12 Practical Tips for Creating Better Habits

 

We all talk about ‘de cluttering’ our life. De cluttering doesn’t really refer to the physical things, rather try de clutter toxins by eating healthy, de clutter your life by being organized, de clutter your mind by staying positive and reading, start exercising to de clutter your body. Many of us start these all things and even succeed in sticking to them for few days. But then we tend to get lazy and we start to sway back to normal routines.

Have you ever wished that there was software that you could download into your system and your system would automatically follow the instructions blindly?  Well, here is a software for you to stick to create habits and then stick to them for long!

 

Start Small

Most of us want to start from four gym sessions, and getting from size 12 to 8 overnight. It is practically impossible to manage 5 extra minute of exercise the next day. Keep small achievable targets to keep motivation alive!  

 

Make it Daily

Whatever your goal is make sure that you do it every day. Make it a part of your routine. Exercise, eating healthy can be done daily. Organizing on the other hand, can go tricky. Divide seven days of the week to organize seven nooks of your house. So that each place gets a time once a week!

 

Self – Reminder

Initial two weeks into the routine and then you may forget about the new regime. To keep yourself reminding, set reminders on your phone and check mark the everyday list to feel accomplished!

 

Get a Partner

This will help greatly. Having a buddy on the same regime can help you check each other’s targets. You may also find a person to talk about the same stuff to and share relevant experiences. 

 

Replace Needs

Do something positive in the empty time. For example if you are giving up on watching a series, utilize that time in book reading or go on a walk. Don’t allow yourself empty time slots. It will make you long the old habit back. 

 

Write it Down

Writing down the goals will help you clear your intentions. It will also help you to refer back and see where the problem lied and how far you have come to overcome it.

 

Know the Benefits

Know the benefits of making the respective change. Research on internet or read a book regarding it. This could also motivate you further.

 

Plan Smarter

Make use of project management software such as Trello, to better plan your workflow for each goal.

 

The Art of Goal Setting 

Learn how to set realizable goals, for example, set SMART goals. A SMART goal is specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time-sensitive, meaning you have a clear way to measure success and a time-line to do so in.

 

Know the Harm

Know the downsides of the habit that you are giving up. While doing so, remember its never too late to revert.

 

Do it for Yourself

Be firm on doing it for you solely. Weak guilt and empty resolutions don’t work.

 

Stay Consistent

If you are trying to take up on a habit it is advisable to do it at the same time every day. Doing this for continuous 30 days will make you miss it on the 31st day.

 

Celebrate

Celebrate your small wins. Treat yourself on achieving little milestones. It will be greatly helpful.

 

Befriend Supporters

Surround yourself with supporters who will talk positive to boost your motivation. Negative people and negative remarks will bring your morale down! 

 

So if you are on the brink to start some positive habits, give this a read to get amazing tips before you begin. If you have something more to add, leave it in the comments box or follow us at insta @stcathys to add to our follower community!

A Few Hacks to Make the #StudentLife a Little Cheaper

Being a student and with income like next to nothing its pretty hard to afford lavish quite just a lifestyle. The general income of a student is barely enough for meals and daily basics; and it tends to be when the realization of how expensive life can be, truly hits you. It is true that monthly expenses go quickly and little savings can go a long way. Here are few hacks for you to make your life a little cheaper!

 

Cook Your Own Meals

Try buying grocery and cooking your own meal rather than eating out every day! For worst days locate cheapest eat outs around the vicinity. You may be able to find places which provide meal as low as $5. 

 

Get Student Discounts:

Student discounts are available almost everywhere. You just have to ask for them. For few, it could be a little shy some to ask for – but, what could be better than saving a few bucks?

 

Thrift Shopping:

Find a nearest thrift store and try to find commodities from there. Trust me there is no happiness greater than saving a dime with a little hassle.

 

Online Shopping:

Online shopping can get you great discounts. You get to escape the commute expenses. There are quite a few online websites that offer almost everything at great prices and that too with free shipping option! You just have to search for it. 

 

Make Use of Coupons:

Get and USE any discount coupons that you find around. There is no utter shame in redeeming even if it saves you a cent. Install apps that notify about the discounts and coupons for all types of shopping.

 

BIY – Brew It Yourself! 

One can simply not operate without coffee. Rather than buying every morning from a store if you brew it yourself, it will save you almost $1100 per anum. You don’t believe it? Do the Math and thank us later!

 

Try Fixing Stuff Yourself:

Burnt wire or laptop messing? Try www.fixit.com and save all those bucks by fixing almost everything yourself.

 

Décor Your Montreal Student Residence Room in a Budget

Find sales before going back to school. Pick up sheets and pillows from clearance. You may get individual pack of cutlery rather than buying a whole set of it. Check out our article on how to spice up your Montreal student residence room on a budget.

 

 Vouch for Hand-Me-Downs

You may find second hand mini fridges and microwaves at great prices online. Try getting hold of garage or yard sales and collect a rug, cushions or an accent chair. You may also find few senior students getting rid of their old stuff. Take that opportunity.

 

Hopefully all these tips and tricks if followed, might help you save some, if not a lot of bucks. Have something of greater good to add? Write to us and follow us @stcathys. Or leave your precious comment in the box. 

It’s official, These are the Top 10 Reasons to Start University in a New City

 

As soon as the high school  come to a close, a series of sending in university applications start to take a toll on your everyday life. But once acceptances start pouring in, isn’t it the happiest day of your life? Longing to get into a good university is a dream on its own, but what if the university is entirely at a new city? Does the thought of living on your own makes you excited? Or it scares you the core? Here are top ten reasons to start university in a new city.

Take the Chance:

This is one a million chance that one should never miss. You will have your whole life to move to and fro and travel. But consider this time as with the “least responsibilities”. Life is all about your own self at this point in time. Tuition and living gets paid through the loans and grants rest it is all about being a free bird and party.

 

Fresh Start:

Forget about all the old strings and high school embarrassments that had taken you down in past. Move on with confidence with new people new surroundings, new environment and with a new mindset and be a person that you would have wanted to be all your life. Now can be the time to shut doors on old relationships and breath in a fresh breath of air.

 

Matching up with True Friends:

All our lives, living in a small town, we seldom get to choose relationships. The same people whom you started Montessori with end up graduating after twelve long years. There must have been hardly any subtractions or additions. Now is the time to make new stronger connections, where you can pick and choose according to your own taste.

 

Independence:

You get to experience firsthand independence. Get to make your all major and minor decisions on your own. Choose to cook or get food delivered. Let the laundry sit in or wash it daily. Take all the courses together or wait for summer to set in. All these decisions will be for you to make!

 

Gain Confidence:

The sense of unfamiliarity and the fear of being alone will really force your character to strengthen and you’ll become so much more self-reliant because of it. Get to gain self reliance and give your confidence a booster shot!

 

Adaptive:

Living away prepares you for unforeseen. Since you get to live in unfavorable conditions and you have to move your butt out of your comfort zone to get things done, it makes you more adaptive to situations.

 

Home Appreciation:

It is true that appreciation comes with deprivation! Being deprived of comfortable home room, mum made food, and the mere presence of family makes you learn a lot. You learn to be appreciative and thankful when you get to live away from all these bounties.

 

Win Parents Trust:

Living alone makes you responsible and wise. Since you will always be making right decisions for yourself, it will make your parents rely blindly on you! They will gain confidence in you and will trust all that you do in life.

 

Revive Affectionate Bonds:

There are chances that you don’t get along a family member. Moving out to a new city can make them realize a person’s standing as an important family member in the house. Distance does wonders!

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Be confident and take the chance, for life is lived freely only once. Have something more to add? Write to us in the comments section. Or follow us on @stcathys on instagram to let us know a new pro about moving out for university!

How to Survive Dreaded Summer Courses 101

Where summer courses are generally offered to ‘lighten’ up the usual semester load, they can also totally eat up your summer break! You may want to enjoy volleyball at a beach like your friends but inside you know you will have to work on numerical analysis. Even the thought is cringe-worthy!

With that in mind, here are few tips that can help you get through the courses without missing on the summer fun!

Two is Enough

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Keep your cool with taking the courses!  Since you will be staying back in the campus you would want to take as many courses as possible, but practically it is no good. Take no more than two courses considering the fact that you are already cramming the sixteen weeks of coursework into 8 weeks. A little loose routine will let you breathe through because at the end we all need breaks.

 

Try Learning Online

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Who would want to wake up early in holidays to attend the class? No one! Absolutely, no one. Since you are on a break, and most summer classes start early, consider taking online classes.  If you have a good attention span and you are kind of a pro at self-studying then it shouldn’t be a great deal for you. Rather, it will take half the burden off you!

 

A 100 $ Tip

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You may take courses that you would want to get through quickly. For a fact some people aren’t comfortable with public speaking. You may take such courses during the summer since you won’t have to go through the turmoil of speaking between a big strength and also the duration will be relatively shorter.

 

Keep Yourself Occupied

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It is hard to accept the fact that you will be staying on the campus where others will be carrying out their vacation plans. The mere thought makes it agitated enough. It is better to accept it sooner to make it easier on yourself. Try making lots of plans so you are on your toes for completion. This way, you will hardly get time to procrastinate and won’t let the weird thoughts wander in your brain. Try finding a nearby activity that you can attend daily in addition to dry coursework!

 

Have Fun with Sun

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Immersing yourself in the land of books can be very depressing. Enjoy the sunlight streaming through the glass or somewhere outside. It will make you more productive and less depressed about the fact that you have an essay to finish. Take a ride on the bike to classes or try arranging a study group in a park!

 

With these tips, you may have a little less school-centric summer, although we don’t promise a cent percent result. That comes from the inside. So, it is best that you take mental breaks and accept your fate; after all it is you, who signed up for it!

Your Ultimate Guide to Finals Week (Yes, Even Summer Finals)

Looking for a methodology to relieve stress through out the finals? Look no more, as the best-researched methods are listed below so you gobble them up!

Some points in life define the way your personality is shaped up.  Finals can be a life-shaping event for any university students, We all have gone through the stress and high temper of the finals week. However, there are small things that you can do, bits and piece changes that can allow you to focus more and stress less! We have made a list for you to ponder upon and act towards reducing the boiling point rather than enhancing it

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Studies

  1. Make your own study guide as following someone or a group of people usually takes you down the wrong path
  2. Start early as you get more time in the day to study when your energies are at the peak level
  3. Organize your study hours and take regular breaks to utilize optimum energy
  4. Resting properly is the key to a sharp mind that can whirl around the finals week
  5. Time management is the key to success along with eating well

Stress Relieving

  1. Utilize on-campus stress relieving programs before and during the finals
  2. Hit the gym or the track to clear your mind and conscience
  3. Always eat healthy as the tendency to binge is far more in finals week than normal days of the year
  4. Catch some sound sleep and 8 glasses of water (at least) daily
  5. Select a good study space or group. Studying on the bed gives you a complete downer at times

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Food

  1. Rule Number 1: Do not forget to eat!
  2. Never skip breakfast!
  3. Tea, coffee and nuts are the sources of instant energy boosters that you must use
  4. Dark chocolates, Avocados and water should be your best friends for the finals

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Therefore, if you are stressed, you need to let some of the steam go. Boiling up under the lid can only make it worse for the finals week. So take a chill pill, put your feet up and relax your mind before you enter the examination room!

Our Favorite Montreal Late-Night Snacks.. Whether Studying or Partying!

Bored in your Montreal student residence, coming in from a night out, or even hanging at a friend’s place? Grabbing a bite is the best alternative, and Montreal offers a score of late night foodie entertainers! Try out some of our favorites tonight:

As a student resident, you know that you cannot survive from getting your heads smashed by books or your liver by alcohol, without the intake of delicious food. Therefore, whether you are a student resident in Montreal or just visiting to levy up, late night snacks are an absolute must! We bring you some of the most delicious late night snack spots that will bring out the positivity lacking in your nights.

 

Isle De Garde

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The join is opened till 1:30 on the weekdays and 3 am on the weekends. That along with some of the finest beer collection tagged with Charcuterie and cheeses, tartinades, and beer’s best friend, patates frites, makes it a must visit late night snack place.

 

Nouveau Palais

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This place turns into a late night going after 11:30 pm when it closes the regular dinner serving and provides with the basics of students that includes burgers, cheese fries, pierogis along with a lot of music and hustle bustle of the late nighters.

 

Mezcaleros

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Looking for some tacos to fill up before you hit the bed, club or your books? If yes, then Mezcaleros is the place to be especially on the weekends as it hits up late till 3 am.

 

Otto Yakitori

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Looking for some Japanese cuisine that includes Japanese skews and other delicacies. This bar type Japanese joint is then the place for you to eat and have fun, forgetting the downsides of living in a student residence away from home.

 

Chef on Call

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This is our personal favorite where we order in almost every other night. Most of the delivery foods and takeaways outlets are presenting faux food with limited taste. However, Chef on Call provides with fast food as well as gourmet options that you can savor at one tap of your phone screen through there awesome food ordering app!

 

All student residents in Montreal know that they cannot survive without food but only a few of them know that they cannot survive without good food. Check out these places and never have a boring snack night, be it between your end terms or in the nights where you decide to steam off!

Need Some Motivation? Check out the 5 Spotify Podcasts

Coming out of the student residence with a low beat every morning? Try these 5 Spotify Podcasts to lift your mood before you dance on the wordly music!

Losing steam as the semester ends? Are the usual songs and trips to the bar just not cutting it? Well, all you need is a positive influence every time you step out of your student residence, be it for the early morning class or a solidarity stroll around the block. This influence can come in the form of a Spotify podcast rushing positivity through your ears and right into your bloodstream. We have lined up 5 of the best motivation boosting Podcasts that you can tune into.

The Science of Happiness

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This is a fun channel that puts in scientific research to good use by explaining scientifically the methods to be more happier, kinder and more focus. This allows you to harness all the energy (negative or positive) to bring a gratitude based change in your life.

Connect Kindness Podcast

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This awesome Podcast links you up with charities that help the less fortunate. What better there is to life than listening about the success stories of people that were dealt a bad hand by life. This Podcast features interviews of founders and directors of NGOs giving you a new perspective every time you hear them out.

Your Daily Dose of Awesome

This Podcast is run by a mom and a teacher who talks about effective ways to overcome negativity and depression with a soul-satisfying and playful methodology. She doesn’t preach but talks directly to your heart, you will fall in love with being kind and awesome at the same time.

TED Radio Hour

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If you are fond of TED Talks, you know they are full of motivation by successful people. This radio show plays a similar role by bringing out insights, emotions, and discoveries made by man in the history of life.

The Kindness Project

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This is a father-daughter project where they talk about the fun side of life. The theme of the podcast remains “how to be kind” but dishes out important lessons from time to time as well.

Being kind is one way to inspire yourself every day. You don’t only have to be kind to others but yourself as well. Moreover, inspiration to achieve or be kind does not come from a podcast but from within. However, one of these Podcasts may push you in the direction that you never know existed. Happy listening.

Apps to Make the Student Life a Little Easier

Relying on smartphones has become our commodity. Where earlier we used to rely on various gadgets to relieve stress or for other random chores, now everything is just a touch away. Whether its unwinding time or you need to reach somewhere on time. From making notes to keeping a record of your budget, your smartphone is the first thing that you reach out for! Here are a few amazing apps that will change your life better. And if not change at least it will make life easier!

 

gFlash

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This amazing app works great for students. It allows them to create flashcards for a test or quiz. You may download the relevant information straight from Google Documents or Excel spreadsheet to organize the preparation material. Its simple and quick! You may get several options of multiple choice questions, matching the columns or video aid embedding!

 

MyHomework

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My homework is a helpful study partner that helps you reminding and check to list the submissions! Isn’t that great? It instantly gives you access to your due assignments and dates for upcoming papers, homework, and tests. Once you are done with it, you may delete it from the list by swiping right.  It’s like having a study friend, with no strings attached and absolutely no competition!

 

Any.Do

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This stylish, yet simple to-do list app makes adding and completing tasks easy and satisfying. Any.Do allows you to create as many lists as you need, prioritize your items, add notes, and set reminders. Separating items into four lists—today, tomorrow, upcoming and someday—ensures you’ll never forget something again. No more mental checklists.

 

RescueTime

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The Internet can take you down into its world with absolutely no guilt trip of time. If you’re like the rest of the internet-addicted world, and you probably spend way too much time trolling over Facebook memes or Scrolling through your favorite Insta celebrities, when could you be getting work done?  Here is your savior! RescueTime keeps track of the time you spend on apps and websites and then reports back to you. The results are often shocking, so prepare to cut down on your Twitter usage.

 

Shoeboxed

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Use less paper, save trees! You may cut down on the amount of paper in your life with Shoeboxed. Instead of balling up receipts and saving them in, well, a shoebox, the app will scan and extract all relevant information and organize it into the most common tax categories. And yes, it also generates expense reports.

 

 Two Foods

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It is widely known that we are what we eat. The most important decisions that we make through the day are half comprised of what to eat during the day. The battle between healthy eating and eating outside takes a serious toll on the mind! Two foods is a simple app that allows you to make a comparison between two foods that your brain is debating upon. The comparison is made on the basis of money, nutritional value and health properties. Isn’t it cool? That’s like your personal food advisor on your phone!

 

See how gadgets have made our lives easier?  So without a doubt, download all these apps and make your life easier in a touch. If you have more apps that you use to make your life easier, do share your thoughts in the comments section or tag us @stcathys.  

5 Study Hacks you’ve Been Missing Out On

 

Get those A’s.

Studying can sometimes get really tricky. It shouldn’t be hard generally but depending on the circumstances and situations it can take a toll on your brain. There are times when you can cover the hardest of subjects within no time and then there are instances where your mind lingers on and on the simplest of things. That’s all about the mood of the brain and how it wants to react to the situation. It is like a stubborn child dragging in the aisle of the supermarket.  

Take a walk

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It is said that exercise boosts your memory and brain functions. Taking a walk before studying can freshen up the brain by ten times. Exercising induce endorphins, a happy hormone, that leaves the brain fresh and healthy for that time. So the next time you are going to start studying, kick start your brain by a twenty-minute brisk walk inside a room. It’s even better that you go out and take a stroll, change of scenery and a bit of fresh air can also do the magic.   

 

Chew a gum

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Chomping on a gum doesn’t hold any side effect. It is also known to be a brain booster, of course not for its nutritional value but it keeps the brain attentive. Scientists have deduced that it makes the brain work promptly. The act of chewing keeps the brain awake and focused. The downside to this hack is this will only work for shorter periods. But if you have the stamina to chomp for hours, go ahead you have got this!  

 

Speak out loud, rather than reading

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Speak your lessons aloud! It is said that it is 50% more likely to remember something if you speak out loud instead of simply reading it over and over again. This might seem a little crazy to you but the brain processes the information quicker when interpreted at loud volumes.

 

Reward yourself with a treat

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Give yourself with a milestone treat! Assign yourselves short milestones and finish them in time. Keep a pack of gummy bears, kisses or any small treat that you like. And pop one after every milestone. That will keep you motivated and the greed of treats will keep you going. Keeping a high sugar treat will also be an instant boost to the brain.

 

Teach Yourself

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This one always works! Act like you are a teacher delivering a lesson. Think of an imaginary class in front of you and prepare the topic and deliver the lesson. You may also ask questions, give hints to your imaginary students and answer on their behalf. You may jot down the key points on board to engage your students (your own brain).

 

These are the top five hacks that have worked for us for ages. If you have any hack that works exclusively for you, feel free to share it, there is a possibility, that it could come handy for any other student as well.

What are your favorite hacks? Let us know in the comment section below or tag us in your creative methods @stcathys.

Need Help Procrastinating? 5 Shows You Need to Be Watching on Netflix

Because sometimes you just need to Netflix & Chill.

Having extra time on hand can be exciting as well as annoying. If you are traveling back home and have activities planned for the semester break, then nothing is better than that. Lazing around for no specific reason can also be enjoyable for the start but then the mind gets to fog and the mental cobwebs tend to take over. So make this break thrill full and make Netflix your best friend. Confused with where to start and what to watch? We have it all sorted for you! Go through the top five shows that you need to binge-watch this time around and we bet you won’t regret it.

 

The Punisher

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Frank Castle, after the deaths of his wife and children, hunts down the killers for the revenge. In doing so, he comes across the deeper conspiracy linked with New York’s underworld. Widely known as ‘The Punisher’, he digs more deep to find the truth about the injustices that didn’t only affect his family but more. He makes allies with Billy Russo, a private military guy to fight the criminals and to surface their conspiracies.  

 

The Haunting of Hill House

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It all starts on a dark, horrific night when Hugh Crain along with his five children flee their huge, gothic hill house and only leaving his wife Olivia behind. Olivia dies that night and it is considered that it was suicide.  Since then the stories of the haunted hill house have been running wild and aloud. On the other hand all the five children all grow up dealing with something related to the trauma. Steven ends up writing a memoir about the haunted house, Luke ends up abusing drugs to relive the pain. The Crain siblings grew up to be hardly on speaking terms until a tragedy hits them and forces them back to be together in the haunted house. The intense scares and tension building in the series keeps you glued to the screen and makes you jump several times in a go!

 

Peaky Blinders

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Set in the aftermath of World War I, Peaky Blinders is a crime drama about a British crime family, the Shelby’s. After Tommy Shelby returns from the war, he sets about trying to expand the family’s control of Birmingham, stealing a shipment of guns to give his gang an edge in the world of crime. The show follows Tommy and his family as they move up in the world, butting heads with other crime families and the British government. 

 

Russian Dolls

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This is about a chain-smoker, residing in the busiest of the cities, New York named Nadia. The story revolves about a mysterious time loop that, goes over and over again, she foresees on her 36th birthday and eventually dies. This concept of reincarnation makes you glued to the TV and wouldn’t want you to switch the channel until you are done with all of the available episodes.

 

Black Mirror

image 5Black Mirror is a contemporary reworking of the Twilight Zone. This reworked series comes with the hint of the modern world. Each story features its own caste of unique characters. Directed by the most promising directors, Joe Wright and James Watkins have outshone their capabilities.

 

These series are promising enough to get you glued to the TV. So grab an unlimited supply of popcorn and soda and enjoy your semester break binge-watching these amazing Netflix shows. If you have to add something to the top list, let us know in the comment section below or tag us in your creative endeavors Instagram at @scathys.