Let’s face it; studying without music can be boring. The first thing I do when I arrive at Homer is pop in my ear buds and press my Spotify icon! My playlist, “Study and study and yeah,” is entitled via the inspiration of Rebecca Black’s enthusiasm for Friday, as I try to harness her energy into my studies.
When I first start my playlist, I hear Somewhere in Neverland by All Time Low; armed with a new label and a new CD, All Time Low provides me with the pop-punk sound I’ve missed after a long day of classes and lab. Grammy-winning Mumford & Sons calms my pre-exam nerves, while Lana Del Rey and Dave Matthews round out the mix, providing me with soulful lyrics and eclectic sounds. My playlist ends with an old middle school favorite, The Starting Line (live!), and I press repeat! Voila!
1. Somewhere in Neverland – All Time Low
2. Awake My Soul – Mumford & Sons
3. Sigh No More – Mumford & Sons
4. Winter Winds – Mumford & Sons
5. National Anthem – Lana Del Rey
6. Born To Die – Lana Del Rey
7. The Space Between – Dave Matthews Band
8. Gravedigger – Dave Matthews Band
9. Surprise, Surprise – The Starting Line
Listen to my Spotify playlist while you study, and let me know what songs get you in the studying vibe below!
Study and study and yeah
Whether your Valentine’s Day plans include a movie night with the girls, an outing with your partner or a first date (daring, but exciting!) your minds may be whirling with ideas – dinner reservations, movie times, and of course, heart-shaped boxes of chocolates. Instead of letting you collegiettes sweat the details of the evening, Her Campus UConn wants to take the stress off of the night and provide you with some ideas for the big V-day, or any date night on and around the Storrs campus! Here are our top choices for locations and ideas:
“Willibrew in Willimantic. The old post office thing is really romantic & the food is awesome” - Brittany Barnes
“The Bidwell Tavern hands down is the best date spot near Storrs. Its 10 minutes up 195 in Coventry and has amazing wings and burgers. The tavern has an antique feel, so it’s not too fancy, but a great spot for dates!” - Victoria De Rosa
“The Benton, I would say. Its super romantic and I love the area behind the museum with the waterfall. It's a really cute spot.” - Jennifer Birchwale
”Mansfield Hollow Park- it's so pretty and it takes 13 minutes to get there!
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“Picnic on Horsebarn Hill.” - Caitlin Taylor
Along with these great ideas, you can also plan an evening of skating at the Ice Rink, a trip to the Dairy Bar, or dinner at the True Blue Tavern inside of the Nathan Hale Inn. Stop daydreaming of that perfect Valentine’s Day date, and start planning!
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With the conquering of midterm papers and exams comes the coveted home-stretch of the semester: Thanksgiving break and the last few weeks before finals. While Homer Babbidge is slightly quieter and emptier after midterms, think about taking your assignments and finals preparation to other parts of campus – keep them a secret and you’ll find yourself on the way to As come finals week! Her Campus UConn contributors weigh in to provide readers with our personal favorite spots in Storrs for a study session:
“Wilbur Cross! The lounge area in the back (with the history on the walls) is so comfortable” - Jennifer Birchwale
“The best spot to study on campus is the Classroom Building (Laurel Hall). You can get your own classroom and it is right next to the Union if you want a snack.” - Kristen Biatowas
“The music library. It's in the music building and people are rarely there. Also ITE is a great place to find a quiet place.” - Victoria De Rosa
“Pharmacy Building” - Caitlin Taylor
“The breakout rooms in the new Oak Hall. The building is so confusing that people seem intimidated to go in there if they don't have class which I happily benefit from on the weekends.” - Brittany Barnes
“There are a bunch of random study rooms that most people don't know about in Baldwin and Hurley which are in north (on either side of the dining hall)! Also, I hear that a lot of the Classroom Building classrooms are usually unlocked and there aren't many evening classes in them!” - Maura Murphy
So readers, where are your favorite on-campus study spots?
Whether it’s a plane ride away from your best friend, or a few hours from your significant other, distance seems to be a problem almost every collegiette experiences. Her Campus is here to provide some ways to alleviate the ever-annoying woes of long distance relationships!
1. Send each other random (thoughtful) texts!
2. Try new things!
3. Plan weekend trips!
Keep in mind that distance is only as far as you make it feel – staying in touch and in tune with each other is the best way to make a relationship or friendship withstand the distance without feeling the tensions of virtual Skype dates or rushed phone calls. While traveling can be costly in time and money, making the attempt to visit each other will ease that distance and make you both feel connected and in-sync.
The end of the semester is approaching and most of us aren’t sure whether to allocate time to studying or surfing the web aimlessly for a few hours. When Facebook and Twitter get slow, there’s a simple solution: CollegeProblems!
Though I can’t provide a solution to your own college problems, scrolling through this Tumblr gone “.org” may be a good way to take a break between studying. Through quicky, witty text posts run by a Boston University sophomore, readers can relate to problems only college students experience. Check these out, and click the link for more (but only after studying, of course!).
For all the UConn graduates, I’m sure you’ll miss the days of your cramped room in North or that one semester you felt that you never left the library. We’ll miss you and we’re sure you’ll miss your own college problems!
And remember collegiettes, CollegeProblems helps to bring us together by having a laugh about the silly, strange issues we encounter as students, not take advantage of the limitless opportunities college students have! Enjoy and good luck on finals!
Attending a state school means lecture-style teaching, a huge campus, and an awesome sport or two (Women’s Basketball, duh!). But as collegiettes, we should also embrace how to utilize all of the resources provided for us at our large, diverse college campus. Here, I’ve compiled a short list of how to be a savvy UConn student!
1. Update your resume at the Center for Undergraduate Education
While this may seem like a no-brainer, taking that short trip to the CUE may give you tips that change and improve your resume! The CUE also hands out handbooks that detail how your resume should look after each year of undergrad. So helpful! Be sure to do this at least once, so when that perfect volunteer/internship/job opportunity shows up, you have a polished resume to send over stat!
2. Check out the display windows in the Student Union
Not only do the display windows give us something to look at on our way to the Union Street Market, but they can be informational! Last month, my academic fraternity, Phi Delta Chi, created a display about sleep awareness and how to improve sleep hygiene. These amped-up, 3Dalternatives to poster boards and thumbtacks provide 3D representations of everything from sports to upcoming events to organizations! They’re a great way to stay up-to-date on campus life.
3. Become a regular at a tutoring center