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4Jan/162

5 Ways to Stay Healthy during Spring Semester

Hi all, and Happy New Year!

The start of 2016 means it's time for spring semester. And whether you're headed back to high school or college, it's important to stay healthy. No one likes falling behind after a bout with the flu or some other sickness. Here are my suggestions for keeping healthy in the coming semester:

1. Get Your Flu Shot

The Flu Ends With YouIt's not too late to get your shot to protect yourself and others. When you're around a lot of students, you're introduced to a lot of germs. Protecting yourself helps keep your and your classmates healthy.

2. Wash your Hands

Regular hand washing will decrease bacteria and other infectious agents. Washing your hands after you sneeze or cough,or after interacting with others keeps you and others healthy, preventing the spread of germs.

3. Get Plenty of Sleep

This is a healthy habit to start now, before the semester starts. If you've been sleeping in and staying up late over break, now is a good time to start readjusting. Ease yourself back into your morning routine by rising earlier and going to bed sooner. This will make the first day of class a little easier.

4. Exercise & Eat Healthily

Need I say more? Again, it's easier to maintain habits if you start before you head back to school.

5. Boost your Mood

Happy Smiley Face

Smile!

The interactions between mood and physical health are complex, but you might have a better chance at staying healthy if you're in a better mood. Whether it's a placebo effect, stress-related, or other reasons, your mood may affect your health--so it doesn't hurt to keep happy. While you're busy with school, don't forget to boost your mood by enjoying time with your friends or favorite activities.

Stay healthy in the New Year!

~Alexis

21Dec/150

Making the Holiday Break Productive

It's break time! At the university level, this break is usually four weeks. In high school, it may only be 2-3 weeks long. And while it's a great time to spend with family and rest/relax in preparation for the spring semester, it's also a great time to be productive. Below are some things that I'm doing to stay productive over break. Hopefully some might be applicable to you, too.

  • Taking an Online Class
    • Over break, I'm taking an intersession class so that I can finish my general studies credits at William Woods. It's a computer class, so the work isn't too demanding and it allows me to knock out three credits really quickly.
  • Studying for Upcoming Standardized Tests
    • This summer, I plan to start applying to medical school, which means I will be taking the MCAT soon. This involves a lot of studying in addition to school, so the holiday break offers a great opportunity to study. Other college students may be preparing for a variety of entrance exams, like the GRE, MCAT, DAT, etc. If you're still in high school, you might be in the midst of studying for the SAT or ACT. Whatever the test, now's the time to get studying.
  • VolunteeringHands On Greater Phoenix Logo
    • While I'm at William Woods, I am involved in lots of clubs and other volunteer opportunities. While I'm at home, I continue this work with an organization called HandsOn Greater Phoenix. The holidays are filled with volunteer opportunities, and it's the perfect time to give back and gain potential work/resume/school application experience.
  • Wrapping up Summer Research

    • I spent my summer doing research, and believe it or not I am still working on the manuscript! This holiday break is an excellent time to keep working on my summer work and is now winter work.
  • Preparing for Summer
    • It seems like a lot to already look ahead to summer, but it's really important. I am spending winter break researching schools I want to apply to, looking into potential jobs, and finalizing the rest of my plans. Spring semester quickly gets busy, so the more of summer that can be situated now, the less work there is for the semester.

I hope your winter break is filled with lots of relaxing mixed with lots of productivity. What are your plans for the break?

Happy Holidays!

-Alexis

30Nov/150

My 5 Favorite Study Spots

Hello again!

Last time, I talked about what to do while breaking from studying. In college, like in most high schools, finals are a fact of life.

Now, with finals just around the corner, it's time to stop breaking and start studying! If you're like me, your study spot can make or break your studying. A spot that's too quiet, too noisy, too bright, too dim, etc. might make your experience delightful or miserable. Below, I've listed some of my favorite study spots at William Woods and around Fulton.

The brand new Brick District Playhouse has lots of coffee and food options.

The brand new Brick District Playhouse has lots of coffee and food options.

  • Brick District Playhouse/Playhouse Bistro
    A newer addition to Fulton, this quaint coffee shop is a delightful choice for studying. Again, there's coffee available, but it also has a bright atmosphere and lots of tables for studying. And, when you get hungry, you can grab lunch.
  • Library Lower Level
    I love studying in the basement in the library. There are chalkboards for reviewing material, beanbag chairs to kick back in, desks, books, study rooms, and library resources are at your fingertips. During finals week, the library is open until 2 a.m., which leaves lots of time for cramming!
  • McNutt Campus Center
    This one is not for everyone because it's definitely louder, but I love studying in McNutt because I don't feel so isolated. There are computers and desks upstairs and couches and chairs downstairs, so you can pick the best spot for the work you're doing. Plus, you're right next to the Owl's Nest, so coffee is at your immediate disposal!
  • Barnes & Noble
    You have to drive to Columbia or Jefferson City to study at Barnes & Noble, so it's not always the most available spot. But, there's coffee! And, I personally love B&N because there's books everywhere and it has a scholarly, peaceful atmosphere.
One of the study rooms in Cutlip Hall, with a conference style table and whiteboard.

One of the study rooms in Cutlip Hall, with a conference style table and whiteboard.

  • Residence Hall Common Areas
    Many of the dorms have study areas with whiteboards that are perfect for reviewing material. I live in R. B. Cutlip Residence Hall, which has two, small, conference-style rooms with boards that are ideal for studying material or completing projects with groups. Sometimes, these areas get busy, but other times they are very quiet, so you can tailor your experience depending on the time and day.

Besides the spots I've listed, there are all sorts of study areas around William Woods. Many buildings have tables and chairs or designated study areas. Or, if the weather is nice, you can sit by the Junior Lake dock or outside McNutt.

It's the busiest time of the year for studying, so where do you plan to camp out this finals time?

~Alexis

19Nov/151

15 Things To Do while Taking a Break from Studying

Here my roommate Catie demonstrates napping while studying.

Here my roommate Catie demonstrates napping while studying.

A successful student studies a lot (or should study a lot). But, when it's time to take a break from studying, here are my suggestions for how to spend the time.

  1. Visit the Owl’s Nest (or your pantry/local coffee store) and grab a snack or, even better, a Starbucks coffee.
  2. Take a nap (a quick twenty minutes might rejuvenate you and make your studying more effective).
  3. Cartwheel. Get some blood flowing to your brain.
  4. Yoga/deep breathing. If you’re super-stressed, take a deep breath. And then keep studying (this is especially effective for finals week).
  5. Clean. Be productive on your break and tidy up your [dorm] room, and give your mind a break.
  6. Do some laundry. Start a load and then when you break again, you can switch loads. Then when you’re done studying, you can fold.
  7. Go for a walk/visit the horses. William Woods has a beautiful campus with lots of horses to visit.
  8. Go to a LEAD event. If you coordinate right, you can go to a LEAD event and take a break from studying--and still be productive!
  9. Shower. A hot shower can be re-energizing.
  10. Call/talk to your parents. They probably miss you.
  11. Talk to your roommate/siblings. Discuss what you’re studying, and it will help solidify the concepts in your brain.
  12. Schedule the rest of your day. Keep on track by working out what you want to accomplish for the rest of your morning, afternoon, or evening.
  13. Write a thank you note. People love hand-written cards, so think of the last person that did something generous and write a little note. It will surely make his or her day.
  14. Make your bed. It’s probably not made…
  15. Read the William Woods blog!
The lovely William Woods campus in autumn.

Go for a walk and experience the lovely William Woods campus.

I hope that these suggestions liven up your next study break. Thanks for reading!

~Alexis