Well, break is over, Buffs. You've stuffed your face with so much pumpkin pie you've started to turn orange and cried so much you're dehydrated after seeing "Catching Fire" four days in a row.
You're back in Boulder, and it's time to face reality once again. As you no doubt have been reminded by now, it's time to ramp into overdrive. Those group projects are wrapping up (thank god) and finals are baring their ugly teeth around the corner. From study spots to stress relief, here are some tips to help you survive the rest of the semester.
If you're like me, studying on a computer is impossible. The only way you can study without ending up on Tumblr is to go analog — printing out your notes and annotating the crap out of them with five different colors of pen is the way to go. Prevent the temptation to open up that laptop by studying in the cafe at Trident on the West End. They're notorious for the lack of available outlets, so don't even bring your computer with you. And if your notes aren't quite up to par, the adjacent book store might have exactly what you need.
Do you prefer to study on campus, but the hustle and bustle of Norlin is too intense for you? Check out the lounge in the UMC's fifth floor. It's precious real estate during finals, but if you're able to score a seat it's a great location. You can look out over the Flatirons or the atrium of the UMC, and there's a fireplace to keep you cozy while you study.
Taking a break from the books and spending some time on your body can help clear your mind — plus, it'll boost your endorphins and, let's face it, is a pretty great way to procrastinate. Check out some free yoga classes. CorePower offers a free week your first time around, and prAna holds free classes multiple times per day.
And don't miss the stress-relief events held on campus the next couple of weeks. The Women's Resource Center in the UMC is hosting their Winter Relaxation Open House tomorrow afternoon. They'll have everything from free food and hot cider to crafts and support from Community Health. The event's not just for women — anyone's welcome to attend. More free food awaits you on December 16th at the UMC's Midnight Breakfast. The event has aromatherapy, music, games and of course, free food.
Finally, the Midnight Breakfast is a great way to have some fun with friends and refuel before your last all-nighter of the semester.
Jess Ryan is a community manager and CU grad. She writes about nerdy things once a week for the Colorado Daily. On Twitter: @JessicaLRyan.