What Do I Do with a Rest and Recovery Day?

SDSU has implemented “Rest and Recovery Days” but what does that even mean?

How do we actually rest and recover knowing we have something due the next day? No worries, we are going to break all of this down.

What are the rest and recovery days?

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, SDSU has implemented five rest and recovery days throughout the semester to make up for canceling Spring Break, lame, I know.

These “Rest and Recovery Days” are meant for students and staff to have the day off and not worry about any school work. Small chance that happens.

Screenshot of San Diego Sunset Surfer from Michael Aleo on Unsplash

So what do I do with a rest and recovery day?

I know it’s tough to go anywhere right now with the coronavirus pandemic because some things are still closed or you do not feel comfortable going out yet or maybe financials are tight right now. Here are some suggestions.

If you have your work life creeping in on your personal life and want to get that under control start there.

I know it isn’t much of a rest/recovery but if this is something you have been wanting to get under control, do it. This makes it an activity you want to do and this day is about you.

Maybe catching up on your professional life is not your style and actually want to do something that is relaxing or makes you feel accomplished. I got you.

Complete the one task you’ve been postponing repeatedly.

Screenshot of Todolist from Emma Matthews on Unsplash

Do you keep hitting postpone on your todo app for an item that needs to get done? Cleaning the closet, organizing your shoes, cleaning your room, deleting old files off your computer?

Take your rest/recovery day to get it done, make sure it is not school or work-related though, that can wait.

While these items may not sound fun todo, hence why you’ve been putting it off, I promise you will feel much better after you get it done.

Secure Your Digital Life

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I am a huge advocate for a secure digital life online. Privacy is a human right and not a privilege.

We should not have to give up our privacy in order to use products and if we then we should not be using digital products, so here are some products I use to remain secure on the web.

Catch up on Shows or Movies

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Noting beats sitting on the couch and catching up on some of your favorite tv shows or movies.

Maybe you want to start something new? This would be a perfect time. If you are in need of ideas, check out my article on some of my TV quarantine picks.

Try a new TikTok recipe

Screenshot of Salmon and Quinoa Dish from Ella Olsson Unsplash

One thing I love about TikTok is all the food recipes they offer. There is literally a never-ending scroll of fun and easy TikTok recipes like the Feta Pasta or my favorite, air fryer recipes.

Do Nothing

Screenshot of Coffee Cup Bedside by David Mao on Unsplash

I am serious on this one. The ultimate form of recharging your batteries is staying in bed and doing nothing but catching up on sleep.

We are in the home stretch of the semester and you have worked so hard, especially with the semester being on zoom. Take the day and catch up on some much-needed rest.

I did this last weekend and ended up sleeping 15 hours. Something I have never done before, but my body needed the rest. I pulled a lot of late nights right before midterms and did not sleep well.

Hit me up on Twitter or Instagram and let me know what you end up doing with your rest and recovery day.

Cover Photo: Screenshot of Rest from Sincerely Media on unsplash

Written By: Mike Stark | @MikeStarkCA

What You Should Know About COVID-19

With high concern and hysteria filling our news feeds, it is important to address the new coronavirus, also known as COVID-19 (Coronavirus disease, 2019).

In regard to, San Diego State University all university study abroad programs to China, South Korea, and Italy have been cancelled. Since there are confirmed cases in San Diego, certain institutions have decided to do virtual classes as an extra precaution. On March 12th, 2020 the entire student body received word that classes will be shifting online after March 13th, 2020. More information is provided here regarding SDSU.

COVID-19 Myths

Since this virus seemed to take a racial turn, I just wanted to address that a virus cannot infect a particular race or ethnicity. Infections and diseases are essentially a great equalizer because anyone can get them. Also, I am not sure if this was a joke, but coronavirus has nothing to do with corona beer.

The Science Behind It

Coronavirus is a disease that came from an animal source. Check out this video to get more of an explanation of the transmission. This new coronavirus is different strand that is my lethal. Since this virus is different, research is currently being done. Currently, we are in a period of uncertainty which is mostly causing this hysteria. COVID-19 is easily transmittable as it is a respiratory illness, and the illness is transferred by respiratory droplets.

The symptoms for COVID-19 may be fever, cough, and shortness of breath (CDC, 2020). Those symptoms may occur 2 – 14 days after exposure, however, if you feel that you have been exposed it is important to call before you go to warn your medical provider and make sure they have the proper tests for COVID-19.

Moving on, these groups are at high risk if exposed to the virus: older adults, individuals with chronic diseases and compromised immune systems.

Ways to Stay Safe

Here are a few ways to help prevent the spread, according to the CDC (2020):

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick and stay home if you are sick
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces

Finally, some takeaways are 1) stop being racist, because viruses can not target one race or ethnicity. 2) this coronavirus strand is new so stay up to date with information. 3) Take precautions and for the love of all that is good cover your cough or sneeze with your upper sleeve not just your hands.

Taken from @courtneyahndesign

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2020, February 13). Coronavirus. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/index.html

Written by: Jasmine Alexander

The Sounds of State

Have you ever wondered what everyone walking around campus is listening to through their headphones? I most definitely have. Personally, I cannot imagine walking around campus, doing homework, driving around, or getting ready without music and was curious to see if this was the same for my fellow SDSU students.

I created a survey to learn about what types of music my peers are listening to as well as the frequency and occasions they do. It was very interesting to see the results come in because I found that music is a HUGE part of a majority of students’ lives on this campus.

I found that students spend around 4-7 hours a day listening to music, which is a lot considering the time required for sleeping, class, etc. On a scale from 1-10 (1 being not important and 10 being the most important), the majority rated music as a 9.

A majority of those I surveyed use Spotify as their preferred music platform, with some using platforms like Apple Music, SoundCloud, or Youtube. It is interesting that of all the different platforms used, they are all streaming services meaning college students tend to use a streaming subscription to listen to their music rather than anything else. These streaming platforms often have deals for students as a means for them to gain more clients while making it affordable at the same time.

As far as favorite genres of music, the results were kind of everywhere. Rap/Hip Hop and Indie/Alternative received the highest amount of votes which did not really surprise me. Rock/Alternative and R&B received the next highest, followed by EDM, then Pop, Country, and then Jazz.

As for occasions of music listening, I found that everyone surveyed listens to music when they study or do homework. Genres listened to while doing this include EDM, Lo-fi, Indie, Instrumental, and others. Results were the same for listening to music while walking to class, getting ready, and driving around in the car. The frequency differed but everyone does listen to music while doing these things. My favorite part of this survey was asking people to explain their music tastes. Some of my favorite responses include:

“All over the place but really good,” “The intersection of what I want to hear and what I need to hear,” and “Anything but country.”

I already knew, based on seeing students walking around, that music is a very big part of most students’ lives on this campus, but this survey really reiterated that.

Written By: Ceceli Riffo-Drecksel

Men’s Basketball Wins Home Finale

On Tuesday, February 25, San Diego State played their final home game of the season and honored three players. As part of senior night KJ Feagin, Nolan Narain, and Yanni Wetzell were celebrated before tipoff against Colorado State.

“We didn’t want another one, [loss] especially on senior night.” Junior Matt Mitchell said, “We wanted to get our seniors out with a win.”

The Aztecs beat the Rams 66-60 in their home finale to improve to 27-1. The team wanted to send their seniors out on the right note, but cold shooting nearly doomed the Aztecs. This was their second straight game of making less than 40% of their shots from the field.

“When Malachi [Flynn] is 0-for-6 from the field and he’s your best player it’s going to be a struggle,” Head coach Brian Dutcher said, “The thing I like about our team is, we can still win when we don’t shoot the ball well because our defense is so good.”

San Diego state shot 35% for the game and 33% from three point land. Strong defense, especially in the second half propelled the Aztecs to their 27th victory on the season.

“We didn’t want to lose two in a row,” Junior Malachi Flynn said. “We buckled down on the defensive end and people made shots.”

With 57 seconds left, Rams’ guard Isaiah Stevens made two free throws, which cut the Aztecs’ lead to just two. After a stop by the Aztecs, and a stop by the Rams, a jump ball was called and possession was awarded to the Aztecs. 

CSU was forced to intentionally foul Mitchell, who made two free throws to ice the game and begin a new winning streak for the Aztecs. He finished with 15 points and the Aztecs made 17-of-20 free throws on Tuesday night.

SDSU’s defense kept them in the game, as the Rams only made 28% of their second half shots and went 1-for-10 from the three point line. In the first half, the Rams shot 50% but still only led 36-34 entering the second half.

Jordan Schakel started off the second half with a steal and a lay up, then he hit a three pointer to give the Aztecs a 57-56 lead with just over four minutes remaining. He finished with 11 points and four rebounds.

Flynn’s first field goal didn’t come until five minutes into the second half, however he made a big time three pointer with three minutes remaining to extend the lead 62-56. Flynn ended the game with 17 points.

 The Aztecs bench was outscored by 10 points after 20 minutes and they allowed 14 points inside the paint during the half. SDSU allowed 24 points in the paint for the game, but their bench ended up outscoring the Rams by three.

Mitchell scored 13 points in the first half, but his teammates struggled from the field during the half. SDSU made 35.7% of their first half shots and went 6-for-17 from three point land. Flynn was 0-for-6 in the first half and 0-for-4 from deep in the half. He finished the game 4-for-14. 

The Aztecs will play at Nevada on Saturday before embarking on the Mountain West tournament in Las Vegas. 

Written by: Daniel Farr