It’s not the end of Labyrinth, but it’s the end of my time here. Since July 2012, I’ve been writing two posts a week on student life, stress, education, news, video games, and the occasional song. But it’s time to move on. Other projects are calling, and as I venture further out into the working world I get father and farther from my student roots. The faces are less familiar, and the courses are dimmer and dimmer in my memory. I’ll be at Kalamazoo this year, so you’ll see me around shooting videos, listening to lectures, and probably playing pianos. But now, since it’s my last day, I get to write whatever I want!

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Intersection? Themeception? Call it what you like. Today I expose the ulterior motive of my final run on Labyrinth, our focus on stress management and student involvement is one of the same. Let me put it simply. Getting involved will help relieve your stress. Not, “Will possibly help,” but “Will definitely help.” Today I’m going to convince you of the truth of this statement.
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This will be my last exam period writing for Labyrinth, as I finish up at the end of April and hand the reins to Shawn Dickinson, a programmer and Medievalist of no small promise, and generally cool guy. We’ve been talking a lot about student involvement here, and I wanted to get back to stress, because well, ’tis the season. Today I want to share with you my best exam studying and stress management tips, drawn from six years of studying for history and language exams, not to mention a particularly stressful three weeks of studying for my GED. I’m going to go through these pretty fast, so hold on.

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So I’m buried in meetings, which is inhibiting my ability to finish the event planning post. In lieu of that, here’s a live version of my Archaeology Song (I am terrible at naming things) at the KW Poetry Slam finals last week. Let me know what you think!




First, congratulations to Mitch Elvidge and Chris Langlois, who will be the 2013-214 consuls for the Classics and Medieval Studies Student Society! I know you guys will do a job. In the interest of that, and because it’s part of our theme for this term, our next two posts will be about event planning. Events are a big part of running a student society and being involved on campus, and they are invariably more complicated than they seem. That’s the way it should be. If it goes smoothly, no one sees all the hiccups and hurdles. So today, six steps to better event planning, along with some links to resources.

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Last week it was the value of social media for teachers, but this week, students. There’s lots of reasons to be on social media as a student. For one thing, pretty much all your friends are on it. There’s a social cost to not being on Facebook, because it makes you harder to invite to stuff. But that’s just Facebook. What about Twitter, Tumblr, Youtube, blogging, and all the other intriguing social networks floating around this series of tubes? that’s where things get fun. So today, here’s why social media is valuable to students. Continue reading

You may remember the Italy trip that sadly was cancelled a few months ago? Well, the department is thinking about another, smaller scale trip next year. This time to Greece. Head past the jump to see the message from Dr. Hardiman with the details, and before you look at the dollar figure, know that as always, Labyrinth is here to help. Check out this post from Classics alumna and world traveller Laura Thurston, about how to budget for huge trips. Laura’s offered to write about how to budget for this Greece trip specifically, and you’ll hopefully see that post here next week. The trip is worth every penny, I promise that.  Continue reading

Last April, during my Master’s degree, I marched into my advisor’s office and said “I need you to talk me out of quitting.” I was burnt out. I’d spent hours working on papers, and didn’t feel like I was getting anywhere. I couldn’t see an end to it, and wasn’t even ready to think about my thesis. I was two thirds of the way through the degree, and I was hating every minute of it. Every time I sat down to write, I had a tightness in my chest and the sense that it wasn’t going to do any good. I was depressed, and despairing. I was overworked, with my charity fundraiser weeks away, a trip on the horizon, and I’d just broken up with my girlfriend. I wanted to continue, but I needed someone to talk to, or I’d quit. So I said “I need you to talk me out of quitting.”

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Our post about how professors can help you relieve stress will go up on Monday. It’s International Women’s Day today, and that should mean more to classicists than anybody, because we’re familiar with how bad a deal women have traditionally gotten in history. Instead of reading a long post, take the time today to appreciate the women in your life. And also in the department. Our chair, Dr. Sheila Ager, works really hard at the helm of the department, wrangling administrators and making sure that you get the best experience possible. Prof. Christina Vester, our undergraduate advisor, is always there for students, and is responsible for the push that Labyrinth got to get started. And we can’t forget about Brigitte Schneebeli, without whom the entire department would burn to the ground. There are all kinds of awesome people out there, so take the time to let them know.  Here are some articles that will hopefully inspire you today.

15 Interesting Women of Ancient Rome

Listverse takes a look at some pretty amazing historical women.

7 Easy Ways to Make an Impact on International Women’s Day

Find out how you can help fight the good fight and celebrate women today.

Now I’m off to help at least one lady conquer the world. See you next week!

Jim Tigwell knows a disproportionate number of women bent on world domination. To secure a place in their regime, contact him on Twitter.