Lately, I have had no free time. By “lately,” I of course mean “since November, when I decided that combining going to school full-time with an internship and a job and some freelance copyediting was a good idea.”
Both because I am a glutton for punishment and the idea of quitting anything or truly letting anyone down gives me the sweats, I have not dropped any of these responsibilities. All of this means that something has got to give, and that something has been my free time, and in turn all of my hobbies, interests, and stupid research holes I spend four hours in.
Every once in a while, when I do find a precious, precious spot of free time, I have felt legitimate stress to use it to its very fullest. Over the past five months (and god help me how has it been only five months), these are some of the solutions I’ve found.
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Just a few days ago, I came into my dorm to find my suitemate doing her homework on the floor of her room (love you the most, Katie). I was pretty confused until I took a look at her desk; it was in absolute shambles, with books, papers, clothes, and random Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup wrappers strewn about.
Now, this is not a roast of my suitemate, because I feel like 90% of the dorm rooms desks I see are in the exact same shape. When I ask people why this is, the answer most often has to do with how boring and bland dorm room desks are. And, if you’re not creatively inclined, or don’t have any clue as to how to decorate and organize a desk, you’re at an even greater disadvantage. It seems that when a desk isn’t “homey” or conducive to productivity, people are less likely to work there.
Conversely, I do a majority of my work at my desk, but that’s only because I’ve made it an environment that I want to work at. While I keep my desk strictly organized, I have also added some little knick-knack things that remind me of home and that make me smile whenever I look at them. I’m here today to give you a sneak-peek as to how you too can make your desk a space that you actually want to work at.
One of the great things about going to school at Emerson is that my peers always seem to be working on their own personal projects. I know WLP majors who are self-published, actors who have gone out for Broadway audition, and VMA majors who are shooting films and web series. It’s inspiring to constantly be around creative people who are immersed in their own projects … Continue reading Common Ideas: A College Snapshot
No documents to show. No, no, no, no, no. I was always told to back up my documents, but I felt like my computer was invincible. My documents are on the cloud. I don’t need to back them up. I don’t need a hard drive. I won’t lose anything. I was wrong. I was so wrong. It all started when I got the familiar menacing … Continue reading iCloudy with a Chance of Losing Your Documents
One of the best decisions I made as a college student was signing up with Office Team, a temp agency. I only had a couple months of experience in an office, so all of my applications were ignored, but I desperately needed a job that paid more than minimum wage otherwise I wouldn’t be able to afford to pay for Emerson that year. I had just … Continue reading Working as a Temp
Finding a job is tough. You spend so much time tweaking your resume and cover letter so they stand out among the many other hopefuls you’re up against and you might have to apply to dozens of places before an application is noticed, and liked, by a potential employer. After getting over the excitement of a call back, it’s time to prepare for the interview. You … Continue reading How to Have a Great Interview
Time management is really hard. I can’t tell you how many nights I’m up until 2 a.m., because I just haven’t managed to get my homework done after work, school, my extracurricular activities, my friends, my boyfriend and whatever else I needed to get done that day. Many students have a reputation for being way too busy and, with how fast the days seem to go … Continue reading Managing Your Time
Changing fashion trends and the rise of online retailers has changed malls from the malls we grew up seeing depicted in 90s teen movies. Despite major rebranding efforts from wildly popular malls from the 90s and 00s, stores like Delia’s and Abercrombie & Fitch seem to have missed the mark with teens today. This year, Delia’s closed all its stores and Gap announced its plans … Continue reading The New Mall Culture (And Tips for Surviving It)
Nothing is more frustrating than staring at a blank screen or an empty piece of paper and not being able to write anything. Whether it’s 3 a.m. and you can’t figure out how to start your research paper or it’s 3 p.m. and you have a story idea that you just can’t put into words, writer’s block can be extremely frustrating. Though writer’s block can’t be … Continue reading The Write Direction: Tips to Help With Writer’s Block
It was a typical day at work when my manager yelled at me from the fitting room to go get her a pair of scissors. Naively, I assumed I was fetching them in order to cut off tags. Instead, I found a woman stuck in a dress that was about 4 sizes too small, with the only options being to either leave her in the … Continue reading Real World Education in Retail