10 Things To Do Besides Study For Finals

10 Things To Do Besides Study For Finals

Never Fear: The Perfect Procrastination List Is Here
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Across the nation, students are freaking out about their college finals. Never fear. If you’ve had enough of school and don't know what to do with yourself, here’s a list of things you can do besides study. As Rusty Griswold would say: “Oh, woo. Look at the time. I gotta get to bed. I still gotta brush my teeth, feed the hog, still got those bills to pay, wash the car…”

1. Clean Your Room

Make your bed, dust, clean your windows, vacuum. Basically, do all the things you haven't done in a month or two. This will probably take up a good hour and a half of your set study time. Just keep telling yourself you can get more stuff done if your room is clean.

2. While You're At It Clean Your Whole Apartment/Dorm

You might have just finished cleaning your room but why not keep up the good work and clean every surface of your home while you're at it? A clean home is a happy home and during the stressful time of finals, you need all the good vibes you can get.

3. Create A Pinterest Board

While we’re on the subject of homes, why not plan your dream home? Make a Pinterest board that totally captures your house ~goals~. Nothing is more exciting than picking out a wall color for your dream dining room.

4. Have A Snick Snack

In the great words of everyone's favorite 2012 YouTube personality Jenna Marbles: “Eat your feelings."

5. Plan A Vacation

This could go with Pinterest board-creating! Plan your dream vacation. Include where you’ll be staying, what you’ll be doing and what kind of outfits you’ll bring. This will no doubt take a hot minute and is a surefire way to waste a good couple of hours of studying time.

6. Go Through Every Picture You've Ever Taken

I know it might have just started as trying to find a new desktop wallpaper but before you know it you're in the archives. Soon you’ll be back in the year 2009.

7. Call A Friend You Haven't Talked To In Ages

This will guarantee you a good three hours catching up on drama and people you used to talk to in high school.

8. Read A Book

Pick up one of those young adult romance novels that have been sitting in your room since last year. Let yourself believe that finding a summer romance in Italy is a thing that could actually happen to you.

9. Start A New Show On Netflix

If you're like me you're one of the last people on earth who hasn't seen 13 Reasons Why. It’s only 13 episodes and I know that the emotional turmoil going on in the show will be draining...which leads me to the next activity that can waste some time.

10. Take A Nap

After doing all of these things to avoid doing homework, you're probably going to be tired. Curl up in bed, snuggle up and take a good nap. You’ll wake up refreshed and ready to avoid homework all over again.

Hopefully, these suggestions have been helpful for creating a study-free zone for you. No matter how you spend your finals week, just know that school is almost over. Summer is upon us and better times are ahead. So, take a breath and power through the last couple of weeks of school.

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Getting Straight A's In College Is Not Worth Failing Your Mental Health

A's are nice, but you are more than a letter.

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The idea of getting an A on every paper, every exam, every assignment, seems great. It can be known as a reassurance of our hard work and dedication to our 4+ classes we attend every single day.

Losing sleep, skipping meals, forgetting to drink water, skipping out on time with friends and family; these are the things that can occur when your letter of an A is what you are living for.

You are worth more than the grade letter, or the GPA number on your transcript.

Listen, don't get me wrong, getting A's and B's definitely is something to feel accomplished for. It is the approval that you did it, you completed your class, and your hard work paid off.

But honey, get some sleep.

Don't lose yourself, don't forget who you are. Grades are important, but the true measurement of self-worth and accomplishment is that you tried your best.

Trying your best, and working hard for your goals is something that is A-worthy.

Reserve time for yourself, for your sanity, your health, your mental health.

At the end of the day, grades might look nice on a piece of paper, but who you are and how you represent yourself can be even more honorable.

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Martha McSally Could Still End Up In The Senate

Yep, you read that right. Martha McSally, who lost the senate race a month ago, could still end up in the U.S. Senate next to her former opponent, Kyrsten Sinema.

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Martha McSally was the Republican nominee for Senate during the 2018 midterms in Arizona. She lost to Democrat Kyrsten Sinema by roughly 55,900 votes. But many are speculating that McSally could still end up representing Arizona in the U.S. Senate. Jon Kyl, who was tapped to replace former Senator John McCain after his death said he will not stay in the Senate after this session ends. McCain's term doesn't end until 2022, but Kyl has remained adamant that he will not serve past this year. This leads to the question of who will replace him next year. Arizona Governor Doug Ducey has the power to appoint Kyl's replacement if he decides to leave at the end of this session. Several think McSally will be the name he chooses. McSally would have a tough road ahead. It could be easier for her to win elections because she would be considered the incumbent.

State law requires that the Governor appoint someone of the same political party as the late senator. That would mean a Republican would have to be appointed, causing speculation that McSally would be that person. If appointed, she would have a tough road ahead of her. There would be a special election in 2020 to fill McCain's term, and then another election in 2022 to start a new term. All of this comes just weeks after Sinema defeated her in the Senate election. Most think that McSally is the front-runner for the seat.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is lobbying hard to get her in the Senate. Other possible situations could arise such as Governor Ducey appointing himself to fill the seat. This one seems unlikely, however, considering if he does appoint himself, the next person to take the governorship would be Secretary of State-elect, Katie Hobbs, who is a Democrat. McSally is the strong front-runner for the seat and could end up next to her former opponent. We'll have to see how it plays out in the end, and we will certainly know who will or will not be filling this seat within the next few weeks.

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