By Dr. Eileen Wirth
As soon as I finish writing this, I’m headed for the kitchen to bake brownies for our department’s popular “Puppies and Brownies” midterm week study break Monday afternoon. Gooey homemade brownies that would sink a ship and cute dogs supplied by faculty and staff—stress relief doesn’t get much better!
But even if you aren’t in a department that embraces its students in this manner, spoil yourself to survive a week that all of us regard with irritation at best and loathing at worst.
What’s your pet guilty pleasure that won’t get you arrested for underage drinking?
This is the week to take an hour and watch something mindless like “Guy’s Grocery Games” or an ancient episode of “Mr. Ed” on cable TV. You’ll be so bored that cramming for that Foundations philosophy midterm won’t seem so bad.
An hour at KFC or the Rasmussen Center will do wonders for you mentally and physically – even a brisk walk up and down the Mall can help if it feels more like March than January outside.
Of course nothing beats coffee if you need a dose of Substance Alert. However coffee may be more helpful if you are studying early in the morning than late at night when it tends to interfere with badly needed sleep.
On Saturday I noted a larger than usual student contingent at 5 p.m. Mass at St. John’s. Prayer never hurts, especially if it soothes your nerves and helps you study. Dropping by St. John’s during the day to meditate for 10 or 15 minutes can make you feel like a new person. Let its quiet and beauty capture your spirit.
Best of all, remind yourself that by Friday, you’re headed to Spring Break!
Best of luck with exams and have a great break.