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Spring Break

Hi everybody! Well, Spring Break is over and now it's time to get back to work. I counted 6 weeks left of school and a week of finals, which means that it's time to focus. I cannot believe that my first year is just seven weeks away from being over! It seems like just yesterday I was moving in.

I thought I would share my Spring Break with you guys! For the first weekend I went and saw Wanderlust with some friends. If you haven't seen it yet, I would highly recommend it, especially if you're in need of a good laugh. On Monday and Tuesday I relaxed and did a little homework, and on Tuesday morning I woke up to a couple inches of snow! Not exactly "spring-y", but I'll take it. On Wednesday and Thursday I went down to Ashland with my mom. We saw Romeo and Juliet and Animal Crackers. Both were equally amazing, but I have to say that Animal Crackers was my favorite of the two because it was absolutely hilarious. In addition, to that, I did a lot of relaxing (yay!) and some cooking with my parents. It was a great break and definitely included some much needed sleep.

As I said, finals are coming up in the near future, so I thought I'd share some insight on studying. Whoever you are, no matter what high school you went to, your study habits will be changing. I came into college thinking I could do the same routine with a little added time, since it would be harder. But in comparison to high school, my studying is dramatically different. Everyone has a different style that works for them, but my number one recommendation is to eliminate distractions. I was surprised how much more information I could take in when I put away my phone and logged off Facebook. Wherever you go to college, remember to be open to change in study habits, and the way you "practice" education. It's so important to figure out what works best for you, but also to be able to adapt to different suggestions of studying. 

No matter what, the work will seem daunting at first, but just remember to take it in stride and breathe. Eventually this whole college thing will seem like a piece of cake!

Tip 7: Create a study playlist so that you aren't constantly skipping through your music library and breaking your concentration. It will help tons!

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Zoe Schmidt

Name: Zoƫ Schmidt

Class: Freshman

Major: Organizational Communications

Minor: English


Hometown: Salem, Oregon

Activities: Reading, writing, hiking, watching football, fishing, snowmobiling, and hanging out with friends.


Favorite Professor: Dr. Pitzer and Dr. Kerssen-Griep

Favorite Class: Communication studies 101

Favorite Commons Meal: Grilled cheese with French fries and chocolate milk


Why I Chose UP: I chose UP because of the small campus and welcoming community. Also, everyone is so nice here! It doesn't hurt that the women's soccer team is totally amazing either.

Favorite Thing About UP: The campus. Especially in the spring time when the cherry blossoms are blooming.


Advice for Prospective Students: Make sure you visit campus and try to meet some professors and students. It will give you a real feel for just how close this campus is.


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