Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Library Lockdown

     I totally apologize that I have not written in what seems like forever. Last week and this week have just seemed like a big jumble. It is all going by way to fast. I am really trying to savor my last few weeks in VT before I am off on a crazy adventure that some like to call study abroad. It is hard to get work done when there are a million other things that you would rather be doing. Honestly, I could name dozens of things right now that I would rather do instead of homework.......sleep, eat, watch TV, paint my nails, go get coffee, talk to my friends.... you get the idea. The list could honestly go on and on. I find that to accomplish things that I absolutely have to get done, I need to eliminate the phrase "I don't feel like it" from my vocabulary. I need to completely forget how to form those 5 words into a sentence and erase all traces of it from my memory. It is a phrase that limits your potential.
     Once you overcome that simple phrase, you can most likely find yourself trudging to the library to get all the work done that you need to get done. Personally, I am not a library person. I never have been, never will be. It is just way too quiet in there for more and I find that I am much more productive either in my own room, an academic building, or a computer lab in Bergeron (where I most often find myself). Whatever your study space may be, here are some essentials for those long nights of studying!

ONE// Coffee. I am a coffee drinker. I probably drink way more of it than I should, but I can't help it, I just really enjoy it. Coffee is good for those long nights in the library when you just need a little extra pep in your step. Caffeine can help keep you awake just so you aren't falling asleep on top of your books. But remember, a little caffeine goes a long way. Try not to drink too much to the point where it is physically impossible to sleep later on or to the point where you feel all jittery and shaky. That is not good! If coffee isn't your thing, opt for something else, like tea!
I love Starbucks, but there is not one that is really close to campus. Most days I either make coffee in my room, make a cup in Alliot or walk to Dunkin' Donuts. But if I am having a super big craving for Starbucks, I will treat myself every once in a while. My drink of choice is a Shaken Iced Tea Lemonade with Passion Tea! YUM! 
TWO// Planner. I have mentioned my planner far too many times on this blog and you are probably like "Susanna, we get it. You like to use your planner." But I am totally serious, I love my planner. It is my saving grace half the time. If I don't write something down, chances are I am going to forget it. When I bring my planner with me to study, it just lets me know all the things I have to get done and when I have to finish them by. For more tips on how to use a planner correctly, look at one of my previous posts HERE.

THREE// Headphones. Now as I said earlier, I enjoy noise when it comes to studying. I like a little background music. It just helps to keep me focused. But you can't quite listen to music out loud in the middle of the library, so that is why headphones are a must.

FOUR// Chargers. Sometimes you think that you will be going to the library for an hour or so but then you realize that you are going to be there for a lot longer than you expected. Then your computer is at 2% and you have to pack all your stuff up, put on your coat and trudge through the freezing cold back to your room just to grab your charger. Eliminate that struggle and just bring it with you to begin with. This also goes with other electronics like your phone or iPod.

FIVE//Comfy clothes. Now this one is up for debate, but personally I hate doing work or studying in uncomfortable clothes. I like to study in sweatpants, fuzzy socks and a big sweatshirt. I feel like when I am comfortable I am able to get more work done. Other people may prefer to refer to the slogan "Look good, feel good". Whatever you choose, I find that comfort is a major factor. If you can take the focus off feeling uncomfortable, it will help you get more work done.

SIX// Snacks. I mean, you can't go wrong with snacks, right? (check out my other post about snacks HERE) If you are in the library, make sure your snack is "quiet". You are probably now thinking "what the heck is a quiet snack?". Well, a quiet snack is something that doesn't make a lot of noise when you eat it. Loud snacks include chips, super crunch apples, or super chewy items that make you chew loudly. Opt for things that are quiet because loud snacks could annoy the people around you. Snacks are always good though because they can give you a quick energy boost when you are working in the wee hours of the night.
I chose to do my multimedia term project on one of my favorite stops on Church Street called My Little Cupcake. Of course I had to get one! Red velvet is my all time favorite and it was the perfect mid afternoon pick me up that I needed! 
Oh.... also don't forget your books :)

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