Things to do in Michigan Over Winter Break

Winter break has finally begun! Now that finals are over you can rest peacefully without nightmares of sleeping through your alarm for that 7:00 a.m. final or the “battery dead” symbol flashing just as you hit “=” on your T-89 calculator. Whether you are traveling or staying in the mitten this holiday season, you can finally take a deep (cold) breath and unwind!

For those of you staying in Michigan (and were too busy studying to plan a fun, action packed winter break) we thought we would get together a list of exciting events that are happening throughout the next few weeks!   Check out the list below and if you attend any, let us know how the events were on our Facebook page here.

Happy Holidays from GTRI!


Home for the Holidays with Helen Welch | Concert

Friday, December 19, 2014, 8pm.

Dawson Auditorium, Adrian College Holiday music that warms the heart. Helen Welch, vocalist. Ticketed events.


Holiday Kalamazoo Indoor Flea & Farmers Market

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Special Holiday Market! Come check out the market for some great deals and great merchandise! Choose from lots of holiday items, new and used items, handcrafted items, fresh and local foods, and much more! 75 booths available! Hours: 8am-3pm in Main Expo.


Annie | Theatre Performance

December 16 – 21

Leapin’ Lizards! The world’s best-loved musical returns! Directed by original lyricist and director Martin Charnin, this production of Annie will be a brand-new incarnation of the iconic original. With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie is determined to find her parents, who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of an orphanage run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan. With the help of the other orphans, Annie escapes to the wondrous world of New York. In a series of adventures, Annie foils Miss Hannigan’s evil machinations and befriends President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and finds a new home with billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy. Featuring book and score by Tony Award® winners Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, Annie includes such unforgettable songs as It’s the Hard-knock Life, Easy Street, and the eternal anthem of optimism, Tomorrow.


All I Want For Christmas

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Detroit apparel, handmade jewelry, artisan food products, custom artwork, prom dresses, lace front wigs, and more. Twenty-five local vendors. Convenient, free parking. Live, holiday music and live art demonstrations. Free admission.



The Nutcracker | DeVos Performance Hall

December 12 – 21

Grand Rapids Ballet dazzles with an extravagant production of The Nutcracker. Friday and Saturday performances at 7:30pm and Saturday and Sunday performance at 2pm. December 12-14 and 19-21.


Hot New Year’s Eve Celebration

December 31, 2014 – Janruary 1, 2015

Hot New Year’s Eve Celebration will host a ball drop at midnight. Live entertainment will include Cobra Starship, The Outer Vibe, Dyllan Murray, and Grand Rapids Got Talent winner, Fire Alarm. There will be a warming tent with free hot chocolate and coffee for all who pass through. Starts at 7pm.


Midnight on Main | New Year’s Eve Celebration

December 31, 2014 – Janruary 1, 2015

You need to be here to ring in the New Year! This New Year’s Eve, there’s no better place to be than in Downtown Midland! It’s Midnight on Main, but the party begins long before midnight with a full schedule of entertainment and activities. The event features four heated tents, 10 bars, food vendors, Michigan’s largest ball drop and an exciting fireworks display. End the year on a high note and celebrate in style at Midnight on Main! The event is held on Main Street, from Gordon Street to Townsend Street, in Downtown Midland. Ticketed event for ages 21+. Information and tickets available at the website link.




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8 Tips for Surviving Finals

The countdown to winter break has officially begun and the end of the semester is right within your reach! The only thing standing between you and those four sweet weeks of rest and relaxation is the dreaded finals week. Final exams can be an exhausting and chaotic experience if you do not properly prepare yourself. You may think that all-nighters and copious amounts of Redbull and coffee will get you through the home stretch, but there are healthier and more efficient ways to study for your finals. We have put together a list of tips for you to follow to help you study and deal with the stress of final exams!

1. Rest up: Studying is important, but cannot be accomplished without a sufficient amount of energy. During the week of finals, try to get between 7-9 hours of sleep a night.

2. Organize a plan: Two weeks before your finals, write down your entire schedule for the upcoming weeks. Include everything such as classes, work, extracurricular activities, time for studying, etc.

3. Create a study guide: Even if your professor does not make it mandatory, study guides can help outline what you need to know.

4. Find a study buddy: Nothing is worse than not understanding the material you are studying. Seek out help from TA’s, Professors, study groups, help centers or a friend from your class.

5. Use all resources given: No one knows the exam better than the professor. If your professor gives you any resources, take advantage of them (there is a reason why they are giving it to you)!

6. Stay healthy: Be sure to eat nutrient rich meals and stay active. This will help control stress, keep your emotions stable, and raise your energy levels.

7. Don’t Cram: Studies show that cramming right before an exam wont help you do well. It is best to study in intervals; study for 20 minutes, take a 5-minute break, and repeat. This helps you retain information longer and more effectively than if you were to cram.

8. Find your study spot: Everyone has different study habits, and location plays a role in that. Find a spot where you can really hunker down and do your best work. Whether it’s in your dorm room, a coffee shop, the library, or the comfort of your bed, pick a place that works for you.

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