Finals Stress Relief

Hello, Blugolds! Happy finals week! While it may be a pretty stressful time of the year, the peer health educators at SWAT and CASE know you can get through it! We will be in the library on Monday and Tuesday from 6-9pm providing our semi-annual relaxation station! We’ll have coloring pages, aromatherapy, stress balls, healthy snacks, and massages! We wish we could be there for your stress-relief needs, but unfortunately peer health educators have to take finals too. We can, however, offer you some times to get you through the next seven days until break!

sleep

  1. SLEEP! – It may seem like a good idea to pull an all-nighter cramming for that exam, but getting even a little shuteye is a much better use of your time. Countless research studies (I’d site them, but what is this, my final psych paper?) have shown sleep is one of the best ways to commit information to memory. Even if you can’t put in a full nights sleep, a 45-60 minute power nap before your exam can really help the material stick.
  2. Take breaks – Along with not cramming right through bedtime, walking away from that paper or those flashcards can be really helpful. There are lots of tips about how often and how long you should break for, but just taking a step back when words start to blur together, you start getting distracted, or feel overwhelmed can help.

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  1. Eliminate Distractions- After talking about the importance of taking breaks, make sure when you are studying, you’re making the most of it! I love the app SelfControl on my computer, which keeps me from opening certain websites (looking at you Facebook and Netflix) for a certain amount of time. For your phone, the app Forest keeps you from unlocking your phone. The longer you go without touching your phone the bigger and more trees will grow.
  2. Get moving – being stuck sitting at a desk everyday for a week will make anybody stressed. Turn on some loud music (Summer Hits of the 2000s on Pandora is a personal favorite of ours here at SWAT/CASE) and dance for a couple songs. Go outside and take a walk around the block. Get your heart rate up and exercise for 30-minutes. Did you know they have cardio equipment on the 2nd floor of the library?!

help

  1. Get help – There are so many people on campus who want to see you succeed. The Academic Skills Center is located in Centennial 2104 and is open from 8am-4:30pm Monday through Friday. Their website is also full of helpful test taking strategies http://www.uwec.edu/ASC/resources/index.htm. For more specific help, don’t hesitate to email your professor or one of your classmates if there is something you don’t understand when you’re studying. The Center for Writing Excellence is another great resource for help with your papers. Their official office is closed during finals, but you can set up an appointment on their website http://www.uwec.edu/Writing/! Finally, use your friends! Have a friend who does not have any backround knowledge on your paper read it through and make sure it makes sense. Teach your friends what you have to know for your exams. Being able to teach the material is a sign you know it and saying it out loud is another way to commit it to memory!

Good luck this week Blugolds, you’re going to do great!

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Financial Wellness

Financial wellness is a part of wellness that gets pushed under the rug from time to time. With our holiday season coming up and people spending on presents and Black Friday deals, it is the perfect time to discus how to be financially well throughout your time in college, as well as beyond graduation.

It is important now more than ever for students to manage their finances well. It is becoming tougher and tougher to pay for an education with the price of tuition rising above the rate of inflation and the amount of state support falling below. Based on calculations, it would take someone 1,866 hours of work to pay for one year of school at a UW university compared to 809 hours in 1978. Because of this, students graduate with high amounts of student debt. According to the Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA), as of 2013, students in Wisconsin had an average of $28,102 in debt at graduation and the number continues to rise.

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Don’t let this discourage you! There are things you can do to be financially well. 

There are a lot of recourses available through UWEC for people who are having trouble with money management, or people who just want to better their financial situation. According to the Office of Financial aid, there are 3 types of aid financial aid for university students, they are gift aid, loans, and employment. Gift aid includes financial aid that you don’t have to pay back; such as, scholarships, grants, and tuition wavers. There are scholarships that you can apply for through the Office of Financial Aid page on the UWEC website. Most people don’t apply for scholarships after their first year, but UWEC has scholarships offered every year for students until they graduate.

Also on the Office of Financial Aid page though UWEC, you can register for websites that help you manage your finances. On the home page there is GradReady, which helps in the 3 areas of paying for college, money management, and student loan repayment. Another link on the home page is for CrashCourse which helps students with the basics of finance, paying for college, college life, and employment.You can also check out CashCourse by clicking here and GradReady by clicking here!

Lastly, if your financial situation is taking its toll on you, you can always go to Student Counseling Services for an appointment. It is free for students through tuition and can be an excellent recourse for people in need.