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Surviving Midterms, There’s More to it Than Studying

Staying Healthy, Motivating Music & Time Management are all Key

By Deanna Phouthavone, San Diego State University

As we approach Midterms, Spring Break, and Finals, our number one priority should be our health. This is the worst time to get sick! Here are some proactive steps to combatting germs.

Stay Hydrated. Drink plenty of water!

My super booster drink for naturally flushing out toxins includes 20oz of water, 1 cucumber cut into thin slices, 1 lemon cut into slices, 10 mint leaves, and 2 nickel-sized ginger. Mix and add ice for a refreshing drink. Add stevia if you prefer a sweeter taste.


Vitamin C:

Emergen-C is a super energy booster with plenty of vitamin C! With circulating air in classrooms and libraries, this increases your odds of getting sick! Vitamin C should be a crucial survival aspect within your lifestyle when you’re constantly exposed to a plethora of microorganisms.

Utilize time wisely

Create a To-Do List and mark things off as you go. By visually seeing and organizing your tasks, you will be able to accomplish more.

Classical Music Playlist

The only time I listen to classical music is when I study. For some reason, listening to classical music puts me at ease and intensifies my focus. Classical music does not have to be boring. Here’s an amazing playlist with songs you may be familiar with.

Dallas String Quartet – Firework by Dallas String Quartet

Dallas String Quartet – Don’t Stop Believin’

Dallas String Quartet – Secrets

Nolan Gasser – Let It Be

Scott D. Davis – Sweet Child O’ Mine

Scott D. Davis – Hotel California

Marilyn Byrnes – Colors Of The Wind

Michael Silverman – Canon in D

Helen Jane Long – Release

The Vitamin String Quartet

The Piano Guys – The Cello Song

Takenobu – Exposition

Vitamin String Quartet – Boulevard Of Broken Dreams

2cellos – Human Nature

Vitamin String Quartet

Vitamin String Quartet

Avoid Germs

Every given opportunity, take the time to wash your hands and sanitize your cellphone.


It’s easy to snack mindlessly while pulling all-nighters but it doesn’t have to be unhealthy. Try packing your own snacks. I love handfuls of raw, unsalted almonds! I sprinkle a little dark chocolate covered espresso beans into my mix. I also pack plenty of fresh fruits, Kale Chips, protein bars, etc. It’s satisfying and lasts longer than a bag of chips.

After years of experience with how not to study, I finally implemented a routine that works for me. Let me know how it works or any other studying tips you may have! Get a goodnight sleep and don’t forget to set your alarm! Good luck, “May the odds be ever in your favor.”

Deanna Phouthavone

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Deanna Phouthavone is currently a senior pursuing a Communication degree at San Diego State University. Like a true California girl, she enjoys adventures outdoors and her shoe collection mainly consists of Rainbow sandals. Late night Mexican food is her kryptonite. To keep up with awkward moments, follow her on Twitter: @Dear_Deanna

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