2+ weeks. Hang on! by katzb
11.30.09, 9:06 pm
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With a restful Thanksgiving break behind us, it’s back to the grind! Looking at my calendar for the next two weeks is enough to give me an ulcer. 1 presentation, 1 oral exam, 3 papers and 5 finals in the next two weeks. My only comfort comes from knowing that 2 weeks from now I’ll be almost done with all of it! There are the worst few weeks of the semester, and after my third year of enduring it each fall and spring, I barely feel any more prepared! Here are a few things I have caught onto over the past few years:

1. Be patient. If you want a seat in the library, be prepared to make friends or fight for it. (Kidding, no brawling in the library, please!) The library is never as full as it is during finals, and each year I am surprised at the number of students packing the pathways and tables among the books. Claim a table early, study with a friend, or find another quiet place to cram.

2. Keep you schedule. Don’t stop eating and sleeping to study from dawn until dusk. You’ll crash before your second exam.

3. Eat snacks! Take advantage of the refreshments in the library on Tuesday, December 8. Everyone needs a snack and a study break!

4. Chill out! Finals are not the end of the world. before we know it, it will be Christmas break and finals will all be a distant memory.

Hang in there, Duquesne!

-Brittany

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Adios, Summer. by katzb
09.30.09, 8:19 pm
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huge-snow-suitFall is really here. The cold weather this week has been so shocking that I’ve been dressing like its January. Today I am donning a hoodie, jacket, my morning hot tea, warm shoes, and an umbrella. I find the Starbucks right in the middle of campus much more difficult to resist when it’s cold out! Some people love Pittsburgh because we experience all four seasons here, but I’d be much happier if we only had two: spring and summer.

Although I clearly hate the cold, I do have a few favorite things on campus to do during those horribly chilly months. Like I mentioned before, the Starbucks is a lifesaver. I can barely go a day without a hot chocolate or warm drink. I also appreciate the warm food from the grill down at Offramp much more when it’s cold out. There’s nothing better than a warm sandwich during a cold day! I also utilize the Power Center gym and group fitness classes much more during the winter. My favorites are the Yoga and PiYo classes. (Here is the schedule)

As you’ve probably already noticed on a chilly day like today, fashion generally takes a backseat on cold days, especially when we get into the winter months! Because students have to walk outside between every single class, no one will look twice if you’re dressed in a warm Duquesne hoodie and furry boots.

Ok, so maybe it’s not winter just yet, but I am getting prepared.

-Brittany