Here is a recent string of tweets on UTown:
- “utown is packed and my friends couldn’t find a seat”;
- “found an awesome spot to study in utown”;
- “camping at utown”;
- “utown lvl 1 to 3 r all full, going to ctrl lib to mug instead”;
- ”redbull giving out energy drinks at utown”;
- “oh, so now sec 4 kiddos are studying at utown”;
- “security doing checks on ppl in utown. Apparently too many NTU people crashing our study rooms already”;
- “Utown is fully packed on a Saturday! Stop studying so hard dearest NUS”; ….
This is the Reading Period, which means that exams are around the corner. Our students are all ‘mugging’ hard, hoping to ‘squeeze in’ as much content into their heads as possible. UTown has proven to be a popular study spot and outsiders are also gate-crashing the compound! We are taking steps to ensure that our facilities are accessible only to NUS students.
To me, sleep is most vital, particularly during this trying period. Everyone’s physical make-up is different and our sleep requirements vary. But, insufficient sleep will lead to drastically decreased daytime alertness, and suboptimal performance.
Perhaps that’s why zombies are sometimes associated with sleep deprivation.
Studies have shown that a person’s performance, after 2 continuous weeks of less than 6 hours of daily sleep, can be as dysfunctional as someone who has gone without sleep for the past 48 hours at a stretch. I guess many of our students are in either situation now.
And students have devised ways and means to stay awake. My son told me that a 6-pack of Red Bull can keep him up for the entire night, and it is much cheaper and more effective than 2 cups of Starbucks coffee. This explains why Red Bull is giving out free drinks at UTown. From Wikipedia, Red Bull is plenty of caffeine plus sugar, and conventional (and scientific) wisdom suggests that one should not depend on that for too long!
This is a stressful period for many. Thus, the Counseling and Psychological Centre has been conducting classes and stress-relief clinics; the Centre conducted a ‘Stress No More’ class at UTown last week.
Whatever you do, do rest and sleep well!