Love is in the air

By ALEXIS GRAMATES

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Candles and hearts cover the tables. Photo by Alexis Gramates.

Staff Writer

Conversations, laughter and red and white balloons filled the LED candlelit Nanticoke room it was Valentine’s Day round two.

Salisbury University’s National Association for the Advancement of Colored People held their first annual speed dating event that was originally set for Feb. 14 during their founder’s day week, but because of scheduling issues it was postponed until Mar. 14.

“We wanted to hold this event around our founder’s day, Feb. 12, 1909, but things were shifted,” Dominic Williams, a senior studying psychology and NAACP’s President said.

This worked out in their favor, the association came up with the idea to have a second chance at love and throw Valentine’s Day round two.

“The whole point of this event was to get people out of their shell, come out and talk to someone they may not have talked to before. I know that almost everybody here knows each other in passing, but they never really talked,” Williams said. “We just want to bring people closer together.”

They had about 14 tables set up around the perimeter of the Nanticoke room in Guerrieri Student Union. The tables were set with pink and red paper hearts with LED candles alongside a set of ice breaker questions that each member of the association came up with.

Brittany Hayes attended the event, a senior majoring in psychology, decided to come to the event after she received an email about it.

“Everyone here is really interesting,” Hayes said, “I really enjoy the ‘what is the most reckless thing you have done’ question because I like hearing people’s stories.”

The men had to sit on the inside of the room as the women sat on the outside, making it easier for the men to switch tables every five minutes.

As the night went on each conversation became more in depth and the questions became easier. Five minutes started to seem like not enough time for some people, and there was a lot of talk about how they wanted to continue their conversations more.

At the end of the night everyone walked away from the event with a new friend they can say ‘hi’ to on campus.

“I did not think it was not going to be like this, I thought there was going to be more girls than guys,” Freshman Naomi Stroman said, “Talking to people was the best part, and there are some really cool people here.”

ZTA dodgeball tournament successful in raising hundreds for Breast Cancer Awareness

By CAYLEE MORGAN

Staff Writer

Onesies, flying balls and self-proclaimed “macho men” could all be found at Zeta Tau Alpha’s (ZTA) first annual Dodge for a Cause event on Saturday afternoon in Maggs Gym.

Each semester ZTA puts on an event in order to raise money for Breast Cancer Awareness, their chosen philanthropy. This spring semester, Think-Pink Chairmen Regan Marti, with the help of ZTA Vice President Sadie Helvig, were able to raise $1,700 by recruiting over 100 people to buy tickets and participate in a dodgeball tournament.

Marti decided to replace the previous standard casino night with a dodgeball tournament in order to try to include more than just Greek life in such events by extending it to the campus community. By doing so, she hoped to conjure up more enthusiasm about raising Breast Cancer Awareness.

Sixteen teams ranging from sports teams to Greek life to clubs such as CHAARG and Girls on Top (GOT) registered, bringing in a revenue of $300 from just tickets sold.

GOT, a community service club on campus, was delighted to take part in the event as they actively try to support other groups on campus.

“It’s a ‘you scratch my back, I scratch yours” type thing,” Senior Brianne Pomerantz said, a competing member of the GOT team. “It’s nice to see all the groups come out to support.”

And support they did. Money was raised through entrance tickets, baked goods and raffle tickets. Sisters of ZTA baked an assortment of treats while members of the community donated baskets full of various prizes which were then raffled off.

Many bought several raffle tickets in hopes of increasing their chances of winning one of the coveted baskets. Young Le, a new member of ZTA, bought 15 which resulted in the acquisition of the basket containing Southern Tide swag.

But more excitement was found on the court. As well as participating in a dodgeball tournament, teams competed to win the title of “Best Costume” and “Best Team Name.”

Pi Lambda Phi decided to go for the flannels and cut-off jeans look beating out an assortment of onesies and jerseys, while Sigma Pi took the title of “Best Team Name” with “Snoop Dodgy Dodge.”

The brothers of Kappa Sigma’s team, “Macho Men” took the title of Dodgeball Champions after a riveting face-off against the brothers of Sigma Phi Epsilon’s team, “Sig Ep Varsity.” After the first two sets, the teams were tied, but Kappa Sigma came back to take the win in the third and final set.

“It was a hard-fought battle,” Sophomore Chad Reilly said, the “Macho Men” team captain. “But we all knew who would win.”

By the end of the four hour event, 12 different campus groups had participated and 90 ZTA sisters went out to volunteer at the event. Marti was pleased with the outcome of the event and with the amount of people that showed up.

“Being able to be a part of an organization where I could continue to raise money and awareness with a group of girls who had the same passion was important to me,” Marti said. “After planning this event, I will be more willing to get involved in my chapter and volunteer to plan something else.”

Golden milk macaroons: The thought behind the recipe

By MARY GELLEN

Staff Writer

I wanted to bring a treat to a birthday celebration over the weekend. I pondered for a while what to create, my stipulations being few but limiting: vegan and easily portable.

I knew the raw cakes and tarts I felt initially enticed to make would be difficult to transport, not to mention tricky to whip up under short notice. I figured bite-sized would be the best way to go and, after some searching, I found a recipe for golden milk macaroons which was simple enough to bend to my liking.

Golden milk, also known as turmeric tea, is a deliciously warming drink made of any type of milk boiled and blended with turmeric, ginger, black pepper, cayenne, cinnamon, coconut oil and honey or other sweetener. Besides making you feel like a child on the twinkling edge of slumber bundled beside the warmth of a low-burning fire, golden milk can also make you feel more healthful.

Many of turmeric’s health benefits stem from its anti-inflammatory, anti-carcinogenic and detoxifying properties. Adding black pepper boosts your absorption of the turmeric power while coconut oil adds to its positive effects on cognitive functioning.

I knew I had a food-loving crowd full of open minds and palettes, so the golden milk macaroons were sure to be a hit. They are perfect for situations where there might be several treats that need to be sampled.

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The Golden Milk Macaroons en route to the party. Photo taken by Mary Gellen.

Here is the recipe, created by Minimalist Baker (of the acclaimed website) with instructions and alterations by me.

 

Recipe type: Dessert

Cuisine: Vegan, gluten free, Indian-inspired

Serves: 20

Ingredients:

MACAROONS

  • 3 cups (240 g) unsweetened shredded coconut—I used 4 cups. Try to find very finely shredded unless you have a food processor at home
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric, plus more to taste
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon, plus more to taste
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger, plus more to taste
  • Optional: pinch black pepper
  • Optional: pinch ground cardamom—I did not have
  • 3 Tbsp (45 ml) maple syrup
  • 1 heaping Tbsp (20 g) coconut oil (scoopable, not melted)
  • 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • Pinch sea salt

CHOCOLATE SHELL

  • 3/4 cup (90 g) chopped vegan dark chocolate
  • 1 Tbsp (15 ml) coconut oil

Instructions:

  1. If coconut can be shredded smaller, process through food processor.
  2. In large bowl, combine coconut and all spices. Squeeze and mash with hands. The coconut should begin to feel like it could start packing, but not quite.
  3. Add coconut oil, vanilla, maple and salt. Combine thoroughly with hands.
  4. If you used more shredded coconut like I did, you will need more of everything. If you want more of any taste, add more! Remember, you will be dipping in chocolate soon, so be wary of making it too sweet. I added a lot of extra ginger.
  5. Form into little balls of whatever size you would like. Place on a baking sheet covered by parchment paper or smothered in coconut oil to prevent sticking.
  6. Place in freezer for about 5 minutes or until set.
  7. Melt chocolate and oil.
  8. Dip bottoms of balls in chocolate then place back on frozen sheet. Drizzle more on top.
  9. Place back in freezer for 5 or so minutes to set.
  10. I stored in fridge, but they can stay out in room temperature for extended periods of time with no problem.
  11. Enjoy!

 

 

Need advice?

By ALEXIS GRAMATES

Staff Writer

Bryan Horikami

Photo By: Kathy Pusey

 

As midterms come closer, students may find themselves questioning if this is all worth it, why they are spending so much time in the library and if it will ever get easier. The best advice is from those who have gone through this same process and succeeded: PROFESSORS!

Dr. Bryan Horikami was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, and then went on to graduate from University of Hawaii at Manoa with his BA in Communication.

Wanting to continue his education, he went east to Pennsylvania State University where he received his MA and Ph.D. in Speech Communication.

Since 1996, he has been a part of Salisbury University’s Communication Department and is now the department’s chair and associate professor. He also teaches Human Communication Studies tracks such as Interpersonal Communication and Intercultural Communication.

When he is not teaching, you can find him enjoying a decadent meal at a local restaurant or advising the Asian and Pacific Islander club.

Here is his advice for students:

What was your dream job growing up and while in college? 

“I wanted to be a circus clown when I was seven years old. I wanted to make people happy. I researched about the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College in Florida and had hopes of attending. I also read that clowns have copyrighted faces. I decided I wanted to be a ‘Hobo Clown.’

In college, I wanted to be a prosecuting attorney. In my senior year, I had an opportunity to teach a freshman seminar public speaking class. After that experience, I decided to go to graduate school instead of law school so I could become a university professor.”

 What advice do you have for those who are struggling in making a career decision?

I would take an honest assessment of things I am competent in and I like to do. I also suggest that you set your goals to realistic standards and decide your career based on your own accord, not by the expectations of others.”

What is the worst advice you ever received?

Some of my classmates told me to take easy classes and get high grades. I ignored that advice. If I had the choice between a ‘difficult’ professor and an ‘easy’ professor, I always chose the ‘difficult’ one. That meant, to me, that the grade I earned was based on a higher standard.”

 What advice can you give students during college?

The university is a place to explore your identity, take calculated risks in doing things that you might not have considered before and to meet people who are vastly different from you. I recommend students to learn a foreign language, study abroad, take classes related to cultures and take the time to seek out people with whom you might not typically engage.”

What advice can you give students after graduation?

Do not expect your first job to be your only job. Do not feel that you are above any type of job-related tasks. Make time to find some activity to do public service, volunteering, and charity work.

If you are unhappy with what you are doing, continue to educate yourself for a different career path. There is no such thing as ‘job security’ outside of your own talents, knowledge and dedication.”

Sculpture major houses exhibition in GUC Art Space

By DEVIN LINER

Staff Writer

@devmackintosh

Sculpture house

Photo By: Devin Liner

 

The second floor of the Guerrieri University Center is home to the Art Space, which showcases the work of Salisbury University students each month.

From now until March 31, senior BFA Sculpture major Heidi Rottman’s preliminary drawings for her “Endangered” series are being presented. Next month, Natalie Fein’s work will be shown, followed by Garett Fulmer’s exhibition in May.

Professor Jinchul Kim, who is head of the Painting area within the Art Department and in charge of selecting what to display in the University Center Art Space, approached Rottman after seeing her work. One of Rottman’s previous exhibitions was about the rapid decline of honeybee populations entitled “Beewildered,” which was presented in the Student Art Center.

Growing up, Rottman was surrounded by art due to both of her parents having careers as graphic designers.

Originally a biology major, she switched after freshman year because she realized she would rather be doing art, which she loves and is passionate about. She could figure out the money later.

After she graduates with a B.F.A. in sculpture this semester, her plan is to work as a graphic designer and at local art galleries. She is also going to be applying to graduate schools in Texas, North Carolina and South Carolina, and hopes to be attending in a year to get her master’s degree.

The sketches on display in the art space are plans for life-sized, iron and cast resin sculptures. The subjects are animals such as the bighorn sheep, pygmy rabbit and red wolf—species that are now endangered due to loss of habitat in North America.

The conscious choice to immortalize these endangered species in such an industrial material allows the viewer to “see what we have chosen as valuable in our contemporary culture and what we have given up in its place,” Rottman says in her artist’s statement.

Rottman has always been concerned with the environment, nature and animals, and frequently references them in her work. She hopes to increase awareness for the living beings who rely on the health of the environment to survive—including ourselves.

Although the artist planned these projects long before the presidential election and subsequent decline in environmental program support and funding, it makes her work more relevant than ever.

However, Rottman believes that “we need to stop relying solely on the government to advocate for the environment—individuals are just as capable in being responsible for the earth we inhabit.”

The exhibition is an interesting concept with a strong message about the impact people are having on the habitats of certain animals. The theme is incredibly relevant to our world today, and will encourage viewers in Salisbury to be more aware of how serious endangerment is at this point in time.

The drawings themselves were very well rendered, and students can look forward to seeing the formalized projects brought to life after Rottman castes them in iron and resin.

Being the old dog on campus

By ALEXIS GRAMATES

Staff Writer

Many students come to college right after their senior year of high school; they anticipate their big move all summer. Then there are some students who go back to school after working and some who take what is known as the “affordable” way. For the students who did not go to college right away, it is difficult to jump into the “college life” because they did not get the dorm room experience or have peers the same age as them.

We all know everyone takes different paths and some may take longer than others, but what they do not talk about is the struggles students face while they take their time trying to finish their degree.

Transferring to schools when you are already 21 and have experienced “adulthood” can be difficult. One of the biggest obstacles is trying to find friends that are the same age as you. If you find yourself meeting people that are younger than you but have the same interests, then hang out with them. Nothing is wrong about going to a house party instead of the bar—just think that you are saving money!

Get involved as much as possible; college should be an experience, not work. Go out and join clubs, go to tailgates and utilize what the campus has to offer. You never want to look back on your time in college and regret that you made it seem like a job and you did not enjoy it to the fullest.

Stop worrying about how long it has taken you. Everyone’s path is different. Some are shorter than others and some are rockier than others. It is okay that you took a little longer, as long as you are getting a degree to become a better you.

Do not get discouraged because of your age. Just keep looking toward the end prize and you will get there. College goes by faster than you think, so take your time and enjoy the precious moments you have. These years are meant for going out, finding yourself and meeting new people.

Being considered the old dog on campus is never a bad thing. You had to figure out life just a little earlier than most students do. Enjoy your time that you get. Many people do not get to have this opportunity. Taking your time is necessary—just remember that Rome was not built in a day.

 

C.O.A.T helps Salisbury community battle addiction

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Photo By: Haley Dick

By HALEY DICK

Gull Life Editor

@its_riDICKulous

The Wicomico County Health Department, with funding from the county and the city, has collaboratively worked to create a program to help residents of Wicomico County combat addiction.

 The Community Outreach Addictions Team, otherwise known as C.O.A.T, established itself in June 2016 with the intention to work towards combating the heroin epidemic throughout the county, but provides guidance for all opioid addictions. According to their informational pamphlet, C.O.A.T’s goal is “to stop overdoses and provide a smooth transition to treatment services.”

 The team of peer support specialists act as an available resource to struggling addicts by sharing their personal knowledge and experiences of addiction and recovery to help them find the hope and purpose they are looking for during the initial steps to recovery.

 Tasha Jamison, registered peer supervisor of the C.O.A.T team, speaks about how the program has been effective and successful over the time it has been in action.

 “It has been very beneficial to the hospital, and law enforcement has been utilizing it on a regular basis as well. It has been an amazing community effort. The collaboration between agencies is something other counties will say, ‘how did you do that? Hospitals don’t talk to people outside of the hospital? Law enforcement doesn’t talk to people outside of law enforcement.’ But, all of our local agencies realized that nobody could fix this if they were keeping everything secret.”

 While the direct assistance of the program comes from the peer specialists, Jamison shares that college students and community members can help the efforts of C.O.A.T in additional ways.

 “The most important things are education, identifying individuals and taking away the stigma. I encourage anyone in the community to go to the free [Narcan] training offered every month in the library, and with that free training you get a prescription or the kit when you are there, because you just never know when you are going to walk into a bathroom in your home and find somebody passed out. If you have that in your pocket, you can save a life.”

 The Salisbury University Counseling Center helps SU students cope with addiction as well by providing intake assessment, individual or group therapy, referral to more intensive treatment programs as well as consultations with those hoping to encourage a loved one to fight back against their addiction.

 Dr. Kathleen Scott, director of the counseling center, provides advice for students suffering from addiction.

 “Many aspects of alcohol abuse, mixing alcohol and other drugs, and use of heroin, opioids and other prescription drugs can be lethal, in addition to damaging various aspects of a person’s life,” Scott said. “Express your concern and get help for your friends who are abusing alcohol and using other drugs. Don’t be afraid to talk about it.”

 Those in the professional field are not the only people to acknowledge the critical issue of substance abuse. Senior community health major and psychology minor and Counseling Center intern Devynn Detzer is working to create a health promotion program in collaboration with three other community health interns working through the Wellness Program and Student Health Services.

 “Together, we hope to eventually create a collaborative video addressing the issue with an overlying goal of creating awareness and erasing the stigma that goes along with substance abuse,” Detzer said. “Ultimately, we would like to educate the campus community on opioid and heroin abuse by creating and promoting awareness of facts and data available, and approach the topic of stigma in relation to these types of addictions, hopefully diminishing the negativity that coincides with the topic as well as spreading awareness that getting addicted to these drugs could happen to anyone and it is okay to seek help.”

 Students should be on the lookout for flyers promoting the student-constructed video and utilize the Counseling Center for any additional related questions.

 Those residing in the surrounding area and personally battling addiction who need an understanding ear of guidance are encouraged to call the C.O.A.T team at (443) 783-6875. As for friends and family struggling to watch their loved ones combat addiction and get clean, call (410) 742- 3784 to reach the Addictions Support Network where a peer recovery specialist will happily set a meeting to answer any circulating questions, broad or specific.

Giving meaning to your breathing

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Photo By: Theresa Tumminello

By THERESA TUMMINELLO

 

Staff Writer

@Theresa_tumm

Monika Lupean, owner of Salisbury Yoga, has been stopping by Salisbury University to lead meditation classes for members of the student body, as well as locals, on Monday nights. By stimulating senses and coaching deep breathing, Lupean offers a great way to unwind and clear your mind. Each week she focuses on different types of meditation.

The first week she focused on mantra meditation, followed by the second week with a specialized type of mantra meditation, “Love and Kindness,” for Valentine’s Day. With this type of meditation, you are encouraged to associate words with each breath. For example, you could breathe in “hope” and breathe out “love,” imagining scenes associated with the chosen words as you continue your breathing.

“Mantra meditation is the most accessible because it gives your mind something to do,” Lupean said. Her third session was centered on mindfulness meditation. Exercises included centering your mind and body, deep breathing and becoming aware of your surroundings.

Throughout the time that your eyes are closed, Lupean taps into your senses by giving suggestions on what to focus on. In between breaths, she urges you to continue escorting distractive thoughts out of your mind. She also reads some of her favorite quotes, including the following by the Dalai Lama: “The ultimate source of comfort and peace is within ourselves.”

Each activity is around 10 minutes long, followed by about five minutes of information about each exercise. During the periods of information, Lupean identifies benefits of meditation, which include increases in levels of “feel good” chemicals in your brain. She explains how meditation helps your brain adapt to new circumstances, reduces blood pressure, lessens the effects of a cold and can help reduce chronic pain, stress and fatigue. She even correlated meditation and physical health, saying, “Meditation can help you lose weight because you become more mindful in what you do.”

There is an elementary school in Baltimore, Md. that has adopted meditation into their code of conduct. At Robert W. Coleman Elementary School, the detention room has been renamed and turned into a “Mindful Moment Room.” Now, when a child acts out or displays bad behavior, they are taken to this room and coached through breathing and centering exercises.

In her article titled “Instead of Detention, These Students Get Meditation,” Deborah Bloom says, “Those at the school say it’s done wonders for their learning environment and productivity.”

Children attending Coleman Elementary School are more calm and mindful than ever before and the school is seeing a great change in their overall atmosphere.

With the exhilarating results that a simple 30 minutes to one hour of meditation shows, it is hard not to be intrigued. “There is no way to do meditation wrong,” Lupean explains. “Set a timer, close your eyes and breathe.”

Lupean is offering one more class on Monday, March 6th from 5pm-6pm. Bring a towel and bring a friend! Classes are located in Holloway Hall, Great Hall. I guarantee that you will leave feeling relaxed and ready to tackle the week ahead!

Succumbing to Spontaneity: A barrier breaker column

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Photo By: Kaydee Jones

By KAYDEE JONES

 

Guest Writer

A little spontaneity is good for the soul.

However, in a world dominated by approaching assignment deadlines, strict class schedules, picking up some shifts for spending money, multiple extracurricular activities and obligations to sleep and eat, it is hard to salvage a social life.

Speaking from experience, even if I get lost in thought for a while about getting away from all of it, the constant ping of reminders or blaring alarms on my phone quickly pull me back to my responsibilities.

Just looking at my planner is enough to give me an overwhelming feeling of anxiety. Each day is filled with assignment due dates scribbled in multiple colored inks in an attempt to be structured. The calendar month page has just about every day of the month mapped out.

Is that organization or over-exhaustion? I will try to get back to you on that one.

But this is not an article about how stressful college is. Anyone can set foot on a college campus, read the face of an involved student and see the self-induced anxiety masked underneath. I know I can easily spot the overachievers at my small-town college in Salisbury.

That, however, is not the point; the point is that sometimes an hour of Netflix or a trip to get some food is not enough of an escape.

Sometimes it takes your roommate banging obnoxiously on your door at 9 a.m. on a Saturday morning—even though you planned on waking up at 10 a.m. to do homework—to jolt you away from the hub of obligations.

“Get up, we’re going on a road trip,” Rachel, my friend, said.

Road trip? Where? How long will it take? Will I be home in time for work or to do any studying? Panic coursed through my veins as I remembered my planner, which was about to burst and spill responsibilities all over my bedroom.

Structure and organization propel me through college, and this unplanned social activity threatened to upset that system.

“Are you dressed yet? We’re going to eat when we get there.”

I’m not sure if it was the nagging of my roommates or of my subconscious that finally lifted me out of bed.

Go. Have fun. Be spontaneous for once in your life.

So, I went.

It was an absolutely gorgeous day—65 degrees and sunny in mid-February (thanks, climate change!). I climbed into the back of my roommate’s red Jeep Wrangler and threw my hair up in a messy bun to prepare for the tunnel of air that would blast me while the windows were down.

As we pulled out of our apartment complex with the sun beating down and pop music blasting through the speakers, I felt myself starting to relax.

But somehow the question escaped my lips: “So, where are we going?”

Our experienced navigator in the driver seat, Kayla, turned around when she pulled up to a stoplight and offered an answer disguised in the form of a question.

“Have you guys ever been to Chincoteague?”

Actually, yes, I have.

Memories of visiting my grandparents at their little getaway on the island surfaced, and a wave of nostalgia hit me in the stomach in time with the bass pumping through the song we had on. The first time I ever rode a horse was during the weekend of the town’s annual pony swim.

“Not in a long time,” I said. “Let’s go.”

Fruitland was eventually behind us, then University of Maryland Eastern Shore. We made our way into Virginia and soon found ourselves approaching Chincoteague Island.

We drove in circles for a few minutes trying to find a place that was open. The small Eastern Shore town thrives in the summer, but shuts down in the off-season winter months.

Eventually we stopped and ate at a small pizza and sub place and then headed for the beach. The ride to the beach was short because I occupied my time by scanning outside for wild ponies. It only took us a few minutes to decide that the breeze off the water made it just a little too chilly to stay long, so we headed back into town.

After we circled the island to play the “I wish I could buy that beach house” game, we stopped at Island Creamery for a frozen treat.

With my waffle cone in hand and the sun on my back as we sat on a picnic table outside of the shop, I reflected about the morning and afternoon. I had spent it with my two roommates whom I connect with so well, and there was no drawn-out plan for anything. For a while, I genuinely enjoyed myself with no distractions.

When we arrived back at our apartment later that day, my planner and textbooks were sitting in the middle of my desk, right where I left them. Succumbing to spontaneity certainly did not erase my responsibilities, but playing hooky from real life for a day did feel like the breath of fresh air that you experience on a spring-like day in winter on the beach.

10 Ways to De-Stress

By AMY WOJTOWICZ

Staff Writer

With the stress of midterms approaching, our minds tend to become overwhelmed with the looming dread of multiple choice and open ended questions. Here are ten ways to guarantee the mid-semester stress doesn’t get the best of you.

  1. Treat yourself
    Reward yourself for all your recent hard work lately doing something you love, but   haven’t had a lot of time to do in a while. You deserve it!
  1. Make a New Music Playlist
    Whether it be a new study playlist, or just songs to jam out to in the shower, making a new playlist with new songs can lift your mood and take your mind somewhere else.
  1. If you have your car on campus, go for a drive with the windows down.
    There is nothing more liberating than cruising down the highway with your windows down, listening to your favorite music.
  1. Get outside!
    Embrace the beautiful weather we have been having in the cold winter months and   get outside! Get some homework done or bring the book you have been wanting to     read while sitting on the quad.
  1. Call a someone from home
    Feeling homesick? Call either family or friends from home! There is nothing better   than a good conversation with a good friend, whether it be catching up on each       other’s lives, or needing a reliable friend to rant to.
  1. Watch a movie
    If you need some unwinding time at the end of the day, resort to a movie! Movies are only about two hours long, enough time to unwind at the end of the day. Don’t start a new Netflix TV-show, it might create a binge watching period where you lose sleep and time you could have been studying!
  1. Make a to-do list
    The best way to organize your thoughts and make sure everything gets completed is to make a checklist of everything you need to get done. Writing everything you need to do down with pen and paper really puts into your head and having something to refer to, will guarantee everything will get done. The satisfaction of checking off the box is worth getting it done!
  1. Get a good night of sleep
    Getting a good night’s sleep and waking up feeling refreshed is well needed around midterms. With more sleep, you will be able to get more done during the day and not need as much coffee!
  1. Take a day trip!
    Ask some of your friends if they would be willing to go on a day trip! We are lucky to be close to so many exciting places, so why not go explore them! By taking a fun day off, the next day of hard work will not feel as bad.
  1. Clean up your living space
    Most living conditions for students are small spaces that are usually shared. By making sure you space is clean your mind will be less cluttered, along with your space!