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Students How 2 A newsletter for you, the college student who wants to learn how to do everything better, easier or cheaper Fall 2019 Newsletter by: Elyse Ballinger

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How to be a student athlete while balancing school, practices and relationships in family and friend time. It’s also nice to see everything you have due for school on one page, so you don’t have to look through your professor’s syllabus’. Caroline Stephens, a member of the Co-Ed cheerleading team at ECU, says, “I write everything down twice. Once for when I need to do the assignment and once when it’s due.”

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Elyse Ballinger Being a student athlete seems great because of the name, the wins and the gear, right? Well it is. However, there can also be some downsides to representing your school in a way that lets you do what you love. One of the downfalls of being a student athlete is: being constantly busy. It seems like there’s never any time to hang out with anyone outside of your team, especially while getting schoolwork done, 1

community service hours, weights and being an ambassador for your school. Here’s a few tips to help with the time management aspect of being a student athlete. Get a planner The number one thing you can do to help you keep up with work, practices etc., is to get a planner. A planner can help you see what you have to do for the day/week and see when you have time to squeeze

Texts and phone calls Let your friends and family know you’re thinking about them. In order to have time for relationships, you have to maintain them. Stephens emphasizes texting and calling your friends to keep up with their lives. “Even though sometimes I can’t physically be there, I like to know what’s going on with my friends and family and how their day is going.” Let your friends and family know what your schedule looks like for the week and make it clear you’re putting in the effort to see them. Invite your friends to games While you want your friends to know they are important to you, they should reciprocate. Having your friends come to your games Continued on page 2

Student-athlete continued from page 1 is good because they get to watch you do what you work so hard to do, and you can hang out with them afterwards. A quick tip is to go to dinner afterwards. Not only do you get to hang out with your friends, but you also get to eat! Talk to your professors This one is very important. Your professors are here to educate you, and they do not want you to fail. Make time at the beginning of the semester to talk to your professors and let them know your schedule. This way, if you need to miss a class for a game, they know early and will work with you to ensure you won’t fall behind in work. Adam Sadowski, a member of the track team at ECU, says, “There’s been so many times I’ve felt lost in class and behind on work because of away games. I’ve never had a professor that didn’t work with me.”

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Know when you need alone time Do not feel like every free hour you get needs to go towards social time. It’s important to give yourself your alone time to catch up on your favorite show or even take a nap. This alone time is separate from study and homework time. Being alone for a little while is good to have your thoughts to yourself.

Have fun College is supposed to be the best four years of your life. Have fun. Go out with your friends if you can (know your limits), go to the movies, bowling, etc. It’s important to know that it’s okay if your life isn’t just work. Make some memories that don’t have to do with your sport.

How to stay healthy in college Garrison Pulley Every year colleges have new freshmen flooding the campuses, moving out of their parents’ house with bad methods for personal and public hygiene. With antivaccination at an all-time high around colleges it is unquestionably more dangerous to be walking around campus without taking the proper health precautions in order to make sure you can stay ready for classes and your personal life. 2

According to a survey done on 18-24-year-old undergraduate students at the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID), around 70% of these students find it important to get the flu vaccine. Meanwhile only 8 to 39% of students have gotten the vaccine for various reasons. The top reasons are either that the student is already healthy (39%), does not like Ibuprofen capsules needles (31%), or just does not Photo by Garrison Pulley think it works all together (30%). Continued on page 3

Healthy continued from page 2 system, researchers have spent years investigating whether vitamin C can combat a cold. In short, it does not help if the symptoms have already started and also regularly taking vitamin C will not reduce the amount of colds you will get. However, when taken for prevention, it could help reduce the length of a cold. There is a certain independence with understanding how to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Our parents helped us throughout childhood with this, but it is now in our hands to become active, healthy adults.

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Hygiene The easiest thing for us to do is to consistently wash our hands, especially before meals and after using the restroom. College students should develop the habit of bringing items to clean germs, according to ECU Nurse Ellen Goldberg, “Keep some Kleenex with you cough and sneeze into Kleenex and throw them away, keep that hand sanitizer with you.” A big no-no is also sharing cups and utensils with other people who may or may not be sick which puts their germs directly into your system. Also, avoid kissing random people, which is also a direct transfer of germs from a person who could be incredibly sick and just not care about the well-being of others. Sleep Another incredibly easy thing we all can do more of as students to stay healthy is sleep more. Lack of sleep forces our immune system to weaken which can be a huge risk factor in getting sick. This along 3

with close quartered living, like in a dorm room, can be another big risk factor in getting sick. It is easy as a student to lose track of sleep with all the classes, studying, partying, and extra activities with friends. Sleep can be put to the back of the mind. Sleep is vitally important to health and keeping sickness away; it allows your body to rejuvenate and your brain to prepare for another long day. Other factors along with sleep go into impacting our immune system like stress, how we eat, and staying up to date on immunizations.

Reasons for students not getting flu shots Source: National Foundation for Infectious diseases I’m healthy, I don’t need it. I don’t like needles.

I don’t think it works.




I worry about Vitamins the risks. Vitamin C may be a quick and easy way to boost your immune Someone getting a shot system in order to fight off these Photo from diseases. It is up to all of us to keep up with our hygiene so we can prevent the spreading of these minor but effective illnesses. According to a study on Health Harvard, since vitamin C helps the immune


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How to be a better resident advisor Lacey Ballard RAs are not always well liked, and they are not the college stars, but they are none-the-less there to get the job done. Resident Advisor responsibilities vary from school to school, but the core few stay the same: do bulletin boards, talk to your residents and monitor the building. Some of these come easily and some do not. Here are some ways to master the art of being an RA. Bulletin boards For some, bulletin boards are an exciting job. It allows them to stretch their creative muscles and show what one can do with just their hands. For others, it is a nightmare. Take resident advisor Parker Mitchell, for example. He hates doing bulletin boards because he is self-proclaimed “not the most creative guy around,” however, over the past three years of being an RA he has picked up some tips and tricks on how to be creative without looking sloppy. The first tip is to die cut patterned letters. A die cut is a machine you put paper in and it will cut out a letter or shape for you, no scissors required. Most colleges or universities will provide a die cut machine, so don’t worry about that. “The issue most people have with die cutting patterned paper is they go out to the store and spend the little money they have on buying packs of patterned paper that 4

may or may not go with their theme of their bulletin board,” said RA Mitchell. “The trick is to print out the patterns. They can be anything you find online, and die cut that. Boom, patterned paper!” However, when searching for different patterns to print, be sure to check with your supervisor on your school’s policy on copyrighted images. Duty Duty can be scary and overwhelming for new and even experienced RAs, but when it comes to duty, graduate assistant Cody Allen has got your back! Cody has been an RA for three years and a GA for two. He has racked up some seriously helpful tips when it comes to being on duty. His first piece of advice is, “Never go alone, bring an RA friend of yours; they don’t even have to be an RA in your building. It helps to have someone else there to be a credible eye witness to everything you say or do in case a resident wants to twist your words.” He says it is also important to that if you need to call for backup, they are already there with you. In addition to bringing a buddy, Cody always makes sure to use his phone as an asset.

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“Take pictures of everything! Take a picture of IDs, damage done, messes made, anything that could possibly be used later when your writing the report.” Ah yes, the dreaded report. The “keep you up all night when you have a test the next day” report. The report When it comes to writing the report, there are some tips and tricks that will make it go along much faster. Have your opening already written. Most universities or colleges will have a specific way they want you to write the beginning and to cut out the time it takes you to type it. Have a document on your computer with the beginning, and type your reports in that document before copying and pasting it into your school’s submission form of choice. Just make sure you do not save the document when you are Continued on page 5

Resident Advisor continued from page 4 done to avoid compromising your preset document. In addition, have a folder specifically for pictures you need to upload to a report. This makes it easier if you need to show them to your supervisor or if they did not upload correctly. I hope these tips and tricks will help you throughthis crazy The last tip I will leave you with is: ask for help. No one expects you to do this job all on your own. Ask your older RAs for their tips and tricks; I am sure they have a few up their sleeve.

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Both the content for this newsletter and the design are created by students enrolled in COMM 3310 Copy Editing and Design in the School of Communication at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina during the Spring and Fall semesters under the direction of course instructor Barbara Bullington. We welcome suggestions for article ideas for future issues. For inquiries, please email


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Students How 2, A Newsletter for You  

The college student who wants to learn how to do everything better, easier or cheaper. Fall 2019 Athlete time management Staying healthy in...

Students How 2, A Newsletter for You  

The college student who wants to learn how to do everything better, easier or cheaper. Fall 2019 Athlete time management Staying healthy in...