On Productivity

It’s hard to get the most out of your time, especially when there is a project that just has to be finished before a certain deadline. If you’re anything like me, that deadline will be looming all over you and killing every inch of motivation you might have had. I had this unpleasant experience trying to get through writing three academic papers at the same time.

There are literally thousands of posts out there that all claim to have discovered the holy grail – the one sure-fire way to “boost your productivity”. I’m more of a pragmatist, and subscribe to Stephen King’s motto: butt in chair, hands on keyboard. That doesn’t mean that there aren’t any cool tips to make life easier, but honestly, without any actual butt-in-chair time, nothing will get done.

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A Small Intermezzo…

Thursday is the day I usually post on Irresponsible Cactus. Just a few weeks ago I talked about how I manage two blogs at the same time; and right now is one of those times where real life is just so terribly busy that it’s too much to keep up with everything. So instead of doing a lengthy post, I thought I’d just share some updates.

Currently working on: I have to classes and a thesis to complete until I graduate. One class is not that much work, one class is a ton of work, and my thesis is a beast I have yet to tame. Only nine weeks left until deadline. Eesh.

Currently looking forward to: Vacatioooon! I can’t wait for summer holiday. I will read all the books and won’t do anything academic at all.

Currently reading: The High Druid’s Blade by Terry Brooks. I haven’t been reading much lately (for obvious reasons)

Currently playing: Hearthstone and World of Warcraft. At a LAN I was at last week I renewed my WoW subscription. Although it’s an easy game to get lost in, it’s also fantastic for relaxing. Heartstone is an ideal work break. You can easily stop after one or two or three games, depending on how much time you have

Currently listening: The Thirteenth Step by A Perfect Circle. Such a fantastic album; I love this kind of music when I’m doing any school-related writing.

That’s basically what has been going on in my life! In case you haven’t seen yet, I posted a very fun post about how reading is like falling in love over at Nyx Book Reviews yesterday. Hope you all have a great week!

Essay: How Does Cologne Fit in a Discourse on Globalisation?

When I tell people that I’m a Culture Studies student, rarely do they have an idea of what that actually means. What do I study? Well, cultural phenomena like social media, literature, culture history, ideology, sociology of culture, media literacy, globalisation… Basically anything culture-related that constructs the world around us. Instead of going into a deep discussion of what culture is and what we do with it, I thought that today I would share a short piece I wrote for a Globalisation assignment a few weeks ago. It’s actually pretty typical of what we do at uni – taking an object, public space, or art piece, and try to place in in a certain context.

How Does Cologne Fit in a Discourse on Globalisation?
Celine Frohn, 2014

domThe moment one walks out of the central station of Cologne (Köln Hauptbahnhof), one cannot help but notice the most eye-catching building in the city: the Kölner Dom. This cathedral is over 150 meters high, and can be seen from various points in the city. Although the cathedral takes only a few hundred square meters of space in the city center, because of it’s dominant and overwhelming presence, it changes from being a katholic place of worship it becomes an identifier of the city itself. This becomes especially apparent when shopping for postcards – the Dom is placed prominentely on almost all of them.

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Back to School!

For two glorious months I had no obligations. It was summer time, which meant freedom to do anything or absolutely nothing. But this Monday the freedom came to a rather abrupt ending with the start of the new semester. Which means a lot less goofing around, and a lot more reading books with scary titles like Narrative Comprehension and Film.
schoolI’m starting my third year as Culture Studies student at Tilburg University, which also means that this is my last year. At least, if all goes well, but I am counting on it 😀 After I get my BA this I’ve got my eyes on a MA at Utrecht University so I can specialise further in literature.

It’s weird how fast these two years have gone by. I feel like I’m finally adjusting to living and studying like a student, and it’s already almost over! Honestly, I don’t feel like I know anything. There is still so much more to learn, how can my education be almost completed?!

The teachers are definitely kicking things up a notch. The two classes I’ve had so far are already quite complicated, though very interesting. My classes range from History of Medieval Philosophy to Globalisation to Psychology of Religion. It’s like I have one last hurrah of the broad scope of my course until it’s time to go specialise.

In a few months I’ll have to start writing my dissertation and I’m already brainstorming for subjects. I’m already pretty nervous, eep!

Goodbye summer. We had a great time, see you next year!

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