GUEST BLOGGER: MARLA GAGNE, ‘ 18
Hi everyone! My name is Marla Gagne, and I’m from West Haven, Connecticut. I’m a sophomore English major and am currently living the suite-life on campus (pun intended). I am a news co-editor on The Cowl and love writing stories about what’s going on around PC. I’ve also volunteered with campus ministry and love getting involved on campus. College life can be crazy, but chicken nugget Thursdays, Friday night hockey games, and PC friends make it all worth it!
October is finally here, and we can celebrate that we have survived our first month of the school year. Getting back into college-mode can be difficult and balancing laundry, fun, and reading Aristotle can be a challenge. While we like to think everything will slow down, we still have to keep midterms in mind. The next few weeks are filled with constant studying, three papers due in a week, and never ending reading. But before you decide to quit school or dip into that emergency bag of chocolate, here are some tips to keep your sanity during midterms.
- Get organized:
It may seem like the most obvious tip, but it can really save you a lot of time and stress. Make a list of when every assignment is due and feel free to even color code for each subject. You will feel like your world is organized and centered, and you’ll avoid the dreaded moment when you realize you did your CIV paper that’s due next week and forgot about your English paper due tomorrow.
- Switch Up Places to Study:
Staying in the same place to study can make you feel like you’re in a prison cell. Don’t be afraid to mix up your study spots and have a change of scenery. The library is always the hot spot on campus to study, and it has everything-computers, single cubbies, tables for groups, and couches. The Dominican Center is a secret gem and the perfect place for when the library is packed and you need a quiet spot. Feel free to do work outside (but beware: people watching is tempting) or got grab a classroom in Ruane.
- Take a Break:
The never-ending list of assignments often makes you feel like stopping is impossible. But really, there is only so much reading you can do before you have no idea what you’re actually reading. Work for an hour or two and then take a ten-minute break. Grab a snack, call a friend, walk around, or just check your Snapchat. You’ll feel refreshed and ready to take on the never-ending pile of work.
- Do What’s Right for You:
During midterms, it’s easy to get caught up in what everyone else is doing. You’re stuck writing a paper, while your friends are at McPhail’s getting milkshakes. There’s always the one person who has everything done in advanced or the friend that has no midterms and is binge-watching Netflix instead. Don’t feel pressured to have more done than you do or to abandon your work so you can hang out with friends. Everyone has a different schedule, their own study habits, and their own priorities. Keep in mind what is important to you and stay focused on your own goals. That milkshake will be there next week and will taste just as good.
- Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Help:
It’s easy to get overwhelmed with work and feel like you have nowhere to turn for help. But, remember there are resources all around you. It can be intimidating to talk to a professor for extra help, but make the move and go to office hours. They know exactly what you need to know and it doesn’t hurt to have help from the person grading you. Your own friends and classmates are a great resource. Reach out to them for help on a theory you just can’t get or even organize a small study group before the big exam. Finally, don’t forget the Office of Academic Services (OAS). OAS has tutors to help with every subject and can help you with reviews, practice problems, or even just organizing your notes. There are also writing tutors who can help you brainstorm ideas, outline your paper, or just look at the finished copy. Or you can send your paper to the Write Site!
Good luck on your mid-terms!
GUEST BLOGGER: MARLA GAGNE, ‘ 18 Hi everyone! My name is Marla Gagne, and I’m from West Haven, Connecticut. I’m... MORE
GUEST BLOGGER: SHANE QUINN, ’15
Hello! My name is Shane Quinn. I am a Grad Student from Waterford, Ireland. I am currently studying in order to attain my masters in counseling here at Providence College. I was part of the PC class of 2015, studying psychology as an undergraduate. I am a GA in the Office of Academic Services, providing academic support to students. I am starting my 5th year competing for our famous track team and will be competing in the 2016 indoor & outdoor track seasons. I enjoy soccer, TV and movies. Most of all, I enjoy just lounging around watching all three, regaining my strength before having to go run around in circles! Check in with me at PC Smartypants for tips to academic success.
Greeting students, employees and Friar Fanatics across the land! This blog entry is an introduction into the latest employee of Friartown’s Office of Academic Services, myself, Shane Quinn. I am employed as a Grad Assistant by OAS and will be providing academic support to students once the semester commences. I was born in Dublin, Ireland on September 15th 1992 and grew up in Waterford, Ireland from 1995 onward.
About my hometown: Waterford is the oldest city in Ireland, and is known for its fantastic preservation of some of Europe’s most ancient architecture.
Waterford is also home to Waterford Crystal, one of Ireland’s most successful exports.
Hurling, Ireland’s national sport, is very popular in Waterford and is played at elementary and secondary school level, as well as at college. The club hurling scene in Waterford and indeed Ireland is very popular, having teams with kids as young as 6 years old on them, all the way up to senior level with adults.
About Me: My life has been about running track & cross country since I was 9 years old. Having competed at international level all the way up through the age groups, I was offered a full athletic scholarship to compete for the historic cross country and track team here at PC. So far, my highlights have been:
- Division 1 All-American in cross country
- 2 x Big East champion
- 4 x Big East runner-up
- 2 x New England champion
- Captained the team to two national championship appearances in cross country, finishing 16th (2013) & 13th (2014) respectively.
Favorite TV shows: Game of Thrones, Sherlock, Peaky Blinders, Lost, True Detective, Family Guy, Friends, Father Ted & plenty more.
Favorite Movies: Gangs of New York, The Lord of the Rings, 21 & 22 Jump Street, Inglorious Bastards, Pulp Fiction, The Dark Knight trilogy, Gladiator.
That’s all I can think to tell everyone now. I would love to get to know all those within the Friar Family. Please stop by room 221 of the Library, 2nd floor, in OAS and I would love to talk.
GUEST BLOGGER: SHANE QUINN, ’15 Hello! My name is Shane Quinn. I am a Grad Student from Waterford, Ireland. I... MORE
5. Seating at Starbucks
We love having Starbucks in Ruane – it is so close and easy to run downstairs and grab a coffee. But if you want to meet with a student or colleague for a coffee, there is no place to sit. If we added two high top tables, that would be wonderful.
4. A Second Restroom
There is only one restroom on the second floor of the library so during finals, there is a premium on restrooms. The line to use the ladies room on the second floor goes all the way to the books. It may not be structurally possible, but if we could add another restroom to avoid this problem, we’d all be so much happier during finals week.
3. A New Rally Cry
For those of you that follow our dedicated and enthusiastic Dean of Student, Dr. Sears, on twitter, you know his “We Are PC” mantra. Well, how awesome would it be if he led the student section in a “We Are PC” chant during a basketball game. The students would love it! This phrase is already on t-shirts in the bookstore so it is about time we take it to the next level.
2. Game of Thrones DWC Colloquia
Think of it – an entire semester dedicated to analyzing the significance of the Red Wedding, Good vs. Evil as seen through the Battle of the Mountain and the Viper, and comparing/contrasting the definition of feminism and power through various characters (Cersei Lannister, Daenerys Targaryen and Margaery Tyrell to name a few). I think there would even be a few faculty and staff that would want to attend this course!
1. Christmas Wishes
We want all of our students to have a wonderful Christmas! Have a lovely break and we cannot wait to see you in January!
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We’ve been so busy with final exams and students, we almost forgot to send our Christmas list to Santa! But... MORE
Dr. Vance Morgan, Director of the signature Development of Western Civilization Program here at Providence College, posted an entry in his blog about an email exchange with a student regarding the student’s current grade. This posted, called Educating the Uneducated, is wonderfully written and also gives our office a shout-out! I highly recommend every student read his thoughts as we enter the final weeks of the semester.
Dr. Vance Morgan, Director of the signature Development of Western Civilization Program here at Providence College, posted an entry in... MORE