Category Archives: Advice

Professors Give Advice on What to Do After Graduating

Westminster’s commencement ceremony involves graduating students walking through the Columns of the old Westminster Hall. PHOTO BY JIM MALVEN.

BY TOBIAS GIBSON AND IRENE UNGER 
GUEST CONTRIBUTORS

With Commencement fewer than five weeks away, Drs. Tobias Gibson and Irene Unger share their post-graduation experiences and give advice on the topic. Gibson is a tenured associate professor of political science, and Unger is an associate professor of biology and environmental science.

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5 Ways to Kill Time Between Classes on Campus

PHOTO BY THE COLUMNS.

BY PAIGE TOWNSEND, KAELY FITTERLING, TABITHA TIEFENTHALER AND ANDREW YOUNG
GUEST CONTRIBUTORS 

Sometimes, there’s that awkward amount of time in between classes and you can’t figure out what to do with it. There are just so many things you want to do anyway but can never find time to do any of them. Here are some fun, rewarding and quick ways to kill time on campus in between classes.

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5 Ways to Stay on Task During the School Week

BY DAVID IMMANUEL, DYLAN OKENFUSS, CHELSEA SHARP AND HANNAH WISNEWSKI
GUEST CONTRIBUTORS 

When students come to college for the first time, many of them experience a newfound feeling of freedom. With fewer classes per day than in high school and little parental control for those living away from home, students can get caught up in their own worlds and lose focus on their academic responsibilities. This feeling can linger into later semesters, as some students try to cling to it as long as they can. There is hope, however. Below are five tips to help students maintain focus on academics during the school week.

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5 Tips to Help You Stay Healthy This Winter

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Physical exercise is one way to decrease stress and maintain a healthy immune system. The Wellness Center offers a variety of Health Trek exercise classes, ranging from Yoga to Fitness Boot Camp. PHOTO BY ROBERTA BURNS.

BY COURTNEY GALLAGHER
STAFF WRITER

Does it seem like everyone around you is getting sick? Your friends, roommate or the person who sits next to you in class? Although it is nearly impossible to avoid sick students on campus, there are some actions you can take to help you stay well. With many cases of colds, sinus infections and bronchitis currently on campus, Wellness Center Nurse Practitioner Kim Lorentz shares her tips for staying healthy.
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3 Tips to Help You Ace Midterms

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BY STEFANIE EGGLESTON
STAFF WRITER AND SOCIAL MEDIA COORDINATOR 

Midterms can be stressful, especially for first-year students who may not have taken them before. Some students end up living off of Red Bull and Ramen so they can study all night and not waste time going to the dining hall. However, caffeine and junk food tend to have a negative effect on the performance of college students, especially when used for a long period of time. Here are a few tips that will hopefully keep you away from visiting Break Time at 2 a.m. and will get you in bed in time for your 8 o’clock midterm.

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5 Tips for First-Year Students from Seniors

student lifeBY COURTNEY GALLAGHER 
EDITOR-IN-CHIEF 

They remember how nervous they were on their first day of classes at Westminster; they remember battling homesickness, meeting a stranger for a roommate and seminar class — and now, suddenly, they’re seniors. While any senior will tell you they don’t have it all figured out (just ask about post-graduation plans), the senior class has learned a lot since first arriving on campus and would like to share some hard-earned wisdom with you. Here are five pieces of advice from seniors who wish they could tell their first-year selves the following:
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