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Crafting to Unwind

Leigh Ann Tumblin

Leigh Ann Tumblin,
Senior, Chemical and Biomolecular engineering

Athens, OH 24 January 2016

One of my favorite hobbies is crafting, and it is a creative way for me to relax and unwind when I am feeling stressed out. It is also the perfect winter time activity when you are stuck indoors. I love interior design, so most of my crafts are decorations for my apartment.

My most recent crafting adventure was making coasters.

Coasters

I started with cheap tiles from Lowes. My mom and I repurposed her calendar from last year and cut out 4”x4” pictures of flowers. I mod-podged them onto the tiles, sprayed spar urethane on top to make them waterproof, and added felt to the bottom so they wouldn’t damage table tops. It was super fun and inexpensive, and I have received lots of compliments from guests!

Another craft I have completed recently was a snowman burlap wreath.

Snowman Burlap Wreath

This was a really fun craft to do for winter! I started with two wire wreath frames and white burlap. I twisted the burlap around both frames and then attached them together. The hat was constructed of cardboard and felt and was hot glued to the wreath. Finally, I tied flannel ribbon around the neck to make his scarf!

As the semester gets busier, it is important to take breaks to keep yourself sane. Crafting is a great way for me to get my mind out of the books to relax and unwind.

Winter’s Back

Drago Cvijetinovic

Drago Cvijetinovic,
Senior, Aviation

Athens, OH 24 January 2016

Spring semester officially started on the 11th of this month and, let me tell you something, it does not feel like spring. We’ve had temperatures at negative 14 degrees and phones have been buzzing with winter-weather-advisory warnings. Just a few months ago I was sitting in the sunshine sipping on frozen, fruit drink and enjoying the salty ocean waters with the soft sand in between my toes; there is nothing more that I want than to just go back and enjoy that for a few more days.

Sun

However, I know that once winter passes away for the year, I’m going to miss the magical, romantic feel of watching snow fall from the sky and the chance of spending that time with all my friends for one last semester. In fact, as I write this right now in my apartment that overlooks the University, the Summit, I’m watching fellow classmates sledding down the very hill that I live on.

Snow

With the start of the Spring semester, classes are taking off at full throttle, picking up everything academically from the previous semester. And since this is my senior year, I have conditioned myself to give 110% at the start of the semester. Now for some students, this may be difficult if this is their first time experiencing this–but with my experience–I have the perfect remedy for such a thing.

First things first, you have to work hard such that any free time earned is that much more enjoyable. The next step is to encourage your peers to do the same, because your friends also tend to be your best motivators. Likewise, once everyone is done with their work, you can all partake in the freedom of not having any work and have some real fun.

For example, as a freshmen, a leader board was set up in my dorm to tally wins against other students in different video games that everyone could see and participate. As a result, this competitive competition not only implemented the constructive nature of diligence through rank, but also begot and nourished what would be the foundations of stronger friendships and relationships. In fact, we played one of these video games so much, we burned out the disc and it became completely unusable. Despite this unfortunate event, it wasn’t long after that the sun finally broke through the winter clouds and dawned the initiation of outdoor activities.

Finding Time for Netflix

Katie Logue

Katie Logue,
Senior, Mechanical Engineering

Athens, OH 24 January 2016

With the start of my final semester here at OU, I’m finally finding some extra free time in my schedule. Since I’ve always taken a few more credits than required, my course load is a little lighter this time. Also, since many of my classes are project-based, and since I’m taking an online course as well, I’m spending a lot less time in an actual classroom. So, like many other college students, I like to keep warm and unwind by watching Netflix in my spare time.

Below is a list of my top three series on Netflix right now, so I would highly recommend any of these shows if you’re looking for a new obsession.

  • Dexter -– I finished this series a few months ago, but it is still probably one of my favorite shows on Netflix. I never caught wind of it when it was regularly shown on cable but started it on Netflix after a friend suggested it. The series is about a serial killer who works as a blood spatter analyst for the police department. His goal is to take out criminals who have eluded the justice system. Dexter is definitely different from any show I’d seen before. I really liked it because it was full of action and also extremely unpredictable. There’s a surprise in almost every episode. I wouldn’t recommend starting this series, though, if you have a weak stomach, as it contains fairly gory and graphic scenes.
  • Gilmore Girls -– This is a show I already owned on DVD, but it was added to Netflix not too long ago, making it that much easier to binge watch on a snowy day. This one centers around a witty mother-daughter duo in a charming town called Stars Hollow. It has a much lighter tone, so it’s the perfect show to have playing in the background while studying. I’m currently watching this entire season from start to finish for the third time, so it’s clearly a personal favorite.
  • Prison Break — My husband and I started this not too long ago and have made it to the final season. We watch a few episodes just about every weekend. This series is about an engineer who gets arrested on purpose in order to break his brother, who is on death row, out of prison. The two face an endless list of complications along the way. Prison Break is one of my top picks because it’s thought provoking, exciting, and action-packed. Cliffhangers at the end of every episode motivate you that much more to finish your homework so you can find out what happens next.
  • I’m not advocating for spending hours in front of a television screen, but sometimes, especially during winter months, it’s nice to unwind with a captivating TV series, and Netflix has tons to choose from. It’s been really nice this semester to have a little additional free time to watch the shows I enjoy and even read a novel or two in between my senior project work.