It’s that time of the semester again, the time of long nights, stress, and sometimes (most definitely) tears. Don’t worry, take a deep breath, and take some of these tips to be as relaxed as you can be for one of the most stressful weeks. First things first, create a playlist of all your favorite songs to study to. Studying is hard, but if you have your favorite songs playing, you will be able to lift your spirits, just by listening! Eat your favorite dessert. Ice cream, cake, gelato, whatever it may be, eat it because it’s hard to be negative and stressed when eating a cookie ‘n’ cream waffle cone. Go workout – but in a fun way! Don’t just go to the gym and run on the treadmill or lift weights, go to a trampoline park, like Skyzone. Go jump out your stress and have fun while doing it! Go outside to study. Research has shown that the more time you spend outside while studying, you’re more likely to retain that information. Plus, The Reef has plenty of good outside study spots for you to retain and relax. And finally, take a bubble bath. Take some time out of studying to relax in the bath. Get some bath bombs, essential oils, and some candles, play some relaxing music and chill in the hot tub for 15 minutes. Finals week can be stressful but with these tips, it can be a less stressful week!
Finally, we are over the hump of this semester and springing into summer. The last month of spring semester doesn’t have to be bogged down by finals and cramming. There are plenty of activities to freshen up your schedule around the community. A few FGCU events being held this month include a wing eating contest on the library lawn Monday April, 2nd at 11:30 am, “Cheers to Senior Year” where you can enjoy an evening of root beer floats and slider sampling at 6 pm on April 4th at the North Lake pavilion. If you are feeling French, there a few activities to immerse yourself including a French movie night April 5th at 5 pm in Siedler Hall 116, or you can enjoy a French dinner at the Cohen Center 214 at 6 pm on April 18th. For our lovers of BBQ there will be the “Smoke on the Water” barbecue competition and music festival on April 27th and 28th at the Fort Myers River Basin, general admission is free but for those who want to experience the VIP package it is $75. There is an abundance of activities across our community to help take the stress off in order to finish this semester strong. We live in beautiful southwest Florida, so take advantage of our white sand beaches and natural estuaries to better connect you to your environment. The Reef will be hosting a mix of our own event which you can find in our monthly newsletter and on all of our social networking sites!
Staying in Fort Myers for Spring Break doesn’t have to be the end of the world! There are plenty of beaches and state parks only a short distance away from the FGCU area!
If you are looking for the standard spring break party atmosphere, look no further then the Lani Kai on the Fort Myers Beach. They provide live music as well as games and activities daily! A short distance down the beach you’ll be able to sign up for parasailing, banana boat rentals, and dolphin tours!
For those who prefer to spend their break with nature, our favorite place to go is the Six Mile Cypress Slough Reserve. You can spend hours walking across a boardwalk while quietly observing nature in one of the area’s more unique habitats. We recommend grabbing some lunch on the way so you can enjoy it in one of the park’s picnic centers.
Lastly, if you’re a thrill seeker you must look no further than Skydive Southwest Florida in Punta Gorda. A short trip north and you’ll be able to cross something off any daredevil’s bucket list! Make sure you bring your student ID as they also offer a student discount!