Tips for Surviving Finals Week

With finals week quickly approaching and student activities beginning to dwindle on campus, the hallways are quieter than usual as students start to retreat to their favorite places on campus to finish their final projects and study for exams. Although this can be one of the most stressful times of the year for students (see “Finals Week as told by Elf”), it doesn’t have to be a source of anxiety. The following tips can help you in managing the stress associated with finals. Start by shifting your mindset – focus on your ultimate goal, visualize your achievement, and use positive affirmations.

Effective Strategies:

  • Prioritize assignments and exams based upon the deadline and percentage of final grade.
  • Say no to extra commitments that you can’t fit into your schedule at the moment.
  • Create to-do lists and be realistic about what you can accomplish in a given day.
  • Practice self-care by getting at least 7 hours of sleep at night, exercising, and eating regular, nutritional meals.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help – from friends, family, or CPCC Counseling Services.
  • Unplug from social media and avoid other distractions like television and video games.
  • Peruse Pinterest for motivation (or a good laugh).
  • Take time to relax (see healthy tips below).

Healthy Ways to Relax:

  • Go for a walk
  • Visit or call a good friend
  • Listen to your favorite music
  • Journal
  • Watch comedies
  • Dance
  • Enjoy a warm cup of coffee or tea
  • Play with a pet
  • Get a massage
  • Curl up with a good book

Campus Resources:

The Personal Counseling Assistance Program (PCAP) is a free and confidential service provided to CPCC students who are facing challenging times. The student and the Counselor work together to discover solutions for problems and create strategies for successfully meeting goals. When a student can benefit from the services of other professionals, PCAP Counselors will provide appropriate referrals.

Choose to Live Generously

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What sort of world could we create through the simple, powerful decision to live generously? How would our lives be different if we gave more love, kindness, time, appreciation, forgiveness, courage, respect, or humor – to ourselves and to those around us? I think we would be happier, healthier individuals who could create a better world for generations to come.

The thing that I love most about generosity is that it creates a ripple effect. It spreads out into the world – into our families, our communities, and our work – and has immeasurable effects. Sometimes we are fortunate enough to witness the impact of our giving and to experience the reward of making someone’s day, week, or year. Other times,  our best and most perfect giving opportunity might be as simple as a smile or a compliment, and we may never know the difference it made in the life of another. It’s such a wonderful feeling knowing that not only do we have the power to positively change the lives around us, but we also can impact the lives of strangers we will never come in contact with. It creates a sense of community in a world that sometimes feels disconnected and selfish.

Brad Formsma’s book “I Like Giving” shares inspirational stories of people giving, as well as practical suggestions about creating a lifestyle of generosity. While I have always been a supporter of random acts of kindness, I love the idea of choosing to be generous on a daily basis. Formsma explains that “when generosity becomes your lifestyle, your life will take on a new glow. You will feel appreciated. You will feel worthy. You will feel celebrated, and you will get that deep sense of satisfaction that comes from knowing you enrich other people’s lives. When giving moves from an occasional activity to the very essence of your life, you start experiencing the fullness of life at a whole different level.” He also shares the following advice:

  • Look for ways to give that are in line with your heart.
  • Give with no strings attached. Giving to others when there is no obligation reminds people that they are inherently worthy; they didn’t have to earn it.
  • Don’t let the occasional person who abuses the goodwill of others ruin your giving and deter you.
  • Sometimes people don’t need money or skills or advice. They just need someone to hear their stories and witness their lives.
  • Giving is meant to enrich someone else, not to draw attention to that person’s need. When true generosity is your motivation, you’ll find the best way to give while honoring the receiver.
  • Receiving can be harder than giving, because receiving reminds us that we need other people. When someone meets a legitimate need that we are unable to meet on our own, we are humbled.
  • We often look at the great needs in the world and see all the things we can’t do, which keeps us from doing the things we can do.

In honor of National Volunteer Month, I want to encourage you to not only get involved on campus and in your community, but to start cultivating a lifestyle of generosity. You don’t have to make massive life changes to become a gift to other people. You can start with who you are, right where you are, right now. Take a minute to think about your life. How could you incorporate generosity into your daily interactions with people?

Free Vision and Hearing Screenings

In 1925, Helen Keller challenged the Lions Club to become “knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness.” And they accepted. For nearly 100 years, members of the Lions Club have worked on projects designed to prevent blindness, restore eyesight and improve eye health and eye care for hundreds of millions of people worldwide. In addition, they have developed programs that demonstrate concern and respect for the dignity and independence of people who have hearing or speech disorders, with the goal of improving their quality of life.

One of their programs includes the Mobile Screening Unit (MSU), an important tool in the early detection of vision and hearing problems. The Charlotte SouthPark Lions Club will be visiting CPCC to conduct free vision and hearing screenings for students, faculty, and staff. This is a screening only and should not be confused with a complete exam. Based on the individual’s screening results, a recommendation will be made to that individual as to when they should have a complete exam. Screenings will be conducted on a drop-in basis. The Lions Club will also be collecting eyeglasses for donation.

Thursday, April 2
Harper Campus
9 AM – 2 PM
Parking Lot B, 3rd Floor Entrance by Security
315 West Hebron Street, Charlotte, NC 28273

Thursday, April 23
Levine Campus
9 AM – 2 PM
Pete’s Fountain Out Front Circle
2800 Campus Ridge Road, Matthews, NC 28105

Join the Project Life Movement: Save a Life

For over thirty years, one of the best kept secrets in providing cures for cancers like leukemia & lymphoma and for diseases like sickle cell anemia has been bone marrow donation and transplantation. In 1987, a federal mandate created the National Marrow Donor Program. The program had a simple goal: connecting volunteer donors with patients whose only chance for a cure was a bone marrow transplant. The Project Life Movement, a campus-based national marrow donor organization, is dedicated to saving lives and curing cancer and other diseases by identifying and registering volunteers for marrow and tissue donation.

Central Piedmont Community College is partnering with Project Life for the fourth year to educate students, faculty and staff about serving as a bone marrow donor. CPCC is proud to house the first active Project Life chapter in the Charlotte metro area and to be included among ten higher education institutions in North Carolina who are participating in the Project Life Movement. This year’s goal is to recruit 600 potential new donors at CPCC who will be added to the National Bone Marrow Registry List.

Want to Get Involved?

The Cytotechnology Student Association, the Student Government Association, and Phi Theta Kappa Honorary Fraternity are all partnering with Student Life & Service-Learning to support this initiative. We would love to have you come out and be a part of the Movement and help save a life! Please contact Jenn Marts, Central Campus Service-Learning Coordinator, for more details ( or to volunteer at one of our upcoming Project Life events! We hope you decide to be a potential donor or Project Life volunteer!

Upcoming Project Life Events:

Wednesday, February 11
Cato Campus, Atrium
9 AM – 1 PM

Thursday, February 12
Levine Campus, Student Life
9 AM – 2 PM

Tuesday, February 24
Harper Campus, Room 352-H
10:30 AM – 2:30 PM

Tuesday, February 24
Merancas Campus, TS Hallway
9 AM – 3 PM

Tuesday, April 14
Harris Campus, Harris I Lobby
9 AM – 3 PM

Wednesday, April 15 & Thursday, April 16
Central Campus, Outside Belk Building
9 AM – 4 PM

Breast Cancer Awareness: Mobile Mammography at CPCC

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. While most people are aware of breast cancer, many forget to take the steps to have a plan to detect the disease in its early stages and encourage others to do the same.

The Novant Health Breast Center mobile mammography unit is a coach that provides screening mammography services in the community. It is a collaborative effort between Novant Health breast health services, Novant Health Foundation, and several individual and corporate donors. The service is designed to ensure all women have access to high-quality breast health services, regardless of your ability to pay or travel to a full-service imaging center.

  • Benefits of the mobile unit: state-of-the-art digital mammography; expert team of female technologists; and on-site convenience with the luxury and privacy of a traditional imaging center.
  • Walk-ins are accepted, but an appointment is recommended. Please reserve a time slot in advance by calling (704) 384-7226.
  • Mammograms are covered as a preventative screening every 366 days starting at age 40 for most insurance plans. Uninsured women may receive a free mammogram if they qualify. Please call (704) 384-5250 to see if you qualify.

October 28, 2014
Harris Campus
9:00 am – 1:00 pm

November 3, 2014
Central Campus
9:00 am – 4:00 pm