Holiday Traditions

Christopher Newport University is a school full of spirit. With the winter holidays approaching, the annual tradition here at CNU is coming up. Every year, CNU hosts a concert called Holiday Happening and the Lighting of the Lawn. Students perform at Holiday Happening, but it is open to the public.

As soon as Holiday Happening is over, students, their families and the community may head on over to the Great Lawn for a celebration. First, there is a countdown and the tree is lit up with some fireworks in the background. Trust me, the tree with Christopher Newport Hall in the background is a beautiful view, perfect for some pictures with your friends and family! There are so many fun activities to participate in. These activities make you feel like you are in the North Pole and they include festive holiday music, photos with Santa, crafts, vendors and food trucks. Free photos with Santa? That is something you definitely do not want to miss out on!

You might want to take a break from the craziness of the last two weeks before finals, so mark your calendars for next year and have some holiday spirit with the Christopher Newport community!

Preparing for Finals Week

We are coming up on finals week, what is said to be the most stressful time of the semester. We all focus on getting last-minute assignments done and study as much as we can for our exams. However, it is important to remember to always take breaks. Honestly, I am guilty of once being one of those students who refuses to take breaks because I need all the time I have to study. It got very tiring.

It is important to sometimes sit back and relax. Your brain could only take in so much information in one sitting. Yes, there is such a thing as over-studying. I have reached points where I have studied for too long, went over the same material multiple times, and ended up forgetting some of the material that I had just gone over because I was just so tired.

Some things you can do to relax are hang out with your friends, get coffee or a pastry at Einstein’s Cafe, go out for food or even watch some Netflix. You can never go wrong with staying in and watching Netflix! Also, the most important is sleep, sleep and sleep! We all need to make sure we get enough rest, especially during exam week. Without a good night’s sleep, it could be hard to concentrate while taking exams and that could really affect our grades. Do not stress, winter break is almost here!

Beach Trips While in School

There is a lot more to Christopher Newport University than just laying on the Great Lawn or watching the sunset at the Lion’s Gate Bridge. Because of its location on the Peninsula, we Captains have access to several beaches nearby. Some of you may be thinking our only option is Virginia Beach. Nope, there is much more than that! Some smaller beaches nearby are Buckroe Beach, located in Hampton, Yorktown Beach and Huntington Beach in Newport News.

The one that most CNU students choose to go to is Buckroe Beach. Personally, I have gone to some of these beaches just to spend a day out in the sun and relax. I have also gone to get out of the norm and study with a nice view. If you are someone who loves history and small historic towns, Yorktown Beach is your best bet.

There are so many fun places to go to that we sometimes do not know about. Now that finals week is approaching, I suggest grabbing your study materials and heading to the beach to study on one of the warm days that is coming up. Enjoy it while the somewhat warm weather lasts!

The Beauty of a Small Campus

Here at Christopher Newport University, you will always see someone you know as you are heading to class, the library or just anywhere on campus. You see familiar faces all around! I am sure you have heard about CNU having small class sizes. Well, if you have not, now you know!

Small class sizes are beneficial to students when it comes to wanting to get to know the professor and go to him or her for help. The professors here at CNU genuinely care about the success of their students. They make themselves available to help us whenever we are not understanding the material 100 percent and they encourage going to office hours. If your schedule conflicts with the professor’s office hours then that is no problem. All professors are open to scheduling appointments with their students at a convenient time for the both of them.

Aside from office hours, the professors offer extra help in class. Even if you start off the class poorly, they offer several opportunities to bring your grade up. They work with each student to make sure we are successful. The relationship between students and professors on campus is unique and reminds us of why we chose to be a Captain.