We are almost there folks! In about three weeks the most grueling part of being a student arrives, *drum rolls* finals week. Finals week isn’t as bad as you think. There are ways to make it possible to study for exams and to write those papers… as long as you don’t procrastinate. Procrastinating is a dangerous game my friend, especially so close to the end of the semester.
Now, as awesome as procrastination is when you are hanging out with friends or taking millions of naps, it’s awful when you’ve waited till the very last minute to do all your work. So try, your very best to avoid procrastinating. Set up a schedule that works for you and allows you to complete all the assignments in a reasonable time. You’re questioning how does one study for 3 exams and still have the time to write 2, 5-7 page papers? TIME MANAGEMENT. This is one of the most important things you’ll learn as a college student. You need time management skills in order to maintain those good grades. Finals week will be a breeze, as long as you don’t listen to Spongebob!
Exhaustion is beginning to set in as December 21st comes closer and closer. The good news is, you are almost there! You are making it through your first semester here at UMass Lowell and you should be proud. Give yourself a round of applause. Now do it again!
It’s hard staying motivated at the end of the semester. All you want to do is watch Netflix and nap… (maybe that’s just me getting a little too personal).. But do not forget that finals are approaching, which unfortunately means we have lots of studying to do and papers that won’t write themselves! The more we let procrastination get to us, the more we are putting our grades in jeopardy. So here are 5 things to do to make sure you never lose that motivation, especially this close to the end of the semester!
5 ways to stay motivated:
Watch Ted Talks
Surround yourself with positive people
Dream about your goals
Focus on the present
Don’t be too hard on yourself
ONLY T H R E E WEEKS LEFT!
As you all may know we have a residence hall right in the heart of the city. If you take the Yellow Line it will take you to the Inn and Conference Center, and from there you are free to explore Downtown Lowell. You will find so many unique shops and great restaurants!
Here’s a list of some of the places you should check out! But be aware, there’s so much more! And thanks to Student Government Association, many places Downtown will give you up to 10% off if you show them your student ID!
Lowell Burger Company
Wings over Lowell
Mill No. 5
It’s your first time being away from home for this long. You’ve been away for two months and the feeling of being homesick is finally kicking in full gear. Homesickness is very common for every college student. You miss your mom’s cooking, your puppy but most of all your bed. There’s a whole bunch of ways to stay connected with your family even if you can’t go home to visit them.
- You’re busy with classes, your parents have work, and your siblings have their own stuff going on. This is perfect for a group message. Send them funny memes to sum up your day.
- If your family lives very far, have them send you postcards! This will warm your heart with all the cute things your parents will say since they have not seen you in months. (then when you’re back from school they are asking when move in is)
- Care packages! Ask your parents to send you care packages if they can! Ask them to include FOOD, school supplies if you’re running low, and some basic necessities!Just remember its completely normal for you to be homesick. Keep in contact with your family as much as you can. Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and if you can’t make it home then, Winter Break will be here before you know it! You got this!
So, you started a new series on Netflix and you haven’t gotten up in about 8 hours. You’ve cried,you’ve laughed and now you’re crying again because you realized you forgot to take your quiz that was due 2 hours ago on Blackboard.
Trust me, I feel your pain. You want to know how the episode ends but that’s followed by 5 more episodes to see how those end. Have you even done your homework? Have you even showered? How about we do this.. take a break, wipe the tears from your eyes, and remember why you’re here. In college, work piles up on you so fast. Sometimes we get so caught up on something that we forget that, even something like Netflix. College gives us so much freedom but you have to be responsible and remember your education comes first. Put your laptop away or use it to study for your quiz. Talk to your friends who think that you went M.I.A and are worried about you. I promise you, Season 5, episode 8 of The Office, isn’t going anywhere!
There’s more to do than just Netflix! Join clubs, meet new people, DO YOUR HOMEWORK!
It’s already October (time flies) and you still find yourself questioning what some of the offices at the university even do. So we asked three offices to share 5 important things they want you to know!
The Solution Center
1. Instead of wasting your time in line; check self-service, it’s all there!
2. Don’t forget the priority deadline for FAFSA is March 1st in order to get the best package you qualify for.
3. Be sure to meet with your advisor early to select classes for next semester.4. For most up to date billing information look at your account summary in self-service.
5. If selected for verification make sure you get your documents in as soon as possible, any delays may impact eligibility.
1. Honors requirements (H1-H8)/GPA
2. Enrichment Requirements (E1)
3.Honors Project/Thesis & its process
4.Study abroad opportunities
1. OMA works on a number of equity & inclusion topics not just specifically on race & ethnicity. All identities and experiences are welcome!
2. Our International Program hosts mentoring opportunities & monthly events that are designed for both international and domestic students in a cross-cultural exchange setting.
3. River Hawk Rising, our student success cohort, provides purposeful out-of-classroom experience that strengthens your professional and academic portfolio and prepares you to success in your chosen career or transition to graduate school.
4. OMA staff are here to help guide and support your experience! Don’t wait until your last year! We can be helping on each semester of your time here in considering all your options and opportunities that you have.
5. OMA has trees on our walls and a gumball machine students are welcome to use (at least until Jeremy, the grad fellow, eats all the gum).