The minutes tick by and suddenly you realize the clock says 2am and you’re still in the library working on your essay that’s due tomorrow at 9am. It’s the time of year when the workload really starts to pile up and the hours spent studying seem to increase every week. Being a Whitman student means you have to manage the ebbs and flows of papers, tests, readings, and projects that happen during a semester. On those days and nights when you’re stuck in the library or the science building willing yourself to keep working there is only one solution… study breaks.
In high school my mom would come home after school with a tray of brownies she referred to as “study pick-me-ups.” I loved these little treats to get me through my afternoons of homework and now these “study-pick-me-ups” have morphed into a wide variety of devices to get you through your writer’s block or fatigue. Here are a list of some of my favorite study breaks: watching youtube videos (Marcel the Shell is a personal favorite), listening to a pump up song (my go-to song is “What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger” by Kelly Clarkson… it’s actually very relevant to how I feel about writing papers), going on a walk with a friend, blowing bubbles in the library, listening to a podcast, looking at pictures of cute baby animals online, playing Sporcle games, and in very dire cases where drowsiness cannot be banished, consuming large quantities of chocolate covered espresso beans and running around Ankeny doing cartwheels and somersaults. But that is definitely a last resort.
In general, Whitman students are great at balancing their academic lives with their other social and extracurricular activities. However, some weeks are harder than others and some assignments require late nights in the library. Luckily we have study breaks to get us through them. They focus you, make the work seem less daunting, and generally turn out to be a lot of fun.