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Winter Break!

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As the weather turns cold and fall semester finally winds down it is time to look forward to a couple weeks of no class!  I only have one more final to finish up on Monday morning and then I am done for the semester.  I can't wait to go home for a few days and see old friends and spend some quality time with my family.  Finals have been tough as usual, but the light at the end of the tunnel is getting brighter as every day goes by and winter break gets even closer.

I am looking forward to going home and seeing my older brother (a Carlson grad last year, currently working in Texas) as well as my parents and hearing more about my younger brother's first semester at Carlson.  I also have a fun ski trip up to the Duluth area planned with some of my friends from back home, as well as from the U to celebrate our time off.  Classes won't be starting back up until mid January so most students get almost a full month off to see people, work, or just straight up be lazy all day. 

I am in the minority who will be busy for most of my break as I recently accepted a winter internship with a public accounting firm.  I will be starting on January 3rd and working basically full time while attending classes so my break is going to be cut a little short.  I guess that just means I have to make the most of my short break!

Happy Holidays!

Preparing for Finals

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It's the most wonderful time of the year...

That's right, it's finals season! That last hurdle you have to jump before finally going home for winter break. Finals are not fun. Whatever form they may come in-- be it papers, presentations, or the good old traditional exam. But, they are manageable! Here are some pieces of advice to hopefully help you get through the end of the semester so you can have a relaxing, peaceful winter break!

1. Prepare Early! 
I know now it's a little late to prepare early, but take note for next semester. There's not much worse than getting to the end of the semester and remembering you haven't done the required readings since the third week of classes. Keeping up with your classes is the most important thing you can do to prepare for exams. Get your notes together as the semester is entering its last couple of weeks, start setting up study groups-- just be prepared! Because once you get to the last week of classes, you won't have any time! Save yourself the stress and do it early. 

2. Get some SLEEP!
It may be tempting to pull an all-nighter the night before an exam, especially if you put off studying until the very end (a bad choice! But I think we've all been there...). But don't! Your brain will already be tired from the frenzy of finals, and pulling an all-nighter will only end up making you want to use your exam as a pillow. Make sure to get enough sleep before and during finals so that your brain is at its best!

3. Take a break.
Finals are a stressful time, so make sure you step back from it all and take a break. Have some fun! For example, this past week I had two exams in one day. So after it all, I ordered a MASSIVE pizza for my friends and I to eat while watching High School Musical 2. It was great. And much needed! It's important to take a break every once in a while to keep up morale and make studying more fun. 

Finals are just another part of being a college student. They're inevitable, so you might as well keep positive and they'll be over before you know it. So, here's wishing you a wonderful finals week- and now I'm off to study!