Monthly Archives: March, 2014

The End is Near

There are only 6 weeks left of school, FINALLY! Well some students may be sad about this, but majority are going to be happy. With school being so close to an end, it is very easy to get distracted and slack in classes. It is important to make sure you keep your school priorities first, because you do not want to mess up the grade you have now because you are close to being done. It is important to stay on task with all of your classes so you can keep that A or B that you have been working so hard for all year.

Here are a few tips to stay focused:

  • Write down all important due dates for papers or exams
  • Do not procrastinate
  • Get your work done ahead of time so you have time to be lazy

The end is near, so stay focused!


Five ways to avoid drowning! #CollegeEdition

College is very different from high school. You become more independent than you ever were before. With this new independence, comes more responsibility. This responsibility will be all your own! It’s up to you to keep your head above water and here’s a few tips on how:

  • Go to Wal-Mart/Target/Walgreens/etc. and buy a planner with big slots for each individual day. Write everything down in it. This includes class homework, whether or not you went to class that day, work schedules, extra curricular meeting times, practice times,  etc.
  • Buy an individual binder for each class. Having an individual binder will keep you from getting class notes mixed up. They will also allow you to differentiate between class notes and homework notes.
  • Write the class name, the room number, and the time/day the class meets on a sheet of paper. Put that sheet of paper on the front cover of the binder so that in case you lose it, it can be returned to you.
  • Write the date on top of all your notes. A lot of professors will teach a new lesson (that will not be on the test) before you take a test. Keeping the date will help you not study material you do not need to know.
  • Make a to-do list when you wake up.

Why You NEED to Sleep More

What’s one of the worst problems facing college students today? Not going to bed. The average American gets 6.9 hours of sleep. That number is significantly less for college students. If you’re one of those students who runs on 5 hours of sleep a night or less, you probably aren’t aware of the major health risks you are exposing yourself to. Sleep has many wonderful powers such as:

  • Reducing Stress
  • Improving memory
  • Helping you lose weight
  • Preventing depression
  • Helping you heal faster
  • Reducing inflammation that leads to cancer, diabetes, and heart problems
  • Making you more alert with faster reaction times

When you don’t receive enough sleep, your body doesn’t get the rest it needs to do its job correctly. Here are some surprising things that getting less sleep can do:

  • Doubles your risk of obtaining breast cancer
  • 100% increased rate of heart attack if you receive less than 7 hours per night
  • You can lose up to 14 lbs per year by sleeping 1 more hour each day
  • Your risk of death goes up 20%

This all sounds pretty scary, but there are some simple things you can do to help you sleep more each night. It’s better to start these habits now when you’re young so you have less problems when you’re older.

  • Start winding down before you go to bed and don’t check e-mail or social networking.
  • Read a book or write in a journal at night to make you sleepier
  • Do exercise earlier in the day to feel more tired
  • Don’t sleep with electronics
  • Have warm herbal tea before bed
  • Eat healthy snacks! Here are some foods that have been proven to interfere with sleep: Alcohol, spicy foods, chocolate, and sugar.

I hope this was an eye-opener for those of you who disregard sleep as unimportant. In my experience, going to bed super late or pulling an all-nighter is never actually worth it in the end. Whatever work you accomplish will be lower quality and you’ll feel absolutely awful in the morning. So close the books, the notes, the laptops, the netflix, and the smartphones and get some sleep! An extra hour already improves your health!

Spring Time is Here!!!

Are you as excited as I am?!?!? I am so happy for the spring to arrive. the campus is beautiful around this time, the birds are chirping , the weather is starting to not be so cold, the geese are chasing people (RUN JUST RUN!!!), it is great! No more being cooped up in your trying to stay warm, enjoying the air around you. Plus, not to mention, the year is almost OVER!! we have 8 weeks to go and then summer vacation rolls are, this seasons is here to prepare you for the fun that is to come after school is over. To give you a little taste of what you have been missing (something that I have been missing like crazy!). To not freeze my little nose off as I walk outside is the best thing that can ever happen. Things I plan to do while on campus for this season:

  • Take a run
  • Sit on the lawn
  • Play a Basketball game on the court with some friends
  • Play four square
  • Just be outside in general

What will you do now that the weather is nice?!?!?


What Happens When a BenU Girl Visits a HUGE Campus

I didn’t necessarily chose Benedictine because I liked small schools. I chose it because I simply liked all that the school had to offer. I never realized how much of a small campus girl I was until I visited the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign to see my friend. In short, visiting a Big Ten campus is like stepping into an entirely different world. Almost everything about it is different. All that they have to offer is absolutely amazing, but I definitely knew I belonged at BenU after the visit.

I’ve been to U of I twice so far, once staying at a freshman dorm and once staying in a sorority house. Each time I drive onto the campus, I’m struck by how gorgeous and vast it is. My favorite parts about the campus are probably the Quad (which is amazing to lay out in) and the old style academic buildings. All the resources they have were extremely impressive, but when I looked into the humongous lecture halls with 200 seats, I was happy I went to a school where I could actually form a relationship with my professor. Eating their is also a whole new experience. I would compare each dining hall ( yes, there are many) to a mall food court. The endless options were definitely impressive. The downfall to the massive size of the campus for a girl who has no sense of direction: You can get lost very easily! The campus has their own streets! When my friend directed me to places I needed to go by using street names, I was a little overwhelmed.

It is insanely easy to be social at a huge school like U of I. So many diverse people attend and there is literally ALWAYS something to do on campus.  It’s basically its own little city. There are tons of restaurants, shops, and bars all available on campus. The fact that you could go shopping while you were still on campus kind of blew my mind. Everything is open late so you never have to worry about the campus being dead. It’s insanely easy to meet people. It seemed that in every line I stood in, I met someone new and was able to start up a conversation with them.

The one thing I experienced that I could not relate to was sorority life. Staying in the house with my friend who was a part of a big sorority was definitely a shock. They hold a lot of emphasis on image. When they go out they have to wear the correct thing and act the correct way because they’re always representing their sorority. The vocab was scary. They had a name for everything you experienced at a party. And who knew Greek letters could be so confusing? Coming from a small running team and BenU, I couldn’t imagine going out every night like they do or buying a new outfit for every occasion.  Even though it was definitely a crazier experience, It’s fun to get out of your comfort zone and experience something new. I recommend everyone getting a chance to go out at a big school 🙂

Even with all that U of I had to offer, when I saw the highway sign for Benedictine University on the drive home , I couldn’t help but feel happy. I missed my little community. I missed 5 minute walks and my weird teammates 🙂 Visiting U of I is always awesome, but sometimes you have to experience something different to realize where you are is where you belong.