Monthly Archives: December 2013

It’s Winter Break! So..What Now?

Congratulations, Vikings! You’ve survived the fall semester, and have now entered into the wonderful world of Winter Break where homework and classes do not exist for the next few weeks.

Many of us will be heading home for break to spend time with family and catch up with hometown friends. And the rest of us will be just enjoying the mini vacation from the commute to campus (hooray for saving gas!).

As exciting as Winter Break may be because of the long hours of sleep we all well deserved, it’s important to take full advantage of this break from college life.  Because after all, there’s nothing more embarrassing than telling friends that you spent your entire Winter Break in front of the computer screen and in your pajamas.

funny-graphs-school-holidaysSo, what are some awesome ways to spend your break?

Have a Mini Getaway

If you’re fortunate enough to go away this Winter Break to either a tropical paradise, a winter wonderland, or even just a different city, do it and enjoy! It’s the perfect chance to just sit back and relax, especially after a stressful semester.

Work It Out

Let’s face it. Everyone’s New Year’s resolution is to get in shape for 2014. There’s no denying it and there’s especially no harm in doing so.  Spend your break getting into that fitness routine to improve your health and, hey, those “Wow you look incredible! Have you been working out?” compliments are always a plus.

Make It Rain..Money

College is expensive. If you had a part-time position at a retail store or restaurant, definitely see if they could use some extra help while you’re on break. Having extra cash in your pocket is always fabulous.

Internships. Internships. Internships.

A lot of internships look for new interns in the summer, and the bonus is that you have a better chance of finding a paid one in the summer as well. Many deadlines for applying for internships are in the beginning of the  Spring semester. Do some research now to prepare for when it comes time to apply. You’ll never know what you’ll find!

Get Ahead of the Game

If you’re a Senior like me, get ahead of the game and get some work done over break. Once you’ve had your time to relax and be lazy for a few days (trust me, you’ve earned it!), take time to also be productive and spend a few hours getting your finances sorted for the coming semester, look into the syllabus (if available) for your new courses, and also look into jobs within your field. There’s no harm in doing research beforehand. When it comes time to apply after graduation, you’ll be happy you did your research.

Be Lazy

As mentioned before, you survived the fall semester and now it’s time to just…relax. Take a few days off during break to have some “you time” and just do whatever you want.  Whether it’s spending time with friends or family, going shopping, or just doing nothing, do it.

im-gonna-be-productive-this-winter-breakI highly encourage everyone to have a lazy day. It’s your Winter Break. Enjoy it!

Photo Credit: http://weknowmemes.com/2011/12/im-going-to-be-productive-this-winter-break-comic/

Twas the Night Before Finals

Twas the night before finals, and all throughout campus, the students were searching for some last minute extra credit.

With bags under their eyes, many missed their beds, while visions of papers, equations, and terms danced in their heads.

It’s that time of the semester again where the library and computer labs are all completely full in silence, and students everywhere are stocking up on coffee and energizer drinks for the long night ahead filled with typing and reading and of course studying.

It’s that time of the semester again that every college student dreads.

It’s finals week.

But before you crawl into a corner and try to study a whole semester in a few days, remember the three ways you can prevent yourself from having a nervous breakdown this week.

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1. Schedule It. Time managements is perhaps one of the most crucial things you will learn in college. Plan your time correctly for finals week focusing on due dates and exam times. If you lay out everything you need to get done on paper and stick to that schedule, you’ll feel less overwhelmed.

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2. Follow Murphy’s Law. Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong. This is definitely important  during finals week. Remember to stay on top of things because I’m sure all of us have experienced an OMG moment during finals week. Save every important document to a flash drive (it’s going to be your best friend in college, trust me) or back up your files, practice any presentations in that class beforehand (not knowing how to work the computer in class is..awkward), and always pack your bag with your essential things such as study notes and your pencil the night before your exam to avoid forgetting anything.

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3. Breathe. Yes, we know finals are stressful. But what is the point of freaking out and getting extremely upset about it? Study your brains out. Type the best paper you possibly can. Work hard on those projects. But, don’t forget to breathe and relax. The more stress you put into it, the less you’ll get done.

Sponsored by SGA and the office of Student Involvement and Activities, Thurs. Dec. 12th from 10 pm-Midnight at the Marsh Dining Hall, there will be a chance to take a break from the madness and join in on holiday fun with free food, music, prizes, and lots of awesome activities!
Breaks between studying is great for your brain and to keep your sanity. Definitely set aside some time for yourself.

Your teaches won’t fail you, as long as you do your best. Happy Finals to All, and to all, a good test!

Photo Credit: http://www.troll.me/2012/05/31/grammar-correction-guy/relax-2/ // http://www.ign.com/blogs/fliadaloisio/2011/12/02/what-type-of-game-saver-are-you //  http://diylol.com/meme-generator/all-the-things/memes/schedule-all-the-things–2

College Student Approved: Holiday Gift Guide of Under $20

With finals right around the corner, it seems as if the life of a college student is circulated around nothing but textbooks, papers, and projects. How extremely stressful!

But with finals coming soon, that could only mean two things: Christmas is well on its way and Winter Break is almost here.

Of course with all of the studying and running around campus trying to get everything done before its due date, and not to mention the lack of sleep (baggy eyes are not cute by the way), it’s hard to even think about the long awaited holidays, especially the shopping for gifts that it entails.

Do not fret fellow Vikings! Take a break from the books and check out this holiday gift guide to give that special someone in your life! To make it even more sweet, everything listed is UNDER $20!

For the Beauty Guru

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Tarte Thoughtful Treasures Best-Sellers Set, $19, available at Sephora

For the Organizer

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Desk Butler Organizer, $14, available on Anthropologie.com

For the Astronomer

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Constellation Mug, $12.95, available on gadgetsandgear.com

For the Baker

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Folk Flora Rolling Pin, $18, available on Anthropologie.com

For the Star Wars Fan

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Star Wars Mirnobot USB Flash Drive, $19.99, available on Fredflare.com

For well, Any Girl

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Forever 21 Hey Girl Notepad, $9.80, available at Forever 21

In Pinterest We Trust

Everyone’s heard of it.  And many of us have used it.  Pinterest has grown to become one of the most popular and frequently used social media tools out there.
For those who may be living under a rock and are wondering what in the world Pinterest is, it’s a pinboard-style photo-sharing website that allows users to create and manage theme-based image collections such as events, interests, and hobbies.  Think of it as your own virtual photo album that’s completely personalized and filled with images that describe you in a nutshell.
From branding companies, to fashion designers, to even your own mother, Pinterest has become a widely known social media sensation.  It’s easy to play around with and get started on.  But, believe anyone who’s used it before: it can be incredibly addicting!  Once you start “pinning”, there’s no turning back…
Some critics argue that Pinterest is just a waste of time.  However, I beg to differ.  Pinterest is definitely the place to be, especially if you’re a college student.

Moral Support

moralHaving a bad day? Are exams and projects piling up and you’re starting to feel overwhelmed and on the verge of giving up? Just log onto Pinterest and start pinning away inspirational quotes that’ll keep you moving when the semester gets rough.

Creativity

creativePinterest is filled with extraordinary photographs, works of art from well-known to up-and-coming artists, and a lot of creative ideas to turn ordinary things such as furniture to extraordinary.  Fuel your creativity or even display your works of art for others to see!

Your Own Fashion Stylist

fashionEveryone’s had one of those days where you wake up one morning and have no idea what to wear. Well, brush those troubles away with a simple click of a button! Pinterest is filled with fashion inspiration that’ll help any college student!

Recipes

recipePinterest is extremely well-known for its helpful recipe pins. From an elaborate dinner entre to a quick and easy healthy snack, Pinteret has got a meal for you that will be sure to satisfy your taste buds.  Because when you’re running late to your 8 am lecture, a quick and healthy snack is much appreciated!

Use Your Voice

When it comes down to it, Pinterest is your space. It’s your blank canvas that you can fill with whatever you want.  Whether it’s pinning an awesome pasta recipe, or even putting up your own photographs from a previous campus event you attended; it’s your pinboard. Use it the way you want to.