Stirring the Pot: Stayin’ Studious Without Losing a Screw

Trying to survive in college is stressful in and of itself; add exams, lack of sleep, and anxiety to the mix and you’re in for a rough time. Here are some helpful tips to stay sane yet studious.

Typically, I like to do investigative pieces — this is a bit of a deviation from my normal style but I found it quite fitting as we’re finishing off midterms and on the cusp of finals season. Yep, the exams and deadlines are here and we’re all in a frenzy of stress, anxiety, and a lack of sleep (which we all know we desperately need). The eyebags are forming, and so is the long, expensive list of Venti Starbucks Nitro Cold Brews, Monsters, and Guayaki Yerba Mates. But to be honest, I just hope you’re all doing okay. Or at least surviving. Anyways, I just thought I’d share some ways to not go completely batshit crazy from all the damn stress you’re probably facing right now. (And trust me, I’m  quite knowledgeable on the subject, as I’m a literal human ball of worry.)

ORGANIZE!

I know this isn’t a fresh, new idea, but it’s honestly the best way to assure you don’t feel as if you’re literally drowning in an ocean of papers, projects, and deadlines. And it’s a lot simpler than it seems — you don’t need to buy an expensive planner or be a bullet journaling master to tackle time management. Simply get a piece of paper (or use your phone notes app if you prefer) and just write out everything that’s stressing you out — all the things you have to do, and when they need to be done by. Literally just spill your brains out onto the page.

By releasing everything from your head to a documented place allows your mind to be relieved from all the pressure of remembering these tasks. Then plug them into your calendar! Plan out the week day-by-day and suddenly your tasks will seem much less daunting: as long as they’re spread out into time chunks — cramming is not the move! 

PRIORITIZE YOURSELF!

Assure you’re keeping your best interests in mind when making decisions. If you know you have a fat paper to write in TWO days that you have yet to start, then it’s probably in your best interest to take up your friend’s last-minute, yet extremely enticing offer to go to that party. Let yourself have enough time to complete your task without the pressure of the deadline waving over your head — pulling an all-nighter while chugging two sour apple reigns from the 7-eleven across the street is not the best situation to be in (coming from personal experience!). Not only can this lead to a mental breakdown (guilty), but it means you’re not doing your best work. But I know you’re still going to procrastinate, so to assure your all-night cram/work session won’t completely destroy your health, make sure you’re taking short breaks in which you leave your workspace and take a stretch or stroll. If you’re going to consume high quantities of caffeine, make sure to balance your water intake with the caffeine (not only will hydrating keep your mind sharp, but it will make the caffeine much more effective and long-lasting). Also, assure you’re eating healthy snacks — some of these could include nuts, berries, granola bars, or yogurt. NO TAKIS. PLEASE.

SLEEP!

Sleep is a precious gift. I know us college kids cherish (and I mean CHERISH) our sleep despite sacrificing it constantly. I know all the doctors tell us we need roughly 8 hours of sleep but honestly, I know I’m not getting it and it’s completely MY FAULT. Sleep is extremely crucial if we want our mental health to be in tip-top shape — one way to combat the lack of sleep I know we all have is by taking power naps. No, not four-hour naps that send us into another dimension of time, I’m talking about 15-20 minute naps in between classes. This short bit of sleep can give you the power to push through the day and be productive when you’re feeling like you can’t keep goin’ anymore. But make sure to be self-disciplined: don’t keep hitting snooze, but give yourself an incentive to get up, such as a good ol’ cuppa joe.

BALANCE YOUR TIME!

One of the most important tips I can give you is to just be self-aware of your productivity. If you know you’re overworking yourself, make sure to give yourself time to relax, let loose, and have fun! Reward yourself for your hard work when you know you deserve it. Make plans with friends or just let yourself sit back and veg on the couch! But this goes both ways: if you know you’ve been slacking a bit and you’re stressed from your lack of productivity in the face of a million daunting tasks, don’t be too hard on yourself.

Beating yourself up and calling yourself a failure isn’t going to do you any good. Remind yourself that you are capable of doing great things, pull your bootstraps on, and get your shit done! Take it little by little, assuring you’re not trying to get too much done in a short period of time. Honestly, the hardest part of doing anything is just starting. Type out that title page, start that outline, pull out that textbook, and break out those highlighters. Tell yourself that the task is NOT bigger than you and that you can take it.

Make sure to stay focused though — as I said before: if you know you haven’t been too productive lately, make sure to be intentional about how you’re spending your time. Don’t lay in bed for six hours if you know you have things to do, even if they’re stressing you out. In the end, your lack of productivity will make yourself feel MORE stressed in the end, and can affect the way you view yourself, which has a direct correlation to the quality of your mental health!

LOVE YOURSELF!

I hope some of these tips help you out. But honestly, give yourself a damn break. You’ve got this! You’re doing great. I know all these things are easier said than done, but just make sure you’re taking it all little by little. It’s not the end of the world if you mess up. We all do it – none of us are perfect students – or perfect people at that. Just try your best, plan as much as you can, and make sure you’re doing everything that’s in your best interest. You’ve made it this far, and honestly, that’s a huge achievement in itself! And as I’m sure you don’t hear this enough, I’m proud of you.

Written by: Olivia Flores
Featured Image: Prescence.io

Looking at the Styles of Harry

Harry Styles was a teenager thrown into stardom and afraid of the world’s judgment. Now, Harry Styles is a confident 25-years-old ready to express himself in spite of judgment. He has grown, and I have grown with him.

I have been a fan of Harry Styles since elementary school. When I was younger I kept a picture of him in my binder and today I have a painted picture of his album cover hanging over my bed, so clearly I have not grown out of my adoration for him. Since I have been a fan for quite a while, I remember seeing pictures of him walking around in Jack Wills hoodies and baggy pants thinking he is the coolest guy in the world to working with Gucci and still believing that he’s the coolest guy in the world. A large part of why I admire him is because I got to witness his transition from dressing like a typical teenage boy to someones who’s unafraid to experiment with his looks while still knowing himself.

His Famous Suits

When people think about Harry Styles’ style, their minds often go to his suits. His suits can vary from looking posh and classic to striking, fun, and unique. Although I don’t want to give Harry Styles much credit for changing the way we see clothing and gender, I respect that he explores femininity and mixes it with his sense of masculinity. If I didn’t have to drop out of college to be able to afford them, I would love to wear many of his suits (we all know suits look better on women).

A Casual Style Icon

Even if Harry isn’t performing or attending an award show in one of his famous suits, he still manages to be a style icon on his casual days. He often wears bright floral shirts that make him stand out since people definitely would not recognize him walking around town. Not only do I love the colors and designs of his floral shirts but I love them because it is a look that is easy for me to copy, even though our price ranges are significantly different. Sometimes Harry is seen wearing sweater vests that remind me of an older gentleman feeding ducks at a pond, which means his sweater vests are some of my favorite looks.

Love on Tour

With Harry Styles releasing his tour dates recently, it may seem like I’m writing this article and calling him a “style icon” in hopes that he will happen to find this article and give me free tickets to his show, and that’s part of the reason, but I truly do love his style and what he stands for. Harry often emphasizes the importance of kindness and acceptance, which can be seen at his shows. When performing, he sometimes wears outfits that may seem too flashy or unusual but that shows he is unapologetically himself. By being comfortable with himself, he is showing fans that it is acceptable to be whoever they want to be and wear whatever they want, even if someone else doesn’t approve. His concerts have become a safe haven for fans, like myself, around the world because we got to grow up with him. I don’t have tickets yet, but I am already getting my outfit ready for Harry Styles’ Love on Tour.

Written By: Maya Dixon
Photos By: Michael Leckie, Getty Images, Shutterstock, Helene Marie Pambrun, Robert Kamau

Sunflower Seeds: My Top 5 Places to Eat in San Diego

Food holds a very special place in my heart since I’m a Taurus, Italian, and a Chicago Native. These past 3.5 years of school have allowed me to find some of my favorite places to eat in San Diego, and I thought I would share them with you all! Today I would like to honor my top 5 places to eat in San Diego.

My number one absolute favorite place in San Diego is Sushi Diner 2. It is located off of Friars Rd, so it’s extremely close to SDSU. Sushi Diner 1 is the same thing but located a little further from College Area off of Mesa College Dr. The beachy décor makes you feel like your toes are in the sand and the sushi is out of this world. My favorite roll to get is the Shrimp Lovers Roll which includes shrimp tempura and crab in the inside and cooked shrimp, avocado, and fresh salsa on the outside. There are so many options to choose from, so you really can’t go wrong with anything. The fish is always fresh, and the prices are super affordable. If you are a fan of sushi, this is the place for you!

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If the sound of paninis and brick oven pizza excites you, then you need to immediately stop over at Pappalecco. The closest location to SDSU is in Kensington, but they also have locations in Little Italy and Hillcrest. Some of my favorite items are there are the brick oven pizzas, fresh paninis, and creamy gelato. Every time I have visitors in town, I make sure I stop here! The location in Kensington offers a cozy atmosphere that really makes you feel at home. All of the staff members make an effort to get to know your name and they are all super friendly. This is great place to go to is you want fresh Italian food, wine, and a good time! Fun fact: the pizzas are half off on Tuesdays at the Kensington location to my knowledge! 

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TJ Oysterbar is a place in San Diego that everyone needs to try at least once in their life. The authentic Baja seafood taste with turquoise walls will take you far away. Customers are able to experience traditional seafood with a new modern take without having to cross the border. Not only is the seafood flavorful, but the micheladas are to die for! I recommend going with a few friends, so you try as much of the food as possible! TJ Oyster Bar has three locations in Chula Vista, so find the one that’s right for you!

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If you’re anything like me, breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. Kono’s café in Pacific Beach is a must if you enjoy food with a view. Locals line up every day to come to this oceanfront surf-themed diner. I’m a big fan of breakfast burritos and they offer 5 different egg burritos that are all delicious! If you dine in, you can have a front seat view of Crystal pier and the surfers since they have a dining section overlooking the beach! There is a coffee stand right outside adjacent to the boardwalk, so you don’t have to wait in line to get your latte!

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Last but not least, Extraordinary Desserts is a must to try. I have a major sweet tooth and I like to indulge from time to time (maybe 4 times a week but whose counting). Extraordinary Desserts isn’t any ordinary dessert shop – hence the name. Every dessert is perfected to be beautiful and taste like heaven. I don’t even have a recommendation on what to get here because everything is that good. Each dessert has its own personality whether it is decorated with chocolate shavings or filled with colorful flowers. There are two locations: Little Italy and Bankers Hill. The line can get a bit long to order, but this is worth the wait!

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I know I put my top 5 places to eat, but there are so many more! I recommend following different San Diego food pages on Instagram so you can get some more inspiration. I’m always looking to try something new and San Diego always has just what I’m looking for.

P.S Don’t forget to keep up with Sunflower Hour!

Written By: Nina Capuani
(Photos taken from the restaurants websites and Instagram’s)

21 Questions: Angela Juat Campos

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Inspired by Humans of New York, this is 21 Questions; a fun way of getting to know the students, faculty, and staff of SDSU. This week is Angela Campos.

“My name is Angela Juat Campos and I was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, but I grew up in Patterson, California as known as the central valley (or the butt crack of California, however you prefer).”

How do you feel about the question, “Tell us about yourself?”

“It depends on the context and who is asking. It used to be more of a daunting question, for example, if you asked me this about 4 or 5 months ago, I would have stumbled and been more unsure. Now I feel more confident in answering. Mainly because it is something that I have been practicing in my head and in real life. I want to be seen as someone that is confident enough to know who they are. While sometimes it can be a daunting question it can be empowering—and that’s on period.”

So, tell me about yourself?

“I am a first-generation, American college student and a fourth year at San Diego State University. I am a queer, Filipinx artist, radio personality for KCR college radio, and Creative Director at Egalitarian Magazine. Currently, studying Communication and Art with the aspirations of becoming an educator or working in media or for a company that has morals that I can support. I want to help others realize their own potential in any setting. I want to be someone that can encourage others to be authentically themselves despite people that may want to tear them down or tell them that something is not the standard or norm.

Some people think that I am out of pocket. People tend to react to me in a way that I find humorous and they find me humorous as well. Mostly because I am different and react to things so genuinely it is hard to hide how I am feeling. So, people can see what I am thinking or how I am feeling just from my facial expressions. As much as I hate to admit it, I would say I am a people person, and people make me happy. I want people to know that I am honest, open-minded, and I love hearing people’s opinions and stories. Also, doing my best to learn from other people and my own experiences. I love listening to people… and… I am a clinical Pisces!”

What is something that people usually get wrong about you?

“Damn… I feel like people think I am oblivious to things. When in reality, I am quietly observant. I am very attentive, sometimes too attentive, to the point where it may bother or distract me.”

What brought you to San Diego? 

“Hot ladies’… cool weather… just kidding, but I wanted a change of pace, change of environment, and the possibility of meeting a wide array of people, like-minded or not.”

Are you family-oriented?

“Damn, I don’t know… I want to say yes, but a lot of my opinions and views stray away from my family’s traditional, normalized ideas, but I do think about them a lot. I owe it to them for helping me get to where I am today, and I do appreciate them to an unfathomable degree.”

Do you believe that struggles make you stronger?

“Yes, every struggle that I have overcome has made me a stronger person and from those experiences, I have been able to learn from myself and help others based on what I have gone through—period.”

Do you have an idea of where you will be at the end of this year? 

“I will be feeling more accomplished and more mature.”

Who are you listening to right now?

“Erykah Badu, Alicia Keys (older), Alton Ellis (classic reggae), Yellow Magic Orchestra. Also, some of my favorite concerts have been Vampire Weekend at Cal Coast Open Air Theater and Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals at Golden Gate Park, Outside Lands 2019.”

Do you like who you are now?

“Yes, I love that bitch. I hate her but I LOVE her.”

Do you have anyone to thank for where you are now?

“Yes, multiple people. Both of my parents, my cousins Erin and Lynn, my godmother Adele, and a big one to the friends that have stayed with me to this day—period.”

If you could tell your younger self something what would it be?

“Stop worrying about things that don’t matter, because nothing matters—period.”
– Angela Campos, pronouns: She/Her/Her’s
  • You can listen to Angela’s radio show Angela vs. the World Wide Web on KCR Wednesday mornings at 10am!
  • If you want to keep up with Angela via social media, you can follow her @acjuat and @digitaldater on Instagram.
Written by: Jasmine Alexander
Photo by: Jasmine Alexander