It’s the most wonderful time of the year! That’s right, it’s that beautiful part of the semester again when getting a spot at Library West becomes a game of survival of the fittest and the wails of Physics 1 students can be heard clear across campus. Isn’t it wonderful? Don’t you love being fearful of your grade? It’s so invigorating. Okay, but really, we all know that midterms suck. It’s an unfortunate part of university life, especially if you’ve spent a good portion of said university life at Midtown rather than Turlington lecture. Even for the best student, though, midterm season can be stressful and overwhelming. Finding tricks to reduce that stress is critical. Below is a list of four things I use to keep my head on my shoulders during this trying time. Hopefully, they’ll help you too.
Find Your Study Space
Y’all, it’s time to get out of the dorm. Theoretically, studying at home is a good idea. You can control the space and it's where you’re most comfortable. However, spending one more night hunched over your faux-wood desk in a plastic seat trying to study by the dim light of the desk lamp you bought from Ikea isn’t going to help much. Finding your ideal study space is a way to be more productive and feel better at the same time. This can take many forms, the most obvious of which is a library. Heads up: we have more than Library West and Marston on campus. Love Harry Potter? Smathers has your back. Maybe you want to make your work feel more official? Go to the law library. If a library doesn’t work for you, that’s okay. I have a friend that takes up residence in an empty Turlington classroom every midterm and finals season. She swears by it. Personally, I enjoy working outside, particularly if it's a nice day outside. Murphree Area has a fantastic courtyard to work in, and places like Depot Park provide a change of environment without getting too far off campus.
I’m serious about getting out of the dorm or apartment. It can be a good place to be, but it can also be isolating. It’s beneficial to relocate -- and not just for studying. Taking time for yourself is a great way to manage stress. You don’t have to go and get lost in the wilderness an hour away and become one with nature; in fact, you don’t even have to leave campus. UF provides plenty of opportunities to give your mind a break. For example, the Reitz offers leisure courses. These classes give students an opportunity to learn a new skill, like learning how to make pasta from scratch, without having to worry about a grade. If you do want to get off campus, Gainesville has numerous opportunities to get away from the pressure of academic life. Free yoga is offered in Bo Diddley Plaza every Tuesday and Thursday, from six to seven in the evening. There’s also multiple nature trails throughout town, if you actually do want to get lost in the woods. Whatever you choose, just rest assured that you are helping yourself in the long run.
Keep Everything in Context
Do you remember that science test you had in high school, the one you were super nervous for and were scared to death of failing? Yeah, me neither. Turns out, we’ve had a lot of exams up to this point in life. At the time, each test seemed like a crucial moment in our life -- our destiny was dependent upon that. Looking back, though, we don’t really remember every single test. Believe it or not, college is like that too. It’s important to us now, and will not significantly impact the rest of our lives. Midterms are simply an obstacle on the road to graduation. It’s important to get through, but not life altering. If you do great, that’s fantastic! If you don’t, it’s not the end of the world. There is always a chance at redemption. Years down the road, you’ll barely remember the two hours spent in Carleton Auditorium. It is in your life, but it is not your whole life.
This is a metaphor. I don’t actually mean play the video game, just hear me out. Life is a game of Tetris. School work is an L block, sleep is an I block, socializing is a square...so on and so forth. If you don’t line things up correctly, it builds up. Eventually, they reach the top of the screen and you get overwhelmed. However, if all the pieces are assembled correctly, the line goes down, and so does your stress level. I try to make the pieces fit together by writing everything I need or want to do down. I prefer my planner, but that is an extremely recent development. Like, last semester recent. It doesn’t even have to be organized by date or time. Just writing it down with a pen and piece of printer paper can help keep you on track. Plus, crossing stuff off is ridiculously satisfying. I’ll be honest--sometimes I’ll finish a task just so I can cross it off. If the digital environment is more your speed, programs like Google Calendar can help. Obviously, this is easier said than done, but give it a try. Maybe writing down your assignment will keep you from another night of eating Ben and Jerry’s straight out of the pint.
Take a deep breath. It’s all going to work out. Good luck, and I’ll see you on the other side.
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You’ll Never Believe Today’s News About Jussie Smollett
The Jussie Smollett investigation has taken a major turn, one that two weeks ago, none of us would have expected.
It was reported today, that Jussie Smollett has been cleared of all criminal charges. In January 2019, Smollett was the victim of an assault attack. The apparent suspects were homophobic, Trump supporters. However, as the investation went on, Smollett’s story started to be called into question. Less than a few weeks later, the actor was officially considered a suspect. While Jussie denied all allegations, America seemed split on whether to believe his story. Now that Jussie Smollet has been ruled innocent, what does that mean for his future? Will America decide to forgive and forget? Or will people still ridicule an apparently innocent man? Let us know your thoughts, and tweet us @GHQfm
Fill in the Blank: The Restaurant I Wish We Had on Campus is _____________
All throughout campus here at the University of Florida, we have many choices for our food needs and you could definitely say we have something here for everyone.
But...do we actually? And if not, what are we missing?
A recent e-mail sent out to students, faculty, and staff of the University asked everyone to keep an eye out for a survey that will be sent out to everyone to gather information on the campus dining experience. It stated that it is to better meet the needs of the campus population, and the future population.
I think this idea is AWESOME, and when you get the survey you should definitely take the time to fill it out. The University of Florida is looking for your input, so why not fill them in on what you think when you have the chance?
However, we thought we would take a jumpstart on this and do our own informal survey. So we'll ask you to fill in this blank...
THE RESTAURANT THAT I WISH WE HAD ON CAMPUS IS ________________.
We already have plenty of Starbucks, and you can go to Wendy's, Chik-Fil-A, Au Bon Pain, and many other food options. But we know that there is one missing, so what is it?
Check out the choices below. You can either choose one of them, or write in your own option in the "OTHER" line below. Plus you can choose up to three options, because we know we are all foodies and love to have options.
So, how would YOU fill in the blank?
Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, among those charged in college bribery scam.
Desperate Housewives star Felicity Huffman and Full House star Lori Laughlin are among 50 people indicted in a nationwide college admissions cheating scam on Tuesday.
The coaches at elite schools would accept these bribes to exchange for admitting students as athletes.
Prosecutors say that this was a 7-year stretch of parents paying an admissions consultant $25 million from 2011 through Feb. 2019 to bribe coaches and administrators to label their kids as athletes so they can get into schools much easier.
Prosecutors also allege that fake profiles were made to make students look strong or stronger than they actually look like.
R. Kelly has been indicted on 10 charges of aggrevated child sexual abuse.
R. Kelly was indicted Friday in Chicago on 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. There's video evidence that allegedly shows him having sex with a 14-year-old girl.
This comes after two decades of allegations and a surge of backlash against the singer, including a criminal trial, a #MuteRKelly campaign and breakups with recording labels, also including his music being pulled off streaming services like Spotify.
The USA Today was used as the primary source for this story. More information is available using the link above.
21 Savage's performance at UF rescheduled to April 15th.
21 Savage will perform at UF after all, but not for another two months. His performance, originally scheduled for February 27th, has been pushed back by almost two months to April 15th. All current tickets will be honored.
This comes just weeks after he was detained by ICE on February 3rd for overstaying his visa. He was born in the UK but has been living in Atlanta since he was 7 years old.
How many times have you said that after a tough exam or rough night in Midtown, Gators? It's the same feeling this seven-year old had after recovering from dental work and a heavy dose of anesthesia.
David DeVore rose to internet stardom after his dad posted the video "David after the Dentist". Ten years and 138 million views later, David is now a Gator.
GHQ's Matt Duffy and Abby Murphy interviewed the internet sensation on the show "A+M in the A.M.", where he said he's ready to redefine himself and start fresh.
Q: So you’ve just been accepted to a Top Ten Public University...arguably the best school in the state..how are you feeling?!
A: Yeah, I’m really excited that I got in.
Q: I saw in ‘David after the Dentist’ that you were wearing a UF shirt...have you been a fan your whole life?
A: I’ve been a Gator fan because I had family on my dad’s side go there. Since they’ve always been Gator fans, naturally I became one too.
Q: Did your internet fame into your admissions essay at all?
A: I used the video to talk about the fact that so far in life...all I’ve accomplished is being ‘David after the Dentist’. While I am very proud and blessed by that, I want to be known for more and to do more. I also talked about how UF is the perfect place to give me the tools to do that.
Q: Have you chosen a major? What made you choose it?
A: Computer Sciences. I actually built my own computer once.
Q: Where does one learn how to build a computer on their own?
A: I learned on YouTube.
Q: So you went from being a Youtube Star to learning how to build your own computers- very cool. Are you looking to get involved with anything on campus?
A: I’m sure once I get here I’ll find more things that I want to do, but for right now I’m just thinking about trying out for the lacrosse team.
Q: It won’t be long before you start here as a full-time student, what are you most excited about when it comes to being a gator?
A: I’m just excited about the next chapter in my life and I’m excited to be a part of UF! I’ve always been a fan so I’m excited to finally be a part of it.
Congratulations to the class of 2023! We're excited to have you all on campus next year.
Five Best Burger Joints in Gainesville
Gainesville has a vast array of choices for all of us Gator foodies around campus.
Have a craving for some Thai cuisine? There are plenty of offerings throughout the city for that.
Need a slice of pizza to get you through your studying session? There's no shortage of stops throughout the area.
However, one of the biggest cravings most people have are for a delicious BURGER. Whether you like yours with just cheese and the usual toppings, or think on the wild side and look for something different on your burger, you have plenty of options to go through.
But when it comes to the best burgers in town, who can truly say that their recipe reigns supreme? That's the question we are asking today, to all of Gator Nation...what are the five best burger restaurants in the entire city?
Over the next week, let us know in the poll below of who you would choose as the five burger restaurants that are MUST to eat at when you have that craving. On Wednesday, February 11th, we'll tell you the results of who Gator Nation chooses as their five best burger restaurants in Gainesville!