Stop the stress and get ready for midterms
Published: Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Updated: Tuesday, October 16, 2012 17:10
The thought of winter strikes many students hard, and for more reasons than just the cold weather. The beginning of fall marks not only the beginning of cold and flu season, but also something dreaded by many students - midterms.
As the beginning of the year enthusiasm dwindles, midterms can seem a little bit daunting. The idea that you have to break out of party mode and study everything since the beginning of the semester is a tough one to grasp.
Fortunately for most, there are ways to get through the exams without unnecessary stress. A good diet, time management, organization and plenty of sleep can all be helpful practices.
Mass Communications Alumni Amorette Perez commented that even though she is both a full-time student and maintains a full-time job, she will do just fine on her exams. She said that it’s important to balance school and work while also making time to relax.
“When I have extra time, I like to hang out with friends or just stay home with my boyfriend and watch TV. You have to surround yourself with positive people so you can stay positive yourself,” Perez said.
Many students try to combat midterms with long cram-sessions, little sleep and lots of caffeine. The trouble is that this can actually be detrimental to your body in the long run.
Wellness Coordinator June Burch explained that even though college students’ bodies are young and may adapt, eventually the use of drugs, poor nutrition and lack of sleep can do some serious damage.
Burch also stated that although your body can be pushed pretty far, eventually you will crash.
“You just have to know your limit. Instead of trying to cram everything in during one night, and then going the next day with no sleep, try doing just a little bit.” Burch explained. “You have to realize there won’t be enough time for everything.”
Another way to improve your fitness and your test scores is to get active. Try taking the stairs instead of the elevator, or go the long way to class instead of taking shortcuts.
The Wellness Center also offers advice on alcohol abuse, and offers plans to help quit smoking. Burch insists that smoking is one of the most detrimental things you can do to your body.
“It compromises your health, even just being around them, because it deprives your entire body of oxygen,” Burch said. “The process of quitting is different for everybody, but you can stop.”
Student Development Advocate Jan Thom agreed that sleep and good nutrition were important factors in staying fit and keeping up with school. She added that good time management and a clear goal will help you stay motivated.
Many students go to Parkland without actually knowing where they are headed or what they want to do. Thom insists that you have to know why you’re in college, otherwise you might shut down.
“Sometimes it’s almost better to go for a semester without college. Take on a full-time job, and look for your passion,” Thom said. “Find what makes you feel alive. College isn’t for everybody.”
If you have decided that higher education is the route for you, try planning your schedule early so you know if you are meeting all the required grades to go onto that course. Also, make sure to sign up for a class you can actually look forward to.
Both Burch and Thom stated that sleep is the number one thing you can do to stay on track at school. Sleep not only keeps you alert and energized, but also gives your body a chance to relax and recuperate for the day next.
Have you ever wondered why you can’t fall asleep at night or have trouble getting a full night’s rest? Research has shown that stress is a large factor that can take a toll on your sleep schedule.
So relax and take advantage of the stress management help that Parkland has to offer. The Wellness Center offers free fifteen minute back massages by appointment, as well as stress and time management assistance.
For more information on how to stay motivated and get fit this school year, go online to readsh101.com/parkland.html.