Final Exams Study Tips

By Alexandra Smith

Finals week begins on May 5 for Penn State, and is rapidly approaching. With the semester coming to an end, many students find themselves preparing for multiple final exams, all while finishing up projects and homework assignments. It’s definitely a tough balancing act, so here are four tips to help you ace your finals.

Be prepared

First and foremost, try not to procrastinate; waiting to study until the night before an exam is never a good idea. Procrastination causes undue stress, and can lower your GPA very quickly. Make a study schedule based off of your final exam schedule, and study for your first or hardest final first. Review all of your class materials—tests, homework, quizzes, and handouts. Create your own study guide, as this causes you to review the information as you create the study guide, and then review it again each time you look over it. Make sure you have all of your class materials with you as you study, and bring along extra writing utensils so you won’t waste time looking for your notes or a new pen.

Having study materials with you before you begin reviewing will help you stay focused and prepared as you study for final exams. (Photo by Alexandra Smith)

Having study materials with you before you begin reviewing class content will help you stay focused and prepared as you study for final exams.
(Photo by Alexandra Smith)

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Cinnamon Vanilla Biscotti

By Alexandra Smith

Though the temperature is finally beginning to warm up again after a long winter in Western Pennsylvania, it’s not warm enough to consider turning off one’s oven or switching from hot to iced coffee just yet. That’s where biscotti comes in; it’s light and airy, takes only about an hour to bake, and is perfect for dipping into hot coffee on a chilly spring day. The flavors of warm cinnamon and vanilla and almond extracts combine to make a sweet and crunchy treat that’s also visually appealing.

Photo by Alexandra Smith

Photo by Alexandra Smith

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Life at the Nittany Highland Apartments

By Sarah Steighner

NEW KENSINGTON, Pa. –  Entertaining. Insightful. Eventful. Convenient. Unpredictable. These are a few words that residents at the Nittany Highland apartments use to describe their college living experience.

67 residents live at the apartments, located on Myers Drive, right across from the Penn State New Kensington campus. Most residents are students at the school. Some said they take advantage of the opportunity to not have to commute from surrounding areas, while others are out-of-state or international students.

Previously under the management of Nancy Johasky, the Nittany Highland apartments are now under the administration of Arbors Management. When asked about her experience working with the new management, Residential Assistant (RA), Krista Murray stated that “It’s a growing experience on both ends.”
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Films to Look Forward to in 2014

By Krista Murray

The Academy Awards are the equivalent of a breakup. It is the final celebration of a great year in film, and at its conclusion we reminisce about all the good times we shared with one hobbit and 13 dwarfs or 24 Hunger Games tributes. But once the credit for the awards show roll, we are so broken up with 2013. We are finally ready to move on from our past movie watching days and mingle with the other films in our future. There are so many eligible movies out there just waiting to capture our hearts in 2014 and here are just some of our options. So grab your tissues and popcorn and let’s find your perfect 2014 movie match.
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Finding Success After Graduation

By Casey Domski

NEW KENSINGTON, Pa. – According to The National Center for Education Statistics 1,606,000 students at the bachelor’s degree level will graduate college in 2014. And what’s the number one question on just about all of those students’ minds? “Will I find a Job?”

While many people say that the economy is down and that jobs are harder than ever to find, not all hope is lost for upcoming graduates.

The truth is that many students who graduate college have great success in finding not just a job after graduation, but a career. According to the September 2013 issue of NACE’s Salary Survey, the average starting salary offer to a bachelor’s degree candidate is $45,327. Not a bad start for someone just entering the work force.

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Boston Marathon Participants Reflect on Tragic 2013 Race

By Alexandra Smith

UPPER BURRELL, Pa.—With the one year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings approaching, 2013 participants throughout the country say they have emotional memories about the race, but don’t fear running in it again.

Two pressure cooker bombs exploded around 13 seconds and 210 yards apart during the 2013 Boston Marathon. The bombs exploded near the finish line on Boylston Street, killing three people and injuring over 250 others, according to an April 2013 article from bostonglobe.com.
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Falling for Satirical Articles

By Sarah Steighner

It is often easier and more entertaining to scroll through your news feed on your favorite social media site to get your news rather than actually read the New York Times. The wide range of articles reposted and re-tweeted offer a quick way to find out what your friends find interesting and newsworthy. While it is always in the back of a journalist or editor’s mind to fact check all information they come across for validity, this might not be a practice that the average social media junkie participates in.

With the ever increasing rise of internet popularity and online journalism, it might be wise to treat articles with skepticism until you recognize the site that published something as either credible or satirical.

Satirical sites often have humorous articles that play on irony and sarcasm to amuse the reader or poke fun at an issue or person. While not all satirical articles are meant to trick the reader, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen.
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