Finals Week is Upon Us

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Finals week is here! All of us students know the pressures and headaches that finals bring, but never fear, your friends at Campus Recreation and Intramurals are here to help you come up with four tips to make sure that you are on your “A+” game heading into finals week.

1. Never cram — We are all in college we know what happens when there’s not enough time in the week (work, student organizations, the occasional party) but don’t cram. The Huffington Post says that the best way to study is in 20-50 minute increments giving yourself 5-10 minute breaks in between so you don’t suffer from a “brain drain.”

2. Create a “zen-like” environment for you to study in — Although it may seem like the coolest place to study, Starbucks and coffee houses might not get it done for you. There will be a bunch of distractions and potentially a spilled coffee on all of your notes. Try to find a quiet nook somewhere with few distractions, and throw on some slow tunes even Mozart to make your studying environment the most peaceful.

3. Study groups aren’t always bad — Personally I can’t really study with a group of people just because there are way too many distractions, but I will say that I’ve seen people form study groups and make great grades. Study groups are good for keeping you motivated, especially when your studies take you into the wee hours of the morning and you are feeling sleepy. Also, if your professor is on lock down for finals week and you don’t understand something, there’s always someone in the class who gets it, so form a group with them and you should be on your way to success.

4. Then again the professors are there for a reason — Even though professors will be bombarded with slackers trying to get some last-minute points when they haven’t been seen since the first day of class, try to schedule an office hour meeting with your professor. Just to talk about the things that you don’t understand, and what types of things would be most beneficial for you to study before test day.

All in all, the holidays are right around the corner, so just tough it out this final week and you should be good to go! Congratulations to all of the graduating seniors and good luck on all of your finals!

Wishing all of you the very best,



Why YOU Should Go to the RAC During Finals

With finals approaching, hitting up the RAC is probably in the back of your mind. This is because you are unaware of the benefits of going to the RAC during finals week.

Exercise can help you perform better in your finals. It’s been proven! According to a New York Times article, scientists in Ireland recently asked male college students to participant in a memory test. The men watched a lineup of photos with names. They were asked to recall the names of the strangers. Afterward, the students exercised then took the test again. The participants performed better on the memory test. See! Your brain does function better with exercise!

With your busy studying schedule, you may not have much time for exercise. It’s ok! Here are some ideas that can get your blood flowing in a small amount of time.

  • 15-minute brisk walk/run
  • Go on a short bike ride
  • 30 jumping jacks
  • 3-song dance fest (upbeat music)
  • Stretching

If you have some more time on your hands, you can get your blood flowing by attending a group fitness class at the RAC. Take a look at the Group Fitness Finals Schedule below.

Looking for relaxation? Get a massage at the RAC for a great price! You can get a 30-minute massage for $25 or a 1-hour massage for $50. Celebrate Wellness Wednesday by receiving $5 off of massages during finals week. Schedule your massage by calling (912) 478-5436. Space is limited.

Don’t forget to stay active during finals week! It may make the difference between an A and a B.

Good Luck!

Club Sport of the Month – Women’s Rugby

This month’s Club Sport of the Month is Women’s Rugby. Last month, three members of the club were given the opportunity to participate in several USA Rugby South events. Kimberly Knipe, the team’s coach, participated in the NACRA DHL Barbados Seven Championships in Barbados, where the women’s team placed 4th overall. Also, two members of the team, Morgan Koon and Hilari Tribble were selected to represent Georgia Southern in the U19 South Women’s Championship Roster, which also held a tournament on November 19 and 20th in Fort Lauderdale,Florida.

I had a chance to sit down with Kimberly and talk about the awesome success that this club has had.

What is a tradition your team has?

After every match, it is a team tradition to select an MVP (this is usually an extremely difficult task). Another team tradition is that we host an annual Prom Dress Match in which both teams dress up in prom dresses or formal gowns (usually from Goodwill) and play good ol’ fashioned rugby. This year our match will be March 31st against College of Charleston at home. It is a riot to watch!

What is your favorite thing about playing Club Sports at Georgia Southern?

My favorite thing about Club Sports at GSU would have to be our immaculate facilities and working with Steve Sanders and Emilie Buzhardt. They help us stay organized as well as look for opportunities to get the word out about our club. Will Parham and Jody Middleton are also awesome at running injured players to the athletic trainer in the middle of practice or getting equipment out to us so we can start on time and have things run smoothly.

How often do you practice? What is your typical practice like?

Next semester we will practice Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 5:30pm-7:30 pm on the fields behind the Alumni Center. A typical practice always consists of some form of anaerobic and plyometric exercises, ball handling, and contact.

How often do you have games?

We have matches or a tournament almost every weekend, but we also do a lot of community service as well as various competitions together such as 5k’s, half marathons, GSU’s Strongest Eagle, Show of Strength, etc.

What is it like to travel around and play different schools?

The nature of Rugby lends itself to camaraderie with other teams. For example, we traveled to the Charleston, SC this past weekend for a Toys for Tots tournament and we did a meet and greet/ grill out with the other women’s teams Friday evening before playing against them Saturday. It is typical that we social with the opposing team after the match. This usually includes grabbing a bite to eat with them and selecting team MVP’s together.

What is your best memory about Club Sports?

One of our best team memories was last year at the annual Georgia Rugby Union Tournament. We took second at that tourney losing by only one try (a score in rugby). The previous year we had not won a single game all season. Taking second at this tournament signified a new start, new training methods, and a new mentality. Since then we’ve continued that success and have truly become a team determined to play the highest quality of rugby.

When did you start playing or participating in rugby?

I began playing about four years ago when I transferred to Georgia Southern and found out the swim team was not accepting walk-ons. I’ve loved it since the first tackle. The adrenaline rush is incredible; there are no other contact sports for women out there.

What if someone is interested in playing your sport? How can they find out more information? Are there tryouts?

Kimberly Knipe


Our website:

Facebook group: Georgia Southern Women’s Rugby

When was your club established at Georgia Southern?

We were established in 1998.

Does your team have any achievements the team is especially proud of?

We were especially proud to send two of our U-19 girls to the U-19 National Tournament in Fort Lauderdale, FL this past November. Hilari Tribble and Morgan Koon were selected from an enormous pool of Georgia Rugby players, and despite severe injuries played as if injury-free.