Mid-Semester Pick-Me-Up


You did it!  You made it past the midway point of the semester.  Are you breathing a sigh of relief or are you so overwhelmed that you don’t know which way is up?  I’d love to believe the latter is not the case; however, that is not exactly the reality of being a college student these days.  By this point in the year, you have probably become involved in multiple student organizations, and are trying to balance jobs, internships, and co-ops.

But here is the thing: you will not be successful with any of what I mentioned if you do not take some time each day for yourself.  If you tend to write everything in a planner, make sure you schedule at least 30 minutes each day for your enjoyment.  Or if you subscribe to a  “go with the flow” attitude, take a step away from the craziness when you’re feeling sluggish, overwhelmed, etc.  Go grab your favorite flavored beverage at Starbucks, enjoy a meal with friends, cook something that reminds you of home (that always makes me feel better!) – basically just do something every day that you enjoy!


As Halloween is on its way, let’s be honest, there are some pretty delicious candies lining store shelves right now:

  • Take a break with a Kit-Kit.
  • Bring some Smarties to your next study session.
  • Have a few laughs with friends with some Laffy Taffy.
  • Enjoy some Starburst for a burst of energy.
  • “Satisfy your hunger” with a Snickers bar.
  • Or never go wrong by indulging in a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup (my favorite!).

Whatever your choose, make sure it is enjoyable for you.  A 30 minutes break or a small Halloween candy indulgence may sound inconsequential, but believe me, it goes a long way!  In the spirit of Halloween, here is a recipe that you can make in your residence hall, apartment, or office.  All you need is a ceramic mug and a microwave! Enjoy!


Single Serving Peanut Butter Cup Cookie

What you’ll need:

1 tbsp. butter

1 tbsp. sugar

1 tbsp. brown sugar

3 drops vanilla extract

A small pinch of salt

1 egg yolk

Slightly less than ¼ cup flour

1 Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, chopped


  1. Melt the butter in the microwave
  2. Add sugar, brown sugar, vanilla, and salt.  Stir to combine
  3. Add the egg yolk and stir
  4. Add flour and stir
  5. Add chopped Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup
  6. Cook in the microwave for 40-60 seconds

Bon Appétit,

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