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If You’re Thinking About Getting a Tattoo, Here’s 10 Things You Should Know

I have always loved tattoos, and I got my first tattoo this year. It’s a small one, so I am by no means an expert, but here are 10 things I wish I had known before I got my tattoo.

  1. It Hurts

I got my tattoo in a very sensitive area (the inside of my elbow) and it hurt. I’ve heard it doesn’t hurt that bad in other areas, and some people say it doesn’t hurt at all. But generally, ribs, feet, and the inside of knees and elbows are some of the places it hurts the most to get tattoos. It depends on your pain tolerance, but if you’re thinking about getting a tattoo in those areas, know that it’s usually pretty painful.

  1. Schedule an Appointment If You Don’t Want to Wait

I was a walk-in and I thought that they would be able to see me right away, or at the very most, I would only have to wait 10 or 15 minutes. But when I walked in, they told me the wait would be about two hours, which didn’t help my nerves at all. If you’re nervous and don’t want to overthink it or get cold feet, schedule an appoint so you can get your tattoo when you get to the shop. Note that some shops require you pay a nonrefundable deposit if you make an appointment.

  1. Know What You Want and Where You Want It Before You Get to the Shop

I knew what I wanted before I went, however, I didn’t know where exactly I wanted it. So I had to sit there in the shop and decide where I wanted it. I was flustered and honestly felt quite dumb and I was wasting the artist’s time. It’s a permanent decision, so don’t wait until you get to the shop and then feel like you have to rush to decide.

  1. Tip Your Artist

Your artist is going to do their best to give you what you want. Just like with a meal, a tip is a way to say “thank you” for good service. 10-20% is average.

  1. Bring a Friend—But Not Your Whole Squad

Having one friend there to hold your hand is great. I’m very thankful for my friend who went with me and I don’t think I wouldtattoo-gun have been able to do it without her. But don’t bring every single one of your friends. The rooms aren’t that big and big groups of people can be super annoying, especially to tattoo artists who are trying to focus and do a good job. Stick with just one friend.

  1. Buy Lotion

After you get a tattoo, you have to apply lotion to it afterwards so it will heal faster and won’t dry out. Aquaphor and Lubriderm are the recommended brands. Whatever you get, make sure it is plain and unscented (no cocoa butter).

  1. The Healing Process Is About Two Weeks

You will most likely bleed while getting the tattoo and the skin and the area around it will be red afterwards. It may scab over, depending on how much you bled when you got it. It will be quite itchy and start to peel. DON’T SCRATCH IT. After about two weeks, it should be nearly completely healed.

  1. Protect It From the Sun

The sun will fade your tattoo quicker, especially when it’s fresh and still healing. Cover it up and keep it out of direct sunlight for at least a day or two. Always apply suntan lotion to it even after it’s healed.

  1. It’s OK to Be Nervous

I was very nervous before I got my tattoo (low-key freaking out really). But after I got it was proud and glad that I did it. If it’s something you really want and has a special meaning or story behind it, the nervousness will be worth it.

  1. Just Do It

If you’ve been thinking about getting a tattoo for a while and you have a good idea of what you want, just do it. Don’t overthink it. If you’re not drunk and it’s not an impulse, chances are you won’t regret it.


Struggles of being a girl

Are you a person who has boobs and a vagina? Do you have trouble with bras and typical materials that girls use? The struggle is all too real and it’s honestly unfair all the troubles us girls have to go through. Here are some of the main struggles I go through. I’m sure you’ll be able to relate.

    1. Sticky Bras


    Sticky bras can save your life or make it harder. They’re suppose to replace your regular, strappy bra, but be better. They stick to your boobs making a clasp in the back irrelevant and taking away the visibility of the clasp so you can wear backless dresses or shirts. They also make straps unnecessary, allowing you to wear dresses and shirts that come off the shoulder without being embarrassed about your straps showing. However, after a while, sticky bras can become, well, unsticky, making it very difficult to keep it on. You’ll be out with your friends when you hear the stickiness coming off, sagging your boobs, or completely falling off. All of the sudden, your bra is at your stomach and you’re forced to run to the bathroom without anyone seeing your bra or boobs falling to the ground. They’re a great invention; unfortunately, they will turn on you in the blink of an eye.

Being a girl can be hard. Photo from fakeplus
Being a girl can be hard.
Photo from fakeplus



    Every girl can obtain a cameltoe. It all depends on the type of pants that you wear. Yoga pants are the major culprits, though. If you don’t know what a cameltoe is, it occurs when your pants or undergarments get pushed or stuck up in your vagina, making the image of a camel’s toe. It’s kind of gross, I know, but these things happen and sometimes you really can’t control it. Some things you can do it prevent a camel toe include wearing looser pants. Looser pants should prevent a camel toe from occurring because the fabric will be far enough away that it won’t be able to get stuck up there. You can also put a sock in your pants. A sock will create a barrier between your vagina and your pants preventing the camel toe from occurring. 

    3. Nipples

    Everyone has nipples, boys and girls. However, girls are more frowned upon, in society, for showing their nipples, whether it be on purpose or not. Girls hate it when their nipples show through their bra or their shirt, whether it’s because of the color of the nipple or because they are hard. Both of these reasons are unpreventable and can be very annoying.

A couple of tricks you can use to cover up your nipples are putting toilet paper between your nipples and the shirt or bra. People won’t be able to see the toilet paper or your nipples and everyone is happy. You can also place bandaids or tape on top of your nipples to stop them from poking through.

Being a girl can be very troublesome and difficult. However, with the right tips and tricks, you can walk outside confidently and fabulously without your bra, camel toe, or nipples saying hello to every stranger walking by. Be proud to be a girl and make it work.

What to get your girlfriend for Christmas

Do you have trouble picking out the perfect present for your girlfriend? Does it make you nervous? Scared? Confused? Me too. Girls can be very hard to shop for, especially when they already have tons of clothes, jewelry, and things in general.

My girlfriend is very picking about presents and things she buys and she hates it when people buy her things that she doesn’t need. Does that sound familiar? It makes it so much harder to get her something good for Christmas. Here are some tips to get her the perfect Christmas present.

Just listen to your girlfriend! Photo from twoology
Just listen to your girlfriend! Photo from twoology


1. Listen

Believe it or not, if you listen to your girlfriend, she’ll most likely give you hints to what she wants, whether purposefully or not. You might be having a simple conversation when she brings up this thing she saw earlier today and she thought it was cute or pretty or just that she really liked it. She might drop more subtle, unconscious hints such as saying she really needs a new alarm clock or a new watch but doesn’t have the time to get one. Those are the subtle hints that you need to pick up on. Listening can really help when trying to figure out what to get her.

2. Pay Attention

Pay attention to what she likes to do. If she likes yoga, get her a new yoga mat. If she likes sports or music, get her tickets to a sporting event or a concert. Concert tickets are always a good idea. Nobody hates concerts. Does she like to hike or ride bikes? Does she like to draw or write? Then take her to a nice hiking trail, ride bikes up to a beautiful views, buy her a sketch pad or a journal. Most of the gifts or presents your girlfriend wants will be said within a month or two before Christmas. All you have to do is know your girlfriend, pay attention.

A girlfriend is a girlfriend. Photo from stephgrantphotography
A girlfriend is a girlfriend.
Photo from stephgrantphotography


These are the two tips for getting your girlfriend the perfect present. It really isn’t that hard. All you have to do is have a conversation with her and actually listen. A concept that is new to many but isn’t new to your girls. Be respectful and get her the gift she deserves.

How to make it from back-to-back stressful weeks

College is like a nonstop marry-go-round of tests, projects, and papers. Sometimes, it feels hopeless because no matter how hard you work towards a goal there is always another one right after you accomplish your first. It can seem like it’s too much, the weight is overbearing and you can’t make it through. Everything will be okay as long as you make sure you are setting goals and achieving them with positivity.

Round and round the workload goes; when will it stop? DECEMBER. Graphic by Katie Gibson
Round and round the workload goes; when will it stop? DECEMBER. Graphic by Katie Gibson

College is like a nonstop merry-go-round of tests, projects, and papers. Sometimes it feels hopeless because no matter how hard you work toward a goal, there is always another one right after you accomplish your first.

It can seem like it’s too much, that the weight is overbearing and you can’t make it through. Everything will be okay as long as you make sure you are setting goals and achieving them with positivity.

The further you get into your major and upper level classes, the faster the merry-go-round seems to spin. It can get hectic and overwhelming but the one thing to remember is to breathe and know that everything will turn out okay.

If you don’t get that “A” you were hoping for on one test it’s not the end of the world. There will be more tests and more projects and papers.

Do the best you can with what you have and everything else will work out. It’s hard to get in the habit of being stressed about the upcoming due dates or tests. Remembering that you can only do your best is a key factor in surviving back-to-back stressful weeks.

Another thing to remember is that everyone is going through what you are. If you’re feeling stressed, talk to your classmates, or peers, about whatever it is.

Chances are, they are all feeling similar to how you are and you can exchange methods of relaxation and help you make it through your work.

Don’t let the merry-go-round take hold of you and your life. Always remember that all you can do is your best and that’s enough to get you to your goal. Set achievable, reachable, and realistic goals and you will be on your way to riding the merry-go-round of due dates and tests, with ease.


Best ways to seamlessly pull a novel together

Writing is easily one of the most challenging hobbies. Even if you come up with a stellar idea, there may still be huge plot holes. If you’re sitting at your computer beating yourself up over the flow of your novel, never fear, here are some tips to pull that hot mess together.

1) Collaborate

So many writers are too proud to ask for help, but collaborating with fellow writers is sometimes the easiest and most effective way to fix your work. Lots of times, you see your story playing out a certain way so you don’t even bother coming up with alternatives, leaving you to force something that may not work. Outside eyes critiquing your work, while scary, is infinitely helpful and can send you in a direction that you never would have thought of, but really makes your novel pop.

2) Combine story ideas

Lots of writers, myself included, have a list of potential story ideas- most of which get thrown out because they’re too broad or would have far too many technical problems. Before you retire them completely, see if you can merge any of those ideas into your current novel in order to fill plot holes and expand the plot. I’ve used this technique before and it worked like a dream.


beautiful journalist looks typewriter
“Here are some tips to pull that hot mess together.”

3) Introduce a subplot

You finish your first draft, but there are so many little things that made sense in your mind but don’t add up on paper. What do you do? A great solution is to create another subplot. Come up with a new character and write them in a way that will fill in every gap. While doing this may alter the storyline, it’s very helpful if you need a motive for a character’s actions or something.

4) Change up characters

Don’t be afraid to mix up your characters. Maybe you’ve had the idea for a specific character for a while, but now they don’t one hundred percent make sense with the story. Just switch them up. Personality traits, physical appearance, even main character status are all factors easily changed into the process. Veronica Roth, author of the bestseller, Divergent, originally started writing her now famous book from Four, the love interest’s, perspective rather than Tris, the female protagonist. Halfway through, she realized it didn’t work so she switched it up. It’s your imaginary world, you can do whatever you want with it.

5) Walk away

This is the hard one. When a novel is almost perfect, it’s tempting to log insane hours trying to find that brilliant idea that will make everything magically come together. Unfortunately, that’s not how real life works. So take a break. Walk away from the novel for a week or so. Jot down any ideas that might come to you in a journal, but don’t obsess. Sometimes just taking a step back from a project will generate more ideas than any other writing method.

Use some of these ideas by participating in this year’s National Novel Writing Month! Go to www.nanowrimo.org for details.

Happy writing!

Communication is key

There comes a point in the semester, usually around now, that you may find yourself with tension between you and your roommate or your suitemates, or maybe even both.

Maybe you’re having space issues, leaving things where they don’t belong, or having stuff creep over the imaginary line that separates your sides. Maybe there are issues with sharing the bathroom.

You can’t agree on cleaning, or do not have a consistent shower schedule. There may be an issue giving fair warning about guests coming over, and said guests of the opposite gender walking into the bathroom at the most inconvenient moments.

You may think the best way to handle these issues is by quietly tiptoeing around them or venting to friends and hoping they go away. While these may help you avoid them for the first little bit, you cannot survive the rest of the semester, let alone the year, doing so.

The best way to work through these is through clear communication. It may seem stereotypical, but communication really is key in any situation when you are dealing with people in relationships, interactions, and especially in close living quarters.

It may seem awkward at first, but don’t be afraid to sit down your roommate or suitemates (maybe everyone if you need to), and start a clear line of communication.

Be sure to get all of your issues out in the open, and be sure to clearly state why it may bother you, and then come up with helpful tips and ways to make it better. Whether it be giving more of a heads-up when significant others are coming for a weekend, being a little quieter, cleaning up more often or helping with the cleaning, working out an efficient shower schedule, or just agreeing to talk and be more open with each other with problems, talking and effectively communicating will only make it easier.

Trust me, this will help tremendously, and it’ll dispel any tension that may have started to build or help avoid any from forming.

Remember that there are probably things that you do that irritate them as well, so be open to suggestions yourself. This may help you create a more relaxed, tension-free living space!

5 best websites for aspiring writers

Being a writer is a very difficult thing. Showing your work to other people and allowing them to critique it is a very intimate and let’s be honest, stressful, experience. In addition to this, once you’ve gotten your poem, short story, or novel perfect, finding an agent who will help you get published is borderline impossible.

Luckily, our generation has the internet which has tons of great websites for writers to read each other’s work, workshop their own pieces, and even find agents.

Here are five of the BEST (free) websites that the internet offers to aspiring writers.

1) Figment

With Figment, you can share all writing from poems to full length novels. The website gives your fellow authors the option to “heart” your work. As time goes by you collect these hearts and those top pieces end up on the front page which is terrific publicity for any writer. Most everyone on Figment is extremely professional and offer very constructive criticism. Figment also has discussion boards so that users can ask for suggestions, collaborate with other writers, and advertise their work.


Graphic from SmileyMe
Be happy about your writing, and use these websites to let you express it. Graphic from SmileyMe

2) FanFiction

Okay, so fan fiction in general gets a bad rap considering most people associate it with crazy fangirls writing erotic scenes between them and Edward Cullen. However, while this is the case sometimes, most fan fiction is pretty interesting to read. FanFiction, the website, has millions of fandoms that writers can choose to write about. Believe it or not, diving deeper into someone else’s story is a great way to defeat chronic writer’s block. Since you already know the characters, it’s very easy to get straight to writing what you want to write. Another bonus is the fact that every time someone “Favorites” or “Subscribes” to your story or your account, it is a HUGE ego boost. Even if it’s “just” fan fiction.

3) Agent Query

Agent Query is more or less a searchable database for agents. Anyone who is serious about writing knows that having an agent is the best way to find a credible publisher. The website also advertises when events such as writing conferences are coming up so that you can make as many connections in the literary world as possible.

4) National Novel Writing Month (NANOWRIMO)

For the writer with the million dollar idea, but who lacks motivation, this one’s for you. Every year, November is “National Novel Writing Month”. Simply make an account, create your story, and get to writing. The goal is to have at least a 50,000 word draft by the end of November. Along the way, the website tracks your progress, offers inspiration, and allows you to converse with fellow writers. When November is over, don’t be sad, because a newer feature on the website is “Camp NaNoWriMo,” which is a similar concept, except it takes place over the course of the summer.

5) Writer’s Digest

Writer’s Digest is a highly valuable resource. Not only do they put out books and an amazing magazine, their website also contains the latest writing tips and information about competitions.

As a writer, any chance you have to get your work out there, you should take advantage of. Also, remember that Whim is accepting poetry and short story submissions so take the opportunity to show off your writing chops with your fellow Highlanders!

A college tip to freshmen from a freshman

College is a whole new world of opportunities. But you don’t have to let the reputations of college define who YOU are. If you don’t like to party, and everyone else at college does, then that’s okay. Don’t participate in something that you don’t like. There are plenty of clubs and organizations that may fit what you like to do. College is all about “the experience,” but that experience is different for everyone. You shouldn’t have to experience it the same way as someone else. It’s okay to want to stay in and watch Netflix, or play video games. It’s also okay to participate in fraternities and sororities as well. Freshman, don’t start college thinking you have to join either of those, just because that’s what TV always portrays college life as. It’s okay to take a semester to figure out what you want.

Photo By: Danielle Johnson. Student (left to right): Chelsie Townsend, Jasmine Gallimore.

College can or can not be about finding the “one.” But don’t make that your priority, that’s not how it works. You won’t find someone by hooking up; you should be patient. Also, people who come to college already in relationships, if you’re happy where you are, then don’t let someone tell you that your relationship will prevent you from the college experience.  As I mentioned before, everyone’s experience is different.

A lot of people seem to feel like they have a hard time making friends, don’t worry. This is only the first semester and it’ll probably take a while to really get adapted to a new environment. Remember, we were confined to only a certain amount of people, who we saw every day for five days a week–it will be hard to figure out who you really click with. If you see someone you want to talk to, do it! Most everyone will be friendly, even if you’re shy.

Always remember to make this college experience for you, and not for someone else. Take baby steps, and have fun. Don’t be afraid to not do things that you are uncomfortable with, and also don’t be afraid to try new things. Always stay safe, and be yourself. That’s the only way you can truly experience college.

Tips for writing short stories (we want yours!)

Hey Radford! So this year the good folks at Whim want to start publishing YOUR short stories in the Arts & Entertainment section. Not only is being published in an online magazine a great way to get your work out there, but writing for Whim is a terrific thing to put on future resumes. Do you want to write a short story, but you’re not sure how to get started? Here are some tips to get your minds on a roll:

1) Pick a subject that isn’t extensive

Short stories are mostly hard to write because people pick novel ideas and try to condense them into a short story. Trust me, I’m very guilty of having done this. To combat this common problem, simply pick one moment, one scene, or one idea to write about. Make sure your idea has plenty of action right off the bat, since you don’t have the time as you would in a novel to build up to climaxes.

2) Use your own memories

Of course, you could always write a personal essay based on one pivotal moment in your life, or you could lend that memory to a character. This is a great way to get writing because you’ve lived through the experience so you can already describe the sights, sounds, smells, and feelings. Turning reality into fiction opens the door for you to doctor that memory to be anything you want it to be and then apply it to your fictional character’s life. Once you have that one great idea, the rest will come naturally.

pen and paper
Photo by: Danielle Johnson










3) Work in a quiet space.

If you live in the dorms, I’d suggest going to Young Hall in the evening. Young Hall gets really quiet as the day wears on and it has everything you could possibly need- cozy nooks and chairs, numerous charging outlets, a computer lab with a printer, and vending machines. Young Hall is the whole package for those who want to get work done. Young Hall works well, but if you need a change of scenery the river is also a great place to go to be alone with your thoughts and characters. If you live in Greenhill especially, you should take advantage of the river.

4) Use a pen and paper.

If you’re drawing a blank while watching the cursor blink on Microsoft Word, shut down your computer and whip out your trusty notebook and pen. Sometimes just jotting down your thoughts instead of typing them makes all the difference in the world.

5) Write in the first person.

I’ve noticed that a lot of people like writing in the third person. While there’s nothing wrong with that, sometimes it’s easier to get into your character by writing in the first person. If you’re really set on having your story take place in the third person, but you’re not able to get anything down on paper, write scenes in first person from each character’s perspective. This simple exercise will really get you into your characters’ shoes and will definitely make writing your story easier.

If you’re interested in submitting a story, shoot me an e-mail (mgibbons3@radford.edu). I’m also more than willing to read your work and offer suggestions before you formally submit your work, if you’re unsure of anything.

Survival of the studious

Look at your calendar. We have less than three weeks left in the semester. Unless you’re a senior, eagerly counting down the days till graduation, this thought may come as a surprise to you. And if you’re anything like me, it’s a little alarming.

With a limited number of classes left, professors seem to be piling on the assignments, squeezing in last-minute tests and lectures before the final. Deadlines are looming, work’s piling up, and procrastination is becoming a riskier maneuver. But try not to panic, and follow these tips to ease the journey to hell week.

  • Make a calendar

If you don’t already keep track of assignments through a daily planner, START ONE TODAY. Even if you have a great memory and don’t have much trouble keeping track of school deadlines, write it all down. You don’t even have to buy a planning book; just print out a few weekly planner sheets with space below each weekday to list all your due dates, meetings, and other things that need to be done. It’s easy to forget something when you have so many extra things to remember, so prepare with an updated calendar.

  • Schedule out your time

    Are you spending your time wisely? Graphic from Pinterest
    Are you spending your time wisely? Graphic from Pinterest

With a calendar to aid you on when things are due, make sure you get those things done. Schedule time every day to get duties finished, and not just the day before something’s due. Create a daily list with a (reasonable) amount of work that you want to get done that day, and cross off assignments as you finish them. Separating out the work will help you from feeling overwhelmed by the overall amount.

  • Naps are your friend

It may be hard to find a solid chunk of time to sleep at night during this time, and barreling through schoolwork can be exhausting. To help with this, try taking brief (30 minutes or so) naps throughout the day. This can rejuvenate you between study sessions and give you more energy.

Just make sure you aren’t sleeping too much.

  • Meet with your teachers

Talk to your professors about any content you are still fuzzy on, and make use of their office hours. Discussing your questions and concerns with your teachers is beneficial, and shows them that you are dedicated to doing well in the class. Don’t wait until the day before the test to say you don’t understand something, because by then, it’s too late–and they’ll have no pity on you.

  • Take care of yourself

Most importantly, take care of yourself. If you are stressed out of your mind and aren’t nourishing your body, you’ll feel worse. A healthy mind is just as important as a healthy body. So take time between work to relax and take deep breaths. Also be sure to eat healthy foods for more energy, and hydrate with lots of water to reduce headaches and improve thinking.

Highlanders Anonymous: College is hard

“Why is college so hard?”

Photo of student Hannah Syke. Photo By: Hannah Mowery.

College is hard because, suddenly, you become fully responsible for your education. You need to learn to take care of yourself. This means scheduling your own doctors’ appointments and making sure to budget your money so that you’ll have enough to eat for the whole month. College takes a huge toll if you’re unable to keep up with your new responsibilities. However, you also get to take full credit for everything you do once you get to college.

“How do I tell my girlfriend that I need some space without making her mad?”

You know your girlfriend best. If you think she’ll get mad that you need some alone time, then maybe you need to reevaluate your relationship. We’re all entitled to our own privacy and peace. If someone can’t compromise or be understanding, then they’re the ones with a problem.

“Where’s the best place to study on campus?”

There are so many places on campus that are good for studying! It really depends on where’s most convenient for you. Usually lounges don’t work so well though, because there’s constant foot traffic that can be really distracting.

My top three buildings for studying are the Bonnie, Young Hall, and McConnell Library. First, the Bonnie is a heavily visited area because of the food and SOAR office. The top floor is fairly quiet and is equipped with two rows of computers and a printer. There are many tables, chairs, and couches, so it’s great for group studying and projects.

Second, I would recommend Young Hall. Young has four stories of various studying and lounging areas.If one place there isn’t working for you, little nooks with chairs and small tables can provide cozy and private studying areas–but make sure you don’t fall asleep!

Third is McConnell Library. The first place you think of to study is generally the library. Many specialists there are more than willing to help you with research projects and materials. Tables and areas throughout the building let you actually speak at a normal volume and work on group projects.



Skincare tips for the sleep-deprived

Are you perpetually sleep-deprived like the majority of college students nowadays?

If the answer is “yes,” your skin probably isn’t in the best shape. Dark circles, inflammation, bloating of the face and dullness are all symptoms of sleep-deprived skin. Here are some tips to deal with these symptoms and look your best. Continue reading Skincare tips for the sleep-deprived

Don’t stress over stress with Jordan Burnham

Photo from lincolndailynews.com.

Radford University is hosting a seminar that will be focusing on topics such as depression, suicide, substance abuse and the physical and mental health connection. These are serious topics that not everyone is comfortable talking about, but one man has the courage to stand up and bring awareness to RU students. Continue reading Don’t stress over stress with Jordan Burnham

How to avoid the senior year scramble

Career Services at Radford University is a service that is often overlooked by students until senior year, but it can be a useful resource for students at any level. Visiting Career Services as freshmen and sophomores can get students on an early track to success. Career Services is here to provide students with direction and focus for their future. Continue reading How to avoid the senior year scramble

Finals Tips, Preparing for the Final Days



The Fall semester here at Radford is winding down. There are only two weeks left before finals week begins. So for those of you who are freshman and don’t know, during finals week you have no classes, you have specific times in the day when you have to go and take your exams which will be given to you by your professors. This means that during finals week, you’ll have a lot of spare time on your hands. So what are you planning to do with that spare time? Some students might lock themselves in their rooms and spend the entire time they don’t have an exam studying, and some may not care and simply go out every night.

What’s the best way to spend finals week? You may or may not be stressing about your exams, but you don’t want to spend the whole time studying because you don’t want to cram too much into your head at once. If you go out, since many places will be probably be partying due to the fact that there aren’t any classes, don’t stay out too late, because if you have a final the next day, it’s important to be well rested. It’s also important to stay healthy, eat a balanced diet. These tips are all basic of course, they’re things you were probably told back in middle school before you took an S.O.L. It’s important that you remember these things, though, because it will help you.

Studying is extremely important. But you don’t want to study too much at one time. It’s best to study maybe for no more than two hours at a time, and take each exam as it comes. If you have an exam on Monday, and then two exams on Tuesday for example, focus on your Monday exam first. If you go for too much longer, you’ll get tired of studying and you won’t be able to absorb the material as well. After you’ve been studying for about two hours, take a break for at least 30 minutes to an hour before you pick it up again. During this time, watch TV, chat with your friends, eat a snack and do whatever best relieves you.

When you’re actually taking the exam, don’t rush through it. You’ve probably heard this from your professors, but read each question carefully. Many college professors love to make questions on their exams that will try to trick you and. It’s important that you watch out for these types of questions because they will creep up on you, and if you fall for it, your grade will drop dramatically on the test, you could get a C on a test you could have Aced if you’d been more careful about reading the questions. Professors give you plenty of time, so don’t feel like you need to rush. When you’re finished, look over the test again and check your answers until you’re certain that you’ve done the best you can.

So to all students at Radford, good luck on your exams, and hopefully the semester will end well for you.