Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

LeprechaunComing out of spring break, with the semester more than halfway complete, we wanted to take a minute to send you a little St. Patrick’s Day-themed advice… and to wish you a little luck for the remainder of the semester.

“It is better to spend money like there’s no tomorrow, than to spend tonight like there’s no money.” – Irish Toast

You are in school, and by being enrolled you are part of a small, fortunate few in this country. According to a recent USA Today study, roughly 19.5% of the American population attended college without finishing; 7.4% of Americans have an associate’s degree; 17.1% have a bachelor’s degree; and 9.9% have a doctorate or professional degree. As you speed toward the conclusion of another semester, take the time you have now, while you are in school, to slow down as much as possible and enjoy the experience.

Four-leaf Clover“Many an opportunity is lost because a man is out looking for four-leaf clovers.” – Unknown

Heading toward finals, make sure to stay focused! Procrastination is easy to do, and can lead to unnecessary stress and lower grades. So stay away from the hunt for four-leaf clovers, and hit those books. There is a pot of gold waiting for you at the end of the journey. If you want a few tips to help keep you on the straight and narrow, check out this recent blog entry on not procratinating. Hey… what are you waiting for? Go there now.

“A good laugh and a long sleep are the two best cures.” – Irish Toast

As any good Irishman knows, laughter is the best medicine. According to various studies, laughter is not only healthy, but contagious, and it also helps to reduce stress. So make sure you give yourself plenty of opportunities to laugh, be it with good friends or watching your favorite comedy. Even better, try to laugh while napping (and if you figure out how to do that, let us know). According to The Irish Times, studies show that napping also helps reduce stress (The Irish Times, March 6th, 2007). So if you are feeling drained, recharge your batteries with a quick Codail (that’s Gaelic for sleep).

St. Patrick's Day ParadeAnd in closing,

“Here’s to you and yours, and to mine and ours, and if mine and ours ever come across you and yours, I hope you and yours will do as much for mine and ours as mine and ours have done for you and yours.” – Irish Toast

We hope you have a great St. Patrick’s Day, and a great remainder of your semester. Feel free to post your favorite Irish quote or saying below!

~Zac McFarlane

Thanks *~Dawn~* Busy Bee ~ Be back SOON!, jpmpinmontreal, and Yokospungeon for the photos!

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