Culinary Arts Newsletter

September 28, 2015

"I tell a student that the most important class you can take is technique. A great chef is first a great technician. If you are a jeweler, or a surgeon or a cook, you have to know the trade in your hand. You have to learn the process. You learn it through endless repetition until it belongs to you" -Chef Jacques Pépin-

YouTube Performer Joseph Vincent at Leeward CC! Wednesday, September 30 at 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. GT-105

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The University of Hawaii Academy for Creative Media is hosting a YouTube Speakers Master Class with YouTube sensation, Joseph Vincent, a Filipino American acoustic singer and songwriter.

Vincent has appeared and sang live on the Ellen DeGeneres show and sold out concerts in the U.S. and Asia. With over 48 million YouTube views, Vincent online presence continues to grow.

Vincent will speak to Leeward students September 30, 2015 from 12:30 pm-2:00pm in Room GT105--before his performance at the Aloha concert.

Overcoming Procrastination

As college students, procrastination can carry extremely negative consequences if we are not careful. The following article on “Overcoming Procrastination” provides some great tips to avoid the procrastination roller coaster.

Overcoming Procrastination

Procrastination is the bane of most, if not all, college students. By the time we reach college, many of us are already experts at avoiding the inevitable. “Oh, we’ll get to it,” we say. And most of us do. We get it done, but not without a constant and looming pressure that builds until, the night before, we cram, sometimes all night long, to finish. The result? Seldom our best work. Was it worth it? Not a chance. So why do we procrastinate over and over again?

The reasons we procrastinate are easy to identify. We might feel overwhelmed by the task, or we may be perfectionists, or maybe we get distracted easily, or perhaps we are just plain lazy. Whatever the reason, the fact remains: procrastination creates more stress in our lives, and never yields our best results.

Procrastination can severely hinder our academic performance. With this in mind, it is essential to have a realistic game plan for overcoming procrastination in college. Here are some helpful tips once that first big project is assigned:

Assess the Task. Spend a few minutes thinking through everything that needs to be done, then, if possible, segment the task into various smaller pieces. It’s much easier to tackle smaller chunks than one huge task.

“Once begun, it’s half done.” Yes, a cliché inspirational poster quote, but quite true. Don’t shoot for completion in one sitting. This will overwhelm you every time. Just begin. Getting started is the key, and incremental progress will follow.

Schedule “Action Sessions.” Progress, even a little bit each day, adds up, and over time increases your confidence that you can, that you will, finish. Schedule 15- to 30-minute “action sessions” with realistic goals in mind, and set your mind to completing these goals.

Eliminate Distractions. Find a quiet place, and try to make your “action sessions” count, all 15-30 minutes of them (or whatever amount of time you designate).

Reward Yourself. This can help seemingly painful projects become more pleasurable. After completing an “action session,” take a nap, buy a latte, call a friend, round up a game of ultimate Frisbee. The point is to have something to look forward to, so that you begin to associate hard work at school with pleasure.

Find a (Good) Study Partner. And not just anyone, either. Find someone that cares about their performance even more than you do. The old adage, “If you want to be a good student, hang out with good students,” is not only true, but imperative.

Be Reasonable. Don’t beat yourself up about getting everything perfect. Remember, you will take on—and likely complete—hundreds, possibly thousands, of projects throughout your college career.


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