Mind Tricks & Distractions

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Odd one out

Have you ever felt like the odd one out at work or in school? Maybe you don’t quite fit in with the group you’re with, but you can’t quite put a finger on why? Everyone has fears now and then that the people surrounding them don’t like them and that can make being around those people feel awkward.

Luckily, there are some easy mind tricks you can use to make people like you more. I’m serious! No, they won’t make you a Jedi, and you’re not putting anyone in a trance, but behavioral scientists have put these to the test, and they work. It’s all about subconscious behavior and how it influences perceptions.

When you were in high school and the teacher said that you’d choose your own partners for a project, you’d automatically try to make eye contact with a friend so you wouldn’t be the odd duck without a partner? Turns out, the eye contact thing is crazy important to how people feel about you as a person. When a group of people laughs, each person almost can’t help but make eye contact with the person they feel closest to. Pay attention to who you make eye contact with, or try making eye contact with another person. The subtle gesture can increase trust between you and that other person!

Bonding moments

How much time do you have?

Prioritizing is difficult. The number of distractions available to humans has increased exponentially thanks to the internet and cell phones.

But technology can also help you manage distractions so that you can get your homework (or work-work) done. It seems a little counter-intuitive to use technology to reduce your distraction with technology, but it’s great when you find the right things. There are apps for calendars and timers that you can use to schedule your classes, work hours, and study hours, as well as give yourself set amounts of time to accomplish things.

There are also apps that will help you to track how much time you spend on sites or in apps that are not related to work or studying. These apps can be extremely useful for figuring out just how much time you’re spending doing actual work, and how much of it you spend distracted by other things. There are also apps that will shut down or lock you out of distracting apps during particular hours or for set amounts of time to help keep you away from distractions.

Tech support!

Monday Shower Thoughts 

  1. The ceiling looks as though it would be unable to fit all your furniture on it, but really it is just the same size as your floor.
  2. One time a few cave people agreed that a specific grunt meant a specific thing and now we have language.
  3. The food pyramid implies it’s a 3D shape with several more sides.
  4. Using caps lock on the internet is considered to be the same as yelling. You can accidentally hit the caps lock button though. Imagine if your vocal chords could accidentally get stuck on yelling mundane comments at random times.
  5. Putting something funny on Venmo for payment is the equivalent of being funny in the memo section of a check.

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Your College Guide to Subletting
Moving into off-campus housing is exciting; it means having more space and more independence. However, it will probably also require signing a year-long lease. If you won’t be living at school for the summer or decide to study abroad for a semester, you might find yourself in a difficult situation — no one wants to pay rent on an apartment that they’re not living in. Fortunately, you can solve this dilemma by subletting. Subletting means that you’ll be finding someone else to take over your lease for a certain amount of time. While you are still responsible for ensuring that the rent is paid and the apartment is well cared for, you’ll save a lot of money in the long-run. Before you start looking for a subtenant, however, know what you’re getting yourself into. Here’s a basic overview of what you’ll need to do.

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