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Category: Sarah Blum

“Mastering the Art of Productive Procrastination” by Sarah Blum

When I hear the word “procrastination,” a few things immediately come to mind: Netflix, Instagram, seeing how many Oreos the guy down the hall can eat in one minute, etc. Generally, this kind of procrastination is frowned upon. Starting my first semester of college, I tried as hard as I could to avoid falling victim to it. I soon realized, though, that not all procrastination is bad. Sometimes, you just need a break. To make myself feel better, I try to make this break feel worthwhile, which is where productive procrastination comes in. A productive procrastinator is able to put off doing work by doing something else useful, that will better their life in some way. Once I learned how to do this, I was a lot less stressed out and a spent a lot less time worrying if I was using my time efficiently or doing enough. Here are five ways I upped my productive procrastination game last semester that I hope to continue using! Continue reading

“Laptop Sticker Culture” by Sarah Blum

I often hear that the modern college student looks less like an actual college student, and more like the laptop they are huddled behind. It makes sense, then, that they would like for that laptop, specifically the back of it, to be representative of them and their personality. As it seems, the best way to go about doing this is through stickers—lots of them.

I was not aware of the importance of such stickers before arriving at Delaware, but as soon as I started classes, they became hard to ignore. I found myself face to face with decorated laptops in every classroom, lounge, or corner of the library. Each day I am bombarded by people’s interests, organizations, favorite memes, and hometowns, without having to speak a word to them. After talking to my roommate, whose laptop is covered in an aesthetically pleasing selection of environmentally progressive stickers, I found out that for about $3.00 a piece, I could do the same.

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“Petsickness” by Sarah Blum

The idea of homesickness is not foreign to college freshmen like myself. We are told from the beginning to be prepared to miss our families, friends, beds, and showers. There are some things I miss about home and it is true that the college environment takes some getting used to. However, when I talk to my friends about homesickness, I notice one common theme. My peers don’t talk about missing home-cooked meals or their childhood bedrooms—they miss their pets.

When I sit in the lounge around people cramming for tests, they are complaining about how they miss their dog/cat/bearded dragon and not about how they miss their parents. They vocalize how much they miss coming home to see their dogs instead of an empty dorm room, or how they wish they could smuggle their guinea pigs back to school with them. I even find myself thinking very similar thoughts when I am particularly stressed. So what does a pet provide that people cannot? Continue reading

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