Hydra Taking Finals

Tis’ the season… of finals week. Students are struggling to get enough sleep to function during the day, but then drowning themselves with coffee throughout the night.

Photo from Patrick Allan

Photo from Patrick Allan

Develop a Better Kind of Mental Toughness by Living like a Hydra” by Patrick Allan had me thinking of a way of students to successfully get through hell week. Though he wasn’t speaking just specifically about finals, it was life in-general.

If all students acted like the Hydra during finals week everyone’s toughness would be through the roof! Be tough! Beat Finals!

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Players Left Behind After Terminating Program

The University of Alabama at Birmingham has removed its football program. The news official broke today after speculation that the move could happen after the season.

Photo from uab.edu

Photo from uab.edu

As of now, UAB is bowl eligible and the players have a chance to play one final game for the last time. But some more information is going unheard of, besides the football program, there are two more programs that will be removed also. These programs are not getting the same recognition as the UAB football team, but they too are losing their hopes and dreams slip away.

President Watt has been under  pressure since the decision has been made. After holding a news conference, he met with the players and then heard the voices of young men and coaches who had their own emotional opinions on the situation.

The removal of the program doesn’t just touch the players and families involved, but all athletes and fans across the nation. People understand how important college football is to people. Saving peoples lives, and keeping them on the right path to succeed, but this situation brings a whole new meaning to college football. #FreeUAB

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Stay Productive in Three Different Ways

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving but It’s getting towards the end of the semester which mean FINALS! But Hack College’s Mark Frost posted “3 Strange Productivity Hacks That Actually Work” to help people.

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Photo from blog.collegegreenligt.com

The three different approaches that Frost suggest are strange, but I have had success from one approach. Studying and writing papers in a coffee shop is relaxing for me.

Check out the link above to see more ways to be producitve and strange places. It could help during the stressful hell week students are about to go through.

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The Good… The Bad… The Negative?

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Photo from prime3coaching.com

From LifeHacker’s George Dvorsky, “Does ‘Positive Thinking’ Really Make Our Lives Better?” gives a unique perspective on how positive thinking could lead to negative outcomes.

Growing up, I was always told when a bad situation presented itself, that things could always be worse. Positive thinking can help gain confidence in self. There is nothing wrong with helping yourself get through a bad situation by thinking positive thoughts.

But to over think those thoughts into something greater than it needs to be can ultimately lead to a negative. There has been research done that shows positive thinking helps individuals get through tough situations, therefore, positive think all you want!

Just know when to stop and think, “okay, that was a little much.”

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Copyright at it Again…

Photo from Alan Wexelblat.

Photo from Alan Wexelblat

There are always copyright lawsuits going around the world. All of them have their own unique standards. Earlier this week, Ghostface Killah, member of Wu Tang Clan, was on the wrong end of a copyright lawsuit. The lawsuit was regarding two songs in Ghostface Killah’s “Supreme Clientele” album in 2000.

In Alan Wexelblat’s post, “Two Copyright-in-Gaming,” there has been a devastating blow to Grand Theft Auto: San Andrea, in the gaming world. Known for the popular soundtracks in the game, they will be removed form the game permanently.

But from the copyrights that Rockstar, the game creator, are being docked from, there is also another problem. What about the people that bought the game? Shouldn’t they be able to have the soundtrack that they paid for? It is definitely an interesting view point to look at.

All-in-all, Wu-Tang Clan is still awesome to this day and GTA: San Andrea might be the greatest video game of all time!

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It’s Finally Here!

We’ve all been waiting for the day we can use Microsoft Office on our iPhones, iPads, Androids and tablets to take notes in class or for an interview. Before, we had to used a notepad app or something of that nature. Now, times are changing.

Eric Ravenscraft of LifeHacker posted “Microsoft Office Comes to iPhones, Android Preview Available, All Free,” in response to Microsoft’s intentions of making their program to other users. One of the key words in there are, “all free.” With them allowing the usage of Office 365 to new users, it will help both parties.

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Photo from itswitch.com.au

But there is more to just the free app, with the subscription (paywall), it will allow users to gain more. With it users can get storage and a Dropbox feature.

I have personally used Microsoft 365 on my iPad and it works perfectly. Instead of getting a laptop at the library, I pull out my iPad and get to work. I can save everything on there. It also allows users to email the document to whom ever. It is perfect for college student and people on the go!

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Turn Imperfections into Assets… Eventually

Everyone has something they have wanted to do, but somehow “never have the time.” Some people want to get to the gym before school or work, start reading as a hobby and even talk to their mother more, but there is always an excuse.

LifeHacker’s Tori Reid created a method to begin the simple things you have been pushing back in “Analyze Your Flawed Beliefs to Achieve Your Goals.” Even though Reid’s method is simple and childish, it can be extremely effective from personal experience. The key is to understand that we are people of habit and change is hard for us to deal with.

Reid’s three step system has nothing but positive outlook on the events that an individual wants to achieve but it is also “childish” as I stated before. As adults or young adults, something so simple like waking up early should be easy, but it’s not.

Photo from Tori Reid "The Three Steps"

Photo from Tori Reid
“The Three Steps”

All in all, if you want to start hobby or getting to the gym, start small and work your way up, follow the three step process and stay positive. Remember, if your dreams do not scare you, they’re not big enough.

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The Next Big Step

Photo from Mark Frost

Photo from Mark Frost

Before college, most high school students don’t have to make a big, life-changing decision. Until we decide what college we want to go to and at that point, that it the biggest. Students that move away from their parents and live on their own for the first time is part of that big decision.

But when students graduate, life is full of decisions that can make or break us as people. In Mark Frost’s “How to Buy Your First Car (and Feel Good About It),” he helps and gives information on how to buy a first car. He even gives a list of new and used car to consider in 2015.

In the details that Frost gives for college students, there is always factor when it comes to buying cars and that is the sales person. With research on the car and a lot of bargaining, people can end up getting a good deal for a good car.

This is just one big decision for college graduates, just make sure you do your research and hopefully you can make the right decision.

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Growth of Crowdsourcing

Any website can use crowdsourcing to add value from communities to their website or company. Journalism has the same affects when using crowdsourcing with their work.

But Daily Crowdsource’s David Bratvold explains the evolution of crowdsourcing and how it is used by global enterprises in his “Where Crowdsorcing is Headed” post. He reveals that he and David Alan Grier had a conversation about the rise in usage of crowdsourcing and where it is headed.

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Photo from smarterer.com

One of the three advancements that Bratvold includes is the big name companies (Walmart, AT&T, Microsoft etc.), that are now using crowdsourcing to their advantage. The interesting part of this point is why haven’t these companies used it before? It’s a question I asked myself while reading the post.

It’s an interesting post by Bratvold because it shows the evolving aspect that companies now and in the future will use to gain more worth to themselves.

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A Distraction When You Allow It

Lifehacker’s Tori Reid had an interesting post about distractions in her “Distractions Aren’t a Problem, It’s When They Occur.” There was a study done with students that were told to watch videos on psychology and then received text messages about the video and had to answer them.

Photo from Tori Reid

Photo from Tori Reid

We live in a time where technology is excessively used for personal and educational use, but we are told to put our phones and tablets away because professors do not want students to be distracted. Recent professors that I have taken, ask for the removal of technology during class but then ask for students to look up definitions and other information that can help with class.

Journalism can benefit from this study and the use of technology as seen with the usage of Twitter and other social media to keep their audience updated. It also teaches us not to be too quick to post or tweet when we receive information without verifying it to begin with.

It was definitely an interesting study done; it can be significant and informative for all people when deciding to use technology.

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