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10 incentives for getting through fall finals

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Westminster’s Reeves Library is a common study area for students during finals week.

BY MADISON INGRAM
STAFF WRITER

Finals week. These dreaded words can make students shudder. It is safe to say no one looks forward to finals week. If you do, you just may be a professor. But, instead of throwing yourself in front of a car on your way to a final — which may seem like the best option — consider these incentives for getting through finals week.


1. Furry friends. You get to go home and see your beloved pet that you have missed all semester. Who doesn’t love animal cuddles?

2. Christmas cookies. Santa isn’t the only one who gets a sweet treat this Christmas season. “Treat yo’ self” — you deserve it.

3. Home-cooked meals. We all have to admit that nothing is better than a home cooked meal. Say goodbye to dining hall and hello to cooking done right.

4. Relaxation time. Forget walking miles around campus every day. You don’t have to leave your couch for like a month.

5. Freedom. You’ll be out of the class that you absolutely dread. There are some classes that seem to take what seems like six hours to get through or there are difficult classes that make you want to pull out your hair and develop ulcers. It will all be over soon.

6. Christmas movies. Freeform’s “25 Days of Christmas” schedule will be like your class schedule; you have to know when to tune in.

7. Binge-watching TV shows. You will have plenty of time to watch all 10 seasons of that show you have been wanting to watch for the past few months. If you are really dedicated, you can finish more than one show.

8. Family time. Sure, being away from home and somewhat “adulting” is nice, but coming home to see your family and get some quality bonding time is much needed.

9. Personal space. You get your own room, and you get to sleep in your own comfortable (possibly larger) bed. Even if you love your roommate, you need your time away. And, let’s be honest; he or she is probably getting on your nerves.

10. Christmas and New Year’s. It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Bundle up, drink some hot chocolate, eat cookies, watch movies, spend time with loved ones, and be merry. On New Year’s Eve, make a resolution that you may or may not follow through with. Cheers to a great 2018.

Good luck on what may feel like the worst week ever. You can do it.

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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