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Mindfulness Products to Use for the Second Half of the Semester

After Spring Break, many kids come back to school feeling rejuvenated and ready to finish the year strong, tired and lacking motivation. Whichever boat you find yourself in, investing in mindfulness products can help you maintain your productivity streak or help jumpstart it. This article compiles a list of mindfulness products that can help you balance your time, manage your stress, and allow you to have the most enjoyable and relaxing end to your semester.

  1. Affirmation Deck

This deck of 40 cards has positive messages written on them to provide you with inspiration and motivation in your daily life. They’re perfect for self-care and to remind you to love yourself! These also make for a great gift and are a way to let someone know you’re thinking of them and their well-being.

2. Hemp Seed Oil Bath Bombs

This set of three muscle-soothing bath bombs contains menthol, eucalyptus, and Epsom salt – a perfect combination to reduce stress, workout aches, and provide sinus relief. Enjoy a soak in the tub to release tension and inhale the relaxing scent to ease your mind and body at ease. 

3. Coloring Book

Did you know that they make coloring books specifically for adults? These coloring books have unique, mesmerizing patterns to help take your mind off whatever might be stressing you out. Not only is this fun, but it engages the creative side of your brain too!

4. Weighted Blanket

Weighted blankets are unique in that they are heavy. However, when you take them off, you literally feel a weight lifted off your shoulders. Using gentle, soothing pressure-weighted blankets helps you relax more and sleep better.

5. Essential Oil Diffuser

An easy thing to keep in your dorm or living space is an essential oil diffuser. Certain scents like lavender or chamomile help you de-stress and relax. Some diffusers also act as humidifiers, which can help clear the air, thus allowing you to breathe better. 

6. Light-up Alarm Clock

This is no ordinary alarm clock. Instead, it uses sunrise simulation lighting and natural sounds to wake you up gently. It gradually gets brighter in the minutes before your alarm goes off, which is definitely better than Apple’s blaring alarm clock noises. 

7. Motivational Water Bottle

Struggle with drinking as much water as you should? This water bottle will solve that problem! It is perfect for reminding you to drink a specific amount of water at certain times and provides uplifting, motivational messages too. 

8. Massage Tool 

Gone are the days of paying for massages when you can receive a massage in the comfort of your home! This massage machine is heated and targets your deep tissue. Suitable for every body part, this is perfect for students who walk around campus or sit at a desk all day. 

9. Dry Body Brush

Dry body brushing is all the craze. Using this in the shower or bath in small circular motions on your skin helps remove dead skin cells and improves blood circulation as well. 

Some other things to do that don’t require you to go and buy things include 

* Journaling 

*Doing yoga (YouTube has some great guided meditations and yoga exercises that are beginner-friendly!). 

*Anything else that provides a sense of relaxation. 

For some, it could be taking a walk. For others, it could be painting their nails – whatever you decide to do just know you can finish this semester strong! 

5 Crafts to Try Over Winter Break

Winter break is finally here! After all your hard work this semester, it’s time for some rest and relaxation. A great way to release the stress from the fall semester and get into the holiday spirit is to try out some fun new crafts. Crafts are a great way to get hands-on and let your creative side run free! Here are five different crafts you can make during winter break: 

1. Scrapbooking

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A scrapbook is a great way to put all your favorite mementos in one place! We all love a good photo dump or Instagram layout, but taking your photos from online to on paper can be a sentimental way of having all your memories accessible in one place. You can put anything from pictures and stickers to drawings and ticket stubs in your scrapbook. 

2. Knitting

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Winter is a great time of year to get into knitting. You can turn your new knitting hobby into all the winter essentials of socks, hats, blankets, scarves, and holiday gifts. Pick up some yarn from Walmart or your local craft store, check out a few youtube video tutorials, and craft to your heart’s desire!

3. Painting

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Regardless of your painting skill level, painting is a fun hobby that you don’t necessarily have to be good at to enjoy. You can paint something from a blank canvas or try a paint by numbers kit to form your own masterpiece. Paint alone or invite friends over to paint together. You can even spice things up and have a sip and paint with friends and turn it into a party! 

4. Make Jewelry

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There are so many ways to make different types of jewelry! You can use beads to make bracelets, clay to make earrings, or metal to make rings, to name a few examples. The possibilities are endless when it comes to new pieces of jewelry you can add to your collection or that of a loved one this holiday season. 

5. Clay Crafts

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The beauty of clay crafts is that you can make virtually anything! Some common clay crafts you can make include pottery, jewelry, figurines, decorative trays, and candleholders. You can even make clay yourself or buy premade clay at Walmart or your local craft store. Clay crafts can be a great way to decorate your space, add to your jewelry collection, or make great gifts!

If you’re looking to try something new over the break, the giant world of crafting is for you! In addition to the crafts mentioned in this list, visit your local craft store to check out the wide variety of options of crafts to try out. Social media sites like YouTube, Pinterest, and Tik Tok are also great sources of inspiration that include tutorials on how to get started. This winter break, enjoy yourself and let your creative side run wild!

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How to start couponing as a college student

As a college student, I know how important it is to save money and stay on budget. One way I’ve been able to save money is by couponing for necessities like toothpaste, toilet paper and shampoo. If you want to learn how to save money, then here’s some advice on how to start couponing. 

Places to coupon 

My go-to places to coupon at are Dollar General, Walgreens and Family Dollar. All these places have big coupon communities on social media, so it’s easy to find deals each week posted online. 

They’re beginner-friendly couponing stores because they have digital coupons on their websites and apps. All you need to do is click each coupon on the app and enter your phone number at the store, then you’ll see your price start dropping. 

Digital coupons

When you think of couponing you probably think of that one show about extreme couponers and their giant folders full of paper coupons. Cutting out paper coupons and finding them around the city is definitely a big time-waster and not college student-friendly. 

Instead, I want to welcome you to the world of digital couponing. To start digital couponing, all you need to do is go to the store’s app or website, create an account and start clicking coupons. When you get to the store that allows digital coupons, like the ones I mentioned, all you need to do is punch in your phone number when told and your coupons will be added. 

How to find deals

When you open the app or website you will probably be overwhelmed by the amount of coupons available. Some stores may limit the amount of coupons you can have saved onto your account, so you want to make sure each coupon you clip matters. 

The reason I recommend starting with the three stores I named is because of their large couponing community. Join Facebook groups, follow TikTok couponers or follow Instagram couponers to learn about deals everybody else is doing for that week. 

In these social media communities, people will usually post the exact items they bought and post pictures of what coupons you need to save in order to get the price they did. This is probably the biggest advice I can give, so go follow some couponers on TikTok!

Best days to coupon

There is really no set day to coupon, you can go to the store whenever you have freetime. However, certain days do have better coupons than others. 

Dollar General has a $5 off when you spend $25 coupon that is only eligible on Saturdays. Lots of people stack this coupon with other coupons to get everything cheaper. Make sure you check if any stores carry coupons available for only certain days and that are stackable. 

Items you can coupon 

Popular couponing items are mainly household items and toiletry. Toothpaste, toilet paper, laundry detergent and air fresheners are the popular items you can get couponing. You use most of these items on a daily basis so it’s a good idea to stock up on them with coupons. 

Couponing may seem intimidating at first, but once you start doing it you learn quickly. This is a great way for college students to really save on things used on a regular basis, so go online and start couponing!

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5 Campus Hangout Spots Worth Checking Out This Semester

The 40 acres can be overwhelming— especially for a freshman (or COVID era sophomore). Feeling lost on campus is something most new students are familiar with, and walking all over to find the best spots to chill is a no-go in the Texas heat. The best people to learn these insider spots from are students with a little more experience on-campus but let’s be real— sometimes asking can be a little intimidating, too. That said, here are some of the best spots on campus to get some R&R with friends according to a UT-veteran.

Cafe Medici

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Located conveniently on The Drag, Cafe Medici is the perfect spot for a study date or a cold drink after a long day walking around campus. With two floors of seating, this spot has everything you need for a catch-up or a cram session. My personal favorite spot is by the windows on the second floor. What more could you ask for than a view of the tower while you sip on a latte and people watch?

2222 Guadalupe St B, Austin, TX 78705

Seating at the SAC

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The student activity center has tons of indoor and outdoor seating to suit your needs. Head inside for a study group or relax outside in the shade. You can also grab some food at one of the restaurants inside. Options include Longhorn Coffee Co., Hook’em Hut and Beyond Burrito (and Chick-Fil-A if it ever reopens).

2201 Speedway, Austin, TX 78712

The Turtle Pond

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This spot is a must-visit for all UT students. Acquaint yourself with the cuties who live in the pond and enjoy the serene environment. I highly recommend grabbing some coffee, snacks and a few friends then heading out for a picnic at the turtle pond. This area is especially nice in the spring when it’s cool enough to actually be outside for more than a few minutes.

 2300 University Ave #2328, Austin, TX 78712

The Blanton

Need to escape from the stress of your classes but still want to feel a little productive? Browsing the art exhibits at The Blanton is sure to solve your problem. The best part is that admission is only $5 with a UT ID card, so a visit won’t break the bank. Check out their website for a list of upcoming exhibits and events. 

200 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Austin, TX 78712

Dobie Twenty21 Courtyard

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Get a bird’s eye view of the 40 acres from the Dobie rooftop courtyard. Complete with lawn furniture and astroturf, this is the perfect spot to get some sun and hang out on campus. Dobie is also home to a food court, so don’t hesitate to walk your food on up to the roof for an outdoor dining experience. Not to mention, they host fun events like craft fairs and ‘Drag on The Drag’ which you can find out more about on their website.

2021 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78705

UT has plenty of great areas that are perfect for any occasion. If these spots aren’t quite your style then go out, explore and find some that you love! College is about making the campus your own, so go out and do it!

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The best classes at ut: According to ut students

There are a LOT of classes at UT: History of Religion, Architecture and Society, Introduction to Geology, etc. So, how are Longhorns supposed to pick what to take this fall? How about recommendations from fellow students about the best classes they have ever taken at UT?

Without further ado, here are the best classes at UT Austin according to current UT students.

Disclaimer: Some submissions have been edited for length or clarity.

1. Life in the Universe (UGS303) – Ken Wisian

“Firstly, I enjoyed the main subject of the course itself. It is about the search for extraterrestrial life in the Universe and what is being done to progress this search. I was particularly fascinated by this topic. Secondly, I enjoyed how this course navigated this subject. The course dove into many different areas of study: astronomy, biology, physics, chemistry, a little bit of rocket science, and even philosophy. I enjoyed how the professor encouraged discussion. He encouraged students to interrupt and pitch in. This made the class fun and engaging.”

– Computer Science Major, 1st Year

Note: This class can only be taken by 1st year students.

2. Strategic Learning for the 21st Century (EDP 304) – Taught by various doctorate students

“The class was centered around how people learn information and implementing new note-taking techniques. Learning these techniques has really enhanced my studying. It changed my mindset on “memorizing” information. I would recommend this class. It teaches you how to better study in the college setting. “

– Health Promotion and Behavioral Science, 2nd Year

3. Race/Cultural Intelligence in the Age of Trump (UGS303) – Leonard Moore

“I learned that communication is the only way we can truly learn about people’s identities. In the course, we learned about the struggles that Latinx people, white working-class individuals and Asian Americans endure. It was nice to gain cultural awareness in an educational setting. The teaching style is very relaxed and Dr. Moore was very approachable. There is so much room for growth and errors in this class.”

– Political Communications Studies, 2nd Year

Notes: This class is only available to 1st year students and changes when the current U.S. president does.

4. Professional/Career Development (LAH104H) – Tatem Oldham

“I wish everyone had the opportunity to take this class with Professor Oldham. It’s a development course that makes internships a lot more approachable.”

– Sustainability Studies and Geography, 2nd Year

Note: This course is restricted to students in the Liberal Arts Honors Program in the College of Liberal Arts.

5. Intro to LGBTQ Studies (WGS303) – Ashley Coleman Taylor

“As a queer person, I found this class really rewarding to learn about the history of those that came before me, a history that is often overlooked and left out of mainstream narratives. I loved the intersectional approach Dr. Coleman Taylor took the course and how the material challenged me to reevaluate my perception of self as well as my own biases. I highly recommend taking any class offered by Dr. Coleman Taylor and the Center for Women’s & Gender Studies.”

– Human Development and Family Sciences, 2nd Year

6. Jewish Humor (UGS303) – Yitskhok Gottesman

“I enjoyed learning about Jewish culture and seeing how that culture translates in the comedy style of Jewish Americans from the 1950s to today. I enjoyed that the professor put in the effort to create a safe space for talking about modern comedy and addressing cultural differences in the context of comedy. I learned comedy is universal and is a way we can embrace our culture or connect with others no matter our cultural background.”

– Biology, 3rd Year

Note: This class can only be taken by 1st year students.

7. Reel Horror: The Holocaust in Film (UGS302) – Pascale Bos

“This class was super enlightening. We analyzed films made about the Holocaust, especially the American films made, and learned how censored they were. Hollywood films would often breeze over the brutality of the Holocaust and to make it seem less bad. The course was super interesting and it was eye-opening to learn about all the history.”

– Ratio-Television-Film (RTF), 2nd Year

Note: This class can only be taken by 1st year students.

8. Media Law (J350F) – Amy Sanders

“Media Law is an 8am class with dense reading materials so people think I’m crazy for loving it so much. However, I felt like I learned the most from this class and felt most engaged with professor Sanders. To be honest, law is really interesting! I loved using laws and cases that I had learned to structure an argument in this class. “

– Journalism and Chinese, 3rd Year

Note: You must have upper-division standing to take this course.

9. General Microbiology (BIO326R) – Peter King

“I really enjoyed this class because of my professor and the content. I especially liked it because of the circumstances we are in now. It’s really cool getting to have a better understanding of the “whys” of the ways certain things happen rather than just memorizing definitions. I enjoyed how Professor King’s lectures were almost like stories. It makes them more engaging.”

-Biology, 2nd Year

Note: In order to take this course, you must have credit with a grade of at least C- or registration for Biology 325 or 325H, and Chemistry 302 or 302H with a grade of at least C-.

10. Psychology of Advertising (ADV319) – Lee Ann Kahlor

“This class was super interesting and approachable even with no prior knowledge of psychology or advertising. I learned something in every lecture. There were no “buffer” or “filler” classes. Professor Kahlor is a great teacher. She’s funny, engaging, and cares deeply about her students and the subject.”

– Journalism, 2nd Year