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Buffer the Grind

By Ashton HermanWeb Content Contributor The semester may be nearly halfway done, but that’s no excuse to avoid improving your work ethic! If you need a quick refresher, or are new to the relentless grind of college, take a quick read through these tips on bettering your scholastic performance. 1. Get Some Sleep. While it was cool in middle school to stay up past midnight, not getting enough sleep can […]

todayMarch 10, 2020 21

A blue background with text that says, “Mental Health & Finals a chat with the SMPD mental health unit. A red brain with a graduation cap is above.


Mental Health Unit of SMPD Raise Concerns of Finals Seasons

By Ally BolenderWeb Content Contributor Let’s be real – finals can have a huge impact on our mental health. This semester has gone by so fast, and now grades are coming in. But don’t worry, you’re not alone. The Mental Health Unit of the San Marcos Police Department encourages students to use university and city mental health resources during this time. During finals, the end of a semester and holidays, […]

todayDecember 2, 2019 511

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5 Ways to Stay Fit and Healthy During the School Year

By Piper BlakeAssistant Web Content Manager Since this semester began, I have set the goal of living a healthier and happier college life. College can be hard when it comes to staying healthy due to minimal healthy food options and busy schedules. That is why I have found that if I set myself a goal of how I want to feel or look for myself, I will more likely stick […]

todayNovember 8, 2019 27

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The Perils of Registration

By Brittany AndersonWeb Content Contributor According to the Holmes and Rahe Stress Scale, divorce is the second most stressful event in a person’s life. Marriage is number seven. Retirement clocks in at number ten. One event remains unaccounted for, though, and should be added towards the top of the list— and that’s “registering for classes.”  For many college students, the early morning hours of registration are a nightmarish, disheveled mess. […]

todayOctober 30, 2019 9

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5 Superior Snack Foods to Stress Eat

By Paola BakkerWeb Content Contributor Alright guys, I’ll admit it, yes, this is me running out of ideas. It’s midterm season and my brain has turned into jello – but not the good cherry jello, like the gross grape jello. I was staring at this blank Google Doc as my brain played static for 10 minutes, but the only thing keeping me going is this bag of Goldfish I’m snacking […]

todayOctober 25, 2019 115

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Let’s Talk About Mental Health

By Brittany AndersonWeb Content Contributor With another semester underway, it’s normal to dread the inevitable stresses involving classes, deadlines and a laundry list of other responsibilities that will last for months. Naturally, these things might cause you to panic under the pressure. But this uneasiness can quickly make a turn for the worse— and ignoring it or putting it off to the side won’t help. First and foremost, it’s important […]

todaySeptember 8, 2019 16

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Stress Prevention

By Andronica Owens Web Content Contributor With finals around the corner, it's important now more than ever for everyone to handle their stress in a healthy way. You’ve made it this far trying to handle stress and perhaps it has been working for you or maybe you’ve been struggling since the beginning. Unfortunately, the stress of finals can be enough to break the best of us or do more damage […]

todayNovember 15, 2018 171

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How to Relieve Stress

By Lauren Jurgemeyer Blog Content Contributor The further we get into this fall semester the more we have piling up on our plates. Tests, due dates and the ever-growing demands of school begin to bear down on your shoulders--students begin to feel like Atlas holding up the sky. Thankfully, we have breaks to look forward too, but those can seem so far away. Here are some ways to relieve your […]

todaySeptember 27, 2018 212


Overcoming Anxiety

By LaCoya Bell Blog Content Contributor Anxiety is something that is common with most people. I feel like everyone has experienced anxiety at least once in their lifetime. Some people may experience it more than other and some people experience it every day. I experience anxiety at times myself, so I know how stressful it can be. I have a couple of tips that may help with anxiety. My first […]

todayJune 26, 2018 12

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