Cirque du Soleil’s Totem: An Experience I’ll Never Forget

I had no idea what to expect when I booked my tickets for Cirque du Soleil’s Totem show; I just wanted to surprise my mum with a trip to the theatre. However, looking back I am so glad that I took a chance on a show that I knew little about- it was an experience I’ll never forget!

Totem is just one of many of Cirque du Soleil’s shows. The renowned entertainment company have many different shows all over the world, so seeing one show does not mean that you’ve seen everything! Later in the year there will often be a completely new and unique show to see, and each show has its own theme and message.

Totem was exquisite. I was mesmerised from the second the lights hit the stage. The central theme of the show was evolution, and this theme was composited of various acts, including acrobatics and comedy sketches. There was never a dull moment, with each individual act displaying a new skill set, the likes of which seemed humanly impossible! I could not believe the sheer amount of diverse talents that were all part of one incredible show. There is truly nothing like it!

It was inspiring to see how such beauty could come out of hard work and talent- the artists were incredible, and their acts were all breath-taking. And that was just part of the show! The use of fluorescent lighting and costumes created a work of art for the eyes of the audience, and combined with the amazing acrobatic abilities of the cast, it made for an experience of a lifetime!

I sincerely recommend Cirque du Soleil to anyone who wants to enjoy a mesmerising journey into a fantasy world, experiencing the circus in an exciting and artistic show! You won’t be disappointed!

By Morganfayx

The Crow’s Nest is a Greenwich Students’ Union Student Media channel. The views expressed in this website do not necessarily reflect those of GSU, its trustees, employees, officers or the University of Greenwich.

Help! I’m Drowning in Books! 3 Tips to Survive the Bookload

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When I first started studying at Greenwich, I was completely overwhelmed with the workload, which mostly consisted of what seemed to me at the time (and sometimes still does) as tonnes and tonnes of reading. I think most of us will agree that it’s a big shock, perhaps particularly when coming to uni straight from A-Levels, that you pretty much have to finish a book per week/ fortnight (considering that at 6th form we’d spend a whole term on one book). Never fear, my fellow procrastinators; here are some tips to help you focus and manage your reading schedule that will hopefully make the task of reading less stressful to those who, like me, find it a struggle. These tips can also be applied to other homework and deadlines you need to meet!

Tip number 1: Timing!

This is perhaps the most obvious, but also the most important tip about deadlines in general, not just finishing a book ahead of a seminar: DON’T LEAVE IT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE! We all tell ourselves that we’re going to start a book weeks in advance, and then panic when it gets to two days before it’s due to be read and we’ve got a fat 500 pages sitting in front of us, unread. My suggestion of a solution to this recurring problem is to set yourself a certain amount of pages everyday up until the deadline. If we can find out how many pages there are, and how long we’ve got before we have to have read the book, we can work out the number of pages we roughly need to read per day in order to achieve the deadline. Breaking a scary looking book down into manageable chunks may help us avoid procrastinating as a result of it looking unmanageable in its entirety. As well as this, having a daily goal of so many pages may keep us motivated to achieve these individual goals, as they are easier than thinking of the whole book as a larger and more difficult goal.

Tip number 2: Rewards

If you’re like me and tend to prefer the company of movies over a book (I have spent nights longing to watch Disney’s Finding Nemo, but instead have found Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre sitting expectantly in front of me), why not set yourself so many pages, then reward yourself for reading them with what you want to do! This doesn’t have to be a movie either; in my case, I read a bit of a book, then watch a bit of a movie as a reward for my progress- you could read some pages, then go for a walk, or play some sport, or whatever it is you enjoy doing. Ultimately, this tip is about making sure you give yourself a break after working through difficult tasks for a period of time!

Tip number 3: Environment

A lot of the time I believe my struggles with being able to focus stem from being in the wrong environment. I have tried reading in a busy setting, surrounded by people who are doing or talking about things that seem much more interesting than the book or text I have in my hand, and I end up putting it down to join in! If you find yourself in the same situations that prevent you from focussing on working or reading, why not try finding a quiet space to focus- if you’re in university accommodation, your room there is a perfect spot designed for studying! If you live with other people, why not find a secluded spot where you can really focus on a task? For me, Greenwich Park is a perfect place for reading or working (take gloves in the winter); you can find nice spot to sit amongst the beautiful scenery during the daytime, where it’s peaceful and easy to work!

I hope these are some helpful tips that help anyone out there struggling with the weight of their workload at uni, reading or otherwise. Try to allow yourself enough time to complete tasks in order to avoid panic, but don’t stress if you make mistakes with regards to time management! Grab yourself a cup of tea and relax.

By Morganfayx

The Crow’s Nest is a Greenwich Students’ Union Student Media channel. The views expressed in this website do not necessarily reflect those of GSU, its trustees, employees, officers or the University of Greenwich.