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Only a few weeks away…

Hello UIC!

Can you believe we only have a few weeks in the semester left?! It’s amazing to see how the spring semester usually flies by faster than the fall semester. College just passes by in the blink of an eye! As I prepare for finals and my summer plans, I can’t help but remember walking in as an innocent freshman to now a mature sophomore.

At this point, it’s important to remember to prepare for finals and put in our hardest efforts in these last few weeks. We are in the final home stretch! We are almost there!

I think at this point, we are all waiting for the wonderful April weather to come out, so we can enjoy our early summer extravaganzas. Chicago has been having bipolar weather, and you just never know what to expect!

Well, I wish all of you the best of luck with finals! I know I’ll definitely need it…

Bulls game!

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Last week, I went to my very first Bulls game vs. Orlando and we ended up winning! It was so much fun! I would definitely go again if I have the chance! It was such a coincidence that I ended up going because my friend and I were literally scrambling around for a month looking for tickets for the Miami Heat game. The tickets we were finding we way too expensive so we ended up not going to the Heat game. Then, about a week later a Greek organization my roommate is involved in was selling tickets for $25 each. It’s amazing how things work out when you least expect it!

This is a picture from where I was sitting. We were pretty high up but it was still amazing to be there!

 

 

My friends Kathleen (left) and Jhanvi (center) came to the game with me! Seriously two of the most hardcore Bulls fans ever!

I would definitely recommend going to a Bulls game at some point in your lifetime, even if you do not like basketball! My other roommate doesn’t even watch basketball but she had a blast!

 

Tea + TV shows = solitude

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What do I find myself doing after a midterm? I make time for myself. Last night after my physics midterm I made some nice tea and just relaxed by catching up with TV shows. I think it’s important to be OK with spending time in solitude. I know it’s difficult and most people get depressed when they are alone. But sometimes it’s good to be alone so you can figure out what you really want in life without the influence of others.

I actually love being alone just to meditate and think about life. Sometimes when I study, I take breaks and plan out my week or month or summer. Every chance I get, I make time to work on myself. For example, I either make time to go work out or study. I know the time I have to get the results I want is limited. I can either spend it worrying and wasting time, or being efficient.

What do you guys think? Do you think it’s important to spend time alone and work on yourself?

Happy April!

Hello UIC!

Happy April! Hope your spring break was fabulous! I know mine was! I didn’t do anything too fancy or fun, but I spent a lot of time preparing myself for upcoming exams for after spring break. I didn’t want to procrastinate on studying because it gets too overwhelming. We have about a month left of classes so it is safe to say that we are in the final stretch!

Other than studying, spring break did give me the chance to do some spring cleaning. I looked through piles and piles of old high school test scores and homework assignments and memories and decided to recycle most of it. I also looked through old clothes to donate and I got rid of pounds full of old clothes. I also helped my younger brother do the same thing.

In addition, spring break gave me the chance to think about what I want to do for the summer. I want to make sure I am being as productive as possible!

How did the rest of you spend your spring break?

Break for a shake!

One of the perks of living in the city is the amount of things you can do! This week has been full of actually having a life. A couple of friends and I went to Ghiradelli Chocolate yesterday and their sundae was absolutely mouth-watering! My friend and I had to share one because we didn’t think we could finish one on our own. It’s funny because for the past two months I have been living in a cave. This semester has been super busy and has required me to study A LOT. This week was a little more relaxed because all my exams were the week before.

My friend Priyanka (left) whom I met in high school! She's a fun one to be around!

This was a good start to what is going to be a somewhat of a spring break… I have exams right after spring break so I’m studying the majority of the time.

Hope you all are having a wonderful spring break!

Campus housing events!

Hello UIC!

This week has been SUPER hectic. I had two midterms on Thursday (Behavioral Neuroscience and Organic Chemistry) and an eight-page philosophy paper due. Studying for both midterms and writing a paper simultaneously was probably the most difficult task. I’m just so glad it’s over!

Last week, MRH (Marie Robinson Hall) hosted a housing event called Pi Day. My roommates and I went because they had free pie! And who wouldn’t want free pie??? It felt good just to relax after a day of exams and eat some pie! Unfortunately, I was too tired to make conversation with new people, but hopefully next time!

This is a picture of my roommates from left to right, Shruti, Katherine and Jenny!

My roommate Jenny hosted a housing event last semester where anyone could come in and make gingerbread houses. It was a lot of fun! She also applied for a Resident Assistant (RA) position about a month ago and she got it! It’s going to be odd not living with her next year cause she’s been my roommate for two years now, and she was my first real close friend in college.

Hosting or attending housing events is a fantastic way to get involved, meet new people and/or take a study break! It also is a good way to get to know your Resident Directors so if you ever want to apply for an RA (Resident Assistant) position you would have a better chance of getting it. RA positions on campus also get free housing! Applications are competitive, but if it’s something you’d be willing to put in the time for, it is definitely worth it.

Someone wrote this for me and sent it to UIC Compliments! I love random acts of kindness! This definitely made my month!

Above is a picture of a UIC Compliment someone sent me yesterday! UIC Compliments is a page on Facebook where you can send kind, anonymous messages to anyone on campus! I love this page because it can brighten someone’s day up so much. I think it makes it even more meaningful when it’s anonymous. I guess it’s the fact that you can impact people around you without even knowing it. So if you ever want to make someone’s day, just “Like” UIC Compliments on Facebook and send someone a message!

Good luck on your exams, everyone! If you live on campus, go get out there and check out a housing event!

Priorities! Priorities! Priorities!

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Are you finding no time for the things you need or want to do? Not enough time to study? Not enough time to explore Chicago or go out with friends? Chances are, you’re not alone.

Is it just me or do the weeks go by extraordinarily quickly? This week, it literally seemed like the days didn’t even exist! I end classes by 5 p.m. three days a week. I come back to my dorm, maybe relax a little, eat and jump right into work. I’m taking five classes this semester and it’s tough to keep up with all five of them. I find myself staying up until 2 a.m. or 3 a.m. some nights even when I have an 8 a.m. class the next morning. I also normally multitask with what I am doing. For example, while I am writing in the middle of a philosophy paper, I’ll have a tab open solving organic chemistry problems online! This is probably not the most efficient way to get work done, but it works for me most of the time! I think it’s just amazing how the mind can quickly switch from one task to the other. It is just like text messaging while studying for a test. Our mind can quickly focus on a conversation, then go back to studying.

Making lists is another way I tend to get my work done and prioritize. I’ll type up a sticky note on my laptop and every time I complete one of the tasks, I delete the task. It helps me because as much as I love seeing the tasks diminish, I also love knowing that I had a productive night. It’s so easy to procrastinate! I try to be as productive and prioritize my tasks during the week so I can somewhat relax over the weekend. Ha. Just kidding. That’s a joke. A typical weekend is spent studying and working just as much or even more than i work during the week! I wish I had time to just put life on hold. But that’s just too much to ask for. Might as well figure what works for you and go with it! Ask yourself what works for you and go with it! College is the time to build the foundation you want for the rest of your life!

How do you work most efficiently? What ways do you prioritize? Those are some good questions to start with.

Think about it.

Already halfway through the semester?

Hello UIC!

It seems like the semester has just begun and now we are practically halfway through it! The spring semester always goes by quicker than the fall semester! I hope all of you are spending your time wisely and accomplishing the things you want to accomplish. For me, it literally feels like every week flies by. I find myself coming back from classes, eating, then jumping right into studying and/or sending a bunch of emails. This semester is one of my hardest of the few semesters I have been at UIC. I am taking 18 credit hours, including two tough science courses.

Time management is one of the most important life skills to master. Some of us have mastered this by the time we get to college, while some have to take the time in college to master this skill. It took me a while to master this skill. One way I learned to balance was to get more involved at UIC and I learned effective studying habits.

I’m going to keep this blog post short, but I wish the best for all of you taking any of the admissions tests whether, it be the MCAT, GMAT, GRE, DAT, etc! Study hard! It will pay off!

75 reminders for tough times…

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Now I don’t know if it’s just me, but I’ve sensed a lot of people around me have been down in the dumps lately. Whether it be a recent heartbreak, a poor score on a midterm, stress, or maybe no reason at all, college takes a toll on everyone. Whenever I am feeling down, a positive way that I try to deal with my negative feelings is to look for inspiration! The words below are an inspirational collection of sayings I found online not too long ago. This list of 75 reminders are saved as a Microsoft Word document on my laptop. I usually look back to the document whenever I am having a bad day. I am sure most of you have heard the majority of these lines in some form or another, but it never hurts to be reminded to keep moving forward no matter how hard life hits you! Most of you have probably also seen the movie “Meet the Robinsons,” yeah? Remember the main message in the movie? KEEP MOVING FORWARD!

  1. You never know how strong you really are until being strong is the only choice you have.
  2. Sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.
  3. You cannot change what you refuse to confront.
  4. Nobody is perfect, and nobody deserves to be perfect. Nobody has it easy. You never know what people are going through. Every one of us has issues. So don’t belittle yourself or anyone else. Everybody is fighting their own unique war.
  5. Crying doesn’t indicate that you’re weak. Since birth, it has always been a sign that you’re alive and full of potential.
  6. No matter how many mistakes you make or how slow you progress, you are still way ahead of everyone who isn’t trying.
  7. Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain.
  8. Grudges are a waste of perfect happiness. Let it go.
  9. Making one person smile can change the world.  Maybe not the whole world, but their world. Start small. Start now.
  10. Sometimes you need to distance yourself to see things clearly.
  11. Never let success get to your head, and never let failure get to your heart.
  12. You have to fight through some bad days to earn the best days of your life.
  13. Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.
  14. You can learn great things from your mistakes when you aren’t busy denying them.
  15. Give up worrying about what others think of you. What they think isn’t important. What is important is how you feel about yourself.
  16. When you stop chasing the wrong things you give the right things a chance to catch you.
  17. When other people treat you poorly, keep being you. Don’t ever let someone else’s bitterness change the person you are.
  18. You have to accept that some things will never be yours, and learn to appreciate the things that are only yours.
  19. Sometimes it’s easy to feel like you’re the only one in the world who’s struggling, who’s frustrated, or unsatisfied, or barely getting by. But that feeling is a lie. And if you just hold on, someone will find you and help make it better. Because we all need a little help sometimes – someone to help us hear the music in our world. To remind us that it won’t always be this way. That someone is out there right now.
  20. Don’t be afraid to move out of your comfort zone. Some of your best life experiences and opportunities will transpire only after you dare to lose.
  21. Sometimes we accidentally allow small problems to escalate and dominate our lives. If we get overcharged a few cents, it is irritating, but don’t let it ruin your day. There will always be small issues that irritate us; the secret is to be able to give them the miniscule level of importance they deserve.
  22. Giving up doesn’t always mean you’re weak, sometimes it means you are strong enough and smart enough to let go.
  23. Ask yourself whether each of your relationships drags you down or lifts you up.  Surrounding yourself with positive, loving people is half the battle of living a happy, successful life.
  24. Spend more time with those who make you smile and less time with those who you feel pressured to impress.
  25. There are few joys in life that equal a good conversation, a good read, a good walk, a good hug, a good smile, or a good friend.
  26. Don’t dwell on the past or worry about the future for too long. Right now is life. Live it.
  27. No matter how cautiously you choose your words, someone will always twist them around and misinterpret what you say.  So just say what you need to say.
  28. In order to be creative, we must lose our fear of being wrong.
  29. Not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of good luck.
  30. To be great does not mean you have to dominate others.  It means you have to dominate your own potential.
  31. If you are passionate about something, pursue it, no matter what anyone else thinks.  That’s how dreams are achieved.
  32. If you keep doing what you’re doing, you’ll keep getting what you’re getting.
  33. Forgiveness is one of the primary keys to happiness.
  34. The best revenge is happiness, because nothing drives your adversaries more insane than seeing you smile.
  35. Stay positive when negativity surrounds you.  Smile when others frown.  It’s an easy way to make a difference.
  36. If a person wants to be a part of your life, they will make an obvious effort to do so. Don’t bother reserving a space in your heart for people who do not make an effort to stay.
  37. Don’t regret intimate relationships that don’t work out. Because they will only help you find the right partner for you, and better appreciate them for everything they do and everything they are.
  38. What lies before us and behind us are tiny matters when compared to what lies within us.
  39. The real world doesn’t reward perfectionists. It rewards people who get things done. And the only way to get things done is to be imperfect 99% of the time.
  40. Never lie – not even a white lie!  When you steer away from the truth, you steer away from your soul. Be honest, be real and tell the truth. This awareness forces you to make better choices and be a stronger person.
  41. Feelings, good and bad, always come and go.
  42. Don’t get caught up in wasted potential from years past. Potential is all we ever have.
  43. We are not alone. No matter how bizarre or embarrassed or pathetic we feel about our own situation, there will be others out there experiencing the same emotions. When you hear yourself say “I am all alone,” it is your mind trying to sell you a lie so you will continue to feel sorry for yourself.
  44. It is okay to be angry. It is never okay to be cruel.
  45. Don’t pray when it rains if you don’t pray when the sun shines.
  46. Mistakes teach you important lessons. Every time you make one, you’re one step closer to your goal. The only mistake that can truly hurt you is choosing to do nothing simply because you’re too scared to make a mistake.
  47. Money is a renewable resource. If you lose some money, don’t sweat it. You can always make more. However, if you spend valuable time stressing over money, or lost opportunity, you’ll never get that time back. Time is more valuable than money – time is the greatest constituent of life.
  48. Never let people know that they got to you. Ignore them. Hold your head up high and pretend all their negative remarks don’t even phase you, and someday they actually won’t.
  49. There is nothing to hold you back except you. And there is only one question to ask yourself: “What would you do if you were not afraid?” Think about it.
  50. Life is way more enjoyable when you stop trying to be cool and simply focus on being yourself.
  51. It’s often hard to tell just how close you are to success.
  52. When you spend time worrying, you’re simply using your imagination to create things you don’t want.
  53. No matter how it turns out, it always ends up just the way it should be. Either you succeed or you learn something. Win-Win.
  54. You must see things how they are instead of how you hoped, wished, or expected them to be.
  55. Even when you feel like you have nothing, someone else likely has far less. Find them and help them. You’ll see why.
  56. Laughter is the best medicine for stress. Laugh at yourself often. Find the humor in whatever situation you’re in.
  57. If you want to feel rich, just count all the great things you have that money can’t buy.
  58. Forgiving yourself is far more important than getting others to forgive you.
  59. If you awake every morning with the thought that something wonderful will happen in your life today, and you pay close attention, you’ll often find that you’re right.
  60. You can press forward long after you can’t. It’s just a matter of wanting it bad enough.
  61. It’s not about getting a chance; it’s about taking a chance. You’ll rarely be 100% sure it will work. But you can always be 100% sure doing nothing won’t work. Sometimes you just have to go for it!
  62. If it were easy everyone would do it. This is why get rich quick schemes will never be true. If it was so quick and easy then everyone would be millionaires. Accomplishing great things is hard work, but well worth it.
  63. Notice and cherish life’s surprises. Just because it’s not what you were expecting, doesn’t mean it’s not everything you’ve been waiting for.
  64. Be vulnerable. Allow yourself to feel, to be open and authentic. Tear down any emotional brick walls you have built around you and feel every exquisite emotion, both good and bad. This is real life. This is how you welcome new opportunities.
  65. You must create and look for opportunities. Opportunities rarely ever come knocking on the door of someone who’s not seeking them. You have to create and seek opportunities for yourself.  You have to take the initiative to get the ball rolling and the doors opening.
  66. If it’s out of your control, why fret about it? Concentrating on things you can control is how you make good things happen.
  67. Saying “no” to right people gives you the time and resources required to say “yes” to right opportunities.
  68. No matter how much progress you make there will always be the people who insist that whatever you’re trying to do is impossible. Or they may incessantly suggest that the idea or dream as a whole is utterly ridiculous because nobody really cares. When you come across these people, don’t try to reason with them. Instead, forget that they exist. They will only waste your time and energy.
  69. If you spend 80% of your time focusing on the problem and only 20% on the solution, what do you think is going to happen?
  70. No matter how badly you think your life may be going, or how messed up you think you are, there is at least one thing you are doing right in your life or you wouldn’t be alive reading this.
  71. A problem is a chance for you to learn.
  72. The greatest struggle is to be something different from what the average man is.
  73. In times of great stress, it’s always wise to keep busy, to plow your anger and frustration into something positive.
  74. One thing is for sure: Regardless of the situation, life goes on.
  75. Everyone wants a perfect ending.  But over the years I’ve learned that some of the best poems don’t rhyme, and many great stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle, or end. Life is about not knowing, embracing change, and taking a moment and making the best of it without knowing what’s going to happen next.
When life gets stressful, we often forget the things we should remember, and remember the things we should forget. You know who’s awesome? Read the first word of the first reminder again. :-)
“Tough times never last, but tough people do.”
- Robert H. Schuller

Need a resume booster? Join Unite for Sight!

Hello UIC! My name is Amruta Bhatt and I am a sophomore studying neuroscience/pre-medicine. While I love to be involved on campus and succeed academically, I also enjoy spending my time volunteering and getting to interact with new people every day! Additionally, as cheesy as it sounds, I want to be an inspiration not only for myself but also for those around me. I have an amazing older sister who is currently in medical school and I truly don’t know where I would be without her. I have followed her footsteps, but I hope to create my own path someday. I want to become a doctor because I am motivated by my experiences and interactions with others that who shaped my life, which has in turn helped me choose the medical field as my aspired path.

 

Hope the semester is running smoothly! I know I’ve had my fair share of busy and balance! I wanted to take the time to talk about an organization that many of you may be interested in joining! An organization I am currently vice president of, Unite for Sight (UFS), works to improve eye health and eradicate preventable blindness. Our UIC chapter mainly focuses on fundraising and raising awareness towards this cause. Every month, we work towards a fundraising goal. For the month of February, we held a few bake sales.

Diana Yin, our new UFS president, has been doing an outstanding job of meeting our monthly fundraising goals. We are so close to meeting our February fundraising goal — we are halfway there! Our last fundraising event for the month of February will be from 8 to 11:45 a.m. Tuesday in Burnham Hall. Be sure to stop by and ask what we’re all about! Oh, and feel free to donate to an amazing cause and enjoy some yummy treats as well! :-)

If interested in joining Unite for Sight, please feel free to email Diana Yin at diana.yin101@gmail.com!

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