Let’s Talk About Stress, Baby

Recently there has been a lot of stress in my life, so instead of letting it eat me alive, I figured I would do some research about how to deal with it.

Stress can come from a lot of different places. It can come from school, a significant other, work, or hormones. While doing some research and testing out my findings, I found that I was overloading myself and couldn’t figure out how to manage my time efficiently. So that brings us to method 1:

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  1. Get some sort of calendar. It can be on your phone, it can be a paper one you hang in your bathroom, or even a planner.
  2. Actually use it. If you’re reading this and thinking “omg I’m going to go to the store and buy a super cute planner/calendar and my life is going to be easier!” then think twice because a planner is useless if you do not actually use it. Seriously, write your life in it. I use the calendar on my phone and color coded EVERYTHING. I have my classes, both jobs, when stuff is due, etc all different colors.
  3. Check your calendar regularly so things do not sneak up on you. (for example my essay rough draft that is due today that I found out on Monday about). Also if it is something that you know that you will forget about, set a reminder on your phone to remind you about it a few days in advance or a week in advance so you aren’t rushing to get a 2000 word essay done in one night.

Another good way to deal with stress is instead of sitting on your couch watching Netflix and eating a bowl of popcorn, go walk on a treadmill and watch Netflix or even do small exercises while watching. Just getting your blood pumping will make you feel better and wont make you feel as bad about eating that entire Papa John’s pizza you ordered for lunch.

Let me emphasize one important thing, it is normal to be a little stressed out, but do not overload yourself to the point of crippling stress. You will break and it wont be good. So if you feel the stress coming on, don’t ignore it. Grab that little sucker by the neck and get rid of it!

Friendly & Frugal Food

Food! Everyone’s favorite topic. In college people tend to not eat as well as they did when they were living with their parents. Also if you’re like me, you’re super busy with classes and work and making meals is not really at the top of my list. Normally if it takes longer than 3 minutes to heat up in the microwave, I won’t make it. This is really inconvenient when you want to eat healthily… Or is it?

Recently I have discovered the beauty of microwave steamer bags with broccoli and other veggies in them. Six minutes (at the most) in the microwave, a little seasoning of your crock-pot-scr450-pt-black-demask-patternchoice, and BANG! Quick and healthy meal before class. “But I don’t want to eat vegetables everyday!” Don’t worry, there are many other things you can cook in the microwave and other quick meals.

5 Healthy Microwave Meals

Another fantastic thing I have embraced is a crock pot. Seriously, if you don’t already have one, go get one. They’re only like $20-40 at Walmart and they’ll save you so much money on meals.

Another great thing about crock pots, is they are so low maintenance. Hate sitting in front of a stove cooking? Well with a crock pot you literally just put the ingredients in the pot, put the lid on it, set a timer and walk away. Whenever you come back from class just give it a stir and then continue with your day until the timer goes off and then just turn the heat off. Incredibly easy. There are a bunch of websites with crock pot recipes but here are just a few for you to start off with.e034228dc751c822a7149705fcfe50eb

15 Healthy Crock Pot Recipes

Slow Cooker Recipes

30 Easy Crock Pot Recipes

Normally I can make two or three crock pot meals, put them in Tupperware containers and they normally last me over a week. Another smart thing to do is if you have a lot of time, put ingredients in large Ziploc baggies and stick them in your fridge until you need to cook then just empty the contents into the slow cooker!

Now that I have been looking at recipes for the past hour, I’m going to go make food! Enjoy!

Advoiding the Mucus Monster

It’s that time of year again and everyone is getting sick! It is impossible to go anywhere without someone coughing on you or walking by a baby and have it send a mucusy sneeze img_20170125_125845133-2in your direction. I cannot emphasize how much I hate being sick.
Since moving up here to Alaska and starting college, I swear I have been sick more times in these two years than I ever have been my entire life. In an attempt to stop getting sick so much I began looking around for vitamins I could take and also took a little trip to Pinterest and looked to see if there were any tips on there that I could try. Here’s some tips that I have found really helpful.

  1. Get lots of rest. Sleeping has been essential to recovering from a cold. Sure, in college sleep is hard to come by but when it comes to your health and that test you have on Wednesday. You need to get your beauty sleep so you can feel better before that exam.
  2. Drink lots of fluids. No, that does not mean alcohol or Red Bull. When you are sick you need to stay hydrated and alcohol is great at dehydrating you along side with sugary energy drinks. When I am sick, I overdose on tea and water. Pretty sure I spend the majority of my day going back and forth to the bathroom because of how much water I drink.
  3. Don’t eat junk food. This should be a given when sick. Eat soup (Another liquid!) and healthy home cooked meals.
  4. Try not to stress. I get stressed out a lot when I am sick, so I have to remind myself to calm down because stress can make you more sick or make your pesky cold last longer than just a few days. 3b252e1d00000578-0-image-a-107_1481227889959
  5. If it gets bad, please please PLEASE take advantage of the clinic on campus. It’s free to get a check up and the people are super nice there.
  6. PLEASE DO NOT SPREAD YOUR GERMS. Wash your hands, sanitize doorknobs, sneeze into your elbow, cough into your elbow (not your neighbor’s notebook)

 

 

Could Eating be the New Fitness Craze!?

 

It is nearly impossible to count all of the fitness fads going on right now. One day I hear about some incredible weight loss pill, and then the next day I hear that cumin is the magic weight loss spice. Most celebrities eat only a certain amount of calories a day or don’t eat any carbs. CARBS. I love bread and anything with bread in it. Pizza, garlic bread, pasta, cereal, tortilla chips… I’m getting hungry just thinking about it. Anyways, I’m getting off topic. I do not consider myself overweight but I’m not skinny. Sure, it would be nice to lose a few pounds, but even the skinniest person I know wishes they weighed less. Weight is a number and for some reason our brains are conditioned to think it defines who we are.

I struggled with weight a lot in my younger years. I was never happy with how I looked and that messed with my eating habits and happiness. Eventually, by realizing that not eating was actually harming me, I began working out to deal with stress and got to a point where I was happy with my body. But, once I went to college, all of my hard work was then crushedimg_20170123_134207307_hdr by the dreaded Freshman 15 (I picture this as a little blob of fat creature with fangs and a scale).

Once this horrible creature had bitten down on your lifestyle, how do you shake it off? Well there are several ways to lose weight &/or be healthy but it all depends on you. For me, I cut red meat out of my diet and started doing yoga every morning. I feel healthier and better about myself after doing those things and also can use yoga as a way to de-stress.

So if you think that you need to diet or starve yourself (worst idea ever, more on that later in the week) then think again. Most of the time you just need a little exercise in your life. Here are a few tips if you want to look and feel better but do not have a lot of time in the day…

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If you get bored with repetition, a preset routine is a good choice for you.
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I LOVE YOGA. Even in small doses it can work wonders
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For the more advanced health seekers

 

As for healthy eating and having a healthy lifestyle here are some tips to help with that…

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Hope this helps! Stay tuned for more college tips and KPC news!

Meet The Spring 2017 RA’s

Over winter break, our RA Amanda graduated (Congrats!) so we were left with an open spot. We quickly filled that spot so here is a list of our Spring 2017 RA’s!

 Taylor Evans IMG_9242

Major: B.S Psychology
Expected Graduation: Fall 2017
I’m From: Originally this area, Kenai Alaska
Residence Hall Community Name: Raven
Myers-Briggs Personality Type:  ENTP
Favorite Food: Kdish
Favorite Color: Green
If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go and why?: Svalbard’s Doomsday vault (To see how many plant species we have actually lost).
A little more about me:  I am currently enrolled in the psychology program and intend to move on into the field of Neuroscience for a PhD. In more fun aspects, I am actively involved in table-top games (DnD, pathfinder etc), where I both regularly play and DM. I am a local from the area, and subsequently know a number of hole-in-the-wall places, and what to expect from this community (usually). I regularly dream about owning my own business, as working for oneself I believe to be on the most rewarding and fulfilling experiences one can have. I am interested in a vast array of subject matter, from neuroscience, to philosophy, to history, to star wars and other pop culture.

Trish Tuluk IMG_9713.JPG

Major: Paramedic
Expected Graduation: 2 years
I’m From: Chevak, AK
Residence Hall Community Name: Borealis
Myers-Briggs Personality Type: ESTP-T
Favorite Food: I’m a sucker for all kinds of native foods
Favorite Color: Lime Green
If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go and why?: I’d love to go on a road trip to most of the states because that sure as heck seems fun!

A little more about me: I am a night owl. I love cooking and basketball is my favorite sport. I love to do crafts and learn about my culture. I love dogs and I also love to be outdoors!

Piera Larosa IMG_9245

Major:  Psychology
Expected Graduation:  As soon as possible
I’m From: Phoenix, AZ
Residence Hall Community Name: Glacier
Myers-Briggs Personality Type:  INTP
Favorite Food: Chinese
Favorite Color: Green
If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go and why?: Everywhere because why not
A little more about me: Hi there, I’m Piera! I am getting a degree in Psychology with a minor in Art so I can go into Art Therapy. I’m crazy about animals (especially dogs). I like kayaking and other outdoor activities. Reading and listening to music are some other hobbies as well as binge watching shows on Netflix. I’ve been at KPC for a year now and I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.

Sean McBride IMG_9247

Major: PSY & ART
Expected Graduation: The future
I’m from: The Milky Way Galaxy
Residence Hall Community Name: Kustatan
Myers-Briggs Personality Type:  INTJ
Favorite Food: Onions
Favorite Color: Orange
If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go and why?: Austin, TX. The smartest, prettiest girl in the world is there. I’d like to see her again.
A little more about me: I am infatuated with Star Wars. I have one of the largest Star Wars book collections in the state. I like to read, a lot. In my spare time I study wide gamut of subjects such as: theoretical astrophysics, botany, psychological disorders, and even old recipes. Want to have a conversation with me about anything? No problem, I most likely know something about it. And if I don’t know about something about it, I will research it. I love to learn.

 

Joshua Wolf IMG_9244

Major: Process Technology/Industrial Process Instrumentation
Expected Graduation: Spring 2017
I’m From: Horseheads, NY
Residence Hall Community Name: Midnight Sun
Myers-Briggs Personality Type:  INFJ
Favorite Food: Lasagna
Favorite Color: Blue
If I could go anywhere in the world where would I go and why?: I would go to Le Mans, France for the 24 Hours of Le Mans the biggest and most prestigious sports car event in thee world.
A little more about me: I really enjoy watching any form of auto racing especially NASCAR. I grew up 20 minutes from Watkins Glen and for the past three years have been to the Sahlen’s 6Hrs of The Glen and last year went to the NASCAR Sprint Cup race there with my dad.  I plan to graduate this year with what will be my third and fourth degrees. My other two degrees are in Automotive Mechanical and Auto Body Collision and Repair.

Skylar Taylor IMG_9238

Major: Industrial Instrumentation, Process Technology
Expected Graduation: Spring 2018
I’m From: Anchorage, Alaska
Residence Hall Community Name: Wolf Pack
Myers-Briggs Personality Type:  ESFP
Favorite Food: Coffee, Steak, Cream of Broccoli Soup, Artichoke
Favorite Color: Scarlett Red, Gold
If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go and why?: New Zealand, Watch All Blacks play Rugby

A Little More about me:   I am 32 years old. I am married to Jessica Taylor, she is Canadian and is living in Canada.  I have been married for 1 year 4 months. I got married on Tax day so I never forget my Anniversary. I am the oldest on the RA Team. With this I bring a lot of knowledge as well as life experiences. There is almost no situation I have not seen or experienced. I have been to about 60 different countries world wide. I spent 12 years in the Marine Corps. I have deployed to combat and other locations multiple times. I enjoy outdoors and sports of all kinds. I am very approachable and have a really loose open door policy to the point I forget to take time for myself. Last but not least, I love to cook and am pretty good at it.

 

Meet The 2016/2017 RA’s

For the past 3 weeks the 2016/2017 KPC ResLife RA’s have been spending every weekday afternoon in training in hopes to make this upcoming school year great.  Each one of these RA’s brings something different and special to the mix, so we thought we’d go ahead and take a minute to introduce them to you!

 Taylor Evans IMG_9242

Major: B.S Psychology
Expected Graduation: Fall 2017
I’m From: Originally this area, Kenai Alaska
Residence Hall Community Name: Raven
Myers-Briggs Personality Type:  ENTP
Favorite Food: Kdish
Favorite Color: Green
If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go and why?: Svalbard’s Doomsday vault (To see how many plant species we have actually lost).
A little more about me:  I am currently enrolled in the psychology program and intend to move on into the field of Neuroscience for a PhD. In more fun aspects, I am actively involved in table-top games (DnD, pathfinder etc), where I both regularly play and DM. I am a local from the area, and subsequently know a number of hole-in-the-wall places, and what to expect from this community (usually). I regularly dream about owning my own business, as working for oneself I believe to be on the most rewarding and fulfilling experiences one can have. I am interested in a vast array of subject matter, from neuroscience, to philosophy, to history, to star wars and other pop culture.

Amanda Dorough IMG_9251

Major:  Paramedical Technology
Expected Graduation:  December 2016
I’m From:  Seattle, WA
Residence Hall Community Name:  Borealis
Myers-Briggs Personality Type:  ENFP
Favorite Food:  Italian & Thai
Favorite Color:  Aqua, Pink, Orange, & Gold
If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go and why?:  Honestly, everywhere!  But I’d probably go to Western Europe first because I feel like that’s the part of the world I’ve explored the least.

A little more about me:   Well lets see…. Probably my favorite thing in the world to do is travel/explore/adventure.  So far I’ve been to nearly 40 countries but there’s so much more to see! My first real travel experience was studying abroad with Semester At Sea and it was amazing.  I definitely recommend studying abroad! Aside from travel I also love photography, art, hiking, boating, reading, watching movies… I could go on and on.  I’m currently in my last semester here at KPC finishing up the Paramedic Program and I can’t wait to actually get to work.  My goal is to one day work as a flight medic (I always dreamed of flying in helicopters!), but it will take a few years to get to that point.

Piera Larosa IMG_9245

Major:  Studio Art
Expected Graduation:  As soon as possible
I’m From: Phoenix, AZ
Residence Hall Community Name: Glacier
Myers-Briggs Personality Type:  INTP
Favorite Food: Chinese
Favorite Color: Green
If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go and why?: Everywhere because why not
A little more about me: Hi there, I’m Piera! Currently I’m aiming to get a degree in studio art so I can get more practice before being a tattoo artist. I might get another major in psychology and/or design down the road but I’m not 100% sure. I’m crazy about animals (especially dogs). I like kayaking and other outdoor activities. Reading and listening to music are some other hobbies as well as binge watching shows on Netflix. I’ve been at KPC for a year now and I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. (Should I add anything else..?)

Sean McBride IMG_9247

Major: PSY & ART
Expected Graduation: The future
I’m from: The Milky Way Galaxy
Residence Hall Community Name: Kustatan
Myers-Briggs Personality Type:  INTJ
Favorite Food: Onions
Favorite Color: Orange
If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go and why?: Austin, TX. The smartest, prettiest girl in the world is there. I’d like to see her again.
A little more about me: I am infatuated with Star Wars. I have one of the largest Star Wars book collections in the state. I like to read, a lot. In my spare time I study wide gamut of subjects such as: theoretical astrophysics, botany, psychological disorders, and even old recipes. Want to have a conversation with me about anything? No problem, I most likely know something about it. And if I don’t know about something about it, I will research it. I love to learn.

 

Joshua Wolf IMG_9244

Major: Process Technology/Industrial Process Instrumentation
Expected Graduation: Spring 2017
I’m From: Horseheads, NY
Residence Hall Community Name: Midnight Sun
Myers-Briggs Personality Type:  INFJ
Favorite Food: Lasagna
Favorite Color: Blue
If I could go anywhere in the world where would I go and why?: I would go to Le Mans, France for the 24 Hours of Le Mans the biggest and most prestigious sports car event in thee world.
A little more about me: I really enjoy watching any form of auto racing especially NASCAR. I grew up 20 minutes from Watkins Glen and for the past three years have been to the Sahlen’s 6Hrs of The Glen and last year went to the NASCAR Sprint Cup race there with my dad.  I plan to graduate this year with what will be my third and fourth degrees. My other two degrees are in Automotive Mechanical and Auto Body Collision and Repair.

 

Skylar Taylor IMG_9238

Major: Industrial Instrumentation, Process Technology
Expected Graduation: Spring 2018
I’m From: Anchorage, Alaska
Residence Hall Community Name: Wolf Pack
Myers-Briggs Personality Type:  ESFP
Favorite Food: Coffee, Steak, Cream of Broccoli Soup, Artichoke
Favorite Color: Scarlett Red, Gold
If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go and why?: New Zealand, Watch All Blacks play Rugby

A Little More about me:   I am 32 years old. I am married to Jessica Taylor, she is Canadian and is living in Canada.  I have been married for 1 year 4 months. I got married on Tax day so I never forget my Anniversary. I am the oldest on the RA Team. With this I bring a lot of knowledge as well as life experiences. There is almost no situation I have not seen or experienced. I have been to about 60 different countries world wide. I spent 12 years in the Marine Corps. I have deployed to combat and other locations multiple times. I enjoy outdoors and sports of all kinds. I am very approachable and have a really loose open door policy to the point I forget to take time for myself. Last but not least, I love to cook and am pretty good at it.

KPC Welcome Week 2016

You guys, are you getting excited for the new school year?!  Things are definitely abuzz here at KPC ResLife.  Currently the 2016/2017 RA’s are spending each afternoon in training to learn how to make this coming school year the best it can be, and one of the events they’re really excited about is our upcoming Welcome Week!

For the first time since the KPC Residence Hall opened in 2013 we will be hosting an official welcome week.  Beginning with resident move-in on August 24 and going until the day before classes start, there many activities planned that suit all interests and needs.  So, without further ado, here’s a look at our upcoming welcome week…

*Note that there are a few changes to the week.  Click on the photo for a link to the PDF of the updated flyer or check below the photo for more detailed descriptions.

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Wednesday 8/24:  Resident Move In Day!

10am-12pm: Advising at Student Services-  If you need help signing up for classes or just guidance, this is for you.

Noon:  Lunch at the Fireweed Diner (Located at the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank)- Lunch is provided for free and all are welcome.  Transportation from the KPC Residence Hall will be provided.

1-5pm:  Town Tour with Diane Taylor-  Whether you’re new to the area or you’ve lived here your entire life this tour will highlight the important spots in the area for your everyday life and your social life. Meet at the KPC Residence Hall, transportation will be provided but space is limited to 13 people.

5pm:  Advising at Student Services-  If you need help signing up for classes or just guidance, this is for you.

6pm:  Music in the Park with KPC ResLife:  Join other KPC ResLife residents for this fun event at Soldotna Creek Park with live music, vendors and food trucks.  Meet at the KPC Residence Hall, transportation will be provided. *Bring your own money for food etc.

Thursday 8/25

10am-12pm: Advising at Student Services-  If you need help signing up for classes or just guidance, this is for you.

1-3pm: Service Set-Up:  Transportation will be provided for any KPC ResLife residents needing to set up various services such as banking, healthcare, library cards, etc.

3-6pm:  Welcome Back BBQ:  The highlight of our Welcome Week.  All KPC students, faculty, staff and their families are invited to the KPC Residence Hall to kick off the new school year with an exciting BBQ.  Come check out our new pavillion and enjoy free food while playing fun summer games like slip n’ slide kick ball among others!

7pm: Ultimate Frisbee at the KPC Residence Hall-  Rain or shine this event will be happening.  Meet at the Fireplace Commons (FPC) in the Residence Hall and we’ll head out from there.

Friday 8/26

10am-12pm: Advising at Student Services-  If you need help signing up for classes or just guidance, this is for you.

12-2pm: Crafting Success at KPC/Student Essentials in Ward Building Rm 117:  Learn more about campus and the various resources you can use to be a successful student. All freshman and new transfer students who attend have a chance to win a 3 credit tuition waiver!

2-5pm: Service Set-Up:  Transportation will be provided for any KPC ResLife residents needing to set up various services such as banking, healthcare, library cards, etc.

5pm: Grocery Run:  Every week during the school year the KPC Residence Hall takes students on a trip to the grocery store in our Sprinter van to get needed groceries.  Space is limited to 13 and store choice is majority rules.  Meet in the Fireplace Commons (FPC) and be there on time or you may get left behind.

7pm:  Ultimate Capture the Flag- Rain or shine this event will be happening.  Meet at the Fireplace Commons (FPC) in the Residence Hall, bring friends, and we’ll head out from there.

Saturday 8/27

10am-12pm: Advising at Student Services-  If you need help signing up for classes or just guidance, this is for you.

1-6 pm: Berry Picking in the Funny River area Join Native & Rural Student Coordinator Sondra, and Student Advisor Brandi for an afternoon of berry picking.  Transportation will be provided.

7 pm:  Water Balloon War: Rain or shine this event will be happening.  Meet at the Fireplace Commons (FPC) in the Residence Hall, bring friends, and we’ll head out from there.

Sunday 8/28

5 pm: BYOM BBQ (Bring Your Own Meat) at KPC ResLife:  Meat will get cooked on our outdoor grill.  ResLife will provide chips and drinks.

7 pm:  Mosquito Tag: Rain or shine this event will be happening.  Meet at the Fireplace Commons (FPC) in the Residence Hall, bring friends, and we’ll head out from there.