Posts Tagged ‘Student life’

Farewell!

Monday, November 5th, 2012

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The time has come to say goodbye to my blog here at CBU. It has been an incredible experience and I have loved sharing my time with you over the last few years.

Thank YOU for reading!

It has been a blast.

So-long,

Lucy

An ode to being a student.

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

On Saturday I will officially have my undergraduate degree, a Bachelor of Arts. Mind you, I finished the course work for my degree in the summer… and let me tell you, not being a student anymore is strange.

Take for one, the free time. Do you know how many hours there are in a day? MANY. As an unemployed ex-student, you really begin to understand time and what to do with it. Stay in bed all day? Nope, that won’t do it. Clean your parent’s house from top to bottom? Gets old quick. Pretend to be busy on your laptop at local coffee shops? Fun, but expensive.

While being a student, any free time I had was spent thoughtfully: dinner with friends or at a yoga class. Being a student gives you meaning and even if you’re an unmotivated student – you still are getting things done.

I've heard this before.

When you’re not a student anymore, you also have to answer questions like, “What do you do?” Hmm… what do I do? When you’re a student, the answer is simple. When you’re not you ramble on a bit until they lose interest. “So, I just graduated, now I’m trying to find out who I am and I’m on a journey of doing so and I like to knit now and Monday nights I watch New Girl and…” Yeah, you get the point.

Not being a student also forces you to grow up. You get a job or you do something else. When you’re a student, you focus on the present moment, the deadlines, the social events, the reading weeks. Thoughts of the far away future are just that: far away.

On top of this all, being a student means that you’re learning about the world and how it works. When you’re not a student, you’ll learn lessons too… but they won’t be as detailed or invigorating as when your professor delivers them.

As my second month of post-grad life concludes, I still miss being a student somedays, and I’m glad that I fully enjoyed my four years at CBU. For now, I’m figuring out what it’s like to not be a student for the next year until I’m back in school and regretting everything I’ve just said :)

Being a student: love it or hate it?

Sweater Weather – Better Weather

Monday, September 3rd, 2012

They say “Sweater weather is better weather” and as the summer slowly fades away I have to agree. Swapping summer dresses for sweaters and boots isn’t exactly a tragedy. In fact, it is pretty exciting!

Sweater weather is still beautiful. Fall days in Cape Breton are crisp and cool enough to wear your favourite sweaters without needing your 10-pound winter jacket in tow. You can dress up or dress down… you can wear skinny jeans or leggings… you can wear boots or cute ballet flats! The possibilities are endless – making getting dressed just a little bit more fun.

With the fall months quickly approaching, some things to remember when searching for “the one” are to look for quality and comfort. Your fall sweaters aren’t one-hit-wonders: go for a fabric and fit that is classic.

Choose fleece, wool, or cotton for a sweater that will keep you warm and will last more than the season.

Choose a sweater that fits its function. If you’re searching for a “running to class and back” sweater, opt for a hoodie. If you want to embrace your inner fashionista – a stylish knit with embellishments will do the trick.

Below are some of my picks for sweater weather. Now all I have to do is patiently wait for the temperature to go below 15 degrees…

Happy Sweater Weather!

AE Popover in Maize ($35)

Top Shop Knitted Stud Jumper in Khaki ($76)

PINK Track Jacket in Heather Purple ($46)

GAP Boyfriend Pullover in Heather Gray ($49)

Urban Outfitters Array Cardigan ($69)

Under Armour Wintersweet Fleece Jacket in Gray ($119)

Keep Calm and Carry On

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ has become a treasured motto for many around the world. The motto appears just about everywhere, serving as a reminder not to get overwhelmed or hung up on things. But, is that a realistic expectation? And, when faced with a stressful situation (like an exam) can you really keep calm and carry on?

Earlier this week I wrote my much-anticipated LSAT exam. The exam is around 4-7 hours, and is written to be challenging for everyone. On top of that, the exam has a lot of hype surrounding it… none of which makes it seem like an enjoyable experience, if you know what I mean.

Nonetheless, despite the terror that surrounded the exam – I remained calm. I wrote the LSAT without thinking in my head “I can’t do this” and I didn’t need to continually click my pencil off the desk out of nervousness. Instead, I remained focused and okay. And guess what? I did fine!

In stressful situations, it’s important to find your calm in order to keep moving forward. Here are some of the ways I keep calm and carry on:

  1. Breathe. Finding your breath in stressful situations is the most important thing you can do. Regulate your breathing and you’ll quickly find calm.
  2. Leave negative thoughts at the door. There is no time for negative thoughts – whether about yourself, someone else, or the situation. A good motto is, “If you don’t have anything nice to think, then don’t think anything at all.”
  3. Harness excitement and nervousness as energy. Particularly when writing an exam (or giving a presentation), take that excitement and use it as energy to power you through the situation. Coffee will quickly become irrelevant!
  4. Be proud. Realize that you’re the greatest and that whatever the outcome is, you’ll still learn from this experience. Don’t be too hard on yourself.
  5. Dance. Dance? Okay maybe not for everyone. Release some pent up feelings of anxiousness by exercising. Perhaps it will be going for a run, doing yoga, or, having a one-person dance party to your favourite inspiring tunes. Whatever the case, moving your body will keep you moving forward.
  6. Have perspective. Will this situation matter in 5 years? Probably not. Let it go and the stress will let you go too.

Those are some of the ways I made it through my LSAT experience calm and cool.

What are your favourite ways to overcome stressful situations?

To learn more about ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ click here.

March Yoga Challenge

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

January 1st shouldn’t be the only day you decide to start something new and beneficial for yourself. Everyday we should embrace healthy habits that make us smile and bring us closer to meeting our goals and resolutions – whatever they may be.

As students, it’s very easy to become sidetracked and to forget about taking care of ourselves. However, it’s not too hard to carve out time for yourself again. Finding time to “unplug” yourself from technology just for five minutes will be refreshing. Flossing your teeth at night, or savouring a nutritious breakfast will probably make you feel invincible! For me, it’s the little stuff that improves my mood and motivates me to consistently give my best.

And what’s one thing that really makes me feel energized and refreshed?

(No, not coffee!)

Yoga!

Many assume that to practice yoga you need time, flexibility, or a calm mind. In actuality, you just have to step on your mat and the rest will come.

Improving your sleep, maximizing your fitness, and managing your stress are just some of the benefits of yoga. (Hello, last month of classes!)

So, are you ready to join me for a yoga challenge?

Starting March 1st, I am making a point to incorporate yoga into my everyday. My goal is to gradually build up to 12 Sun Salutations, by beginning with one on March 1st, two on the 2nd, three on the 3rd and so on. My yoga teacher says that practicing Sun Salutations is a complete at-home practice. And, when you’re ready, you can drop into a yoga class at CBU – or do a video online to enhance your practice.

The Sun Salutation sequence (seen below) is a yoga basic and can be done anywhere and anytime. Get one in before class, in between studying, or right after you get up in the morning. They don’t take long and you will feel great after. Promise.

Yoga mats are available at the Fitness Centre at CBU, or you can purchase one at Winners for under $20.

So, won’t you join me on March 1st by bringing a little yoga into your life?

For a great beginner’s demo of a Sun Salutation, click here.

Getting on track

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

As you could gather from my last blog entry, I am moving out of summer-mode and into school-mode. I guess I am one of those people that like to prepare myself in advance, instead of just enjoying every last drop of vacation! It’s not ideal to be making to-do lists in August, but that’s just me. Is anyone else an early bird?

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Smoothie of the Day

Monday, June 13th, 2011

Confession: I am addicted to fruit smoothies… and you should be too!

Fruit smoothies are good during any time of the day: breakfast, lunch, dinner, and in between, of course.

You can add in any fruits that are in season, and the fruit can always be fresh or frozen –  depending on your preference.

Me? I like it all. They are perfect for all-year consumption (particularly tasty during the hot months of the year), and they can travel with you to school, you can share them with friends, or just enjoy one solo when taking a break during your day.

Smoothies are super-foods because they are packed with nutritious berries that provide you with (very) important nutrients, minerals, and – energy! … Oh, and they taste delicious.

They are also perfect for student life… you can even buy personal blenders like the Magic Bullet that you can keep in your dorm for a healthy, easy snack.

Enough about why they’re good, and here’s how to make a delicious one, one I’m enjoying right now.

Lucy’s Strawberry-Banana Smoothie

- 1 cup fresh strawberries

- 1 frozen banana (not-so-secret-ingredient)

- 150 ml of vanilla soy milk (or other milk options)

Peel your frozen banana, and put all ingredients in your blender. Blend until smooth – about 1-2 minutes. Makes one serving, double recipe if serving more.

What are your favorite smoothie recipes?