In conclusion, sleep is good. So, that takes us back to the starting questions of how well and how much should one be sleeping, and how should one sleep at all. Here comes the creme de la creme of the entire series of writings on sleep – our tips to you on how, how well, and how much to sleep.
When was the last time you have consciously paid sleep the attention it deserves? Which place does sleep take in your to-do list for the day? How much and how well do you sleep? In fact, do you ever get to sleep on a regular basis? Is the sleep you get adequate to sustain your daily routines? But how much, after all, is adequate? When did you last count sheep to fall asleep?
It is said that Thomas Edison slept three hours a day while Albert Einstein required ten per day. How could have Edison achieved all that he has with such little amount of sleep and not topple over from exhaustion? Same could be asked of Einstein: with almost half the day spent unconscious and seemingly flushed down the drain, how are his achievements possible? Not much can be said for certain as science does not seem to have a definitive answer. The general consensus on “adequate” amount of sleep seems to about seven hours, but who is to say that one is part of the norm – more importantly, who is to say you are part of this norm?
That column you have just read is definitely based on more than just personal experience. In the midst of all tragic phenomena (e.g., zombie-like mindless bodies dragging themselves to lecture rooms, more commonly observed during exam periods), science must have something to say. After all, KAIST itself is a science and technology university. Let us hear what laboratories, experiments, surveys, analysis, and statistics have to reveal to the layperson about sleep and its effects.
Enjoying performance arts, or any form of art that is delicately put together and ready to be presented, can be thrilling and inspirational. Getting tickets and reserved seats add to enhancing the completeness of joy and satisfaction. Yet there could be times when you grow tired of the crowds and of the preparedness and flawless presentations of art. In such times of arid, perfunctory methods of experiencing arts, one might as well walk into a whole new world of serendipity by breaking free from the conventional frame of art. It could be taking some time to stare blankly at the clouds that have travelled to places unseen and unheard of, looking at the night sky where airplanes could transform into shooting stars, or listening to the buzz of mosquitoes full of awe and wonder - simply something that is impromptu.
Performance arts are probably the most visceral and immersive way of experiencing different kinds of cultures, whether it be traditional or modern. The regular consumption through art keeps us well cultured. However, it seems that most people do not do so, perhaps because of the lack of time especially now that school is starting or the assumption that these events are too inaccessible for our feeble student wallets. It is true that some events can seem quite costly, like the upcoming KAIST Art and Music Festival, but there are some in Daejeon that do not cost a single penny. Perhaps it is time to reconsider avoiding events just because the price tag on the ticket is upsetting.
On September 6, Et Aussi Project marked the start of the 2013 Fall Culture Festival. The very first performance of this year’s festival was Fragrance of the Sea performed by Celine Bacque, a dancer and one of the founding members of the Et Aussi Project. During the performance, Bacque shatters into pieces as the sea breaks into sparkles of water, and sinks to the bottom of the sea in unification. Bacque recreates the hesitant motions of the sea as she does a little cha-cha between the irregular rocks, and the mysterious background music that imitates the sound of nature creates a constrained connection of alchemy. Overall, the dancer acts out the storming sea, which represents memory, and her life in correspondence with it; she does not miss a beat. Fragrance of the Sea resembles our restless lives and suggests that we can remember someone, or something as a special feeling.
Science and art - these are two words that one would hardly ever expect to see in the same sentence, and indeed, the two fields appear on the outside to be entirely different. In fact, those who pursue the field of science have seemingly put forth a great deal of effort towards differentiating science from other fields. Maybe it is only natural for one to want their work to feel more meaningful than that of others. Those studying science and engineering, myself included, are probably all guilty at one point of making conceited jokes about how the field of social sciences is not “real” science or how art majors were just not smart enough to do science. Of course, we are not the only responsible party. Artists probably pride themselves for being more in touch with their senses and so on. Cultural preconceptions dictate that science is for awkwardly dressed nerds in thick spectacles while the cool kids do other things. Perhaps the above are the reasons for many of the preconceptions regarding science and art. Science is deconstructive; art is constructive. Science is analytical; art is intuitive. Science is logical; art is creative.
The first thing that comes to mind when thinking of relaxation is probably a space of peace and quiet with a nice drink and maybe a book or some music to enjoy – basically, a time and place where the body and mind can take a break and rest without the worry of work or problems. This is probably a luxury for most of us humble students, toiling away on assignments and labs, and it is probably becoming more and more of an extravagance as the exam week nears. However, knowing the people of KAIST and how much we push ourselves, the moment of relaxation for most of us is probably long overdue. This is why having a moment to cool off may actually help with the work, as it relieves stress and lets the brain take its time to revitalize for other tasks. Maybe even a short coffee break would help. In fact, the readily available stimulant may be the perfect beverage for a break to get the brain running again.While on the quest for relaxation, why not take a relaxing course? The KAIST Leadership Center’s Cultural & Leisure Program may have been the solution for those asking that question. With the purpose of creating a place for students of any background to come together and learn about various interests and hobbies, the KAIST Leadership Center created the program and has been overseeing the classes for years. Any KAIST student interested can apply to these classes free of charge and on a first-come first-served basis. The program this year featured five classes: Enjoying Hand-drip Coffee, Love and Marriage, Finding my Strengths, Speech and Presentation, and Wording Power-Training. Due to the lack of available classrooms, the program was only able to feature five, but with the construction of the new building on campus, the number of available classrooms will increase and the center will increase the number of classes. The center also takes student recommendations and requests for prospective classes via e-mail and phone calls. In fact, some of the classes featured this semester are recommendations. For example, the class on hand-drip coffee was actually a class from the center’s cultural activity courses, which are designed for freshmen students in KAIST to earn activity units. However, the center had received numerous requests for the class to be open to students other than freshmen and decided to host it in the Cultural & Leisure Program. The class Love and Marriage is another class made accessible once again by popular demand after many students took the same course during the summer and winter sessions from other universities. These courses are perfect for a relaxing escape from the usual classes. The chance to learn about a hobby or a specific interest from a professional in such areas could very well occupy the mind with less stressful and more relaxing thingsOut of the courses featured on the Cultural & Leisure Program, the one on hand-drip coffee may arguably be the most relaxing. It used to be taught by Kaldi, the coffee enthusiasts’ club, as a leisure activity for the cultural activity courses. With a more professional instructor, the theories and practices related to the art of drip brewing would be taught with more impact. From the calm and finesse that comes from a methodical pour over the coffee grinds to the deep satisfaction that comes from tasting one’s own handiwork give the whole ritual an elevated and tranquil experience.Whether you choose to take some personal time, take a relaxing class, or immerse yourself in the arts, the need for a moment to relax is never gone. So find something to put your mind and body at ease and unplug for a minute. Maybe enjoy a great cup of coffee while you are at it.
It is only my third semester here at KAIST, but too many times have I already heard people seriously complaining about the lack of time and place to let go of everyday things and simply relax. It is not unusual to see fellow students craving for a week-long travel, books worth reading, concerts of their favorite bands, art exhibitions, some intensive and immersive sports like biking, rock climbing, or marathon, or even taking a leave from a club or from school altogether.
“Just do it” is a well-known catchphrase of a famous sports brand; I have always questioned its excessive simplicity and perhaps even inadequacy in conveying whatever the meaning that was supposed to be delivered to the customers. In fact, a more appropriate question would be asking what the meaning really is. “Do it,” the phrase reads, but do what? Is doing “it” any different from “just” doing it? These might constitute an absurd trail of thoughts, but hours of contemplation on the topic led me to the silhouette of what just doing something means.
October is perhaps the jolly season of the year to grab some apples to satisfy one’s appetite. Chewing them up and savoring every bit of their sweet and sour flavors help one imagine what kind of life they are going through. There is another way of trying an apple; let the letters - a, p, p l, e - drop into your tranquil soul as you would gently let go of an apple into a calm pond. Gentle ripples would be created, making a stir in your stillness. Such ripples are subtle and almost comforting as the letters soak in very softly.
With a month into the semester, it is most likely that students have all managed to have their class and lab schedules settled. For a number of students, this is when they begin to look for extracurricular activities to help balance out the stressful and hectic academic life. Thus, it comes as welcoming news that this semester, in continuation of their previous success, the Daeduk Hanbit Church Culture School will be sponsoring an Autumn Culture School right on the KAIST campus. Featuring a variety of special culture classes held at different hours and spread throughout the week, this eight-week session hopes to accommodate even the busiest of KAIST students.
Billy Joel once said, “I think music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we’re all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music.” Additionally, rather than just listening to music alone at home, attending a concert can be another way to listen as well as experience the thrill of watching a live performance and share an entertaining night out with friends and family.
Recently, the word “healing” appears to have been appropriated to refer to any activity that helps an individual feel better, mostly in the psychological sense. As a result, this new trend has given rise to healing foods, healing self-help books, healing talk shows on television, and many other seemingly unrelated things that are all supposedly meant to heal.
A successful healing ultimately boils down to ridding of all the pent-up fatigue. No matter how much healing one goes through, if one is still exhausted and unmotivated for life afterwards, the trial has undeniably failed. In that sense, a healing may be thought of as synonymous to relaxation, and hence a somewhat passive activity. Despite everyone having practiced such passive healing, few have d
“I need healing.” Ever heard this before? It may have been a family member or a friend, or perhaps it was you yourself that let the expression escape mingled with a sigh of exhaustion. Whoever in whatever situation said such a phrase is not alone.
The greatest hardship for a novice volunteer worker is finding an adequate workplace or project. The choice varies from international workforces demanding fees from its participants to reading in English once in a while to children in the local area. It is essential that one finds a satisfying occupation that is also within ones capabilities and willingness to help out.
Living a healthy lifestyle: this is one of those things – like cleaning one’s dorm room or paying attention in class – that we all know we should do but seldom pay much thought to or put into practice in our daily lives. How many times have you promised yourself that you will exercise today or not eat a midnight snack, but then decided, whether consciously or subconsciously, to completely ignore that small nagging voice in the back of your head when the time came to put words into action?
Living on campus has many pros and cons, but the most challenging problem of all seems to be staying fit and healthy. Many KAIST students have busy schedules and heavy workloads that do not allow them to eat, sleep, or exercise proerly and regularly. The KAIST Herald gives you a guide to rejuvenate your health.