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Thursday, November 3, 2016

Time for a Break!

Hi Everyone!

I did it, I made it through midterm week. Those of you who have crossed the finish line already: pat yourselves on the back--you earned it. Those of you still searching for the light at the end of the tunnel: don't worry, you'll make it through.

Midterms are a stressful period for all of us, even when abroad. Contrary to popular belief, being abroad isn't all just traveling and doing fun things -- it actually includes homework and projects too --who knew?! I've been working really hard the past few days -- each of my five classes assigned papers and presentations so I've had my hands full. Staring at my screen all day has made it really hard to stay focused. After a while, all of the sentences, web pages and citations all blend together. Because I know a lot of you are probably going through a similar struggle, here's a short list of things I've been doing every so often to refocus myself:

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1. Take walks. There's truly nothing like the fresh air to clear your mind and make you feel rejuvenated.

2. Take a water break. There's something about the refreshing feeling that just wakes you up!

3. Switch up the tunes. Whenever I'm starting to zone out, I change my Spotify station from
"Deep Focus" to something a little bit more exciting like "Latin Pop Hits". Those of you who don't have Spotify, I highly recommend downloading it. There's a playlist for every occasion and they have a 50% student discount. Check it out here!

4. Talk to a friend. Whether it's in person or over the phone, it will improve your mood and gives your eyes a break from looking at screens (we're all guilty of checking social media on our phones while taking breaks from our computer).

Hope these ideas help make your midterms a bit easier to conquer. Good luck!

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