Messina now has a student blog with reflections on our theme-wide events.
Center for Community Service and Justice:
Looking to engage in community service? Center for Community Service and Justice Spring Semester Open House will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017, 9-4 p.m. in CCSJ Common Space, Humanities Building. Registration for service-learning courses and volunteer positions with over 50 community partners available!
Seeking a meaningful paid internship on campus to support community service, volunteerism and justice? Center for Community Service and Justice Student Internship Applications for the Fall 2017 cohort due by March 15, 2017
With finals fast approaching, stress levels and test anxiety can reach their peak. The following tips can help your student in managing the stress associated with finals:
- Start NOW! Start getting organized by planning for your finals, setting study times, etc. Begin organizing lecture notes and reviewing for those comprehensive finals.
- Maintain a normal routine. Part of the stress with finals week is that your normal routine is disrupted. Try to maintain your normal routine around sleep, meals, exercise, etc. Some semblance of normalcy will be comforting and help reduce stress.
- Practice good self-care. Keeping your body maintained and well-fueled will energize your mind and help reduce physical symptoms of stress. Get plenty of sleep, eat healthy, and avoid recreational substance use.
Unfortunately, many students suffer from test anxiety. Keep in mind that some nervousness or anxiety is normal and can even be helpful. Moderate levels of nervousness can help you perform by giving you an "edge." However, too much anxiety can be debilitating. Here are some tips to help reduce test anxiety that you can share with your student:
- Be prepared. There is no substitute for studying and preparing. Try to begin studying at least a week before your exam. Feeling well-studied and prepared can help reduce anxiety.
- Arrive early. Get to your final early so you don't feel rushed and can give yourself plenty of time to get situated. Avoid others who may add to stress or anxiety.
- Take your time. Budget the time you have to finish the test and use it wisely. Take the time to carefully read test questions. Try to be the last one done rather than the first; this will alleviate any worry about others finishing before you.
- Don't "catastrophize." Avoid negative self-talk and turn the negative things you tell yourself into more positive ones, such as "I am well-prepared, I can handle this test," etc.
- Practice relaxation before and during your test. Deep breathing, stretching, and visualization can all be done immediately before or even during your exam, and help reduce physical symptoms of stress. Visit our Relaxation page for some wonderful relaxation resources.
- Don't panic! If you don't know an answer, take a moment to relax and think. If you still don't know it, rely upon common sense and good test-taking strategies to help you come up with the right answer.
Keeping some of these ideas in mind may help get you through some tough spots during your finals.
Fitness and Aquatic Center (FAC):
The FAC will have Group Exercise classes until Dec. 12, 2016. Beginning Dec. 13, 2016, the FAC will continue to have Group Exercise classes but a condensed schedule which will be finalized next Monday. For a full schedule, go the FAC website. Additionally the building will be open each day and evening. Here are the hours for the upcoming weeks until Winter Break begins.
Did you know: Loyola Ranks Third Nationally In NCAA Graduation Success Rate.
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The Mumps Vaccine: Your student’s immunity may need a Boost!
Some college campuses across the country are experiencing outbreaks of mumps.
Although mumps is no longer very common in the United States, college campuses are especially vulnerable to outbreaks. The vaccine is effective; however, immunity starts to wane after about a decade. Since most of our students got both their Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) vaccine doses as a young child, their immunity may be fading. Studies show that mumps is transmitted among university students despite high 2-dose vaccination coverage, and many universities recommend a third MMR dose during an outbreak.
No formal recommendation for a third MMR dose exists, and Loyola has had no reported cases this year, but you may want to discuss an MMR booster dose with your primary care provider.
Mumps is spread through direct or indirect contact with an infected person’s nose or throat droplets, such as when an infected person sneezes or coughs, or through sharing cups or kissing. Symptoms include puffy cheeks and a swollen jaw, because of inflamed salivary glands, as well as fever, headache, fatigue and loss of appetite. Mumps likely spreads before the salivary glands begin to swell and up to five days after the swelling begins. Most people recover in a few weeks, but serious complications can occur.
We will keep you informed of any new recommendations. As always, the health and safety of our students is a top priority. Please direct any questions to the Student Health Center at 410-617-5055