8 Ways To Solve Your College Problems That Are All ‘Take A Nap’

Sleep is the best way to both calm down and avoid your responsibilities.

This article was originally published for The Odyssey on November 22, 2017.

We’re at that point in the semester where the end is nigh, but not nigh enough. As I write this while procrastinating other work, I have a pretty good idea of what giving up feels like, as I’m feeling it right now. If you’re feeling anything like I am right now, you’ve probably got a ton of assignments and papers to start, but just can’t find the motivation. As per my expert advice, here are 8 ways to solve all your college problems that are all ‘Take a nap.’

1. Take a nap

Stressed? Anxious? Depressed? A nap will fix all of that (temporarily). But then you could always just…

2. Take a nap

Turn up the air conditioner, take off those socks (please), and curl up in bed. You need to relax and fuel up for your next big task which is to –

3. Take a nap

Napping can really take a lot of out of you. After napping, drink some hot chocolate, eat something good and then settle back down to fix your problems. It’s important to think about your to-do list and then after you feel overwhelmed, just –

4. Take a nap

Okay, now it’s time to get down to business. You know what you have to do, so you have to gather your tools. You probably need to charge your laptop and your phone and so the only logical thing to do next is to…

5. Take a nap

Make sure to watch or listen to something soothing and or happy before napping, this way your dreams are good. However, if you’re having any bad dreams, you know what to do.

6. Take a nap

Gather your laptop, gather your textbooks and homework and then head to the library. It’s important to find a quiet and isolated spot in the library so that you have peace to study, work and of course,

7. Take a nap

After a long day of stressing out over procrastination, studying and a pile of work so large it could probably fight Mount Rushmore, you should honestly treat yourself. Go home, put up those feet, turn on some sweet background noise and finally finish your to-do-list for the day. It’s important to follow through with your goals. The only way you can finally solve all of your college problems is to honestly, just bite the bullet and –

8. Take a nap

It’s simple, really.


13 Times Your Fall Semester Was Upside Down, As Told By ‘Stranger Things’

If my professor asks where I am, I’ve left the country.

This article was originally published for The Odyssey on November 8, 2017.

Stranger Things season 2 was released on Netflix last week and most of us have spent our free time intensely binging it.

Even if you haven’t finished your binge, you’re probably obsessed with the Hawkins children and even more terrified of the upside down. As we get deeper and deeper into the semester, we’re probably at least equally terrified of the final projects, presentations and papers just around the corner.

Here are 13 ways your fall semester is beginning to resemble the upside down, as told by our favorite Stranger Things characters.

1. When a professor says the words “group project.”

How could you do this to us professor?

2. Looking at the calendar and realizing it’s Monday…AGAIN.

The first five days after the weekend are always the hardest.

3. Struggling to get out of bed because you don’t care anymore.

It’s so easy to say no and stay in bed, but attendance… my grade… they’re depending on me.

4. When a professor says the words “final paper” and “final exam” in the same sentence.

Final paper? Final exam? PICK ONE!

5. Waking up late, and booking it to class because you can’t skip any more.

Truly the worst tragedy any of us will have to endure.

6. Running low on flex dollars and having to skip coffee some days.

How can I function if I’m not drinking coffee and not sleeping?

7. Beginning to complete work for other classes in other classes.

And not paying attention, being called on, and having everyone stare at you as you have no idea what the heck is going on.

8. Spending your free time thinking about studying about homework even though it’s free time.

Free time is an illusion. Time is also an illusion.

9. Having to schedule your mental breakdowns and crying time into your regular schedule.

This is too much.

10. Spending more time in the library and study rooms rather than your room because sleep no longer matters.

Disorientation is just an essential part of life.

11. When every conversation with your friends is about wanting to sleep, being tired, or having no motivation.

We all just need a hug.

12. Basically floating through your routine, classes and activities while feeling like crap.

Trying not to cry on campus is now something you can add to your resume.

13. Crying through your assignments in hopes that it will all be over soon.

Just keep holding on. We’re closer to the end of the semester than we are to the beginning of it!


11 Things We Wish We Could Change About Shippensburg University

I’m not saying these things make Shippensburg University a less desirable school to go to, but if we had the chance to implement some change, the next 11 things would definitely make that list.

Where is the suggestion box for campus updates?

This article was originally published for The Odyssey on April 24, 2017.

Everyone has a million great things to say about their college because if you don’t love it, why are you here? However, there’s always room for improvement. I’m not saying these things make Shippensburg University a less desirable school to go to, but if we had the chance to implement some change, the next 11 things would definitely make that list.

1. The heavy doors.

Even the doors in the elementary school on campus weigh a ton! Also, what’s with the library doors? How come they’re like a foot wide and only open halfway?

2. The weird stairs by Shippen.

Implement a ramp. Last year, they played an April Fool’s joke on us and said they were going to replace the ridiculously wide stairs with a moving sidewalk, and we were all seriously bummed that they were kidding.

3. That class that could be from 3:30-4:45 p.m.

The 3:30 slot is when professors have meetings, clubs have socials, and no one wants to be in class. Eradicate this class time.

4. Kriner’s limited hours.

If we wanted to eat at Reisner, we would choose Reisner. Kriner can’t really be the finer diner if they’re closed on weekends.

5. The random-roommate system.

We fill out those preferences on the housing portal, but where do they go? Random-roommate has seriously ruined some people’s living situations. It wouldn’t take much effort to create a more refined system. Make us fill out a survey or something!

6. “No string lights in the suites.”

The key to the ultimate dorm room is string lights. Listen, I know it’s a fire hazard, but I’ve never had to evacuate a building due to string lights. It’s most microwave and smoking-related incidents. Let us have the lights!

7. Desire to Learn or Brightspace or whatever it’s called now.

First of all, when I go to d2l.ship.edu, why does it ask if I want to log into Ship or Millersville? I’m at a Shippensburg web address. Second, d2l mobile is the worst application to have ever existed. Finally, when it crashes, professors and students lose everything; it’s time to switch up the program.

8. The fact that you need a key to access the elevator in DHC.

The floors aren’t even equal! Hiking up to the third floor is a sin. We should have an open elevator like Grove does.

9. Limited food options in the CUB.

Not that we don’t totally love the fast food thing in the CUB food court, but some more options would be cool. More snacks, like soft pretzels or churros, anything small that we could meal, would be much appreciated.

10. The fact that we can’t meal chips or bottled soft drinks.

If you can make a deal to meal Papa John’s…why can’t you make a deal with Pepsi to help bundle some of that stuff?

11. The inconsistency of room numbers in Old Main.

Look, if we have to go anywhere in Old Main, you better hope we don’t get lost while we’re there for official business. Why can’t we keep all the evens and odds on the same sides?