Yesterday I ventured to Oxford with colleagues and found myself in a town that screamed for my art and architecture admiring self. The flair of Oxford is no joke, its aura streaming class and romantic vibes in the midst of stills described in literature. Here's to a bunch of pictures I took.  






We strolled around to see the most we could and I think we covered most as the town isn't too big to get lost in. We visited the local big market, had lunch in King's Arms and climbed up the Oxford hill for a pound for a cool view.

On the way to Christ Church College, where Alice in Wonderland, Harry Potter and The Golden Compass were filmed. 





Is anyone else getting the Harry Potter feels here? I could've stayed for hours.





The Great Hall probably looks greatly familiar to you. Students of the college do in fact still spend their lunch time here and I'm jealous. 



The University Church







I love how Jane Austen this is. 


Hope you enjoyed this Oxford photo spam! Because I do love looking at these photos. Have you been to Oxford before?

Until then – stay dreamy,
Arden

FOTW | Oxford Strolls & Harry Potter Feels

4/16/2017


Yesterday I ventured to Oxford with colleagues and found myself in a town that screamed for my art and architecture admiring self. The flair of Oxford is no joke, its aura streaming class and romantic vibes in the midst of stills described in literature. Here's to a bunch of pictures I took.  






We strolled around to see the most we could and I think we covered most as the town isn't too big to get lost in. We visited the local big market, had lunch in King's Arms and climbed up the Oxford hill for a pound for a cool view.

On the way to Christ Church College, where Alice in Wonderland, Harry Potter and The Golden Compass were filmed. 





Is anyone else getting the Harry Potter feels here? I could've stayed for hours.





The Great Hall probably looks greatly familiar to you. Students of the college do in fact still spend their lunch time here and I'm jealous. 



The University Church







I love how Jane Austen this is. 


Hope you enjoyed this Oxford photo spam! Because I do love looking at these photos. Have you been to Oxford before?

Until then – stay dreamy,
Arden


I don't know who I am. This is in no way an exaggeration, nor have I actually lost my mind. It is also too early to have a mid life crisis so I wouldn't call it that, I figure.

I don't know who I am because I'm so many. There are so many layers that I find in myself, new ones, resurfacing ones, completely new ones that I didn't know existed.

I don't know who I am because I listen to old-school records, yet dance to the most mainstream crap.

I don't know who I am because I don't think I've ever truly been in love, yet know so much about it.

I don't know who I am because I aspire to be like those who know what niche they're in and what exactly their style is, yet I don't understand how that is supposed to work when I like cutesy girly dresses this week when last week I wore all grunge.

I don't know who I am because I get anxious with phone calls, yet want to work in the Tourism and Event management department where it is my job to interact with people.

I don't know who I am because I give great advice that is helpful for many, yet I struggle taking my own advice when I really need it and when I know that's what I have to do.

I don't know who I am because I wish I had those cool artistic and mutual friends and yet hang out with more shallow people that I don't entirely understand.

I don't know who I am because my wishes and needs contradict themselves most of the times and I have no idea what I'm doing, yet seem to have it all together.

I don't know who I am because I want to share my thoughts but not overshare because that's weird, yet I don't give two pieces of crap about how weird it is when I don't put a filter on myself to be accepted.

I don't know who I am because my passions are what give me happiness, yet I can't truly go through with all of them because I have responsibilities, but I'm not independent enough either to drop everything for them.

I don't know who I am because at times I'm the most reserved person in the world when all other days I'm so open and craving socialising with those around me because they might put a smile on my face and that means I won't have to do it myself.

I don't know who I am because I would give anything for anyone and act for their happiness before mine, yet I'm so greedy when it comes to feelings I cannot bear.

Do you know who you are?

Until then – I probably still won't know,
Arden

I Don't Know Who I Am

4/14/2017



I don't know who I am. This is in no way an exaggeration, nor have I actually lost my mind. It is also too early to have a mid life crisis so I wouldn't call it that, I figure.

I don't know who I am because I'm so many. There are so many layers that I find in myself, new ones, resurfacing ones, completely new ones that I didn't know existed.

I don't know who I am because I listen to old-school records, yet dance to the most mainstream crap.

I don't know who I am because I don't think I've ever truly been in love, yet know so much about it.

I don't know who I am because I aspire to be like those who know what niche they're in and what exactly their style is, yet I don't understand how that is supposed to work when I like cutesy girly dresses this week when last week I wore all grunge.

I don't know who I am because I get anxious with phone calls, yet want to work in the Tourism and Event management department where it is my job to interact with people.

I don't know who I am because I give great advice that is helpful for many, yet I struggle taking my own advice when I really need it and when I know that's what I have to do.

I don't know who I am because I wish I had those cool artistic and mutual friends and yet hang out with more shallow people that I don't entirely understand.

I don't know who I am because my wishes and needs contradict themselves most of the times and I have no idea what I'm doing, yet seem to have it all together.

I don't know who I am because I want to share my thoughts but not overshare because that's weird, yet I don't give two pieces of crap about how weird it is when I don't put a filter on myself to be accepted.

I don't know who I am because my passions are what give me happiness, yet I can't truly go through with all of them because I have responsibilities, but I'm not independent enough either to drop everything for them.

I don't know who I am because at times I'm the most reserved person in the world when all other days I'm so open and craving socialising with those around me because they might put a smile on my face and that means I won't have to do it myself.

I don't know who I am because I would give anything for anyone and act for their happiness before mine, yet I'm so greedy when it comes to feelings I cannot bear.

Do you know who you are?

Until then – I probably still won't know,
Arden

Ever wondered what some people use to customise their Google Chrome tabs? Maybe I can help you with that. As I've been part of the Studyblr community for quite some time now, I've discovered loads of chrome extensions that make your tabs look super awesome.

Momentum


Orla

Click for the classic one. This sweet extension offers the time, weather, daily photography backgrounds, daily quotes, links, search and a to do list.


Lanes


Midnight Latte

Click here for the clock, a pomodoro timer, a weekview and a to do feature! This has been my personal favourite for a long time.

Infinity New Tab


Google

Here you'll find links with icons, a to do feature, search, chrome apps, a notepad and custom wallpapers.

Laterbox


Laterbox

Click for a priority to-do list on new tabs.

Tabby Cat


Tabby Cat

If you like cute cats greeting you on each new tab, you'll like this!

Do you know more of these to share in the comments? Go ahead, I love this stuff.

Until then – stay productive,
Arden

Chrome Extensions For Lovely New Tabs

4/12/2017


Ever wondered what some people use to customise their Google Chrome tabs? Maybe I can help you with that. As I've been part of the Studyblr community for quite some time now, I've discovered loads of chrome extensions that make your tabs look super awesome.

Momentum


Orla

Click for the classic one. This sweet extension offers the time, weather, daily photography backgrounds, daily quotes, links, search and a to do list.


Lanes


Midnight Latte

Click here for the clock, a pomodoro timer, a weekview and a to do feature! This has been my personal favourite for a long time.

Infinity New Tab


Google

Here you'll find links with icons, a to do feature, search, chrome apps, a notepad and custom wallpapers.

Laterbox


Laterbox

Click for a priority to-do list on new tabs.

Tabby Cat


Tabby Cat

If you like cute cats greeting you on each new tab, you'll like this!

Do you know more of these to share in the comments? Go ahead, I love this stuff.

Until then – stay productive,
Arden
Source: Google

First things


This is not what I usually bring onto this blog. But you know what, I never followed a specific niche anyway. Watching a show like Black Mirror was just too inviting for me to write down my thoughts on each episode. I think I will actually post my thoughts on the episodes that got to me the most because well, I can't keep still. My mind is in all kinds of whirls because of this show which I hate and love at the same time. Nowadays there's not enough TV productions out there that are truly poignant and get me thinking really hard as an individual.

Diving in


National Anthem is the very first episode of the show, even though I mistakenly didn't watch this one as the first episode. When I turned on Netflix, the first episode that played was the first episode of the third season which was Nosedive, but more on that one later on. Either way, when I realised I hadn't actually watched the very first episode, of course I watched National Anthem and dude, was I blown away.

When I first read the synopsis a long time ago due to my curiosity, I thought, what the hell? The synopsis sounds crazy. And then I watched it to the end, where I ultimately sat with my mouth wide open, confusedly blinking, hardly swallowing. Everything that just happened in this episode is shitbat crazy. 

This episode did not let me go to sleep. I couldn't sleep until like 3 in the morning. And I hope I'm not the only one who felt that way. Cue the spoiler alert warning sign. Do not read on if you haven't watched the episode yet. Or you know what, do read on if you're uncertain and curious. Do what you want, really. I don't mind. Even if I spoiled it now, it's still a masterpiece to watch.

If you don't remember what it was about and what exactly happened, read about it here before diving into my thoughts.

My take on it


I thought this episode was brilliant. Completely shocking, disgusting, appalling and followed by many shudders down my spine. Now some expected me to think, Why would they air that? Why would anyone watch that? Is TV production going mad? And at first I was under that exact impression. But I understood. I got the point and that is what made the episode brilliant after all.

In defense: The intention of this episode, like every other Black Mirror episode, is to make a very bold point. And there's always going to be two sides, the initiated one that appreciates such contemporary, appalling art and the general public that despises that because they don't get the point and focus on the disgusting part and how upset it made them. But ladies and gentlemen, that was the point. Make you feel things, make you feel utterly uncomfortable to provoke you. If that doesn't work, fine. But nowadays it's rather hardly possible to get to that in any other way. You have to see things to believe them and the more upsetting and shocking, the bigger is the reaction. Even if it's shitbat crazy. Yes, it's apparently complete nonsense for some but you're either outraged or sensitive enough to understand what's behind that.

Thoughts: No, it was not pleasurable to watch. I'm all in for comedies and happy-go-lucky Korean dramas and whatnot. It's outrageous, appalling, far beyond the limits of good taste. But I thought it was a great vehicle to communicate a really important point by forcing a reflection on the audience, by reflecting a fictional audience.

Who is reflected? Well, the population, the users of the interweb, the fictional audience, the real audience including you and me. I mean we feel exactly the same with the fictional audience at first, going through the episode. Should he really do that to save the princess' life? What's the right thing for a PM to do in such a situation? Do you want him to save the princess? What do you value more, the dignity or integrity or the life of a particular princess that is after all just a girl? 

The population in there prefers humiliation. Is it really because they value the life of the princess over anything else? D'you really think that? I thought that rather than that, there is some underlying disrespect towards their PM that drove them to wanting to see him degraded to no end. I thought this was a sign of a profound disrespect towards themselves and their own society and their values.

See the utterly disgusted faces in front of the screens, first a laugh or two, now unable to look away now that it's happened. Turn it off, someone finally mutters. Are those faces of a sick defeated society?

What I found brilliant was that even though the avant-garde artist wanted to make a point, he didn't even need to live to contemplate the completion of his own creation. That crazy artist wouldn't actually have killed the princess in the first place, I don't think. After all he didn't cut off her finger but his own. His suicide marked his disgust and utter disappointment in society that is more than understandable at this point. How immersed can a population be that they wouldn't notice the princess being released half an hour before the broadcast had even started?

Conclusion: Major wake up call we didn't know we needed. Thought provoking even if not very plausible in some people's eyes. The satire in this absolutely worked for me. All in all this was a masterpiece with all its appalling elements. Maybe now you understand why I recommend not to binge this series.

What are your thoughts on the episode to those who have watched it? What did you get out of it? How do you see the message? I'm all for discussions in the comments.

Until then – stay cautious,
Arden

Thoughts on Black Mirror: National Anthem

4/10/2017

Source: Google

First things


This is not what I usually bring onto this blog. But you know what, I never followed a specific niche anyway. Watching a show like Black Mirror was just too inviting for me to write down my thoughts on each episode. I think I will actually post my thoughts on the episodes that got to me the most because well, I can't keep still. My mind is in all kinds of whirls because of this show which I hate and love at the same time. Nowadays there's not enough TV productions out there that are truly poignant and get me thinking really hard as an individual.

Diving in


National Anthem is the very first episode of the show, even though I mistakenly didn't watch this one as the first episode. When I turned on Netflix, the first episode that played was the first episode of the third season which was Nosedive, but more on that one later on. Either way, when I realised I hadn't actually watched the very first episode, of course I watched National Anthem and dude, was I blown away.

When I first read the synopsis a long time ago due to my curiosity, I thought, what the hell? The synopsis sounds crazy. And then I watched it to the end, where I ultimately sat with my mouth wide open, confusedly blinking, hardly swallowing. Everything that just happened in this episode is shitbat crazy. 

This episode did not let me go to sleep. I couldn't sleep until like 3 in the morning. And I hope I'm not the only one who felt that way. Cue the spoiler alert warning sign. Do not read on if you haven't watched the episode yet. Or you know what, do read on if you're uncertain and curious. Do what you want, really. I don't mind. Even if I spoiled it now, it's still a masterpiece to watch.

If you don't remember what it was about and what exactly happened, read about it here before diving into my thoughts.

My take on it


I thought this episode was brilliant. Completely shocking, disgusting, appalling and followed by many shudders down my spine. Now some expected me to think, Why would they air that? Why would anyone watch that? Is TV production going mad? And at first I was under that exact impression. But I understood. I got the point and that is what made the episode brilliant after all.

In defense: The intention of this episode, like every other Black Mirror episode, is to make a very bold point. And there's always going to be two sides, the initiated one that appreciates such contemporary, appalling art and the general public that despises that because they don't get the point and focus on the disgusting part and how upset it made them. But ladies and gentlemen, that was the point. Make you feel things, make you feel utterly uncomfortable to provoke you. If that doesn't work, fine. But nowadays it's rather hardly possible to get to that in any other way. You have to see things to believe them and the more upsetting and shocking, the bigger is the reaction. Even if it's shitbat crazy. Yes, it's apparently complete nonsense for some but you're either outraged or sensitive enough to understand what's behind that.

Thoughts: No, it was not pleasurable to watch. I'm all in for comedies and happy-go-lucky Korean dramas and whatnot. It's outrageous, appalling, far beyond the limits of good taste. But I thought it was a great vehicle to communicate a really important point by forcing a reflection on the audience, by reflecting a fictional audience.

Who is reflected? Well, the population, the users of the interweb, the fictional audience, the real audience including you and me. I mean we feel exactly the same with the fictional audience at first, going through the episode. Should he really do that to save the princess' life? What's the right thing for a PM to do in such a situation? Do you want him to save the princess? What do you value more, the dignity or integrity or the life of a particular princess that is after all just a girl? 

The population in there prefers humiliation. Is it really because they value the life of the princess over anything else? D'you really think that? I thought that rather than that, there is some underlying disrespect towards their PM that drove them to wanting to see him degraded to no end. I thought this was a sign of a profound disrespect towards themselves and their own society and their values.

See the utterly disgusted faces in front of the screens, first a laugh or two, now unable to look away now that it's happened. Turn it off, someone finally mutters. Are those faces of a sick defeated society?

What I found brilliant was that even though the avant-garde artist wanted to make a point, he didn't even need to live to contemplate the completion of his own creation. That crazy artist wouldn't actually have killed the princess in the first place, I don't think. After all he didn't cut off her finger but his own. His suicide marked his disgust and utter disappointment in society that is more than understandable at this point. How immersed can a population be that they wouldn't notice the princess being released half an hour before the broadcast had even started?

Conclusion: Major wake up call we didn't know we needed. Thought provoking even if not very plausible in some people's eyes. The satire in this absolutely worked for me. All in all this was a masterpiece with all its appalling elements. Maybe now you understand why I recommend not to binge this series.

What are your thoughts on the episode to those who have watched it? What did you get out of it? How do you see the message? I'm all for discussions in the comments.

Until then – stay cautious,
Arden

In the life


I guess this should sum up both of my last weekends. I spent both quite well, trying to do and as much as I could because time does slip away and I decided not to let that happen on my own terms. I've heard of interns that don't go outside on weekends at all or rarely get to see the town which I honestly do not understand as someone from outside, just having moved here.

Seriously, I'm definitely not here just to work, then go home, eat, sleep and do it all over again. A whole weekend at home feels like such a waste here. No big deal back in Germany as I've pretty much lived my whole life there. However, I do have a time limit here in London and I am already dreading it. This whole thinking of mine keeps driving me to spend at least Saturdays out with other interns, colleagues and even on my own with myself. I don't even mind at this point.

So last week we had a free guided tour through Westminster and we saw the parade and all sorts of beautiful architecture, we had lunch in Scarlet's, we went shopping right after that and ended up in Carnaby street at Zebrano for two glasses of wine and great dinner.


I took this with my phone. I'm impressed.


Damn London, back at it again with the architecture. 

Who would've thought I would see this in the beginning of April in this rainy town. 

I only noticed the huge grey cloud when I saw the picture again whilst editing the post. It was blissfully sunny, I swear. Omg.


I'll never get tired of this view. 

About yesterday, we went out for a picnic in Regent's Park as the sun was out. Needless to say we all ate much more than we had intended and at the end of the day I actually felt like exploding. (I'm fine now, though, no worries.) 

We went central to get some shopping done, then strolled around and ended up watching Beatboxers in Leicester Square and having a few drinks in Soho before then heading back home, utterly exhausted. 




New-In I need to brag about



Whilst I will be honest and tell you that I don't feel comfortable getting anything at Victoria's Secret (I mean underwear for what, a third of my rent?), I must say I am in love with their XO eau de parfume which I got as a rollerball. I love the fresh, fruity but not too sweet scent and how long it seems to last. Oh, and this was only 16 pounds and for some reason I only had to pay 12.

Have you tried this one before? What's your favourite perfume?

And... random life lessons


Inspired by Lucy Moon's video on things she wished she knew as a teenager, I had a digging session into my mind as well and realized a few things that have been important life lessons for myself.

1. What others wear and why they wear it is none of my business. I've got no right to judge them in any way or criticise them.

2. Your intuition is right. I'd even go as far as to say it always is.

3. People can't read your mind and there's no time for misunderstandings caused by dropped hints. Don't drop hints. Don't try to interpret them. Get some clarity and save yourself from freaking heartache.

4. You can mope around and feel stuck in a situation or go out there and know that you at least tried to help yourself.

5. Give more hugs. Because everyone needs a hug. It's an immediate remedy and it will make people feel warm, and you too.

What's a life lesson you recently learned?

Until then – sorry for the photo heavy post this time,
Arden

FOTW | City Strolls, Perfume & Random Life Lessons

4/09/2017


In the life


I guess this should sum up both of my last weekends. I spent both quite well, trying to do and as much as I could because time does slip away and I decided not to let that happen on my own terms. I've heard of interns that don't go outside on weekends at all or rarely get to see the town which I honestly do not understand as someone from outside, just having moved here.

Seriously, I'm definitely not here just to work, then go home, eat, sleep and do it all over again. A whole weekend at home feels like such a waste here. No big deal back in Germany as I've pretty much lived my whole life there. However, I do have a time limit here in London and I am already dreading it. This whole thinking of mine keeps driving me to spend at least Saturdays out with other interns, colleagues and even on my own with myself. I don't even mind at this point.

So last week we had a free guided tour through Westminster and we saw the parade and all sorts of beautiful architecture, we had lunch in Scarlet's, we went shopping right after that and ended up in Carnaby street at Zebrano for two glasses of wine and great dinner.


I took this with my phone. I'm impressed.


Damn London, back at it again with the architecture. 

Who would've thought I would see this in the beginning of April in this rainy town. 

I only noticed the huge grey cloud when I saw the picture again whilst editing the post. It was blissfully sunny, I swear. Omg.


I'll never get tired of this view. 

About yesterday, we went out for a picnic in Regent's Park as the sun was out. Needless to say we all ate much more than we had intended and at the end of the day I actually felt like exploding. (I'm fine now, though, no worries.) 

We went central to get some shopping done, then strolled around and ended up watching Beatboxers in Leicester Square and having a few drinks in Soho before then heading back home, utterly exhausted. 




New-In I need to brag about



Whilst I will be honest and tell you that I don't feel comfortable getting anything at Victoria's Secret (I mean underwear for what, a third of my rent?), I must say I am in love with their XO eau de parfume which I got as a rollerball. I love the fresh, fruity but not too sweet scent and how long it seems to last. Oh, and this was only 16 pounds and for some reason I only had to pay 12.

Have you tried this one before? What's your favourite perfume?

And... random life lessons


Inspired by Lucy Moon's video on things she wished she knew as a teenager, I had a digging session into my mind as well and realized a few things that have been important life lessons for myself.

1. What others wear and why they wear it is none of my business. I've got no right to judge them in any way or criticise them.

2. Your intuition is right. I'd even go as far as to say it always is.

3. People can't read your mind and there's no time for misunderstandings caused by dropped hints. Don't drop hints. Don't try to interpret them. Get some clarity and save yourself from freaking heartache.

4. You can mope around and feel stuck in a situation or go out there and know that you at least tried to help yourself.

5. Give more hugs. Because everyone needs a hug. It's an immediate remedy and it will make people feel warm, and you too.

What's a life lesson you recently learned?

Until then – sorry for the photo heavy post this time,
Arden

This is a guest post written by web and interface designer and blogger, Elisa from MLKBOX

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I’ve always been excited about college. Five years ago, as I made my way through the front door, the first thing that came to my mind was how I’ve finally left school. I hated school and wanted to leave so badly because college was, in my mind, better — and it was. Still, that doesn’t mean college was easy. During my 4 years of the college ride, I figured out certain things nobody told me before I landed my first step into the university ground and today, in my very first guest post on MW, I’m going to share with you some of these tips for some heads up.

Some, if not most, of these pieces of advice (or tips or reminders or whatever you want to call them) may sound cliché and obvious to you but trust me, I’ve seen college students who forgot about these things and then complained about the differences between college and high school.

Be a grown up, act like a grown up


What a cliché advice! But trust me, this is the first and probably most important point if you’re a college student or are becoming one very soon (and a point that’s easily forgotten too.) When you’re in college, you’re on your own. Not literally, of course but you know what I mean: your schedule, your assignments and deadlines, your time… everything is your responsibility. No matter what major or school you enrolled in, you should know that when you’re in university, you should know how to manage everything. In college, you are expected to be a grown up and act like one. Get a planner, draw some schedule, use and do anything to keep your responsibilities checked. 

Arden's input: Especially if you have to move away from hometown to go to college like myself, it will even be more of a change for you as you're thrown into a pool of a dozen new responsibilities. Don't fool yourself into thinking it's going to be the easiest thing. It takes time and practice to get all those responsibilities checked. 

Do your own research


Regardless of your major or the school you enrolled in, you are supposed to do your own research and find your own answers. If there’s one thing that differentiates college from high school, it’s the fact that your lecturers are not your teachers. Your teacher gives you step by step instructions on how to do this and that, your teacher tells and probably shows you how to do it. In college, your professor will only give you parts of what he or she knows. He or she will not spoon-feed you with answers because you are expected to progress, develop and grow by yourself. Your professor is not there to babysit and tie you up so you’ll follow their rules. For instance, during my years in design school, I had to figure out how to operate a 3D software on my own, how to code using CSS Media Query by myself and how to complete a solo video game project using a game engine program I had never touched before. Sure, you may ask your professors for some tips and tricks but don’t expect them to give you the full information. 

Arden's input: Exactly! They want you to figure out the answers by yourself more, depending on your own skills. If anything they are there for support if you need a slight push towards the right direction. 


It’s okay to fail


Nobody likes to fail, I know that. But if you did, that’s alright. I failed two classes during my first and second semester and I beat myself up because I thought I was dumb. Failure made me want to quit and transferred to another major but I didn’t because I didn’t want to start from scratch. The thing is, it’s alright to fail. In school, people get embarrassed when they stayed behind but in college, failure is more of an understandable thing. College students are too busy to care about others and when I failed, I wasn’t the only one who failed. Other students from other majors failed too, sometimes more than once or twice but we moved on, retook the subject(s) we failed and pushed through. College is difficult and sometimes there are bad days, bad grades and failure so instead of thinking you’re not good enough, remind yourself that it’s not the end of the world if you fail. 

Arden's input: When I failed my first class in college ever, I felt so bad about myself. I had always been able to keep my grades up even if they weren't near the A+ scale. When I failed Accounting class in my first semester, I was shocked and sad about it. But I realised that in college it is very much different and that I needed time to adjust to the new system! (Instead of taking tests every few weeks and months like in High School, in college I only take big exams at the end of each term now which is something to adapt to.) And I aced my second round. 

Stay away from drama


College may not be high school but that doesn’t mean drama won’t happen there. Here’s a smart tip: stay away from drama and focus on your study, your goal and degree. During my first few semesters, I witnessed some drama between my classmates, the fallout and everything. I was never involved in it because I was a loner whose routine was nothing but “go to college, attend class, go home.” I’m not saying you should be a loner with such a schedule, I’m just saying that it’s best to stay away from drama and focus on the more important things. Create a boundary, give yourself some limits as to how involved you should be. Because in the end, your assignment is way more important than the latest news of who’s dating who. 

Arden's input: Also a great tip – if it doesn't concern your life or your business, you don't need to get involved in that. Also, if there's no affect on you personally, there's no need to trash talk about others. 

Rest if you must


Your assignments and grades are important but your health is way more important. Get some sleep or take a short nap if you’re not feeling well. I know that sometimes assignments and deadlines may prevent us from resting but if there’s one way to manage that, it’s to manage your time and plan a schedule. For me, the best method is to invest in some progress for my assignments every day, bit by bit so I can still have time to unwind and do other things. I know it’s not easy but trust me when I say that no one cares (or at least, feels like they need to) about your mental and physical health as much as you do. You should always prioritise your health first above anything else. Take a break or two to relax your muscles and do some stretching. Drink some tea. Lie down for five minutes. Breathe. Besides, haven’t you heard that a well-rest and refreshed mind may even give you better ideas?

Alright, those are basically five things I’ve learned by myself when I was still in college. You may have heard about them before but I certainly did not have anyone informed or prepared me for these things. Nonetheless, I hope you find them as useful as I do. 

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For a “College 101” version for design students, head over to Elisa's blog to read it! Thanks again to Elisa for submitting her guest post. I look forward to reading your comments on this, guys. 

If this inspired you to submit a college based guest post as well, feel free to send it over to submit@missingwanderer.org anytime. 

Until then – stay productive,
Arden


Pictures were taken from MLKBOX blog.

College 101: 5 Things Nobody Will Tell You Beforehand

4/07/2017


This is a guest post written by web and interface designer and blogger, Elisa from MLKBOX

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I’ve always been excited about college. Five years ago, as I made my way through the front door, the first thing that came to my mind was how I’ve finally left school. I hated school and wanted to leave so badly because college was, in my mind, better — and it was. Still, that doesn’t mean college was easy. During my 4 years of the college ride, I figured out certain things nobody told me before I landed my first step into the university ground and today, in my very first guest post on MW, I’m going to share with you some of these tips for some heads up.

Some, if not most, of these pieces of advice (or tips or reminders or whatever you want to call them) may sound cliché and obvious to you but trust me, I’ve seen college students who forgot about these things and then complained about the differences between college and high school.

Be a grown up, act like a grown up


What a cliché advice! But trust me, this is the first and probably most important point if you’re a college student or are becoming one very soon (and a point that’s easily forgotten too.) When you’re in college, you’re on your own. Not literally, of course but you know what I mean: your schedule, your assignments and deadlines, your time… everything is your responsibility. No matter what major or school you enrolled in, you should know that when you’re in university, you should know how to manage everything. In college, you are expected to be a grown up and act like one. Get a planner, draw some schedule, use and do anything to keep your responsibilities checked. 

Arden's input: Especially if you have to move away from hometown to go to college like myself, it will even be more of a change for you as you're thrown into a pool of a dozen new responsibilities. Don't fool yourself into thinking it's going to be the easiest thing. It takes time and practice to get all those responsibilities checked. 

Do your own research


Regardless of your major or the school you enrolled in, you are supposed to do your own research and find your own answers. If there’s one thing that differentiates college from high school, it’s the fact that your lecturers are not your teachers. Your teacher gives you step by step instructions on how to do this and that, your teacher tells and probably shows you how to do it. In college, your professor will only give you parts of what he or she knows. He or she will not spoon-feed you with answers because you are expected to progress, develop and grow by yourself. Your professor is not there to babysit and tie you up so you’ll follow their rules. For instance, during my years in design school, I had to figure out how to operate a 3D software on my own, how to code using CSS Media Query by myself and how to complete a solo video game project using a game engine program I had never touched before. Sure, you may ask your professors for some tips and tricks but don’t expect them to give you the full information. 

Arden's input: Exactly! They want you to figure out the answers by yourself more, depending on your own skills. If anything they are there for support if you need a slight push towards the right direction. 


It’s okay to fail


Nobody likes to fail, I know that. But if you did, that’s alright. I failed two classes during my first and second semester and I beat myself up because I thought I was dumb. Failure made me want to quit and transferred to another major but I didn’t because I didn’t want to start from scratch. The thing is, it’s alright to fail. In school, people get embarrassed when they stayed behind but in college, failure is more of an understandable thing. College students are too busy to care about others and when I failed, I wasn’t the only one who failed. Other students from other majors failed too, sometimes more than once or twice but we moved on, retook the subject(s) we failed and pushed through. College is difficult and sometimes there are bad days, bad grades and failure so instead of thinking you’re not good enough, remind yourself that it’s not the end of the world if you fail. 

Arden's input: When I failed my first class in college ever, I felt so bad about myself. I had always been able to keep my grades up even if they weren't near the A+ scale. When I failed Accounting class in my first semester, I was shocked and sad about it. But I realised that in college it is very much different and that I needed time to adjust to the new system! (Instead of taking tests every few weeks and months like in High School, in college I only take big exams at the end of each term now which is something to adapt to.) And I aced my second round. 

Stay away from drama


College may not be high school but that doesn’t mean drama won’t happen there. Here’s a smart tip: stay away from drama and focus on your study, your goal and degree. During my first few semesters, I witnessed some drama between my classmates, the fallout and everything. I was never involved in it because I was a loner whose routine was nothing but “go to college, attend class, go home.” I’m not saying you should be a loner with such a schedule, I’m just saying that it’s best to stay away from drama and focus on the more important things. Create a boundary, give yourself some limits as to how involved you should be. Because in the end, your assignment is way more important than the latest news of who’s dating who. 

Arden's input: Also a great tip – if it doesn't concern your life or your business, you don't need to get involved in that. Also, if there's no affect on you personally, there's no need to trash talk about others. 

Rest if you must


Your assignments and grades are important but your health is way more important. Get some sleep or take a short nap if you’re not feeling well. I know that sometimes assignments and deadlines may prevent us from resting but if there’s one way to manage that, it’s to manage your time and plan a schedule. For me, the best method is to invest in some progress for my assignments every day, bit by bit so I can still have time to unwind and do other things. I know it’s not easy but trust me when I say that no one cares (or at least, feels like they need to) about your mental and physical health as much as you do. You should always prioritise your health first above anything else. Take a break or two to relax your muscles and do some stretching. Drink some tea. Lie down for five minutes. Breathe. Besides, haven’t you heard that a well-rest and refreshed mind may even give you better ideas?

Alright, those are basically five things I’ve learned by myself when I was still in college. You may have heard about them before but I certainly did not have anyone informed or prepared me for these things. Nonetheless, I hope you find them as useful as I do. 

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For a “College 101” version for design students, head over to Elisa's blog to read it! Thanks again to Elisa for submitting her guest post. I look forward to reading your comments on this, guys. 

If this inspired you to submit a college based guest post as well, feel free to send it over to submit@missingwanderer.org anytime. 

Until then – stay productive,
Arden


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