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Mind your mind: How to summer mindfully

June is here, and several massive changes are just around the corner. First, no more mindfulness columns until next fall! (I know; I’m sad about it too.) Second, summer is coming up, if you...
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Ask the doc: What can students do to stay healthy while under stress?

—Jamie K.*, Ashford University (online) (*Name changed)I spent a winter break working at Okemo Mountain as a lift operator. I was staying on a hill across the valley from the mountain and had a...
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Thing of the month: Field Trip

Steven Tran,fourth-year student, New Jersey Institute of Technology“Don’t we all want to feel welcomed when visiting a new city? Field Trip suggests off-the-beaten-path attractions at any destination, with advice from the locals on places...
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Ask the professor: How can I get myself to focus when studying?

—Jordan V.*, University of North Dakota(*Name changed)As I write this response, I’m listening to a radio station, checking Facebook (for the news, really), and monitoring my email for…well, in case I can find something...
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Ask the trainer: What are the best pre-workout snacks?

—Jessica G., Our Lady of the Lake University, TexasNo matter what time of day you’re going to be active, having a pre-workout snack is a good idea. Our body needs energy, and you’ll get...
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Ask the professor: How do I go about getting a recommendation letter?

—Jennifer W., Pasadena City College, CaliforniaGlad you asked this question, but I am going to use my “editor” cap to add the word “good” before “recommendation letter” as I know that is really what...
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Ask the doc: Can drinking alcohol impair my ability to learn?

—Jayden*, Portland State University, OregonYes, in ways both large and small. Are there students who drink from time to time and still manage to get good value out of their investment in higher education?...
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Mind your mind: Power up your mindfulness strategies

Mindfulness techniques are like apps or pieces of software. The apps might be great, but they won’t work perfectly if you run them on a slow, clunky, out-of-date device. Sometimes you have to update...
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Thing of the month: Alarmy (Sleep If U Can)

Vishal Kummetha,second-year graduate student, University of Kansas“If you can’t jump out of bed in the morning (e.g., most people?), this app is for you. It’s a creative alarm system that requires you to be...
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Ask the health educator: Can ‘pulling out’ prevent pregnancy?

—Cris M.*, Georgia Gwinnett CollegeI get a lot of questions about the pullout method, also known as coitus interruptus or the withdrawal method. It’s the third most commonly used form of birth control among...