Finals Week, Good Luck to All

thumbnail_IMG_3335.jpgAs we all are fearing, our finals are coming closer than we’ve anticipated. Have no fear though! Within a week they will all be over and the campus will be silent and still until the holidays are over and everyone comes back to campus. Until the end of next week however, students will be under an insane amount of pressure and stress to pass their finals. At this point, most people are looking forward to going home soon and being able to see their pets. Well use all those positive things as motivation! As the urge to give up studying approaches, remember that are pets are hoping you do well on your exams just as much as your parents are hoping their students pass. Also, don’t be afraid to step away from the books. Overstressing doesn’t help you remember any of the material you’re studying, so don’t forget to take a break and step away from the books until you think you’re ready to start studying again. Another good thing to keep in mind is that professors are always just an email away if there’s ever anything you don’t understand. They also have course tutors they recommend to students who are a great source to students who are struggling with certain topics. However, for now everyone should relax for a night, watch a movie, read a book, and rest before finals kick in and throws everyone into the pile of stress that is the final exams. Happy studying everyone!

Savannah Masterson

Staff Blogger

Photo by Savannah Masterson

 

Happy Last Day of Fall Classes!

 

thumbnail_IMG_2883.jpgCongrats!! If you’re reading this than you’ve officially survived your last day of fall semester! As of today, everyone has finished the last of their classes and are preparing for exams next week. Hopefully everyone had a great last week and are totally prepared for your exams! If not have no fear! Here are some helpful tips to be prepared to ace those exams.

  1. Find a study buddy from your class or go to group study sessions.
  2. Don’t be afraid to email professors any questions! They’re always happy to help!
  3. If the library’s too full, the Goosenest has quiet spaces for people to go study if you need a place to go to!
  4. Make sure you get plenty of sleep. If you stress while studying you’re less likely to retain the information you need to memorize. Aim for at least eight hours of sleep.
  5. Take study breaks. Even if it’s just for five minutes take a break to call your sibling or parents to take your mind off the stress.
  6. Be happy after you finish your exam! That’s one less thing you have to worry about before you go home for break.
  7. Find time to get together with friends. Soon enough everyone will be going home by the end of next week.

Before everyone starts their exams, I wish everyone the best of luck and in the words of Effie Trinket, “may the odds be ever in your favor!”

Savannah Masterson

Staff Blogger

Photo by Savannah Masterson

Come Out and Meet Each Sorority!

15025247_1419605564748916_616244289219166503_o.jpgIf you are interested in sorority life then the Meet the Greeks event tonight is perfect for you! It will take place in the the Egg at 6:30 tonight. Here you will get the opportunity to learn about the three different sororities and meet and talk to the girls. You will walk to each of the sorority houses for Alpha Chi Omega (AXO), Alpha Omicron Pi(AOII), and Zeta Tau Alpha (ZTA) and get to ask questions and meet with the girls face to face. Sorority life is a great way to get involved on campus and make lots of friends a long the way. You will have the opportunity to hold leadership positions and develop networking skills that will help you throughout life. Even if you are not sure if sorority life is right for you just give it a chance because you may find your place. Recruitment is at the beginning of next semester so keep and eye out for information. Grab your friends and give it a chance as you come to Meet the Greeks tonight

Check out the Panhellenic Facebook page  for more information and updates on recruitment!

Brooke Harig

Social Media Editor

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Christmas Spirit!

thumbnail_Christmas!.jpgLet the Christmas count down begin!! We are officially 19 days away from one of the most cheerful and spirited times of the season. From the time Thanksgiving ended all anyone could think about is Christmas lights, trees, decorating, baking cookies, and of course all the best Christmas movies. Freeform (formally known as ABC Family) started their 25 Days of Christmas movies on the first of the month! But really, what would the Christmas season be without the 25 Days of Christmas? If you’re looking for Christmas movies to enjoy, “Elf”, “The Year Without a Santa Clause”, “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” and “A Charlie Brown Christmas” are some of the cutest holiday movies to sit and watch with friends. Another awesome thing about this season is the music! Heck yes!! How can you go through the month of December without singing “Jingle Bell Rock” or “All I Want for Christmas Is You” plus all the other classics? Christmas music is one of the best way to boost your mood and can even serve as great background noise when you’re finishing those last minute assignments before finals come around next week or just simply decorating your dorm with lights, stockings, and little trees! Chestertown decorated their tree in town and it looks absolutely gorgeous! People have also started breaking out their Christmas sweaters, Santa hats, and of course reindeer antlers!! Don’t be afraid to take a break from your work and relax with the help of the Christmas season!!! Merry Christmas everyone!

Savannah Masterson

Staff Blogger

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Don’t Forget about your Thesis!

student3.jpgThe last week of classes if finally here, and it really seems as if the semester has flown by. Finals are next week and then it is time for break. For many of the seniors break is prim time to get a lot of thesis work done because it is so long and we usually have little to do. However, getting a lot accomplished is easier said than done. When the time comes to do work when we are at home it is much nicer to put it off and enjoy yourself rather than do work. The key to make yourself do work over break is to set deadlines. Your advisor may just want something by the time we come back in January but that is far away and easy to forget. Doing little bits of work at a time will help you stay on top of things and save you from doing it all last minute. So make notes on your calendar to achieve something each week, and if it helps get out of the house to do your work. Head over to the nearest coffee shop or go to your local library! There is nothing like being in a place you don’t want to be in to help you get your work done faster. I know it is hard to do school work when you are on break, as it is very hard for me too, but it is important to make yourself get a jump on your thesis so you seniors can enjoy your last semester as much as possible!

Happy thesising!

Brooke Harig

Social Media Editor

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Training Ms. President

Unknown.jpegTraining Ms. President is a woman’s leadership conference that Washington College co-hosts with Goucher College and Hood College. Its focus is to get women to think about running for an elected office some day. It just held its second annual conference in mid November. Ten women from Washington College attended with help from Dr. Mellissa Deckman and Dr. Christine Wade. Both professors organized the event so our campus could be represented.

Senior Political Science major, Hailey M. Craig, had the great opportunity of attending the event, so I got to ask her a few questions.

How did you hear about Training Ms. President?

“I first heard about it last year when Dr. Deckman asked me to apply to attend however, I wasn’t able to go. So then she asked me to apply again this year since I’m a senior and it would be my last opportunity to go.”

Can you please explain a little bit about what the conference was like?

“It was 2 days. On Thursday night we went to a meet and great and a dinner at Goucher. It was really cool because Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, the mayor of Baltimore, spoke to us about her career and how she got there, and gave us some advice about how to be a woman in the political sphere. Then the second day we had 4 panels of successful women who are currently in office, have run for office, work for elected officials, or who are in the media covering politicians, who we had the opportunity to talk to. It was really interesting to get their perspective and advice. “

Do you have any advice for women who want to apply for Training Ms. President in the future?

“Keep a eye out for the emails, and keep and open mind about running for office someday no matter what you major is.”

 

Brooke Harig

Social Media Editor

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16 Wishes For My Little Sister

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Savannah and her wonderful little sister!

Today marks the day my little sister turns 16 and all I can say is, how did she grow up so fast? It seems like just yesterday her and I were playing with dolls in our big, pink doll house. Now she has her learners permit, no more braces, and is a sophomore in high school who wants to go to nursing school. I can’t believe my not so little sister is so grown up. All I can hope is she continues to become the amazing person I know she is but for now I leave her with 16 wishes as she begins a new year.

1. Always remember that no matter what your family loves and supports you through everything. Never forget that when you fall, we’ll always be there to pick you up.
2. Have fun! 16 was my favorite age (but then again so was 17). Be open to every opportunity that comes to you.
3. Sophomore year is just the beginning of some of the hardest years. Don’t worry, I’ll help you in every way I can.
4. Don’t get discouraged if something doesn’t go right. It may have ended up that way for a reason.
5. When you get overwhelmed and feel like everything’s falling apart, take a step back, breathe, then try again.
6. Remember who you are and always strive to be the best person you can be. It’s so important that you remember that.
7. Make memories with friends, family, whoever! Those are always so fun to talk about when you’re old like me.
8. Take pictures but don’t get lost in the photography. Look at every moment as if it were all a picture.
9. Try new things! Try a new style, a new food, anything! Be adventurous!
10. Don’t be afraid to find some alone time. It can be important when things get crazy.
11. Always be kind. You never know what someone is going through. Kindness is everything.
12. Create a soundtrack for yourself. Remember your favorite songs and why you love them so much.
13. Make time for family. Friends are important but family should always be made a priority.
14. Make a list of goals or things you want to do. Not only is it fun but it will help you grow too.
15. Never be afraid to stand up for what is right even when you might stand alone.
16. Know you are loved by so many people and we’re so proud of you.
Savannah Masterson
Staff Blogger
Photo by Savannah Masterson