As a typical human being, we are bound to suffer from the procrastination plague every once in a while (probably only because neural and behavioral sciences have yet to prove the existence of similar conditions in other species as well). Meanwhile, within our own species - from the 4.3 grade point average maniacs of our school to the latest Nobel Prize winners and to even our demanding Calculus professor - I dare say all must have experienced procrastination numerous times. And if that had not made you feel any better, it is probably time I come out and tell you that this editorial piece you are reading is also just a means to put off the 40 pages of Cell Biology I need to read before tomorrow's class. Every now and then, we should all be entitled to procrastination without having to carry the social stigma of lacking will power. However, since most of us tend to embrace our procrastinating nature far too often, I strongly believe that for the sake of our own physical and mental health, we should all have some tricks up our sleeves that can help us resist the urges to procrastinate every time it comes knocking at our doors. With all that being said, below are some procrastination hacks that will hopefully come in handy to you!
It was indeed the days of the old past when students were reluctant to come and pursue their studies in the rich and dynamic society of Korea. But now, the winds of change have taken hold, and KAIST in itself has become a multicultural global village, a harbinger of cultural acceptance, tolerance, and vivid appreciation. By joining hands with universities and educational organizations worldwide, the International Relations Team (IRT) has been able to attract a huge international student body that come as exchange and full time students to KAIST every semester. They not only experience innovative learning in their academic fields, but also learn about the rich and appealing heritage of Korea.
The latest developments in the United States (U.S.) turned the world’s attention to the American government, which began its indefinite period of partial shutdown on October 1. The shutdown, which is taking place for the first time since December 1995, immediately resulted in over 800,000 federal workers being put on furlough, national parks and museums closing down, and other governmental functions being put on hold. All of the commotion is a result of the failure between the Democrat-majority Senate and the Republican-majority House of Representatives to agree on a budget plan for the new fiscal year.
You are in a party with a few hundred people whom you know. Realistically, how many would you be comfortably enjoying the time with? Fifty? Sixty? Now the others; when was the last time you had a lengthy personal conversation? Sadly in the mix, there should be at least a few for which your answer is “never.” Nowadays, socializing has become so much easier through the online medium, allowing for constant connections and easy access, which is great, but occasionally, one cannot help but notice how weightless some of those connections are. Have we traded a few analog friendships for more digital acquaintances?
Every time I tell people I live in the Hwaam dormitory, they either give me a look of pity or laugh really hard. Hwaam is not exactly optimal: I need to take a bus everyday to get to class, I am limited in what I can eat for my meals, and I am stuck in a pretty isolated area of Daejeon. Despite all the disadvantages however, I still live quite comfortably. In fact, I will go one step further to say that living in Hwaam became an overall plus in my life. As I was adjusting to Hwaam, some thoughts popped up in my head. Most of them were not world-changing epiphanies but rather, friendly reminders that helped my life a little – little habits we should all keep in mind.
“Boy burnt at stake, girl beaten to death.” I probably have read this line a hundred times in the morning newspaper while sipping my cup of coffee. Coming from a middle class family in India, where people still boast about an unwavering and staunch faith in caste, creed, and religion, I smile, but the smile is one of shame and condescendence.
What are some great recommendations for summer vacation plans? After midterm examinations, students get busy making plans and reservations for their exciting summer vacation. On the other hand, some students spend their time filling out different kinds of application forms for their meaningful summer vacation. Summer and winter vacations mean much more than just two months of break from school.
This year’s regular season of domestic baseball is now well under way, with the first two months’ scheduled games having been played out; fans are slowly starting to feel the fever of anticipation that peaks during the fall postseason.
One of the biggest dilemmas has been taking shape in my heart and mind. The question that has been haunting ever since I joined KAIST is “To what extent should I participate in club activities on campus?” There probably were so many moments when you had to give up your passion for the sake of studying hard to get a better GPA.
It could have well been a perfectly innocuous photo-time for Shinzo Abe, Japan’s Prime Minister, had it not been for the painful number “731” on the jet plane that brought back memories of Japan’s atrocities to many nations worldwide.
It seems that graduating college in more than four years has now become the norm. Reasons why students end up being “super seniors” vary, but the leading cause seems to be the trend of taking a leave of absence from college, or hyuhak in Korean. According to The Chosun Ilbo, as of April 1 of 2013, 932,703 college students nationwide are on a leave of absence from their studies.
While I lived outside of Korea, never once did I identify myself as a “good English speaker.” English was simply a language I used to communicate with other people. It was such a fundamental part of me that I never viewed it as something to be proud of, or a skill that others might covet. All that changed once I came to Korea for college.
On November 12, the Danish Tax Ministry’s decision to abolish its fat tax, implemented only the previous year, brought to the world’s attention an interesting concept of imposing surcharges on “unhealthful” foods. The tax was placed on various food items including cheese, butter, and meat, all of which contained saturated fat in excess of 2.3 percent.
In a fly genetics lab, curious flies make their way out of a small plastic flask filled with a mushy culture medium only to realize that the flask is in an incubator, and the incubator in a room locked tightly. This has been the truth for laboratory flies way before their birth for generations. A very similarly picturesque analogy applies to us humans and the society we live in.
Among the many utterly bitter truths we are facing today, one of the hugest is our mad addiction to smartphones. The invention of this magical portable device that does almost everything except studying on our behalf has gotten us falling head over heels. Whether it is on the subway, in the lunch line, at the dinning table, in the john, everywhere we go the smartphone follows! Why?
In today’s materialistic world where everybody is bowing down in front of a luxurious life with all comforts, do you feel you are any different? When was the last time that you tried to look beyond the teary eyes of a woman who has no money to feed her child?
This column is among the mix of many other options of articles to read, and even after getting a chance to be read, it will soon be forgotten. Even those who read this article will soon be gone, so no matter what, nothing seems to be able to escape the gruesome black hole of nothingness.
With the start of the spring semester, a new arrangement has been made in the 2013 KAIST academic calendar. KAIST, unlike other Korean universities, was known for its three-month summer vacation of June, July and August. In return, the winter vacation lasted only for a month. This academic system was convenient for students who took summer semester courses or interned abroad.
Warning: On December 21, doomsday is coming for the 2012 apocalypse. To those of you who have already experienced the great fuss about Y2K at the turn of the century, such 2012 apocalypse would seem laughable. Yet, according to many conspiracy theorists of the so called 2012 phenomenon, the Y2K bug was only a small part of the impending devastation.