ARE YOU ON THAT PRE-FINALS GRIND?

It’s almost the end of the school year! You’re almost there! You just need to keep your head in the game for a few more weeks and then you’re free!

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Breathing Exercises

Feeling stressed? Overwhelmed? Or just downright crummy? Take a deep breath. Exhale. Take another deep breath. Let it out. Repeat the process, preferably in a more relaxing setting away from your desk and computer.

Eat a snack

Do you have time to cook? When was the last time you ate? If your answers are “I don’t” and “I don’t know”, then you should probably eat something. Sure, chips and coffee are technically considered as “food”, but if you want to feel slightly better while you’re on that grind, maybe wash some fruit or munch on some granola bars. But no one is here to yuck your yum, so just get them eats!

Meditation

If you don’t really care for meditation, that’s cool. This part isn’t really about sitting on the floor while pretending to be zen and chanting ‘ohm’ over and over (unless you really know how to use traditional meditation to stay zen, then that’s really cool!). Sometimes, you just need a mental break from doing what you are doing and think about nothing. Well, the easiest way to do that is to take a nap. But for those of us who need to stay alert and awake, the second best solution is to just put on your earbuds, sit back, and let the music take you (for 10-15 minutes). You’ll find that you feel less stressed and your thoughts won’t be as jumbled when you get back into your groove. Give it try when you can!

Staying Hydrated

Drink water! You know how the internet says you’re supposed to drink 8 glasses of water a day? If you’re always complaining about headaches and dizziness while you’re hard at work, drink some water. Most likely, you are just really dehydrated (but if symptoms persist even when you are hydrated, maybe go see a doctor).

YOU’RE 👏 DOING 👏 AMAZING

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How To: Own Your Next Job Interview

Sweaty palms? Put on some alcohol-based hand sanitizer before you walk in (to dry up those sweaty palms)! You’re gonna walk in, wow somebody, and walk out owning that interview!

 

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Research

Get informed! Know what is the objective of the organization you want to work for. Try to get an idea of who their clients are and what your potential employers are expecting from you if you were to work for them. At the very least, know the names of the person responsible for hiring you so that if you have any questions (or concerns), you’re able to be proactive about your situation.

Wardrobe

Unless you know for a fact that the person in charge of hiring said it was alright to wear t-shirt and jeans to the interview, the best piece of advice you’re going to get from anyone about what to wear to an interview is “don’t.” Do your usual self-care/hygiene routine (shave, wash/comb your hair, floss your teeth, etc). Then go to your closet and pick out your sharpest, most professional looking clothes (cut 👏 that 👏 good 👏 figure). Yes, it sucks to be in clothes that restrict so much of your mobility, but it’s such a morale booster when you walk into your interview like you have your act together.

Know your strengths

Prep for those questions! You obviously won’t get a list of question that the employer might ask you, but you can guess! Know what the employer is looking for in terms of skills and see how closely you can match what they’re looking for. Are you fluent in multiple languages? Do you have any other professional skills that may set you apart from other interviewees? Personal skills? What about personal characteristics you can bring to the table? What about your work ethic?

Etiquette

Smile and greet the person who is interviewing you when you walk in. Thank them for the opportunity of an interview and try to maintain eye contact when you are speaking. If you struggle with how your resting face translates in certain settings, then make it a point to remember to smile when the interviewer says something uplifting. 😂 And don’t forget to write a thank you letter/email afterwards to thank them for their consideration and how you’re waiting to hear from them soon.

Last piece of advice? If you are nervous, it’s because you really care. Take a deep breath and remind yourself of your strengths and uniqueness. You are going to do great.

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5 Cleaning Hacks Every College Student Must Know

If cleaning isn’t your favorite activity in the world, here’s to hoping that these hacks make your life easier. And after you’re done, relax and chill in your clean apartment because you deserve it!

 

Cleaning dorm

 

That space between your stove and your countertop

All that gunk that somehow gets pushed into the crevice between your stove and countertop is gross and hard to clean. Damp a thin cloth in water with some cleaner sprayed on it.  Wrap it around a butter knife and secure it with small rubber bands. Now stick it in that gap and clean out the old food crumbs and oil spillage that somehow managed get in there.

You gotta put in some elbow grease

Got a nasty ring of toilet rust and your toilet brush isn’t cutting it anymore? No worries! Get a pumice stone and put on your cleaning gloves because you’re gonna scrub that toilet bowl clean! It’s not the most relaxing way to clean a toilet, but it’s definitely faster than your normal toilet brush. Afterwards, if you want to keep it clean longer, invest in a hanging toilet bowl refresher to prevent build ups!

Lint roll those surfaces!

To minimize the amount of surface area you have to dust, use a lint roller. Use it to pick up lint on flat surfaces or on hard to clean surfaces like lamp shades and window screens.

Oil back-splashes?

Grease splatters build up over time on your wall. If you’re not too happy looking at the off-white, sort of yellow splotches near your cooking space, try this out. Make a mixture of warm water and baking soda. All you need is dish towel or something clean to wipe with. Dunk that sucker in there and wring it out gently. Scrub. Or if you’re having a hard time of cleaning because those splotches have been there so long, get a spritzer bottle, load it up with distilled vinegar and spritz on the splotches. Scrub.

Dirty Oven?

If you’re prepared to bring your whole arsenal of cleaning supplies just to clean your crusty oven, don’t. You really don’t need to. Go to your nearest store and pick up some fume-free oven cleaner, sprinkle that good stuff in your oven, and go to sleep (please do). All you have to do is remember that you have to wipe it down in the morning, but that shouldn’t be too hard to do!

It feels nice to spruce up your living area every once in a while, doesn’t it? If you don’t have time to go on a major spree (or you simply don’t feel like you want to), do one chore a day, think of it like a video game quest!

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4 Ideas To Recharge Yourself To 100%

You might be in the middle of testing week or trying to figure out your summer plans or just trying get through the day without any slip ups! That’s ok! Here’s your reminder to make that you slow down and take a breather to recharge yourself! What you’re doing matters, but your health and well-being should be important as well.

 

How to Recharge Yourself

 

Flex Those Muscles

Sitting in one spot all day will certainly do you no favors, and it’s so important that you get up and move! If you work out, that’s super great! Make the most of that gym session and don’t forget to take some time and wind down afterwards! If you aren’t the most active person, stand up and stretch a bit. Go outside and get some fresh air. It doesn’t matter what you do as long as you’re moving! Take out the trash, but take the stairs instead of the elevator. Go for a walk! Maybe check out the community gym at your Kapi Residences community and try a light workout!

Hang out with friends

If you feel like school (and life in general) is bringing you down, grab some of your friends and just let loose! If your definition of “letting loose” is planning a day out at a cool destination, then heck yeah! Go for it! If you and your posse are more of the “do everything and nothing” type, get some food and settle in because you’re with the coolest people in the world! Want to sit and dish? Cards Against Humanity? Spending some quality time with your peep? (Priceless)

Indulge yourself

Have you been putting off finishing that one netflix series because you were being a responsible adult™? When was the last time you turned on your game console and had a really intense gaming session? Do you want a night out where you don’t have to cook for yourself? By all means, go wild, child!

Get some ZZZs!

As cool as it would be to stay up late so you can get in that extra self-care from binging shows, playing video games, watching vine compilations, etc, if you know you’re going to regret it the next day, then please don’t. (;-;) You did a lot during the day and you deserve some rest so you can recharge for the next! So if you can, get some beauty rest! Don’t wreck yourself!

Hang in there! Things might be hard right now, but the stress will pass eventually! You are doing your best and that’s all that matter for the time being!

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How To: Find The Ideal Last-Minute Gift For Your Mom

She kissed you goodnight and bandaged your boo-boos when you were young. She cut the crusts off your sandwiches and made you your favorite food when you were feeling down. Mother’s day is coming up soon. Are you ready to celebrate your OG #QUEEN?

 

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Spa Day Kit

Give your mom the perfect spa day on you with a DIY spa day kit. That’s say a lot, but you can get creative with this gift (and there’s no wrong way with going about it). Include the basics: scented candles, lotions, body washes, shampoo, conditioners, face masks, and etc. But then add some personal touches! What’s your mom’s favorite nail polish? Would she like some sweet treats like chocolates and cookies? Or does she prefer savory snacks like cheese and crackers? What about her favorite brand of tea or coffee? What’s her opinion on fluffy slippers (get her a pair if you know she’ll appreciate them)? These are some questions you should be asking yourself when you’re deciding on a gift for your mom!

Something new and streamlined

If your mom is a techie or if you know that she lives that on the go #fastlyfe, then surprise her with a new piece of technology. It doesn’t have to be the latest and greatest laptop or cellphone fad (unless she’s really into that). Just think about what her routine is like and there’s probably something out there that makes her life a bit easier for her. Does she lose track of her keys often? (No problem! There’s those tile keychains that keep track of your belonging for you). Or what about gifting a self-heating mug so she can get that perfect cup of tea/coffee? (That’s really cool!) Get innovative with your gift idea!

YES #QUEEN

Like you, your mom has her own hobbies that she likes to indulge in! Whether it may be reading, gardening, exercising, binging on netflix, etc, it’s something that’s fun and enjoyable for her! So take some inspiration from her hobbies when you’re looking for a mother’s day gift. You won’t regret it!

Your love and support

You have your own life and so does your mom. But how often do you call home to talk to her? How often do you spend time with your mom these days? If you can’t seem to come up with a recent example, then you should probably do one or both sometime soon. Invite your mom to a mother’s day lunch! Surprise her by visiting home! Have a day out together to catch up! The point is don’t be a stranger, tell her how much she means to you!

Don’t worry too much about a gift if you don’t know what to get. It’s the thought that counts, and frankly, if you put effort into just being there and celebrating all the things your mom’s done for you, that’s a gift in itself. Let your mom know how much you appreciate and love her! After all, that’s what Mother’s Day is!

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How To: Stay Productive (And Not Procrastinate)

Having trouble staying on task? Got focus problems and aren’t feeling productive, but you got an important test coming up? No worries, because 👏 you 👏 got 👏 this 👏.

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1.  De-clutter (that workspace)

It’s a lot easier to work in a space where you can spread yourself out. If your workspace is gunked up with stuff not relevant to what you are doing, it’s really easy to get distracted. So do yourself a solid and clear up your desk, living room, counter, or etc in your Kapi Apartment and get to work.

2.   Move Around

If you like to exercise and/or workout, this one should be easy for you. For the rest of us, we have to remind ourselves that even though we are mentally capable of remaining seated for 8+ hours a day, we probably shouldn’t be staying still for that long. Make sure that you take some time from your study grind to stretch out those arms and legs! Don’t let your back get wack! Let those muscles flex a little! You’ll be surprised how much better you can work when your body is not locked in one position for hours on end. You can use the free fitness center in the community for this, or walk around the park with your roommates to stay productive.

3.  Don’t Self-Destruct (take a break)

But it’s not just your physical state you should be keeping an eye on. Sometimes, staring at the same problem or paragraph for minutes, even hours, can make you feel like you’re going crazy. You might end up getting frustrated or giving up all together, which is kind of a downer, especially when you usually need some kind of morale to keep yourself productive through an intense grind. If that seems to happen to you a lot, then you really need to take a break. Cook some food or order take out. Watch vine compilations on Youtube. Check your Snapchat or Instagram. Just as long as you set some limits on how long you take your break, the sky’s the limit. Don’t feel guilty about indulging yourself. You’ve earned it.

4.  Review What You Learn

Don’t just speed through what you’re doing for the sake of moving on. If you don’t get it and you just blow through it, you’ll end up hitting a roadblock somewhere down the line and that’s kinda the opposite of what you want out of a study session. Take notes, and maybe once in a while, refresh yourself with their contents. Reread chapters. Redo problems. Have someone quiz you on what you think you know and what you don’t know. Practice makes perfect. It keeps you on your toes and it’s a good morale booster when you eventually hit a roadblock (because you will hit one). 💪

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4 Fridge Hacks That Will Make Your Life Easier!

Tired of discovering months old food in the back of your fridge? Or not being able to find your stuff because your roommates dumped all their groceries in the fridge at once? Well, it’s alright because those days are over now.

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Shelf Liners

It’s a hassle to dismantle your fridge and clean it. You have to take out all the food, pull out all the shelves, the door guards, etc, and that can be a lot of work. Thankfully, someone had the ingenious idea of lining their fridge with plastic bottoms that can be removed for cleaning. With shelf liners, all you have to do is pull out the bottom, clean it, and put it back in. It’s less hassle for both and your fridge! #bless

Air Fresheners

A lot of people have said that putting fresh lemons in your fridge will help with making it smell good. But that only works if you have a supply of fresh lemons. For the rest of us, a simple fridge air freshener should do the trick.

Color Coders

Got a bag of salad and you don’t know how much longer it’s going to last? Or a Tupperware from your meal prepping that’s been in the fridge for a while, but you don’t know how long? Then invest in some colored bag clips and/or Tupperware containers so you can be in the know about how long your food has lasted in your fridge.

Space Savers

One sentence ago, it was recommended that you go get some color coded containers to keep track of your food’s shelf life. But if that’s not a problem you have, then forget about it. If you can’t stack multiple  containers in your fridge, don’t bother. Instead, get a couple of glass mason jars. They work almost the same as your Tupperware containers (except if they have a metal lid and ring, they can’t go in the microwave). You can use them to store salad, leftovers, soups, smoothies, and etc. When you need to eat, just pour your food out onto a bowl or plate and enjoy!

It’s never too late to have a well-organized fridge! Save yourself the frustration of deciding whether or not your food is edible or not by changing a few of your organizational habits. Even better, see if you can work together with your roommates to make sure that all your food stays fresh and tasty!

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Weekend Ideas: Get Chummy With Your Roommates!

Don’t be a stranger! Especially if it’s this late in the year! If you think you haven’t gotten to know your roommates that well yet, this is the perfect weekend for it!

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Food

WHAT BETTER WAY TO MAKE FRIENDS WITH A PERSON THAN THROUGH THEIR LOVE OF FOOD. That being said, it’s always better to have two pairs of hands on deck instead of one in the kitchen. You can cook a more elaborate meal and reap the rewards together (a delicious meal)! Or you can do some grocery shopping together and learn more about each other’s favorite foods, least favorite food, and etc (like their signature favorite weird food combination 😂)

Do Something Nice For Them

Who wouldn’t appreciate a nice gesture in these trying times? Is your roommate running late to work or school (and you happen to be free)? Maybe you could drop them off! Are you both staying up late to study? You could offer to buy them a (coffee or tea) drink if you’re on your way out. You don’t have to go out of your way to do something, just if you are going to do something nice for yourself, it’d be nice to include your roommate as well. \(^-^)/

Have a Day Out (or In)

Probably the best way to bond with your roommate is to do something fun with them. Are you all hungry and no one wants to cook anything? Treat yourselves to a meal and get some dessert together afterwards! Do you all live near the beach? Spend the day at the beach! Is there a mall nearby? Do some window shopping together! If all of you are homebodies, that’s no problem at all! Bust out some video games or Netflix and scrounge up some food because you’re about to get to know each other in some new ways. Friendships are forged in the crucible of Super Smash Bros . . . or finding out that your roommate roots for the same ships that you ship. 😮🔥❤️

 

Chances are that your roommate wants to get to know you as much as you want to get to know them. It’s just that sometimes, you have to be the brave one to get things started!

 

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Recipes Worth Trying If You Want To Cook More

Cooking is a struggle when you have other things to take care of (#collegelife). Ideally, you’d like to make your own food and eat it, which can take some time. But don’t worry. It’s just baby steps! First, step into your Kapi Apartment kitchen and 🔥 up that stove!!

 

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Fish(stick) Tacos

It’s simple! It’s easy! And it’s delicious! All you need for ingredients are:

24 frozen fish sticks

1 cup of shredded lettuce

½ cup of chopped onion

¼ cup of chopped tomatoes

1 package of corn tortillas

1 package of sour cream

Lemons and Tapatio hot sauce recommended.

Directions:

  1. Heat the fish sticks in the microwave for 1-2 minutes
  2. Pour a little bit of cooking oil in a pan and put it on a stove (medium-high heat). Let the pan warm up.
  3. Take the fish sticks out of the microwave and put them into the pan to fry (so that the breading on the fish sticks becomes crispy) for about 3-4 minutes. Make sure to flip the fishsticks over so that they do not burn on one side.
  4. Put the fish sticks on a plate to cool and pour a little bit of oil into the pan. Swirl the oil until the surface of the pan is coated evenly.
  5. Cook the tortillas
  6. Plate the tortillas (double up on the tortillas if you don’t want your taco to break) and place 2-33 fishsticks on each tortilla.
  7. Top with lettuce, onions, and tomatoes. (Add lemon juice and hot sauce for more flavor)
  8. Enjoy!

California Rowl

Who doesn’t love a good california roll? It’s tasty and healthy! But if your sushi making skills aren’t up to standard, try making a bowl instead. You’ll need:

1-1.5 cups of rice

2 tablespoons of rice/sushi vinegar

½ cup of chopped imitation crab

¼ cup of sliced cucumber

1 avocado

½ tablespoon of shoyu or low-sodium soy sauce

½ tablespoon of mayo

A little bit of sesame oil

Wasabi

Chopped green onion (optional)

Crispy fried onion (optional)

Directions:

  1. Steam the rice in a pan with a lid or in a rice cooker. To make sure the rice is cooked properly, measure an equal portion of rice and water prior to steaming
  2. Make imitation crab salad by mixing the chopped imitation crab and mayo together.
  3. Make the shoyu/soy sauce condiment by mixing the shoyu/soy sauce with the sesame oil. Set it aside for later.
  4. Once the rice is properly cooked, transfer it into a bowl big enough for mixing and cool it down. When the rice is coolled, mix in the rice/sushi vinegar. You’ll notice that the rice will become stickier and smell sweeter.
  5. Get two big scoops of rice in a bowl. Top with imitation crab salad, cucumber, and sliced avocado.
  6. Mix in a little of the shoyu/soy sauce condiment (add more later if you see fit) and wasabi (optional)
  7. Top with chopped green onion (for a refreshing taste) or crispy fried onion.
  8. Enjoy!

Miso Udon Carbonara

We’re getting fancy here! This Asian fusion dish takes a little bit of effort to make, but the end results will be delicious! If you want a challenge, give this a try! What you will need:

1 package of frozen sanuki udon noodles

1 package of enoki mushrooms

4 strips of bacon

2 egg yolks

1-1.5 cups of shredded parmesan cheese

1.5-2 cups of heavy cream or half and half

½ cup of chopped green onion

1 tablespoon of miso paste

1 teaspoon of shoyu or low sodium soy sauce

1 teaspoon of black pepper

1 teaspoon of chopped garlic

A pinch of salt

Directions:

  1. Boil some water in a pot and drop 3 blocks of the sanuki udon noodles into the boiling water. Let it boil for 5 minutes
  2. Drain the noodles and rinse them. Set the udon noodles aside for later.
  3. Fry the bacon. Let them cool before you chop them up into pieces. Set them aside for later.
  4. Wash the enoki mushrooms and cut off the bottom. Make sure to try and separate the stems so that you do not end up with a block of mushrooms.
  5. Pour some cooking oil into a pan and swirl until the surface is coated evenly. Let the pan heat up and pour in the shoyu/soy sauce.
  6. Drop the mushrooms into the pan and cook them like how you would with stir fry. Afterwards, put the cooked mushrooms into a bowl and set it aside for later.
  7. Mix the egg yolk, cream/half and half, garlic, miso paste, salt, and pepper together to make the sauce. Stir until the mixture is mostly even. You might have small chunks of miso paste at the bottom and that is ok!
  8. Coat a pan with cooking oil and heat it up. Pour in your sauce mixture and stir for 2 minutes. Afterwards, slowly mix in your Parmesan cheese as you continue stirring.
  9. Mix in your udon noodles. Keep stirring.
  10. Add in your enoki mushrooms and half of your chopped bacon. Stir.
  11. Plate your noodles. Top with more bacon and some chopped green onions. Add some more black pepper if you want.
  12. Enjoy!

Cooking is a good way to wind down when you need to. It’s healthier than eating take out all the time and you get to flex your culinary muscles! Try out some of these recipes when you can or look up the recipes to your favorite foods online!

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Getting Involved With Campus Organizations: Why You Should Give It A Try

Think joining a club or getting involved is not worth it? Maybe you just need a little convincing to get you out there in time for the next club rush on campus . . . 🤔

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People Skills

Joining a campus organization is a great way to develop your people skills! You’d be interacting with peers and colleagues and working together towards a common goal, and in doing so, you could improve on skills like communication and work ethic, which are important when you find yourself working with others. If you already have those skills, then joining a club or campus organization would definitely help you improve on them so that you’re able to adapt to various types of groups and situations!

 

Broaden Your Horizons

Don’t limit your academic experience to just the classroom/lecture hall! If you want to network, campus organizations are a great way to get in touch with like-minded people and outside organizations that can help you get where you want to go, especially if you’re looking for a job in a specific field. But if your interests are more on the personal side, no worries! There’s a bunch of clubs out there doing cool and fun stuff. You have to maybe get out of your comfort zone a little and look around to get started!

 

Resume Building

Clubs and organizations look good on your resume! You’ll show employers that you’re dedicated and can handle multiple responsibilities at a time. Not only that, it’ll fill out your resume a bit, especially if it’s a little empty. In addition, if you do end up getting a leadership position in a campus organization that you joined, it’ll tell them that you’ve got good leadership skills, which is a point in your favor!

 

You’ll Have A Blast!

Need 👏 A 👏 Break 👏 From 👏 Your 👏 Studies? If yes, then join a club!! Make the most of your college years by going out and doing fun stuff with people you meet who might later become your friends! That is the most quintessential college experience you can get (aside from spiritually transcending midway through your midterm prep). You probably won’t get another chance like this after college, so while you still can, get out there and explore your passions! Meet cool people and see the world from their perspective! Develop your interests and make some memories!

It’s never too late to join a club or campus organization! All you need to do is keep an open mind and explore! Check out your interests, discover new hobbies, or further along your quest for personal development!

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