Beat the Heat! Or, How to Survive Without Air Conditioning

There are human luxuries we have all grown accustomed to in our comfortable American lives. These include: food, running water, bad reality T.V. shows, and air conditioning. I never realize how much I miss my air conditioner until it is the middle of August and I am left lying on the floor of my dorm room, panting, and praying for death.

Here’s a list of some useful (and some unconventional!) ways to keep cool on campus! Read More…

How to Be Safe on Campus

You probably think of your college campus as home, at least while you are living there. I know I do! But it can be easy to forget that your “home” is open to all sorts of people—students, professors, employees, the general public—and not all of them are friendly.  Here are 10 useful tips to help you stay safe while on campus! (Note: While some of these tips may seem to apply more to women, it is important to remember that ANYONE can be a victim of assault. Stay safe, no matter what gender you are!) Read More…

The Big Sleep: How To Drift Off When Counting Sheep Won’t Cut It

It is 1:00 AM on a Thursday night, though you swear the clock actually stopped moving a few hours ago. Seconds fall as heavy as textbooks on your eyelashes. The essay/section of reading/group of math problems you have been assigned are finally completed. All you want to do is close your laptop, crawl into bed, and hibernate until summer again like a strange breed of college bear.

We’ve all been there. Sleep is elusive, valuable, and an indescribably blissful experience in college. But some evenings, despite your exhaustion, despite the all-nighter you pulled two days ago, and despite your determination to become reacquainted with the Sand Man, sleep cannot be found. Read More…

Yoga: Ctrl + F5 for your Body and Mind

“I’m not flexible enough.” “I don’t have time.” “It doesn’t do anything.”

It’s the same excuses I always hear when I tell people to try yoga. Just the thought of the ancient practice conjures up images of yogis bent over in awkward, excruciating, contorted positions, and it doesn’t take much for people to be immediately turned off. What most people don’t know is that you don’t have to be flexible at all to do yoga–you just have to be willing to try. Read More…

Stay Up Late Without Dying At Your Desk

This is a post by our newest writer, Brandon Wlosinski (pronounced Wol-insky). Brandon is an Architecture major at Iowa State University, so he knows a thing or two about not getting enough sleep.

Whether you are a studious worker, a multi-tasking project manager, or a budding socialite, chances are that at some point in your life as a college student, you are going to come to a point where sleep is going to take a back seat to other events in your life. This is never an ideal situation, as sleep is a natural bodily function and a requirement to maintain a healthy college life – physically, emotionally, and financially (more sleep = less Red Bull).

So how do you manage getting through the night and the day after if you happen to find yourself pulling an all-nighter? Read More…

Happiness – It’s About You

This is the first post by one of our new writers, Vishrut Srivastava. Say hi to him in the comments!

College is fun. But it gets pretty stressful at times and this makes some people, you know, sad. New research shows that our happiness is made up of approximately 50% genes, 10% life circumstances, and 40% self-control.

Hold up. 40% of happiness is a personal choice? This means that even if your genes were programmed to make you perpetually delighted and your life just rocked in every way, you could still be “meh.” Clearly your choices and mental state can go a long way in making college life a lot more of a pleasant experience. Read More…

Sleeping Only Two Hours A Day?

Update: After lots of further research, I have changed my mind about the usefulness of this technique. I don’t recommend it at all anymore. If you’d like to really dig into this subject, I suggest reading this article by Dr. Piotr Wozniak. Here’s a brief excerpt:

The answer to the question “to sleep or not to sleep polyphasically” will depend on your goals and your chosen criteria. You may want to sleep polyphasically if you want to maximize the frequency of a waking activity (e.g. monitoring the instruments and the horizon in solo yacht racing). Yet you will definitely not want to sleep polyphasically if:

  • you want to maximize your creative output
  • you want to maximize your peak alertness, your average alertness, or minimize the impact of your worst alertness levels
  • you want to maximize the health effects of sleep, etc.

I’ll leave the original article here for history’s sake (for now). At some point I’ll probably write a new sleep article, so keep your eyes open – but only during the day.

Is it possible to sleep only two hours a day and still retain functionality beyond that of a caffienated dippy bird? Read More…

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