By Lian Bunny, ’17
ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y., Dec. 3, 2014 — It’s out of the frying pan and into the fire — it’s finals week.
St. Bonaventure University students weighed in on their pre-finals study habits, freshmen adding new perspectives and upperclassmen offering advice to underclassmen.
Forty Bonaventure students were asked: Where is your favorite place to study on campus? In the poll, 42 percent said the library, while 35 percent said their bedroom and 12 percent said Café LaVerna. Ten percent said they like to mix it up and study in different places.
Freshman journalism and mass communication major Hunter Samuelson studies differently in college than she did in high school.
“I used to never study with friends back in high school because I thought they were too much of a distraction; but now that I am in college, it's forced me to study with friends,” said Samuelson. “I actually love it. I love knowing that I have someone to have pre-test anxiety attacks with. I know I’m not alone on this home stretch.”
Senior biology major James Gilfert said freshmen should set a studying routine to avoid stress.
“I try to study just a little more intensely right before finals,” Gilfert said. “For that to work, I have to work steadily through the semester. I’d advise freshmen to start early. I try to sleep plenty because I think having an alert mind is often as important as having a mind with a lot of information.”
Samuelson agreed that “cramming” is not the answer.
“I know college is notorious for binge studying, but there's something about binge studying that makes me nervous,” Samuelson said. “It's bad for your health to stay up all night studying, and your brain is going to burn out. I like to break up study hours into small pieces. I also keep in mind that break is literally right there, so there's no reason why I can't work hard right now.”
Gilfert also encouraged underclassmen to take short study breaks to exercise and to have a little fun.
“Don’t worry about what is out of your control,” Gilfert said. “Just do your best and let God do the rest.”
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