How to Survive Finals

By: Abby AbbyPaulsen

For most, if not all college students, the two week gap between Thanksgiving break and Winter break is the absolute longest and most stressful two weeks of their lives. On top of finishing up any last minute curriculum between the 12-18 credits we are taking, there are final projects, presentations, 6-8 page papers, exams (cumulative vs. non cumulative makes the worlds difference) and on top of all of that somehow manage to find the time to eat, sleep, and look semi-presentable.

Fear not though, college students. There are ways to overcome the stressfulness of finals, and somehow/someway be ahead of the game. Here are the following three tips that I have configured upon completing my freshman year.

1. Plan ahead!

Oh yes. For all you procrastinators out there, this could do you some good. If it comes down to deciding whether or not to watch an hour of netflix ( you and I both know that turns into 5 hours) or get that history paper done that is due next week…. Chose the history paper every time! I understand that everyone needs a break from schoolwork, and time to just simply sit… but during finals; the time you sit and stare at a screen watching netflix vs. Microsoft word makes a huge difference towards your time management and your GPA.

2. The 50/50 Rule

We all know that during finals, you have approximately 12-18 credits worth of material smashed into one full week of exams, papers, etc. This takes time. LOTS of time. After sitting in your desk chair, reading your textbook to review information for the exam, you find your mind drifting,….. “I wonder if I will go ice skating over Winter break….. Should I eat a salad or sandwich for dinner tonight?” This is completely normal. We get distracted, it’s human! This is why for every 50 minutes you are either doing homework or studying, you need to take a 10 minute break. This could include eating a snack, having a mini dance party, or scrolling through your social media…. You need a break.

3. Nap less, Sleep (at night) more

It is very tempting for people in general, including myself, to take naps upon having the largest workload of their lives at their feet. It is a way to escape reality in essence. Having five exams, three papers, and two projects to do all within a two week period time is quite frightening. My suggestion to you is to skip the naps, get the work done, and get an adequate amount of sleep at night. Your brain needs to be recharged, and going into an exam with two hours of sleep on your belt is not going to help you, but hurt you. In order to avoid napping, head to a library to complete your homework and studying! I promise, the library does wonders.

Pack It Up!

photoBy: Tess McCulloch

Packing up your life and moving it into a residence hall room that you could possibly be sharing with two other people can be a daunting task. Lucky for you, I have compiled a list of things that you will want to make sure are packed when you leave for move-in day.

1. Cleaning supplies: If you’re living in Stevie or Dominican you will need to clean your own bathrooms, which also means you will need to supply your own toilet paper. If you are residing in Marshall or Regina you won’t need to clean your own bathrooms, but you may want to clean the personal sink that is in your bedroom!
2. Hanging supplies/poster putty: Residence Life does not allow anyone to puncture holes in the wall for hanging pictures or posters. You will want to buy blue painter’s tape or poster putty. Both of these things are easy to find in college supply sections of stores and are even easier to use.
3. Rain gear/snow gear: Even on a smaller campus like Edgewood where it may only take you 2 minutes to run between buildings during a rain storm, it is still nice to have your bases covered. I suggest bringing a rain jacket, umbrella, and rain boots. For the colder months a heavy winter jacket and snow boots should keep you warm for your walk between classes!
4. Quarters/dollar bills: You will want to bring lots of quarters! It is $1.75 to wash and a dry a load of clothes. On average in college a student will do laundry about every two weeks. There is a change machine located in the Wingra Rec area if you wanted to change dollar bills into change as well.
5. Cable cord: If you plan on bringing a TV into your residence hall room you are more than welcome. There is free cable in the rooms for students, but you will want to bring your own cable cord – the longer the better!
6. Power strip: So many things to plug in, so few outlets. This may be one of the most beneficial things to pack before coming to school. With your phone charger, laptop charger, desk lamps, mini refrigerator, microwave, TV, and countless other things that need to be plugged in, it is nice to have multiple outlets!
7. Can opener: Picture this: it’s 2:00am and you just finished writing your midterm paper for your philosophy course. All you want to do is reward yourself with a nice bowl of spaghetti-o’s that you’ve had hidden under your bed in a storage bin for most of the semester. You pull out the can and realize it is NOT one of those nifty pull tab lids. You are left with a growling stomach and a can of spaghetti-o’s staring you in the face.
8. Over-the-counter medicine: You may have the immune system of a rock right now, but once you move into a residence hall with multiple other people chances are you will eventually get that nasty cold that started on the third floor. Be prepared and bring your favorite choices from your medicine cabinet at home.
9. Stapler/staples: The last thing you want to do while turning in your first college paper is ask your professor for a stapler.
10. Flash drive/external hard drive: A flash drive is a nice way to store files from your laptop and be able to open them up on a school computer. You may even want to invest in an external hard drive to hold all of your files in a compact and easy way.
11. Dishes/silverware: Remember that can of spaghetti-o’s I was talking about earlier? You’ll need a bowl to microwave those in, and probably a spoon to eat them with.

For more tips and tricks on how to pack efficiently for move-in day check out this pinterest site:


By: Meggie WachowiakBlog Picture2

The four days of Freshman Orientation are packed with fun events and activities for incoming students. Though they go by quickly, these four days were one of my favorite parts of my freshman year!

While I definitely recommend going to as many orientation events as possible, here are a few events that no incoming freshman should miss:

• Madison Metro Session: If you have never ridden a city bus before, this session is for you! When I first came to Edgewood, the idea of riding the city bus was a bit intimidating to me, but this session took all of those fears away. In this session, you get to learn about how the Madison Metro bus system works while actually taking a ride on the bus. You learn where all of the stops are, how to transfer busses, and everything you need to know to become an expert at riding the city bus!
• Outdoor Movie: The outdoor movie is the perfect way to relax after a full day of orientation activities! This year the movie Divergent will be shown on the large outdoor movie screen. Come relax on a beautiful summer evening, and of course, there’s always plenty of popcorn and snacks to go around!
• Trip to Super Target: On the last day of orientation, there is a shuttle that runs to Super Target all throughout the afternoon. This is an excellent opportunity to pick up any last additions to your dorm room or get any items that you may have forgotten during your move! There are also trips to the Wingra Boat House, State Street, the Henry Vilas Zoo, and Trader Joes on this afternoon!
• Hillside Block Party and Lakeside Chill and Grill: Almost all of the events at orientation have free food, and these two events are no exception! From hamburgers and hotdogs to root beer floats and s’mores, the Block Party and Chill and Grill have tons of great food to enjoy while playing games, listening to music, and getting to know other new students!
• Dueling Pianos: This event is always a campus favorite! Two professional piano players go head-to-head playing crowd favorites and song requests. It is entertaining, funny, and a great show for everyone!

Orientation is one of the best ways to get to know other incoming students at Edgewood and get acquainted to life as a college student. Take advantage of as much fun and free food as you can!

Smmmer is Around the Corner!

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Summer is just around the corner and I cannot wait. My first year of college was everything I expected and more, but there reaches a point that you need and deserve a break. Summer is the perfect time for the well-deserved relaxation. Although I will be working for what will probably feel like all day every day, I definitely plan on doing a lot of fun activities Wisconsin offers. I am most looking forward to attending multiple festivals. For example, I am going to Country USA to see Luke Bryan. I also will be attending as many days as I possibly can to Summerfest. Summerfest is a 10 day music festival held in Milwaukee and is the biggest music festival in the world. Being that I live 20 minutes away from Milwaukee a summer without going to Summerfest is unheard of. I also plan on catching up with old friends, but unfortunately this summer isn’t going to be all fun in game. I will be waitressing at a local restaurant and also taking a summer class here at Edgewood. Summer is almost here and should be a hard and fun filled summer.


momomBy Morgan Huss

Lent is a 40-day period of preparation for Easter Sunday and one of the major liturgical seasons of the Catholic Church. This Lenten season is based around penitence, prayer, fasting and abstinence.  Lent begins on either Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday. During the Lent season it is a common practice to give up something of value to oneself to understand the meaning of sacrifice.

This Lenten season I unfortunately was not a good Catholic and went without giving up anything. However, I definitely should have given up chocolate, as I am a chocaholic. This would have been extremely challenging for myself because I ensure that I have chocolate at least once a day. Perhaps next Lent I will be able to give up my biggest vice, chocolate, and I too will understand how hard it is to give something up in the name of faith.

6th COR Value

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Edgewood College does an admirable job of engaging students of the 5 Core Values we currently have. As an Edgewood student, I have really taken the 5 Core Values of Truth, Justice, Compassion, Partnership, and Community to heart. The commitment to teaching and buying into these values can be seen by facility and staff around the campus. Every incoming class is given one value to focus on, especially during freshman orientation week. In the fall of 2012, my class was giving “The Year of Justice.” Not only did we dig in to the deeper meaning of justice, but we asked ourselves what our role in creating a just society.

If I were to add a 6th value, it would be Integrity. Integrity is not only everything we do, but it is everything we are. Integrity is an important characteristic for one to possess because it shows strength and morals, and one is not looking for a reward. Integrity means you will be the one to defend your opinion in a debate in class, it means you will not give in to the peer pressure that surrounds you, and to do what is right. Doing what is right is not always easy, especially as one had this new found independence in college. Integrity is something to nurture during these college years, hoping to be the person you wish to be at the end of your four years here.

Dr. Scott Flanagan

BrF4VBUydfKe65B43XJLAfSXBy Samantha Lehman

Dr. Scott Flanagan will be the 7th president here at Edgewood College. Flanagan has many qualifications for this new position. For example, Dr. Flanagan previously served as Director of Admissions, Director of Athletics, and Assistant Vice president for Enrollment Services at the University of Saint Francis, in Ft. Wayne Ind. During his five years there the freshman classes tripled. Dr. Flanagan has also taught a doctoral course in Higher Education Finance. In addition, Flanagan has a doctorate in Higher Education Management from the University of Pennsylvania. Also, Dr. Scott Flanagan has spent the past 13 years as the Vice president at Edgewood College. At Edgewood College, Dr. Flanagan’s roles have included Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid, Vice President for Planning & Enrollment and interim Chief Financial Officer. Because of this Dr. Flanagan knows the importance of following the Dominican values and the importance of working a long side the students and realizing what is best for the college.