Student Attempts Graduation Backflip, Flops

Stop whatever prep for finals you are doing and take a 1-minute laugh break. Trust me on this one, it’s worth your time.

A graduating senior from Davenport University decided to celebrate his achievement with a backflip. In full graduation regalia. It goes about as well as you’d expect. The poor guy faceplants in front of the entire crowd, much to amusement of his classmates. Happily, he got up, laughed about it himself, and walked off stage with no injuries (except maybe to his pride).

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Study Drug Use on the Rise, Students Don’t Know Risks

Looking around campus, you’re sure to see the signs of finals approaching. More and more students will be spending longer hours studying, using every spare moment to catch up on homework, their jobs, and any outside activities.

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In this stress-filled atmosphere of always having something else to be done, many students turn to quick fixes to help them power through the workload.

These quick fixes often take shape as prescription ADHD medications such as Adderall, Ritalin, and Vyvanse. Usually the students taking these drugs to help them deal with school haven’t been diagnosed with ADHD, and the number of students taking them has been increasing over the last decade.

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Graduation Canceled Due to Sick Students

Vomiting, diarrhea and stomach pain aren’t symptoms you want to deal with on your graduation day. That’s why Spring Arbor University cancelled commencement last Saturday. Reports of more than 170 students appearing to be struck with the norovirus caused the university to delay the ceremony until May 21.

“These decisions are preventative and consistent with the medical advice received,”  university President Charles Webb stated in a news release. “Of utmost concern for all of us is the safety and health of our campus community and the families and friends planning on participating in the various academic year-end activities. Spring Arbor University has a responsibility of doing what is in the best interest of our students, faculty, staff and visitors to campus.”

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Five Secrets to Acing Your Final

I don’t mean to brag, but I have taken roughly 50 tests in my college career, and I’m proud to say I have had only two C’s. The rest were A’s and B’s. No, I’m not a genius, but years of test taking has taught me the best strategy to acing any exam.

This year, skip the all-night cramming, and read these tips on how to successfully prepare for your finals.

No more than a cup: Too much caffeine can make you anxious and make you feel apprehensive about the upcoming test. So, if you need an energy boost when you get out of bed, only have one cup of coffee, or get your energy from natural sources.

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The Best Study Snacks for Finals Week

Most college students know what finals week really means. It’s not about preparing for weeks in advance and walking into the classroom the day of the test, completely confident that you will earn an “A+”. No, what it’s really about is spending hours upon hours in the library, beating facts into your brain, and surviving off coffee from Starbucks and snacks from vending machines. Not very healthy, and not very good brain food, either.

The food that you eat while studying is actually very important. I bet you didn’t know that your brain uses roughly 20 percent of the daily calories you consume and it needs healthy foods to help function better. Here are some foods that will help your brain function properly, because you want every advantage on test day you can.

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Tufts Uses Dogs to Cure Finals Stress

I have two dogs: a pug and a miniature pinscher. Nothing seems to cheer me up more than when I come home from school, or work, and find them excitedly awaiting my presence. They wag their tails and immediately beg for my a attention. Something about the way they lick my chin and demand to be petted makes me forget about all of the day’s stressors.

So, it’s no surprise to me that Tufts University is using dogs to ease exam woes on campus. The school brought in therapy dogs on Tuesday for students to have some stress-free time, amid the most stressful time of year: finals week.

“Every college student has stress around finals,” said resident director Michael Bliss, who came up with the idea of dog visits. “And taking a break out from that with something as easy and simple and loving as petting dogs is really helpful.”

Tufts University isn’t the only school using therapy dogs as stress-relieving activities. Bliss wanted to bring the dogs to campus after he participated in a similar program as an undergraduate at New York University.

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4 Ways to Have a Better Winter Break

Your finals are over. You’ve turned in your term papers, and you are enrolled for next semester. As you leave campus for the next few weeks, you will find that winter break can lead to laziness. So, before you plan to spend your break on the couch watching TV, read these tips on how to have a more productive and enjoyable winter break.

1. Make some cash: Find a job that will keep your stress to a minimum. Remember that you’re on break so you can unwind from that semester of cramming. Find a job babysitting, walking dogs, serving or other part-time jobs that will keep your work week short.

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Tips for Handling Finals Stress

student stressFinals are stressful! Everyone knows that. You have one last test to determine what grade you get for an entire semester’s worth of work.

What if the majority of the questions are from the one chapter you did not review? What if your pen runs out of ink and you can’t find another? What if you wake up sick and can’t go to the exam? What if? What if? What if?

Okay, chill out. Yes, finals are stressful and studying for them is probably one of the worst things about being a college student. But you do not have to completely freak out over them.

Here are some tips to help you keep your stress under control and make this stressful time of the year as good as it can be:

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Three Good Things About Finals Week

studyingArgh. It’s finals time. It’s supposed to be the happiest time of the year with the holidays almost here, but if you are in school, this is also one of the most stressful times of the year.

So far, I’ve pulled two all-nighters and drank more cups of coffee than should be humanly possible, all in the name of studying for those darn tests! If you’re in the same boat as me, it might seem quite easy to sink into a finals depression, where dropping out and living under a bridge sounds better than looking at your notes one more time. If that’s where you are, then try to take comfort in the three nice things about this week so that you can stay sane during finals.

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Online Procrastination is a Useful Study Resource

StudyingMidterms are finally over but now it’s time to start studying for finals. Already.

It seems like all I’ve done this week is pour over my notes from the first two-thirds of the semester, trying to jog my memory about the English Reformation from the Catholic Church in the 1530s or mass media law and the Supreme Court.

But right now, my brain is fried, so I decided to get online and visit my favorite procrastination websites. Of course, my favorite website to avoid my studies is, but when it comes time for a desperate study break, I turn to the following websites for some much needed procrastination.

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