5 Ways to Relax DURING Class

I feel for students. Really, I do. I know you worked the late shift the night before and then woke-up early for an 8 a.m. class. You’re exhausted and so you should be. By the time you get to my afternoon class, you are officially fried.

Here are 5 Ways to Relax During Class:

  1. Keep it cool – studies show that cooler temperatures allow the body to relax. Optimize air flow by choosing a seat by a window or an air vent. Ditch the coat, pop a few buttons and slide off your shoes.
  2. Keep it comfortable – to release tension, you’ll need to stretch and flex those muscles. Create your own space by rearranging desk options to meet your body’s maximum circumference.
  3. Keep it quiet – put those earbuds to work by pumping through 30 minutes of mindful meditation. Block out the cacophony of class with the relaxing sounds of nature combined with instructional breathing.
  4. Keep it hydrated – herbal remedies? How about lavender tea? Come on, everyone is doing it.
  5. Keep it on your desk – the syllabus, that is and make sure to check the grade distribution. If your class requires class participation, scratch steps 1-4. Sit up straight, dislodge the earbuds, shut the window and chuck the tea. It’s time for class!


Yelp Help!

A dean at Yale was recently removed from her job after leaving a string of negative Yelp reviews. To be specific, she referred to restaurant patrons and servers as ‘white trash’ and ‘barely educated morons.” Not very nice. Not very nice at all. In fact, so not nice, she lost her job.

So, um, wow! I guess I kind of get this. It really doesn’t look good for an educator to put people down. What I’m wondering is who took the time to track down all of her Yelp reviews and make a case against her. Is there an unnamed group of hackers out there in cyberspace creating files of our every move? And what about the cameras on every corner? Is Alexa recording my conversations?

I guess I’ll find out pretty soon because in the last week alone I chewed out a customer service rep.  Then I yelled at one of my kids in the supermarket and then I flipped the bird to a guy in a Prius who cut me off.

I don’t want to belittle what happened at Yale, but it’s starting to make me wonder – should we simply stop posting online? (bet you’re afraid to respond!)

5 Reasons College is Blessing Not a Burden by Klaudia Mernaci



If you were first place in a race, would you give up right before crossing the finish line just because you didn’t want the trophy? Sounds so silly, right? The supposed “ex-valedictorian” of the University of Maryland did exactly that. Gio Managadze excelled in his studies, until he purposely failed his last semester and dropped out two weeks before graduation.  He published his explanation for it on LinkedIn and to my surprise, people were inspired by it. However, I was infuriated. Here are 5 reasons college should be seen as a blessing and not a burden.


(Just a disclaimer: The University of Maryland does not even have a valedictorian. Instead, they grant a medalist award to commence a student’s academic achievements, but you must apply for it. Gio Managadze’s LinkedIn post was most likely fake news, but it generated lots of social media buzz.)




  1. A degree is not just a piece of paper:

“Four years of assignments, exams, papers and all I got was a piece of paper.” Yes, well, two thirds of the US population do not have that “piece of paper.” Higher education is a privilege denied to many. Some people can’t afford it or have disabilities that prevent them from learning. Also, Colleges can only accept so many students- even a school as big as UMD. You’re sitting in a seat that could have gone to another student, but the college chose you because they valued you.


  1. College is an investment:

I’m sorry to break it to you- but college will never be “free.” Even if your tuition is covered by scholarship and financial aid, someone somewhere is paying for you to expand your knowledge. Don’t waste it!


  1. College should not be boring:

Your major classes should be something you’re passionate about. I love marketing, so it came natural for me to participate in class discussions. Of course some required classes won’t always spark your interest. For me- philosophy at 9am was not my cup of tea, but I stayed positive and made the most of the class. I was luckily able to pick a professor that shaped the lectures class around a movie, and that made all the difference.


  1. Professors should inspire you:

You may not always like everyone you come across, but for the most part, you should be inspired by your professors. They are highly educated in their field, and many with work experience to back it up. In order to connect with them, you need to actually go to class.  In many schools, attendance is an option but you’re only cheating yourself by not going. A professor that sticks out in my mind is my micro-economics professor. I participated frequently and if I needed help, I always reached out. By the end of the semester, he encouraged me to take an economics classes because he believed in me and told me I had the talent for it. His advice gave me the confidence to pursue a minor in economics, but I would have never given it a thought otherwise. Has a professor ever shaped or influenced you in some way?


      5. “I’d rather learn by experience”

Learning by experience is a great way to learn but nothing beats having background knowledge. Wouldn’t you prefer to have guidance and direction before starting a project? I know I would! There is less room for error in the real world. Not to mention, professors definitely have stories from their experiences- listen and learn from them.



These are my thoughts, but you tell me- do you think college is a blessing or a burden?