GC students prioritize academics with upcoming premieres of the latest movies, TV series and sports events to maintain their GPAs as nals week approaches.
According to the Labor Bureau of Statistics, the average college student spends about 9 hours sleeping, 4 hours on leisure activities and 3.5 hours working on educational activities.
“A 20-30 minute break to watch a show might be a great way to rest and be able to return to an important task refreshed,” said Steve Wilson, director of counseling services.
Wilson said students should not binge watch during nals week because avoidance of responsibility causes long term stress.
According to a study at Penn State, there was no evidence that TV had a significant impact on college grades. It was determined that for every additional hour per week spent watching TV in high school subsequently lead to a .003 drop in GPA. The average American watches five to six hours of television daily and the average college student watches 1 to 1.5 hours of television a day.
“The ‘Game of rones’ premiere was on for an hour, and we had to set up before,” said Rosalyn Bosarge, freshman middle education major. “I probably spent about a 1.5 hour of my time on it.” Bosarge said she spent most of last semester catching up on the previous seven seasons of “Game Of Thrones” to prepare for the premiere of the new season on April 14. She said she enjoyed the mental break from her school work and atmosphere of community.
“Watching ‘Game Of Thrones’ is a break from school work,” Bosarge said. “We would watch an episode almost every night, but it’s easy to balance it [school- work and downtime] if you are not binging it.”
Bosarge said she usually has most of her homework done by 9 p.m. and has not seen a shift in her academic success since the premiere.
According to a study at the University of Wisconsin, binge watching can be separated into two categories: unintention- al and intentional binge watching. Unintentional binging occurs when a person is unaware how many hours has passed since starting to watch a television, movie or sporting event. Intentional binging is the opposite. The person consciously makes a decision to sit down for multiple hours solely to watch media. The study found that “addiction symptoms were more common after unintentional binges.”
Some students headed downtown to Buffington’s Sunday night to take a break from academia and watch the “Game Of Thrones” premiere.
“We had about 20 to 30 people come out,” said Trey Ford, a chef, server and bartender at Buffington’s.
“We had a lot of business before the watch party but not during it. Only one guy ordered food. Most people ordered drinks.”
Ford said Buffington’s first watch party was a success and the people sat silently, invested whole heartedly in the premiere.
However, he said the event did not pull in higher levels of revenue compared to regular nights.
“We probably will host another watch party, but that’s just playing it by ear,” Ford said. “We had a decent turnout, so I don’t see why we wouldn’t.”
With movies, like “Detective Pikachu” and “Avengers: Endgame,” and TV series, like “Bachelorette Reunion” and “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver,” premiering during finals week, students will have to make conscious decisions between spending time on leisure activities and their studies.
“It’s sad to say, but I am a procrastinator by nature, so it’s difficult to turn off YouTube and Netflix to maintain grades,” said sophomore Richard Guyton, a music therapy major. “I try to go cold turkey in finals season because I really want to make sure I get good grades.”
Guyton said he takes regular breaks and reverts back to his regularly scheduled TV show or video every couple of hours to avoid going “crazy” from the stress of finals.
Instead of testing students at the end of the semester, some professors prefer to assign large end- of-year projects, which can be more time consuming.
Dr. Hasitha Mahabaduge, a physics professor, said his upper level physics students are required to turn in a journal paper. The project is a group effort and this semester is the first time he has required students to turn in a project for as their final.
As students advance in their field of study, balancing school work and fun will be the key to academic success and mental sanity as the semester comes to a close.
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