Dec 06 2018

How to Survive Finals

by blogemu

It’s the most stressful time of the year. Finals are quickly approaching and while some students have experience with how to prepare for this difficult time, others may not be in the same situation. Whether you are a returning student or a freshman, I would like to offer some tips on how to survive finals!  


Junior Emily Louria (left), Senior Jessica Walsh (right) and I help each other study!



Study with a reliable group of friends who will keep you focused. It doesn’t matter if you are learning about different subjects. Sometimes, being surrounded by a group of people who are studying and have an intrinsic desire to succeed can allow you to stay motivated. If you find yourselves being distracted, take a brief break from studying.



This is one of the most important aspects of preparing for finals. Studying for exams can be very stressful. There is nothing wrong with taking a break if you really need to. Try your best to set a schedule for your breaks so you don’t overdo it.


Whether it’s putting on a face mask, watching Netflix, catching up on your favorite TV show, or exercising, any form of self-care could benefit you. “How can you take care of other things if you don’t care about yourself?” (Emily Louria ’20, Early Childhood Elementary Education major)



This is arguably the most important step in preparing for final exams. It is absolutely necessary for you to maintain a balanced sleep schedule. If you do not keep yourself well-rested, it will be very difficult for you to stay focused when studying. If you begin to have focus issues, you may not process new concepts and facts well.


During the week of final exams, try to minimize the number of nights you are hanging out with friends.  Try your best to get a full night of sleep (at least 8 hours) before the day of the exam.


Here are some wise words from myself:


“If I don’t know it by one be done.” “If I don’t by two, I’m through.” “If I don’t know it by three it’s not for me.” “And if I don’t know it by four, then I have to snore.”


Although this may seem silly at first, these are important standards to set for yourself so you do not become overexerted by the end of the semester. If you can help it, don’t go to bed too late because it will only hinder your academic performance.



I hope that these tips on how to survive finals have helped. Good luck!

Hello! My name is Dominick Brooks and I am a sophomore majoring in Public Relations with a minor in marketing. I am a member of the Go Social Team and I thoroughly enjoy working for the Division of Communications. When I am not working, I love to sing and perform on trumpet. I am the lead male vocalist for the EMU Jazz Ensemble and perform at venues in the Ypsilanti area.

Dec 05 2018

Introducing: Academic Resource Centers

by blogemu

Did you know that Housing and Residence Life added a new feature to some of the residence halls on campus?


Introducing… the Academic Resource Centers! These are new study areas located in Downing and Phelps Hall.


These spaces offer an area for students to break away from their room and concentrate in a new environment. Residents can work alone in these spaces, collaborate on group assignments, or ask questions to a student worker regarding offered resources!


Instead of climbing up the hill to get to Halle Library, one can now walk next door, or downstairs, to get to an Academic Resource Center. The goal is for students to have resources available to them in multiple places around campus!


Housing & Residence Life created the Academic Resource Centers as another means to support students living on-campus. Students often remarked that they wanted more spaces within their living communities where they could study and focus on their academics – and this is exactly what Housing & Residence Life delivered!


While there are lounge spaces in every residence hall that students can use as alternative study spaces, a lounge can also be used for many other activities and is not exclusively denoted as a study space. The Academic Resource Centers are for studying and getting academic support; students don’t have to deal with other students interrupting their studies in these spaces.


In addition to providing a study space, departments on campus host special sessions for students.


The Honors College has Graduate Assistants available on Mondays and Thursdays from 5 pm – 6 pm in Downing to help with Honors related topics or general assistance. The BrotherHOOD and SisterHOOD living-learning communities also utilize the Phelps space to host formal study tables for their student scholars.


Check out the Academic Resource Centers in Downing and Phelps Hall for times and dates they are open!  

Nov 28 2018

November Business of the Month: Original Moxie

by blogemu

Moxie can be defined as “a force of determination, character, or nerve”. And moxie is something that our November business of the month, Original Moxie, demonstrates.


Founded by Rachel Blistein, Original Moxie is a salon that is dedicated to making and creating hair products that work for everyone.


But what sets them apart from other salons, isn’t just the talented people who make up Original Moxie- it’s their line of environmentally friendly hair products that have been crafted for all types of hair.


Rachel started creating her incredible line of products because of her own experiences with finding expensive products, and products that stopped working after a few applications.


After finding the right recipe, Rachel shared her products with her friends and family, who shared it with their friends and family. It wasn’t long before she was selling her products to people she didn’t know!


Original Moxie has a unique process to find which products work best for your hair. Using their 3-D system, they determine your hair’s density, curl, and dryness. From there, they can recommend the best product to make your mane stand out.


Their large variety of products range from shampoos, conditioners, treatments that help moisturize, protect, and de-frizz hair. Additionally, they sell items such as head wraps, spray bottles, and gift sets.


If you are interested in learning more about Original Moxie and their awesome line of products, please visit their website at


Hi! My name is Heather Pruitt and I am a senior studying Public Relations with a minor in LEADership at Eastern Michigan University. I am a member of PRSSA and am the Director of Philanthropy for the collegiate chapter of Alpha Sigma Tau – Alpha Chapter. In my free time, I love to write music, spend time with my friends, and hang out with my cat.