What I Read: The Opposite of Loneliness

3/5 pineapplesWhat I Read: The Opposite of Loneliness

Marina Keegan intrigued me.

From the start, I noticed her in a bright yellow coat looking at me every time my friends and I found ourselves in Barnes & Noble (which is often). Finally, I opened the cover. When I found out she died just after her college graduation, I set the book back on the shelf and walked away.

At some point, Marina ended up on my Goodreads “to-read” list but I didn’t think much of it until this semester. The semester of three classes, free time, and low motivation meant reading more. I gravitated towards nonfiction and short essays, easy to pick up after longer periods of time. Marina caught my eye once again. This time I obliged.

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Best Studying Tips | The SECOND Day of Blogmas!

On the second day of Blogmas, Leeann’s blog gave to me: the best study tips…

As I’ve struggled through studying and paper writing, I’ve hoped and prayed for some solution to my agony and dismay. “Please,” I say to anyone who passes by, “tell me how to stop this!” My friends and fellow students pat me on the back then go into their finals sob stories of two finals in one day and a project with a group that won’t meet.

I needed a hero, and it came in the form of this article from my dearest mom. It lists “scientifically proven” methods to success during study week, and while it had quite a few suggestions I already knew it also gave me the proof that I was making the right decisions (I’ve never had an all-nighter and I plan to keep that streak; this article told me why that’s a good thing). Continue reading

Favorite Christmas Songs | The FIRST Day of Blogmas!

On the first day of Blogmas, Leeann’s blog gave to me: 10 Christmas songs to sing!

Hello everyone, and welcome to Blogmas Day One! While I’m stressed and freaked out to the max right now, trying to get all my work done for the two papers/two tests I’ve got going on in the next three days, I’m also super excited to spend the next 12 days with you getting ready for Christmas. Something to enjoy while write 24-pages over the next 24-hours… :)

But since it is finals season, I’m listening to quite a lot of Christmas music. It’s what keeps me sane during winter finals. Knowing that the “Christmas spirit” is still around keeps me motivated. So for this first Blogmas post, I’m going to share with you my top ten Christmas songs for studying:Favorite Christmas Songs | Scribbling in the Margins blog

10: We Three Kings, Aly & AJ Ah, the favorite duo of my past. I love We Three Kings, and these sisters do an amazing job with it.

9: Silver Bells, Bing Crosby & Ella Fitzgerald Nothing like some Bing Crosby. I love all of his songs, but Silver Bells makes me think of 1940s Christmases.

8: 12 Days of Christmas, Straight No Chaser This is just a fun song I like to listen to after a particularly long study session.

7: The Christmas Song, Nat King Cole A classic. All the feels.

6: O Holy Night, Nat King Cole Yes yes, another Nat King Cole because he’s the king. And because this version of another favorite Christmas carol is simply beautiful.

5: It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year, Andy Williams Another king of Christmas music, Andy Williams’s version of this song is just perky enough to make that Environmental Crisis paper seem worth it…

4: The Nutcracker Symphony I choose the Nutcracker when I need to do some serious thinking but need some background noise. It’s just soft enough to be in the holiday spirit while letting me do my work.

3: It’s Beginning to Look a Lot like Christmas, Michael Buble Ah, Michael Buble. The 21st century version of Bing Crosby. How I love his voice; this song is so soothing, so one of my top picks when I’m at my stress peak.

2: Christmas Time is Here, Vince Guaraldi Trio Because it’s from one of my favorite childhood Christmas shows, it gets me pumped to go home at the end of a long line of finals.

And my all-time favorite song…

1: Suite from the Polar Express It’s hard to convey how much this song (and movie and book) means to me in one line, so just trust me when I say this song is so full of meaning to me that I pull it out frequently during finals.

There are some favorite Christmas songs missing, such as Carol of the Bells and O Come All Ye Faithful; but those aren’t really songs I listen to while studying. I need tunes that will perk my spirits or get me in the mood to finish my work and go home!

What are your favorite Christmas songs?

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Below the Line:

  • As soon as I publish this post, I’m jumping straight into studying for my U.S. Women’s History test. After tomorrow morning, I can kiss that class goodbye!
  • Still haven’t finished buying all my Christmas presents yet… I really like to find people something they’re going to love, so it’s difficult to spend that much time looking while writing a paper at the same time.
  • 3 days! 3 days and finals will be over.

What’s on My Desk: College Edition

I have two desks: one at home and one at school. At home I use my desk occasionally for work or blogging, but I tend to end up on the living room couch instead :)

At school, my desk sees a lot of use. I do quite a bit of homework at my desk, as well as sorority work (and now, blog work!). I like to make it as homey and perky as possible. Plus, it’s also used as an “all-purpose” table, for food, crafts, breaks, and anything in between.

I thought I would show you around my desk so you have an idea of where I’m working and what organization/set-up options have worked the best for me!

What's on My Desk: College Edition | Scribbling in the Margins blog

Let’s begin, shall we?

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Unconventional College Packing List

I started out thinking I would write the generic “Top 10 Things to Bring to College!” post. It’s the start of my back-to-school series (woot woot!) and what better way to start then with a list? But once I asked my Facebook friends for their suggestions, it turned into so much more than just a list (and so much better).

The things my friends found as “must-haves” ranged from bed sheets and towels to a Time Turner and blankets for floor naps. From my friend Danielle:

Never underestimate the power of a comfy chair (or futon if you’re blessed with space), especially for those introverts among us who enjoy studying in our rooms but not necessarily enduring the cold, hard reality of a desk chair for hours on end. Other than that, I would have to say I’m inordinately fond of my hanging closet shoe rack. It only takes up a little bit of precious closet space but can be used to organize all kinds of small non-shoe items.

And my friend Lydia:

A tiny but well stocked first aid kit and a tiny travel sewing kit! You might be surprised how many disasters can be saved by some band-aids or thread.

Then there’s Grace, whose comments just can’t go unrecognized:

I also always bring my SpUnKy personality and good looks.

As I laughed along or nodded in agreement, I realized how much stuff I use at college the lists online never prepared me for. So I compiled a list of all the Facebook suggestions, more or less in my friends’ own words. The items in bold were suggested more than once, and therefore are the best stuff on the block. ;)

But enough of my blabbering! Without further ado, here is the unconventional college packing list:

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Thoughts on Procrastination

Procrastination1…I’ll get to them later.

Just kidding! ;)

I just finished reading The Art of Procrastinationa tiny little book about one philosopher’s experience with “structured procrastination,” or putting off big tasks in favor of completing small (and frequently insignificant) ones. John Perry, a philosophy professor at Stanford, wittily puts fellow procrastinators to ease about the habit. He also offers tips, such as “horizontal organization” or teaming up with non-procrastinators for projects.

The book is only 92 pages long and Perry’s writing style makes the reading go quickly. Although, I have to admit, I set time aside to read this instead of using it to procrastinate.

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