During finals don’t forget the Arts
By Andres Riofrio: As this semester draws to a close I want to use this post to encourage everyone to not forget the arts in the stressful weeks coming up. Instead of thinking of the arts as something that will take up too much time and deter you from studying. Think of the arts as something that will improve your work. Partaking in drawing, dancing, singing helps people relax and be more creative. Think of the arts as a gateway to more efficient work. Multiple researchers have devoted years of work and have drawn the conclusion that people who do arts have an easier time studying and generally perform better. Think of it this way, by performing arts a person is forced to think outside the box. Thus, when that person returns to studying finance or economics they approach the problems in a more positive light. Many psychologists recommend taking breaks while studying. Breaks help relax the mind and improve work ethic. However, taking breaks often leads to procrastination. How many times have you taken a “5 minute” break only to realize 4 episodes later that you have just wasted the entire day. This is because humans tend to lose track of time when they engage in the usual internet activities (Facebook, Shows, etc..) However, arts help people concentrate. If you engage in an hour dance session its highly unlikely that you will spend 4 hours dancing. Its much more likely that once the dancing time is over you will feel more relaxed and creative. Art frees up the mind and lets new information come in. Studying becomes easier and you remember more. By this I don’t mean to forfeit all studying in favor to do art. What I mean is that partaking in some art can greatly help when you are studying.
Andres Riofrio, Class of 2016 at Babson College