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How to Start Your Day the Right Way

By Salma Siddiqui

Often times, it’s hard to get out of bed and force ourselves to go to work in the morning. Here are some tips to get your day off to a better start:

The day before:

  1. Exercise for at least twenty minutes per day: this will help you sleep better
  2. Pack a nutritious and delicious lunch to give yourself something to look forward to at work
  3. Eat a balanced dinner
  4. Shower before you sleep to save yourself some time in the morning
  5. Pick out your clothes for tomorrow so you aren’t scrambling to find something to wear in the morning
  6. Make goals for tomorrow that you can look forward to completing
  7. Sleep at a normal hour and do your best to get at least eight hours

The morning:

  1. Don’t stay in bed after your alarm goes off—get out of bed immediately
  2. Eat breakfast, no matter what
  3. Listen to a pre-made playlist for the drive tomorrow so as not to listen to annoying commercials on the radio
  4. Alternatively, play an audiobook that you listen to exclusively in the car. This will make your drive more enjoyable
  5. Find positivity in the work

Repeat.


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Jordan is passionate about…

By Jordan Belanger

…Naps.

Something that we all daydream about in class then rush home to achieve. I mean, how nice does it feel after that all-nighter and 8:00 am exam to hit the hay when you finally make it home? Naps are something that we take for granted in our lives. However, did you know that naps are actually really good for you? Taking a 20 minute power nap can improve your alertness and increase motor performance. Taking that nap resets your system and allows your body to get itself back together to move on with the rest of your day. Taking a 30- 60 minute nap also has a lot of strong effects, including improvement of decision- making skills and memory function. Even those 60- 90 minute naps allows your body to accomplish more than drool; playing a key role in making new connections in the brain and solving creative problems.

Now I know what you are thinking- uhh Jordan ever hear of a Starbucks white chocolate mocha? Yes, yes I have. Most of my colleagues will tell you that coffee is the key to getting them through the day versus naps. Dr. Sarah Mednick, PhD and sleep expert would argue that if you are looking to improve brain function throughout the day, a nap is the better way to go. She says that caffeine actually decreases memory performance; and although you are more wired, you make more mistakes. She also advised that naps can reduce stress along with your risk for heart disease.

Dr. Mednick suggests that if you are going to nap, make sure you are consistent. Primary napping time falls between 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm; so make sure you keep a nap schedule! Also, make it quick; there is no need to press snooze 5 times during the day like you do when you wake up in the morning. Set an alarm and get up when it goes off; or else you will be groggy the rest of the day! Also, make sure you are taking naps in a dark area or room; or wear a sleep mask. The less light you have, the easier you fall asleep and the more you will get out of your nap. Lastly, stay warm; get your favorite blanket or snuggy or whatever helps keep you warm while you sleep.

One last final tip from me- turn your phone on silent or off. Please. Facebook and Twitter will keep functioning while you take your nap. Make your nap time about you, and not updating on how cute you look lying down. The light that radiates from your phone while you are looking at it actually makes it more difficult for you to sleep. With all this being said I hope you are able to take what I have told you and allow yourself to take more naps during your week. Trust me, it helps. Happy slumber!


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Jackie’s Take on Tattoos in the Workplace

By Jackie Duc

It is no secret that tattoos and piercings are typically viewed as being unprofessional and unwelcomed in the work force. That being said, there are still many students and professionals who have tattoos and are happily employed. Where do we currently stand on the tattooed-professional battleground?

According to a Pew Research Center report, approximately 73 percent of people get their first tattoo during the traditional college age period of 18 and 22 years old, and an estimated 40 percent of Millennials currently have at least one tattoo. This means that close to half of the young adults in America currently have a tattoo. What role could this play in trying to get a job?

There is the general idea that as tattoos are becoming more popular they are becoming more accepted in the workplace, but there are still many traditional professions that don’t look too fondly at tattoos. USA Today reporter Lynn Monty stated that in most cases, employers can legally refuse to hire people with visible tattoos or set requirements for tattoos to be covered while at work. In addition to this, 31 percent of human resource managers said visible tattoos could have a negative impact on their decision whether to hire someone according to a Careerbuilder.com survey of employers.

Now to take it to a more personal level, I myself am an individual who has a few tattoos. Some are more visible then other, but I also have a nose piercing and several ear piercings. As a student, I am constantly asked “How do you expect to get a job once you graduate?”

For me, the most nerve wracking part of tattoos and piercings in the workplace is what do I show in the interview? Should I wear a nose ring or take it out? Should I cover my wrist tattoo with a watch? Is it lying to not show them my tattoos and piercings? Should I ask what their policy is regarding visible tattoos and piercings? Should I show them who I am, and if they don’t like it then I’m not meant to work there – or should I just do whatever I can to get the job?

Well, personally, my visible tattoos are easily concealed with a good pair of heels and a watch. I currently hold two on campus student positions, but I’ve worked several jobs across campus during my time at school. I typically choose to keep my tattoos covered while I’m at work and I rock a stud instead of a nose ring but it has always been my personal choice. Given that the positions I have held are also student leader positions I don’t necessarily believe that this is representative of what it will be like when I enter the “grown-up” work force. We shall see how things go once I graduate I suppose.


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Taking Initiative at Work

By Salma Siddiqui

Taking Initiative as an Intern

By Salma Siddiqui

Many times, interns at a company are competing for a position with a limited number of openings and have to go above and beyond to stand out to their supervisors and other members of the company as well. One important thing that interns should do to stand out of the crowd is to take initiative and assume responsibility for assignments. This can be done in a variety of ways. For instance, interns can learn to anticipate certain assignments or projects that will have to be completed weekly or bi-weekly. That way, an intern can volunteer for the project and have it done ahead of schedule to display their responsibility and initiative, impressing their employers.

Another thing that interns can do is organize events/outings. Whether this is a weekend paintball retreat or a night at a restaurant, it illuminates the commitment to the company that the intern has. Organizing a philanthropic outing such as a day of building with Habitat for Humanity or volunteering at a blood drive with American Red Cross is something to talk about on a resume as well.

To promote physical activity, interns can advertise local 5k/10k walks for charitable causes to get people involved. This is another of the various ways that interns can take initiative while also contributing to important causes. This will also provide the intern with a sense of pride and accomplishment.

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