Whew! We’re ending another great fall semester here at NC State! The excitement of the holidays and break are near, as soon as we make it through all of our final exams. This year the exam schedule is a bit different than in past years. We will only have one Reading Day, which will be this Friday and exams will start the following Monday.
In order to help students cope with the stress of finals, the Union Activities Board, with the help of other groups on campus, has organized a myriad of events for students. Here’s a link to their Facebook page which has their updated list of activities and events for students on campus: https://www.facebook.com/NCStateUAB?ref=stream&hc_location=stream.
Here are some other tips to help deal with this stressful time:
- Know when you’re stressed
- Eat right
- Don’t cram, study early
- Manage time well
- Talk to someone
If you’re still feeling too stressed, feel free to contact the Counseling Center. Here’s the link for their website: http://healthcenter.ncsu.edu/counseling-center/.
This resource is free for students and something that you should take advantage of if you need.
Blog post written by: Michelle Sorrells
It’s that time of year again – the semester is drawing to a close and Class Evaluations are flooding you with emails.
I can’t deny that the abundance of emails can be very annoying, but it’s also good to remember that these evaluations are important and there’s no reason not to do your part. Class Evals are a great way to have your opinion heard. Once I finally got around to doing mine, I was reminded how important it was to have a voice when it comes to my classes and professors. I was able to nominate one of my professors for an award, while I was also able to share my honest opinion about one professor who I am less impressed with.
Sometimes if you put yourself in the professors’ shoes, you realize how important feedback can be. If you imagine standing in front of a class of 200 students at 8 a.m. in the morning, it might just be a little nerve wracking. Most of them care a lot about their job, and they want to make sure they are doing it to the best of their abilities.
If you haven’t finished yet, the link for Class Eval is http://go.ncsu.edu/cesurvey.
Once you get started, it really doesn’t take too long. You don’t have to go in great detail – you just have to get your point across. Plus, the emails stop coming once you’ve completed your evaluations. It’s a win-win!
A past English professor told me that she did not evaluate the worst professor she ever had, and she still regrets it to this day. If you have the chance to be heard, you might be able to make a change.
Let your opinions be heard! Hope exams go well for everyone and Go Pack!
Blog post written by: Anna Etheridge
Hopefully everyone had a great Thanksgiving Break filled with tons of turkey and family time! Now it is back to reality, but only for a couple of weeks.
As you all know, this week is known as ‘Dead Week.’ Dead Week is meant to give students time to start preparing for final exams, while teachers start wrapping up their courses. Make sure to take advantage of Dead Week and actually start studying because final exams are right around the corner!
The most stressful week of the year is ‘Final Exam’ week. This year exams are 12/9 through 12/17. If you’re like me they will drive you crazy! Most finals will either make or break your grade, so it is VERY important to study hard for final exams.
Here is some advice for finals:
- STUDY A LOT!!
- Get a lot of sleep
- Eat healthy
- Reserve study rooms in the library a week in advance
- Look for events around campus that are meant to help during exam week (such as D.H. Hill Library serves donuts and coffee on the 1st floor at midnight)
- Go to the gym to release stress
- Form study groups with classmates
- Don’t forget to get your blue books!!!!! (If your class requires them)
I wish everyone good luck on their exams!! Only a couple more weeks until Winter Break!
Blog post written by: Sarah Garfinkle
If you haven’t already heard, our student athletes have been working hard this season. I’m not talking about their performance on the playing field, but rather their small acts of kindness they’ve been caught performing off the field. This past week two NC State football players were spotted eating with a student who had been eating alone in Case Dining Hall.
In this sea of 35,000 undergraduates, sometimes it’s difficult to find a familiar face everywhere you go. The players thought it would be comforting to keep this individual company while he ate and possibly make a new friend to sit with in the future. They’ve demonstrated the character and leadership that is expected of any Wolfpack student, especially as athletes. And at the end of the day the number of games you’ve won or how many A+ test scores you’ve achieved is not what is important in life. It is your integrity and the kind of person you are that will make you stand out from others.
Blog post written by: Jenna LaGuarina
This past week, NC State students finally got to see what James B. Hunt Jr. Library can really offer us. Not only is Hunt Library a great facility to get work done in, have group meetings and enjoy a bit of quiet time, but now the library offers a Teaching and Visualization Lab. Recently Professor John Wall, Professor David Hill and John Schofield, along with many more researchers created a visual simulation of the church yard of St. Paul’s Cathedral in 1622 as John Donne gave his Gunpowder Plot sermon.
This amazing simulation has brought history to life and allowed students to see what happened in the past. This amazing accomplishment has brought education to a higher level and gives us hope for what technology can accomplish through education in the future. Demonstrations of the project are available through December 11, 2014. Please check out this amazing facility and this powerful simulation.
For more information on the St. Paul’s Cathedral project please follow this link: http://news.lib.ncsu.edu/2013/11/11/experience-17th-century-london-in-the-hunt-library/.
For more information on Hunt Library follow this link: http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/huntlibrary
Enjoy what Hunt Library can offer you!
Blog post written by: Katelin Dunning
As the holidays are approaching, NC State’s campus will be hosting plenty of music and dance concerts! Not only can students attend, but the general public, as well. Generally, the concerts are held on or close to campus, making it easy for students to go watch these great performances.
On Thursday and Friday November 14th and 15th, NC State’s Dance Program had their first fall concert. NC State has two dance companies on campus – the NCSU Dance Company, a modern dance company on campus, and the Panoramic Dance Company, which is a company focusing on Afrocentric and world dance perspectives.
In addition to the dance concert, there are many music concerts coming soon! This November, the Raleigh Civic Symphony will have its’ 90th Music at NC State Celebration which will take place at the Maymandi concert hall at Progress Energy Center. The Drum Line and Jazz Band will also be hosting concerts on campus later in the month, too.
In December, the Grains of Time and Ladies in Red will have their fall concerts! The Grains of Time is a male A Cappella group, while the Ladies in Red are NC State’s premier female A Cappella group. All of the music and art groups at NC State are amazing and their concerts are definitely something to take advantage of while you’re a student at NC State!
Blog post written by: Allison Sigmon
As we can all feel, the air is getting crisper, the leaves are almost gone, and the temperature is dropping fast! It is evident that winter is here once again!
Winter brings us sweaters and scarves, indoors and hot chocolate, final exams (unfortunately), the holidays, and of course, the long breaks (2 of them!). Although this time of year is stressful with exams, but joyous with our friends and families, we must remember that many of our peers and those whom of which we do not know, may be much less fortunate than ourselves. The holiday season is a great time to get involved with helping the community and giving back with some self-rewarding volunteer work!
There are many ways to get involved with volunteering in the community, whether it’s here in Raleigh or back at home! There are events held every year such as Service Raleigh that comes directly to NC State. Volunteering with Service Raleigh last year was a great experience for me, and it always feels so good helping out in any way that I can! I recommend you all do the same!
Whether it’s volunteering at a local soup kitchen, helping clean the streets and highways, or even making gifts for those who can’t afford to get any this season, there is always a way that you can help out. We’re all family here at NC State, so we should treat each other as such. Give back, get involved, and give some Wolfpack love to the community!
Blog post written by: Justin Sly
This week NC State is hosting Traditions week, where there will be all sorts of activities for students to do to fulfill their requirements for The BRICK. The BRICK is an interactive guide to NC State’s traditions, history, and important places. It can be used to document all the exciting adventures that fall before you during your time here at NC State. There are certain pages that have spaces for pictures, fill-in the blank responses and other spaces to organize your memories. The BRICK can serve as your scrapbook during your time at NC State, and when it’s done, it will be your keepsake.
The BRICK was made a part of NC State when Student Government and the Alumni Association decided to promote student involvement while holding the University’s rich traditions. The BRICK highlights a list of traditions you can complete to become an official NC State Tradition Keeper (TK). To become a TK, students must complete 40 traditions in their book. Once students have completed 40 traditions, they will receive a medal to wear around their necks at graduation. This is a reward for keeping the heritage of North Carolina State University alive.
There are 50 traditions recognized by The BRICK. A couple of the most notable traditions that NC State students take part of are:
- Run the Krispy Kreme Challenge
- Paint the Free Expression Tunnel
- Attend Wolfpack Welcome Week
- Greek Life memory
- Attend the Campus Cinema
- NC State Fair memory
- Polar Plunge
- Ram Roast memory
- Library memory
There are plenty of traditions at NC State. The history of this great University is astonishing and The BRICK allows students to become more connected and involved throughout their time as a member of the Wolfpack.
Blog post written by: Jake Garner
November is here and so is Native American Heritage Month! Several organizations here at NC State including Multicultural Student Affairs, Native American Student Association, and the Office for Institutional Equity & Diversity will be holding events all month to help the Wolfpack engage in and learn more about Native American culture!
Events left for the month include:
November 11: American Indian UNC System Faculty Forum and Veteran’s Day Appreciation
November 14: Native American Culture Night
November 15: Rock Your Mocs Day
November 19: Don’t Tread On Me: A Panel Discussion on the Current State of American Indian Issues
November 21: “It’s All About the Dough”: A Fry bread Cooking Demonstration
November 23: 18th Annual American Heritage Celebration
November 25: Dream Catcher Workshop
Diversity is an important thing here at NC State so I am very excited that these organizations are taking the time to recognize the importance of this month. I plan on trying to take the time to attend Native American Culture Night and the Dream Catcher Workshop! What will you attend?
Blog post written by: Taylor Looper
It’s that time of year again when the weather is getting cooler and unfortunately people tend to get sick as well. NC State proudly tries to keep their faculty and students healthy throughout the academic year by offering drop-in Flu Shot Clinics. The Clinics began at the beginning of October and are continuing into November for students and faculty who did not have a chance to make it. Usually the clinics take place once a week at a variety of locations and times throughout campus. If you can’t make a drop-in appointment they have dates available for appointments going into December.
All State Health Plan members, dependents, and retirees are eligible for a FREE flu vaccination at the NC State campus clinics. Members must present their State Health Plan insurance card along with a photo ID at the time of appointment to avoid the $30 vaccination payment. If students don’t have the NC State Health Plan they can still use their own insurance (i.e. Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, etc.) to cover the flu shot.
Lastly, I want to include some everyday tips that you can take to stop the spread of the flu and other viruses:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs spread this way.
- Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
- Practice good health habits. Get plenty of sleep and exercise, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat healthy food.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
Blog post written by: Jake Garner