How to Escape Midterm Burnout

By Courtney Bothun

 It’s the middle of the semester, and we all know what that means – midterm burnout. If your classes are starting to get difficult, you’ve built up a resistance to caffeine, and your fashion standards have fallen from “gorgeous every day” to “at least I showered”, don’t worry! Here are five tips to keep you sharp through your midterm slump.

 Change Things Up

Is there a specific place you always go to study? Whether it’s a cozy chair in the library that you practically live in, or your desk in the room that you actually live in, pack up your bag and move. A change of scenery can do wonders for your ability to concentrate!


Study Smart

Try out some new studying techniques, and pay attention to what works (and what doesn’t). If you’ve never studied with flashcards before, make a set for yourself and get a friend to quiz you! If you usually read first and ask questions later, slow it down a bit and take notes as you go. Try lots of different strategies to find what works best for you.

Avoid Procrastination Triggers

Okay, don’t completely avoid them – after all, what’s the point of life without an occasional Netflix binge? But do keep track of the reasons you procrastinate and be careful to balance them properly. One episode of Stranger Things shouldn’t hurt your grades, but five in a row might. Study first, play later!

Treat Yourself

In fact, you can use those procrastination triggers to your advantage by using them as rewards for getting your work done. Assign values to study tasks, and reward yourself accordingly for finishing them. This works on two levels – first of all, it motivates you now, and second, it helps you build better lasting study habits.

Ask for Help

There is nothing wrong with asking for help if you need it! If you’re struggling to understand class material, schedule a meeting with your instructor or a tutor. If your slump is related to your mental health, teachers, parents, or mental health counselors can help you learn better coping strategies and access resources if you need them. Asking for help is always better than suffering alone.

VCSU Alum Founds UTrain App

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Dillan Ostrom, a VCSU alumnus co-founded UTrain

By Sarah Tyre

Entitled. Narcissistic. Cynical. These are all words that have been used to describe millennials. Being a millennial simply means a person is between the ages of 20 and 35, but as with all generations, it can imply a certain persona. This blog highlights the worst of these stereotypes: A simple google search for “millennials” will produce equal parts spiteful and inspiring articles. Technology and social media have been accused of corrupting an entire generation of young professionals. When a study emerges that shines light on successful and inspiring members of this controversial generation, it is a breath of fresh air.

This article from Fortune Magazine ( brings to light a study on millennial entrepreneurs. While technology may be to blame for excessive selfies and cat videos, it is also responsible for the millennial generation’s entrepreneurial success. More millennials are starting companies and having rapid success than previous generations. The reason for their success and negative stereotype is the same: technology.

For millennial VCSU alumnus Dillan Ostrom, technology is not a vice but a victory. Ostrom, along with his business partner Nick Corbett created UTrain (, an app that connects personal trainers with clients all over the country. As personal trainers, Ostrom and Corbett founded UTrain after brainstorming ways to grown their consumer base. Their tech-savvy and grit paved the way to starting a company.

“Back in the day if you were to start a business you didn’t have all these resources. You couldn’t easily go to Squarespace and make a website. Customers couldn’t easily reach out to you,” Ostrom said. The study by BNP on millennial entrepreneurs ( speculates that part of the reason there are more millennial entrepreneurs than prior generations may be that millennials are more comfortable with failure. Millennials are used to starting over. Resilience and tenacity are a perfect combination for entrepreneurs. Ostrom chooses to see failure as a chance to grow.

“If you fail, do not panic. Failure is expected. It teaches you what you did wrong so that you can do it right next time around. If you love what you do, you’ll find a way,” Ostrom said.

Having an idea is the first step to every business. Introducing a new idea and convincing the public of the importance is one of the most challenging aspects of starting a business, according to Ostrom. What’s the remedy for the non-believers? Ostrom says it’s persistence. “It’s just believing in yourself and believing in your idea. If you believe in your idea, that’s going to show.”

Millennials tuned in to the negative static surrounding their generation should listen closely to the opportunity the world they were born into is providing. Starting a business today is as easy as owning a laptop. All it takes is an idea and perseverance.

Co founders of UTrain Dillan Ostrom and Nick Corbett

Successful Students: Via Learning Center, Tutoring

By Monica Moore

The Learning Center is in the lower level of Vangstad Hall. This is where the action happens!! We have students who are athletes that utilize the space with their team as well as coming in on their own. We have tutors who are available 6 days/evenings a week to help with writing skills, math, and/or accounting. We work with all departments to help find a tutor for a specific need, such as biology.

For a student to be successful they have to know what is available to them and how it will benefit them. They also need organizational skills to keep them on track, we can help with all of that and more! Please come down and check us out! Also, located within our office is Career Services, to help you get on track financially and if you need an internship they are the ones to see. Student Academic Services is located here as well and can help you make sure you are on the right track with the classes you are taking and your future career. Come and see us!! We are in the Center for Academic Vision & Engagement (CAVE).