The end of the semester is near, and you know what that means: finals week. If you’re a freshman, these will be your first final exams at UF. It can be a long, strenuous week prefaced by weeks of vigorous studying. But knowing what to expect can make all the difference. Here are tips to guide you through a successful finals week:
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Money is limited when you’re a college student. Between tuition, housing and feeding yourself, you’re likely to be living on a tight budget. This can make the holidays tough. You’ll likely want to buy gifts for your friends and family, but you may not find the funds.
I remember this time during freshman year like none other — classes are wrapping up for Thanksgiving break, and you’re all eagerly waiting for your last class to end so you can go home for the holiday. Chances are, you’ve realized you procrastinated a little too much to realistically catch up. You’re rushing to get through your final assignments (even though your mind is actually on shut-down mode), and you have no idea what to expect when you go home for the first time since college began.
Question: "I signed up for the meal plan thinking I'd actually use it to its advantage, but realized I was wrong. How do I switch to a declining balance for next semester?” — Anonymous
Question: “How does one go about finding off-campus housing for the next year?” — Anonymous
This week we’re tackling confusion surrounding course registration. Early registration begins next week, and normal registration will follow soon after. It’s time to get prepared.
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Midterms can be bit overwhelming. From the overload of material to the stress of constant studying, we’ve been there. Here are a few tips to guide you through midterms:
October means a lot of things in The Gator Nation, but one is sure to stress you out: midterms. Don’t worry; we’re here to help! If you’re a freshman looking for advice on how to navigate your first year in Gainesville, submit your questions, and, as always, we’ll provide an answer.
As incoming freshmen are continuing their journey at UF, we’ve received more questions and are back to offer some guidance. As always, submit any questions you may have through this link.
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Ah, freshmen year. It’s the year you develop study habits, spend entirely too much time on “recommended” course materials and adjust to life without your parents watching your every move. It can be a confusing time, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be.
Some days just aren’t your day. Some days we wake up on the wrong side of the bed after we miss our alarm to a broken coffee machine and a car that won’t start. Some days the only reasonable solution is to hide under the covers until tomorrow comes.
The thing about being 20-something is that you only get to do it once. You only get to be carefree, uninhibited, and self-reliant for a few years — that’s it, then it’s over.
Alright men, this is the advice you’ve all been waiting for. Most of you seem to have a tough time “getting” it, and it’s really not as confusing as you think. And women, for some reason we like to beat around the bush. We like to hide our feelings and have trouble admitting the inevitable truth. Maybe that’s because we are actually as manipulative as men think. or maybe it’s because we’re lying to ourselves– but it’s probably just because we know the truth hurts.
Being 20-something and in a relationship isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Yes, it can be wonderful. But with one extreme comes the other. Because, let's be honest, 99.999% of relationships aren't rainbows and butterflies all the time. We deal with real life s***. We get irrationally angry, overly upset and make stupid decisions. We're 20-something and that's what we do. We're still emotional wrecks; we still haven't figured out what we want, and we don't yet know exactly what we need. We are working on it, but in the interim we should stop believing that the "right" relationship will be perfect. It won't be.
We’re all on a search to find our own happy ending — our own version of what true love, success, and happiness entail. At least once during your search (and probably more than once) you will consider your ex as part of this master plan. Deep down we know it won’t work, because it never works. It didn’t work the first time or the second and it won’t work now either.
Through as much of my childhood as I can remember, I had a friend — a best friend — that was attached to my hip at all times. I can recall very few memories prior to high school that didn’t involve the two of us, junk food, and staying up until 6 a.m. When high school came around, we went to different schools. We spent less time together, called each other a little less frequently, and began to move in separate directions.
It’s Tuesday and summer classes are in full swing. Two lectures were posted yesterday, two more today, and finals are approaching. And let’s not forget the jobs, internships and attempt to manage a personal life in addition to academic responsibilities. Stress probably seems second nature to you. You might not even give a second thought to the growing uneasiness you experience. This schedule is a fairly ordinary one for a college student and you probably assume anxiety is inevitable.
I’ve learned that the transitional period of being 20-something is a tough one. Life’s twists and turns are at an all-time high and the process of finding yourself is in full swing. College is tough, you’re broke, and your relationship status is complicated. While this is all part of the journey, sometimes we just need a little guidance to get us where we’re going.