10 Songs to help you ride through Winter Break (Add your own!)

It’s a new year and the start of a new quarter (or semester). This is also the time of the Post-holiday Blues. None of us want to get out of bed, let alone study.

 

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Winter quarter is the worst. You just finished a 3 week break full of festivities and family time. Before that, you had a break to eat a huge meal while assimilating with your family again.

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Now, you are bombarded with assignments and projects with no breaks for approximately the next 10 weeks.

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At least there is coffee.

AND music!

Here is a list of 10 songs that will boost your mood and help you ride out Winter Quarter.

Yes, everyone has a different taste in songs. You may like some, you may like none. That’s why there is a comment section below! Share songs that you listen to while you are studying or taking a break from studying.

The River Flows in You – Yiruma

This song is too good. It’s perfect for those bus rides to class and for a self-reflection study break where you ponder if college is worth it. Usually you will decide it is while you listen to this.

Chasing the Sun – Hilary Duff

Yes. You may remember her as Lizzie Mcguire. But now she is 28, a mother, and singing/acting again. Many of us may relate to her daydream video since we may not see the sun for another 3 months. At least there is hope 🙂

Never Gonna Give You Up –Rick Astley

Don’t Stop Me Now – Queen

It’s Queen. No explanation necessary.

Crystallize – Lindsey Stirling

Any of her original songs. You can’t go wrong.

Rey’s Theme – John Williams

Movie soundtracks can really help while writing long papers. And who’s better to think about than Rey? This one isn’t leaving our work playlist anytime soon.

I’m not Afraid -Eminem

For a laugh, check out Eminem’s My Salsa song. You’ll never look at him the same again.

 

Survivor – Destiny’s Child

We all need a voice to tell us we will make it through. This song does it for some of us and who else wants to hang out at this beautiful beach?

It’s My Life – Bon Jovi

This song is especially awesome when you choose a major that your parents don’t agree with.

Here Comes the Sun – Beatles

Once Spring comes a bit closer, this song will be even more relevant. It will be come sooner than you know it.

Want songs specifically to help you focus? Check out this list from Bustle.com. or this list from Odyssey Online.

And don’t forget to add some of your own picks in the comments below!

Happy Zapping and Studying!

 

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How to be Lazy Productive Over Break

Teachers say: “Have a great break!”

Classmates say: “I’m going to be productive this winter break”

You say: “I’m just going to sleep in and eat cookies while watching TV all day”


You are not alone. The gloomy weather and time of the year makes it super hard to be motivated.

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What other time in the year can you catch up on your favorite shows?

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Or read all those books you put on order at the library?

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Here are 5 ways to be lazy and productive before school starts again.


1) Set an alarm and do a free Youtube workout every morning.

This may seem daunting at first but doing this will give you energy for the rest of the day. Our favorite right now is the channel fitnessblender.

Start out slow with a 15 or 20 minute workout (kickboxing!!!!) then move on to the 30 or 40 minute workouts. If you are feeling extra motivated after a few days, try the 5 day workout challenge. You won’t regret it!


 

2) Download a learning app

Were you one of those classmates that bragged that they were going to learn something this winter break? Well, why not do it for real?

Want to learn to code? There’s an app for that. Learn HTML is a good start. The Hour of Code is another fun one to get started.

Want to learn a new language? There’s an app for that. Libraries subscribe to Mango Languages so that you don’t have to. Why not get those tax dollars to work?

Want to just exercise your mind? There’s an app for that. Lumosity is a popular one. It’s free and created by neuroscientists. What’s not to trust? Coursera or Khan Academy for educational lectures or TED for inspirational TED talks are awesome as well.

If you haven’t figured it out already (but we’re sure you did), there’s an app for anything. Just search for something you are interested, download it, try it out, and brag about your productivity to your friends!


 

3) Learn to cook!

Nothings worse than gaining the Freshman 15 or just the holiday gut. It means that cooking healthy during college is a necessity.

Watch TV and learn how to cook. There’s a huge variety of cooking shows on Netflix. After each entertainment TV show, watch a cooking show to say you are learning how to cook. Why not?

If that doesn’t work, there are amazing apps that teach you each step to cooking your new favorite meal. Nom Nom Paleo is a delicious choice.

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4) Get an audiobook

Do you have to take the bus to work or to school? Maybe to that temporary holiday retail job that you just started? Well, make the commute worthwhile through audio ebooks! Buy them or get them at your local library.

Feeling a bit depressed? Get free therapy through listening to biographies of people who had to struggle to succeed. Mindy Kaling’s books are hilarious! Other popular ones are Amy Poehler’s Yes Please or B.J. Novak’s books.


 

5) Find a creative outlet

Better yet, use your creative outlet to create gifts for your friends and family. Learn to knit, crochet, sew, or just color! Coloring is a great way to decrease stress and have fun. Have you seen this awesome coloring book yet?

Color it, frame it, and give it away. What a better way to start off 2016.

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Are you ready to be lazy productive now?

We certainly are!

 

 

Bigger Can Be Better (March Features Update)

What is bigger than a group? A family? A clan? An Arc?

Clan Quote

If you said Arc, I like the way you think. But the answer is…

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Love/Hate Relationship with your Team Member

I'll kiss you but I'll have to rip your throat out
I’ll kiss you but I’ll have to rip your throat out

For all you college students out there, it’s the middle of Winter Quarter. We just got over the holiday blues, but there is so much more things to deal with. You have to deal with the hardest part of your classes, meeting with professors (so that they can write you a great future recommendation, and worst of all: your group members. It’s bad enough that you had to make new friends with the person sitting next to you the first day (how else would you get notes when you are sick or slept in through 5 alarm clocks?)

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How to Get Over the Post-Holiday Blues (College Edition)

For all you college students out there, this can be the worst time of the year.

Everyone is feeling blue after the holidays and New Year’s resolutions can feel so depressing.

"All I want to do is lay in bed and watch Netflix all day"
“All I want to do is lay in bed and watch Netflix all day”

Every New Year, I brainstorm resolutions in my head. “Oh I need to lose more 30 pounds this year. Oh I need to be nicer to my neighbors, coworkers, and friends.”

Nobody wants to obsess over these things ALL YEAR.

Even worse, if you live in the Pacific Northwest, you are deprived of sunshine and feel extra cranky ALL THE TIME.

The long walk on slippery bricks to the Allen Library at the University of Washington
The long walk on slippery bricks to the Allen Library at the University of Washington

There must be a solution, right? What are some ways to get over the holiday blues AND get over going back to school?

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“I don’t know”

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Opening Presents (The More Exciting Way)

Do you like opening gifts? I know we do!

When I look at the gifts underneath my tree, I get really excited. I start imagining all of the possibilities that it could be.

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It’s raining presents!

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