Things To Do During Summer Break

Wanting to be productive during our long and winding 3+ months of summer break? Just in need of ideas to spend your time instead of wallowing around in your bed binge-watching 12 seasons of Grey’s Anatomy? Here are some ideas to fill up your summer plans.

  1. Travel.
    This one is a given. Go out and explore the world with your loved ones, by yourself or even strangers!
  2. Summer Session.
    Take advantage of the smaller class sizes and get ahead in your major or GE requirements. Plus, the campus is relatively empty so there are more study spaces available and you can actually get one of those coveted outlets in the library. If you want to stay at home for the summer, you can take community college courses. Even more convenient, there are a wide variety of online courses offered by community colleges. Check out assist.org to find out if a community college course articulates to a course here at UC Davis.
  3. Study Abroad.
    What’s better than traveling? Traveling AND earning course credit! Studying abroad gives you an opportunity to make connections with UC Davis faculty in small group sizes. There are a wide variety of programs, including ones that can satisfy your major requirements. Imagine taking BIS 2A in Ireland, BIS 102 in Japan, MIC 102/103L in Thailand or BIS 101 in Europe! For more information about study abroad, visit their website or the Study Abroad office in the International Center.
  4. Internships.
    Do a Health-Related Internship to try and see if a certain health field is for you. Also check out Aggie Job Link for more internship availabilities. Visit the ICC this spring to find internship ideas in the field of your choice.
  5. Work.
    Make real-world connections while earning money! Check out Aggie Job Link for job openings. Consider attending Internship and Career Center workshops and advising to polish up your resume/CV and other requirements to apply.
  6. Learn a new hobby.
    Summer would be a perfect time to finally get to learn how to play the guitar which you’ve been longing to do since you were 10 years old. Other ideas:

    • Learn how to cook
    • Learn how to juggle
    • Take a salsa class/other dance classes
    • Take an art class
    • Take up hot yoga- it’ll be hot enough outside to do it without the fancy facility and without the cost!
    • Take up bird watching
  7. Volunteer.
    Volunteering not only provides vital help to those in need but can also help provide a sense of purpose and increase your social skills. Volunteering for a nonprofit organization can also be a wonderful way to explore career choices and can lead to job opportunities. You can volunteer at soup kitchens, SPCA/local animal shelters, summer camps, etc. Sign up for the Community Service Opportunities listserv through the Internship and Career Center (ICC) in order to receive regular volunteer opportunities around the area. They have both one-time and ongoing opportunities to fit your interests– volunteering doesn’t have to take up most of your busy schedule.
  8. Go outdoors.
    Go to the rec pool or the beach. Go camping, white-water rafting, stargazing, parasailing… the possibilities are endless. Summer is a wonderful opportunity to be one with nature so take advantage of its beauty and fun.
  9. Study for Graduate Entrance Exams. Are you planning to take the MCAT? The GRE? The PCAT? Summer allows you time to study for these exams, without having to also balance your time studying for classes. Some students are naturally good at taking tests and committing to studying alone– so it’s up to you if you want to enroll in a test prep course. Buy a test prep book and study on your own or enroll in a course and gear up to take these exams!
  10. Other ideas:
    • Concerts/Music festivals
    • Read books (for fun!)
    • Go to a play
    • Film festivals
    • Get a head start on your fall classes
    • Check out Campus Recreation and Unions for opportunities to get involved in youth programs, Outdoor Adventures and more.
    • The ASUCD Experimental College also offers exciting classes such as martial arts, dance and music year-round, including the summer. Check them out!

Shiela Angulo
4th year Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Class of 2017
BASC Peer Advisor

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Career Spotlight: EMT/Paramedic

Just turning on your favorite TV shows and movies, you’ve probably seen men and women in uniform rushing to the scene of an accident or disaster. They are usually one of the first to respond and are in charge of keeping patients alive and deciding the best course of action for their care. If you’re interested in applying your biology knowledge into a fast-paced, clinical environment, then being an EMT/paramedic may be a wonderful option for you.

What is the difference between an EMT and a paramedic? There are multiple levels of certification in emergency medical services (EMS). The most common type are Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs), sometimes referred to as EMT-Basics. They learn essential life-saving skills that make up the foundation for all other levels of providers. The responsibilities of EMT-Basics vary within each state, but general skills include CPR, treating wounds, delivering babies, providing oxygen, performing patient assessments, administering glucose for diabetics, and helping treat asthma attacks or allergic reactions. Many people use their EMT education/experience as a stepping stone for careers as paramedics, doctors, nurses and firefighters.

A paramedic is the highest level of EMT certification. They provide more advanced emergency medical care and have higher knowledge in topics such as anatomy and physiology, cardiology, medications, and medical procedures. They are trained to perform skills such as administering medications, providing IV fluids, providing advanced airway management for patients, and learning to resuscitate and support patients with significant problems such as heart attacks and traumas.

Paramedics are often in charge of a rescue team and have the most decision making power. As a result, paramedics need strong leadership skills and critical decision making skills, as well as the ability to perform complex-life saving actions in stressful and time-sensitive situations.

Work Setting: There is a wide variety of career opportunities for EMTs and paramedics including:

  • Ambulance services
  • Fire departments
  • Rural/wilderness teams
  • Urban/industrial settings
  • Volunteering

Training and certification: Training to become an EMT-Basic usually takes about six months, completing about 120-150 hours of training. They usually consist of lectures, hands-on skills training, and clinical/field internships. After training, you must pass the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) EMT certification exam or state licensing exam. The UC Davis Fire Department offers a 14-week EMT-Basic training course. You may also find other training courses at your local community college or through private companies, such as OnSite Medical Service.

You must be an EMT to be eligible to become a paramedic. Most programs require you to have worked at least 6 months as an EMT. Additional training to be a paramedic usually takes about 2-2.5 years for a total of 1,200-1,800 hours. After training, you must pass the NREMT Paramedic certification exam. Many community colleges and state schools offer two-year paramedic courses.

Work hours and Salary: Most EMTs and paramedics work full time, some with 12- or 24-hour shifts. They may work overnight and on weekends because they must be available for emergencies. The average salary in California is $18 per hour or $37,410 per year. (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Training and working as an EMT takes hard work, dedication, leadership skills, and time management. One of our own peers, Brenda Garibay, trained as an EMT as an undergrad. According to her, “It was very intense and took up a lot of my time, but the amount of clinical experience I gained was all worth it. The material and training gave me a clearer perspective on how my coursework applies to the real world.”

For more information on how to become a paramedic, visit: http://www.paramedicedu.org/

Shiela Angulo
4th Year Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Class of 2017
BASC Peer Advisor

Which GE’s Should I Take?

“Do you have any suggestions for GE classes?”

“Is there a specific list of GE’s out there that I can use?”

“WHICH GE’S SHOULD I TAKE?!”

General education (GE) questions are probably the most commonly asked questions I encounter at the advising centers as a peer advisor. The whole concept can initially seem abstract and the lack of a concrete list of classes appears daunting for many. The beauty of GE’s is that it can be tailored to each individual’s interests and it provides an opportunity for students to take classes outside of their major. While science majors typically see GE’s as more of a chore than a wonderful opportunity, college is the prime place to be educated and be acquainted with a wide range of topics. Where else can you learn about crime and punishment in early modern Europe while studying the mechanisms for the biochemical processes that occur in your body at the same time? Being a well-versed and wholly cultivated individual is not only personally rewarding, but an increasing number of employers in all fields are beginning to look for those who are well-rounded and culturally aware.

First of all, how do GE’s work? General Education is a graduation requirement for every undergraduate student at UC Davis. And no, unfortunately AP exams do not count for GE’s. There are two main categories of General Education: Topical Breadth (52 units) and Core Literacies (35 units). To check which GE components each course satisfies, you can refer to Schedule Builder or the General Catalog. Now this is where most students get confused: you can put any course under one category in Topical Breadth AND one category in Core Literacies. However, you cannot put the same course in two categories of Topical Breadth or two categories of Core Literacies. Also keep in mind that any course that goes under the College English Composition Requirement box cannot go in any of the other boxes.

For example, ANT 2 satisfies ACGH, DD, SS, WC and WE:

You can find a copy of the General Education chart on the Residence Hall Advising Team (RHAT) website.

There are some variations for each college regarding the College English Composition Requirement. For the College of Biological Sciences, students must either complete 8 units of English composition courses: one lower-division (UWP 1, ENL 3, COM 1-4, NAS 5) along with one upper-division (UWP 101, 102, 104) OR pass the English composition exam (after taking 70 units). Here is the link for more information about the English composition exam: http://writing.ucdavis.edu/compexam. If you received a score of 4 or 5 on AP English (or 5, 6 or 7 in IB Higher Level English A) in high school, you wouldn’t need to take a lower-division course as you would have received credit for UWP 1 and ENL 3.

As a science major, you’ll be satisfying the Science and Engineering requirement solely with major courses, so you generally want to focus on Arts & Humanities and Social Sciences GE’s. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to tell you which GE classes you need to take, but I can give you a few recommendations that others and I myself have taken, or have been wanting to take:

  • CLA 10 Greek, Roman and Near Eastern Mythology (AH, VL, WC; 3 units) : In this class, you’ll learn a lot of interesting stories about Greek and Roman gods and goddesses and how these myths developed and influenced society.
  • CLA 30 Greek and Latin Elements in English Vocabulary (AH; 3 units): This course teaches you a number of words roots and how words are formed. It’s highly recommended for any unfamiliar terms you may encounter, especially as a science major. From knowledge of CLA 30, you’ll be able to deduce the general meaning of an unfamiliar word.
  • SAS 13 Disease and Society (SS or SE; 3 units): This course introduces you to the concept of diseases and the impacts of specific diseases on society. You’ll also learn about the science behind disease discoveries, causes, evolution, treatment and prevention– very applicable for anyone interested in the health field!
  • SAS 30 Mushrooms, Molds and Society (SS or SE; 3 units): You’ll learn all about fungi and how they affect culture, society, religion, medicine, agriculture and industry. This was probably one of the most entertaining classes I’ve taken here at UC Davis.
  • PHI 15 Intro to Bioethics (AH, WE; 4 units): This course analyzes issues raised by contemporary medicine and biology, where you’ll possibly explore euthanasia, abortion, reproductive technologies, genetic engineering, practitioner/patient relationships, allocation of medical resources and experimentation on human subjects.
  • LIN 1 Intro to Linguistics (AH, SS; 4 units): This class introduces you to the many aspects of language, including its nature, diversity and structure.
  • SOC 1 Intro to Sociology (SS, ACGH, DD; 5 units): This intro class explores principles and basic concepts of sociology, including the study of groups, culture, collective behavior, classes and caste system, community and ecology, role, status, and personality. Sociology is a required prerequisite for many professional schools and is a component on the MCAT, so this may be a very useful class.
  • ANT 2 Cultural Anthropology (SS, ACGH, DD, WE, WC; 4 units): This course discuses cultural diversity as well as family relations, politics, gender and religion in the context of different societies. You’ll be watching different films to analyze and explore current problems in tribal and peasant societies.
  • PSC 1 Intro to Psychology (SS; 4 units): This courses explores perception, cognition, personality and social psychology, and biological aspects of behavior. Psychology is also a component on the MCAT, so it’s definitely a class to consider.
  • HUM 13 Witches: Myth and Historical Reality (AH, WC, WE; 4 units): This course goes over the historical construction of witches, including: European pagan religions and the spread of Christianity, the “Burning’ Times” in early modern Europe, 17th-century New England and the Salem witch trials, and fairytales.
  • CMN 3 Interpersonal Communication Competence (SS; 4 units): You’ll learn about different sender, receiver and message variables when it comes to face-to-face communication.
  • HIS 120 World War II (SS, WC, WE; 4 units): WWII is personally very interesting, and in this class you’ll learn about the causes, conduct and consequences of the war. It considers military, political, economic, social and cultural factors, emphasizing on battlefield strategy and mobilization. I highly recommend this class for any of you interested in history! Keep in mind that this is an upper-division class, so if you’re a first-year, considering taking this course later on.
  • Art courses (AH, VL): Whether you’re a beginner or not, you can take drawing, sculpting, painting, photography classes, and more.
  • Language courses: Continuing or learning a new language can never be a bad thing! Many language courses are 5 units and satisfy AH and WC. Some languages offered here are Spanish, French, Japanese, Portuguese, Arabic, Italian, Russian and Chinese.

To look for open GE courses, you can use the “advanced options” on Schedule Builder or the Class Search Tool. Simply check the box of a GE component, include “Only Open Courses”, select the course level and/or select the number of units, and a list of open courses should populate for you to choose from.

Keep in mind that the classes listed above are just the tip of the iceberg. There is a plethora of classes each quarter taught by passionate professors that will surely stimulate your interests. GE classes provide an opportunity to explore a variety of interests and even open doors to pursuing a minor or a double major. If you have further questions or concerns, stop by the Biology Academic Success Center or any of the Academic Advising Centers at the residence halls.

 

Good luck!

Shiela Angulo

4th Year Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Class of 2017

BASC Peer Advisor

Why UC Davis?

Deciding where you’re going to be for the next four years can be associated with a slew of mixed emotions; it can be exciting and nerve-wracking at the same time. Personally, my experience here at UC Davis has proven to be one of the best decisions of my life. When I first visited UC Davis, I was intimidated by the vastness of the campus and the abundance of bikes at every corner. However, as I near the end of my third year, I’ve come to realize that this charming town is a lot more small and close-knit than I initially thought it to be.

One of the reasons I chose to attend UC Davis was due to its reputation for research, particularly in the biological sciences; I was interested in the possibility of being able to participate in cutting-edge research. Another reason I decided on UC Davis was its proximity to my home. My parents wanted me to be close to home, so  I could go back and visit on the weekends if I needed to or if I wanted a fix of my mom’s home-cooking. To be quite frank, however, I didn’t have many expectations. As I’ve spent more time here, I found myself coming up with more and more reasons as to why my decision was certainly the right one.

My first year here mostly consisted of me settling into a new town with new people, away from my parents and friends. I immediately realized how friendly of a town Davis is. As I would go on runs or bike rides around the Arboretum, the people I’d pass by would greet me with a warm smile or greeting, a stark contrast from the constant avoidance of eye contact I was faced from back home.

Near the middle of my first year, I also decided to apply to be an Orientation Leader. I wanted to welcome new students and leave an impact as one of their first contacts as part of the Aggie family. I’d like to think that this was the gateway of my increased involvement on campus. I gained valuable experience from being an orientation leader, from speaking in front of an audience of 500 people to building relationships with different types of people from all over the place. Most importantly, it made me more outgoing and gave me the confidence in myself to branch out and take on new challenges. I became a chemistry tutor at the Student Academic Success Center (SASC). I decided to start a club by the end of my freshman year. I applied to this job as a peer adviser for the College of Biological Sciences. I even came back for a second summer as a returning Orientation Leader. Now, I participate in cutting-edge research in a chemistry lab that I so wanted to do as a high school senior.

I owe it all to UC Davis for giving me an abundance of opportunities to learn more about myself and accomplish deeds that I never thought I would do coming out from high school. I can proudly say that I’ve found a new home here. Your time at UC Davis, and college in general, is truly an opportunity for you to discover your potential. Go Ags!

 

Shiela Angulo

3rd Year, Pharmaceutical Chemistry ’17

Peer Adviser, Biology Academic Success Center

 

Career Spotlight: Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner

What is a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner (WHNP)?

A WHNP is a registered nurse who has an advanced education and clinical experience in women’s health care. They take on a leadership role as primary care providers for women throughout their lifetime. Research has supported the notion that women have different responses to wellness and disease than men do. So many factors affect a women’s health, including family, work and community. As a result, gender-focused health care is necessary for women to be at their healthiest.

Some of their services may include:

  • Diagnosing and treating women with acute or chronic illness
  • Annual exams, including pap smears and other health screenings
  • Birth control and family planning
  • Care during perimenopause and menopause
  • Counseling/education women about preventive measures for illnesses
  • Management of STD’s
  • Prescribing physical therapy or medications (depending on state law)

Environment: Most of the time, WHNP’s work independent of a physician, but they may also work in collaboration with one. They may work in a variety of health care systems, including:

  • Hospitals
  • Primary care clinics
  • Physician’s offices
  • Government organizations
  • Community health organizations
  • Emergency care clinics
  • Nursing homes

Salary: In 2011, the average annual salary was about $82,183, according to the National Salary Report 2011 published by Advance NPs and PAs.

Education: WHNP’s require a master’s degree, post-master’s program or Doctor of Nursing degree, usually with a concentration in women’s health. The degree most often completed is a Master of Science in Nursing-Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner.

Sample prerequisites for a nurse practitioner program (provided by The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing):

  • Chemistry with lab: CHE 2A
  • Human Anatomy with lab: EXB 106+106L
  • Human Physiology with lab: NPB 101+101L
  • Microbiology or Bacteriology with lab: MIC 102 + 103L
  • Statistics: STA 13 or 100
  • College Composition: ENL 3, UWP 101, 102 or 104
  • General Psychology (PSC 1) or Introduction to Sociology (SOC 1) or Cultural Anthropology (ANT 2)

Recommended UCD Majors:

  • Biological Sciences
  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology
  • Microbiology
  • Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior
  • Pharmaceutical Chemistry
  • Psychology w/ biology emphasis
  • Nutrition Science
  • Human Development

Skills & Personality Traits: While being a nurse practitioner may be very rewarding, it may not be for everyone as it can be tremendously stressful. You must not only want to help people, you must also cope with them. Some useful skills/traits include:

  • Caring and empathetic
  • Excellent at communicating: Counsel patients on health issues; act as a liason between patient and physicians
  • Detail-oriented: Pay close attention to patient charts, medications, etc.
  • Manage stress levels well/emotionally stable: Can work extremely long hours and are exposed to high-pressure situations, including death

People are drawn to this career because it allows them to make long-lasting relationships with their patients, while making a crucial difference to the unique needs of women. It also allows them a high degree of flexibility and autonomy over their own practice.

To help you navigate through the process of getting into a program, Health Professions Advising is a wonderful resource. Attend workshops or speak to an adviser to best achieve your potential in getting into any type professional school.

For more information about this career, visit:

http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/nursing/education/education_np_degree_program.html

http://www.nursepractitionerschools.com/faq/how-to-become-a-womens-health-np

Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner

 

Shiela Angulo

3rd year, Pharmaceutical Chemistry

Peer Adviser, Biology Academic Success Center

 

 

Working During College?

Fall quarter has passed and the cold, rainy days of winter quarter have approached us. Especially for first-year students, fall quarter was a time for adjusting to college life and the fast-paced quarter system. As most start to get settled in, winter quarter may be a great time to start looking for more things to get involved with around campus. Perhaps, you may be looking to get a job and make some hard-earned money, whether it be to pay for rent, tuition or simply for extra allowance. While it may seem daunting at first, there are actually a plethora of jobs available for students, many of which are on-campus.

One thing to consider is whether you would want to apply for an on- or off-campus job. On-campus jobs are convenient because they generally will work around your class schedule. They recognize the fact that we are students first and employees second. If you have a two-hour gap between classes, your supervisor could potentially schedule you within that gap. However, an off-campus employer may not be as flexible as they would want you to work around their time instead. In addition, it is also convenient that it is right on campus, so transportation would be less of an issue; a short walk or bike ride would suffice, instead of having to drive or ride the bus for further distances.

Off-campus jobs may also be a good option. They could allow you to take a break from the campus and make connections with people outside your classes and other student organizations. If you are looking to work more hours and work during scheduled holiday or school breaks, off-campus jobs may be more suitable; you may not have to worry about the stress of snagging a summer job.

One of the first and most important places to look for a job is on Aggie Job Link, which is managed by the Internship and Career Center (ICC). On there, you can look for part-time and full-time jobs, and even internships; new positions are updated daily, so there are plenty of options for you to choose from. Once you’ve found a job/internship that you are interested in, it may be necessary to create or polish up your resume. You can also upload your resume and update your profile for employers to see on Aggie Job Link. Even if you have not had much job experience, advisers will be able to aid in building a quality resume and work with you to help you market yourself accurately and successfully.

Networking is a wonderful way to build relationships and could potentially aid in obtaining future internships or jobs. It allows you to gain more knowledge about what it takes to succeed in different types of industries, and will help you narrow down your interests for a future career. One way to network is going to a UCD Internship and Career Fair. The career fair is a wonderful opportunity to connect with employers seeking to recruit enthusiastic students right on campus. The ICC hosts internship and career fairs at least once every quarter; you can find a list of them here. The ICC also offers Employer Information Sessions, in which recruiters or representatives present about their company and position requirements– you can find more information about when these employers will be coming is located on Aggie Job Link.

In order to prepare for these networking opportunities, the Internship and Career Center also offers workshops on a variety of topics, such as resume/cover letter basics and interview basics. They even offer specialty workshops, such as how to prepare for a fair, in which they let you know what to expect, what to research, and even what to wear.

It is important to not be discouraged when applying for jobs. There are many students who are in the same position as you, and it is only a matter of dedication, time and a little bit of luck before you get accepted for a job. As you start to get more experience, you will develop important transferable skills, such as teamwork, time management and communication, which you will likely find to be useful in your professional career.

It is also important to make sure you’re not wearing yourself out. Leaving time for studying as well as extracurricular activities, all while balancing a job is often difficult. Working too much may negate all of the advantages of having a job in the first place; it may take some time adjusting and seeing what works for you as an individual. Once you do find that balance, working while in school can greatly enhance your skill set and your overall college experience.

 

Best of luck,

Shiela Angulo

Peer Adviser, Biology Academic Success Center

3rd Year, Pharmaceutical Chemistry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Managing a Busy Schedule

With the start of another school year, there is an abundance of opportunities available to get involved in or around campus. Whether it be a job, an internship, clubs, sports or all of the above, these activities may seem impossible to balance while still maintaining good grades. In order to help mitigate stress, here are some tips and tricks to guide you in successfully managing your busy schedule.

  • Stay Organized
    This is one the most important things to do in order to manage time wisely. Use a planner or a calendar to schedule out your week. Applications such as Google Calendar are helpful because they sync to your phone, laptop or tablet, so you have access to your schedule everywhere you go. Schedule out your classes, clubs, jobs, gym time and the rest of your commitments by the hour. Calendaring will help you stay on top of everything as it can be quite easy to forget a specific commitment when you are juggling school, work, internships, exercise, etc. In addition, you may find it helpful to prioritize your commitments. Labeling makes it a lot easier to know what to do first. With a monthly calendar, also keep note of when important dates are, such as midterms and finals; this way, you won’t be taken by surprise by your 3 midterms taking place in less than a week!
  • Schedule time for interruptions
    It’s almost impossible to completely stay on top of your hourly calendar. Everyday occurrences will lead us to stray off schedule– we may end up going out to eat; meeting an old friend; encountering heavy traffic; etc. As a result, don’t over-schedule. Leave some gaps in between and be more realistic with your plans. It can be easy to get discouraged if certain plans on your calendar, such as studying, do not end up happening. Instead, keep a positive attitude and use this as motivation to get back on track.
  • Find a good study space
    When it comes to studying, finding a place that offers no interruptions is crucial. If your pesky housemates prevent you from studying in peace, go to the library, the ARC, a coffee shop or anywhere else you can focus solely on your schoolwork. Some of my personal favorites are the study lounges located in the second and third floor of the Sciences Laboratory Building, the SCC and Shields Library. You can look for more study spots here and here. With this in mind, it is also important to avoid distractions such as Facebook, Instagram or any other social media that prevent many of us from being as productive as we want, or need to be. If possible, block these sites on your computer during study hours just in case temptation sets in.
  • Take a break
    When you’re feeling too overwhelmed with school or other commitments, take a stroll in the arboretum or go for a bike ride around town. With so many things going on around you, it is helpful to take time for yourself. Taking a break makes a great difference in relieving stress, clearing the mind, and can help you focus when it comes time to study.
  • Learn to say “No”
    With taking breaks in mind, many people may struggle with saying no to invites from friends or other acquaintances. It may be tempting to go out to eat at the new Thai restaurant downtown or go shopping for new shoes with some friends. While it is important to leave room for fun, stress-free activities, it is also important to prioritize your time wisely. If you have an upcoming midterm, ask yourself, Do I really need new shoes, or can I go shopping next week instead? Should I really go out to eat tonight? How much time should I sacrifice from studying? Evaluating your different options will help save time and even some precious money.
  • Don’t forget to eat and sleep!
    With all the exams, jobs and internships on your plate, your health should always be your top priority. You may have accidentally skipped meals before due to calculus homework, or you may have stayed up all night to study for a chemistry midterm. While all-nighters may be deemed necessary to get a good grade on an exam, they are actually ineffective when it comes to retaining material. Your brain repairs itself when you sleep, which helps improve information retention, reasoning and attention span. Without enough sleep, neurons are not able to function correctly. As a result, information learned previously will not be as accessible. For more information about how sleep affects how we learn material, see the article Sleep, Learning, and Memory. In addition, proper food consumption is needed to acquire essential nutrients, such as proteins, carbohydrates and fats, which are important for optimum brain performance. Remember that you will best succeed in your activities when your health isn’t compromised.
  • Know your limits
    It is important to keep in mind that we all have limits. If you feel like you’re putting in all your effort into managing your time wisely, but you still end up overly stressed or unsuccessful in specific activities, this is a good time to do some self-evaluation. There is no need to sacrifice quality of performance due to taking on too many commitments. It may be difficult to drop certain commitments as it may insinuate failure or giving up easily; however, the key to success is understanding yourself and making wise decisions that will help you become the best person you can be.

For more help on managing your time wisely, the Academic Advising Centers in the residence halls offer workshops on study skills, time management and success strategies. If you are in need of any help or support, the Student Health and Wellness Center is a great place to go for counseling, where they can help with anxiety, identity concerns or anything else that may be hindering your everyday performance. The Mind Spa is also a great place to receive relaxation sources at no cost, such as massaging recliners or biofeedback programs.

Best of luck on your way to success!

Shiela Angulo
3rd Year, Pharmaceutical Chemistry major
Biology Academic Success Center Peer Adviser