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3 Hip-Hop Artists Every College Student Must Know

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We are hitting that stressful point of the semester where classes are starting to wrap up and now everything is getting crammed in at once. From papers, to group projects, to presentations, and the not-to-be-mentioned final exams – it is understandable to be feeling pressure right now as a college student. When I am starting to feel the heat, I like to listen to music to reduce stress and have a little fun. Here are three hip-hop artists that I am enjoying and that you may be too. If not, these are three you must find out about:

1. Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar is perhaps one of the hottest artists in the genre right now. After releasing four mix-tapes and two albums, he has now skyrocketed in popularity. It seems like every other rapper who wants to make waves at the moment features Kendrick in their songs. He has collaborated with several big names such as A$AP Rocky, 2 Chainz, Drake, Pusha T, and even Eminem and Dr. Dre. His lyrics are intelligent and emotionally charged that paint a picture of a dangerous life living up in the projects of Compton, Los Angeles, and his struggle to rise above it. Deeply personal, as well as lyrically masterful, Kendrick Lamar is on his way up to the top.

2. A$AP Rocky

When A$AP Rocky hit the scene, he hit it hard and hit it fast. After joining the group A$AP Mob (Always Strive and Prosper) his hit single “Peso” was leaked and received some national attention. Soon after, he released a mix-tape titled Live.Love.A$AP and shortly after started his own record label and was named BBC’s Sound of 2012. This Harlem rapper is unique because his music, though popular, doesn’t fit the mold of most New York City rap. The pairing of slow tempo, melodic effects with a pounding, rhythmic base is masterful in quality and mesmerizing in effect.

3. Cal Scruby

With two mix-tapes out and a modest but growing YouTube following, Cal Scruby is one of the freshest and most talented hip-hop artists right now. Hailing from Ohio, some would consider his music to be pop or “frat rap” (white rappers imitating “real rap”) but don’t let that skew your judgment. Cal Scruby’s music can range from hype to relaxing, but his flow is seamless and his hooks are catchy. His lyrics are full of pop culture references and vary between celebratory and positive messages to content regarding the darker sides to life. In my opinion, Cal Scruby is the next Mac Miller and deserves his recognition as Ohio’s rap prodigy.

Hopefully you check out these three artists if you don’t know who they are already. Or, if you are not into hip-hop, listen to whatever music genre you do like to help you relieve stress during this crazy time in the semester.

What are some of your favorite artists right now?

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How To Manage Stress In College

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Serena Piper Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

College students are under a lot of pressure at school. Shelling out hundreds of dollars for each class we take really puts the pressure on making sure we pass, otherwise we not only wasted money, we wasted time. And finding out we didn’t pass a class, or an important test, can only add to the stress. It can be a vicious cycle.

Whether you are going to be a freshman in college this fall, or you are just continuing on as an undergrad, there are plenty of ways to help manage your stress levels this school year.

1. Essential Oils

Lavender is one of the best scents to have around you in the morning, before a test, or even before you fall asleep at night. It’s known for its calming capabilities to decrease anxiety and provide a natural stress relief. You can inhale the scent through a diffuser, you can squeeze a few drops into a warm bath before bed, or you can add a few drops to your morning/evening cup of tea. Essential oils are available at most health stores.

2. Breathing Exercises

I know, I know. Breathing techniques don’t usually get an overwhelmingly positive cheer. Most of the time, that is because a lot of people have trouble forcing themselves to pause and really focus on their breathing. In a yoga class I took this summer, I learned a really helpful technique: alternating breathing through each nostril. SHAPE magazine explains this technique here.

3. Take Care Of Business Early

When I was in college, often times I worried about having enough time to get things done. I was working two jobs and always had at least three classes to manage. Early on, I figured out that getting homework or studying done early was the key to not feeling overwhelmed and preventing stress headaches.

4. Get A Massage

Check your health center for massage deals they have for students. Usually it will cost a lot less than going to a regular massage clinic in town. At my campus, it was about a dollar a minute, sometimes less! Your campus also has counseling centers, which can be really helpful if you just need to someone to talk to about your worries. Counselors always have great insight.

It will also help that in addition to all of this, to eat healthy, get in exercise (even if it’s just a brief walk in the evenings), and go to sleep early! Do not cheat yourself on sleep! When you are tired and not taking care of yourself, things tend to seem worse than they are since your anxiety increases as your patience decreases.

Stress is not good for your health, so treat yourself to some relaxation and be sure to take it easy!

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4 Tips To Set Your Mind At Ease

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It’s easy to underestimate how stressful life can get, and that’s exactly what I did before this semester started. If you are like me and you have a job, sometimes it is hard to leave your work at work. I am now working full time, married, and going to school. I decided that I was going to work more and still be a student because I figured it wouldn’t change that much. I was totally wrong. I’ve found myself struggling to do homework, constantly thinking about work, and never doing laundry. It is such an easy cycle to get stuck in if you don’t take the time to plan out a strategy to pull yourself out. Here are some suggestions I have for you to ease your schedule.

1. Cut Back

For me, the first step was cutting back five hours of work. For some of you, I know that isn’t plausible, but for me that is what I needed to do. It made a big difference for my schedule. If you can’t cut back on hours, make yourself a designated time each week for you to have “me” time.

2. Shut It Down

Next, I stopped checking my e-mails after five o’clock every evening. It made me anxious when I read all of the group employee e-mails that are constantly sent throughout the night, so I decided I had to stop myself. There is nothing so important that should make me feel anxious even when I am sitting on my couch in my home.

3. Homework Time

Each day I give myself twenty minutes to get a little bit of homework done. It doesn’t allow me to get all of it done in one night, but it allows me to get enough done every night so that I don’t have to stress and do it all in one day.

4. Enjoy

The most important advice I can give is to enjoy what you have. It wasn’t until yesterday when my husband and I went to the park that I realized I haven’t been doing this. I was lying in the grass with my eyes closed listening to the birds and feeling the breeze and I realized that is what life is about.

“Rise up like the sun, labor till the work is done.” That’s a quote from the Killer’s song, “Be Still.” Listen to it below. It is a great song to make you realize life isn’t about your job, it’s about those moments when you get to breathe in the air and feel the breeze in your hair.

Remember to take moments to yourself to really enjoy life and let go of unnecessary stress.

 

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Life Hands You Lemons: 5 Steps to Success

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Every college student has those days where life not only gives you only lemons, but also gives you a good kick in the butt! You stress, you worry, you just don’t have enough time! Some of these days are just bad luck. However, managing these kinds of days is actually a lot easier than it seems.

1. Write

Sometimes, what stresses you out the most is just worrying about how many things you have to worry about. Take a moment and get them all out of your head and on to paper. Things written down tangibly in front of you seem a lot more manageable than easily-forgettable thoughts bouncing around in your head.

2. Perceive

If you have fifty things on your to-do list, it can be easier to just hide under the covers watching YouTube videos than actually trying to conquer your list. Do one small thing at a time to get started and perceive it that way to avoid becoming overwhelmed.

3. Plan

Sometimes, “too-many-lemons”days happen because we forgot about something like homework, or we put off something until something else is due and then it’s just a nightmare of lemons. To avoid this, keep yourself (and your deadlines) organized in a calendar. Whether it’s the one on your phone or an actual calendar, having reminders and set dates in front of you keeps you working on schedule.

4. Energize

Coffee, despite its wonderfully caffeinated properties, isn’t for everybody. But it is a great motivator when you’ve reached the end of your energy reserves and you need something to get you through the next three homework assignments. It doesn’t have to be coffee, but find something that puts a skip in your step, whether it’s a phone call to your mom, a snuggle with your significant other (or best friend, or teddy bear), or a stockpile of waffles.

5. Reward

Rewards are a great way to make anything fun. Get done with your reading? Buy a scarf online! Finish your to-do list? Fall asleep mindlessly watching cat videos! By making the completion of your task something to look forward to (and not just for the obvious reasons), you’ll fly through whatever you have to do.

Now, about those lemons…

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7 Secrets for Beating End-of-Semester Stress

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As a college junior, I have experienced end-of-semester stress countless times. You know the feeling: Everything piles up until there seems to be more work in the last week of school than in all the preceding weeks combined…

I used to get so overwhelmed that I would chug energy drinks all day and study all night. Come exam time? I’d be too tired to focus.

But no more. I’ve learned. And you can, too.

by alancleaver_2000

Here are seven secrets to taking on finals week and finishing the semester strong.

  1. 1. Create a to-do list. Include all of the assignments you have to complete. Write assignments down in order of their importance and due dates. Set a goal for how many assignments you want to complete each day. You’ll be surprised at how much more effectively you’re managing your time.
  2. 2. Avoid unnecessary distractions. Stay off Facebook, turn off your cell phone, and stay away from the TV. Yes, these are all ways to relax. But they’ll derail your schedule, set you back on your school work, and cause you to be more stressed in the long run, not less.
  3. 3. Stay away from energy drinks. Sure, they may give you a bit of a jolt, but in the end, you’ll crash. And then? You’ve got another stressor on your hands – fatigue.
  4. 4. Go for a run instead. Running will help get your adrenaline flowing and clear your mind , replacing anxiety and stress with a sense of calm and purpose.
  5. 5. Eat fresh, nutritious food. Have you ever tried to study while your stomach was growling? Eating well also helps give you the physical stamina and enhanced brain power you need to put in a good day’s work.
  6. 6. Get a good night’s sleep. An all-nighter here and there during finals week is not out of line. But while it may seem like a good idea at the time – a reasonable way to get in more study time or complete an extra assignment – pulling an all-nighter is actually counter-productive. Without a good night’s sleep, you’ll be too tired to perform well on your exams.
  7. 7. Breathe. Inhale. Exhale. Repeat. Relax – you’re almost through. If you’ve paid attention and done well throughout the semester, then finals should be no problem for you. And remember, once all of your exams and projects are done, you’ll be free to enjoy your summer.

Kimberly

By Guest Blogger Kimberly Erskine I ROWAN UNIVERSITY:Currently her university’s Social Media Coordinator. Near-perfect GPA. Made it to Round Three of Charlie Sheen’s #TigerBloodIntern contest. This media-savvy girl – who dreams of becoming a successful writer and has just published her first major article – is seriously cool.

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