A Kameo Appearance

Just a third culture kid's musings on Baltimore, Biomedical Engineering, burgers, and everything in between. *Disclaimer: Not everything discussed within these blogs begins with the letter B.

Category: Day in the Life

Study? Nah. Here’s Some Videos to Procrastinate Instead

Right now, I’m sitting in a cube on B-Level attempting to study SBE (Systems Bioengineering – gross, I know). Instead of what probably is the healthier and more productive choice, I made the mistake of clicking that little red logo in my favorites, dooming me to fall down the rabbit hole that is YouTube. If you’re in a similar situation, sitting wherever you are procrastinating by reading this blog, here are a couple of videos to keep you preoccupied:

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What It’s About: Kendrick’s “DAMN.” has taken the world by storm and propelled the Compton native to the heights of superstardom. Anyone who’s even a remote fan of Kendrick’s knows how dense and wild his production is. This video breaks down all the samples on his album by playing them first in their original glory, then switching to the song on which they’re sampled on the album. It’s impressive to think that people hear little snippets like these and think: “That would go great with this beat.”

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What It’s About: FBE, the channel that produces this video, is known for their videos in which they film people’s their reactions to various movies, trailers, artists, etc. In this one, they take a bunch of adults (who are abnormally close in age to me; pretty sure I’m still a child), and show them a bunch of music videos of songs that I’m sure you’ll know. Watch the reactions, and try not to sing along. It’s harder than you think.

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What It’s About: You, me, and anyone else like us doing exactly what we’re doing right now. In this TED talk, Tim Urban breaks down the mind of a procrastinator simply, elegantly, and with the help of a cartoon monkey. What’s not to love? By the end of it, you’ll probably even want to go back to work and avoid moving on to number four on this list.

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What It’s About: The music video for this classic song. If for no other reason, watch it to see Slash’s legendary guitar solo.

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What It’s About: One of my favorite videos – Vox breaks down the evolution of rhyme schemes in rap, starting from the very beginning. It’s crazy to see how far and complex rhyme has come from the classic ABAB scheme. Give it a watch and I’m sure you’ll come out the other side with a whole new appreciation for the skill it takes to come up with rap verses.

Alright, that’s all I’ve got for you. Let’s get back to being productive. 

The Morning Routine

Some people are morning people. They can get up early, get a head start on their day, and be genuinely happy about it.

I am not a morning person. Mornings and I are like Garfield and Mondays. Now even though I hate mornings, I do have a morning routine that I’ve managed to get down to a tee. This routine maximizes sleep while minimizing work to get to class on time. My first class on most days is at 10 AM. Here’s how the hours leading up to that go:

7:45 AM: Set an alarm to wake me up.

Now hold on, hear me out. We can all agree that the best sleep is the turning off the alarm and going back to sleep sleep, right? Well, I’ve figured out that if I set an alarm at 7:45, it’ll wake me up late enough that I could theoretically get up and get started on my day. Instead, I shut that guy off and get to fall blissfully back into sleep in the comfort of my bed for another hour and a half. Such as a satisfying feeling, trust me.

9:00: Set my first alarm to actually get me up.

I’m also one of those people that needs like 8 alarms to get out of bed, so I’m just going to fast forward through 9:05, 9:15, 9:20: 9:25, and 9:30.

9:35: Shut off the seventh alarm and look at the note on it that says “Get up now or you won’t get to class.” and actually drag myself out of bed. I generally tend to scan the room for what clothes are easily accessible and base my wardrobe on that.

9:40: At this point I need to hit the routine on clockwork otherwise I will be late to class. By 9:40 I’m in the bathroom brushing my teeth and cleaning my face up.

9:45: I can’t tell you how much time I’ve lost figuring out if my shoes will match with the rest of my clothes. So let’s toss 3 minutes to that.

9:48: Be dressed and frantically struggling to get out of the room by 9:50.

9:49: Toss all my stuff into my backpack, grab my earphones, and spend 10 seconds figuring out what song I want to listen to.

9:49:10: Head to the door but check the rule of three* before leaving.

9:50: Out the door and headed to the elevator, convinced beyond a doubt that this is the day I’m going to be late to class.

9:58: Make it to class, grab a seat, and get ready for lecture to start.

Repeat this for 14 weeks, and that’s my semester!

*Wallet, keys, phone. I’m 99% sure all guys do this by tapping their three pockets and making sure the appropriate object is there.

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