“Senioritis”

During your senior year of high school, you probably heard the term “senioritis”. It is a term used for the seniors that get this condition; the condition that makes you almost give up in the sense. You don’t want to do any more homework, study, or even go to school because you know the end near.

I personally got this condition in high school and I am convinced that I kept the condition going into college as well. Everyday that I have class it is a constant battle of making myself actually go. I wake up and think to myself, “will this class really matter?” “will that paper really make a change on my grade?”or “maybe they will accept it late?” The battle usually ends with me getting up and doing my work, but it is only getting worse as the semester is coming to an end.

So, I am here to remind you, and myself, that you have to keep going on. No matter how badly you want to give up and forget about your work, you have to keep studying because FINALS are just around the corner.

You may think to yourself that these last few weeks won’t affect your grade “that much,” but if you get a bad grade on only one test, it can change the result of your entire grade. Nobody wants this, so keep on pushing through the next few weeks because it may drag on, but you will definitely regret it if you give up now.

End the semester stronger than you started it; make your time count!

-Jacqueline, student blogger

Fun things to do around our area

Ever find yourself sitting at home bored and trying to come up with something to do with your friends on the weekends? I know I have done this several times in the past. Luckily, I now know of fun things to do around here when I have some time off from homework, class, and work. Believe it or not, there are actually plenty of things to do around here that are fun and don’t cost that much money.

My friends and I will all plan to go to Pirates’ games once the weather gets nice. Tickets normally aren’t too expensive to the games. If you carpool and split money for gas/parking, you’ll find yourself having an affordable and fun night out! Although, you might just want to eat at home- stadium food is super pricy. Another thing you can do in the city is go hangout at the Pointe fountain and grab a bite to eat. Sometimes, there are even festivals and events going on there. Once in the city, you might want to sightsee a little. The best view is from Mount Washington (you can drive there or use the incline) which overlooks the whole city with its breathtaking view.

If you don’t want to drive all the way to Pittsburgh, you can have a fun day hiking trails at Hopewell Community Park or Brady’s Run Park. There are tennis courts and other facilities at Brady’s Run that are open to the public free of charge (indoor tennis courts have to be rented; outdoor courts are free). In Beaver Falls, there is a beautiful waterfall that you can hike to called “Buttermilk Falls.” If you haven’t done this yet, you definitely should!

Another thing you and your friends could do is go ice skating at the Airport Ice Arena or at Neville Island. There also are plenty of great ice cream places around here such as Hanks, Bruster’s, and the Windmill that are wonderful on hot summer nights.

Try to keep informed on the events that are going on in your community; there are always car cruises, festivals, and other fun events going on now that the weather is getting warmer!

 – Liana, student blogger

Box Breathing

Aside from the actual difficulty of completing homework and studying one of the most challenging things a student can face is stress. Stress eats away at us and ultimately leaves us anxious, distraught, and in no shape to work properly. It takes on a lot of different forms for many people. Some react to stressors mildly while others (like me) may react in more noticeable ways like hyperventilation. Regardless of its level of severity, we all feel the effects stressors from time to time, so I thought maybe I could share a method I find very useful for keeping my anxiety under control. It’s called box breathing.

Box breathing is a meditative  breathing pattern used by some therapists to help aid patients with anxiety issues.When under stress the body often experiences a flood of adrenaline into its system. As a result your breathing becomes harsh and shallow which makes it difficult to function normally. Box breathing attempts to minimize this reaction by combining deep breathing with a simple four count.

The actual technique goes as follows, picture square and move along the sides of it inhaling and exhaling for counts of four; one breath on each side.

I’ll attach a diagram below.

Hope some of you find this helpful.

-Jordan Winston

Keeping the “Freshman 15” Off

I always told myself that I would not let the freshman fifteen happen to me. I scoffed at the people who had a hard time staying the same size out of high school. Then, I actually started college, and every thought about staying healthy flew out the window.

Taking around five classes a semester, working almost full time, and trying to maintain a social life wrecked havoc on my diet. It was quick snacks at the cafe, fast food on my way to work from class, and going out to eat with my friends and family. My fridge had water and some milk for cereal. My cupboards had nothing but chips and some bread. The freshman fifteen was hot on my heels and I could feel every pound. I felt so out of shape, getting out of breath just walking around on campus in between my classes.

It was how I felt so physically unfit that finally caused me to take action and fight the freshman fifteen. I was tired of feeling this way and decided that I needed to make some serious changes with my activity and diet.

I started with packing my lunch for school and work. Anything you bring from home can be a whole lot better for you than greasy food from a drive thru. I still have chips and candy but I also try to balance with some healthier options like wheat bread and fruit. I make a lot of meals at home and take leftovers for lunch.

As for the exercise, I just started taking it one day at a time. My fiancé got me a Fitbit for Christmas and I love it. It really motivates me to keep moving throughout my day. I started out small, only attempting to hit 5000 steps a day and before long I was hitting my goal half way through the day. So I bumped it up, and now I’m getting at least 10000 steps a day. I also started going to the gym at least one day a week after school.

These changes may not help everyone but they definitely have been helping me be a healthier version of myself. At the very least, it’s helped me walk up the hill from the Health Building to the parking lot without feeling like I’m going to die.

-Samantha, student blogger

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Are online classes for you?

I have taken several online classes here at CCBC. I honestly really think that online classes are convenient, especially when working outside of school. Some of my friends don’t like online classes that much; they would rather be on campus in and actual classroom. It is really personal preference whether you like online classes or on campus classes better.

This semester, I’m taking two classes on campus and three online. With online classes, it is vital to make sure that you are keeping track of all the work that you have to do. You really want to check Blackboard regularly to see if your teachers have posted any updates or other assignments that you may have originally missed. I try to make a schedule of the week each Monday with all the assignments I have to do for each class and cross them off as I finish them. I find this to be super beneficial because I keep track of what I have done and what I still have left to do.

The only issue I have had with online classes is when taking exams, my internet sometimes kicks me off. When this happens, you are completely exited from the exam and can’t get back on to finish it. Basically, it submits it. After this happened to me two times, I decided to go on campus to the computer lab and take my exams there. I found this to be so much better- I never got kicked off when taking a test. So, if that ever happens to you when taking an online exam, then just try moving to the computer lab on campus.

You might just try taking an online class and seeing how you feel about it…who knows, you may just really like it!

-Liana, student blogger

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