Published April 26, 2013
At Your Leisure
Productivity to the max!

Quote of the Week

“Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end. It’s not a day when you lounge around doing nothing; it’s when you’ve had everything to do, and you’ve done it.”

-Margaret Thatcher


Corinne Newbegin

Reporter Recommends: Setting Aside Time

As the last quarter at RIT is coming to a close, tensions are at an all-time high as the compounded stress of the upcoming semester conversion, finals, projects and more have been plopped onto people’s plates. The result: We begin to cut corners in order to compensate for the time we’ve lost lollygagging or from just being completely lost in the curriculum. Sleeping, eating and other human needs are slowly becoming the lowest thing on our ever growing to-do lists.

However, this is where we need to draw the line. What we aren’t realizing is that we’re limiting our own potential by cutting these corners. How we perform in these next few weeks will potentially nosedive unless we do one simple thing: set aside time for ourselves. It doesn’t mean you should take the day off (you’ll end up undercutting your bottom line if you do). Just take 15 minutes, an hour or as much time as you can spare to regroup. Only slept three hours last night? Take a power nap. Stuck on that packet due the next class? Take a short break to do something fun like playing a game or surfing the Internet. It’s doing these little things that will keep you sane, despite being overworked and maybe a little demoralized.

Keep your sanity. Take a break, you overburdened, coffee powered, sleep deprived college student.


My free time has fled,

Absconded into the void,

That is my homework

Word of the Week

Algid (adj): Cold, frigid.

When one is in Rochester, one does not mention the algid days of yore unless one wishes for their return.

Stream of Facts

According to “A Games of Thrones” author George R. R. Martin, the warring houses of Stark and Lannister were inspired by the turtles he kept as a child. Martin kept his pet turtles in a toy tin castle and imagined them to be knights and kings who would betray one another.

The theme for the TV show Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was generated by composer Chuck Lorre, creator of popular shows The Big Bang Theory and Two and a Half Men.

American composer and big band leader Duke Ellington has recorded over 1,000 compositions in various genres, from classical to jazz to film scores and more.

Famous film director Steven Spielberg did not hold a college degree despite his success at the box office. It wasn’t until 2001 that Spielberg fulfilled his general education requirement for a Bachelors of Arts from California State University, Long Beach and graduated the following year.

In the Ethiopian calendar, a year consists of 12 months of 30 days each, along with an additional 13th month of five days. Ethiopia is currently in the year 2005.

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