Mid-Term: Julia DeBella
Julia DeBella, a sophomore in the College of Business, is one of over 8,000 students at Marquette University who feel the stress homework and exams cause on a daily basis. On this particular day, however, DeBella felt a little more overwhelmed than usual. With a philosophy paper and speech due on the same day as a German, accounting and anthropology exam, DeBella reached her peak of stress on Sunday, Oct. 2.
With a double major in international business and economics and a minor in German, DeBella knew what she was getting in to. Two days before she had declared her second major, economics.
After interviewing DeBella for the audio portion of the project, she said her efforts that day really paid off.
"I did really well on my three exams and paper," DeBella said. "I went to bed at 3:00 a.m. and know that those extra long hours really helped."
DeBella worked tirelessly with her classmate, Jim Deroche, sophomore in the College of Business, when studying for their accounting exam the next day. After reflecting on her time with Deroche, DeBella was pleased with how it helped her, but also found it to be distracting.
"I find it really helpful to help someone work on the same things I am working on, but at the same time I want to be able to focus on particular things I need to improve on," DeBella said.
DeBella is one of many students who feel overwhelmed by their course work, but she tries not to let it get to her. She says taking study breaks and listening to music really help her stay focused but also calm her down.
"When I sit at the Bridge I make sure to take a break every hour or so," DeBella said. "I will call my friends, go on Facebook, go to the vending machines, anything to walk around and distract myself for a bit."
DeBella had another hectic week with mid-term exams, but says she learned how to effectively study.
"As much as you can prepare for an exam, you have to go in with a clear head. When I had all of these exams and a paper on the same day I realized I just had to be calm and remember it was all going to be OK," DeBella said.