Kategorien
Seiten
-

Sindi

Study high, take the test high, get high scores!-PART II

09. November 2015 | von

marijuana-christmas-meme-5Hey hey! What’s up guys? I’ve been so busy with exams than coming back in my home country and then basically beaching all day. 😛  So, as I promised a while ago, I’m going to talk about marijuana and her effects. I think all of you know what it is, so I am not going to write definition after definition.

So most of people have tried it and personally, I know a lot of students just smokin‘ it around. Most evenings after 9 pm you can smell it all over Ponttor. Maybe it’s a fun experience but do you know the long-term effects of it? I guess no … So let us begin!

So I took this list from drugfreeworld.org and I went point by point with an acquaintance of mine who’s been using since he was 15. He’s know 21.  Let’s call him A. So this is the list:

 

 

 

SHORT-TERM EFFECTS

  • Sensory distortion
  • Panic
  • Anxiety
  • Poor coordination of movement
  • Lowered reaction time
  • After an initial “up,” the user feels sleepy or depressed
  • Increased heartbeat (and risk of heart attack)

LONG-TERM EFFECTS OF MARIJUANA

  • Reduced resistance to common illnesses (colds, bronchitis, etc.)
  • Suppression of the immune system
  • Growth disorders
  • Increase of abnormally structured cells in the body
  • Reduction of male sex hormones
  • Rapid destruction of lung fibers and lesions (injuries) to the brain could be permanent
  • Reduced sexual capacity
  • Study difficulties: reduced ability to learn and retain information
  • Apathy, drowsiness, lack of motivation
  • Personality and mood changes
  • Inability to understand things clearly

 

So A, as I told you this is a blog I write at RWTH Aachen. You’re a student  here yourself, right?

Yeah, I’ve been studying here for two years now.

When did you start smoking pot and how did it happen?

I was 15 and I was out with friends, when some older guys, friends of a friend of mine, came by and they were smoking pot. So I thought I’d give it a try. It looked fun.

And then?

The first time didn’t really happen much, but the older guys said you can get hallucinations and everything becomes funnier, so I thought I needed to give it a second chance.  So next time I asked one of this guys for some joints and we all smoked at my basement. It was at the time one of my best experiences ever.

Have a look at this list. Did you have any of these effects?

Uhm … I guess. I couldn’t really move much, or think for that matter and I was so f*cking hungry, that I ate two bags of chips in a couple of minutes. I fell quickly asleep than and I don’t remember much.

So you tried it twice and you knew that it was bad and addictive. Why did you tried it again?

We all wanted to. We started using it every now and than when we got together. It was really fun, but then a couple of friends got caught by their parents, so it was just me and another guy.

Didn’t your parents also understand that you were doing drugs?

I lied my ass off. ( laughs) They caught me stoned in my room for my 17th birthday and they did test me for drugs. I was in big trouble.

What happened next?

I wasn’t allowed to go out or anything and I went every two weeks to the doctor, they tested me a lot. But it wasn’t so bad, I think I wasn’t totally addicted. The truth  is, I hadn’t take it so often. After a couple of months, I was like new or so said my mother.

So how did you start it again?

I went to university and made new friends. One of them was a pothead and I still had a weak spot for pot. Hey that rhymes! (laughs) So in a couple of weeks I started smoking it again and I still do.

Are you high right now?

If I was, I wouldn’t be speaking so much. 😛

Have a look at this other list. Does it seem familiar to you?

(laughs) Maybe a couple of things. I really did get sick a lot this last year and I haven’t passed a single exam these two years.

Why is that?

I can’t concentrate anymore. I’ve tried and tried, but nothing goes up here anymore. (signs his head)

Do your parents or friend know that you have started using again?

I’d be broke if my parents knew and I’m not. (winks at me) My friends know, but they don’t care. They smoke it too.

I want to thank you for your honesty. What are you going to do today?

I’ve got plans with my boys. Pot, snacks and horror films. (smiles)

No way I could change your mind about  pot?

Nope. (laughs)

Study high, take the test high, get high scores! – PART I

27. Juli 2015 | von

Hey guys ! Yesterday, as I was having a break with my friend outside of the university library, a guy came to us and asked for a lighter. This friend of mine, being a smoker himself, gave him the lighter and quoted Jamal from How High: „Study high, take the test high, get high scores! Right?“.  At the moment, I didn’t get it why he was suddenly quoting from a stoner’s movie, I was texting, but the other guy found it funny and after a few seconds all became very clear to me. As I smelled the marijuana, I asked my friend: „WTF? He’s he really smoking marijuana or is it just me?“. He laughed and said: „Yeah, he is. Why do you look so shocked?“.  It wasn’t just me, other students passing by, where also shocked, that at the door of the library, in the middle of the exam period, someone was doing drugs. It shouldn’t have been a surprise at all, as most of the students do drugs regularly and Ponttor or Bushof smells always like marijuana after 10 pm, but still it triggered me to find out, why people rely on drugs to achieve something? As I have heard many stories, about students who take Adderall or Ritalin to help them focus and study harder, I never tried anything myself. Probably because I have done my research and I know, that even if it seems that they’re helping you to focus, they aren’t. They’re just destroying your nervous system and making you dependant.  So, I like to do it old school. Just study hard.

Nevertheless, I read more about it and here are the most common drugs used by students and their effects:

Adderall 

Adderall

College students all across the world are gearing up for the finals, which means anyone with an Adderall Prescription is about to become really popular and rich.  Adderall is prescribed to patients with attention deficit disorders and while many of them have benefited from the drug, the consequences that it has on those who abuse it, can be pretty scary.

What happens in your brain as you swallow an Adderall pill , quoting Professor Diller from the University of Vermont ….

00:20:00

After roughly 20 to 30 minutes, you’ll experience a mild euphoric lift, Diller explains. Similar to other amphetamines like MDMA (Ecstasy), Adderall mimics feel-good brain chemicals like dopamine by binding to receptors that would normally respond to those hormones. Research shows the drug also blocks chemicals that temper reward-based responses, meaning the high continues till the effects wear off.

At the same time, there is a rush  of energy and clarity, which focuses your attention and quiets your appetite (the drug is also used to drop pounds by so many women).

Like coffee, Adderall raises you heart rate and blood pressure. This cocktail of focus-boosting, feel-good sensations gives your brain the impression that it’s incredibly powerful and working at maximum efficiency, Diller adds. “You’re king of the world, at least for a little while,” he adds.

06:00:00 to 12:00:00

Depending on whether you’ve taken regular Adderall or the extended release version, its effects have largely worn off, meaning levels of feel-good brain chemicals have plummeted. Their absence can leave you feeling drained, or even depressed, Diller says. At the same time, your appetite roars back. “Your body was burning energy while you were on the drug, so when it wears off, you’re really hungry,” he adds.

More bad news: When you revisit the work you did while your mind was abuzz, you might be disappointed. Diller points to an inflated sense of performance brought on by euphoric chemicals. Adderall can’t improve complex thinking tasks like reading comprehension or critical thinking, he adds. So if you had to write or assemble some a report, you may find your amped-up mind produced mediocre results.

Long-Term Effects

– HABIT FORMING: Your first experience may be amazing, but over time that intensity wears off and you may need higher doses.

– FULL-ON-ADDICTION: Unless you continue to swallow the drug, you won’t be able to keep your appetite at bay. And because you’ll require higher and higher doses to sustain the same effects, this can lead to full-on addiction.

It keeps the abusers‘ brains and bodies artificially aroused and you may need other drugs to help you mellow out and sleep.

Adderall is structurally and effectively similar to crystal meth, and may be similarly addictive.

What you need to understand is that you can’t function this way in the long run! The risks for those who abuse the drug are real and potentially life threatening.

Next time, I’m going to talk about other common drugs used by students, like marijuana. Don’t forget the most common of all, caffeine. You can read all about it, at the previous blog. You’re welcome to share opinions and experiences at the comments. C ya!

Am I addicted or what?

22. Juni 2015 | von

Hey everyone! I’ve been noticing something weird lately and I wanted to share it. I think I’m really addicted to caffeine. You probably gonna think, silly she, but listen me out. It was a totally nice evening and I was just chilling home. I had my last cup of coffee before an hour or so and I wanted some more. The problem was I had none anymore and all the shops are closed. I thought it’s okay, I don’t really want it so bad. But after an hour or two, my hand started trembling a bit and it just went worse and I was feeling the urge to drink some coffee immediately.  … Long story short: I got over my laziness and went out to get some. Than I did some research, to see if something like caffeine addiction really exists.

So after my research, which is very reliable btw, I looked up tens of internet pages ( What? We live in iEra 😛 ) and I found out that there’re some myths about caffeine. So here they are ( at least what I interesting found, I also found lots of crap (pardon my language) ) and good news, I’m not really addicted.

So we practically take a lot of caffeine every day, without even knowing. It is in our coffee, in our tea leaves, kola nuts, cocoa beans, diet pills, cold medications, etc. Even decaffeinated coffee isn’t completely free of caffeine. You know, caffeine itself is known to be a mild painkiller and increases the effectiveness of other pain relievers. To be honest, this really surprised me, but somehow it makes sense.

  • Myth NO.1: Caffeine is addictive.

This one has some truth to it, depending on what you mean by „addictive“.

Quoting: „Caffeine is a stimulant to the central nervous system, and regular use of caffeine does cause mild physical dependence. But caffeine doesn’t threaten your physical, social, or economic health the way addictive drugs do. (Although after seeing your monthly spending at the coffee shop, you might disagree!)

If you stop taking caffeine abruptly, you may have symptoms for a day or more, especially if you consume two or more cups of coffee a day. Symptoms of withdrawal from caffeine include headache, fatigue, anxiety, irritability, depressed mood and difficulty concentrating.“

So no doubt, caffeine withdrawal can make you feel bad for a few bad days and have some mood swings. However, it doesn’t cause the same symptoms as a withdrawal of alcohol or strong drugs.

  • Myth NO.2: Caffeine is likely to cause insomnia.

Quoting: „Your body quickly absorbs caffeine. But it also gets rid of it quickly. Processed mainly through the liver, caffeine has a relatively short half-life. This means it takes about five to seven hours, on average, to eliminate half of it from your body. After eight to 10 hours, 75% of the caffeine is gone. For most people, a cup of coffee or two in the morning won’t interfere with sleep at night“.

However, having a cup or two of coffees two or three hours before going to sleep can interfere with your sleep schedule. In a way or another, I think we’re so blessed from god to have such a magnifique way to stay awake and study hard.

  • Myth NO.3: Caffeine increases the risk of heart disease, cancer and a lot of other stuff, that I personally don’t care.

Caffeine doesn’t do a sh*t. So, don’t blame the amazing painkiller named Caffeine for all the difficulties you have keeping up with a healthy lifestyle.

  • Myth NO.4: Caffeine harms pregnant women or those who are trying to get pregnant and children.

MYTH !

  • Myth NO.5: Caffeine sobers you up.

So, this is the queen of the lies. All this time, drinking coffee, whenever you had a hangover, thinking you could meet your parents in an hour or two and that you’d be magically cured… Yeah, me too guys, but it’s not true. Caffeine and alcohol don’t collaborate well together and the odds are likely high, that you could have a car accident if you have had both of them. So next time, settle down for some yoga and fresh air, instead of coffee and Advil. Just saying! 😀

So, I have reached a conclusion. I need to drink less coffee, it’s not so good for my nerve system and why should anyone have to deal with me and my mood swings ( just in case I hadn’t had enough coffee that day 😛 ). Oh, btw, I need to go now, I need to refill my cup of delicious Starbucks coffee. Bye bye and is that judgment I see in your eyes? Not so nice you coffee junkies 😉

coffee-drink-addiction

The Beginning of a New Era

06. Juni 2015 | von

The Winter semester has gone and the Summer semester has taken its place with all its glory. While Aachen is getting warmer and warmer, so are our books getting thicker and thicker and our souls are begging for mercy. Who would have thought that my first Summer all alone in Germany would be spent head over books… Am I the only one who thinks that it’s too hot for so much learning? I thought, maybe, just maybe, this semester we were going to start slow … but NO. First week goes by and you see yourself with assignments and tens of pages to read. This only has one name, RWTH Aachen. As much as I don’t like to be hidden in the library or fell asleep in the couch with the books in my hands, I have to admit it, that’s what we should be doing.

This week we had no lectures and I think most went home and easily embraced the fact that they needed to learn and A LOT. I, from the other hand, went to my hometown in Albania and had a really relaxing week.  A day at the spa was all I needed after a long long semester, Mani/Pedis, foot rub and a bunch of other stuff a girl needs to be a girl. After you have studied Electrical Engineering for a semester, you start forgetting what’s like to just have a day off, just for you and your besties together. And since they are not so many girls in my field of study and those few aren’t exactly „girly“, you start getting infected by this virus, this terrible disease, to not care at all about your looks.

So … where was I? Ah, right, having the time of my life once again. It was short, really short for my taste, but still counted. I needed to spent time home, with family and friends. And forget what I said in my other blogs, one needs alcohol to have some fun and release stress … sometimes, but not always.  And I was back after a week in Germany, after a very long flight and with a lot of difficulties. You know, they lost my baggage … it was really horrible for me, I had everything in there, gifts for my friends, 7 pair of new shoes and lots of new dresses. When I thought for a moment, that they could be lost forever, I felt the need to start crying. Luckily my baggage came up and everything was fine, if you define fine, losing all your trains and being literally exhausted.

And now, after a „great“ comeback, I have my head in the books, even though my 20th birthday is this weekend, I can’t seem to enjoy it. Three exams in one week and probably a hangover from my birthday… Isn’t that the definition of luck? C ya guys! 🙂

DITCH THAT TEXTBOOK!

24. Februar 2015 | von

Hey guys! Today, I’m writing to you, as a student, whose life has been ruined by RWTH. Do you know that feeling, when all you can think about are exams and you can’t sleep, because you haven’t studied enough? I think you do, especially you, who are studying engineering.

„Aaaaaaall of me hates aaaaaaaall of college“ – these should be the verses to John Legend’s song. I’ve been struggling so much lately, I didn’t have time to blog about it. 😛 I just wrote a thirteen pages long exam on Tuesday and I understood that Electrical Engineering is not a piece of cake. I always knew that, but somehow I thought I could handle it. And what are the costs of handling it? No social life, no sleep, no time to take a second look at the mirror, when friends call you to hang out after studying and you’re like „What is after studying?“, when your jokes start to become programming jokes … life sucks! Btw, here’s a good one:

„How to be a d^3s/dt^3:

Replace a semicolon ( ; ) with a Greek question mark ( ; ) in your friend’s C# code and watch them pull their hair out over the syntax error“.

For all of you that don’t understand the joke, in physics, jerk is the rate of change of acceleration with respect to time, and as such the second derivative of velocity, or the third derivative of position. You see what I mean, I think I’m becoming a nerd. Shame on me!

And recently I found the prayer of all students on 9GAG:

„In this time of term papers I wanted to draw my patron deity, Bullshittticus, god of students and general last minute fudgery, sitting upon his Golden Futon, attended by the muses Caffeina and Thesaurae, whose powers of artificial energy and pretentious vocabulary can be invoked in case of the all-nighter. I like to think he’s Dionysus’s second cousin or something“.

I can totally relate. I drink tons of coffee every day and now, I think there’s too much blood in my caffeine system. I think our textbooks are bullshit and the exams are totally designed to  fail us.  So let’s just pray that this semester goes away as soon as possible and hope for the best for the next one!

 

learning

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bloody Thursdays!

15. Januar 2015 | von

– Is it Friday yet?

– No, it’s bloody Thursday!

Hola Muchachos! Today I’m going to write about weekends and how can we make the most of our weekends. I know you all might think, I have it all planned, but it’s not bad to have some tips and ideas. So, it’s Thursday and I really hate Thursdays, because they’re so close to the weekend, but still so far away, that I can’t wait for it to come. I always do something at weekends AND SLEEP, PARTYING, PROCRASTINATION DON’T COUNT. There are so many things to do during weekends that not only help you relax after a brutal week at university, but also they power you up for the next week.

Let’s start with trying not to oversleep. I know it’s tempting as hell, but oversleeping is no good. Do you need your beauty sleep, have it, but don’t overdo it. Otherwise you’ll just feel super duper tired Monday morning, looking like Halloween came early this year. Try to make a habit to always wake up at the same time every day … okay +1,2 hours more on the weekend, I’m giving you that.

Next, it’s time to go back in time and apply The „No Technology“ Rule. I bet nowadays no one can totally unplug themselves, but try to limit it. Stay away from iPad, iPhone, Androids, tablets, TV and any other electronic devices. You may not always get it, but they really stress you out. Seriously, read a book, when was the last time you did that? You can also spend time outdoors. It starts from going to a park to taking a trip at the beach (this doesn’t apply to German students 😛 ), going hiking, skiing and every other winter sport you can think of. This will also take your mind off the week you had or about to have. Don’t be a chronic worrier! Enjoy your life, try to relax, so you can have the best weekend ever. So put that „what if“ mindset aside and chillax.

Maybe you can learn something new. I’m not saying to start a new sport (though that wouldn’t be bad at all), but just something new. I don’t know, learn to juggle? 😛 You can try a new game, board game, a new cuisine, gardening, something that interests you.

So, now that you know 4 of the basics things you should keep in mind for your weekend, you could have a look at the activities I thought of. Starting from something as simple as:

  • Having a picnic and watch the sunset. Share it with your loved ones and you’ll have a great time.
  • Play card games. You can invite friends over and have a poker night.
  • Throw a B.Y.O.E party (Bring Your Own Everything). Everyone brings food and drinks to share and have the conversation flowing.
  • Have a bonfire or campfire in your yard or a friend’s yard, or even go camping. You can also grill.
  • Go somewhere. You can go at the beach, visit a new city, or even a museum or the zoo.
  • Organize a movie marathon. My favorite would be a Harry Potter movie marathon, but hey, not everybody is a potterhead, so just find your favorite series, pop some popcorn and have friends over.
  • Go dancing, go partying, I know you need to drink that vodka. But don’t overdo it, cause it will cost you the next day. 🙂

Keep calm and forget it’s still bloody Thursday.

STUDYING DO AND DON’TS : SURVIVAL KIT – PART II

08. Januar 2015 | von

Hey guys, it’s been a while since I last wrote, but you know, Christmas, New Year’s Eve and everything that comes with… So last time, I told you what is best to do when you’re studying. Today I’m going to give you some tips on what not to do, because even the best high school students have trouble when they arrive to university. They are mostly unprepared to deal with their university curriculum, which has multiple deadlines, a lot of assignments and tons of pages to read and everything goes in a much faster pace. 

              Don’ts:    

1- Wait until the Reading Period to start learning.

If you start studying two or three weeks before the exam, you aren’t going to succeed. We’re not in high school anymore, where you could study only the day before and still pass.

P.S: Don’t even think of cramping your studying into the few days before the exam. That’s GAME OVER!

2- Study materials not covered in your lectures.

Why do you have to lose your time with topics that your professor didn’t cover? Just study what he gave you and you’ll survive. You shouldn’t waste a minute. If you start reading extra on thermodynamics when you have a physics exam mostly based on mechanics, you’re wasting it man!

3- Pull an all-nighter before an exam.

You may think it helps, but it doesn’t and you don’t want to understand that too late. One day before the exam, you should just do a quick revision and relax. Get a lot of sleep, so you can be able to give your best in the exam.

4- Nest Building.

Don’t spend hours trying to decide what to study, making the time table and finding the ideal learning method. Just go with it. Crafting the ideal study nest equals wastage of time. Utilize the time and start studying, even in the couch, if you’re desk is a total mess.

5- Study for long periods of time without taking breaks.

You know, it’s really good that you would do that, because it shows you are trying really hard, but it doesn’t help. You can’t concentrate for too long; the average person can only concentrate for 50 minutes. So take a break, have a coffee or something and then start over again. It is more effective.

6- Procrastinate.

Now or later? The question I ask myself every day.  For all of you that use 9GAG,  you’ve probably have seen a lot of saying like „Keep calm and procrastinate“, „Procrastinate now and panic later“, „I’m not wasting time, I’m a structured procrastinator“, „Procrastination level over 9000“, „Procrastinate. Because if the zombie apocalypse happens tomorrow, you won’t have to do it“ … I can go on all day long, but the way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.

7- Re-Reading.

It sound weird, I agree, but re-reading your notes over and over again is not studying. Just focus all your energy in the first and second reading and you’re done, ready to study another topic.

8- Complain.

Are you tired and can’t go on anymore? Who cares! Sitting and complaining is the biggest mistake we all do, is just wasting your time and lowering your motivation. Try to be optimistic and start learning.

So, here you go, I hope it helped just a lil bit and may you nail your exams. 😛

yoda-procrastinate-meme

STUDYING DO AND DON’TS : SURVIVAL KIT – PART I

10. Dezember 2014 | von

Lately I had an exam to take, it wasn’t really important, I just needed to pass it in order to enter a project, but I did the most stupid thing you can ever encounter. I left everything for the last day. For some reasons, that don’t even make sense to me now, I didn’t learn a thing a whole week and I stressed myself out the last day to study 200 pages of MATLAB-Primer and robot-stuff (I won’t go into details about this 😛 ). You would think I study the whole last day, but no, from 7 pm till 7 am (with pauses and naps) of the day I had my exam. After a sleepless night, tons of caffeine and dark circles under the eyes, I came up with some advices, so you won’t repeat the same mistakes I did. So here are my do and don’ts of studying, that hopefully will help all of you surviving the exams.

DO’S:

1-  Create a study schedule – and stick to it.

Really guys, you should have a study schedule and it doesn’t mean you should be a nerd or study all day, but a little bit every day, will get you through with the exams.

2- Power up!

You need to get enough food, sleep, and exercise while you are studying, so all your efforts won’t be in vain. If you are tired or hungry, your brain won’t work, so take some naps and eat a burger (okay, I think you should healthy, but who am I to judge you 😛 ).

3- Research your professor’s style of exams.

Every professor has an unique way of testing you. It wouldn’t be bad at all if you found some old exams and find out what type of questions he or she is likely to ask, so you can focus on them. Also, remember to take in consideration all of the suggestions a professor makes about answering his or her questions.

4- Prove yourself.

You need to take as many practice exams as you can under exam-like conditions. It is always good to practice a bit and the day of the exam you will be less stressed. Another effective idea is to learn with friends, you can ask each other questions and compare the answers.

5- Improve your studying techniques.

We all study in different ways. Personally, I prefer to study alone, I find it more effective. For other people it’s easier to study in a group. Find what’s best for you and start to learn. You can use flashcards or create flowcharts, make a spark sheet or checklist of the most important terms and definitions, whatever works for you.

6- Attend the goddamned classes and lectures!

You might think, that isn’t a big deal to skip classes or lectures, but it is. It is an essential aspect of your test preparation. If you want to succeed, wake up early and go to that 8 am class you have (This goes especially to myself 😛 ).

AND FORGET FACEBOOK! Put your face into a book and start studying! 😛

studying

BATTLING THE WINTER BLUES!

26. November 2014 | von


Are you finding it increasingly difficult making it to classes on time? Feeling way more like laying in bed all day and watching your favorite TV show? As the days get shorter and the nights get colder, even the best of us can get a little down. The majority of us who are unfortunate enough to encounter sub zero temperatures for a few months of the year experience some form of seasonal depression. Sunshine boosts a chemical in your body that helps make you happy and suddenly in the dead of winter, you’re going through sunshine withdraw! This is called the „winter blues“, characterized by the mild depression, lack of motivation and low energy that many people experience during this cold season. But fear not, there’s always something you can do to beat the upcoming winter blues.

1- Bring some hot chocolate over here!

That’s right girls, this is your free pass to Wonka-ville! Chocolate contains a natural amino acid that your body can actually crave when you’re down. So what the hell, throw a „Feel Better Chocolate Fondue Party“.

2- Exercise.

Hmm … all that chocolate needs some exercise along, putting on weight won’t help your mood at all. You can also embrace the season and take up a winter sport like hockey, ice skating, snowboarding, etc. These months aren’t forever and you don’t need to avoid the cold and the snow.

3- Get some sun.

You should spend a little more time outdoors. Go for a walk around the block or jogs on bright sunny days, seat near windows and you can even change the light bulbs in your apartment to „full spectrum“ bulbs, that mimic the natural light and have the same affects on your mind as the real thing. Studies have shown that exposure to the sun aids your brain in the production of serotonin, a chemical that acts as a natural antidepressant.

4- Make plans.

Actually making plans keeps you motivated and you have something to look forward to. Don’t let the days seem endless, plan something exciting and your mood will improve itself. So, force yourself out. I know it’s really cozy, curling up your fluffy blanket at home and watch your favorite TV Show, but just don’t fall on that routine.

5- Try not to oversleep.

I know we all love to sleep when it’s raining outside and we can’t ever get enough of it (in a theoretical situation when we don’t have to study a lecture of 40 pages), but we shouldn’t aim for more as 7-8 hours per night. Try to be active and only take small naps, but never oversleep, it actually makes you more tired.

6- Relax.

Avoid caffeine and alcohol, they’re no good, depression related studies. I know a glass of red wine looks like a good idea, but it’s better if you just light up a candle and relax. It’s better to spend more time on things that will help you relax and nurture your emotional well-being. Listen to your fave music at home and let a party skip, cause admit it, you’re never staying sober in a party.

Finishing up my list, I really need my hot chocolate now. Probably, I have the winter blues, so I feel like obligated to stay home tonight and just watch „How I met your mother“. 😛

 

123

O-PHASE, I NEED YOU BACK!

14. November 2014 | von

Hey guys , it’s me again! Don’t know about you, but I’ve been struggling with everyday life, going to lectures and learning, having my fridge full, so I won’t find excuses to go out and eat fatty foods at Ponttor and most of all, sleeping. Who thought university would be so engaging and I would be missing sleep everyday for a month now … What happened to the wonderful orientation week?

Yeah, as you understood, this is a throwback. ORIENTATION WEEK, O-PHASE, call it what you wanna call it, but that shit was good.  So shall we start?

Monday morning, the streets were full of „Erstis“ going to hear the rector of the university making his welcome speech.  After that, we all went to our faculties. At first I was in a shock. Where were the girls? As you may have seen on my profile, I study Elektrotechnik and I knew there wouldn’t be many girls there, but there were NONE.  We were split into groups with 15-20 people each. In mine we were only two girls, but soon I was alone, because she didn’t come along much with us. We had three amazing tutors, which told us about how the university would be like and most importantly, how our lives would change. First day, we went easy, eating lunch together and going to events together. But then, all got better and wilder. O-Phase is all about parties, having fun and getting to know people. Drinking games were the whole nine yards.  The Germans would be like, rise and shine, time to drink. And we drank. Wednesday we had Stadtrallye. It was basically having a tour with tons of alcohol in you. So, we met at 10 in the morning and the guys had brought tons of beer and whiskey. „Cheers“ they said. Cheers?! Cheers?! It is 10 in the morning man, I can’t drink now, too early. For the Germans was something normal. You know, beer is like water to them. So I piped down and started drinking. All was good, I can manage this, I thought. We started playing funny games, perhaps weren’t so funny, but alcohol makes everything better, right?

Beer Pong; Questions; I Never; The Name Game; Thumper; Fubar; High or Low; Flip, Sip or Strip; Quarters; Buzz; Flip Cup; Edward 40 Hands; Sink the Battleship; Russian Beer Roulette; Kings … do these names say something to you? Yeah, probably, after the O-Phase or any other weekend of crazy, insane, kooky drinking.  Perhaps, were other games too, but I can’t seem to remember, I wonder why. 😛 My favorite was Flunkyball, Elektrotechnik-Style, always against the Maschis. There was blood on the carpet! AND WE ALWAYS WON! (Nevermind what the Maschis say.)

I think I forgot something … can’t seem to remember what it is … oh right, the parties! Incredible. Nothing like the Erstis Parties. I haven’t come across something better yet. Loud music, beer, Jack Daniels and awesome people. Life can be really good sometimes. But hey, you all know, you all were there, this year or probably last years. Oh, I have one question. Do we get to do this every year? 😛

Memories, right? I’m feeling under the weather now, too much to handle, when you know those MMET ppts are waiting for you … So I managed to find a decent photo and I apologize to the people in the photo for their privacy rights, etc, etc. 😛 Au Revoir!

 

 

10801624_472502426221641_8139372050137968052_n