Here’s whats happening this week with the class of 2020
1) Counting down the days to Thanksgiving (and all of the food)
2) Indian fans had a rough week, but the Cub’s Curse of the Billy Goat is over!
3) Earlier Easier FAFSA is now open
4) Hurrying to finish up First Year Success Series
5) Fireworks and football lit up the Shoe Saturday night
What topics are trending with the class of 2020 this week?
2. Waiting for spring semester scheduling windows to open!
3. Thinking about changing majors (or have already done so!)
4. Trying to avoid the cold (and other sickness) that is plaguing campus
5. Starting to think about whether to go Greek
6. Halloween events across campus!
7. Can’t complain about the beautiful weather on campus!
What’s trending with the Class of 2020 this week?
Tapingo App is saving time with campus dining (check it out here!!)
2. Fall Break was much needed
3. Time to start thinking about next semester’s schedule
4. Classes are becoming increasingly difficult
5. Major changes are scary…but you’ll figure it out!
6. Look outside and you’ll beLEAF fall is here
7. About that football game though…
1. Ohio State football has got us like
2. Learning how to study is tough
3. Hogwarts is Harry’s home and Ohio State is beginning to feel like our home
4. Living with roommates can be challenging, but it can also be fun
5. Tutoring services on campus are extremely helpful
6. Midterms, will they ever end?
What’s going on with Ohio State’s Class of 2020? These are the top trending topics from the past week with Ohio State’s first year class!
1. First time being sick away from home
2. Have you registered to vote?
3. First Chemistry midterm
4. Calculus midterm scores came back
5. Even more midterms are coming
6. OUAB events are the place to be (and for free!)
7. North Rec Center (NRC) is the place to work out
8. Laundry! It’s expensive and time consuming
Comment below with your own thoughts about how you are feeling at this point in the semester!
The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and the Oval is full of life. In the forefront of your mind, you are likely thinking about the summer plans taking place shortly. No matter what you will be doing, we all need some relaxation time! Amidst all of this happiness, you realize that the semester is almost over… meaning finals week is soon approaching us. Finals week this time of year can be a challenge for a few reasons:
- The weather is beautiful and you want to spend every moment outside
- This might be your last time on campus until the fall, so you want to take in every moment
- You have to saying goodbye and see you later to the many friends you have made this year
- You’re excited about summer plans and a long, much needed break
Keeping all of this in mind, here are some tips to tackle finals week and stay on top- even when you have spring fever.
Prioritize, prioritize, prioritize
The most precious thing that we have as college students is time. With only two weeks left and a lot to do, good time management is key. Make a list of things you have to get done each day. The key is to set small goals so you don’t get overwhelmed. For me, I make a to-do list for each day and set small, realistic tasks I know I can accomplish. Plus, it is so gratifying to finish a to-do list!
Use the outdoors to your advantage
The idea of being stuck inside the library for the next two weeks seems sad, but if you utilize the great spaces on campus you can enjoy the outdoors, too. Even if studying outside isn’t for you, try taking a a break by walking or tossing a Frisbee outside.
- Study outside on a bench, picnic table, or grass
- The courtyard in Hagerty Hall is a great place to study and relax
- Try the nice grassy courtyard in between Park-Stradley and Siebert Halls
Take advantage of Reading Day
The Office of Student Life puts on an an entire day of free activities and events. Take a study break with some friends or even try a workout class to give your brain a rest. You can check out the schedule online for this year’s reading day, which is Tuesday, April 26.
Coordinate when you are moving out
With all of the assignments and studying, you might forget that you will need to make plans to move out of your residence hall if you live on campus. Talk to your RA or reach out to your Peer Leader if you need packing advice and travel tips, and review the information on the housing website to make sure you’re following move-out procedures correctly.
Make plans to stay in touch with your friends
All of your friends might be done with finals at different times, so it is important to stay on top of this. Plan ways to stay in touch with your friends over the summer, whether that be through Skype, texting, or even a trip! Having some trouble thinking of ways to stay in touch with your friends? Contact a Peer Leader!
One of my most important values is gratitude, for a simple thank you goes a long way. I would not be at the place I am now without the professors, friends, and family who have guided me through my Ohio State journey. Make sure to thank those that made an impact on you before you leave for the summer. Here are a few ideas of people to thank:
- The professor in the class you really enjoyed this semester, or the TA who helped you in your class
- The cashier at the Ohio Union who always swiped your BuckID
- The cleaning staff in your residence hall who made your building clean and safe
- Your RA for building community and supporting you throughout your first year of college
- The friends you have made at Ohio State
- Your family for supporting you along this journey
With these tips, I hope you can tackle finals week. Take a deep breath and enter finals week organized, and of course thankful for a great first year.
You’re about to make it through your first year of college in one piece (knock on wood). That’s a big deal, so give yourself some credit! My freshman year was so opposite of what I envisioned coming out of high school; it was actually one of the most challenging years of my life–socially, academically, psychologically, you name it. Despite the tough times, the real problem was that I–like countless others–tended to push the bad memories off to the side and focus on the good. However, I’ve learned the times I grew the most as a person were the times I was barely holding on. If you look back on the year without rose-colored glasses, you can really discover what worked and what didn’t, helping you to be cognizant of those things the second time through this fall!
Now, there are many options for self-reflection. The great thing about it is that it’s for yourself, so you can make what you want out of it! Here are a few ideas to get you started:
When people think of self-reflection, journaling is often the first thing that comes to mind. It’s a great way of getting thoughts onto paper and allows a space of unfiltered reflection. If you’re feeling super crazy, you could buy yourself a nice notebook and some sweet pens, too.
I’m a poet and I didn’t even know it, but I think it’s time I show it.
I’ve recently found poetry to be a really cool way of expressing what I’m feeling in an abbreviated form. The extra attention it takes for word choices and having to think through things like rhyme and rhythm (or not!) helps you to think about what you’re feeling and what you’re trying to say.
“Lose yourself in the music, the moment, you own it, you better never let it go…”
Whether it’s putting sound to poetry, playing your favorite tunes on your favorite instrument, or just indulging in a few emotionally engaging songs, music as the universal language is a fantastic way of expressing and experiencing emotion without ever having to open your eyes!
A picture is worth a thousand words.
Whether you sketch, paint, photograph, etc., a visual representation of what you’ve been experiencing throughout your first year is a powerful way to express your feelings. It’s not an art contest; it’s for your own self-expression, so don’t be too critical on yourself if you aren’t the second coming of Michelangelo!
Whether you had the best year ever, or the worst of all time, reflecting back on it while it’s still fresh in your mind is something that can be helpful, rather than bottling it all up. Expressing yourself in some form can help you to know how to build upon your success this year, but just as important, how to take what you’ve been through and grow and learn from your shortcomings. Once you’ve taken the opportunity to look back and discover where you’ve grown–and need to continue to grow–you can look to the future with confidence that you’re a better version of yourself because of it.
I recently wrote a poem about my first year struggles and how I dealt with it. If you’re interested, you can check it out here!