Avoiding Assignment Anxiety

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This is how I organize my assignments so I don't lose my mind.

Every year, I purchase an agenda. It doesn’t have to be fancy, but I like it to have some spunk. I need it to have enough space to write the specifics of my assignments. I take it to every class. At the end of the day, I have a checklist of tasks ready to go.

I create a plan to get all my assignments done. Usually, I aim to finish my homework 2-3 days before it’s due. This gives me time to ask my professor or a classmate for any help, if necessary. It also provides me time to go back and change anything that I don’t like upon revision.

If you’re a procrastinator (like the right side of my brain), you’re likely laughing at the idea of even starting your assignment, let alone getting it done early. I suggest a quick brainstorm. The hardest part is getting started, so don't start at the beginning. I get my main ideas down now and worry about an introduction later. A brainstorm will develop into a rough draft and from there a polished project. Some people like to polish one draft as they go and others want to rewrite their rough draft into a final copy completely. Do what works best for you.

My tips so far have been for smaller assignments, but what if you need to plan for a term project? I still use an agenda, create a plan and brainstorm for larger projects, but there are a few extra steps to build into your plan: Turn your assignment into sections. Take each part and assign it a due date: focus on one piece at a time. If you get an idea for another section, write it down and save it for when you're scheduled to work on it.

Most importantly, remain calm. Be of the mindset that you will complete this assignment, and you will get it in on time. Start working on the tasks right away, as much as possible, and commit to your plan.

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If you still find yourself anxious, and even if you don't, familiarise yourself with your school’s student resources. You never know when you might need to reach out for help, or be the source of information for a friend. If your school has a website, check it out. If not, look around your school or even ask your professor how to get into contact with student support.

At Algonquin College, Student Resources are listed here: http://www.algonquincollege.com/cal/resources/student-resources/

Take a deep breath. Smile. You will get through this year.

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Mary Jane's writing obsession started in 7th grade (writing low quality fanfiction). Later, she discovered how to develop her own stories, and now she’s in Profession Writing at Algonquin college to take her fiction to the next level. Oh, and she’s still a huge nerd.

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Mary Jane Schauland

Mary Jane's writing obsession began with fanfiction in 7th grade. Later, she discovered how to develop her own stories, and now she’s in Profession Writing at Algonquin College to take her fiction to the next level. Oh, and she’s still a huge nerd.

Because we all like pretty things-- Do it your own Competent Self

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It’s a month and a half into the semester. You’ve settled into your classes [sort of], you haven’t quite settled into the 8 am time slot some of them occupy. Regardless, the horror of a living on a student budget has shown its ugly self. Making it work is a balancing act. The inclination is to buy the cheapest form of everything, but that isn’t always the best idea— there will be times where investing in quality will save you from having to invest in quantity later. Here are four places you can save, and one to splurge on, plus some DIY fun to make your saves look like splurges. 

SPLURGE ON:
A Winter Coat: if you’re reading this from California or Arizona please feel free to disregard and do whatever your heart desires with this one. But for those of us living North of the Canada-U.S. border, a good winter coat is a necessity. It gets cold here folks and waiting for public transit while you can’t feel your behind isn’t anybody’s idea of a good time. Do yourself a favour, invest in a good winter coat. Think in terms of longevity when you make a selection. Pick a classic style (be it parka or wool)— something that won’t go out of style. Check what it’s made of— go for something with higher quality materials, they’ll last longer. Check where it’s made: if you can support a company that believes in manufacturing in North America, or Europe, it feels pretty great, and the wares are likely to have better construction standards. Pro Tip: If you’re spending the money, make sure it lasts. Bite the bullet and have your winter coat cleaned at the end of the season before putting it away— getting the salt out will make it last longer.

SAVE ON:
Bed Sheets: Thread count doesn’t always equal comfort. There are plenty of great sheets available for less than $20. Do yourself a favour and buy two sets to swap out between laundry days.
DIYOCS HACK: while the sun is still shining get your roommate to help you tie-dye a solid white sheet set. 

Let your Basics be Basics: t’s, tanks, cardigans, and sweaters can all come from the basics department (specifically at H&M if you’re looking for my recommendation). They won’t have fancy graphics or branding, but that means they’ll go with anything, and you’ll be able to wear them anywhere. There’s nowhere a clean-cut white t-shirt can’t go: pair it with jeans or leggings for those early-morning classes, or tuck it into a high waisted pencil skirt, under a jacket for the interview for your placement.

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DIYOCS HACK: want to make your basics a touch less basic? Think details! Trade the plastic buttons on a cardigan to vintage-inspired metal ones; add some extra fun to a hoodie by swapping out the lace for a wide-width satin ribbon. 

Books: textbooks are expensive— it’s an almost unavoidable truth. Get to know online book sources for both new and used books, as well as any discount bookstores associated with your particular university/college. Students can save serious dough by snapping up a book that’s looking for a new home. Pro Tip: always make sure the edition you’re picking up is still current.  

Stationary, specifically pens: don't let the pretty pens you see on the shelves of Indigo lead you astray and don't even bother with the glass-front cases at Staples. The best pens have always been ballpoint sticks. They always work, they're cheap as heck, and you can buy them everywhere. Splurge a bit and get the name brand (PaperMate, Bic, you know the ones), but buy in bulk to make up some of the cost.


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Growing up, Lynette told everybody who would ask that one day she was going to be either a Rock Star or a Writer. She writes a little bit of everything from song lyrics to creative nonfiction, and can usually be found with a guitar or pen in her hand. She’s still working on the Rock Star thing, but at least becoming a writer has actual job postings. 

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Lynette Wilson

Growing up, Lynette told everybody who would ask that one day she was going to be either a Rock Star or a Writer. She writes a little bit of everything from song lyrics to creative nonfiction, and can usually be found with a guitar or pen in her hand. She’s still working on the Rock Star thing, but at least becoming a writer has actual job postings. 

Global Warming 102

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Here there be dragons. Okay, not really, but it is the magical and confusing time of year where temperature and weather are concerned. Just last week summer rose from the dead, and this week it’s starting to feel a lot like Christmas. Welcome to Global Warming 102, (try to get me to change it, I dare you) where I give my best tips and tricks to avoid freezing and/or burning your ass off.

On freezing mornings and scorching afternoons: do I wear shorts and freeze in the morning? Do I dress warm and risk heatstroke later? None of the above. I give to you the all-important sweater. Keep yourself toasty in the AM, then throw that sucker in your bag when the temp rises. Simple as that. For those looking for the girly-girl look, go ahead and wear that dress, with a pair of cute stockings. They can easily be rolled up and tucked in your bag later.

Fun fact! Scarves are both useful and stylish. They can be used as a cute shawl when it gets chilly and they are compact enough to store away (I personally have at least seven).

Good luck. We'll get through this together!

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Cheat Sheet:

·         Layers are easier to take off than put on

·         Avoid sitting under vents!

·         Cradle your devices for warmth

·        And if all else fails, alcohol makes you feel warm.


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"I'm Brianna, also known as Stanley to some. I like writing stuff and I like eating stuff. My favorite past times are video games and before mentioned eating. I will be writing content to try and make this blog humorous as well as drawing. You know, art and stuff."

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Brianna Ciarla

I'm Brianna, known as Stanley to some. I like writing stuff and I like eating stuff. My favorite past times are video games and before mentioned eating. I will be writing content to try and make this blog humorous as well as drawing. You know, art and stuff.

On Campus Shenanigans

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After-Hours Edition

Juggling school, work and a social life can be a struggle. Things can feel like they’re caving in and suddenly days, weeks and months have flashed before your eyes. One day it’s Monday then suddenly it’s Friday.

Not entirely sure what you want to after a 3-hour lecture? Stuck on campus for 4 hours between classes? Feel like you need to blow off some steam and let loose for a bit? Need to do all of the above on a budget? Fear not, dear friends and fellow students, this post is for you! 

Wednesday, October 4th is Dirty Bingo: at The Observatory from 8pm-10pm right here on campus. This is an 18+ event hosted by two of the most glamorous drag queens, Zelda and Crystal. A fun night with friends to play bingo, drink and win some adult prizes. Can’t make it on such short notice? Don’t worry, Dirty Bingo happens the first Wednesday of every month. Tickets can be purchased at the Algonquin Commons Theatre located in E Building (Student Commons) for $2. Note that this event requires ID since it is 18+.

Tuesday, October 10th is Trivia Night: from 8pm-10pm at The Observatory. This event is free and it's a good chance for some fun memories with your friends. Teams of 6 go head to head for a chance to win Beats by Dre Headphones. Don’t have a team? No worries! Flying solo will give you a chance to group up after arriving and make some new friends.

Algonquin always has something on the go. Below is a link you can follow to check out all of the events coming up. The calendar is updated every month with upcoming events suitable for everyone. Make this website your go-to guide for creating new memories on campus. Going to school isn’t just about learning, it's also about having fun. Questions? Don’t be afraid to stop by the Student Association Office located in the Student Commons (E Building) for queries about upcoming events.

Link: http://www.algonquinsa.com/events/

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Known to some as Mother of Cats, but others know her as Peyton a fun-loving geek, who has an obsession with Dragon Age, Overwatch, writing, and photography. An introvert who suffers from being socially awkward. But has a passion reading, writing short stories, cuddling cats, and late night binge watching Netflix.

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Peyton Bisaillon

Known to some as Mother of Cats, but others know her as Peyton a fun-loving geek, who has an obsession with Dragon Age, Overwatch, writing, and photography. An introvert who is socially awkward but has a passion reading, writing short stories, and late night binge watching Netflix.

What is Crafting the College Life all about?

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Welcome to Crafting the College Life …of caffeine, overdraft, and insomnia.

Post-secondary education is notorious for challenging your perspective, sleep habits, and your wallet. It'll feel like you're being asked to recite the alphabet backwards while standing on your head, but it’s really all about finding the right balance. That’s where we come in— to fill your college life with fun and make your post-secondary experience truly memorable.

Not sure what’s going on this weekend, or heck, what’s going on Wednesday nights because you have Thursdays off? We'll be talking about how to stitch your social life with fun things to do on a budget, both on and off campus.

Feeling overwhelmed? No need to fear! We'll share out best tips regarding the art of organization to get and keep yourself on track.

Need some humour before a long day? We're cooking up some literal comic relief (get it?) to keep level-headed perspective on tap. You’ll want to forward our comics to your friends!

How about some know-how for doing everything from cooking on a student budget to Christmas gifts you’ll actually be able to afford? We've got lots of ideas to do it your own competent self.

We’re students too — we’re all on this crazy ride together.

Until next time,

xo

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Mary Jane Schauland

Mary Jane's writing obsession began with fanfiction in 7th grade. Later, she discovered how to develop her own stories, and now she’s in Profession Writing at Algonquin College to take her fiction to the next level. Oh, and she’s still a huge nerd.