As this semester at Gannon University concludes, and finals week approaches, Good for U looks to end 2016 on a note of wellness by reminding the campus community to embrace their intellectual wellness as they prepare for final exams.
Intellectual wellness is defined as the ability to open our minds to new ideas by pursuing opportunities that challenge us to be attentive, problem solve and to explore the world around us; it is taking initiative and embracing the call to become a lifelong learner.
In anticipation of final exams, Good for U is promoting a variety of healthy practices and activities to help students embrace their intellectual well-being. To perform to the best of your ability on your final exams, it is important to maintain a healthy diet filled with foods that are packed with vitamins and nutrients to promote brain power. These healthy options include blueberries, cranberries, spinach, kale, dark chocolate, walnuts, almonds and avocados, as well as beverages such as tea.
Along with maintaining a healthy diet, it is also beneficial to keep the following tips in mind to ace your final exams. First, it is important to get a good night’s sleep each night leading up to the exams, as memory is rooted in the deepest levels of sleep. Each morning before your exams, it is also important to eat a good breakfast; a balanced meal of carbohydrates and protein will energize your brain for the long haul of extended exam periods.
When you sit down to take the exam, don’t forget to read each question carefully and to take a deep breath; nothing good ever comes from panicking, so if you’re not sure with your answer move on and come back to it with a fresh perspective. Lastly, and most important of all, congratulate yourself when the exam is over for putting forth your best effort.
To take a break from the stress of preparing for final exams, Good for U invites students to join Keith Taylor, Ph.D., Gannon University President, at the annual Mid-Knight Pancake Breakfast from 9:30 p.m. to midnight Sunday in the cafeteria.
This event will feature faculty and staff members serving a delicious pancake breakfast, including steaks and shakes, to Gannon students free of charge; just bring your student ID. There will also be an opportunity to enter to win door prizes for those in attendance.
To make this breakfast both safe and enjoyable, Campus Police and Safety encourages students to use the Knight Watch escort service and shuttle to and from their residence halls; call 814-871-7260 or text 814-722-8232 for more information.
Good for U wishes all students good luck on their final exams, and looks forward to further developing a culture of wellness at Gannon in 2017.