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Staying Productive

Posted: July 10th, 2018 by amamuszk

It’s simple to lose focus as a college student, because let’s face it, we live in a world where the distractions, be it your friend next to you or the bottomless pit that is the internet, are endless. The lure of Instagram and Facebook or yesterday’s gossip constantly sit tantalizingly close, especially when you’ve already been studying for hours and still have hours ahead of you. But fear not, there are remedies.

I’m a communications major, which means more often than not my studies consist of reading for hours on end. Its incredibly easy for me to lose my focus when my tasks include staring at articles on my computer screen all day. What works best for me in these situations is breaks. It sounds simple, right? But there’s an art to the study break.

I find study breaks to be most effective when they’re short and frequent. It rarely works if you take a thirty-minute study break after working for only a short while, and when that break includes sitting with friends and fooling around (we all do it). If I have a lot of work I need to get done, I’ll work for around thirty minutes to an hour, and then get up and go for a short walk. Filling up my water bottle, blowing my nose, fixing my hair. Even just a stroll around the library. It’s just enough to get my blood flowing and give my brain (and eyes) a rest, and ensure that I don’t burn out. Keep it short and simple, because you don’t want to lose all your focus.

It sounds too easy, and something that you’ve heard for years, but I swear by it. Take breaks! Find the type of break that works for you.

About Me

Posted: July 6th, 2018 by amamuszk


My name is Alyssa Mamuszka and I’m a rising senior at the University of Vermont, majoring in Public Communications with a Food Systems minor. I volunteer with the on campus group known as the Real Food Working group, where I help to bring local and humane food to the campus community. I’ve also spent some time contributing to the student run, environmental magazine, “Headwaters” and will be volunteering with the Office of International Affairs this coming fall.

I originally come from Glastonbury Connecticut, a large town in central Connecticut, but spend almost all my time in Burlington during the school year and summers. Burlington is a great college town known for its outdoorsy feel and cozy coffee shops (perfect for studying!). I’ve certainly taken advantage of the nearby lake and mountains in my free time to kayak, hike, and ski.

I started out as an Environmental Science Major, however realized my true passion and talent lay in writing. However, I still have a love for environmental and sustainable practices, so upon graduation I hope to pursue environmental journalism. I recently returned from a semester abroad in Uppsala Sweden, where my main course of study was development. I spent time studying the development of government, environment, and feminism. Outside the classroom I was able to travel throughout Scandinavia, and interact with incredible students from around the globe.

Now that I’ve returned I’m excited to become a part of the StudySoup team!

All the best,
Alyssa Mamuszka

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Posted: June 27th, 2018 by amamuszk

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