Chinese student population skyrockets, causes students, UI to adapt

This is a University of Iowa student lifestyle feature.

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Studying-at-the-library fatigue is a common condition among college students – symptoms include: excessive caffeine intake, a nap at home, or (the classic) repeated claims of quitting school.

But for Chinese students, it makes perfect sense to just take a nap at the library when they’re tired, and domestic students often ridicule this abnormal behavior.

A misunderstood cultural difference

“I think a lot of domestic students don’t know that back in China, sleeping in the library or sleeping in public places is perfectly fine,” UI junior Yuhao Chen said. “But maybe, on the other hand, a lot of international students don’t know that sleeping in the library is not a normal thing that people would do in the states – so I think that misunderstanding of cultural differences is interesting.”

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3 ways to make the most of Thanksgiving break

It’s no surprise how fast Thanksgiving break flies by. It’s tempting to hibernate on the living room couch during this precious week off from class. But, every time I return to campus after break, I realize I shouldn’t have spent the ENTIRE week doing nothing.

Thanksgiving break is obviously a time to be grateful for family, friends, and food. It’s a time to unwind and leave the stress behind for a week. However, it’s always a good idea to utilize the free time you have during break to your advantage — here are 3 ways to make the most of it.

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5 things you need to survive a library study binge

Like many college students, I’m no stranger to the long days that turn into nights at the library. My workload only seems to be growing with demanding classes, law school preparation, and internship responsibilities; finding myself at the library (or journalism building) for 15 hours straight is completely normal.

It’s not easy to stay in one place for hours at a time and maintain focus. Here are some materials you should pack on your next library binge that’ll help prevent you from finding excuses to leave early.

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how to take lecture notes in college

[View the full story here: “How to take lecture notes in college”]

Summary: Sometimes, you’re be blessed with that saint of an instructor who posts all the notes online, along with a YouTube video of the actual lecture (you know, just in case you happen to miss class one time). Other times, you’re stuck with a super old-school professor who doesn’t believe in technology or PowerPoint Presentations, and stands in front of the auditorium and just talks.

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top 3 ways to make extra cash in college

Being a full-time student with a part-time job takes up most of my time during the week. When I’m not hustling from class to the office, or spending time with friends/family, I’m taking on other side gigs. These gigs can be temporary, freelance-type work, or something that requires more attention throughout the week.

Where do I find the time to do all of this? I have certain weeks that are slower than others—usually my workload slows down following a big exam week, or the few days after completing a big project at work. University holidays are another good time to spend working side gigs. The point is, making a little extra money shouldn’t be another responsibility to stress out about; rather, it should be seen as a fun hobby that happens to put some extra cash in your wallet.

Here are three ways I make extra money on the side, while also jugging a demanding college student schedule.

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