Google Yourself

by Sarah Bransley

As the end of the semester approaches and spring seems to finally have it’s hold over the campus, spirits seem to be slowly lifting. Everyone can see the light at the end of the tunnel, whether that’s the end of the semester, the end of undergrad, or the end of school forever! Combining the warm, fresh air with the packing that ensues at the end of every semester means that a lot of people are looking forward to a cleaning day or two in the near future. Before you grab the vacuum, think about grabbing your laptop first.

As we shift more of our activities into the technological world, our need to organize our digital lives as well as our physical lives becomes more important. For each person this may mean different things. For me, it includes going through my emails and unsubscribing from all of those websites I never look at anymore. It includes making sure my files & folders are fairly organized and backed up. It involves unfriending the people I don’t interact with anymore. It includes changing my favorites on all my media. It includes googling my own name, seeing what appears, and deciding what I want to represent myself. That last one is actually pretty important for everyone, but very few people do it.

Your digital footprint represents you not only to your friends and family but to future employers, co-workers, professors, landlords, your hairstylist, and that guy across the hall from you who you say hi to but totally forgot his name. If you’re looking for work or an internship, this is important as many employers look at social media now to gain information on prospective employees. If you aren’t graduating yet, this will put you ahead of the game. It’s important to know how you are representing yourself to the world and if you have any old or unfortunate media tied to your name.

Tips for Finals Week

By Sarah Bransley

Finals week is approaching and whether it’s your first or last time experiencing it, here’s a few tips to get you through the stress!

1. Plan ahead.

The average college student gets less than 7 hours of sleep per night. Do you really want to try to pull an all-nighter, or multiple, after a semester of that sort of sleep? Then create a study schedule to help you review without losing those precious Zs.

2. Hydrate!

You may laugh at the majority of people who carry those Camelbaks around on campus, but they are laughing their way to a 4.0. Staying hydrated means you’re less likely to experience headaches, dizziness, or sleepiness from not getting enough to drink. You don’t need a headache from lack of water. That’s what trying to understand Organic Chem is for.

3. Pack snacks

Whether you’re stuck at the library or you just finished a 3 hour final, you’re going to need to feed yourself. Pack those snacks so future-you doesn’t have to decide between packing up all your books to get food or try to study for another hour with your stomach eating itself from the inside out. A favorite of mine is homemade trail mix. Buy bulk ingredients at the store and mix it yourself on Sunday. It’ll last you forever! If you’re stuck on the dining hall deal, try I57’s Candy Corner to mix your own!

4. Give yourself a break

As stressful as cramming that much info into your brain over a few weeks can be, not taking breaks will make it MUCH worse. Set a timer for every 20-30 minutes to remind yourself to stand up and stretch. It not only keeps your body from hurting, but also helps reset your brain to improve your studying!

5. Sloth believes in you

And finally, if you find yourself freaking out over grades, tests, GPA, whatever, remember that this sloth believes in you.