Author: Cassidy Obis

The Do’s and Don’ts of Finals

finalsFinals, unfortunately, are a time full of stress. During this hectic time, there are certain habits you should keep some you need to kick immediately. Here’s a list of some dos and don’ts for finals time.

Do: Study. This should be a given, but now is not the time to be lazy. If anything, you should be studying more than you have all semester. The only time it’s safe to say not to study would be if you know you’re guaranteed a grade in the class.

Don’t: Lie in bed and watch Netflix all day. This should be another given, but it’s easy to be tempted. Create a reward system for yourself. Maybe for every hour of studying, treat yourself to one episode. Now is not the time to have a Friday Night Lights marathon

Do: Exercise. Working out is a great stress reliever. Give yourself a half hour each day to take your mind off school. It’ll also help counter the junk food you’re bound to eat while studying.

Don’t: Give up (too much) sleep. I know firsthand that it’s easy to cut hours of sleep in exchange for a few more hours of cramming. But a lack of sleep is not healthy, and you can actually perform worse if you’re over-tired. If there’s no way around an all-nighter, make a schedule where you have a nap every couple hours. You’ll thank yourself later.

Do: Work with a partner or study group. The saying “two heads are better than one” is so true for this time of year. Get together with classmates and quiz each other on test material. Working with a partner often helps you retain information better and create fun ways to remember difficult concepts.

Don’t: Expect your classmates to do all the work. Nothing is more annoying than getting a text the night before an exam from that one kid who never came to class and now wants you to send him all of your notes from the ENTIRE semester. Do not, I repeat, do not be this student. If you chose to forgo class in exchange for an extra hour of sleep every morning, rent the textbook (short term rentals are great in this situation) or look on Quizlet for previous students’ flashcards.

What are some of your recommendations for what to do or not to do during finals week?

Registration Tips Everyone Should Know

It’s that time of the year again- Registration! Time to stress, fret and sweat as you watch the classes you need fill up before it’s your turn to schedule. They say the more credits you have, the better your registration will go, but I’m not so sure I believe that. Now, I can’t guarantee a smooth registration process for you, but here are some of my recommendations for having the best possible registration experience.registration

Meet with your academic advisor  Meeting with your academic advisor once a semester can help eliminate a lot of problems. They can help ensure you’re on track for graduation and not missing any requirements. Plus, they might be able to give you some hints as to what classes are like and their recommendations.

Have a plan. Don’t arrive at your registration time without having some sort of plan. Know what classes you need to take (hence meeting with your academic advisor). Having a few different plans never hurts because you never know what classes will fill up before you get to them.

Don’t aim for certain class times or days. As much as I hate waking up early to walk across campus for class, sometimes you just have to do it. While I love avoiding early classes if possible, I know I need to be realistic. If staying on track to graduate means having an 8 a.m. class or having Friday classes, it’s worth it to me. I don’t want to have to pay for another semester of school because I refused to take classes at times I didn’t like.

Finally, don’t miss your registration time! Write it down. Hang it places you know you’ll see it. With everything else going on, the time you register may be the last thing on your mind, but it’s something you do not want to miss. Your best chance at getting into the classes you need is if you register the moment you are eligible.

What suggestions do you have for a smoother registration process?

Tips for Living with a Roommate

Campus LivingOne of the biggest learning opportunities college has provided me hasn’t been in the classroom; it’s been in my home away from home. Learning how to live peacefully under the same roof with different people has been a huge challenge. Differences also arise in the way people are raised and problems occur when there are clashing personalities. But there really is something to be learned from all of it!

I’ve had my fair share of roommate issues. At first I thought, “Maybe something is wrong with me”, but I’ve come to find that everyone encounters problems with their roommates, whether they’re friends or not. A big issue in my apartment this year is different standards of cleanliness. We’ve also had problems when it comes to guests and partying.

I won’t get into any specifics, but my advice for everyone is this: sit down at the beginning of the year and establish rules with your roommates. Whether you live with one other person in a dorm, or three other people in an apartment, establishing a common ground is an easy way to express your expectations and meet your roommate(s) somewhere in the middle.

Maybe you’re reading this and thinking, “But my roommate and I get along great!” That’s fantastic! Embrace the fact that you two can get along so well.

My takeaway lesson from three years now of what I call “crazy roommates” is this: everyone is different. Once you can understand and respect that, you’ll have a much easier time living with someone who isn’t necessarily your best friend. It’s also a lot like the real world- not everyone is like you, but you have to accept how they are. You may have to work with someone that you could care less about, but you need to be able to be civil and mature about it.

Have any good roommate tips you’d like to share? Let us know below!