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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!!



Was I Wrong?

by DeMarcus on October 6, 2015

in Campus Community

Lately I think my friends think that I’ve been ignoring them, which isn’t the case. I have just been trying to adjust to my new major and have a mind of my own. Since August 9th, we have spent almost every waking moment together. By any means this isn’t a bad thing, I was just starting to feel that my individual self was being overshadowed. While I was trying to break away from the group, they were still holding on. I am an introvert and we need our time to regroup and focus on our goals. Given that I am an Orientation Leader, I had to be “on” for a total of 3 weeks and by the middle of September I was worn out. Granted, I didn’t have to be “on” I just wanted to make sure the freshman were well acquainted on campus before I could be with the crowd.

During week 1, my friends and I were merry and full of cheer until I noticed that we were all attaining different personal goals. In result of this, I saw the need to separate myself from the group. According to the Knapp’s Relation Development Model, my friends were at the differentiating stage while I was still at bonding. As I was learning this in class, it triggered something in me. Had I come to point in my life where all of my friends had something going for themselves and I didn’t for myself? Was I not being supportive like I should have been? That moment sent me on the verge of a breakdown. My anxiety, of not having my life in order, went crazy. In the span of two days I had a total of 8 espresso shots and an outstanding amount of caffeine to calm my nerves. I hadn’t experienced anything like that in my life. I had to call my best friend Jeremy to make sure I wasn’t going insane, which I was. When I asked him he told me to get over it. So I tried to get past this feeling, but my attitude had changed in how I behaved around my friends.

Going into week 2, I tried to be supportive of my friends’ life goals but I couldn’t. By this point, caffeine wasn’t the answer instead I went shopping at Target. We all know that you shouldn’t walk into a Target when vulnerable. In result of that, I spent $100. Not only did I leave still feeling empty, but also broke. So now I’m thinking about how I am going to make it through the week with very little funds and how I can be a better friend. To buy myself some time, I started hanging out with other people. My friend thought I was leaving them behind, but really I wasn’t. Towards the end of the week I gave up being distant. I realized they needed me but I didn’t see that. For 2 weeks I’ve been walking around blind. Now headed into week 3, I am going to give my friends the personal attention they deserve. I’m Trying! It’s hard being a non-emotional person in group of emotional people.

Next time any one feels as if I’m ignoring you, I’M NOT!! I just need time to regroup and focus. :) Please forgive me?!

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For everyone starting college for the first time (especially those right out of high school), it can seem like an overwhelming experience. You have harder classes, a larger homework load, and, more importantly, a lot more freedom. It can be very easy to get swept up in the social life of college while trying to balance your school work. The best advice I can give, from everything I’ve learned, is make time for yourself.

Learn to make some time each day or each week, even if it’s only 30 minutes, to relax and breathe. Go for a walk, read a book, sit in a coffee shop, etc. Just take some “me” time to unplug from the world and concentrate on recharging your batteries. Even extroverted people should take some time to have a breather. It can be good for your mental, physical, and emotional health; which is very important in the fast paced life of college. I would also say make extra time to get enough sleep as well. If you’re well rested you’ll be more alert in class and your immune system will be better able to fight off illness. Always remember to take care of yourself, a little bit goes a long way.



Coming into Fontbonne University or any college, I would encourage any student to have some sort of relaxation time frame. This time is to be stress free from all the due dates, exams, practices, and games you may have going on. If you do not keep some sort of peace in your life you will lose yourself though out your entire college life. College is a fast-paced environment. Everything has a go, go, go attitude. You must keep a piece of yourself. Find time to mellow down and communicate with family members. I feel like once you are thrown into this college lifestyle it is so easy for you to lose yourself. I’m not saying take too much time off, but keep it reasonable. As a Fontbonne Griffin, you can’t live without knowing who you are. Make sure you are growing as a college student and make the grades. Don’t let them make you!


Writer’s Block

by DeMarcus September 24, 2015

Hello World! I am sorry for not posting last week. I was having a moment and I could not get it together; turns out I had writer’s block! After one post I was already out of ideas. I have ideas but I didn’t know how to put them on paper. I did not know how to formulate […]

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What’s my Biggest Challenge in College?

by Kathy April 10, 2015

I think my biggest challenge in college is really my time management of how I can balance my study, work, and my leisure time nicely. Having an opportunity to study abroad, I always feel that I have to study very hard in order to best utilize my time studying in the United States. Thus, I […]

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Self-love and Stress Reduction

by Katie April 10, 2015

My biggest challenge in college has been stress management and making time for myself.  I think it’s extremely important to take care of one’s self and have “me time”, time to spend with friends and time to do the hobbies that you most enjoy.  Balance is key.  Does that ideal always happen for me?  Well, […]

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3 Quick Ways To Feel Less Stressed

by Hannah February 12, 2015

Well Fontbonne, we are now about a month into the spring semester. Are you feeling the stress yet? Because I sure am! Assignments, readings, and projects are starting to pile up, on top of working two jobs and managing my social life (or at least pretending like I have one!) But during these times, 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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by Alumni Posts October 10, 2012

Hello Everyone, It is around midterm time! I have taken one and have another one waiting for me this week. These major tests always result in super stress and a very forgetful mind. I think I might have lost something at least 5 times! It could be a pen, my phone, a homework assignment, car […]

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