Sophomore year is coming to an end…which means graduation is that much closer! I can’t believe it has been almost two years since we first came to the University!

As we wrap up the semester and count down the days until summer, it seems like the weather gets nicer and nicer every day! It makes it so much more difficult to spend time inside studying or doing homework. But, it is important to remember that most classes are hinged on the final grade! Despite your performance throughout the semester, your final grade will determine how well you do in the class. I say this not to add more stress to your life, but as a word of encouragement and motivation! Here are some ideas that might help us FINISH STRONG our sophomore year:

  • Take frequent breaks! Create small milestones for yourself, and following the completion of that milestone take a break! Go outside, check Facebook, or do something else you enjoy. The key here is not to make your breaks longer than your study time.
  • Try to study with someone! This will create a since of accountability for the both of you. From personal experience, I have done best on the exams in which I have studied with someone else!
  • Don’t expect to study for a huge final a couple of days before. It only adds stress! Start early and do a little bit every day!
  • Utilize action tutoring!
  • Don’t cut out exercise from your busy schedule! It is important to exercise daily; it stimulates your brain and relieves stress.
  • It is OK to say NO! It seems like a lot organization’s host their events toward the end of the spring semester. Committing yourself to too many can cause stress and less time for studying. Remember it is OK to say NO!

Let’s ENJOY the rest of our sophomore year and FINISH STRONG

Avery Frix

Class of 2016 Council, Vice Chair

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Tips for a Safe Spring Break


As we finish the last of the dreaded midterm, Spring Break starts to take over the majority of our thoughts. Most people dream of the sandy beach in Panama City Beach while others look forward to the ski slopes in Breckenridge. Whatever you decide to do, there is one thing that is universal: making sure you’re safe. Here are some tips that you should consider while planning the vacation everyone desperately needs.


1. Unfamiliar territory = stay in groups

The new friend that invited you to the Luke Bryan concert may end up being really cool, but going by yourself anywhere can lead to more trouble than good. Make sure that everyone going on the Spring Break trip has a partner that they are held accountable for to avoid the horror stories. It may seem a little “kindergartenish”, but you’ll be thankful when y’all make it back to school safely.


2. Have identification on you at all times.

This may seem like a given, but you’d be surprised at how many people go to the beach or the slopes without anything on them. Having identification is one of those things where in case of an emergency is super important. A purse or wallet may seem like a pain to carry around, but will be helpful in the long run.



Spring Break is the time where you have a week to relax from the stress that is college. It’s also a time that you’ll remember when you don’t have those weeks off when we get into that thing called the real world. Make the most of it and allow yourself to create those memories.


Spring Break can be fun, but at the same time be safe. These tips are just a few of many that can be followed to have a relaxing and responsible vacation!



Class of 2016 Council

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Hi Class of 2016!

This week, I wanted to let you know about an incredible opportunity to serve your Norman community through the Campus Activities Council’s official philanthropy, Soonerthon.

Over 2800 people register every year to raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network at OU’s official Dance Marathon. Last year, the event raised thousands of dollars For The Kids. This year, the event is on March 8th from 10am-10pm. Speaking from my own background, Soonerthon is an amazing, life-changing experience. Not only do you get to dance around all day, you get to interact with and celebrate the lives of “Miracle Children.” These children are living with or have recovered from debilitating diseases and inspire us as we dance for them.

If you are have participated in Soonerthon in the past, you may be aware that most participants sign up in teams. Signing up as an individual can be intimidating, since these teams are usually large campus organizations or Greek houses. We in Class Councils have decided to change that this year by adding a team for each graduating class. You will be able to sign up with one or two friends, and still feel like you are a part of a team. This will allow you to meet and bond with members of your class, and raise money while doing it!

Even though you may be seeing this the week of March 8th, you still have time to sign up! Just go to, click on dance marathons, then choose OU’s Soonerthon. After that, just remember to join the Class of 2016 team. I hope to see you all bright and early on March 8th!


Holly Loeffler

Class of 2016 Council

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