Back to School Survival Guide post COVID
By Ambar Mikaella, Contributor
Classes are finally back at Mount Royal University (MRU), and we are now allowed to hold in-person classes after being initially cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. This is an exciting and stressful time as we’re transitioning back to campus. To help make this transition easier, here are some of my secrets to surviving the university.
The best overlooked study spots
MRU’s Riddell Library and Learning Centre is an ideal study spot with their many desks and private rooms. It has great lighting, and the environment itself is peaceful as everyone around you is studying. But finding study spots in the library can be hard, especially during midterm/final season. But, there are some alternatives that you may not be aware of.
There are many empty classrooms throughout the campus where you can sit down and work. The only downside is that you have to be ready to leave if a class comes to use the room. Other than that, you can study in peace or with your choice of music because it’s just you and an empty room. You can also use the whiteboard to help yourself study. Don’t forget to erase it, though!
There are study areas right next to The Table. This is a perfect study spot because you’re surrounded by natural light from the big windows. Plus, it’s close to multiple bathrooms and next to a selection of food. Everything you need is just a few steps away.
Roderick Mah Centre for Continuous Learning has a great study spot on the second floor with a big window. This section of the building has couches and tables. So, you can cosy up on a single-seat couch while studying for your next test. This spot is also ideal for napping. There aren’t very many people around, and you can pull up a chair so you can stretch your legs out on it too.
Recreation and relaxation
Whoever said that going to school is all stress and no relaxation hasn’t tried any of these relaxation secrets. This is my most favourite secret yet, and I think it could really help you wind down when you’re feeling overwhelmed by school.
You can book a 60-minute massage for 30 dollars with the MRU Practicum Clinic. The clinic is right on campus, so you can walk over and treat yourself to a massage after a stressful test. You deserve it! You can easily book an appointment through the MRU website.
If you ever need a break from studying, I also recommend taking a walk by the fountain close to the soccer field.There’s a field of grass you can sit on while you enjoy the ambient sounds from the pond. Plus, it gives you a chance to take a breath of fresh air.
Need another distraction? Take a trip to the MRU Recreation Centre and go rock climbing. This is a great free activity to do with friends that allows you to stay active. The rush of climbing can help you take your mind off of daily stressors. Have a huge midterm? Jump from the top of the climb and feel the wind in your hair while forgetting about your exams, even for just a second.
On-a-budget and on-the-go food hacks
We all love Tim Hortons coffee, but the lineup on Main Street is always long. So, if you’re in a rush, just go upstairs to The Table. They serve Tim’s coffee and doughnuts there too. I have never seen a line up there. Your coffee stop will surely be quick and easy.
Listen, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. However, it’s very easy to miss it when you’re rushing out of the door. The Student’s Association of MRU (SAMRU) has offered free breakfast for MRU students before the pandemic and now, they are offering free SAMRU Care Packages. You read that right – free. The packages include non-perishable food and hygiene products. All you have to do is visit SAMRU’s reception between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
You might not be aware of it, but as students, you have the benefit of getting loads of discounts on pizza and as students, it’s always great to save money. So, if you’re ever in need of a good deal, think pizza, pizza, pizza! You can get 50 per cent off on Domino’s pizza with the coupon code MRU50. If you live far away from the MRU campus, you can also use the coupon code STUDENT for a discount on Domino’s.