Finals in Friartown – Games of Thrones Style

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

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Best Burgers in Providence

Posted by: on March 14, 2016   |Comments (0)|Staff

ShaneQuinnGUEST BLOGGER: SHANE QUINN, ’15
Hello! My name is Shane Quinn. I am a Grad Student from Waterford, Ireland. I am currently studying in order to attain my masters in counseling here at Providence College. I was part of the PC class of 2015, studying psychology as an undergraduate. I am a GA in the Office of Academic Services, providing academic support to students. I am starting my 5th year competing for our famous track team and will be competing in the 2016 indoor & outdoor track seasons. I enjoy soccer, TV and movies. Most of all, I enjoy just lounging around watching all three, regaining my strength before having to go run around in circles! Check in with me at PC Smartypants for tips to academic success.
It’s March time! And with our renewed love for the New England outdoors, why not comfortably leave your dorm and make your way to some of my favorite places to eat in Providence.

abbeyThe Abbey is one of PC’s tastiest and most convenient choices for off-campus dining. With a massive menu to choose from, it’s the Abbey’s special burger selection that takes the fancy of many PC students. They have 14 signature burgers to choose from, each one with it’s own unique structure. Located on Admiral, the Abbey is a second home for the PC community!

Another burger choice! Luxe burger has an equally tasty burger selection to the Abbey. However with Luxe, you can customize that burger.

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What are your favorite places to eat?

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The Importance of Exercise in College

Posted by: on January 25, 2016   |Comment (1)|Staff

ShaneQuinnGUEST BLOGGER: SHANE QUINN, ’15
Hello! My name is Shane Quinn. I am a Grad Student from Waterford, Ireland. I am currently studying in order to attain my masters in counseling here at Providence College. I was part of the PC class of 2015, studying psychology as an undergraduate. I am a GA in the Office of Academic Services, providing academic support to students. I am starting my 5th year competing for our famous track team and will be competing in the 2016 indoor & outdoor track seasons. I enjoy soccer, TV and movies. Most of all, I enjoy just lounging around watching all three, regaining my strength before having to go run around in circles! Check in with me at PC Smartypants for tips to academic success.

 

Many people decide that they will partake in some sort of exercise on a particular day. Unfortunately, with regards to going to the gym, going for a run, doing yoga or playing some ball, it is not the thought that counts!

We have all heard of people moaning about going to the gym, and we have all been that person who moans about going to the gym. Two excuses that you will commonly hear are: “I’m too tired to go to the gym” or “I don’t have enough time to go to the gym”. Occasionally, both are true. However, most of the time exercise can help with these problems.

According to researchers at the University of Bristol, employees who exercised before work or during lunch were better able to handle the day’s demands. General attitude and mood also improved. 72% of workers reported improvements in time management, 79% said mental and interpersonal performance increased and 74% said they managed their workload better. If exercise improves all of these aspects of your hectic college life, you can help create more free time! Going to the gym or going for a run can help turn what people consider 4 hours of study into 2-3 hours of your time. Being a current student athlete, I know for a fact that on my running days I can get much more done, as opposed to those few days that I don’t run!

I know from experience that exercise can help your workload in 5 specific ways: It can pump you, increase your confidence, increase your capacity to learn as well as building your momentum to be able to accomplish more throughout the day. It is a busy few weeks ahead here at Friartown, hopefully this post will encourage you to actively seek out exercising to help your motivation!

 

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Time to Put Your Phone Away

Posted by: on November 5, 2015   |Comment (1)|Study Skills

ShaneQuinnGUEST BLOGGER: SHANE QUINN, ’15
Hello! My name is Shane Quinn. I am a Grad Student from Waterford, Ireland. I am currently studying in order to attain my masters in counseling here at Providence College. I was part of the PC class of 2015, studying psychology as an undergraduate. I am a GA in the Office of Academic Services, providing academic support to students. I am starting my 5th year competing for our famous track team and will be competing in the 2016 indoor & outdoor track seasons. I enjoy soccer, TV and movies. Most of all, I enjoy just lounging around watching all three, regaining my strength before having to go run around in circles! Check in with me at PC Smartypants for tips to academic success.

 

Year after year, we see the dependence on our phones grow. With so much accessibility at the palm of your hand, it’s very easy to get distracted by the various apps, games, social media accounts and new updates associated with iPhones and Androids.

Having recently given a talk on Time Management Strategies, I have found there are couple of new ways that you can tackle this persisting distraction:

  • QualityTime: This app is available for Android phones. It works in the background of your phone and tracks how many times the screen is unlocked, as well as which apps are used the most. It also tracks how much time is spent individually on apps. The app allows users to set how much time spent on certain apps per day is too much, allowing notifications of too much time spent on the app to appear. You can also choose the “Take a Break” option, where the app will lock the screen and prevent you from using the phone until a set amount of time has passed. Of course, the phone can still be used incase of emergencies. This app is completely free to use also! It looks like an iOS version of the app will eventually be available, but for now, it’s an Android App.
  • Moment: This app is available on iOS and tracks how many minutes you spend on your phone each day, as well as how many times you unlock it. The app is meant to give the user an idea as to how much time he/she is wasting on social media. The downside to this app is that it is $4.99, so it’s up to you to see how much you value your time!
  • Checky: This app simply counts how many times a day you unlock your phone. This could be very useful, as many of us end up unlocking our phones, only to do nothing at all on it!

 

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South Park Knows What I’m Thinking

Posted by: on October 13, 2015   |Comments (0)|Staff

ShaneQuinnGUEST BLOGGER: SHANE QUINN, ’15
Hello! My name is Shane Quinn. I am a Grad Student from Waterford, Ireland. I am currently studying in order to attain my masters in counseling here at Providence College. I was part of the PC class of 2015, studying psychology as an undergraduate. I am a GA in the Office of Academic Services, providing academic support to students. I am starting my 5th year competing for our famous track team and will be competing in the 2016 indoor & outdoor track seasons. I enjoy soccer, TV and movies. Most of all, I enjoy just lounging around watching all three, regaining my strength before having to go run around in circles! Check in with me at PC Smartypants for tips to academic success.

 

 

Last month saw the start of South Park’s 19th season. The show has managed to stay as popular as ever, seeing as each episode is a satire of current events, thereby always being relevant. Their use of ridiculous humor to intelligently expose a lot of today’s society has always resonated with me. This particular season has, so far, managed to touch on a few of the issues that have been force fed to the American public in the last few months. I find that when I am over-exposed to certain news stories/topics, specifically the ones about political issues and celebrity news, I tend to poke fun at them.

Season 19 Episode #1: The season premiere was a Caitlyn Jenner special. The episode title “Stunning and Brave” suggests that Trey Parker and his team of writers would poke fun at the former USA Decathlon Olympic gold medalist herself. Thankfully, they actually left her be. Instead, they made a laughing stock of the people who aggressively support her. These are the people who are so keen on letting the world know that they themselves are cool, liberal and accepting. For me, these people cloud my Facebook page with posts, not about the importance of equality, rather, posts about how they support equality. If you feel the same way I do, give this episode a watch, hilarious!

Episode #2: “Where My Country Gone?” is the name of this episode, and pokes fun at America’s most controversial presidential candidate, Donald Trump. Although many people do actually relate to Trump’s no-nonsense, blunt attitude in politics, some of what he has talked about is beyond the point of laughing stock. Especially his wish to build a wall between the United States and Mexico. In this episode, South Park put the shoe on the other foot, having the Canadians build a wall to keep the Americans out! To be fair, this outlandish idea is very easy to laugh at, and I’m sure they will do so again in the coming episodes. For those people who support Trump and think this is a great idea, look at how ridiculous it sounds when another country does the same thing.

Episode #3: This episode takes a break from the political and social debates that have been going on for the best part of a year now, and addresses the big fat obvious elephant in every city, the Whole Foods. The parents of the town are trying to clean up South Park, and they believe that getting a Whole Foods will solve all of their problems. Often I have wandered into Whole Foods, seeing nothing but over priced food, skinny jeans, thick glasses, questionable hats and unfortunate amounts of facial hair and piercings. The part of Providence that many believe is the nicest is from Whole Foods up to the east side, certainly, it has the greatest hipster population. If you find yourself laughing at the image that Whole Foods brings upon itself, this episode is for you.

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