How to Stay Organized Without Losing Your Mind

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Sometimes students, in the craziness of everything we get overwhelmed and feel like we are about to lose our mind. Little do college students know that simply staying organized can make your life 10 times easier! Here are a few tips on how to stay organized so you can stay sane while in college.

  1. Use an Agenda!

I think people truly underestimate the power of an agenda. By using an agenda all of your assignments are in one place telling you what you need to get done. Personally I write down all of my things to get done in a checklist style and when I finish something I put a check mark, when I don’t I put an ‘X’, and if I only got through part of it I put a check mark with a dash through it, that way I can also keep track of what is already done and what I still need to do. My favorite kind of agenda has a calendar view for each month, along with weekly views with a big space to write whatever you please for each day. I use the 2017-2018 large agenda by Ban.do!

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Some of my other favorite agendas!

  1. Utilize Your Supplies the Right Way.

There are two systems I would recommend using to keep all of your handouts and homework tidy and organized, it’s really up to you to pick which one you prefer. My first system is one that I used in high school, mostly because my teachers preferred it and I got plenty of handouts; and that is to use a binder and dividers. I like this system to separate all of your papers into different sections and then all of your handouts and notes are in one place. However I don’t like how much space binders take up in your bag, but it is a great way to keep everything in one place. My other system which I use now is the folders and notebooks method. I use a different color folder for each class, and I use one 5 subject notebook and designate one section to each class. I find that folders are much smaller which leaves more room for me to fit other things in my bookbag. And I’ve found that in college you take more notes than you do receive handouts, so I would always recommend a notebook for any college course.

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  1. Highlight, Highlight, Highlight.

I was never a huge highlighter in high school, not that I really read my textbooks in high school… But once I came to GCC and I learned that you actually do have to read the textbooks I started using the highlighting technique. It’s pretty self explanatory, but as I’m reading I will highlight key words, definitions, and anything I think is helpful. I’ve found that it not only helps me find what I’m looking for later on more efficiently, but it also seems to help me remember what I read better.

  1. Make To-Do Lists.

To-do lists is something I recently became obsessed with in the fall of 2016. I’m not sure exactly why it started but eventually I started to write down everything I wanted to do in a day from start to finish on a sheet of paper and as I got things done, the same as in my agenda, I put a checkmark next to it. I found that this helped keep me productive and motivated to get things done, and it also felt great to check everything off that I wanted to do in the day. This is different from what I do in my agenda because I mainly use my agenda for homework and work purposes, whereas my to-do list is a step by step overview on everything I want to do.

  1. Put Dates From Your Syllabi in Your Agenda

This tip will save you, and your grades. When students get their syllabi they typically throw it in their backpack, in the garbage, or to the back of their folder where it won’t be touched again. However your syllabi is also your kryptonite. Most professors give you a set schedule for when assignments are due; when you are lucky enough to encounter this, I recommend writing down all of the due dates along with the name of the assignment in your agenda or even just on a calendar view print out you can find on Google!

There are so many ways to simplify your life, and make your academic year easier for you, but the ones I’ve shared with you are some of my favorite and ones that I use everyday. I hope this helped you out,and may the odds be ever in your favor for the rest of the semester.

“Ask yourself if what you’re doing today is getting you closer to where you want to be tomorrow.” -Unknown

-Danielle

 

Foods to Eat to Improve Memory and Focus

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Foods to eat to improve memory and focus

Who wants to focus better in school? What if I told you that by eating certain foods, you could improve memory function and your ability to focus? There are many ways to reach out and grab what you want in this world. The following 15 foods could send you on your way to better grades, which will improve your self esteem!

 

Avocadosavocado

  • Contain Vitamin K and folate which help to ward off blood clots
  • Also contains Vitamin B and C which keep you happy! They also need to be replenished in the body daily
  • Improves cognitive function which helps you make the best decisions for your self throughout the day.

 

Beetsbeets

  • Reduce inflammation and are high in antioxidants.
  • Boosts energy during workouts
  • Increases blood flow to the brain

 

Blueberriesblueberries

  • High levels of gallic acid which protects our brains from stress
  • High in antioxidants
  • Also contain vitamin C, K, and fiber

 

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  • Possesses healing amino acids that keep your immune system functioning properly and helps improve memory.

 

Broccolibroccoli

  • High levels of vitamin K and choline. People who eat foods high in choline have been shown to perform better on memory tests than those who lack it in their diets.
  • Vitamin C. Just one cup provides you with 150% of your recommended daily intake.

 

Celerycelery

  • High levels of antioxidants and other vitamins that act as natural anti-inflammatories.
  • Luteolin is also found in celery. It is used to reduce inflammation in the brain which will improve memory function.

 

Coconut Oilcoconut-oil

  • Coconut oil is rich in Ketones. In particular, Medium-Chain-Triglycerides (MCT). Ketones are found to improve the memory.

 

Dark Chocolatedark-chocolate

  • Rich in antioxidants known as flavanols. Flavanols are plant based nutrients.
  • Considered a “superfood”

 

 

Egg Yolks

  • Large amounts of choline!

 

Extra Virgin Olive Oilevoo

  • Rich in powerful antioxidants known as polyphenols.
  • Vitamin E is also present. This vitamin prevents mental decline as we age.
  • Excessive heat can decrease the amounts of vitamins and good things present. Try to use it in salads, or on bread, or other ways that don’t involve high heat.

 

Green, Leafy Vegetablesleafy-greens

  • Adding spinach, kale, collards, and mustard greens to your diet could help slow cognitive decline. This will aid in making better decisions for your life and keeping your brain in tip-top health!
  • Vitamin K is heavily present.

 

Rosemary

  • Carnosic acid helps the brain from neurodegeneration (deterioration of the brain).
  • High levels of antioxidants help protect eyesight from going bad too!

 

Salmonsalmon

  • Packed with omega-3 fatty acids to improve function of the brain and minimize brain fog. Also improves memory
  • Make sure you’re buying wild-caught salmon instead of farm raised. Farm-raised is filled with mercury and toxins that are bad for you.

 

Turmericturmeric

  • Curcumin is a chemical found in turmeric. It is one of the most powerful anti-inflammatory agents
  • Improves your brain’s oxygen intake and helps boost antioxidant levels to keep your immune system healthy!

 

Walnutswalnut

  •  Improves cognitive health.
  • High levels of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals help improve mental alertness
  • Vitamin E can help ward off Alzheimer’s.

 

Here are some cool recipes I found to help you with this. I hope you like them, and there are tons more on the internet. Also, it doesn’t hurt to be creative! I’ve found that Greek yogurt is a good vehicle for fruits and nuts, as well as pasta for vegetables and oils. If you are gluten intolerant, or just don’t like to eat it, opt for gluten free choices instead.

 

Recipes

 

Grilled Cheese with Smoked Turkey and Avocado

In this recipe, the classic grilled cheese sandwich gets a healthy new makeover. All you need is bread (any kind; the grainier the better!), your favorite cheese, a few slices of avocado, and some turkey.

Butter one side of each piece of bread. Build your sandwich and make sure both buttered sides of bread are on the outside of the sandwich. Place the built sandwich in a pan on medium heat. Flip the sandwich over once the bottom piece of bread is golden brown. Once the other piece of bread is browned, you’re all done!

 

Blueberry mango smoothie

 ½ cup of blueberries

½ of a mango

1 cup of coconut milk

½ cup of plain Greek yogurt

Honey to taste (optional)

*Add walnuts to use another brain power ingredient!

Put all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.

 

Well, there you have it, folks! Take care of yourselves and get the most out of your college education with these brain foods. Good luck!

New Student Blogger: My Introduction

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Hey y’all! My name is Madison and I’m a new blogger. So, a little about me… hmm. I’m 27 years old and from Charleston, South Carolina. My favorite color is beige, and I’m obsessed with cats! I’m in my second semester here at Genesee Community College and live in the dorms at College Village. So far, my experience has been very forthcoming. There’s just something so comforting about knowing you’re where you’re supposed to be! My road to finding GCC has been whimsical. There have been lots of different trial and error scenarios that forced me into really finding myself and my strength as a young woman, and adult, and a human.clark

Throughout my journey, the biggest piece of personal philosophy I could form was that there’s always a method to the madness. No matter what you’re faced with in life, there’s always a way to make it through. Usually that answer is found through following your intuition and really listening to your heart of hearts. Since everyone’s lives are different, it’s important to remember that your own madness calls for your own methods.

My goal for this blog is to feed you nourishing tools to help you succeed in whatever “madness” you’re faced with. Whether it be researching what foods to eat for optimum memory function or posting about different activities going on throughout the campus, I just want to provide my readers with info to help improve their college experience.

As previously mentioned, I feel that food and recreation really help with the learning process. The food part is pretty self-explanatory in that different foods possess different vitamins which aid in giving different superpowers to your body. Recreation is necessary too because it’s important to balance work and play. Our brains work so hard for us all the time! Why not feed it a little healthy play time every now and then? tree

Another vital component to your success is encouragement! Having a person or a group of people cheering you on feels so good and makes you want to work hard. It may be out of your comfort zone to go out and meet people who will do that for you, but we are all on the same team at GCC. Going to the campus activities is a great way to meet like minded people… especially if people in your home life aren’t so supportive. Trust me, I’ve felt like the odd ball in my personal life before. I’ve felt like I was alone in wanting to better my life. Coming to GCC has opened so many doors to rooms that I’ve only dreamed about.

No matter your personal situation, remember that being unique is beautiful and the world needs to see it. Could you imagine all the houses in the world being the same white vinyl-sided, one story? How boring would that be? Even our eyes were made to see different color, and so were our hearts. Show your colors to the world… Who knows? You may warm someone’s day!

Well, I suppose that’s a decent introduction for y’all! Have a swell day, and good luck this semester.

 

Madison Schoenig

Be The Lucky Duck-The 9th Annual Ducky Derby!

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Wouldn’t it be great to win some extra money right before spring break? Well I have a super easy and fun way for you to do that!

On March 9th at 12:30 in the pool at the Batavia campus, the 9th Annual Ducky Derby will be held. Prior to this date you can purchase a ticket and donate anywhere from $1 to $5, and when you donate you get a souvenir rubber ducky for your generous donation.

If your duck comes in first place you will win a percentage of the proceeds, and the ducks that follow will win a door prize. We have a lot of door prizes donated from local businesses. So even if you don’t win the cash prize, don’t be discouraged, you will still have the chance to win another prize!img_6912

$1 Duck – 10% of funds raised

$2 Duck – 20% of funds raised

$3 Duck – 30% of funds raised

$4 Duck – 40% of funds raised

$5 Duck – 50% of funds raised

 

All donations for the Ducky Derby are going to the Genesee County United Way; the United Way has already had a total community impact of $9,250,576, it’s amazing that as little as a $1 donation can make you a part of that impact.

There will be a table set up either in the forum or the cafeteria where the tickets and ducks will be sold throughout the day. Tickets will be sold now until March 3rd, which will be your last day to get a duck in the race. If you’re willing to spend $3 on a coffee, why not use that money to donate for a good cause? Stop by and enter your name into the race now!

Photos from previous years:

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For more information feel free to contact myself or Professor Dudkowski who is in charge of this amazing event!

Danielle Lauricella: dlauric1@my.genesee.edu

Professor Dudkowski: mrdudkowski@genesee.edu or 585-343-0055 X 6390

 

The Moirai

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The Moirai are better known as the Fates are three sisters that determine life of humans and gods. They are deities that rule the past, present, and future. Clotho is the spinner, who gives life. The next sister is Lachesis who measures the thread determining the life span of that person. Lastly, Atropos cuts the thread ending their life. The fates can see the future and are involved in many Epic’s. Many of which the epic hero of the tale tries to change their fate and defy the fates rulings. In the famous book Oedipus Rex, by Sophocles, Oedipus’ life is all determined by the actions his father took when he listens to the fates tale. They foretold that Oedipus was going to kill his father and to prevent this he left his son to die. In the end trying to prevent destiny didn’t work and the prediction still came true.

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Elysium inspired many ideas but my friend Seong Choe and I are working on a scene together based on the Moirai. We are making five pieces each for a total of ten. I am focusing on the past and making gowns that reflect the Fates. I really want to convey thread as a theme in my clothing. My colors are going to be light and based on the spring season. I have also been inspired by Greek tapestries. The colors and styles are very rich and beautiful. I have begun sewing and it has been difficult. I really want to embroider designs by hand on the dresses. Trying to create original designs without a pattern to go off of or trying to fit it to specific people is very challenging. I know I have a bunch of work ahead of me but I know it will all pay off.

Author: Min Muchler

Twitter: @muchler_min

Instagram: @m_muchler

Getting Ready for the Fashion Show: PR

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Hello, my name is Fuka Fujii.  Let me introduce what we are doing for the fashion show 2017: “Elysium”. There are five committees, which consist of: the front of the house, the back of the house, planning, finance, and public relations.


The PR committee is responsible for promotion and advertisement of the show.  This is the committee I serve on. This includes the design of the program, radio interviews, behind the scenes interview, and social media. These are some tasks what we are responsible for:

  • Set up a Snapchat filter for the day of the event
  • Working with graphic art students for posters
  • Spread the poster to local media outlets
  • Email to invitation to every student
  • Create strategies to advertise and bring audience to our show
  • Bring awareness to our show through promotion

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 Currently, we are having graphic arts students make sample posters, and they are in the process of finalizing their hard work. So, our official poster is coming up soon! Let us know what you think of it.

Student Blogger: Danielle Lauricella

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For my first blog post I’d like to give you as much information about me as possible, so you can really feel like you know me. My name is Danielle Lauricella, I’m a freshman here at GCC, and I’m in my second semester. I live in LeRoy, a small senior-pictown about 15 minutes away from Batavia. If you want to know more about why I’m here, my interests, and my hobbies, then keep reading!

For starters I’ll tell you why I’m at GCC. Right now my major is general studies, but I plan to declare my major in business administration or communications in the fall. After GCC I hope to transfer to a 4 year school; some of the schools I have been looking at are: SUNY Brockport, SUNY Geneseo, Daemen, and St. Bonaventure. I hope to get my associates degree here, my bachelor’s at whichever 4 year school I pick, and possibly continue my education to get a master’s degree. I hope to be the first in my family to walk the stage on graduation day and receive a college degree. I am very focused and driven on what I want, and I truly hope I can achieve all of these things.

Now, to get to know me a bit more personally, I’ll tell you some of my hobbies. I am a girl with a love for all different forms of creative outlets. In high school I was an art student, and pretty much the only thing I liked to make was black and white graphite portraits. I’m also a YouTuber, and often times when people hear this I get a lot of confusion. I’ve been interested in being a YouTuber since I was allowed to use a computer. I always played with the idea of of having my own channel, but never followed through because I worried about what other people would think. At the end of my junior year in high school I went for it, and ever since it has been something I love to do. I also have my own personal blog where I talk all things adult-ing, college, and just life in general; and I’m really excited to bring that to the GCC blog. I am also your typical social media crazed millennial, it’s not a lie when I say you can find me on almost any social media platform: Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, and Linkedin. In my free time I’m most likely online shopping or watching Shameless on Netflix (10/10 recommend watching Shameless). As you can tell I have a lot of interests and hobbies, but I like that about myself because I never have a moment of boredom.

That is everything to know about me for now! I’m just your average college girl trying to survive the day to day struggles of being broke with way too many homework assignments and not enough coffee to get through it all. I really look forward to posting more, and sharing my thoughts and ideas with you all. Until next time.

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” -Oscar Wilde

– Danielle