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Remedies for the Post-Semester Hangover

May 10, 2013 by admin

A Column

By Victoria Anderson

     The last drop of coffee drips out of the mug, the last stack of exams get brushed off the desk and the sound of cars pulling out of the crowded parking lot grows to only fade away a while after. This is the semester at its end. The period where students go home to fluff off all of the stress that the semester has infringed upon them. More typically, this is known as the post semester hangover.

     Most of us will feel helpless and lost, but there are many ways a person can gain their strength and happiness back!

     First and foremost, a person must rest until they feel ready to tackle what their summer has in store for them. After resting, a student should treat their summer like a more-relaxed semester. There are still things that need to get done and making a list or being organized will help them adjust to summer classes, or their next semester.

     Keeping organized and not sleeping until noon will certify that you will stay busy in the summer. Land that killer internship. Do that 5K. Finish beating that level in your favorite video game. Read a book. Go for a walk. Do something! While keeping busy, it is more likely that you will be more willing to stay motivated. Motivation is key.

     Motivation to make smarter choices post semester will benefit you greatly not only academically but also with your health. According to, it is easier for a person to make healthier choices in the summer because heavier dishes seem much less appealing than light dishes. It also mentions that produce is at its best in the summer. Knowing this fact, and also that New Jersey is known as the Garden State, people should be more open to the idea of placing fruits and veggies on the table rather than a burger or hot dog.

     What type of produce should you be eating? Susan Moores, a nutrition consultant from St. Paul Minnesota, tells us exactly that, "Save the oranges and apples for fall, and load up on fresh berries, melons, greens, tomatoes, zucchini, cucumbers, beets, pea pods, and all the super-nutritious and low-calorie fruits, greens and vegetables that grow in the garden this time of year," Moore advises.

     Now that we know what to eat, it’s time to find those delicious fruits and veggies. Many people believe that eating healthy means paying an absurd amount of money at a grocery store, but it does not have to be that way. Go to your local farmer’s market to take advantage of all the fresh produce in our lovely garden state.

     After a few weeks of eating better, you will notice that you will start feeling better as well. Use this newfound energy to get out there! What if you don’t know how to get out there, or what type of exercise you should be doing? Your exercise options are infinite but for serenity of the mind and body, yoga is your best option.

     Make sure you’re fitting in some cardio into your week, but for those days when it’s beautiful out and you kind of just want to sit on the couch, flick on some yoga and learn the basics! Once you learn the basics, you can venture to your local parks and find meditation spots, or yoga groups to aid in your search of serenity.  

     If you do not wish to learn the basics on your own and you belong to a gym, upgrade your membership and start attending some beginner yoga classes. If money is tight, take advantage of Brookdale’s fitness center. Five dollars will get you into a class with awesome instructors. On Mondays and Wednesdays, the classes start at 7:30 a.m. and end at 8:30 a.m. On Thursday, the class starts at noon and ends at 1 p.m.

     These instructors, whether at Brookdale or your local gym, will be delighted to have you. Do not be discouraged if you are a male, or you think that you’re not graceful. Nobody looks graceful doing yoga in the beginning - not a single person. So have an open mind and try it out! It will keep you in a perfect mindset for the rest of your summer, while strengthening you psychically.

     If yoga is not the thing for you and you are still stressed out about what is to come next semester, there are still things happening at Brookdale! On May 23 at 6 p.m.,June 6 , 11, and 20 at 11:30 a.m. there will be a Resume Writing and Interview Skills workshop. If you’re still uninterested, stay in contact with the clubs and organizations that you’ve been in contact with all semester. Everyone is planning around this time for next year so there will be many opportunities to stay involved over the summer to gear up for next semester.

     The summer should be a time of rest, but it should not be a time to slack. Stay focused and love your body! It will help you get over that post semester hangover while also keeping you motivated to be the best you can be. 

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