Mindfulness in the Classroom: How I Overcome My Slumps

It’s not a secret to anybody who knows me that I get distracted very frequently. If I’m in the zone, you couldn’t shake me out of it with a tuba next to my ear, but very often, my brain is buzzing around a little too much to sit still, without me getting the fidgets.

This is doubly hard in classrooms. Being distracted in classrooms worked in a majority of high school and undergraduate classes, but I always felt supremely annoyed at my brain’s inability to focus on what was going on in front of me. Graduate school, with its more rigorous classes and my newly developed habit of eating a heavy lunch (hello, afternoon slump!), meant that zoning out was both a lot easier and caused me a greater degree of harm.

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Whatever: How My Social Style Streamlined My Adult Life.

I like taking the odd personality test at times. MBTI, Big Five, Buzzfeed quizzes.

(For anyone curious, it’s ENFJ, 76th percentile in open-mindedness and apparently, of all the Disney princesses, I’m Ariel.)

The tests seem mostly accurate, but the results always switch around on the extroversion/introversion ratio. I seem to have no leanings either one way or the other, socially speaking. In other words, I’m either an Extroverted Introvert or an Introverted Extrovert.

My extroverted side has rarely needed much taking care of. I’ve always been very lucky in life to have a great group of family, friends, colleagues and roommates I can call upon for a fun night out. My introverted side, however, sometimes needs a little more cherishing, especially in a world of open office spaces, group projects and everyone telling you about the ‘importance of networking.’ 

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