How OU Is Helping Students Deal With Finals Stress

Finals week is easily the most stressful week of the semester. For some people, their 15 weeks of hard work could be ruined by a bad grade on one exam. Alden is packed with those pulling all-nighters and anxiety is at an all-time high.

Because of this, it’s nice that the university seems to be trying to help students manage their stress. There are three noticeable efforts this semester.

First, the conference rooms in Baker (which many students never use) were open for public study this week. This is beneficial considering people who have stepped foot in Alden maybe once or twice during the semester flock there during finals week. They were great to use for study rooms, and hopefully they will continue to be open for finals weeks to come.

Second, Event Services provided coffee all week. College students drink A LOT of coffee. This could help students save money during this stressful week. Spending money on coffee every day is one less headache students will need to worry about.

Third, for the branch campuses, the university provided massage services.  The massage therapists were there for two days, offering the service to students for free. Now, while I’m happy that branch campus students can get this little bit of relaxation before their exams, why was that service only available there and not in Athens? While coffee is great, massages are better.

What are your thoughts on these finals week perks?


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We’re a #Fest University

There were reindeer chugging beers, Santa Clauses taking shots and elves dancing to Miley Cyrus. Christmas trees and presents were everywhere. It was like an office Christmas party, if an office Christmas party was the best day you’ve had in six months. It was SantaFest, and on Dec. 7, it rocked Athens.

This event was inspired by SantaCon, an event that occurs in cities throughout the United States. Students who attended SantaCon last year decided to bring the Christmas spirit to OU, and created @SantaFestOU Twitter account and Facebook page. At first, students were skeptical. However, after they realized that we just created ANOTHER fest, the news spread like wildfire.

Bars had Christmas specials and many opened at noon on Saturday. If you live in Athens, your Twitter probably blew up with SantaFest shout-outs. Here are just a few of the best tweets about this new fest.


Tell us what you thought about Santa Fest!

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Stages of an All-Nighter

I’m not a doctor, but I am knowledgable in the art of the all-nighter. For those of you who have not experienced this finals week strategy, there are seven distinct steps.

1. Commitment

You may plan to pull an all-nighter in advance, or you may become overwhelmed with work and decide it’s necessary after working for a few hours. However it happens, the first step of pulling an all-nighter is admitting and accepting the fact that you’re going to do it.

2. Denial

This step mirrors procrastination. You may begin working on assignments, but not completely focus on the task at hand. You already committed to the all-nighter, but you don’t want to accept it.

3. Realization

After some time, you realize that you chose this path. If you do not pull an all-nighter, it’s unlikely you will be able to catch up on the 10 chapters of biology that you neglected since the midterm. You realize that you must focus and actually get some work done.

4. Procrastination

Ah, so you realize you needed to get work done. Now what? Procrastinate. Is Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Buzzfeed your website of choice? When it’s 2 a.m. and you have the whole night ahead of you, googling “funny cat photos” for an hour doesn’t seem like a huge waste of time.

5. Freak-out

An hour of googling “funny cat photos” can quickly turn into three. Commence freak-out. The work seems overwhelming and you’ll need five shots of espresso to get through all of it. It begins to seem impossible that you’ll get all of your work done, even with the extra hours you saved by not sleeping.

6. The Grind

This leads to “The Grind.” Typically between 5-8 a.m., you will be very productive. All distractions are put away (because honestly, who is up anyway?) and efficiency is key.

7. The End

You will leave the library and it will be as bright outside as when you arrived. Now, go destroy your exams and then sleep the day away!

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Best Places to Study During Finals Week


Depending on your study habits, you may feel comfortable in different study situations. Here are the three best places to study during finals week.

Donkey Coffee

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When you are just beginning to study, or if you are studying with friends, Donkey Coffee is the place to go. It is usually quiet on the second floor and a bit louder on the first floor. It’s great for group projects. Also, you can have quality coffee whenever you need it. If you need complete silence, though, this is not the place to go.

Alden Library

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For intense, late-night studying, Alden Library is one of the best places to go during finals week. Most floors are open until 2 a.m. and the Learning Commons floor is open 24/7. The second and fourth floors are known to be louder and are better for group projects. If you need a quieter place to go, there are five other floors to choose from.

Union Street Diner

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This may seem a bit unconventional, but it works. If you like to snack while you study, Union Street Diner is the place for you. This restaurant is open 24/7, so you can munch and memorize at the same time. It can be loud or quiet, depending on how many people are in the restaurant.

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Late-Night Finals Fuel

If you’re an underclassman, you won’t be able to use your meal plan after 10 p.m. If you’re an upperclassman, the walk from the library to your house may take fifteen minutes (and that may just be one-way.) An easy option for late-night finals fuel is to order food, take a quick walk to Court Street, or call OU Delivery.

Some restaurants in Athens will deliver their food to wherever you are, be it the library or your favorite coffee shop. Places like Donato’s, Jimmy John’s, and D.P. Dough are open late to curb your hunger.

Other restaurants on Court Street do not deliver, but they are open late. Big Mamma’s Burritos, Goodfella’s Pizza and Pita Pit are open until 3 a.m. Though the first two restaurants are not known for their low-calorie meals, Pita Pit can offer some healthy options.

If you are craving Chipotle, McDonald’s or Taco Bell, OU Delivery is your best option. You can send a text message to this student-run delivery service and they will pick up and deliver food to you. They even can bring other items, like a Red Bull or cold medicine.

If you’re up late studying, don’t fret. There are plenty of ways to satisfy your stomach.

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5 Helpful Reminders for Students Returning Home for Break

Let’s be honest, how many of us have returned home for winter break, and realized that we completely forgot something that is crucial to our everyday lives? I’ll be honest, I am definitely guilty of doing so, because I know that I have forgotten my phone charger, and my dorm keys at school back in the day when I WAS irresponsible. In order to prevent students from getting locked out of their dorms, getting their Smart TVs stolen, or stranded at gas stations because they forgot their wallets, I thought I would write a short to do list to remind everyone to take a second to double check everything before you head home.

1. Unplug your refrigerator, and turn off the lights

This applies to off-campus residents, and those who live in the dorms. Students who live in residence halls will be fined if they don’t unplug their refrigerators, and off-campus residents will risk the opportunity to save some money on an electric bill, if they don’t take action. The moral of the story is, we could all use a few extra dollars in our pockets, and we can make that happen by unplugging, and turning off.

2. Lock all windows and doors, and take home all of your valuables

This applies to applies mainly to off-campus residents, because those living in dorms have staff members who will lock windows and doors for them. According to the OUPD, “thieves are very aware that many of our community members will soon be away and see this time as an opportunity to find easy targets.” That means, that if you have something valuable like jewelry, a flat screen television, or laptop, don’t take your chances, bring it with you!

3. Return Rented Textbooks, and Sell back books

Don’t forget to return the textbooks you rented, because you will be charged the full price for the book if you fail to do so! If you have not rented any books, and are looking to make some extra cash, stop by a book store uptown, or one of the stands that offers to buy back your books.

4. Remember to pack the little, but important things: wallet, phone chargers, computer chargers, toothbrush, makeup bag, hair straightener, house or dorm keys, etc.

I don’t know about you, but when I start to see my phone fade to five percent battery, and I don’t have a charger, I panic! I have been known to leave things behind in the past, and it just makes life a little harder, so make sure to double check that you pack all of the essentials.

5. Drive Safely!

For those of you who are driving home, remember that Ohio weather is unpredictable, so be prepared for anything to happen, like traffic, a snowstorm, etc. Make sure that you have enough gas to get yourself home, and that you have back up directions in case, your phone of GPS loses power. I hate that I have to say that, but we all know how prevalent technology is in this day in age.

Lastly, happy holidays bobcats!

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Screen shot 2013-12-09 at 3.27.10 PMDid you know that more than 6 million Americans age 12 and older have taken a prescription pain reliever, tranquilizer, sedative or stimulant for non-medical reasons in the past month?

In honor of finals week, OU Impressions’ Cardinal Health account will be promoting their Dose of Reality campaign in order to prevent prescription drug abuse.

We all know that finals week is a stressful time for many students on campus, and students often procrastinate, making their lives that much more stressful when deadlines start to quickly approach. What everyone doesn’t know is that students often abuse prescription drugs at a time like this, in order to study longer, make deadlines, etc.

Cardinal Health is a Fortune 19 company that improves the cost-effectiveness of healthcare. They teamed up with The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy to promote the prevention of prescription drug abuse and misuse with the Generation RX Outreach Initiative. According to Cardinal Health, “together, we created a free, comprehensive suite of resources to increase awareness about this issue and encourage action in communities across the country.” Cardinal Health is a client promoted by OU Impressions, the student-run PR firm at OU.

In order to promote the prevention of prescription drug awareness, OU Impressions’ Cardinal Health account has created a campaign called the Dose of Reality. As part of this campaign, they will be passing out free treats at Cafe Bibliotech on the second floor of Alden library tonight from 7:00-8:30 p.m. They will also be supplying coffee sleeves that will educate students and make them aware of the prescription drug abuse problem that is currently surrounding them.

Make sure to check out a few study tips below, and take a break from studying later, so that you can stop by Cafe Bibliotech for some free treats!

Follow this campaign @DoseofRealityOU

Here are a few tips to keep in mind during finals week:

1. Studies have shown that eating a well-balanced breakfast can increase your short-term memory and attention. Eat up!

2. A tired mind is a slow mind, so don’t forget to catch some shut eye this week!

3. Get moving! Whether you go on a jog, play a pickup game of 3-on-3, or attend a yoga class, taking a break to get some exercise will do you some good.

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