If you have ever applied to a college, or graduate school, you may have had to get one of these things; a letter from a teacher or employer, explaining who you are, or telling the school why they should accept you. To me, this entire process is useless.
Having just finished midterms week, I though I’d tell you why the concept of midterm exams is probably the dumbest part of college.
For those of you who don’t know what midterms are, or how they work, I’ll explain. In the middle of the semester, or close to the middle of the semester, there is a week of exams; midterm exams. There’s also finals week, which is also a week of exams, but the two are very different. During midterms week, classes carry on as usual. During finals week, everything stops, and your only responsibility is to go to your exams.
Noun Challenge: July 9, 2014
Today’s noun: Hobbies
When I took my statistics class last year, my professor was working on a study about hobbies and their effect on stress. Now, before you start asking why a statistics professor was working on a study about stress, understand that my class was Statistics for Social Science. In other words, it was only the parts of statistics that social scientists (psychologists, sociologists, etc.) would need to use to analyze the results of a study.
Now that that is cleared up, back to the study. He was trying to figure out if having a hobby increases or decreases stress levels. If you think about it, you’d say that they probably decrease stress because its something fun to do to take your mind off of the stressful things in your life. But, some hobbies can potentially be stressful themselves. If your hobby is collecting seashells, (I think it’s fair to say that that is a pretty low stress activity) then you probably wont have much added stress from collecting. If your hobby is a skill, you could have some added stress from not being able to master something.
Does that make sense? Just think about ways that a hobby can cause stress. Maybe you like sports. If your favorite team loses, you know you’re probably going to put up with your buddies making jokes the next day. Maybe that doesn’t bother you (my teams always win, so I wouldn’t know. Hehe), maybe it doesn’t. If you like playing sports, a lost game might cause some stress as well.
Okay, enough examples, I think you get it.
I bet you were expecting me to end this post with the results of the study. Well, sorry to disappoint. The study wasn’t completed when I left school for the summer. So, I don’t actually know the results. I don’t even know if the study is completed yet.
So why did I tell you all of this, and then not give you any answers?
Well, I wanted you all to think about it. Do your hobbies cause stress in your life? If so, and you were using that hobby as a stress reliever, maybe it’s time to find a new way to get away from that stress. Not that you should drop your hobby, just make sure that you have a good way of relieving your stress.
As always, sorry for typos and grammatical errors! Have a great day and I’ll see you tomorrow!
Blood Moon, Hunter’s Moon. October 18, 2013, 7:38 pm.
On the last full moon, i set a goal to blog more often. And I think this is actually the first goal that I didn’t achieve this year. I think we can allow one to slide… no?
I have been super busy with school this past month. I just feel like I don’t have time for anything. Every time I do make time for fun, I get more stressed out because I have to squeeze doing homework into the day before or after my ‘fun day.’ I can’t wait for Thanksgiving break so I can de-stress.
I know at this point I’m almost half way into the next moon cycle but you know what? Deal. The next full moon is still a few weeks away and my final projects for the semester are due just after it. My goal for the next moon will be to work on all of my projects and be almost done by the next full moon.