End of the semester blues

End of the semester blues

It’s getting to be that time again! Everyone is starting to cram, stress out, get worried about graduation, worry about finals, staying up late doing projects, skipping meals to get a little more work done, pull all nighters, hunt for summer jobs, freak out—- STOP!!! Whew. You can’t let the semester get you carried away. … Read more

It’s getting to be that time again!

Everyone is starting to cram, stress out, get worried about graduation, worry about finals, staying up late doing projects, skipping meals to get a little more work done, pull all nighters, hunt for summer jobs, freak out—-

STOP!!!

Whew. You can’t let the semester get you carried away. If you don’t have your health, you haven’t got anything! Musicians, theatre people, athletes, Greeks, scholars–you name it, everyone is busy.

Here are some tips for making the end of the semester a good one:

Get some sleep:
Here’s what happens. For every hour after midnight you stay up, your body needs more sleep. So staying up late will actually make you exponentially more tired! So, try to plan out your evenings better so you don’t have to stay up. Or, if you know you’re only gonna get a few hours of sleep, try waking up early instead of staying up late. Still rough, but not as rough on your body.

Don’t skip meals:
We all know this. You can’t deny your body the energy it needs to carry on. You’ll get more accomplished in the long run if you’re giving your body the right stuff! You can only run on fumes for so long, and your quality of work will suffer the more you do.

Give your voice a break!
Whether you’re singing in the choir or giving a speech for a class, you want your voice to stay with you all semester. Don’t go crazy yelling at your video games or cheering on your favorite athletics team. No one likes a sore throat! And, if you feel one coming on, go on vocal rest! You just don’t talk unless absolutely necessary! It’s even kind of fun to just listen and observe life for a little.

Hang out with friends!
I know this sounds silly, but… what are you going to remember more in five years? That time you stayed up late finishing a paper or that time you walked barefoot around campus with a buddy? I’m not saying pick socializing over academics, obviously that’s important. But remember that mental health is part of health too! Here’s an idea: make friend time an incentive for getting work done quickly!

Get off of Facebook!
Seriously, it’s getting to be a bit of a dying fad anyway. I’m sure no one will miss you online anyway, especially since you’ll be hanging out with them in real life more often anyway! Facebook is the antithesis of getting homework done. Think of how much less stressed you’ll feel when you don’t waste hours on Facebook!

 

Do homework outside!

My freshman year, I completed a final paper and a project while sitting beside the lakes. It’s a beautiful campus, and we’re about to get some beautiful weather. I PROMISE it’s so much more enjoyable getting work done when the sun is shining on your back. You’ll probably get work done even faster because you’re enjoying what you’re doing!

Keep a planner!
I keep a planner. It’s huge. But I never forget to do anything, and I can budget my time appropriately because of it. Keeping a planner is great for organization and keeping track of things. Instead of remembering things by yourself, use the aid of a planner.

So those are my tips. I think they apply to everyone on campus, whether you’re interested in music, arts, sports, Greek life–whatever. Let’s just make this end of the semester a good one!

Cheers.

Friday Five

Friday Five

[Babysitting = broken headbands... but it's impossible to get mad at her!] Guys! It’s not only my last day of class for the semester, but my last day of class at Mount Union for my junior year! Today is also exactly ONE MONTH until I take flight to Italy! How exciting is that?! I thought … Read more

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[Babysitting = broken headbands... but it's impossible to get mad at her!]

Guys! It’s not only my last day of class for the semester, but my last day of class at Mount Union for my junior year! Today is also exactly ONE MONTH until I take flight to Italy! How exciting is that?! I thought I had so much time to prepare, but it came so fast. I have something to admit though… all of a sudden, I am unbelievably scared/nervous/worried/all of the above. I hate to say it, but I am getting cold feet! The thought of spending over four months away from home is really nerve-wracking. I am going to be in a completely new environment, surrounded by complete strangers who are speaking a language I am unfamiliar with.

However, whenever I start to go into mini-panic mode, I think about how much fun I am going to have while I am abroad. I am so lucky to have this opportunity. I spoke with one of my best friends, Megan, who studied abroad this past summer in France, and she assured me that she was feeling the exact same way leading up to the time that she left. She even promised that having my mom literally drag me through the terminal at the airport is OK, and that the hundreds of tears that are sure to flow on the plane ride over are not a bad thing.

Megan loved every second of her study abroad experience and said she would do it all over again in a heartbeat. I feel so much better knowing that these feelings are normal and that everyone gets a little bit scared sometimes.

This weekend I will be studying for finals (we’re in the homestretch!), attending a Christmas concert at church and squeezing in as much “hang-out time” as possible with friends at Mount Union, since I will not be seeing them until next year!

Have a great weekend. Happy Friday!

cinnamon roll

[Indulging in a cinnamon roll and iced chai tea latte breakfast]

shopping

[Fun Christmas shopping day with my sisters]

christmas tree

[Decorating the Christmas tree at home]

fashion show

[The highlight of my week: the VS Fashion Show]

It is coming… exams!

It is that time of the semester again. Yes, our final exams are just around the corner and I can already see people stressing out in the library at night. The biggest change that I had encountered in terms of education when I transferred from my hometown college in Penang, Malaysia was exams. Now I’d … Read more

It is that time of the semester again. Yes, our final exams are just around the corner and I can already see people stressing out in the library at night.

The biggest change that I had encountered in terms of education when I transferred from my hometown college in Penang, Malaysia was exams. Now I’d have to tell you that I came from an Asian country, and you’ve seen the stereotypical Asian parents on TV where results are everything.

Since coming to Mount Union, I have had science classes for general education requirements where students are quizzed every week to make sure we are kept up to speed on class material. These classes often have tests three to four times a semester. To top it all off, there’s that comprehensive final exam at the end of it all. Brilliant, isn’t it?

That is pretty much the norm where I came from. Our academic achievements are based on exams and test scores. Academic excellence is nothing but a number or a grade. That all changed for me when I came to Mount Union.

Being a communication major, I had the opportunity to take classes that go easier on the exams and crank up the practical side of education. I’ve taken print production, advertising, audio production and video production. I believe that classes with a more practical approach helps prepare one for life after academics more than classes with constant examinations.

Since coming here January of last year, I have spent sleepless nights in the 24-hour area trying to work magic with Adobe to create posters for my print class and create advertising campaigns for mock products are clients. In addition, I’m currently hosting my own show on WRMU that shares foreign cultures and music with the public. Talk about being practical.

Education in America really changed me, although I have remained pretty much the same in terms of how lazy I am during final exams season. All through high school and college in Malaysia, I always felt like it was never meant for me. I felt exhausted by constant examinations. Most of all, I was tired that my intelligence was being judged by what I could do on paper. I am happy that education here takes a different approach and with that I can be better prepared for the real world.

Not to freak out and all, but the real world is only a semester away.

Livin on a prayer, baby

Livin on a prayer, baby

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So, it’s senior year, half end of the first semester and it’s finals time… can you say stressed out? It is just that time of year where the work piles up and the weather gets gloomy. Everyone goes through it no matter how old you are or where you are.

I always say that Mount Union is in such a perfect location because it is so easy for me to just escape for a while. I was able to take a couple of nice trips home lately to just relax and take my mind off everything before I had to crack down and get my work done. Everyone needs to get away once in a while. My home is only an hour away from school … not too far, not too close.

Finals are right around the corner and the end of the semester is near. Can you believe the year is half way over?! Unbelievable. Cue: Bon Jovi – Livin’ on a Prayer.

It is starting to get very surreal. My last Thanksgiving break, my last Christmas break… Crazy.

Luckily, a lot of the projects I have been working on lately have been super fun. I’ll be sure to post a blog letting you know what I’ve been up to. See, being a communication major does have its perks!

Finals Week

Finals Week

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For most students at Mount, this week is a hectic one, but it starts out slow. Monday is our last full day of class, Tuesday is a reading/studying day and then finals begin and continue through the following Tuesday. Personally this week I have four finals, a job interview and the OAC Track and Field Championships at Mount Union. My four finals this week include – American Family, Forensic Psychology, Theories and Practices of Professional Editing and Critical Theory and Rhetoric. I also had a final project due for my basic drawing class. Next week, I have my human experience in literature and language final exam.

Most of my junior classmates in addition to studying for finals are preparing themselves for internships this summer. My senior roommates, however, are preparing themselves for job interviews and graduate school interviews in the next few weeks. It is a curious thing to observe the four different stages of “end of school” experiences. Freshmen are ecstatic to be going home and spending the summer with their high school friends and their new college friends. Sophomores are starting to get more professional jobs and taking a summer course and spending time with their college sweet heart. Juniors are getting internships, and seniors are preparing for adulthood.

The spring weather has been uncharacteristically poor in all of Ohio, a record setting performance I believe. But on this week of finals and pressure, the weather has decided to play nice and allow for a sunny, warm quad to study in.

Final exams and…Lady Gaga

Final exams and…Lady Gaga

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lady gagaPhew… what a week it has been so far.

Tuesday was Reading Day, meaning it was the day before finals so we didn’t have class. My mom came to visit and took the first load of my furniture home.  It was nice seeing her and starting the move-out process but my room is so weird right now. She took away my dresser, two of my bookshelves and a couple boxes of clothes.  My poor TV is sitting on a chair right now because it used to sit on my dresser :]

But, like I said, I’m glad we got some stuff out and the rest of it will be moved out on Saturday! I cannot believe that is two days away already.  I will just have to make the most of these next two days! :[

Last night was the Lady Gaga concert and it was so amazing!  She is such an awesome performer and person.  It was such a fun way to start finals week too!  There were a few technical difficulties at the beginning of the concert so it was delayed about an hour and we didn't leave the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland until about 12:15 a.m.  That meant that we didn't get home until almost 1 a.m. and I didn't go to bed until 2 a.m.  Even more fun than that was that I had to get back up at 5 a.m. to get my stuff together and drive back to Mount. Whoooo. I was so tired on the drive back to school this morning but it was well worth it.  I've been humming Gaga songs all day today.  :]

I had two exams today and I think they both went pretty well.  I have two more tomorrow and then I’m done for the semester!

Hope everyone is having a fantastic week!!

-Shannon

 

Procrastination

Procrastination

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Procrastination. This is the one subject all college students become the best in. College is a lot different than high school. Projects are assigned and then due months later and the only reminder sometimes is the syllabus you are given on the first day. One of the only ways to combat procrastination is preparing in advance. I personally use a lot of to-do lists and keep track of all my school assignment due dates in my planner. Despite my best effort to be organized and on top of assignments, procrastination still gets the best of me. I have pulled a few all nighters in the 24 our area of the library at Mount Union and even more nights I’ve went with only a few hours of sleep. It’s not a wise decision to stay up late to finish an assignment but when procrastination gets the best of you, it’s sometimes the only option. My best advice when procrastination gets the best of you is to stay up as late as it takes to finish the assignment properly.

It is not the best experience staying up late to finish a assignment but it is worth it to hand in and assignment well done then an assignment half completed. Almost everyone I know at Mount Union has spent late nights in the library; some are more frequent visitors to the 24 hour area than others. Everyone struggles with procrastination and during finals week when it is nice outside, studying for finals is a difficult thing to accomplish. Personally, I cannot wait for finals week to be over as it will be hectic with studying and working for the Indians. This is one week of the year that I believe I can defeat procrastination, after all once finals are over, it is summer!

Finals

Finals

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I hope everyone does great on all of their finals. In my case, I actually have nine finals. And, with all of the classes I am taking it is lots of work especially at the end of the semester. When getting myself to study I like to watch a video and listen to music. This helps me focus and really gets me to work. I would like to share one of my favorite videos with everyone so that it may help you all with your studying and or if you need a “pick me up.” Enjoy. Hope this information may help all of you!!

The end is near…

The end is near…

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FINALS WEEK is just about upon us … Tomorrow (Monday) is the last day of classes for the semester. I feel like tomorrow everything needs to be wrapped up. Hopefully papers, tests and projects will finally be handed back so we can all know where we stand with our grades before we take final exams.

Tuesday is “Reading Day,” which is basically just a day off of school that students are supposed to use to study.

Wednesday starts final exams but I won’t be on campus because I’m going to the Lady Gaga concert!! :] I’m excited, but I wish it had fallen a week later because I do have a final at 8 a.m. the next morning :[

It will all work out. I'm hoping to study a lot Tuesday and during the day on Wednesday to be ready for my exam. Then I have two exams on Thursday and two on Friday… AND THEN I'M DONEEEEE!!! I'm so excited to be finished with all of the schoolwork for this semester. It has been an insane semester, but definitely a good one.

I'll keep you updated throughout the week with how the finals seem to be going and maybe I'll even write a post about the Gaga concert :]

-Shannon

 

The end

The end

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Not really for me, but maybe for others. The spring semester is coming to an end and many students are preparing to change, whether it is transferring to another school, graduating from Mount Union or just moving on to new classes. As for me, I am preparing to go into my second year as a music education major, and I am excited and very nervous.

Going back to the topic of this year … As the semester comes to a close and finals start to roll around and everyone starts to make sure that all of their grades are great (as all Mount Union students have), the stress starts to kick in. For me, it is a very big deal that my grades are great and that all of my finals go very well. Being in music, it is important that we pass our finals. If any student struggles in finals it doesn’t look very good when it is time for sophomore evaluations (which decide whether or not the students can continue in the major).So, all I am trying to say is enjoy the rest of the year. If you are a senior getting ready to graduate, good luck in the world. And, if you are thinking about coming to Mount Union, don’t let the thought of finals and stress scare you. Good luck to everyone else continuing at Mount Union and at other schools as well.