Is the end of the semester stressful? Read about the top ways to relieve your stress!
Originally Posted: November/December 2016
By: Vlad Kovacevic
Welcome back from Thanksgiving break! As you all know, final exams are quickly approaching. Although it is a very busy time, we urge you to relax and try not to stress. Test anxiety will only make it more difficult to get the score you had hoped. You all were admitted to this institution for a reason so have faith in your capabilities. Here are a few suggestions to make sure that you remain healthy and control your stress throughout finals week:
- Do not cram! Although this is a tough task with everything going on in every student’s life, studying in intervals and starting early will help dramatically. By even taking an hour out of your day earlier in the week, it will help make things less stressful as the exam approaches.
- Exercise! You can help improve your memory by just doing twenty minutes of cardio! Also, exercise will help increase your energy and reduce stress.
- Eat healthy! Studies show that students having a healthy balanced diet performed better on their exams. By taking a small study break every hour to have a snack, you are refueling your body and brain which has a significant increase on the how productive your studying is. A few great options for a snack are almonds, fruit, and yogurt.
- Change study spots! Sitting in the same spot can become boring and draining. Studies show that students who change locations to study perform better on exams. So alternate between the library, study rooms, and coffee houses.
- Time manage! As stated earlier, cramming only causes more stress. So create a plan on what you should study when and make sure to include breaks to give your brain a rest. This will help with your studying schedule and boost your exam scores!
- Sleep! Try to avoid pulling an all-nighter. Your brain needs the rest and the effects of not sleeping have a huge impact on your memory. Your brain will not get the REM cycles it needs and ultimately leading to a worse test score.
- Put the phone away! One of the biggest problems with our generation is the amount of distractions around us. In order to get the most out of our studying, make sure to put your phone on silent and put it in a place where it can’t distract you.
We hope some of these suggestions will help you as you go through finals week! It’s the final week so give it all you got. Best of luck and have a great winter break!
Originally posted: October 2016
By: Joe Schlotman, VP of Operation at Dewey’s Pizza
Do you want to know how to make a lasting impression with a recruiter? Do you want to stand out and achieve a milestone in your college career? Many students will have the opportunity to interview with employers and recruiters in hopes to acquire and internship or full time opportunity. Here are a few suggestions on how to leave an impression on employers from Joe Schlotman,Vice President of Operations at Dewey’s Pizza:
- Write a Thank You note. A brief note expressing gratitude for time and clarifying interest is always appreciated. You can also take the opportunity to seek out information regarding a reasonable follow-up timeline to hear or discuss what you can do to take the next step forward.
- Use the business to learn about company dynamics and industry related skills. Share with your desired employer partner what you learned through the initiative you took. Saying you are interested is great, but showing initiative can set you apart from others.
- Seek out people in the company to network with. See if you know anyone already working for the company and plan a time to meet with those individuals. They could be great resources and advocates to help you learn about company culture and lend advice for how to get your foot in the door.
- Stay open to alternative opportunities with the company. A willingness to be flexible can be a good way to differentiate yourself and give yourself more options. The opportunity you will accept after school is very likely a first step so be flexible.
As an employer with a large presence at Miami University, these are some great suggestions to help propel you throughout the process. Don’t be afraid to reach out to employers, networking can only help you be remembered and stand out.
Originally Posted: Summer 2016
By: Vlad Kovacevic
Congratulations! You have gotten that internship you have worked so hard for! Now as you have achieved a major goal throughout your college career, there are many things you could do to stand out and be successful in your upcoming internship. Interning not only provides you with a great experience, but can also lead to future opportunities. As you all know, your internship is important and making a good impression should be a top priority. Here are some tips for how you could be successful this summer from USA Today:
- Be ready: Come in ready to go. Be mentally prepared to do whatever task needed at 110%. Make sure you are clean cut and everything is pressed and looking sharp. By having the right mindset not only will you be ready to work hard but also come in with a positive attitude. Make a great impression!
- Learn the company culture: Pay attention to what others do. For example, if other employees are early to meetings then you should be also, if people are quiet during phone calls then you should be too. Find out what others are doing and emulate it. Follow the etiquette others do.
- Ask questions: Do not be afraid to ask questions. Everyone knows you are an intern. Employees realize you most likely have never done this type of work before. It is better to ask than find yourself making mistakes and being a problem for the company. Also, most employees have been in your shoes before. They realize you have no idea what you’re doing. Find out when’s the best time for you to talk to your supervisor and keep a list of questions so you do not forget to ask them about anything you need.
- Set goals: At the beginning of your internship, sit down with your supervisor and figure out goals in which you are trying to achieve. Meet up with this supervisor a few times throughout your internship and see where you are and what you can improve on. By setting goals, you could keep focused on what you are looking to achieve and what you need to do on a daily basis.
- Get to know your supervisor: Get coffee or set up some sort of meeting with your supervisor to hear their journey and learn about how they got to the position they are in right now. This is a great way to learn the steps they took so you could eventually get to their position.
These simple suggestions could help give you an edge and put you ahead. Some of these suggestions may seem minor but the little things can go a long way, especially in an internship. I hope you find this helpful and good luck this summer!