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15 Minutes

On one hand, a couple chuckles and mutters to themselves;

They’re lost in their own world, unconcerned with the rest of us.

On the other hand, two girls type away at their laptops;

One giggles and grins at something only she can see.


Time passes, the smell of pizza lingers in the air.

The couple have untangled themselves.

The giggling girl and the girl from the couple are chatting and laughing across the room.

Others chime in and the room buzzes with conversation.

“Time passes, the smell of pizza lingers in the air.” Photo from: www.duratimeclocks.com

The couple eats ice cream while the two girls talk about the dog wandering through the room.

One takes the dog out for a walk, the room wishes her luck and fun.

Silence has descended about the room.

Finally, the girl from the couple turns to me and speaks.

Food vs. Exercise: Who will win?

Food and exercise go hand and hand. Graphic from twitter.com
Food and exercise go hand and hand. Graphic from twitter.com

Food can be your best friend and your worst enemy. Sometimes, food is there for you when you need it. It’s a shoulder to cry on and to pick you up when you’re feeling down. Other times, food is a real bitch, talking about you behind your back and smelling up your kitchen when it leaves itself  out on the counter. When it comes to exercise, food can either play nice and be civil, or start an all-out war like rowdy relatives on Thanksgiving. There’s no happy medium when it comes to food and exercise…or is there?

Food and exercise can get along as long as you choose the right foods and exercises for you and your body. If you’re a morning person, God bless you. Breakfast, as they say, is the most important meal of the day. Depending on the workout you do and when you decide to do it, breakfast can either hurt you or help you. If you eat McDonald’s and then go for a run, then I hope you run into a bathroom, because you’re surely going to need it. When working out in the morning, it’s best to eat very lightly such as oatmeal, a breakfast bar, or some fruit. That way, you won’t feel dragged down by a big meal and have the energy to complete your workout.

If you prefer to exercise in the afternoon, I would try and eat a bigger breakfast, but not too big. Two eggs and some toast would suffice as well as some cereal or even an omelette if you want to get fancy. A bigger meal in the morning is better if you exercise in the afternoon because by the time you get the gym, you won’t feel bloated or starved. You’ll have the energy without the feeling of being weighted down by too much food. With a bigger breakfast, a light lunch is ideal. Don’t over do it. With food or exercise for that matter.

If you exercise at night, these previous steps can still be followed. It really all depends on what time of day, exactly, that you exercise. If you plan your meals and exercise so that they complement each other, you shouldn’t have a problem with the two getting along.

With all this in mind, don’t forget that you’re a human being who loves food. Everyone is allowed a cheat day. Mine just happen to be everyday, but I’m working on it. These types of habits don’t happen overnight, so don’t get discouraged. Practice makes perfect.

Time management tips

Time management can be difficult to handle in college. Between classes, homework, projects, and papers you think you don’t have any free time. However, if you manage your time right, you will have some time to spare. Whether you get a part-time job, join a club or sports team, or just relax is up to you but each commitment will take a certain amount of time, and how you deal with your schoolwork will determine if you have the time for each activity.

Manage your time throughout the day. Graphic by Katie Gibson
Manage your time throughout the day. Graphic by Katie Gibson

Making a to-do list for each day can help out immensely with your heavy workload. This way, you know what you have to accomplish for that day and can prioritize your work. The key to making a to-do list is to not put too many tasks on it. If you only put a few things that you absolutely have to get done by that night, then you can only focus on those few things and accomplish your goal.

Another helpful tip for time management is to have and utilize a planner. Having a planner seems like something that is normal and standard for most college students but whether or not it’s used and how it’s used is the deal breaker on how helpful it can be. To make your planner as helpful as possible it’s best to write down all the due dates you are aware of in the beginning of the semester. This way, even if that week you forget something is due you will see it already written down. Leaving reminders is very beneficial and will help with time management in the long run.

As long as you are making to-do lists, writing down stuff in your planner, and not letting the stress of school take over your life and attitude, you will be surviving, and conquering, the time management wheel that is college!

Brrr! It’s cold out there

The phenomenon has lasted since the beginning of my middle school career. The winter is coming to an end and there’s that one random day of warmth. The temperature has somehow skyrocketed from 20 degrees or less up to a roaring 65! People tend to freak out when this happens. They see the glimmer of hope that all of this is going to be over. The cold is going away! No more snow!

However, this is just a fluke;the cold comes back full force later that week, or worse, the very next day. Now 65 degrees really isn’t even that warm-in my humble opinion-but that doesn’t stop us. Students break out their summer dresses and shorts, attempting a bizarre ritual where we try to force the cold season to end by sheer willpower. This happens every year, without fail.

People try so hard to force a new season to begin and move on to something else. We know we can’t though. We have to take things one day at a time and let them run their course. You should really enjoy each season, one at a time. For one thing, you catch colds and have them spread across campus when you don’t dress appropriately for the weather. Also, you’re rushing through your college career.

snowEven though college is a trying and stressful time for a lot of people, it’s also an experience that will impact you and your choices for the rest of your life. You can’t simply skip that. Take everything one day at a time and get as much as you can out of this before you’re on your own in the big bad world. In the blink of an eye, you’ll have graduated and be responsible for taking care of yourself and building a career.

There are just so many things you can do in college to maximize your experience. Even if you feel like your workload is large, clubs can be a lifesaver, an oasis. Clubs can provide the mental break from all of the homework and planning that you are constantly busy with. Clubs can also provide you with connections and strong friendships that can help you later on in life.

Weekly Time Wasters: Austin’s Grill and chainsaws

Welcome back to another kick a$$ edition of the Time Wasters. This week we have sad truths and one of the best fight scenes I’ve ever witnessed. Unfortunately, this will publish after the great festival that is Quadfest, so my original idea of a special drinking edition is sadly not going to happen. In lieu of this I found ninjas, which are almost as cool. Continue reading Weekly Time Wasters: Austin’s Grill and chainsaws

Weekly Time Wasters: Time travel and manliness


Running out of things to help you procrastinate? Here are some more time wasters to get you through the week:

Wal-Mart is the watering hole of the college apartment dweller. This is due to the fact that they have anything you could possibly need. The downside (and sometimes it turns out upside) of this is that I never know which Wal-Mart, or Great Value brand foods, are good and which are going to make we wish I could get my money back. Well, Good Mythical Morning has a solution to this problem.

http://blip.tv/goodmythicalmorning/walmart-taste-test-the-game-6525235 Continue reading Weekly Time Wasters: Time travel and manliness

We’ve all been there: The last minute

If it wasn’t for the last minute nothing would ever get done. This is a phrase that many college students reluctantly live by. Procrastinating is never a favorable quality, but certainly the ability to complete assignments by their due date in a limited amount of time should be considered a skill. Continue reading We’ve all been there: The last minute

Why time is never time at all

It’s no secret that time is merely an illusion; it is simply a measurement of change. Time is perpetuated because of convenience or rather the necessity of convenience. But time does not cater to our convenience. We place such a strong emphasis on timeliness thus falling for its illusion and making it real for ourselves. We are taught from an early age that we must be dependent on time in order to function in reality. This fabrication has created many problems in our society. Continue reading Why time is never time at all

Highlanders Anonymous: Time management

Q:  “Do you have any tips on how to manage your time?”

A:  Every Radford University student, with a different agenda and responsibilities to uphold, has to come up with their own ways of managing their time.

Try to avoid ending up so stressed out like this person. Graphic by Steve Furtado.

To help manage your time, here are some tips that we at Whim recommend and can be applied to everyone, no matter your agenda. Continue reading Highlanders Anonymous: Time management

Angel tree for pets

While the semester is coming to an end, Radford University students have a lot on their minds. Studying, finals, projects, papers, Christmas, gifts, food, decorations and everything else that goes along with the holiday season fills the agendas of every student. As if we don’t have enough to worry about, there is one thing that we can add to that list of to-dos that will be beneficial to everyone. Continue reading Angel tree for pets

Brain standard time

Time has fascinated humanity for centuries. As our methods for measuring time have become more precise, we have been able to plan ever more tightly and cram ever more industry into continually-tightening schedules. But it turns out that before our species began its frenetic quest to capture time — indeed, before we even existed — nature itself had undertaken the role of watchmaker. Continue reading Brain standard time