Monday, November 30, 2015

Staying Healthy on Finals Week

We all know that on finals week our main priority is studying and doing well on finals.  Eating healthy tends to fall apart during this week but it is very important that we maintain healthy eating habits to retain information better and do well on our exams.  Eating brain power food will help us stay healthy and alert to do our best possible and excel in our final exams.  I know that it is hard to think of ideas of foods that can be simple to make and also taste delicious.  For this reason I have compiled a list of websites that can help you with this process.  Hopefully these websites are useful for you. I have also included a list of tips that may help you get organized while studying for finals.  Good luck on finals everyone!

The Gracious Pantry: This website has many different recipes that anyone can easily recreate.  It is also very easy to find recipes because they are separated into categories.  Just click on recipe index at the top of the page and choose the category you desire!
One Green Planet : This website is very diverse it also has many recipes separated by meals and also special occasions.  One green planet is an online guide to help make conscious choices that help people, animals, and the planet.
Health: This website is health related with various recipes and tips that help on everyday life.  One of the things that I liked about this website is that under heath A- Z at the top of the page, it has different health issues that you could click on to learn more about. 

Study tips for finals
  • Create a master to-do list and a schedule for the remaining days in the semester.
  • Just get started. Don’t wait until you feel like studying.
  • Identify the format of the exam. Vary your study technique according to the type of exam.
  • Take short breaks. Your brain can process a limited amount of information and benefits from some rest.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Making Stress Your Friend: Part 2 - by Krista

Hello again!

Last week we discussed stress; what it is, how to cope with it, and included a Ted Talk on the subject. This week, I want to talk about the resources that can assist you in dealing with stress and stressful situations throughout your college career here at Chico State.

There are many resources on campus that students can access for FREE! The concept of “free” to me is incredible and includes opportunities that you should not pass up. After all, someday we will have to pay a good amount of money for these amazing services and they wont be nearly as accessible as on the campus of your current lifestyle. The Counseling Center is open Monday thru Friday 8:00am-5:00pm with crisis services available all day throughout their regular operating hours. 

You can view more information on the Counseling Center website. The Student Health Center can always help as well. Stress can be just something extra on your plate, but if you are sick and stressed out, you are less likely to take the time to care for yourself. If you are anything like me, you will push yourself until you need to see the doctor because you didn’t rest when you should have taken the time to care for your body. If this sounds like you, I want to recommend the Student Health Center. Every time I absolutely need something, they are able to fit me in. If you form a relationship with a full time staff member, you can be seen quickly, which (hopefully) won’t disrupt a busy schedule. The Student Health Center is open Monday thru Friday 8:00am-5:00pm, however, they open at 9:15am on Wednesdays. For more information, visit the Student Health Center website.

Of course, there are many other resources on campus as well such as the library and academic advising walk in hours. However, I want you to consider your family and friends as a solid foundation for support in the time of stress and possible anxiety. Having a well-rounded social life will help support a successful education and keep you on track. We want to avoid burnout as much as possible as students! Keep yourself and your schedule open for a little “you” time and don’t forget to include those important people in your life. Carving out time for social activities, or just to talk about your situation will be more helpful than you anticipate.

Thanks again for reading! Next time I would like to talk to you all about methods of stress relief, such as sporting events, hobbies, and activities that can help you during those tough midterm weeks!