So you’ve just barely made it through the grueling 15 weeks of the semester and now you’re coming up against the most stressful part of it all—finals.
It happens every semester—the memory of staying up until late morning studying for tests you’re fairly certain may kill you and living on the free late-night meals the dining commons offers doesn’t exactly exude positivity, but we all go through it. What matters is how to keep ourselves sane just long enough to drag ourselves home.
Valley’s here to give you some tips on how to keep yourself going through this crazy week:
It’s crazy what a little extra vitamin C can do for your body. Drinking more orange juice or taking a concentrated vitamin C pill will help your immune system stay strong during this stressful week. It’s important to maintain your health—stress can do some pretty bad damage to your body. Continue reading
As the year winds down, tempers are getting as short as the daylight hours. There are way too many exams, papers, work and other stresses – and way too little time to keep calm. Relaxing may seem like a luxury at this point but there are ways to make it a lot more doable.
Seize the moments
Every second counts whether you’re on a bus, walking to class or waiting in the infamous Starbucks line. Whenever you have a spare moment, make it a relaxing one. Refrain from checking your phone or email for the thousandth time and just chill out. Listen to music, drink a soothing cup of tea or meditate and enjoy the moment.
Keep it simple
Relaxation doesn’t have to be as complex as a full spa day. Focus on activities that can de-stress you with as little stuff as possible. Close your eyes if you have a few minutes before class starts. Breathe deeply and stretch while you’re studying in the library. Make relaxation come to you. Continue reading
Healthy eating and college don’t necessarily go hand-in-hand, but knowing the right tricks can help turn eating right into a daily routine. So have a seat and dine with D’Amico, your guide for navigating the health-food scene without taking a chunk out of your schedule.
We’re approaching finals week and the weather is frigid and unforgiving, so I figured there was no better week for a soup recipe. This is one of my mom’s favorite soups to make when I’m at home, so I made it my own. Warm up quickly with this fast and easy beef dumpling soup, and the bitter State College wind will be nothing but a memory.
Medium soup pot
4 pre-cooked frozen beef dumplings
1 ½ cups unsalted beef stock
1 cup frozen peas
garlic salt, onion powder, black pepper, crushed red pepper and garlic chili paste, to taste
1. Add beef stock, dumplings and peas to pot on medium heat.
2. Crack the egg into the dish and scramble with a fork.
3. Slowly drip the egg into the pot of soup to get the egg-drop effect.
4. Add seasonings to taste.
5. Bring the soup to a boil then immediately turn off the heat.
6. Let the soup sit for two minutes then serve.
Photos by Kellie D’Amico
Growing up, my mom always had two things in her hands on Christmas morning: a cup of coffee and a piece of paper. While my sister and I tore open our presents, she made lists—carefully recording each item and its sender.
As I discovered later, it was these lists, which held the key to the beautifully handwritten thank you notes she wrote every holiday season. Because of them, my mom never forgot to acknowledge a single sender.
Taking the time to write a thoughtful thank you note goes a long way, especially after someone special takes the effort to buy you a gift. Like my mother, making a list will ensure that you remember all your presents and will prevent you from accidentally forgetting a giver. Continue reading
Once at a party, a boy came up to me and said: “You did it! You’re so brave! You go girl.” like I had saved a child from a burning building. He was pointing to my hair.
The stigma that cutting your hair short is somehow less feminine, or emotionally traumatizing, or extremely risky bothers me. Because yes, it is intimidating to go short if you’re so used to long hair that you can’t see yourself any other way. But I never considered myself as brave.
I know a lot of people are afraid to cut their hair short because they think that they’ll look like a man, or they’ll be less sexy or someone will judge them—and it is true that short hair cuts are meant for certain face shapes—but cutting your hair isn’t about fear, it’s about liberation. Continue reading
There’s no denying that college is incredibly stressful. There are papers, group assignments, exams, clubs, organizations, and finding the time to still have some sort of social life. Some people are able to manage a heavy workload better than others. If you’re someone who struggles juggling everything you need to get done, then keep reading.
Don’t stress about being stressed
Being stressed at college is completely normal. In 2009, a survey for the Associated Press showed that 85 percent of college students were stressed. Instead of stressing about being stressed, admit that you’re stressed and commit to doing something about it.
Time management is key when it comes to alleviating stress. Focus on one task at a time. Write all the things you need to do on your calendar, and prioritize what needs to be done. Break these tasks into smaller tasks to make them easier to handle. If it comes down to it, you might have to cut some things from your schedule. Continue reading
Let’s just admit it now—it’s hard enough to find that perfect gift for our siblings, parents, friends and significant others (and still be in the positive in our bank accounts) without thinking about, well, everyone else.
We’re getting to the age at which not getting gifts for our aunts, cousins’ children and boyfriends’ parents is just unacceptable and rude. Do these people expect us to dish out hard cash for some extravagant gift? Not a chance—we’re college students after all, and it makes people feel dirty taking grocery money from a dependent school kid all for a foot massager. However, it really is the thought that counts, and there are plenty of gifts to give the people you haven’t really given much thought to until now.
Valley’s here to get you started with some creative and appropriate ideas that will crush it but won’t break the bank.
Cousin’s/Family Friend’s Child
You see this child occasionally and they know who you are but you don’t have the hug-me relationship quite yet. Continue reading
The holidays are a wonderful time – you get a break from school, you get to see your family and friends and you get to eat awesome food. The downside to all of those awesome things: the distant relatives that you see over break and the awkward questions they always ask. Upperclassmen, you know what I’m talking about. Freshmen, brace yourselves. These are ten questions that you’ll almost definitely be asked over that turkey dinner:
1. “Do you have a boyfriend?”
2. “Have you heard about the Freshmen 15?”
3. “What’s your GPA?”
4. “Do you like your major?” Continue reading
I was told before that you don’t really know people until some of the ugly comes out.
There wasn’t a doubt for me that Josh* wasn’t perfect—I accepted all his flaws for what they were and he accepted mine. For over two years we felt that we really could work. It wasn’t hard for me to accept him. His family was great, his little brother even admitted to thinking I was ‘cool.’ He was affectionate and understanding, he didn’t have a temper, and after all this time, he still loved me.
We had decided that he was going to come visit for part of Thanksgiving break, but one day he picked me up from work and started nonchalantly into a conversation centered on not visiting me. I was dumbfounded—it was only a few days before break and my family was excited to see him. He reasoned that he wanted to be home.
I understood at first, and then thought about the times when I gave up my family for him. We’d spent two years together. Although we were in college, I just thought we were ready for this. Continue reading
Being in the bubble that is Happy Valley can sometimes make us forget about things from back home. The feeling of our bed, how our parents probably don’t approve of every decision we’re making, what it’s like to have a home-cooked meal, what it’s like to hang out with our high school friends – oh right, our high school friends.
Coming home for a break and seeing your friends whom you haven’t seen in months can be incredibly awkward if you haven’t been good at keeping in touch. If you haven’t realized it yet, you’ll realize it when you see your friends: going to college changes people. That’s OK, but it does mean that it will have changed your friendships as well. Let Valley help you keep your friendships stronger than ever before.
Don’t monopolize the conversation
You’ll probably want to tell your friend everything that’s happened to you since August (and rightly so), which means she’ll want to do the same with you. Set aside a few hours to catch up with each other so you can both learn about the new ups and downs of each other’s lives. Listen to her and give advice if needed.
Be honest, even if the truth hurts
Be honest with your friends and be honest with yourself. If they’re doing something to upset you, let them know, and don’t try to tell yourself that you’re OK with it. Stay calm, but realize a fight may come out of it; nobody likes to be told they’re doing something wrong. That being said, if the reverse is true and she’s angry with you, don’t jump to the defense – let her explain herself. Continue reading