Spoon University on Your Campus

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Spoon University, a student’s #1 stop for food information and self-described everyday food resource for young people. This organization is a national program that works through groups based at hundreds of college campuses. Each group works to bring the students at their school the hottest, local food news available. You may have come across articles from Spoon University without even realizing it, such as articles saying “the best 10 spots to eat around campus!” and many more ideas. Besides writing super interesting and relevant food articles, Spoon also holds local events for your campus. This week, the UCLA Spoon chapter is holding a campus wide study session with GrubHub providing local food.

Spoon University is known for having articles that are not only interesting but that are also outside the box. Most recently, a a Denison University writer wrote about if filtering cheap vodka through a Brita would make it taste better. Not only do they have funny articles like this, they also post college-friendly recipes. One example is a recent article on how to make your own Starbucks hibiscus tea in your dorm room. There are so many great ideas to find on their website that can fit any occasion.

As college students, or even just young adults, we are always looking for fun new places to instagram our food at. Or new hacks to try to save money (cheap vodka and my Brita, I’m looking at you!). Here at Glamorous Paper, we are trying to give you all the tips and tricks we find to help you survive these adulting years…. (especially us writers at Glamorous Paper, we need it!)

Are there any website you Glamorous people find helpful? If so send them our way! Comment below your favorite food hacks or food places for us to try out! You never know, we will probably take you up on the suggestion and write an article on it!

 

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The Quarter System in College and its Struggles

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For those of you who don’t know, California colleges are a little weird. We don’t have regular semesters. Instead, we go by the quarter system. This means that we have three shorter semesters that are 11 weeks rather than two long semesters. We also take fewer classes during this time due to that, either three or four. Less material to learn? Fewer classes to struggle in? Sounds great, sign me up! WRONG. Do you like having midterms after only two weeks of class? Because that is what the quarter system really is.

Yes, juggling only three classes at one time is great, even though it still is a ton of work. But imagine you’ve just started class and everything is going great. Two weeks go by and you’re sailing through. Now imagine you realize you have a statistics midterm in one week. “We’ve only had three weeks of class,” you wonder, “how is that even possible?” Well that was me this past Monday and basically every past quarter I’ve had at UCLA. A typical quarter at college usually starts off the same way as this one did for me. You have a few weeks of class then midterms in midterms hit you. Paper deadlines start rolling in, and soon you’re swamped with tests, papers, quizzes, and homework – all during your fourth week of class!

Not only am I hit with midterms starting week 3, the quarter system also means I start school a month later than my high school friends. Starting later means getting out later too! So while you’re still studying for midterms and finals during May and June, the rest of your friends will be living it up. Enjoy watching those pool party snap stories while you’re downing coffee in the library. So while the quarter system may seem great from afar, watch out because it’ll sneak up behind you and get you when you least expect it.

So Glamorous people, what are you? Semester or Quarter students? Comment below and let us know your study tips and tricks for staying afloat during these perilous college courses. (Even if they are boring as all get out) Or tweet @GlamorousPaper with your finals and midterm week struggles when the time comes! Lemme see those struggle buns! (Male or Female)

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The Semester System
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How it Feels to Face Your Fear of Public Speaking

I have always been an anxious person. It’s not something I’m shy about, it’s just a personality trait of mine. Few things get me so nervous that it’s hard to function though. One of those things just happens to be public speaking.

I remember dreading taking public speaking in high school. I did not want to stand up there as a scared sophomore and make a fool out of myself. I’m pretty sure I still did, but only because I was so nervous about it all. Once that semester finished, I thought I would never have to face this fear again. However, I decided sometime in the past four years to major in Communication Studies at UCLA. Unfortunately for me, public speaking is a course that is required for that major.

Last year, I put off taking this class because I knew how terrible my fear was. I could imagine my hands shaking and sounding like I was going to cry in front of a room full of my peers. It was an experience I would really rather not experience again. My physical reaction to this fear was involuntary. It didn’t matter how much I wanted to be confident, I would always sound nervous and feel my heart racing in my chest. I knew though, that if I took my anxiety medications that I would be too fuzzy to function, something not worth it to me.

Starting school this year as a sophomore in college, I finally enrolled to take public speaking. For as long as I could (about three weeks) I put off presenting my first speech. It was a simple speech that aimed to critique a movie or a form of media. Even though this topic was easy, I still couldn’t help but dread the day I would have to stand up there. And with my luck, UCLA’s quarterback just so happened to be in my class.

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Today though, I finally decided to end my personal torment and give my first speech. I talked about the romantic comedy Clueless and how it’s emphasis on appearance’s importance is still highly relevant to today’s society with social media. As I walked to the front of the room, I felt my hands shaking and my heart racing like I knew they would. Instead though, I focused on how passionate I was about this subject. Before I knew it, my speech was over and I received glowing feedback from my peers. The good feedback really helped make me feel more secure about my public speaking. Now I know that next time, my body may still react nervously as always, but I’ll be more confident knowing that public speaking really is not that bad.

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