Gardening: A Fun Stress Reliever

LindaSimington500x332This post is written by Linda Simington, a spring student blogger and Eastfield College student.

Ahhh, spring is in the air, and 2015 classes seem to have taken off with a bang! Students and faculty alike are hustling, bustling and establishing their routines as we settle in to yet another new semester. The seriousness of classes and homework have already begun to weigh in on anxious nervous systems as academics take a front-row seat in our lives.

We all want to do our best, so, yes, school can be a bit stressful. However, there is a way we can help alleviate some of the stress and relax our minds, if just for a bit: gardening! Yep, that thing your parents and/or grandparents like to talk about and putter around the yard doing.

Even apartment dwellers are usually successful at growing a potted plant or two. And potted plants don’t just have to be flowers or house plants. Vegetables and herbs make lovely plants and taste great, too! Herbs like basil and thyme look great in pots and add a delectable flavor zing to ordinary salads, sauces and much more. Tomatoes even have a more compact variety called — Can you guess? — patio tomatoes!

Whether you garden in your yard or on an apartment balcony, most seem to agree that gardening is relaxing. Cultivating and caring for the little gems can be very therapeutic, can reduce stress and can even be fun. But don’t take my word for it. The American Horticultural Therapy Association published an article connecting the benefits of gardening to health and well-being. Still not convinced? USA Today also touts the benefits of gardening.

Even Eastfield must surely agree, as landscapers have been beautifying our campus by adding more plants that will make areas more pleasing and relaxing. Just kind of makes you want to smile, doesn’t it? I can hardly wait to see what it will look like once Mother Nature gets with the program and sets everything to bloom.

Gardening does call for a little physical effort or, what some might even refer to as, toil. But a little work never hurt anyone and seems to make it just that much more rewarding once the fruit of one’s labor (couldn’t resist that pun), is realized.

Stressed much? Try introducing yourself to a new little buddy or buddies from your neighborhood garden center, or better yet start one from seed!

There, I feel better already. Don’t you?

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Meet Andrea, a Spring Student Blogger

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We’re excited to introduce you to one of the winners of our spring student blogger contest, Andrea Carrizales. She will be blogging throughout the semester about college, her classes, her future plans and more. Here’s more about Andrea, in her own words:

Hi! I’m Andrea Carrizales.

I’m a full-time student at Eastfield College, still exploring classes before I set on a major. I enjoy learning about many things, and this only makes choosing a field of study even harder!

Last semester, I was convinced I would go for art history; however, now I’m thinking about engineering and communications as possible choices.

I work at Eastfield as the editor of Life and Arts in The Etcetera student newspaper, and I tutor English and Spanish.

My hobbies include watching movies, reading, playing tennis and keeping up with the latest fashion trends.

My favorite movies are The Devil Wears Prada, I Am Sam and Sabrina (1954). I also love the TV show Parks and Recreation, and I am always trying to catch up with it.

Audrey Hepburn and Eleanor Roosevelt are two amazing women I look up to. Their grace, intelligence and charm inspire me to be my best self every day.

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Commercial Music: Create What You Love

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Turn your love of music into a profitable career by developing musical and technical skills in one of four specialized tracks. All of our faculty members are working professional musicians, so you’ll learn from the best.

Our Commercial Music grads perform and are employed around the world as:

  • Professional artists
  • Composers and arrangers
  • Studio and live sound engineers
  • Radio and television staff
  • Music retailers and marketers

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CVC Sustainability Conference

cvcsustRegistration is open for the CVC Sustainability Conference, March 20 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Cedar Valley College.

The conference, H3: A Responsible Pathway/Clean Jobs, Clean Resources, Clean Environment & Quality of Life, is free. The H3 stands for head, heart and hands because the pathway to sustainability involves a commitment and alignment of these three parts of your body.

The conference features two keynote speakers,  Trammell S. Crow and Dr. Elaine Ingham. There will be simultaneous breakout sessions in three tracks, (Saving the) People, Planet and Money.

For more information, see the conference schedule, or contact Sustainability Program Director Maria Boccalandro at 972-860-5204.

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Job Fair For Veterans, Active Military

jobfairMilitary service members and veterans are invited to participate in the 2015 NSHMBA Academy & Job Fair on Friday, Feb. 20, 2015. Internships, entry-level positions and professional job opportunities will be available.

Register now to attend.

Details

  • Free and open to the public
  • Explore job opportunities with top employers, including Fortune 500 companies
  • Network with corporations

When

Friday, Feb. 20, 2015 from 1:30-5 p.m.

Where

Hilton Dallas Lincoln Centre
5410 Lyndon B Johnson Fwy
Dallas, TX 75240

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Visit the NSHMBA website, or contact Rafaela Schwan at rschwan@nshmba.org.

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Meet Annabell, a Spring Fashion Blogger

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We’re excited to introduce you to one of the winners of our spring student blogger contest, Annabell Talavera. She will be blogging throughout the semester about college, her classes, her future plans and more. Here’s more about Annabell, in her own words:

The name is Annabell. I was born in Maryland, but raised in the great state of Texas. I support my Maryland sports teams but, like every Texan, I do have my Texas pride…Texas Forever! I am a free spirited 21 year old who loves taking risks and experimenting with new things.

Fashion is my creative outlet. It is my happy place where it’s just me, and I have no boundaries or rules to limit the creative flow. I love seeing things come to life from a single sketch. It truly is a beautiful process.

As of right now, I am a fashion design major studying at El Centro College. I should be finishing up the program in 2015 and, God willing, will continue my education at the University of North Texas. After that, who knows — the sky is the limit.

I am currently working for Nha Khanh, a well-known Dallas fashion designer. Her work is outstanding, and I am extremely blessed to have been brought on as staff after completing my internship.

Oh, and, if you haven’t noticed already, I am also a part-time fashion blogger at www.arogblog.com. Can you tell my life revolves around fashion?

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Meet Kari, a Spring Student Blogger

KariHunter480x332We’re excited to introduce you to one of the winners of our spring student blogger contest, Kari Hunter! She will be blogging throughout the semester about college, her classes, her future plans and more. Here’s more about Kari, in her own words:

For nearly a decade I have been “gainfully employed” as an IT project management consultant. For many of you, especially those just getting to college, that will seem like an eternity. Let me assure you, it feels like one; mainly because I’ve been doing something I am good at, but don’t actually enjoy. But what do you do when you want to change careers but aren’t sure what else you’d be good at? Or even worse, you know what you’d love to do but that change is so drastic that you’re petrified to take the leap.

Let me introduce myself. I am Kari Hunter, currently a part-time student at Richland College, while maintaining a full-time career and being a wife and mother. Though I am no stranger to college, having graduated with an MBA in 2003, this time I am taking a different approach. I’d like to experiment more with the things I truly enjoy, and see if I can turn any of it into a career that makes me feel excited to wake up every day.

Why not grad school? What drew me to community college instead? Since I already have my master’s degree, I know that graduate studies are for people who are serious about continuing in their field, and I desperately need a change of direction. Fortunately, the Dallas Community Colleges are affordable and accessible and they offer classes I’m actually interested in taking.

So, I’m taking a travel and tourism course (I love to travel), exploring an opportunity in entrepreneurship (I like to run things), and of course, doing some creative writing (it’s like a diary for people who’d rather make stuff up!). One day, if I get up the courage, I may add some vocal adrenaline to my new directions (you like what I did there?), but we’ll see.

I encourage you to step outside your comfort zone, try something new or different, even if only for a semester (or flex term). You never know where you might find passion, desire or the best hobby you never thought existed. Because it’s nice to be good at something, but phenomenal when you actually enjoy it.

Well, that’s enough for now. I look forward to sharing some of my journey with you. Ask me anything. I can’t promise I’ll give you the answer you want, but I will answer.

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