Everything I Learned About: The “Perfect” Day

Before spring break started, I found something particularly interesting, but to keep up suspense and drama, I’m not going to tell you what I found just quite yet. Instead, I’m going to explain how I found this “interesting thing,” While some people went off to a different state to “soak up the sun” for break, I was working and sleeping, but I was mostly watching Netflix.

This interesting thing would take commitment, time, effort and a free day. What was this interesting thing? Well, it is supposedly the perfect day, according to a study of 900 people who were interviewed by sociologists. So after combining these activities and averaging out some times, they were left with a list of activities and times for each. A little curious about this, I wanted to see what this perfect day would really be like, and so I did this perfect day on Easter.

Below is a list of these activities:
Intimate relations: 106 minutes
Socializing: 82 minutes
Relaxing: 78 minutes
Eating: 74 minutes
Pray/Meditate: 73 minutes
Exercising: 68 minutes
On the phone: 57 minutes
Shopping: 56 minutes
Watching TV: 55 minutes
Preparing food: 50 minutes
Computer: 48 minutes
Housework: 47 minutes
Childcare: 46 minutes
Sleeping: 46 minutes
Working: 36 minutes
Commuting: 33 minutes

As you can see, it is a fun-packed day full of exciting activities, self-reflection and other things. My morning started at 6 am, but I added on the 46 minutes for the sleeping, and then I “relaxed” by laying awake in my bed for 78 minutes. So technically I didn’t get out of bed until 8 am.

I’m not sure what came over me, but before I knew it I was putting on my running shoes, strapping my dog to his leash and hitting the road. I substituted ‘intimate relations’ for walking my dog, because I figured that connecting with my dog was good enough.

Due to the fact that it was Easter, I went to Walmart to pick up some food, and drove out to a family friend’s house, arguably my second family, to socialize and eat. The drive to and from their house took up my commuting time. Before bed, I prepared myself a midnight snack, curled up on the couch to Grey’s Anatomy and then went to bed.

The whole experience was an interesting one. I tried to not explain what I was doing to anyone and just see how the day went. Because it was a holiday, I felt that it was a lot more cheery than other days, and going to church for my 73 minutes of praying/meditating was a nice change of my usual Sunday.

I did think about something else other than the pleasantries that came along with this experiment. Being a pessimist at times, I found a couple of negative things, as well. I realized that I was so focused on looking at my alarm clock and timing out each and every action that I never really got to enjoy a lot of it. The perfect day needed to be completed in 24 hours, and that was the fact that burned the back of my head during most of the day. So while this may have been a perfect day to most women, it was less than enjoyable to this guy.

It made me think about our obsession with time. Clocking in and out of work, trying to get our eight hours of sleep each night, 60 minutes of exercise, etc. Though the “perfect day” may be perfect to some people, it was less than pleasant to me. If you ever have a free day coming up, I challenge you to try the perfect day for yourself. Maybe you might just find your new weekend routine, or maybe you’ll buy a ticket and hit the tracks on the train of negativity like I did. Either way, this was a great experiment to learn not only about time management, but also to learn more about myself.

Custodio represents Native youth

Untitled-1Michaela Custodio represents the Native Youth throughout the “Indian Country” with a voice.  She stands as a National Congress Of American Indians Female- Member at Large Youth Commissioner.

In the beginning, Custodio was offered a trip to California, but the people that asked her if she would like to attend did not really know much about it. So she went there completely unaware of what was to come. She was pretty much blindsided.

“After that conference, I was like, ‘Wow, I didn’t know there was this much to do!’ This was the year they did elections for the Youth Commission, but the age group that was required was 17-26, and I was 15, so I couldn’t run. I made plans to run for the next elections in two years, and BOOM, I got it.”

Custodio has some motivation when it comes to being a part of this for a while.

“There is a lady who has been attending NCAI events and has not missed one for forty some years. Her name is Juanita Ahtone. So far, I’m on year three.”

Since Custodio has been doing this, it has impacted her future career goals.

“I now would like to do something that would be beneficial to Indian Country. I also thought that I could do a little something in American Indian Studies when I go to college.”

There are also some issues that come with the conferences so that has inspired Custodio.

“There are many issues that go about at the conferences, especially about what Native Youth face in this day and time, and being a voice for Native Youth around the country. [It] has really inspired me to do something in life.”

One of Custodio’s challenges was her age. She was 15 and everyone else was 17 to 26.

“It was definitely a challenge to understand what they were talking about. Another thing that I didn’t see coming was the fact that so many tribal leaders had come together to talk about problems and issues that these people had faced.”

Doing this has taught Custodio how Native Americans really come together.

“It really surprised me by how united Native Americans truly are. We fight for each other and overcome obstacles as a unit. That’s what you truly call inspiration. I was extremely intimidated by how professional everyone was. I went to my first conference in jeans and a couple nice shirts. But then again, I would say that doing Capitol Hill visits in Washington D.C., was probably the most terrifying thing in my life. The fact that I was face to face with our state senators was crazy. I just could not think straight at all!”

Students Get Ready for AP Exams

It’s 9 days until the AP national exams, and students and teachers are doing everything they can to prepare for these difficult tasks.

At the high school, students will be taking a variety of tests such AP Psychology, AP U.S. History, AP Biology, AP Calculus, and AP English.

For some students, AP exam studying consists of changes in schedules and early morning study sessions.

“We have 6:30 a.m. study sessions that take place weeks before our exams. Typically we go unit by unit, and I present new information that I didn’t particularly get to in class and then afterwards ask them questions about the unit,” said AP Psychology teacher Tony Boerger.

Although these study sessions are helpful, many students are having a difficult time fitting it into their busy schedules.

“We have softball practices and sometimes games. Then I have to get up at 6 am to study? It’s helping me, no doubt, but sometimes I feel tired and drained the rest of the day. It’s really stressful to stay on top of it all,” said junior Ally Waughtal.

Other students are trying to juggle not one, but two AP exams, and finding time to prepare for both is no easy challenge.

“I have signed up to take both the Psychology and History AP exams, and I’ve been trying to keep study time for both consistently in my schedule, but it’s not easy. Lots of study sessions, flash cards, and online practice tests are helping me get all the information together,” said junior Megan Engebretson.

Studying is a process and not a last minute cram session. Spacing out your time will help you remember your material better and ease your time.

“Something that out APUSH teacher Mr. Rykken told us to do was to take out eight minutes of our day to study. That way you aren’t overloading yourself with knowledge, but the minutes eventually start to add up and you can remember things better,” said junior Tyler Leadholm.

The day of the national exams are almost just as important as the weeks before. Guidance Counselor Sue Leadholm gives students helpful tips for the day of the exam.

“In order to fully feel prepared for the exam, you should get a full night of sleep and wake up and eat a healthy breakfast. You should also bring along the materials such as pens, pencils, calculators, and a student ID. By having these materials, students will not be increasing their anxiety because they will feel prepared,” said Leadholm.

The physical approach of getting ready for the AP exams is not the only way to make yourself prepared. A positive mental attitude going into the test is key in order to be successful.

“The important thing is to feel prepared. You should be hammering down now on studying, and as you get closer to the exam, you should be feeling more relaxed and sleeping more instead of crunching. That way you are well rested and you’re going to do better,” said Boerger.

The important thing for the National Exams are to go in without nerves and do the best you can.

“To do as best as you can, students should not approach this test as a make or break, but as part of the experience of enrolling and completing a college course. Whether you receive a 2, 3, or 4, your confidence and knowledge gained by taking the course in high school will greatly help your future college experience,” said Leadholm.