Tips for Successful Finals…And Fun!

10552423_10152383026656020_3494684897341883686_nWithout a doubt, the holiday season is the most wonderful time of the year! With the beautiful blue Christmas lights that decorate Chapman Commons, the holiday concerts and the free hot chocolate and candy canes every other day, there’s nothing better than the holidays at TU. Not even finals can dampen the spirit…as long as you approach finals correctly. Finals are always meant to help YOU. If you’ve done well in the class so far, then you’ve already done half of your studying. If you need to do better, then your final is a saving grace.

The first step? Don’t dread your finals. True, you’re not going to be excited about taking a test, but the fact of the matter is you have to take it eventually. Thus, you might as well have a good attitude about it. The more you talk about how much you don’t like finals, the better you become at subconsciously finding ways to procrastinate. And let’s face it, nobody needs help procrastinating MORE. It’s important to admit to the reality that is finals week, but the key is to not become consumed by it. Continue reading

Celebrating Holidays Residence Hall Style

It is the last full week of classes at TU, and that also means crunch time before we get to leave for winter break.  In between studying for finals, there are a lot of celebrations to enjoy and look forward to.  This past week, two resident assistants in Fisher South put on a program to deck the halls.  With the help of residents, the whole hall turned into a holiday explosion.  The first floor is the Christmas floor complete with three different Christmas trees.


On the second floor, the holiday is Hanukkah.




The third floor is decorated for Kwanzaa, but the decorations were covered by a multitude of students busy with their studies.  The wall is covered with paper candles and banners in black, red, and green.

On each floor there are little notes that have facts about each holiday. So not only is it spirited, but we all get to learn a little about different cultural celebrations.

Fisher South also got to celebrate having 99% of the building complete the second round of MapWorks. This is a survey that helps staff get to know how they can better help the residents and how they are doing throughout the semester.  This time, the reward was a chocolate party and it was the perfect way to take a break from studying.


We’re Not in Kansas Anymore

Our fall break just ended and now it’s time to step back into reality and the life of a TU student. Since I live in Arizona I didn’t fly back home for Thanksgiving instead I drove to Wichita with my lovely room mate and met my best friend there to continue our journey to her grandparents house outside of Topeka, Kansas. We got there Friday and had more of our friends arriving on Sunday and Thursday. We spent a lot of time in the car  between driving to and from the airport which was a couple hours away and exploring downtown Topeka, but it left a lot of time to catch up with everyone! A few highlight of my break included visiting the barn cats that live in the barn behind Korynne’s grandparents house!

We renamed all of the cats and this one we called Death by Cuteness. Other names included Bob Marley, 007, and Scrappy which all fit the personalities of the cats quite well.

The scenery was amazing! We spent one morning just walking around the field and even ventured into the line of trees just to see what was on the other side which proved to be an adventure to say the least!

We decided to have a picnic at a park and of course we pick the coldest and most windy day to do so but it was still very fun.

While driving in downtown Topeka after the park we found this flag painted on the back of a building which lead to basically a photo shoot! (They were spelling out USA!)

Lastly that day we found a bunch of trains and decided to explore a little around there!

Between the laughs, nights spent watching movies, and just having a good time with great friends I was not ready to come back to school. And yet as soon as I walked into my suite I realized how much I missed it here! We even had pre-Christmas with gifts from some of the girls moms, and we spent the night watching movies and catching up! I was even excited to sleep in my dorm bed! Sometime you have to go away so you remember why you like it coming here so much and this break did it for me! I will admit I cannot wait to actually go back home for the first time, and I am not thrilled to have to be studying for finals but we’re not in Kansas anymore and for now I am very much happy to be back to my college home with the girls of suite 404!