• College Students: 5 things to do when you're stuck at home

    by Azita Peters

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    Like most college students these days, I’m spending a lot of hours stuck at home. Even though I’m keeping up with my school work, I’m finding I have an excess of time on my hands. If you’re stuck at home, here are some ideas for things to do while you’re there.

    Read a book 

    I don’t know about you, but during the school year it seems that the only kind of books I have time to read are textbooks. I’ve had a list of books that I have been wanting to dive into, a few of which have been piling up dust in my room. So having some downtime might not be the worst thing. Many times students tend to binge watch television when they have extra time, but reading gives your eyes a rest from blue light and gives your brain some exercise. 

    Get organized

    Make to-do lists for assignments and other tasks you need to complete so you’ll stay on track. You may feel like you have a whole bunch of time on your hands at the moment; however, staying organized will prevent you from getting distracted and potentially missing deadlines for online coursework and tests. Being able to organize what you have to do will help you avoid feeling overwhelmed. 

    Get inspired

    Pinterest is a fun way to learn about new crafts, ideas, and projects. Or you could even spend time dreaming about your next vacation by looking at travel resources. While you may not be able to spend time the way you used to, working your mind will help you be more positive

    Apply for jobs / internships

    Thinking about the future can be a little scary, but it is also exciting! Spend some of this downtime researching possible career opportunities for your area of study. Read job descriptions in order to have a comprehensive understanding of qualifications and responsibilities. Put yourself out there and dream big. You’ve got to play to win, after all, and now you have time to truly focus on how you want to be conveyed. 

    Write

    Share your insight and experiences by starting a blog or posting on social media. Creating content is unique since you can be the author and start a conversation with your audience. You have so much time, so you might as well utilize it to create something that shows your voice and passions. 

    Being quarantined is no fun and can sometimes make you feel isolated and unhappy. Find new ways to keep your mind engaged and your body active. Focus on the things you can still do and try to make the best of it. 

     

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  • Top 5 Reasons Why Every Student Should Study Abroad

    by Azita Peters

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    A once in a lifetime opportunity. That’s how people often describe their study abroad experiences. While you do have your whole life to travel, studying abroad is a different way of experiencing what the world has to offer. Having just returned from four months in Europe, I feel inspired and refreshed. I was able to absorb various aspects of life over these past few months, being fully immersed in constant change. Finding the right program for you may take time, but will ultimately be so worth it. This blog article will share my top five reasons why every student should study abroad.

    # 5 – Step Outside of Your Comfort Zone

    Traveling isn’t always easy, especially when you travel in large groups of travelers with different habits. You’ll spend time scheduling trips that may not go as planned, and that’s okay. While you’ll be taking classes during your time studying abroad, you’ll likely learn more from your experiences outside of the classroom. You may pick up on certain words of a new language. The people will make your trip special – those you travel with regularly and the people you meet along the way. Locals will ask you thought-provoking questions about America. Your perspective and outlook on life may change.

    # 4 – Get to Know Yourself Better

    You will learn how to handle different situations, figure out how to overcome challenges and understand how to deal with new circumstances – sometimes on very little sleep. You’ll continually be on your feet as you aim to “take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints”. Some long nights may be followed by early mornings, but even the lightest sleepers learn to squeeze in some rest on planes, trains, and automobiles! Most of all, you will learn how you react in new situations.

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