Category Archives: Fooling April 2013

Finals Week Myths: True or Busted?

By: Taylor Hudson

Summer is within your grasp! After what I am sure has been a long semester, finals week has approached us. But don’t let yourself become overwhelmed with your schedule overflowing with papers, projects and exams. And, more importantly, don’t fall victim to many of the finals week myths and study schemes that some students swear by.

Study Now, Sleep Later: BUSTED!
I suggest that you refrain from entering Carrier or Rose library during finals week after ten o’clock at night. The only thing you will find in there at that point are overstressed, overworked and ridiculously tired students that are probably not leaving until their exam time on the following day. Don’t be one of those people; studies show that all-nighters actually decrease grades. You brain needs sleep in order to function properly, so depriving yourself completely the night before an exam will actually hurt you in the long run. Aim to get at least four or five hours of sleep, and I promise you won’t regret it.

Lots and lots of Caffeine: BUSTED!
As a coffee drinker myself, this one hits home. One or two cups of coffee won’t hurt, but drinking massive amounts of caffeine through out the day will do more to hurt you than help. Your attention span will decrease, your anxiety level will increase, and energy level will decrease faster. So, you can see how this won’t exactly help your already high stress level and heavy workload.

Jamming Out While Studying: TRUE!
Music will actually keep you more focused, if used correctly. I suggest not listening to your favorite songs or artists because you will end up singing along—or in my case, dancing around the kitchen—rather than focusing on the task in front of you. Perhaps, you can try some acoustic or classical music without lyrics?

The Library is the Best Place to Study: BUSTED!
Contrary to popular belief, there are many places you can study on this campus besides the library. Both Taylor Hall and Warren Hall are open 24 hours during finals week. Try some off-campus locations such as Starbucks, Panera Bread, Greenberry’s, or, or head to Martin’s Grocery Store—the little café in the corner is open 24 hours and they have free wireless Internet.

The moral of the story is simple: Don’t believe everything you are told. Finals week shouldn’t be about all-night cram sessions and overworked students. It should be about ending the year on a positive note and heading into summer knowing you just kicked that exam’s butt.

Hippie Headbands… Why?

The title speaks for itself—I want to know why you wear these things. They serve no apparent function, except to force your hair to stay in front of your ears and on the side of your face, which can be maddening. Not to mention, you have no peripheral vision. This fashion trend is dangerous!

Also, ladies, why do you where them when you work out? I’ve been at track meets and seen people running events like the 800 with their hair down and that hippie headband on while their hair flies all over their face. WHY? This is a work out headband; you have your hair tied back and the band keeps the bothersome fly-aways out of your face so you can see.

Picture of a young woman in athletic clothes wearing a headband with her hair in a bun.
Hippie Headbands…for Athletes?

So it’s a trend thing? Trying to bring the hippie back? Fight the man? NO. Headbands were originally created to keep sweat out of your eyes. They were used extensively in Vietnam by the military, which also happened to include drafted hippies. When they returned from Vietnam they passed this knowledge on to their hippie friends who started off using it for the same purpose—as summers in parts of the U.S can be pretty hot as well. Ironically, that’s how they were introduced to the hippie community. Somewhere along the way, their function was lost and the bands became skinnier and stylish.

All in all, if you want to wear them, wear them—to each her own. You’re only this young once; you can wonder why you wore it later. Keep in mind that this is a trend that will probably be acceptable only through your college years, so no need to buy a $58.00 hippie headband like this. You can buy them for as little as $5.00 on Etsy.com or go to Michaels and get the material to make your own!

Value in College

by Molly Robinson

There are some hundred of organizations at JMU, some 20,000 students that attend classes, and over 50 majors offered. How does the average student sort through it all and find their path at JMU?Statue of James Madison holding a card that reads "thinking of you"

It all comes down to what you choose to take value in:

  • Family, friends, and close/meaningful relationships
  • Excelling academically
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Fun
  • Work: part time or full time
  • Networking—connections through meeting a plethora of people

The reality is that when in college, you can do everything you want. It is possible to value all the above items; but when push comes to shove, some weeks you will have to choose what is most important to you. Beginning each new semester, students should reassess their goals and rank the above items. That way, when you have an “off” week or weekend, you can look back at what you’re going towards and what you want from your college experience—long and short term. At the end of the day, its better to give your all to a few things then to give little pieces of your time to a lot of things.

If you value getting into medical school, perhaps your organizations will be centered around this goal—from research with a professor, to TAing, and perhaps a biology honors society. If you value having fun and being around others, maybe you’ll choose Greek life or Student Ambassadors. Whatever you choose to value in college, I hope it suits you well. People will notice where you stand in your values and goals, and while college is an opportunity to experiment, it’s also a time to narrow down what you want out of your life!