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My name is Bekah and I am a sophomore here at Butler. I am an Art + Design major and love sewing and being creative. I also love dancing (I'm on dance team!), eating cereal, and shopping at Target.

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Finals Week Tips and Tricks

Happy Monday, friends! Today marks the first day of finals, which means staying up till all hours of the night, studying for hours on end, and having stress-filled days and nights, and the occasional mental breakdown. Lucky for you, just like last semester, I have some tips and tricks to stay calm and do your best during finals week.

1. Dress well test well: You know how the saying goes-if you dress well, you will test well. I have no concrete proof that this method works, but I do suggest that you try. A few outfits to try out include Hermione Granger (cape, wand, and all), Gordo from Lizzie McGuire, or Sheldon from Big Bang Theory. If you dress smart, you should test smart.

2. Study, study, study: Knowing the material and being well-informed for your finals are key. I suggest using every opportunity possible and studying in the shower. Simply put a plastic bag over your notes and you’re good to go. If you really want to get fancy, however, laminating your pages will take you to the next level. Another effective tactic is to tape notes to the ceiling before you go to bed and wake up every half hour to review. Student-Studying

3. Meditate: Most people suggest taking a break during the studying process to unwind and keep your stress-level in check, but I suggest doing so during the actual exam. If at any point during an exam you feel stressed, overwhelmed, or confused, simply mount your desk to begin meditation. Sitting criss-cross-applesauce with your palms up and rested on your knees is best. Once in this position, close your eyes, take ten deep breaks, and repeat “Oooommmmmmm” for about five minutes. At the end of the meditation, bow to your professor, say, “Namaste,” and finish your exam.

4. Go for a run: Exercise helps reduce stress, and going for a run during study breaks will help get the blood flowing after sitting stationary all day while studying. If you’re an advanced enough runner, just run away from campus and don’t come back. Run home and only return after Christmas break. Your finals can just do themselves.

5. Read: Going along with step number 2, reading proper test-prep materials will help significantly. Scrolling through Twitter, Thought Catalog, and Facebook will increase your scores by 57%, and reading past posts on my blog will increase your results by 82%. Clearly, you know what you need to do.

In all seriousness, you’ve made it this far in the semester and you know what you need to do to finish strong. Good luck studying, good luck on finals, and thanks for reading :)

 

 

Advising and Art Stress

Happy Thursday to all! We have about one month left of the semester, and you know what that means- it’s time for advising appointments and end of the year shenanigans! I blogged last semester about how stressful it was to figure out my schedule, but I wasn’t nearly as stressed this time around.

Although my advising appointment didn’t give me too much worry, all of my art projects most certainly have. I have mentioned many a time before that I am an Art + Design major. I absolutely, positively love being an art major, but there is quite a lot happening in the art department these days, so I am wigging out a bit.

My most recent project.

The biggest thing I have to do is create a body of work.

For the body of work, the class has to make 5-10 pieces that are related through a concept, and we have to have them done to present at Art Now. Initially, I was going to go to Value World and buy items from the song “Thrift Shop” and create my own interpretation of the song through photographs, but I wasn’t totally feeling it. My new idea was inspired by a video of strangers sitting in a ball pit and asking each other questions so they wouldn’t be strangers when they left the pit (the video is below!).

As you know from reading my blog, I am all about becoming friends with strangers. I am really curious about people’s relationships and how they come to meet and grow in friendship, so I am going to create spaces and instances that, like the ball pit, encourage strangers to interact. I am going to document these interactions through photos and writing, so it’s different from most other projects I have done. This type of art is called relational art because it is about human relationships, rather than a tangible piece of artwork. I’m kind of nervous that no one will want to participate, but you better believe I’m going to try!!

In other kind of artsy-related news, I got an Instagram, so you should follow me!

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Have a great end to the week and thanks for reading :)

Managing Stress

Happy Wednesday! Finals are next week, so naturally everyone is freaking out. I do get really stressed about school, but if I try really hard, I can manage my stress. I thought I would share some of my expert stress managing tips with you to get through finals week!

1. Make a to-do list. Think of the best thing that you have ever done and how it felt. Crossing things off your to-do list is approximately two times better. Write down everything that you have to get done (I like to put the most pressing issues towards the top) and then enjoy the immense satisfaction of crossing them off as you finish each task. Writing everything out helps sort things out in your brain, making it easier to get stuff done.

2. Take it one task at a time. Having a to-do list helps with this. It is really easy to freak out about everything you have to accomplish if you look at everything as a whole blob of stuff to get done. Take it one project, paper, or reading at a time and it makes everything more manageable and less daunting.

3. Take breaks. Even though you feel like you have no time to even breathe without simultaneously studying in some way, you will lose your mind if you do not take a break. After staring at one assignment for hours, your brain will become fried faster than an egg on a sidewalk on a hot day! Give yourself short little breaks in which you take a walk outside, chat with some friends, or do something to get away from being stationary and alone. You will come back from your break feeling recharged and ready to conquer the world!!!

4. Have some chocolate. This is my favorite of all of the stress relieving tips. Science has proven that chocolate diminishes the levels of stress hormones, so instead of freaking out about everything, take a few deep breaths and eat a candy bar. It really helps!

My life motto.

5. Keep calm and think of how good your life is compared to Snooki’s. This needs no further explanation.

Have a great rest of the week, stay calm, and thanks for reading :)