Finals Are Upon Us

The inevitable truth about being in college is that at the end of every semester there will be finals.  While some very obviously have it worse than others, I think most college students would agree that finals suck.  They are extremely time consuming, and anxiety producing, and that’s just not what anyone needs at the end of a hard semester of classes. Do I have a solution to making finals easier for us?  No. But I can at least offer a little bit of advice to those of us struggling to find the light at the end of the tunnel that is finals week.  Here are some tips to help you (and me) get through:

  • Take care of yourself, mind and body: NO grade is worth getting sick over.  Take the time to eat and drink like usual, and don’t go too crazy with energy drinks.  They may help for a while, but in the long run they are pretty bad for you.  Make sure to get sleep.  Short naps can really help if you are in need of an energy boost.  If you’re feeling stressed or anxious (which is common and normal), make sure to take a break, relax, and talk to your friends, family, or classmates.  I found a great blog post called Misconceptions About Selfcare…It has some great insight on what self care can look like and why it is both hard and important for us!
  • Take Study Breaks: Constant work can put a lot of strain on a person, so make sure to take breaks every once in a while.  I have found that going for a walk can really help clear the mind while also getting me up and moving instead of sitting at a desk. You could always take a break to take a short nap (I love napping), or take the time to eat a meal or snack.  Breaks don’t necessarily have to be fun-filled, and they can definitely be used to make sure you are taking care of your body’s needs.  Here’s a helpful blog post about The Ideal Study Break.
  • Have Some Fun: It’s important to remember that, even though finals are important, so are you.  Make time for some fun, whether during a study break or when you have some free time.  Remember that your friends and classmates are also going through the stress of finals week, and that they may also need time to decompress and have some fun.  It’s always a good idea to get a group of friends together and do something fun, but something that won’t take you from your studies for too long.  Going out for coffee or supper is a good way to do this.  It will give you each the time to vent about your stress, but it will also get you spending time with people who make you happy. And being happy is important!

These are some of the things I’ve learned over my years in college.  I hope they are helpful to you during this stressful time!

What kinds of things do you do to help during finals week?  Or during any stressful time? Feel free to comment!  Thanks for reading!