Terror struck. In a tiny room, a tiny walk-in closet sized room, Ben stood stunned. He is boxed into a bright white shoebox. Not knowing how he got here, Ben reached out his hand to touch the wall. Hoping to knock, find a weak spot in the wall, he 6 instead stirred up a cloud of swirling colors. It was like watching paint swirl, but creepier. This wispy smoke swirled around the spot he had put his hand. On instinct he reached up, tried to keep it contained. But, as he put up his hands, the colorful dust settled. And, there, was a window in front of him. Outside the window was just bright white. Ben turned to the side, and put out his hands. The side of the room expanded to a hallway. “Weird,” he marveled as he wondered what was done to him, that he is seeing this strangeness. A pure white hallway lay before him. He slowly braved the hall, step by step. Putting his hands out, to the side and in front of him to see what would happen. Yellows, blues, purples all followed him, wisping around him like food coloring diving into a glass of water. He paused to look back. Behind him was completed hall. It was dimly lit, and fully furnished now. Earth tones now decorated the space. Comfortable chairs, that begged to be rested on. A full suit of armor stood in the corner. Baffled, Ben slowly turned toward the direction he was walking. He stopped dead in his tracks. “What the-“ he exclaimed, because standing directly in front of him on the wall of the hallway in between where he’d been and where he was going, was half a fire place. And, it was burning. To one side of the hallway, bright white nothing, to the other, a room as lived in as anyone’s. Ben marveled at the dancing flames, that came to an abrupt, straight-edged, stop. It was as if something bright white was directly in front of the flames. Ben couldn’t stop staring. He ruined the effect, accidentally, as he raised his hand while amazed at what lay before his eyes. Suddenly the swirling colored mist filled in the other half. He turned toward the rest of the hallway, spinning and twirling, dancing along with the mist as the empty room had life breathed into it. BOOM. He hit the wall, or door rather. Because suddenly there was a door in front of him. Suddenly terror struck again, should he open it? Should Ben turn around, to the left, or right? Should he try and find a way up or down?

I’m DJ Tray Squat

If you liked this, listen to my show, Poli-Psycho, every wednesday night at 7pm on kssu.com. If you would like to vote for what our character should do next, or you would like to show off your own writing, musical talents, or anything that can be heard through the airwaves, contact me for a chance to be on my new segment: The Hornet Showcase. I’m DJTraySquat on Facebook, or you can e-mail me at djtraysquat@hotmail.com

Cookbooks Are Checklists


2015-11-01 09.27.58Cookbooks are relevant. Trust me.

You look at a cookbook, you browse through the pages and see tons of tempting dishes that appeal to you. You dog ear the pages that interest you with full intentions to go back and make that dish. But you don’t. Each page you dog ear is a promise you make to yourself that you almost always break. It’s a conscious thing, too. You are fully aware that you more than likely will not make the sweet potato casserole with lemon zest dumplings. It’s just not going to happen. We think to ourselves, “This looks great! I’ll have these people over and make these things. It’ll be fantastic.” But do you? More than likely not. Do we truly WANT to carryout these plans, but life gets in the way OR do we know deep, deep down that the plan will never be reality the second we make it..yet we make it anyway.

Same goes for any plans really. We make them to break them. It’s our habit, it’s our hobby, but it’s truthfully become our lifestyle.

There’s a notion that there is so much time, time to spare even. If you really stop to think about it, time seems like an old friend. You’ve experienced a lot because of it, you’ve watched your family bloom with time, maybe time has healed you in some way or another. The point is, time is always there, but you won’t be. Putting off goals and plans and dreams is just another way of cheating yourself out of a quality life. Maybe it’s the little promises that we break that equal a quality life as well as time spent wisely. Perhaps we’re breaking the very thing that’s holding us together.

Each time we let one item slip through the cracks, we do not hesitate to find something new to fill it’s gap in our schedules. We are moving on to “big”, WAY BIGGER things. Constantly chasing our tails because, well, we can…and nobody told us not to. Every second of spare time we have gets violated and reformatted to take on a new responsibility and get sucked in to the vortex of obligation. We forget about what we’re sacrificing when we make those split second commitments. We lose sight of our little commitments and brush of our initial plans. Do we truly want to carryout these plans but life gets in the way OR do we know deep, deep down that the plan will never be reality?..yet we still make plans.

Perhaps mentally making these plans, or as I like to put it “little promises,” is a way for us to satisfy our desire to enjoy ourselves without actually doing so. We entertain a notion of a false fulfillment that holds us over only momentarily until our brain passes it off along with the other whims that flash through. We think we’re being strategic with creating events/goals/dreams, but maybe we’re creating a void instead because “We’ll get back to it”. It’s like pre-heating the oven without ever putting the chicken in. You won’t be able to enjoy what you don’t put energy in to. We are enabling ourselves to be less accountable…plus you’re wasting a perfectly good chicken. Regardless of it being a meringue pie recipe or telling yourself you’ll go to the gym more, we make checklists that fall short EVERY TIME.

It’s the little things that matter, and often times, it’s the little things that get shrugged off. People weren’t kidding when they said the devil is in the details because it most certainly is. Deviled eggs without paprika are just boiled eggs that have been re-purposed. The little hint of paprika that is called for in the recipe (plan) makes all the difference. Those little plans, little details, little whatevers are what we need most. They might be small, but we can’t lose sight of them.

If we keep looking ahead at the bigger picture we’ll miss what’s right in front of us. Don’t allow yourself to be left with check-less checklists of what you hoped to accomplish in your lifetime. Make your life count. Give those little things a bigger time slot, and add a little spice.

Mia Kagianas a DJ at KSSU