CAB helps motivate students during finals

Thanksgiving is almost here, and students will go home to eat turkey and enjoy time with friends and family. They will return to campus to begin final frantic preparations for a hectic week of exams.

The university has planned events that can bring students at least some relief before and during the intense mental challenge.

One event is the traditional pancake supper sponsored by the Campus Activities Board. It will take place the night after the first day of finals, Dec 3., in Hardy Hall.

“Students can expect lots of food, like pancakes, bacon, sausage, eggs and hash browns,” said senior elementary education major Ami Sultemeier, who has been involved in preparations before. “The main goal of the event is to give the students a chance to relax and take a break from studying before finals.”

CAB makes the event all the more fun by giving out door prizes to students. Many faculty members and staff participate by serving students their meals.

The pancake supper is a good place for students to congregate with others who are also struggling through all the necessary studying.

Students are encouraged to attend so they can just take time to forget about upcoming tests and all the stress that accompanies them.

“It is an atmosphere of fellowship as people come together and enjoy good food together,” Sultemeier said. “I would recommend students to go because it is a nice study break and a free meal, which is always nice as a college student.”

Joining the pancake supper as a way to help students through the toughest part of the semester is a new event titled Finals Frenzy. It will take place in the SUB from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Nov. 30.

Sponsored by the Center for Academic Excellence, it is intended to give students the opportunity to talk to a tutor about any questions they have about finals.

“The overall goal for us is to get students to start off their finals week in a positive way as well as to give them help if they need help to start their studying early,” student success specialist for the CAE Katie Bonner said. “We wanted to give students a chance to meet with a tutor to ask any questions they might have.”

Tutors will also be able to help students plan their study time. Snacks will be available as well as some finals freebies such as scantrons and bluebooks.

“The Finals Frenzy event will be a great environment for students to prepare for finals,” senior English major and CAE tutor Elecia Wilson said. “Not only will there be tutors at the event ready to assist students with possible questions, but also several selections of food, door prizes and study tips.”

CAE personnel understand that five or six tests in one week can be a daunting task for any student and especially freshmen.

“I think the amount of tests and the pressure of the final exam … with the weight it has on the grade brings a whole different pressure,” Bonner said. “It’s a lot more pressure than your average school week.”

Freshman interdisciplinary studies major Emily Buffington talked about what she expected to experience during her first college finals week.

“I think it’s going to be a very long and stressful week getting prepared for the exams,” she said. “I’ve never experienced a college exam week, so I don’t know what to expect, but I’m thinking it won’t be fun.”

Wilson leaves younger students with one piece of advice for the final week of the semester.

“The number one most important necessity for finals is confidence,” she said. “Believe in yourself. You will succeed.”

Author: Seth Stephens

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