Studying, Classes & Lectures
Well, my first semester as a Saint Joseph’s University student has come and gone just as fast as everyone said it would. As I relish in the post holiday laziness of my winter break, I have been able to take a moment and look back at my first semester. There have been many highs and lows that have accompanied these few short months, and all are what I believe every new college student will face.
Roommates & Friends
High: The great thing about college is that you are surrounded by people all day,
Some people make New Years Resolutions every year, but how many us actually stick with them? Here are a few tips to make sure that you reach you goals this year:
- Make sure your resolutions are things that you really want.
- Your resolutions should be something that you want to achieve, not what others think you should achieve. Sure we can all go to the gym more often, but do you really want to? If the answer is no, then you may not have enough motivation to work for it. If you’re not motivated, then why make it a goal in the first place?
Congratulations to everyone that has already finished their finals and is ready to head home! Another semester of school in the books! If you’ve still got one or two left, keep pushing through, you’re almost there!
Many people may think that it’s too soon to start thinking about next semester but, I say it’s never too early! So once your finals are over take a good week or two to relax and enjoy the break. After that, slowly start to prepare yourself to return in the spring. To do that, there are a few simple things that you can do:
- Buy your textbooks over break (if you haven’t already) so that you have them when classes start.
It’s that time of year again! Finals are here, and everyone knows the best part about studying is the breaks you take. Many people, myself included, tend to take the term “break” to the extreme, and then we find out that the 4-hour Netflix binge may have been somewhat counterproductive. Here are some ways to take a study break to re-energize while still staying on-task.
Make a Creative Study Schedule
Sometimes even the illusion of productivity can be enough to get the momentum going. Drawing out a study schedule will help you manage your time while also exercising some creativity.
Just a few things to remember as we head into finals week:
- Don’t wait until the night before. Seriously don’t, it’s always a bad idea.
- Ask your professors about anything that you’re unsure of. There’s no such thing as a stupid question.
- Stock up on brain food. This can be healthy or junk food. Whatever keeps you going. (Most people tend to prefer Wawa because it has everything).
- Attend all SI sessions and talk to your TA if you have one (even if you don’t think you’ll need the extra help).
Surely everyone has heard the horror stories of Business Policy. It’s the capstone for everyone in the Haub School of Business. It’s four credits instead of three, and worst of all….it is a semester long group project.
I officially finished Policy on Wednesday, and since then a lot of people have been asking me if it’s really that bad. And the truth is…yes.
It is a lot of work, it is hard to handle at times, and you will have late nights because of it. Sometimes you may even question your major.
BUT, the feeling of finishing this course is extremely satisfying.
As a senior, I have been through the ups and downs, the good grades and the bad, of finals. And believe me, YOU CAN DO IT! You can conquer that final you’ve been dreading all semester.
Here a are a few quick tips to help you study:
- Go to as many review sessions as you can. Reviewing past material with your professor or TA can never hurt. They know what they’re talking about and they know what might be on the final exam.
- Find a study group. Having a support group is super important.
This Thanksgiving, as food is splayed out on tables across America, we will say our prayers and count our blessings for all that has happened in the past year, and for the family and friends that surround us. We’ll dive into piles of food, laugh (or bicker) with family, and merriment will be had by all around. Mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, and ultimately– the inevitable turkey, the “bird.”
And though I do indeed harbor a fondness for turkey on Thanksgiving, this year, I’m especially grateful for a different bird.
As a senior who will be leaving this campus in a mere six months,
These past two Fridays, I went to Graterford Prison with my Crime, Justice, & Media class. We sat down with several juvenile lifers and shared an intelligent and inspiring conversation about everyday life in prison, and the criminal justice system. Suffice to say, it was one of the most captivating moments of my life to date.
There were a total of nine students and our professor, Mike Lyons, that jumped in a SJU van and made the hour trip to Graterford early Friday morning. When we finally got on the road the van was filled with nervous anticipation.
Now that finals are approaching, some of us are reaching the point where we spend more time in the library than in our apartments because we’re trying to stay on top of everything, but somehow keep slipping behind, and as a result we are sleep deprived beyond belief.
If you fall into this category, then hopefully you will find this useful.
Sometimes, the best thing that you can do for yourself, is take a mental health day.
Let me start by saying that just because you are taking a mental health day,