Wednesday, March 4, 2015


Midterms are on the way! One thing many of us do as students is take study breaks when there is a lot of studying to be done. But do you know what the most effective ways to regulate your study breaks are? Here are a few tips:

1. Stick to a schedule! Set a timer for 15 or 20 minutes and get back to your homework when it goes off.

2. Eating a healthy snack is a great way to have a short reprieve.

3. Exercising stimulates your brain – just a few jumping jacks, push-ups, or crunches can help you regain your mental focus.

4. Try reading something you enjoy that is unrelated to your study materials.

5. Don’t check social media or email. These tend to suck us in for longer than initially intended.

6. Don’t watch Netflix. Unless you are one of the Chosen Few who can sit down and only watch ONE episode (and please be honest with yourself).

7. Don’t take more than a 20-minute power nap. This prevents you from entering a deep sleep and waking up groggy. Do not take a nap for more than 20 minutes. Otherwise, you might find yourself spending more time dreaming about doing well on exams than actually doing well on exams.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Who is Eligible to Live in NDSU Apartment?

All occupants of an apartment must fall under one of the following categories:

This includes any student who is currently enrolled at North Dakota State University, and has completed a minimum of 2 semesters of college level course work post high school graduation or reached 20 years of age by the time of occupancy.

This includes any graduate (masters or doctoral) student who is currently enrolled at North Dakota State University, and has completed a bachelor’s degree program.

This includes any post-doctoral research fellow with written verification of a fellowship. Verification must be provided prior to assignment and every semester thereafter. Post-doctoral research fellows are eligible to live in University Apartments for no more than five (5) years from the date of occupancy.

Faculty, staff, and visiting scholars/researchers working at North Dakota State University are eligible to live in University Apartments for no more than one calendar year from the date of occupancy. Verification of employment must be provided prior to assignment.

Licensees who meet the eligibility requirements in sections 2.d.i, through 2.d.iv may have spouses and dependent family members reside with them for the duration of their occupancy. A copy of a marriage certificate and/or proof of dependency must be presented prior to occupancy.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Free Microsoft for NDSU Students

Did you recently get a new laptop? Or are you looking to get Microsoft Office software, but it is expensive?

Well, there is an answer for you!

Microsoft Office is FREE for NDSU students, FREE!

Here are the steps to get it:

Log in to your NDSU email account on the Web
Click the gear icon in the top right corner, and then choose Office 365 settings
Click Software, and then choose the software you want to download

You can install Office on up to 15 devices (5 computers + 5 phones + 5 tablets).

For more detailed instructions, go to:

If you need help, visit the NDSU IT Help Desk in Quentin Burdick Building 150.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Spring Cleaning

Now that spring is approaching, it’s getting close to time for spring cleaning! Spring cleaning is a custom of cleaning your house, apartment, or other residence from top to bottom once per year. This is an especially great idea when living on campus, since mold, mildew, and grime can build up over time and lead to damages when you check out. Here’s a quick list of things to make sure you’re hitting this season to keep up your apartment:

· Make sure to dust everything – shelves, blinds, vents, air conditioning units (if you have them), moldings (strips between walls and floors or ceilings), lights and light fixtures, and anything else that may need it.

· Wash your windows.

· Clean blinds and shower curtains – shower curtains can gather mold after sustained use with no cleaning.

· Flip your mattress – this should be done every so often to extend the life of your mattress.

· Vacuum carpeted areas and wash tile/wood flooring.

· Check smoke detector batteries.

· Wipe down furniture.

A few more things you could do while you’re at it include cleaning out your medicine/makeup cabinet, donating old clothes, organizing paperwork, and cleaning out the files in your computer.

Happy spring cleaning!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Policy Reminders

Just a few friendly reminders about NDSU policies as we start another semester

The following things are not allowed in the NDSU apartments:

· Alcohol (regardless of age)

· Smoking

· Drugs

· Pets (other than fish in a 10 gallon tank)

· Weapons/Explosives

· Candles/Incense

· Overnight Guests of the opposite sex

Please also remember to escort your guests at all times, to maintain quiet hours from 10pm to 10am, and to keep window screens on at all times.

Violations of any of the above rules may result in a policy violation, and a conduct hearing.

These rules are for the safety and security of everyone who lives in the apartment community. More information about these rules can be found in the NDSU Calendar Handbook.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Welcome Back!

Welcome back to Spring Semester! As complex managers, we are looking forward to working with each one of you! We have some fun and exciting programs coming up, and can't wait to participate in some fun apartment community activities. Head on over to our apartment Facebook page (NDSU Apartments) for updates on NDSU apartment programs, policies, and events.

Monday, December 8, 2014

The Best Way to Study for Finals

1. Say NO to cramming: Study in intervals! Studying in 20-50 minute increments and giving yourself 5-10 minutes in between is more beneficial than cramming. Distributing learning over time typically benefits long-term retention more than a short period.

2. Say YES to cardio: Science says that just 20 minutes of cardio can improve your memory. Whether your dancing, jogging or busting a sweat by walking, exercise will increase your energy level and reduce the effects of stress. Very important!

3. Eat super foods/antioxidants: Everybody knows you should eat breakfast the day of a big test. Research suggests that high-carb, high-fiber, slow-digesting foods like oatmeal are best (oatmeal is more fulfilling than cereal). But what you eat a week in advance matters, too. When 16 college students were tested on attention and thinking speed, then fed a five-day high-fat, low-carb diet heavy on meat, eggs, cheese and cream and tested again, their performance declined. The students who ate a balanced diet that included fruit and vegetables, however, held steady, says Cameron Holloway, a senior clinical researcher at the University of Oxford. When you study, your brain consumes glucose, so take a five-minute break every hour to let your body produce more fuel for your studying. Eating a healthy snack is very beneficial and can make a significant difference (almonds, fruit, and yogurt are good choices).

4. Alternate study spots: Shake up your finals routine! Spending all night in the library can be draining. According to the New York Times, simply alternating the room where a person studies improves retention. In an experiment, psychologists found that college students who studied a list of 40 vocabulary words in two different rooms — one windowless and cluttered, the other modern, with a view on a courtyard — did far better on a test than students who studied the words twice, in the same room. Why? Supposedly, the brain makes subtle associations between what it is studying and the background sensations it has at the time. Try alternating your study spots between the library, a study room, and a quiet coffee house.

5. Time management: Cramming causes anxiety, which lowers your ability to retain information. By creating a balanced study plan and schedule, you will be able to study each subject in its entirety and ultimately boost your test performance.

6. Avoid the all-nighter: Almost every college student pulls an all-nighter, but it is a bad idea. Based on a 2008 study by Pamela Thacher, Associate Professor of Psychology at St. Lawrence University, all-nighters impair reasoning and memory for as long as four days. As a result, you will receive lower grades. But that’s not all; you would then be forced to wake up earlier than expected–and that’s bad too. According to Dan Taylor, director of a sleep-and-health-research lab at the University of North Texas, this will interfere with rapid-eye movement (REM), which aids memory. So, get a good night’s sleep and expect to perform better on tests. (Quick tip: Review the toughest material right before going to bed the night before the test. It makes it easier to recall the material later, adds Taylor!)

7. MINIMIZE distractions: Research shows that while many teens prefer to study while listening to music, texting friends, or watching television, they are less likely to retain information that way. If you must listen to music, stick to instrumental music and consider downloading these study tools to keep you focused!

8. MAXIMIZE practice testing: You may have thought highlighting; re-reading and summation would be effective ways to study. Think again! A 2013 study, Improving Students’ Learning With Effective Learning Techniques, found that these techniques do not consistently boost students’ performance. Practice testing through the use of flashcards, or taking practice exams was observed to be a highly effective studying technique.