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1. Keep active! Walking or doing yoga or going to the gym is a great way to alleviate stress as the burden of finals and research papers comes nearer in the next few weeks. Exercise means endorphins and endorphins make you happy!!!

2. Sleep. Getting at least 8 hours of sleep will prevent you from being anxious, overwhelmed, and tired as the next few weeks go on. It will also leave you well rested and your body will love you in more ways than one.

3. Make a schedule. Start studying for finals and do papers ahead of time — don’t leave them to last minute. Even writing a few paragraphs a day for your papers will leave you ahead and less overwhelmed as the due dates draw nearer.

Doing all three of these things will help keep you motivated as winter break comes closer and this semester finally comes to an end! That way you’ll do well on your finals and be able to finally relax as December 10th arrives!!

Good luck everyone!!



Bye Fall 2015!

by Rebecca on November 5, 2015

in Uncategorized

As the semester of Fall 2015 slowly comes to an end, I can’t help but to recollect on this long and tedious semester. The past few semesters have been tumultuous, so I generally expected Fall 2015 to be the same. I took it upon myself this semester to focus on myself and my grades. To do this, I had to quit my job and put my all into school. Although it’s been difficult, I wouldn’t have it any other way. My grades have soared and I’m happier than ever.

I’ve learned that it’s important to take time for yourself and not let anyone else get in your way. Some people will never understand the work that goes into college and never will. I’ve had this problem with several people in my past who wanted me prioritize them and a social life over the hard work it takes to get good grades in my major. I’ve also had people question why I’m not working, because money is important. What they don’t understand is that I’m securing a good paying job for my future, but it will take me a while to get there. So for the time being, instead of focusing on some minimum wage paying job that’s subpar and I won’t enjoy, why not focus my time on something that will benefit me and pay well in the long run. This closing semester of my senior year here at Fontbonne has been a good one. I’ve made tons of good new friends and worked my butt off to get here now. And graduation is just around the corner!!

I guess what I’m trying to say here is that you should absolutely take the time for yourself rather than anyone else. It’s been good, Fall 2015! Bring on the finals and winter break!!


It’s finals week and many of you have started the stressful endeavor of studying for finals!

Now, you might swear by all-nighters and that “I-learn-better-under-pressure” excuse, but here are some legitimate tips for a brain-boost while you study for finals.

1. Don’t forget to sleep!

You may be tempted to stay up all night but getting some shut-eye will help you remember all that useful info you studied.  Plus, who wants to be groggy on finals morning?  Study hard, sleep hard.

2.  Have a healthy snack

A snack with fiber and protein will keep you from feeling that mid-day “crash” in energy.  Try a granola bar like Kashi or Luna,  string cheese and whole wheat crackers, or a bowl of cereal made with whole grains like Special-K, Kashi, or Multi-grain Cheerios with milk.

3. Get an natural energy drink

Try brewing a cup of green/black/white/herbal tea with lemon or coffee however you like it.  These are better ways to get quick energy than, say, a soda or energy drink with tons of sugar.  The bookstore in Ryan sells Noggin energy drinks made with stevia and green tea extract, in addition to cold-bottled Starbucks drinks if you can’t get off campus.

4. Relax and know that summer is almost here!

Trust me, I have to remind myself of this one too.  Don’t completely forgo studying because it’s almost the end of the year, but use it as motivation to do your best and not let the stress of finals ruin your mood.  Summer is just around the corner!




by Taylor on May 4, 2015

in Academics

It’s that dreaded, yet anticipated time of year. It’s finals week. The term “finals” has both a good and a bad rep. The good is that there is usually a long break from school waiting for students once they finish their finals. The bad is that they actually have to get through their finals in order to get to that winter or summer break. Finals can be stressful, but I’ve came up with some studying tips to help you get through the busy week ahead.

1) Alternate between the multiple exams you have to study for. Don’t tell yourself you’re going to study for three hours for your Biology final, because that’s probably not going to happen. Instead set aside maybe a half hour to study for Bio, then spend another half hour studying for another exam, and then come back to studying for Bio.

2) Remember to take study breaks! A simple ten minute study break can recharge your brain and get your mind off of all the studying you’re doing.

3) Be organized and plan your week out. Figure out what finals need to be studied for and on what days. Prioritize your studying in order of what finals are first or which ones require more studying.

4) Give yourself a pat on the back when you’ve made it through finals week! It can be stressful and you might feel like you didn’t do your best but you still got through it and deserve a round of applause!

I hope that one or more of these tips will help you get through finals week! Good luck!


5 Ways to Balance Finals

by EJ April 29, 2015

Finals are approaching! For most high school and college students, this means a HUGE loss of sleep and long hours studying.. Basically, 3 weeks of hell.. Here’s a few tips to help everybody get through their week — 1) I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again.. Take naps! Naps are an amazing way […]

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Do I See Winter Break on the Horizon?!

by Sarah December 2, 2014

There is nothing more satisfying at the end of a semester than hearing Christmas music practically everywhere you go, shopping malls filled with door-buster discounts, food cooking away on the stove by your parents or grandparents, family coming together, snow falling on the ground, and being able to put your feet up! Why do I […]

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Finals, Finals, and More Finals!

by Taylor December 2, 2014

Well, it’s that time of year again. It’s the time of year we dread because of finals, but we also look forward to since it means winter break is coming up. Finals week and the week before finals are always stressful for college students. The pressure of doing well on finals is always a heavy […]

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The Final…

by Marki April 30, 2014

Finals are here and once again I am overwhelmed. Finals stress me to my core. Papers and projects due back to back, sometimes I feel like I want to scream. My plan for this years finals is to get started early enough to have a little breathing room with my papers. Thankfully I don’t have […]

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December Baby

by Alumni Posts December 16, 2013

Well, that’s it. The Fall Semester is officially over. I had a few difficult finals and a rough week (39 hour all-nighter included), but what’s done is done. Now it’s time to celebrate! The month of December is one that is celebratory for everyone every year, but for myself especially. December brings winter break, Christmas, […]

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Studying for Finals

by Alumni Posts December 10, 2013

With finals underway, it is crucial to study hard and finish the last minute assignments before the semester ends.  One of the keys to success when it comes to getting a good grade on a final is studying.  At Fontbonne, there are many places to study.  There is the DSAC café, AMC, library, as well […]

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