10 Ways You Can Actually Enjoy Finals Week

10 Ways You Can Actually Enjoy Finals Week

Finals week has quickly come upon us college students!

Finals week has quickly come upon us, and if you're anything like me, this week is the most stressful week of the year. Do professors really think we can handle all this work without pulling multiple all-nighters? I have come up with a few solutions as to how to enjoy finals week without wanting to cry every single day.

1. Drink some coffee

Without coffee, college students would be unable to survive. Take a study break and get some coffee with a friend. My recommendation is coffee from Caviar and Bananas! Five minutes away from books and binders won't kill you!

2. Go for a walk or exercise

Exercise relieves so much stress. So while studying, take a break and go for a walk on the beach or the battery (for us college students in Charleston). Exercise clears your mind and allows a good, healthy distraction.

3. Watch a Christmas movie

Okay, so you have finished your first final exam. Reward yourself by making some hot chocolate and popping in your favorite Christmas movie. My personal favorites are Four Christmases and Elf!

4. Go see holiday lights

No matter where you live, Christmas decorations start mid-November. Take a fifteen-minute study break and go for a drive to see the holiday lights! James Island hosts the Holiday Lights Festival, which is top notch decorations!

5. Take a bubble bath

After spending hours of studying in the library, like me, you probably feel like all the energy you have just got sucked out of your body. So, my cure for this is to take a relaxing bubble bath and listen to music that distresses you. Baths will give you an extra boost of energy to finish the night of studying while providing a break from the daunting amount of notes to study.

6. Light a candle

Fill your apartment (or dorm room) with the smell of Christmas with your favorite Christmas candle. That way, while you're studying, it seems a little bit like Christmas.

7. Listen to a few of your favorite songs

After spending hours in complete silence studying, go for a drive and jam out to your favorite music.

8. Write yourself positive and encouraging notes

During finals week, I always make it a point to write encouraging notes, quotes, and bible verses to get me through the day. Tell yourself that you can accomplish anything! That way, when you walk into an exam, you are confident that you will ace it!

9. Bake cookies

I always enjoy having some chocolate and sweets while I am studying for exams. Take a few minutes out of studying to bake your favorite cookies. That way you have a little treat while studying.

10. Treat Yourself

Once finals are finally over, treat yo self! Go to your favorite boutique or bakery and grab a little treat! I always love grabbing a cupcake at Cupcake DownSouth to toast to finals finally being over!

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22 Girl Names Your Random College Roommate Will Have, And The Type Of Roommate They Are

Will she be your BFF?

Every roommate situation in college is going to be different.

All you can do is hope and pray that they'll just leave you alone for the most part. A lot of the time, you can get a hint about what kind of roommate they'll be just knowing their first name.

1. Hailey

Her dad pays her rent. She can't cook. Litters the kitchen with take out boxes from the local vegan joint.

2. Beth

Totally wants you to go to SoulCycle with her at 6 a.m. on a Saturday. Room is littered with leggings and sneakers.

3. Michelle

Comes home at 3 a.m. after a night of heavy drinking. Loudly makes some sort of frozen meal. Sleeps through her noon alarm.

4. Victoria

Probably has dark hair and an acoustic guitar. Keeps pretty much to herself. Does homework in the living room at obscure hours.

5. Madison

Was on the dance team in high school and has not stopped telling you about how great it was. Does work out videos on the TV in the living room.

6. Kim

Brings her boyfriend over every night of the week. Brings different boys home on the weekends.

7. Megan

Actively avoids cleaning the bathroom. Leaves her dishes in the sink. You haven't seen her shower in four days.

8. Erica

Normal. Quiet. Wants to be a high school English teacher.

9. Erika

Wild. Emotionally distraught always. Is always hosting the pre-game. Never comes home with all of the clothes she left wearing.

10. Sarah

"Definitely should have got into Harvard, but I ended up here instead." Too into trying to get a 4.0 to pay attention to you.

11. Julia

Studies music performance. Screams expletives at her keyboard. Cannot play the trumpet, but still tries really hard.

12. Hannah

So tall she almost hits her head on the doorways. Plays basketball. Raps to old Kanye in the shower.

13. Jenny

Should not be allowed to go out. Goes out every weekend anyway. Throws up in your bathtub and doesn't always address it in the morning.

14. Heather

Stressing about her internship. Is currently failing all of her classes. Will somehow still get a 3.5 GPA this semester.

15. Grace

You never see her, only the hairballs she leaves all around your place.

16. Emma

Only has guy friends because "it's easier." Guy friends who leave empty beer cans out after every sporting event on TV.

17. Caitlyn

Has a 4.0 as a biology major. Is going to med school. Sterilizes her room, the bathroom and the kitchen sink every four hours.

18. Sam

Always has a paper about feminism to write. Rosie the Riveter poster in her room.

19. Alex

Is probably dating her boss. Has straight Ds in all her classes.

20. Taylor

Is somehow always home when you're home. You know nothing about her other than where she's from.

21. Alyssa

Trying to become the next big YouTuber. Has lighting equipment all over the place. You constantly hear the phrase, "Hey guys, welcome to my channel!" She squealed because yesterday she hit 25 subscribers.

22. Jesse

Is probably plotting your murder. Lurks around like a cat.

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How I Selected A College

Selecting a college is stressful, this is about to affect the rest of your life.

Selecting a college can be very stressful, as I just did it about a year ago I remember clearly what had helped.

The first thing you have to do is find a college 'smart-match'. My high school provided us with one but I'm pretty sure you can find one on google. From this smart-match, you can put in a lot of different aspects that you might be looking for or considering in a college like price, different groups on campus, diversity, religion, location, and size of the school.

After you find some colleges you're interested in, VISIT CAMPUS! I found that the singular, most important aspect of choosing a college was the campus. Does it feel like it could be your home? If not, don't brush off the feeling that maybe you won't get used to it and comfortable with it because if you never do, you'll be miserable.

One of the other main important aspects is the location, are you more comfortable in the city, a suburb, or rural areas? These aspects also depict the number of stores that will be around campus and if you don't have a car, but love to shop, maybe a rural area isn't the best place for you to go to college.

After this part, I was still stuck between two colleges.

So, I made a pro's and con's list which made my life ten times easier. For this, I considered the size, how I felt being on campus, and where my friends were. And I know most people will tell you to NOT consider your friends, but if you're like me, considering friends was important. I didn't base my decision just off of my friends, but they were on my pro's list for a specific college because i'm not good at making friends and if I was comfortable at the college, I didn't see any problem with that.

The last tip I have, although it didn't happen with me, is don't follow your significant other to college. If you're just interested in colleges your significant other is interested in, there might be a problem there. For college you have to think with your own brain, otherwise you risk breaking up (because it's a high school relationship, honestly those barely ever last), and being miserable because your only or main reason for going to that college is your significant other.

There could be different or more important aspects for different people. But this was my process for choosing a college and I had no help in doing so. The best thing to do is do most of it by yourself, that way you don't have anyone telling you where to go when this is ultimately your decision. No one can tell you where to go, not a counselor, or your parents. This is solely your decision. And if you're considering community college? It's nothing to be ashamed of, just make sure your credits will transfer if you're planning on going to a four-year after community.

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