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Keeping Stress at Bay

Posted: August 17th, 2018 by amamuszk

A few of my go-to strategies:

1. Coffee Break – as an avid coffee drinker, one of the best ways for me to remain stress free is to call or text a friend and grab a coffee. In the warmer months I always suggest sitting outside in the grass, but during the winter inside at a cozy café always seems to do the trick.

2. A Good Workout – a good work out doesn’t have to be overly rigorous, but if I’m feeling the stress start to pile on, a leisurely jog or an intense gym session to get the blood flowing is great relief.

3. A Nutritious Meal – forgetting to eat (or even loss of appetite) seems to coincide with stress levels for me, and when this happens I know it’s time to take a minute and plan a nice dinner or lunch. Getting all the food groups in means I’m going to be at my best!

4. 5 Minute Meditation – I’m no stranger to stress, so taking five minutes to close my eyes and breathe, remind myself of everything I’m happy about, and then continue at 100% is one of my go to strategies.

5. Brain Map – brain maps can be anything from a web chart, list, or just scribbles on a piece of paper, but if you’re feeling overwhelmed try to jot down what you have left to do and what you’ve already accomplished. Seeing it out in front of you rather that just in your head is a great way to re-organize.



Posted: August 9th, 2018 by amamuszk

Let’s talk about travel. Traveling as a college student can be tricky due to a number of contributing factors, however, its doable and always something to look forward to.
One of the best ways to see the world during your four years at school is to study abroad. I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to study in Sweden this past semester, and it was nothing short of life changing. During my five months in Scandinavia, not only was I able to see many parts of Sweden itself but I traveled to Latvia, Norway, Germany, and Denmark. I immersed myself in the culture as much as I could, which needless to say wasn’t too difficult, as I was living there for quite some time.
Every day I met new people, from new places, with new stories. I studied hard to earn good grades, but knew I shouldn’t solely focus on school as there was so much more to learn from living in a foreign country. I stepped out of my comfort zone every chance I got, and understood that each day held a new adventure for me, whether it was ordering a meal in Swedish (a language I had never previously studied) or traveling solo to a new city.
Travel isn’t just a chance to see a new place, a new culture. It’s a chance to learn about parts of you that you didn’t know existed. It’s a chance to stretch yourself to your limits, and then a little bit more, and it’s a chance to meet people just like you, yet at the same time vastly different, who will change your life forever. Its something you’ll never forget, or regret, so put simply: do it.


Student Discounts

Posted: July 25th, 2018 by amamuszk

There’s a lot of perks to being a student, but the best? Student discounts. They’re everywhere, and if you’re not sure, ask, and more often than not wherever you’re hoping to knock off a few bucks will have a deal for you.
The top two student discounts that I use regularly are Amazon Prime and Spotify. Amazon is great because it has pretty much everything you could ever need… including textbooks. Any college student knows textbooks are a pain to purchase, but Amazon usually has what you’re looking for, and with your student discount it becomes even cheaper. Not only that, but shampoo, toothpaste, notebooks, and anything else you could possibly need is right at your fingertips, for as cheap as you could ever ask for. Spotify is another gem. The pricing for students is less than half of what non-students are paying, and let’s be honest, music is the background to everyday life.
I often get student discounts at clothing stores as well. Almost any store you go to will offer you a deal, and like I said, if you’re not sure, ask! A lot of my favorite boutiques in downtown Burlington offer me great price cuts, and even Urban Outfitters too.
But wait, it keeps getting better. In Burlington specifically, there’s usually deals for students certain days of the week, and I encourage you to be on the lookout for deals on meals in your university town. Its not only a great way to save money, but its an awesome way to spend the night with friends, taking a break from the stresses of student life.
Keep your eyes peeled!

• https://studysoup.com/tsg/math/48/discrete-mathematics-with-applications
• https://studysoup.com/tsg/engineering-and-tech/111/introduction-to-heat-transfer
• https://studysoup.com/tsg/math/53/linear-algebra
• https://studysoup.com/tsg/physics/188/physics-for-scientists-and-engineers-a-strategic-approach-with-modern-physics
• https://studysoup.com/tsg/calculus/141/calculus-early-transcendental-functions
• https://studysoup.com/tsg/math/59/introduction-to-linear-algebra
• https://studysoup.com/tsg/statistics/203/probability-and-stochastic-processes-a-friendly-introduction-for-electrical-and-computer-engineers


Posted: July 23rd, 2018 by amamuszk

Housing is a big decision, and can effect how your year, or semester, will go. Its important to take into account all aspects of your housing decision, whether you’re hoping to live on or off campus.
As a rising senior, I have experience with both on and off campus housing. My first two years at college I lived in on campus, dorm-style housing, and loved it. As a junior I lived off campus in a house with some of my closest girlfriends, and also loved it. Each option comes with pros and cons.
On campus housing was great for me because everything I needed was within close vicinity. I had food, friends, class, laundry, and the gym all within a few minutes walk. I didn’t have to worry about rent or paying electric and gas, and all my friends were a stones throw away.
On the other hand, off campus housing is fabulous. It gives you the chance to really learn to become an adult, and it gives me personally a nice break from campus life. If I’m exhausted from hours of class and studying, I can easily walk downtown to my house and get a nice reprieve, as well as food that isn’t made in a dining hall.
Off campus housing expenses are tricky, but I handle them with side jobs to earn a little extra cash, either on weekends or days when I don’t have much to study.
Housing can be a great contributor to your comfort and happiness, so be sure to give it enough thought!

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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