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Alyson Meister

Alyson Meister,
Senior, Mechanical Engineering

Athens, OH 11 February 2016

In 2010, the Russ College was expanded with the Academic Research Center (better known as “The ARC”) as a place for students to work on projects and homework, have classes, and conduct meetings for various organizations. A lot of the students refer to it as “home” since it seems sometimes that we spend the majority of our time there, we are comfortable there and our friends are usually there too. The ARC is a blessing for us and having our own café to fuel the caffeine addictions is fantastic as well. However, sometimes I forget that life exists outside the outer edge of West Green so I have been seeking to take in as much of the beautiful campus as I can before I graduate in April.

I have been exploring Athens, trying to find different places to study, grade papers or read and I have a few favorite places for each activity.

One of my favorite places is Front Room Café on the fourth floor of Baker Center. It is actually where I am writing this blog post! It’s a good place to meet up with people or work on homework. I love to come to Front Room on Wednesday and Friday nights for open mic and have done so since my freshman year!

Front Room Fireplace

There’s a fire going right now which is keeping me warm on this 22º day!

Another one of my favorite places to do work is the 7th floor, East wing of Alden library. It has one of my favorite views on campus and was recommended to me by my father who used to study there when he was a student, so it makes me feel connected to home! t’s a much quieter place than Front Room, so it’s good for when I really need to focus.

Snowy View from Alden

A picture of the view from the 7th floor East wing of Alden

I also enjoy going to Donkey Coffee on Washington St. (Clearly, I have a coffee addiction.) This is probably my favorite place to grade papers and makes me feel important and like a professor.

Donkey Coffee

Not warm enough to study outside yet

There are several others places I enjoy going to study, but those are the top 3 outside the ARC/Stocker area. It’s important to remember there is a bigger community out there and tons of places to explore on campus and around Athens. When the weather warms up I hope to find some great places to study outside!

Winter’s Back

Drago Cvijetinovic

Drago Cvijetinovic,
Senior, Aviation

Athens, OH 24 January 2016

Spring semester officially started on the 11th of this month and, let me tell you something, it does not feel like spring. We’ve had temperatures at negative 14 degrees and phones have been buzzing with winter-weather-advisory warnings. Just a few months ago I was sitting in the sunshine sipping on frozen, fruit drink and enjoying the salty ocean waters with the soft sand in between my toes; there is nothing more that I want than to just go back and enjoy that for a few more days.


However, I know that once winter passes away for the year, I’m going to miss the magical, romantic feel of watching snow fall from the sky and the chance of spending that time with all my friends for one last semester. In fact, as I write this right now in my apartment that overlooks the University, the Summit, I’m watching fellow classmates sledding down the very hill that I live on.


With the start of the Spring semester, classes are taking off at full throttle, picking up everything academically from the previous semester. And since this is my senior year, I have conditioned myself to give 110% at the start of the semester. Now for some students, this may be difficult if this is their first time experiencing this–but with my experience–I have the perfect remedy for such a thing.

First things first, you have to work hard such that any free time earned is that much more enjoyable. The next step is to encourage your peers to do the same, because your friends also tend to be your best motivators. Likewise, once everyone is done with their work, you can all partake in the freedom of not having any work and have some real fun.

For example, as a freshmen, a leader board was set up in my dorm to tally wins against other students in different video games that everyone could see and participate. As a result, this competitive competition not only implemented the constructive nature of diligence through rank, but also begot and nourished what would be the foundations of stronger friendships and relationships. In fact, we played one of these video games so much, we burned out the disc and it became completely unusable. Despite this unfortunate event, it wasn’t long after that the sun finally broke through the winter clouds and dawned the initiation of outdoor activities.

Preparing for Finals

Natasha Norris

Natasha Norris,
Senior, Electrical Engineering

Athens, OH 4 December 2015

The finals are coming! The finals are coming! This is a statement that stresses out any student. I have already noticed an increase in the number of students holding late night study sessions in the ARC.

So, how do you prepare for finals week? There is no exact answer–it depends on the student. But from my own personal experience, DO NOT CRAM! Many students wait until the day before to review for a final but this is extremely inefficient because your brain is incapable of retaining a whole semester’s worth of information in one day. It’s impossible! Do not try!

Instead, plan ahead two weeks before finals. Know what days your finals are and prioritize studying time for each class. At least start reviewing 4-5 days before your test for best retention and complete at many practice problems as possible.

If you have projects due finals week, try to complete them the week before or else they will just add to your finals week stress!

Sleep! Sleep! Sleep! It’s vital to a successful test! Do not go into a test without sleep as it will often lead to doing worse than if you hadn’t stayed up all night studying.

If all else fails and you are stuck with 24 hours to prepare for a test, know your weaknesses and focus on these areas. Obtain as much coffee as possible!

Good luck, and may the odds be ever in your favor!

How I Build up My Motivation

Patrick Hanlon

Patrick Hanlon,
Junior, Electrical Engineering

Athens, OH 8 November 2013 – As fall comes to an end and the leaves begin falling off the trees at an exponential rate, students will be trying to get their last fair share of partying in…or are they? Second round of midterms are approaching, which means students are trying to get back into the groove they may have lost from the first strenuous round of midterms. I myself need the new round of motivation to get the job done. How do I build up the motivation to kick my learning gear back in? Well, it’s as simple of a matter as following this flow chart.

Motivation Flow Chart

As you can see, sometimes the results don’t always end in the result of getting “good” grades. I am the type of person who usually learns by getting a problem completely wrong and then fixing it. I call it “paying my dues”. Also, getting motivated for a rough patch of the semester doesn’t always mean becoming sucked into the black hole of studying. Stress can build up fast, so, personally, I like extinguishing the stress fire by rock climbing. There are plenty of activities around campus students can take part in, which is good for the mental health along with physical health. Having dealt with many stressful times, my advice to share with any student is to not let the stress to build up. Relieve it before the volcano of stress decides to suddenly erupt.