10 Things To Do Besides Study For Finals

10 Things To Do Besides Study For Finals

Never Fear: The Perfect Procrastination List Is Here

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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If only they knew how much they were going to be missing out on.

One of the first few things that people say to me when I tell them I'm going into special education is, "You will always have a job" and "It takes a special person to be in the field." Whenever those two phrases are said to me, I can't help but think as to why they think I'm so different from them or why they are too afraid to consider it. If only they knew how much they were going to be missing out on.

Many people who go into special education are driven, patient, loving, and passionate. You don't just wake up one day and say to yourself that you want to go work with children with disabilities. The decision to pursue this didn't come easy for me because I'd seen how much work goes into the long nights trying to make the children you work with even happier. People really don't give enough credit to the teachers who want to make a difference in people's lives.

Another thing that bothers me when I tell people I'm in special education is that they think I'm not as smart as them or that I'm lazy. Although I may not be the smartest person in the world, I am knowledgeable in many different areas. Like I said, I didn't choose special education because I heard that education classes, in general, were easier, I chose it because it is what I see myself doing for the rest of my life.

I am one of the luckiest people in the world to have a brother with Down-Syndrome. He has shown me that all people with disabilities have so much room for growth and that they are just like you and me. I can truly say that he has inspired me to change the lives of as many children with disabilities as I can because they make this world a better place. Without him, I wouldn't have an appreciation for the little things in life and it would be a lot harder to get over the big things.

As a society, we need to start encouraging people to be teachers and stop putting them down because they are going to be teaching the future of our country. As a sister of someone with a disability, I've realized how much progress has been made because of the teachers who are so passionate. We are all so lucky to have the educations we do and we should all want the same for other people.

Next time when someone tells me how hard it will be or why I shouldn't go into the field, I will tell them that it is truly what is going to make me happy in life and it's important. Giving an education to children with disabilities is something that they deserve and it can ultimately change their lives if it's done the right way. Will you start encouraging the future teachers of children with disabilities? I hope so.

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