Valentine’s Day? More like GALentine’s Day!

I love Valentine’s Day! For me, it’s an excuse to buy an abundance of heart shaped candy and chocolates.  I have loved it ever since elementary school when everyone exchanged candy and we made chocolate shaped hearts in our classroom. Valentine’s Day has been one of my favorite memories of elementary school and it still is in college. As I have gotten older, I treat Valentine’s Day as more of Galentine’s Day.  I view it as more of a day to celebrate friendships rather than relationships.

Every year it becomes more of a tradition to celebrate Galentine’s Day.  On Galentine’s Day my friends and I all go out to a nice dinner and usually a movie. It’s a day we all spend together and to get our minds off of being single because we all have each other. This Galentine’s Day is even more important because it is the last one I can spend with all of my college friends before we go our separate ways in May. We know our time in college together is going to quickly come to an end so taking advantage of Galentine’s day rather than Valentine’s day is something I will never regret! I will always treasure the fun memories of Galentine’s Day with my best friends!

How to: Avoid Holiday Stress

The holidays are an exciting time of the year, but with the stress of getting Christmas shopping done and finals coming up it can be overwhelming for a college student. Here are a few tips for managing stress, to help you ace your finals and get home to enjoy the holidays with your family.

Try to maintain a typical routine:

Having a routine helps you stay on top of things. You need to set certain times of day to get things done.  When having a routine, you will find yourself working more efficiently and having extra time at the end of your day.

Get plenty of rest:

Lack of sleep is usually the main cause of stress. Stress can physically wear down your body. Lack of sleep will cause your body to feel the effects of stress much more. Studies recommend to get at least seven to eight hours of sleep.

Eat healthy meals:

Stress levels and a proper diet are closely related. When we’re overwhelmed, we often forget to eat well and resort to sugary, fatty snack foods as a pick-me-up. Plan ahead, and avoid sugary snacks . Fruits and vegetables are always a  good option. Also, fish with high levels of omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to reduce the symptoms of stress.

Exercise:

All forms of exercise, including yoga and walking, can ease depression and anxiety by helping the brain release feel-good chemicals and by giving your body a chance to practice dealing with stress.

Time management:

Time management is a way to make time to do the things you want and need to do. If you wait until the last minute to study or do other things, your stress is triggered.  If you get your tasks done ahead of time, you will be less likely to be forgetful and stressed the night before something is due.

Take time out the day for yourself:

Don’t forget to give yourself some time to relax. Take a break from studying and use some time for yourself. Spend some time with friends or watch a movie. Relaxing is a very effective way to relieve stress.

These are just a few ways you can relieve stress. Finals and the holidays are a stressful time, but when you ace all of your finals and get to spend time with your family for the holidays, it will all be worth it!

The Guide to On-Campus Dining

Now that you have your Tiger Card loaded up and ready to go, where do you eat?

First up: Student Center! The Student Center has a lot of different options to eat as well as a quiet place to study. Au Bon Pain serves breakfast bagels, coffee, soup and customizable sandwiches. Next is API Trading Company, it is a fusion of Latin-American and Caribbean cuisine customized from a variety of fresh ingredients. If you’re in the mood for some Greek style cooking, the Student Center also has The Mediterranean Café. Perhaps you want more of the American style traditional food-upstairs of the Student Center has the classic favorites: Starbucks, Chick-fil-a and Papa Johns.

Second: Haley Center! The Haley center holds the location for hundreds of classrooms, but recently a Caribou Coffee and an Einstein Bros.  Bagel has been added. This is the perfect location to stop by and grab a bagel and a latte on your way to class.

Third: Foy Hall! Foy is in the center of campus and is convenient for every student! It has numerous different types of food to choose from. Foy Hall has Chicken Salad Chick, Panda Express, Salsarita’s, Tera Nova, Mama’s Chicken and Biscuits and AU India. Click to learn more about Foy Dining:

Next: Village! The Village dining hall is the most convenient for students who live in the Village, but anyone is welcome to eat here! The Village dining hall has Tiger Zone, Toro Sushi, 844-Burger, Cub Stop and Village Market. The Village is great for a quick stop to eat.

Live in the dorm and looking for a place to eat nearby?

For all of you Hill residents: Terrell: Has recently added several new restaurants. Students can now get Panda Express, Chick in a Box, Leila’s Pizza, Rye of the Tiger and Kick 6 Café.

For all of you Quad residents: There are some very healthy dining options for you to choose from. There is Plains to Plate offering entrees made from all freshly grown ingredients. There is also AU Smokehouse and Philly Connection, which are great choices as well.

Lastly RBD and Mell Classrooms: All of our wishes have come true and there will finally be a Panera Bread on campus. Panera is
currently under construction and will hopefully be open by Spring of 2018.

There are so many dining options on campus but don’t spend your Tiger Card before the semester is up. Happy Dining, Tigers!

 

 

Why Freshmen Should Live in A Dorm

Going off to college can be intimidating at first. It’s a new environment, new faces, and you’re on your own for the first time in your life.  Living in a dorm is one of the many ways to make your transition to college easier. Although it is highly recommended by fellow Auburn students to live in a dorm, it is not required for freshman to live in a residence hall.  Here are the top reasons as to why freshman should live in a dorm for their first year:

 Meet New People:

Living in a place surrounded by other freshmen who are in the same boat as you can make your transition easier. This is true especially if you are out of state and do not know anyone. Living in a dorm is the best way for you to meet people. You will be amazed how many friends you make by living in a dorm!

Convenient to Campus:

Not a morning person? Don’t worry! Dorm residents are so close to campus, so they can wake up 15 minutes before class and still make it on time. Also, If you forgot something while on campus, you can make it back to your room before class starts.

 Close to the Dining Halls:

While the dorm rooms do not have their own kitchens, dorm residents have full advantage of the dining halls around campus. You never have to worry about having to drive to pick up dinner because the dining halls are right next door.

Safety:

Living in a dorm room is the safest place for freshmen. Residents have access to the security shuttle that runs from 6 p.m. -7 a.m. and can give you a free ride to anywhere on campus. Also, you can only get into the dorms with card access to ensure that college students are safe in their rooms.

Furnished:

You will not have to worry about getting your own furniture if you live in a dorm. Getting ready for college is already stressful enough, so not having to get furniture is a big item you can take off your checklist. The dorm residence halls provide a bed, desk, and dresser with lots of storage for your school supplies, personal items etc.

Once in a Lifetime Experience:

Never again in your life will you have the opportunity to have the college dorm experience, so take advantage while you can. By living in a dorm, you will make memories and friends that will last a lifetime.

These are only a few of the benefits you receive from living a dorm. The majority of students have positive experiences of living in a dorm. Senior Hannah Sessoms said, “I am so glad I lived in a residence hall my freshman year, I am from out of state and it was a great way to meet people.”

 

 

 

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