Forget what I said about relief

I cannot believe my homework load – homework in every class. 73 math problems! The first chapter of our Linguistics book! Review of the last chapter from the last quarter in French as well as the next chapter! All due tomorrow! Might I remind you that a) teachers generally understand that you’re probably waiting on your Financial Aid and thus haven’t gotten the text books yet and b) NEVER ASSIGN HOMEWORK ON THE FIRST DAY!

This is just shocking to me. I’ve been out of class and home for over three hours and have only gotten through half of it – and I’m not even slacking! I think I might have a nervous breakdown this quarter.

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A little relief

I really had to remind myself this morning that the apprehension I’ve been feeling toward this quarter is actually a result of other external and internal stresses. I have been helping other people coping with some of their personal traumas, and it has raised some of my own things I haven’t really dealt with yet. As a result, the idea of this quarter has been pretty overwhelming, as I have mentioned in entries passed.

However, that being said, it is reaffirmed that I can do this. So far I have had my French 122 class and my Math 141. French was just a relief simply because of the familiar faces and knowledge of the teacher. I really enjoyed my French teacher last quarter, and look forward to another quarter with her.

My math teacher I haven’t directly had before, but I have sat in on her classes. During the Summer quarter, she taught the class right before my math class that another of my friends was in. When it came close to exam times, she was kind enough to let me sit in on those classes with my friend to get some extra practice in. I think she quite liked me. She kept giving my friend extra work sheets to pass along to me when I wasn’t there. I look a little bit different this quarter than I did then – even students in my French class that are friends with me on Facebook didn’t recognize me (amazing the difference a new hair cut can make), so I doubt that two quarters later she’s recognized me. Either way, I am familiar with her style, and look forward to the quarter with her.

I have one my class for the day, Linguistics. I am pretty thrilled about it, now that it’s getting down to it. I had a look at the the text book in the student store (which all I can do is look since my Financial Aid hasn’t come in yet), and it doesn’t look anywhere near as terrifying as it does online. I think I can do this.

The good news is that i have no text books for my fourth class, my Honors Humanities class, and also that I can keep using my French Text book from last quarter. The bad news is that I do need to buy a new math book, and I can’t use a hand-me-down from other students that have taken the class previously, since they’ve just changed to the new book this quarter.

Tomorrow will be a different day, and most likely more trying. I won’t have this lavish three hour break that I had today. I have ten minutes between French and Math, ten minutes between Math and my shift in the Writing Center, and no time whatsoever between my writing center shift and linguistics, ten minutes between Linguistics and my honors class, and straight from my Honors class to Phi Theta Kappa meeting – to which I’ll be a half an hour late. That is a day starting at 8:15 and ending at 5pm. Long school day.

Wish me luck!

11 things to remember how to eat

I have really gotten out of the swing of things – and I don’t mean in this break, I mean since I moved during the summer, since the break up, since everything. I really have gotten out of my good habits. A lot of it is just due to change of environment. Before I was sharing a space with someone who wouldn’t dream of rising before 8, and now I share a space who leaves for work shortly before I do. The change in quarterly schedule makes a difference as well.

However, while my homework habits and the like may have altered, my eating habits should not. It is time to go back to the classics of brain food – Brussle sprouts, brown rice, eggs, nutritional yeast and chia seeds. Granted, of those things that I have listed I only have eggs and rice – but it’s a start until my food stamps come in (At least, I think I have rice).

What I would like to do – what I need to do – is have a weekly planned meal schedule. Prepare at the beginning of the week and have it ready for me to take to school, or heat up for breakfast or whatever.

Things to consider for brain food throughout the day:

  1. Cashews, Almonds – any nut really that hasn’t been overly doused with salt.
    Nuts have that right-kind-of-oil to them – the stuff that makes the brain do push ups. Keeping these in your pocket or where ever to just munch on whenever you think about it can do you a world of good.
  2. Eggs
    I like to just hard boil a whole carton of them and have them ready to go when I leave in the morning. I’ll usually take a couple of them, and munch on one between classes.
  3. Kale chips
    Again, great for snacks. I personally really enjoy simple Kale chips with salt and pepper, but nutritional yeast is great on them too – almost gives them a cheesiness if you do it right.
  4. Brown Rice
    As mentioned before, this is a god starter to the day. I know that we in the Western Hemisphere don’t generally think of rice as breakfast, but it’s slow release carbs, has protein in it, and is easy for your body to process and thus won’t make you feel sluggish throughout your day.
  5. Water
    As if I am one to talk on this one – but remember your water! Tons of it! It keeps your blood flowing to your brain, keeps your body happy, and will ward of sluggishness in body and sleepiness in mind.
  6. Oatmeal
    Not the instant stuff, mind you. But good quality Oatmeal can really get you going and keep you going through the day. Don’t weigh that stuff down with sugar, either! Especially in the winter, oatmeal can really help with your mood as well.
  7. Hemp seeds
    Throw these bad boys into anything. I love them, and will usually chuck a handful into my oatmeal or rice or anything with a sauce. They’re high in calcium, protein, and the same brain oils the nuts above have as well.
  8. Avacado
    The first fruit/veg mentioned. Again with the brain oils. Plus they’re just damn good.
  9. Garlic
    This isn’t so much a brain thing so much as a keep you healthy thing. If you can stomach it, do what you can to eat it raw. I like to make some brown rice and black beans and then I’ll throw minced raw garlic in last. It dilutes the strength of teh taste but still allows me to get the raw nutritional benefits from it. When you’re out in the world, you’re exposed to a lot of different germs, and garlic will help your body fight those puppies off.
  10. Bell Peppers
    I hate them, to be honest. Any sniff of them will render a dish inedible to me. However, I cannot deny their nutritional benefits. They are along the same vein as garlic in that they will help keep a body healthy. They are packed in vitamin C.
  11. Bananas
    I throw this in here because – of course – it’s a fruit, and them things are good for ya – and because they will turn me from raging hungry tyrant to reasonable human being in three minutes. They’re a perfect snack when you’re on the edge and about to eat the person next to you purely because their shoes squeak.
  12. Water
    I know, I said this one. But hot damn! It’s important!

There are more, however, I am about to start my day back at school, and I need to actually eat some of these things before I head out!

Stressed and it hasn’t even started

I have ot faced a quarer with as much fear as I do this one. I would like to say I don’t know why and that I’m being silly wit my aprehension of the upcoming day,  but it’s not true.

I’m afraid because as my schedule stands with my classes and my Writing Center work schedule, the only day I have any time off during my time on campus is on Wednesdays, when I have a three hour break between Math and Linguistics, and then another hour and a half between Linguistics and the meetings in the Writing Center. Otherwise, I am constantly scheduled from 8:15-3:30, except for Thursdays which extends to 5.

Im worried because I only have one ten minute break which allows me to get from point A to point B, which dsn’t leave me any time to eat, or nap, or do homework.

I don’s think I have ever gone into a quarter this stressed out before.