An exciting announcement: After a recent meeting, our Business Manager, Kristen Pothast, informed the rest of the staff that some of our issues have been downloaded in six other countries. If you’ve been published by 13th Floor Magazine, there have been people in Germany and Canada and the United Kingdom that have read your work. So, that’s extremely cool. It was one thing to want to bring literary and artistic talent to the University of Nebraska-Omaha’s campus, but to have gone so far beyond our city limits is something our staff members are proud of.
December has begun, and right now that only means one thing to most of you: finals. They’re right around the corner, so be sure to keep pushing yourself to stay on top of your studying, project preparations, rewrites, and for some, senior capstone presentations. The excitement of upcoming holidays and a three week break can easily be distracting when you have that “I just want to be done already” feeling. Here are some helpful tips for those of you who are about to take your first college finals or those who need a reminder:
- Get good sleep, eat right, and implement some exercise to help declutter your mind.
- Make daily or weekly study schedules.
- If you’re struggling with a particular unit or chapter, form a study group.
- The Criss Library is a wonderful place. Give it a look around.
- Rewards are necessary. Take well-deserved breaks after you’ve put in ample time studying.
- Most importantly, have confidence in yourself and your ability to do well.
From all of us at 13th Floor, we’re rooting for you to get those grades. And if you really feel stuck and just can’t seem to look at one more note card, during that study break you could give yourself a writing prompt or sketch an image that has been in your brain for a few days. Those might just turn into pieces you’re fond of, and who knows, they might be submission worthy next semester.