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Procrastination and Other Things

I had absolutely no motivation to go to class today. Whether it was from a lack of sleep or not keeping track of my priorities, school fatigue is a problem that plagues us all. But fear not! It is a problem that we can conquer but only if you put forth effort. 

If you have early morning classes, I’m sure you already know getting enough sleep is a necessity. For the past few years, I’ve depended on caffeine to help wake me up, when in reality I need a better sleeping schedule and a proper diet. Not only that, but proper exercise can also help your motivation and ability to stay focused on your goals. 

Also: try not to procrastinate. I know it is easier said than done, but waiting until the last minute for everything will only become detrimental as time goes on. Take it from someone who at one point became a Master of Procrastination: In the end we must evolve as young adults who will eventually join the public work force. As hard as things may seem now, the real world (post-college) can be a rough place. Bosses, supervisors, superiors, etc. will not accept late work and are definitely not as swayable as professors you might encounter here. Consistently being late will get you fired. So while it may be annoying to adhere to some rules within a university, it is much better than having to keep up with a real life job. So enjoy your time but realize you must evolve with it!

falling asleep while studying



Finals Week

Finals week is upon us! The Armageddon is here, and the world is collapsing!

So, allow me to tell you all what I’m thankful for in our time of need. I’m thankful for extended deadlines and reasonable grading by very nice and professional professors. Always be grateful to teachers who help you, especially when they don’t have to. This a university and a lot of people don’t necessarily have to help you as much as they do. So, at the very least be kind, fill out your course evaluations, and do the work!

I’m also thankful for professors who don’t make students come to class on the final day. As we get older we realize that time is money and I respect and appreciate people who do not want to waste the time of others. I’m thankful that should I be lucky enough to pass all my classes I may be on track to graduate on time. I changed my degree at the beginning of Sophomore year and didn’t do so well in a few classes and have been worried about it ever since. But it looks as though things may work out in the end.

 I’m thankful for DeBlogs giving me the outlet to share my thoughts, feelings, and wisdom with anyone who cares to read it. I’m thankful for DePaul being the backdrop to my growth as a young adult into the real world. When things seem tough or hopeless, or you get plagued by negative thinking, try to remember what you’re thankful for and stay positive. The holidays are right around the corner, and everything will be okay in the end.


Finals Countdown

It’s almost that time, we’re inching closer and closer to finals and while the end of the quarter seems so close there are still those massive hurdles known as finals. If you’ve been doing great all quarter, I completely understand how easy it is to begin slacking off in the final weeks. But stay focused! All it takes is one missed assignment, bad test score, or lackluster presentation to drop your grade below what you needed. I often have a hard time focusing in the final weeks as I just want things to be over and have felt I’ve done more than enough over the past ten weeks. But contrary to how most view the quarter system I feel it is a marathon, not a sprint. You need to finish strong and that means not waiting till the last minute to start assignments that will surely take hours. As someone who suffers from senioritis, every day I struggle to start things at a reasonable time in lieu of wanting to socialize or do anything but school work. But as fun as those weekend plans may seem they’re never as fun if the thought of impending homework is creeping up in the back of your head. So, enjoy your fun as you should without the worry of exams you haven’t studied for, PowerPoints you haven’t made, and essays you haven’t written. You got to work hard to play hard, so keep your tunnel vision and do the very best you can to end the quarter!​


College Classes

Coming into college, classes can seem intimidating. For a lot of people, you can go from an intimate classroom setting for one class to a lecture hall the next. For others, it’s the opposite. Whether you are going from a large class where you were able to blend into the background to a smaller setting or vice versa, the transition can be tough. But stay positive! It’s alright to be a bit shy but don’t let the new environment scare you into not letting your voice be heard. DePaul is a great community with a diverse range of people - and you never really know who you can meet if you just say hello to whoever is sitting next to you.

I remember going into classes not knowing anyone and struggling with participating, just because I was content with staying hidden. However, little did I know that being able to express yourself in class is not only good for your social benefit but for your academic benefit as well. Speak up and participate in class/group discussions, because doing so will not only help integrate yourself with your classmates but also help you get to know your professors as well. These professors are great educators who can help you with recommendations for jobs, internships, and other great opportunities that happen at our university.

DePaul is a place full of great resources, people, and opportunities - but you won’t experience any of it if you don’t speak up, get involved, and most importantly have fun. This is a great place to learn and I hope you all make the best of it!


Staying Motivated

As the school year begins to wind down you might find yourself losing motivation to continue putting your all into your school work. Whether that be from senioritis, already killing every other assignment in the class, or even just general laziness. But take it from someone who struggles with this himself, you’ve got to keep pushing forward. I know Summer seems right around the corner (or Spring, depending on how the Chicago weather feels that day) but it’ll be much more satisfying knowing you’ve put all your effort into crushing final exams, projects, etc. so you can feel confident about knowing you’ve aced (or at least passed) all your classes. DePaul is a little different from other universities in that we are on the quarter system which means a lot of your friends may already be on Summer vacation traveling the world, going to festivals, and while it may seem fun to join them it is easy to lose focus about what’s important. Passing your classes, making sure you have a summer job, having an internship, etc. I personally have been procrastinating a few projects but over the next weeks, I plan to change that. Even as a Junior I still have a lot to learn about time management and not waiting until the last minute to do something, even if the deadline was given to me weeks ago. Put the work in and it’ll be worth it trust me.

Spring Quarter

The start of the Spring Quarter is here! It is slowly beginning to get warmer (emphasis on slowly) and summer seems like it’s just around the corner. Something important to keep in mind though is that staying focused will only get harder from here. As it gets warmer there will be more social activities, not just on the weekends but all throughout the week, and as long as you’re able to get what you need to be done there’s nothing wrong with indulging in some fun. However, take it from someone who has let Spring Quarter get the better of them by losing focus, just know that a quarter at DePaul can go from good to bad real quick if you’re not focusing on your classes. Don’t let assignments pile up, don’t let hanging out with your friends get in the way of your own personal goals.

Spring Quarter is the last three month stretch of the school year and everyone wants it to be their best whether that’s academically or socially. And don’t let this blog post make you think I’m trying to steer anyone away from doing any extracurriculars. Join some clubs, meet some new people, have some fun. This is just a friendly reminder that college is an even balance. You must work hard and play hard. After all, we’re spending a lot of money for an experience that isn’t just about our education but our experience at DePaul in and of itself. So have fun, go to class, learn what you want to learn, and enjoy your time at DePaul before the summer hiatus begins.


Finals Tips

Studying is a different beast. If you wait last minute to study for a big test (especially if it is a subject you’re not that good at) it will more likely than not lead to a poor score. You don’t have to spend 8 hours a day studying right up until the exam, but a full week or couple days before the test try studying at least an hour - in small doses, things will seem less daunting and it may even help you remember the things you need to learn.

Projects are the same thing, in my opinion, try to start it piece by piece or else you will just try to be rushing the day before. One last important thing to remember as well, never overwork and stress yourself out. It’s important to take breaks or else your work will get sloppy. Finals are important but they are not life or death. Your mental health and overall well-being should always come first. Have a good week and good luck!!


Academic Advisor

One thing I always recommend for students is to keep in touch with your advisor​. I know it may seem like a chore and that you’re old enough to keep up with your own academic progress but you should always use your advisor as a resource. If you’re changing your degree or major they will have all the information you need to either make a smooth transition or advise you on how things would change for you. I believe it is still a freshman requirement to meet with your advisor before you sign up for your second quarter of classes but for most students, that’s usually the last time people decide to keep in touch.

But sometimes there are questions that only an advisor can answer such as substituting classes and double majoring or minoring. And usually, these types of questions don’t come until your last two years of college. And by that time some students completely forget or fall out of touch with their advisors. I’m speaking from experience here as I haven’t talked to my advisor for quite some time despite needing important answers about my academic future.

Luckily for me and many other students in similar situations, it is never too late. On your campus connect ​or your degree progress report you can find out your advisor’s name and then schedule a meeting with him or her. I’d suggest doing it as soon as possible as they have plenty of students to meet with. Never hesitate to use your academic resources to better yourself at DePaul.


Digital Cinema

Shout out to all Digital Cinema students! Especially the ones not aware! You should use all the resources here at DePaul to your disposal. As students of the College of Computing and Digital Media, we have unique opportunities such as renting extremely expensive and high-quality equipment. I’m in my junior year here at DePaul and I certainly don’t think I’ve used these resources as much as I should have been.
But it’s never too late, underclassmen should be aware that at the Loop campus in the basement of the 14 East Jackson building there is “The Cage​” that allows you to temporarily borrow equipment. If there’s any short films, sketches, or even professional interviews you would like to do, I would suggest using these resources to the best of your ability all four years. Don’t be afraid to ask about certain materials and equipment if you’re not sure how to use them. Always make sure you’re getting exactly what you ask for and please always return it on time. 
There are many students here at DePaul waiting to use the equipment so try not to damage it either. I recently rented cameras from the cage and had one of the best filming experiences of my life. I’m personally not so handy or knowledgeable behind the camera so it was difficult at first but I learned quite a lot just to getting into it and doing what I can. I think in-class learning is a necessity but getting actual experience is just as important. So it doesn’t matter what your concentration is, rent some equipment, start filming, and get some equipment!