What to Expect When You’re Expecting Finals

By SeVohn Hunter, Contributing Writer

IMG-2285.JPGSeVohn Hunter is prepared for finals week, wearing her signature hoodie and UGG boots. Photo by Cody Brazil

We are finally into the fall/winter months and we are undoubtedly so excited to finally break out the UGG boots and hoodies, but there is also a darkness looming ahead: finals.

There are horror stories about finals told years before you actually get to college. Getting No sleep, being super stressed and having mental break-downs. This can be absolutely terrifying.

Sleep is a human need that should never be sacrificed. A popularized way of studying for finals is cramming the night before; we should know by now that is not the way to go.

It is true that if you study before going to bed, sleep will help you absorb the information you just went over (I learned that in PSYCH 101.), but cramming and then sleeping for a couple hours will not give your brain time to process the information and will ultimately leave you sleep-deprived.The best way to study is to break it up into sections over one or two days with breaks in between.

Stressing is never fun, especially when it comes to a test that can drastically alter your GPA. Using the study habits mentioned above will help you feel prepared for nals and keep you from being stressed about your grades.

Whenever you start to feel that niggling in your stomach or chest, take a few minutes to focus on your breathing and be present.

After a long day of studying, a hot bath or shower and some selfish indulgences before bed will relax your mind and result in many hours of needed sleep.

These easy tips will calm the volcano inside of you and prevent the eruption that is a mental breakdown.

If you really think about it, finals are an insignificant piece of the vast life you will live. They may seem important in the moment, and they are, but they will not determine your life’s purpose.

After finals week, you can sleep for as long as you want and watch as many trashy TV shows  that make your heart happy.

Remember these words of wisdom, and you can laugh in the faces of those who try to scare you with their finals horror stories.

PSC Journalism Student Accepted To Write for The Odyssey Online

Journalism major Rebecca Helsley is writing for The Odyssey Online. Photo provided by Rebecca Helsley.

By Rebecca Helsley

I was accepted to write articles for The WVU Odyssey Online Community, a friendly community for anyone who wants to be a writer. Articles get online publication, which looks good on your resumé for future jobs.

To be accepted, I applied online, and I didn’t have to submit an article. A few weeks later, I received a phone call from the Managing Editor, Tori, asking a few questions about why I would be helpful to The Odyssey Online’s WVU Community. Once the interview was over, I received an email to set up my account to write articles.

My first article is called ‘Open When You Graduate.’ It’s an open letter to any graduating student whether they are graduating from high school, college or even grad school.

I give advice in the article encouraging others to continue their studies, whether they are going to expand their education or go straight into the work force.

My second published article is a poem entitled ‘To The “Best Friend” That I Once Knew.’ The poem is about my best friend who was always there for me, and  I was always there for her.

One day she decided to stop talking to me and stop being my best friend altogether. It hurt a lot when I tried to reach out to her. After that, she was never there for me when I needed her, but I was always there for her when she needed me.

In the article, I wrote: “I decided to move on as well, to where I ought to be. When you found someone new, I also found someone, too.” We both learned how to move on from each other. To some people, your high school friends don’t always stick around. We all go our own separate ways.

My full articles can be read on my profile at The Odyssey Online.

Students interested in writing for The Odyssey Online’s WVU Community can apply at any time on the website. On the website, click “Create,” then apply.

Student Mixes Original Music

Snapchat-1870740327Seth O’Neill making his own music. Photo Provided by: Seth O’Neill

Potomac State College student Seth O’Neill has been mixing his own music in his free time. He mainly creates Downtempo, Low Fidelity and Trip-Hop music. O’Neill tries to make mellow sounds for all of his followers to enjoy.

“Mixing music involves a lot of repeatedly listening to the same thing over and over trying to get it right. Adjusting to the frequencies, volumes and adding distortions to a sound to get it right,” said O’Neill.

O’Neill started working on music when he was in middle school. He was introduced to Soundation, a website that allows users access to free loops. A loop is a beat that continuously repeats.

O’Neill draws a lot of his inspiration from listening to bands such as Gorrilaz, Daft Punk and Deadmau5.   

  Although he was really into mixing music, O’Neill failed to master any musical concepts until this year.

At the beginning of the year, he was able to break through the learning curve and attract some attention to his music.

“In September, I was interviewed for the first time on Free Music Archive. It is a website that is all about posting curated artist’s songs for free creative commons use in any media, which was cool. I never expected to attract this much attention to be interviewed in such a short amount of time,” said O’Neill.

You can also check out his music at his Bandcamp: https://sromuchsound.bandcamp.com/or his SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/s-r-o

His music is also posted on other commercial platforms. You would be able to find his songs on iTunes, Spotify and Google Play.

O’Neill would like to make music professionally if his career takes off. O’Neill believes that a job in the marketing field might be a good use of the skills he has learned.

Wherever O’Neill may end up in the future, he knows that he will still have a blast mixing his own music.

Student Involvement Varies Due to Different Reasons

Club activity on campus varies due to numerous reasons. There are 26 student organizations at PSC. Some of the organizations hold events on campus, while others meet regularly and keep their activities within the club. However some other clubs are not as active due to lack of membership.

When asked if she was involved in any clubs on campus, sophomore Angela Keeney said, “No, but I need to be. Between homework, class and work, I don’t have much free time.” Keeney has 13 credit hours, and spends her spare time in the library studying or doing homework. When that is done she visits with friends if she has time.

SGA President Nick Imes believes that our campus needs more enthusiasm and large events to get students excited about being involved. However, sometimes being excited isn’t the issue.

Timothy Woodson, a full-time sophomore who works a job with varying hours, said he would be interested in clubs if there were more that attracted his interest, such as an anime (Japanese cartoons) club.

Other students have more flexible schedules, so they can find time join clubs and participate in activities.

SGA president Nick Imes said he has been involved in many activities within a number of clubs here on campus. Imes is currently helping the Social Justice Club to host oxefam (a demonstration to show how the world works based on your economic status.)

Andrew Day is a full-time, third-year student, resident assistant, SGA member, vice president of the Geeks and Gamers Club and also chair of the Humans Vs. Zombies game. Day said he is involved because he likes to help students see what good things there are on campus. With this being his third year, Day has a flexible schedule that allows him to be involved.

“I wish more students would be involved because that would make better experiences for everyone,” Day said.

Several clubs have been very active this year.

The Circle K Club started off the 2016-2017 year with a few community service and fundraising projects. Club advisor Jay Badenhoop said the club has had some setbacks so they have been conducting business through email.

The Black Student Alliance meets every other Tuesday. The club held Keyser’s Got Talent in the fall and took a trip to D.C Capitol Hill on March 31, 3017. They also went to the D.C. Museum of African American History. The club held activities for Black History Month including a movie night and a trivia game.

The Criminal Justice Club has 12-15 active members that participate in activities and show up to meetings. This year they have helped with the food pantry, painted for the Burlington school and assisted CASA in promoting Child Abuse Awareness Month.

Campus and Community Involvement travelled to Rainelle, WV to work with the Appalachian Service Project to help rebuild and/or repair flood damaged homes from last summer’s storm.

Check out the audio interview about the Queen 2 Queen club below:




Luke Corbin enjoying a day of fishing. Photo by Tommy Barrett

Luke Corbin broke his neck after diving into an above ground pool. Not realizing the extent of his injury, Corbin spent 11 days riding roller coasters and completing his daily tasks. A chiropractor visit led to an MRI. Test results indicated a broken neck.


To hear more about his story check out the audio interview below:



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Everyone’s attention was directed to the elevator door where library staff were taking chairs out for the overflow of people who showed up to hear the HIStory of HERstory presentation.

Potomac State College’s Social Justice Council hosted an event to celebrate women role models. The panel of PSC men talked about the history of influential women in their fields.

Nick Goff, criminal justice instructor, began the evening discussing Sally Yates. Goff explained that Yates had been the attorney general for the United States until she was fired by President Trump for not enforcing Executive Order 13769 (travel ban).

Goff asked the audience if it was appropriate for Yates to deny the order given her experience. Goff argued that Yates lost her job over an unfair situation. However, it showed she had strength to “look the president in the eyes and tell him no.”

Edward Brown, activities program manager, covered Elizabeth Coolidge and Juliette Nadia Boulanger. Both women contributed to the musical world of composers.

Coolidge was a wealthy American who funded composers so that they could have a voice and creative freedom. Boulanger was the most famous classical teacher of the 20th century.

Brown described how everyone in the music industry wanted to move to Paris, France to work with Boulanger. Even though composing is still considered a man’s job, these women helped shape its future.

Brown chose these women because “even though they lived in different places, both contributed to the same art form they loved. Both made my field interesting.”

Greg Ochoa, dean of academic affairs, discussed author, dancer, singer, model and activist Maya Angelou.

Ochoa gave a brief history of Angelou’s life; she had a rough childhood and went to a segregated school. She overcame her past by becoming the best-known author of “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.” Angelou was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2010.

Ochoa ended with a story about a time when his children were fighting; he made them watch Angelou talk about love and then write nice things about each other.

Jason Ottley, assistant trainer, chose to talk about the Queen of Sheba. Ottley gave insight that the Queen is featured in many different religious stories.

Based on those stories, Ottley came up with five messages everyone can relate to. First, women are looked down on for asking questions. Second, what you desire in life doesn’t need approval from others. Third, always investigate what you have been told to make sure it’s true. Fourth, be comfortable in your own skin. Lastly, face obstacles, but remain vigilant in pursuit.

Tom Sydow, English professor, closed the panel by defining gender norms and roles through Carl Jung’s persona and warrior archetype. The archetype is turning towards powerful female characters. Some examples of these are Katniss Everdeen from “The Hunger Games” and Buffy Summers from “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.”


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Photo by Cody Brazil

“I guess going to the gym makes me happy; it allows me to relieve stress while keeping me in shape. I would say that working out is my comfort zone, but I don’t want to do anything with it for a career … maybe I would be a personal trainer on the side. I would really like to work with computer information systems. I’ve been working with computers since I was in middle school, so I would say I have a passion for them.”

-Interviewed by Cody Brazil