Studies & First Day of School


Studies show…

That studies are bunk.

Well, psychological studies, anyway. How many articles have you read that started with “studies show…” and then proceeded to tell you about some aspect of human behavior that sounds like it could be right? If it says “studies show” at the beginning, are you more likely to believe the conclusions of the article? Probably.

What’s the problem, then?

The problem with behavioral studies is that the research is often done at universities. And research done at universities is often done with students looking to make an extra $5 or extra credit for participating in an experiment.

Behavioral science, or behavioral economics, is the driving force behind many psychological studies touted by articles about human nature and characteristics. Behavioral economics is supposed to be the study of humans in markets (i.e., the real world). But the reality is, it’s usually the study of exhausted college undergrads in a psych lab.

While some results from lab experiments may be applicable in the real world, they likely will not be accurate for making generalizations about the behavior of humanity as a whole, or even of a state or country as a whole. So take those studies with a grain of salt…

Can a study debunk studies?

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The first day of school…

If you’re a first-year student, whether you’re a freshman or transfer to a new school, the first couple of days are always daunting. Here’s how to make the most of your first few days of college.

Unpack and settle in

Living out of your suitcases and boxes is no way to live. You’ll stress yourself out more by procrastinating unpacking than you will by getting it all out of the way. An added bonus of unpacking right away? You’ll feel instantly more at home. The more you make your dorm or apartment space “yours”, the less you’ll be homesick – and the more organized you’ll be when your classes start!

Talk to your RA

If you’re living in the dorms, you’ll have a Resident Assistant (RA) who will be there to help you out if you have questions. They often also provide ice breaker activities during the first few days/weeks to help everyone in their section of the dorm get to know each other. This can be one of the easiest ways to meet new friends!

Get out and explore

If you have a few days before your classes start – get out and get your bearings on campus. Trust me, it is the worst when you end up on the wrong side of campus or in the wrong building when your classes are starting. So grab your map and get yourself oriented!

Survive and thrive

Monday Shower Thoughts 

  1. A watering can is like a wireless hose.
  2. Excel not calculating an obvious equation without the equal sign is like Alex Trebec disallowing a response until it’s posed in question form.
  3. Health insurers should team up with gyms and offer a reimbursement for every day you check in to the gym.
  4. Dishwashers store a huge amount of stuff in a small space. Why don’t kitchen cupboards have the same racking system?
  5. For the longest time, I thought the D in Disney was a backwards G.

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