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Get Moving to Control Stress

The college experience can be described as a roller coaster. College creates lasting relationships, independence, responsibility, and fun. But not all of college is “peaches and cream.” There is a lot of stress in a student’s college career. For example, finding a job after graduation, exams, stressful relationships, transitioning into college, and financial setbacks.

There are several solutions to control stress in college. The cheapest solution is exercise. Exercise in almost any form can be a stress reliever. Exercise increases your overall health and well-being. But there are also direct benefits to relieve stress from exercise. For instance, exercise improves your mood; regular exercise can increase self-confidence and lower mild depression and anxiety. Exercise also can improve your sleep, which is often disrupted by stress, depression and anxiety. Additionally, exercise is meditation in action; you will leave behind your stress with exercise because you are focused on your body’s movements. Lastly, exercise increases your endorphins; exercise helps to increase the production of your brain's feel-good neurotransmitters, called endorphins.

Beginning an exercise program and sticking to one can be difficult. Some things to consider include, start slow and build up. Build up your fitness level gradually. Excitement about a new program can lead to overdoing it and possibly injury. The Department of Health and Human Services recommends a healthy adult getting at least 150 minutes a week of moderate aerobic activity (e.g. brisk walking, running, cycling). Another thing to consider is to do what you love; any form of exercise or movement can increase your fitness level while decreasing your stress. The most important thing is to pick an exercise that you enjoy. Lastly, make time for it; the number one excuse that keeps people from exercising is time. Although your schedule may require a morning workout one day and an evening activity the next, creating time to move every day helps make your exercise program an ongoing priority.

Whatever you decide, don't think of exercise as just one more thing on your to-do list. Find an activity you enjoy and make it part of your regular routine. Don’t let stress control you; you control stress.

REFRESH for Success

After a long and relaxing winter break, students returning for the spring semester may be looking for ways to refresh their study skills for the spring semester. Using an acronym (which also happens to be a great study tool!) for the word REFRESH, students can remember some great ways to improve and perfect their study skills:

Read all assigned readings and take notes on the page to refer back to later. While students may not be quizzed on it immediately, sometimes topics from the text can appear on the test, even if it was never covered during lecture.
Establish good study habits such as the Study Cycle (see more information here) and other study techniques that can foster deep learning. Study subjects in 50 minute chunks and alternate courses.
Find a quiet study space. Students should minimize distractions, like Facebook/phone/texting/etc., and they shouldn't study in their room. Productivity will depend on the intensity of focus.
Review the material before each class period. This enables students to recognize areas or concepts that they are confused about before class, so that they can ask good questions in class.
Experiment with new and fun ways to study! Students can try color-coding their notes, highlighting key points, creating flashcards, or even playing quiz-like games with classmates to test themselves on the material.
Stop procrastination and begin assignments early. All-nighters are not effective study strategies. Students should break assignments down into small portions that can be worked on each day leading up to the due date.
Have a way to stay organized. Keep a calendar or planner and reference it often. Students should write down all assignments from their syllabi at the beginning of the semester and update as needed. They should also keep one organized binder per class.

These are just a few ways that students can REFRESH their study skills while they have a fresh start with a new semester. In addition to changes they can make to their daily habits, Winthrop students can also utilize campus resources to learn even more study tips and habits. Winthrop offers free services such as the following: Academic Success Center, Writing Center, Math Tutorial Center, Business Resource Room, and study groups. Students should never hesitate to ask for help when it comes to academics, especially when it’s free! To learn more about campus resources and study skills, visit the “Student Resources” tab on the Student Success Center website

Dining Services

Happy New Year! We hope you had a refreshing winter break and that you are energized for the spring semester! We have an exciting year coming up, and we are looking forward to having you dine with us more in 2015 with some great new offerings!

It’s a new semester and time for students to choose their meal plans! If residents want to make any changes to their meal plans, they need to go to the Residence Life Office in DiGiorgio Campus Center, room 237. Students will have until the first Friday after classes begin (January 16th) to make any changes to their plans. To help welcome back all of our students, we are offering an incentive along with our meal plans! Add $200 Café Cash to your plan, and we’ll credit your account with an extra $20 (valid until 1/23/2015).

We have a total of six plans commuters may choose from – 2 being created specifically for commuters. To purchase, your student can log onto their Wingspan account and choose the meal plan of his or her choice – this will be charged to their student account. If your student qualifies for financial aid, the cost of his or her meal plan can be covered by his or her awarded financial aid. If you would like to pay it immediately, you can go to the Cashiers Office and pay – otherwise it will be placed on your next bill from the university. For more information, please check our website and click on “Meal Plans.” If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Dining Services office at 803/323.2119.
Have a great 2015!



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Important Dates

Monday, January 12
Classes for the spring semester start.

Wednesday, January 14
Last day to Drop/Add a first half of the semester class
Last day to Drop/Add a first third of the semester class

Friday, January 16
Last day to Drop/Add a full semester class.
Last day for 100% tuition adjustment for a full semester class.

Monday, January 19
Martin Luther King, Jr Holiday.  No Classes. Offices are closed.

Friday, January 23
Last day for 75% Tuition Adjustment for a full semester class.

Friday, January 30
Last day to S/U or Withdraw from a first third semester class
Last day for 50% Tuition Adjustment for a full semester class.



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