Month: December 2014

ChickPlease

So now comes finals time. Food has always been a big part of finals for me. Finals studying usually involves the consumption of excessive amount of caffeinated drinks, ordering food to be delivered to the library, and snacking. Sometime our diets are not so healthy, but I find that one of my go to snacks is a healthy option: hummus. High in protein, high in fiber, and low in fat, not to mention you can put it on anything and dip anything in it.

Two weeks ago, I participated in the UConn Hillel hosted hummus competition event with my friends Max, Grace, and Payal, under the team name ChickPlease, where 45 teams showed up to compete for a year’s supply of hummus. Walking in, there was a long table in the center with a myriad of ingredients ranging from different herbs: oregano, rosemary, chives, cilantro, to different oils: olive, sesame, canola. Teams were given 1 hour to create their best recipe. There were two rounds of judging, one round open to the public who bought tickets to the event, and they would go around to different tables tasting the different recipes each teams came up with and would vote and give tickets to the ones they liked best. After that round, the five teams with the most amount of tickets would go to the judging round, where 4 judges would taste and then announce the winner.

What we came up with was a hummus with sriracha, garlic, basil, honey, scallions, lemon. In the end we were announced the winner for coming up with an innovative and delicious recipe.

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Beat the “Final’s Blues”!

With Final’s Week around the corner, there’s no doubt that stress levels everywhere are rising. However, there are several things you can do to ease your stress!

Before you start any work, plan out your tasks by looking at your exam schedule (http://registrar.uconn.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/749/2014/10/storrs_f14.pdf). Studying for finals can be made simpler by beginning to create study guides this week, and begin reviewing your material five days before your final. Slowly chipping away chapter by chapter will give you enough time to feel comfortable with the information, but won’t overwhelm you.

When you’re studying, it’s important to not let yourself get distracted with social media. Try turning your phone to ‘do not disturb’! On your computer, you can go to websites such as “getcoldturkey.com” to block Facebook and other distracting websites. You can also download the “SelfControl” app on your phone to do the same! Deactivating certain accounts for the week might also be a great way for you to stay on track!

Here at UConn, therapy dogs are brought to various places around campus to give students a time to take a break from studying and play with some pups! This is a great way to let your mind rest and enjoy yourself for 10-15 minutes.

You should always allow yourself short study breaks to split up the material you’re reviewing.  Your brain needs time to process everything and you don’t want to overload it. Exercising is a great way to get your body relaxed and keep your mind focused!

When it gets down to an exam day, make sure you get a full night’s sleep before hand, and eat a full breakfast! A night of cramming will do more bad for you than good! And remember, you know more than you think you do, so always go with your instincts and answer the questions slowly, giving time to think out the answer.

Happy finals to all, and to all, a good grade 🙂