It's That Time Of The Semester Again...

It's That Time Of The Semester Again...

Follow these 6 tips to make finals week a little less stressful!

Finals can be a very stressful time period for many. Trying to study for every test, doing last minute assignments, and trying to do all the things that you normally do is without a doubt difficult to handle. If your stressed about finals, remember to follow these easy steps to get you through it.

1. Only study one subject at a time.

Do not create more stress for yourself and study one subject then go to another then go back to the other one. Study for each subject once a day so you will not get your information confused.

2. Do not wait until the last minute to study.

Nobody wants to think about finals, because lets face it, just hearing the word makes us stressed out. This is not an excuse to not study! Do not wait until the absolute last minute to study. Studying a little bit everyday will reduce your stress level.

3. Take a break when you are studying.

Do not overwhelm your brain and study the 24 hours that are in the day! Take a break every few hours to give your mind a rest! Go to the gym, go get food, get some sleep, hang out with friends, watch some TV; just do not stay glued to your books all day!

4. Study in a group or with friends.

Studying alone is not always best. Study with a group as well as on your own to gain the perspectives from others. Sometimes studying with others can allow you to remember things a lot more. You can also gain study tips as well as things like mnemonic devices that they thought of, which will allow you to have an easier time to study.

5. Get Sleep and remember to eat.

We all want to do well on our finals, but you have to remember to take care of yourself as well. You are no good to yourself if you do not take care of yourself. By not getting enough sleep or eating, your body will not have any energy. Not having the energy to do anything will create more stress upon yourself.

6. Have confidence in yourself

Finals are very stressful and many of us feel that we are going to fail. One important thing to remember is that you CAN do this. Go into finals week with a positive attitude and confidence within yourself and it will show.

Now I know finals are not easy, but by following these easy steps it will save yourself a lot of stress. Now keep your head up, you got this! You are almost done! Good luck on finals and happy studying!

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22 New Things That I Want To Try Now That I'm 22

A bucket list for my 22nd year.


"I don't know about you but I'm feelin' 22," I have waited 6 long years to sing that and actually be 22! Now 22 doesn't seem like a big deal to people because you can't do anything that you couldn't do before and you're still super young. But I'm determined to make my 22nd year a year filled with new adventures and new experiences. So here's to 22.

1. Go sky diving.

What's crazier than jumping out of a plane? (Although I'll probably try indoor skydiving first.)

2. Go cliff jumping/diving.

I must be the only Rhode Islander who hasn't gone to Jamestown and jumped off a cliff.

3. Ride in a hot air balloon.

Up, up and away.

4. Try out skiing.

Cash me in the next Olympics, how bout dat.

5. Try out snow boarding.

Shawn White, I'm coming for you.

6. Go bungee jumping.

Because at least this time I'll be attached to something.

7. Go to Portugal.

I mean I'm Portuguese so I have to go at some point, right?

8. Go to Cape Verde.

Once again, I'm Cape Verdean so I have to go.

9. Vist one of the seven wonders of the world.

I mean hey, Egypt's on, my bucket list.

10. Try out surfing.

It's only natural that somebody from the Ocean State knows how to surf.

11. Learn a new langauge.

Because my little bit of Portuguese, Spanish and Latin isn't cutting it anymore.

12. Travel to a state that I've never been to before.

Fun fact: I've only been to 17 of the 50 states.

13. Go paddle boarding.

Pretty boring but I've never done it.

14. Go scuba diving.

I'm from the Ocean State so I guess I should see the ocean up close and personal.

15. Learn how to line dance.

There's actually a barn in my state that does line dancing, so this one will definitely get crossed off.

16. Go kayaking.

All this water around me and I haven't done a lot of the water activites.

17. Stay the night in a haunted hotel room.

I bet if I got my friends to come with me, it would be like the Suite Life of Zach and Cody episode, minus the ghost coming out of the wall but you never know.

18. Get my palms read.

Because who doesn't want to know their future.

19. Go to a medium.

Like a medium that can communicate with people that have died.

20. Take a helicopter ride.

Air plane: check Helicopter:....

21. Sleep under the stars.

Because sleeping in a tent is more like glamping than camping

22. Just to try new things in my everyday life.

Whether it's trying a new restaurant, getting something different at my usual restaurants, changing my usual style, going on the scary rides at amusement parks, and bringing things I used to do back into my life now.

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There is nothing wrong with enjoying a life from the comfort of your own home

Living simply is okay, too.


Now, more than ever, it seems like my Facebook and Instagram feed are filled with pictures of people studying abroad. A normal day for a college student studying abroad is filled with strolling down the streets of Italy or marveling at the lit up Eiffel Tower. For me, I am perfectly content not studying abroad, and studying in the place that I call home: Charleston, South Carolina.

I am a homebody and I love being close to friends and family and enjoying my simple life without having to fly thousands of miles across the country. I am in no way looking down on anyone that has studied abroad, but for me, staying home is the path I chose to take. It is a path of simplicity and comfortability — one in which I have found my true self.

I have learned in the past few years, I love living quite simply. A day spent outside reading or a night spent grilling out beats a night spent at a bar or club downtown. Of course, I like to spend these simple days with my closest friends and family. Spending my days with the people I love is what makes my life so special. I do not need to have a million dollar view or a trip across the country to realize that my life is filled with the things that I love. It is the simple things that matter to me in life because in the end no amount of money or material things will matter. Yes, I love hearing stories and seeing pictures of the adventures many people take, but to me, nothing beats a night at home living simply with the people I love.

Life is not about the places we visit or the money we spend, rather it is about the memories we make doing the stuff that we love. If you love traveling the world, power to you! Go out and enjoy your adventure. For me, I will enjoy this life I was given making memories at my home with the people I love.

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