Week 7 of the semester already? Are we really almost halfway through the fall semester? It's Columbus Day and unlike many other colleges, St. Mike's students are not home for fall break. This year, St. Mike's changed our fall break to a week later than in past years. A week may not seem like a huge change, but to students working hard, midterms and papers are definitely on everyone's schedule for the week. In order to stay on top of my work, I've created: 7 Survival Tips for Week 7. Hopefully, using some combination will help everyone get through the week so we can enjoy the four-day weekend ahead.
Survival Tip #1: Don't skip on sleep.
Even when the work seems to be piling up, don't forget to get some sleep. Lack of sleep will only catch up with you later in the week.
Survival Tip #2: Exercise.
Sometimes, a 30-minute run or walk around the nature trail or track is just the study break you need. My dad always recommends this to me when I'm stressing about work, and surprisingly it works to calm me down every time.
Survival Tip #3: Don't forget your friends.
Although you may not be in the same classes as your friends or roommates, we're all working hard. Be respectful of their work and help each other through the week by balancing fun and work.
Survival Tip #4: Alliot is your friend.
Instead of skipping meals because you're too busy cook, use your Alliot meal swipes. Eating well will give you the energy you need to power through the studying, so take the time to go to Alliot for a meal or two if you're feeling crunched for time one day.
Survival Tip #5: Do something crazy.
Do something completely unrelated to schoolwork at least once. Break up you're studying and stressing by adding one thing to your week you normally wouldn't do. Volunteer with MOVE for a few hours, go on a hike with the Outdoor Club, or spend a hour hanging out with your peers at a club you've always been interested in, but never experienced.
Survival Tip #6: Coffee is key.
This one is pretty self explanatory. A little caffeine can go a long way, so grab a tea or coffee on your way to the library.
Survival Tip #7: Listen to music.
Even if you don't like music while you work, take a few minutes when you're stressing out to listen to your favorite song or two. My sister recently recommended this song to me, maybe it's just the four minute study break you're looking for!