Spring Break is Over

Spring Break is Over

Posted by: on April 12, 2017   |Comments (0)|Staff

GUEST BLOGGER: MANUELA BARCELOS
Manuela is the ESL/Academic Skills Specialist in the OAS.  When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with family, leisurely dinners with friends, and keeping up with all the NBC Chicago episodes.

You looked forward to the much-awaited week of spring break. The anticipation mounted as the days drew nearer and then…it was over before you could say “tequila!” Now, the transition to the routine you eagerly left behind before break seems like a form of human torture.  How do you get back on that proverbial hamster wheel?

REFLECT:  Take the time to realize that spring break was just what the doctor ordered. You may be coming off of spring break feeling like you should’ve accomplished some school work or that you slept more than you should have. Lose the guilt. You needed the time to recoup and if you slept more than usual, that was your body telling you that it was time to recharge. Be grateful for the R&R you got over break. Don’t get caught up in useless regrets over not having gotten any work done. That time is gone and you can’t get it back. It’s more fruitful to think about how to get on track again.

TAKE BABY STEPS:   You may not feel immediately motivated to hit the books, so take small steps toward getting in gear. You can start by unpacking. Leaving your unpacked bags lying around will only remind you of your long lost spring break. Get some laundry done. Put all your toiletries away, etc. Maybe even run an errand or two.

PLAN AHEAD:  As you think about what lies ahead for the remainder of the semester, it all seems like work work work work work!  Before the nostalgia of your spring break creeps in, get out your calendar. Plan for the week ahead. Make some room in your calendar for small rewards to look forward to soon. For example, pencil in some study breaks throughout the week in which you can indulge in some of Ray’s delights like FroYo, chicken nugget day, or make your own s’mores. Once you get through your first week back, plan an outing on the weekend with friends – maybe a trip to the movies or your favorite burger spot. These may pale in comparison to the week you just had in Cancun or vegging back home, but they will get you through until your next break.

Speaking of your next break…while you are updating your calendar, plug in your 5-day Easter Recess. And when that’s over there are only 26 days left before the official end of the semester. But who’s counting, right?

 

Adapted from:  Jimenez, R. (2015, March 17). Post spring break: getting back into the groove. KTB.

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GUEST BLOGGER: MANUELA BARCELOS Manuela is the ESL/Academic Skills Specialist in the OAS.  When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with family, leisurely dinners with friends, and keeping up with all the NBC Chicago episodes. You looked forward to the much-awaited week of spring break. The anticipation mounted as the days drew nearer […]MORE

Are you ready for some football?

Posted by: on February 2, 2017   |Comments (0)|Staff

Yes, Friars, it is Superbowl time.  And no matter who you are rooting for – Falcons, Patriots, Lady Gaga, or some delicious wings, there is something we need to discuss.

I’ve been chatting with students all week about Sunday.  And no, it’s not about what team will win, but rather, how will they schedule their time to study this weekend and enjoy the game with their friends.  Most students use Sundays as a day to get much of their studying done, so I challenge all of you to plan ahead.

If you are watching the game with friends (I recommend going to McPhail’s) be sure to get extra work done on Saturday and Sunday morning.  The key to success in college is managing your time – you manage your time best when you plan ahead and follow a schedule.  Create a to-do list for the weekend and guess how long it will take to complete each task.

 

So, plan ahead, enjoy the game with your friends, and GO PATS!*

 

 

*Full disclosure: this article may be slightly biased. 

Yes, Friars, it is Superbowl time.  And no matter who you are rooting for – Falcons, Patriots, Lady Gaga, or some delicious wings, there is something we need to discuss. I’ve been chatting with students all week about Sunday.  And no, it’s not about what team will win, but rather, how will they schedule their […]MORE

A Rose by Any Other Name Would Smell as Sweet

Posted by: on January 30, 2017   |Comments (0)|Staff

GUEST BLOGGER: MANUELA BARCELOS
Manuela is the ESL/Academic Skills Specialist in the OAS.  When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with family, leisurely dinners with friends, and keeping up with all the NBC Chicago episodes.

 

“A rose by any other name would smell as sweet” – as sweet as the chocolate you buy for yourself

Some years ago I went to dinner with a female friend on Valentine’s Day.  When we walked in the door, the hostess was seating patrons – mostly couples- and handing them a rose. We were seated but didn’t get a rose. Once the dinner rush was over, the hostess made her way around the restaurant to double-check that everyone – everyone but us apparently – had received a rose. Of course we were surrounded by couples on this occasion, as expected, and while we laughed off being shunned by the hostess, we also questioned why we didn’t get one. It’s possible we could’ve been a same-sex couple and even if we weren’t, were we not rose worthy because we weren’t a couple? Either way, it was discriminatory so we left with a bad taste in our mouths (though the food was reeeeeally good) and made a pact to never return – no matter how good the filet mignon was!

It’s seems that the Valentine’s pressure to be part of a plus-one has mounted over the years. Santa has barely hung up his suit before engagement commercials take over the airwaves and stores stock up on Valentine’s décor and gifts. I recently read that the traffic on dating sites triples in the weeks leading to Valentine’s Day. Oh, I can hear the soothing sounds of John Legend singing, “Love me quickly, quickly…like the world’s about to end, baby, quickly.”

What’s with all the pressure?

Aristophanes, the Greek playwright, told a mythical story in which he described how humans once looked. Humans used to have 2 heads, 4 legs, and 4 arms. In essence, 2 conjoined bodies. When humans became negligent and failed to worship the gods, we were punished by Zeus who cut us in half. We have since been left with a void and wander about aimlessly searching for our other half.

Ok, so that mythical story might explain where the pressure comes from in our quest for a “better half.”

If you find yourself succumbing to the pressure, here are some tips to help alleviate it.

  1. Laughter is the best medicine: Watch a comedy flick or your favorite stand up comedian. Laughter reduces stress and helps with immunity. And it’s heart healthy – how appropriate for Valentine’s Day!
  2. Treat yourself: Get that sparkly thing you’ve had your eye on or that new gaming console you’ve been meaning to buy.
  3. Don’t compare yourself to others: Just because people are paired-off, it doesn’t mean they are happy. It’s important to work on being happy with yourself first. Just like mama says, better alone than in bad company.
  4. Get the feel good flavor of chocolate: Chocolate releases endorphins to the brain and makes you feel good!
  5. Buy yourself that rose: Don’t wait in vain for the hostess to come around.

In other words, you can make it the day of the year that you set aside to take extra special care of yourself.

“Be good to yourself ‘cause nobody else has the power to make you happy.”  ~ George Michael

Happy Valentine’s Day!

GUEST BLOGGER: MANUELA BARCELOS Manuela is the ESL/Academic Skills Specialist in the OAS.  When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with family, leisurely dinners with friends, and keeping up with all the NBC Chicago episodes.   “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet” – as sweet as the chocolate you […]MORE

My Ode to Ray

Posted by: on May 3, 2016   |Comments (2)|Writing Center

MarlaGagneGUEST BLOGGER: MARLA GAGNE, ‘ 18
Hi everyone! My name is Marla Gagne, and I’m from West Haven, Connecticut. I’m a sophomore English major and am currently living the suite-life on campus (pun intended). I am a news co-editor on The Cowl and love writing stories about what’s going on around PC. I’ve also volunteered with campus ministry and love getting involved on campus. College life can be crazy, but chicken nugget Thursdays, Friday night hockey games, and PC friends make it all worth it!

 

After another crazy year at Providence College, I am exited to be going home for a relaxing summer. I can’t wait to be reunited with my dog, my queen size bed, and, most importantly, my Mom’s delicious cooking. But before we all wrap up another semester, we need to pay homage to the thing we all love to hate—Ray.

As much as Ray tries, Mom’s lasagna with homemade sauce or her special fudge brownies will always take first place in our hearts. But as we eat our final meals of the year at Ray, there are special things I will definitely miss over the summer.

1. Breakfast

On the weekends, no one really wants to get up and move. It’s been a long week filled with exams, presentations, laundry, and roommates. I would rather stay in bed than walk to Ray. But this walk is made a little easier knowing that I will get a special breakfast. I love the French toast sticks, Belgium waffles, home fries, and, my favorite, hash. You can have eggs, sausage, bacon, bagels, fruit, omelets, etc. Breakfast at Ray is a bonus on the weekends.

2. Everyday Music

An average day at Ray will consist of country music on repeat. Love it or hate it, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, and Keith Urban are coming your way.

3. Weekend Playlist

On Sunday mornings, the cowboy boots are put away and the club music enters the scene. All the songs you played the night before will be on in the background as you eat your waffles and eggs. Who doesn’t want to be like Kanye all morning long?

4. Familiar Faces

When you walk into Ray, you immediately get a smile from Fran or Dott or Barbara. These ladies of Ray, along with many others, are part of the PC experience. All around, from the salad bar to the classics section, you’ll see familiar faces. You might not even know all the workers’ names, but they are part of your everyday routine and are friendly faces on campus.

5. Holiday Spirit

For every holiday, Ray goes all out. Whether its singing Feliz Navidad behind the classics counter or wearing a costume for Halloween, they decorate the dining hall, make special foods, and put some spirit into a special day.

6. Thursdays

Despite anything that went wrong during the week, I can always count on a delicious meal of chicken nuggets and curly fries on Thursday. Who could ask for more?

7. The Dessert Table

This one is pretty self-explanatory. M&M cookies, chocolate cake, and ice cream—dreams really do come true.

8. The Center of the Day

Some days, especially at the end of the year, are super busy. I’m stuck in the library studying for hours or can be found running around campus for club meetings and office hours. It’ll be 6:30 and I haven’t even been back to my suite all day. But then I get the text to meet at Ray for dinner. My roommates, all seven of us, grab our usual table in the back and have dinner. For the next hour, we can vent about terrible days, rant about assignments that just seem cruel, plan our weekends, and just catch up.

GUEST BLOGGER: MARLA GAGNE, ‘ 18 Hi everyone! My name is Marla Gagne, and I’m from West Haven, Connecticut. I’m a sophomore English major and am currently living the suite-life on campus (pun intended). I am a news co-editor on The Cowl and love writing stories about what’s going on around PC. I’ve also volunteered […]MORE

Finals in Friartown – Games of Thrones Style

Posted by: on May 2, 2016   |Comments (0)|Staff

1. When your DWC professor gives the essay ahead of time.

 

2. When the line at Dunkin Donuts goes past the bookstore.

3. When you go to bed before 2am.

 

4. When classmates brag about how easy the final was.

 

5. When you attend a study session and know all the answers.

6. When you find an open seat in Club Phil.

 

7. When you start talking about the final with other students in the class and you realize you did not get the same answers.

 

8. When the highlight of your day is the free food from BOP’s study breaks.

 

9. When you walk out of your last final.

 

Best of luck with finals! Love, OAS

1. When your DWC professor gives the essay ahead of time.   2. When the line at Dunkin Donuts goes past the bookstore. 3. When you go to bed before 2am.   4. When classmates brag about how easy the final was.   5. When you attend a study session and know all the answers. 6. […]MORE