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Finals Tips & Tricks

It’s the most wonderful time of the year….FINALS!  This isn’t the most exciting or least stressful part of the year, however it is a time where you can look back and appreciate how much you have learned in a single semester.  Before you panic, take a moment to appreciate that you have gotten this far in your education!  Being enrolled in college is a huge accomplishment and you should be very proud.  In dealing with finals, it is best to take a calm approach.  Panicking, stressing, and cramming will not do you any good, so hopefully by the time you are reading this, you are at a point where you can prepare in advance!

  • Don’t wait until the review.  The final exam review is typically 1 week before the exam, which doesn’t leave you much time to study among all of your other classes, projects, and assignments.  If you write out a study guide or key topics that you discussed in class prior to the review, it will help to refresh your memory and help guide you for the exam prep.  We often forget the information that we learned during week 1, so try your best to review those old notes.
  • Take study breaks.  If you begin studying in advance, you will allow more time to gradually learn and absorb all of the information.  With that, you should allow yourself to take a break from studying to go get ice cream, take a shower, order dinner, or watch an episode of television.
  • Put your phone volume on, but put it across the room.  It may sound ridiculous to keep your phone volume on, but I’ve noticed that I always want to check my phone to see if I got any notifications.  By turning your volume on, you’ll know when someone is trying to reach you rather than constantly being worried if you missed a text or call by having it on silent.
  • Study with friends.  Like all successful business partnerships, your partner will usually possess skills that you do not have.  The same thing applies to study partners.  They may understand a section that you need extra help on and the same can be said vice versa.  By teaching a topic, you are also helping yourself reassure your knowledge and awareness on the topic.

Happy studying!

Ashley

Snug Up With A Good Book

Winter means temperatures are dropping and the only thing you want to do is to stay in doors, probably in bed with a good movie. But try switching it up and instead of Netflix, you might want to try snuggling up to a good book. Here are some of the books that are on my Winter to read list:

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles It’s the story about this man who is ordered to spend the rest of his life in the attic of a luxury hotel, as Russian history is unfolding outside his widow. It takes a look at the man’s emotional discovery, throughout the years.

Elizabeth Chadwick’s Eleanor of Aquitaine trilogy Although I’ve read the two first ones, I love the era it’s set in. If like me you love the middle ages, stories about Kings and Queens, power, wealth, and war. You will love this trilogy. It’s based on the real life of Queen Eleanor, and her very tumultuous life in the French and English court.

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho It’s the story about this boy who travels from Spain to the Egyptian dessert to find a treasure. Along the way he meets several people who point him to the direction of his quest. It’s ultimately a story about the importance of listening to our hearts.

The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes Ever since I’ve seen the movie You Before Me, I’ve been wanting to read one of Jojo Moyes stories. This one sounded the most interesting, because it’s the story of how a painting holds memories of lost loves. Although the two main female characters are separated by centuries, they are united because of their determination to fight for the thing they love most.

If you have any book recommendations, feel free to leave them down below!

xoxo

Zorya

Alone For Thanksgiving…

The holidays are upon us once again! For some it means going back home and spending it with the family, but others might not be as lucky and are spending it alone this year. It’s really easy to get into a funk, when you see all your friends and family, having a great time. But don’t worry, it doesn’t mean that because they are having a great time that you shouldn’t too!

Here are my tips on how to feel not so alone during the holidays…

Help others. Holidays are the perfect excuse to go out of your comfort zone, and do something you would never do otherwise. If you like giving, why not try volunteering at a food bank or somewhere else. Trust me it’s a great feeling, knowing that you’ve made someones day, that little more special.

Plan an outing. Go to the movies, a museum, the park, or even go out of the city and go for a hike. My roommate did that, and she said it was beautiful. You just hope on a train and pick a spot.

Get together with your friends. You won’t even realize how many of your friends are in the same situation you are in. Don’t feel bad calling them up and hanging out together, I’m sure they’d love too. For example this year I’m spending thanksgiving alone, but I decided to call up a few friends and now we’re having our own friend thanksgiving.

Treat Yo Self! Takes this time as an opportunity to pamper yourself. Go to a spa, get a manicure/pedicure, or even a massage. This will make you feel amazing, and take your mind of of the holidays for a little.

xoxo

Zorya

 

Thanksgiving Travel Tips

While Thanksgiving is still a few short weeks away, it’s never too early to plan for your travels.  I won’t be able to spend this Thanksgiving with my family back home but I’m fortunate enough to have one of my friend’s welcome me into their home each Thanksgiving.  Even though I do not have to travel very far to get to my friend’s home, we are among the masses traveling after the workday is over.  Here are some of my tips and tricks to travel smoothly and safely:

  • Buy your tickets in advance:  This may be self explanatory but buying your ticket right before you get on a bus, train, or plane can be more frustrating and costly (depending) rather than if you purchased it prior to arrival at the station/terminal.  Typically, lines at the station are out of control and you may be running late from work/school to get to your destination, so be sure to plan ahead!
  • Pack light:  This can be incredibly difficult sometimes depending on your trip, but the lighter you pack, the less you have to worry about excess luggage, your arm hurting from carrying the load, or lack of space on the plane/bus/train.
  • Bring snacks:  You never know what the weather is going to be like when you’re traveling and if it’s going to cause hefty delays.  Not much is worse than being delayed, waiting impatiently AND being hungry.  Like Snicker’s commercials say…”you’re not you when you’re hungry.” Bring snacks!
  • Bring something to do:  Whether it’s downloading a movie for your travels, listening to music, reading a book, catching up on work, or just simply taking a nap, having something to do will help pass the time.
  • Relax: Holidays are a time for loved ones, good food, and relaxing on the couch.  By this time, we’re nearing the end of the semester, right before final exam stress arrives so take this time for yourself, unwind, and spend time with good company.

Happy holidays!

Ashley

Registration Time

It’s that time of the year again to register for classes for next semester!  For some students, this is a dreaded time to try and pre-manage your time with internships, jobs, and life outside of school.  I have some tips and tricks to help make registering for classes a breeze!

  • Meet with your academic advisor. Your academic advisor can tell you what classes you have left to take and inform you if you are on track to graduate as scheduled!  If you know what classes you need to take, it is helpful to make an appointment regardless so that you are at ease when you go to register.  Make an appointment here!
  • Look up the classes and CRN numbers in advance.  Registering for classes can sometimes be a battlefield.  With small class sizes, spots can get taken fairly quickly.  By writing down the CRN numbers, you can quickly input them into the slots when you go to register at your designated time.
  • Have a backup plan.  If you have several electives to choose from, prioritize your first, second, and third choices in case the spots have filled up.
  • Know your registration time and check your status.  Make sure that you are all squared away as far as any outstanding payments that you may owe, or anything that is overdue that may prevent you from registering.  Your academic advisor is able to inform you of your registration time, but you can also check your time and status by looking under MyFIT, under Online Information System/Student/Registration.
  • Breathe. 

Happy registering!

Ashley