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!
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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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14 Fraternity Guy Gifts Ideas, Since He Already Has Enough Beer

Frat boys are a species of their own and here are some exciting gifts they will be ecstatic to receive!

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What more do frat boys love than alcohol, partying, and just acting stupid? Here are some gifts that help fulfill all of those needs for the frat boy in your life!

1. Beer holster belt

Whats better than one beer? Six beers! This fashionable camouflage accessory can be used for tailgates, beach days, formals and everything in between.

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2. Phone juul holder 

You know those cardholders everyone sticks on the back of their phones? Well, now a Juul holder for your phone is on the market! This will save your favorite frat boy from ever again losing his Juul!

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3. Animal house poster 

This Animal House poster is a classic staple for any frat boy. This poster will compliment any frat house decor or lack thereof.

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4. The American Fraternity book

Does the frat boy in your life need a good read for Thanksgiving or winter break? Look no farther, this will certainly keep his attention and give him a history lesson on American fraternity heritage and tradition.

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5. Beer pong socks 

These snazzy socks featuring beer pong will be loved by any frat boy. As for the way to any frat boy's heart may, in fact, be beer pong.

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6. Condom case

This condom carrying case will not only protect condoms from damage but also make frat boys more inclined to practice safe sex, which is a win-win situation!

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7. Frat house candle

Ahhh yes, who does not like the smell of stale beer in a dark, musty frat house basement? Frat boys can make their apartment or bedroom back home smell like their favorite place with the help of this candle.

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8. "Frat" sticker

Frat boys always need to make sure everyone around them knows just how "fratty" they are. This versatile stick can go on a laptop, car, water bottle, or practically anywhere their little hearts desire.

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Even I will admit that this shirt is pretty cool. The frat boy in your life will wear this shirt at every possible moment, it is just that cool!

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This fanny pack can absolutely be rocked by any frat boy. The built-in koozie adds a nice touch.

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A neon beer sign will be the perfect addition to any frat boys bedroom.

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14. Beer Lights 

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I Don’t Want To Admit It, But Math IS Important

Liberal Arts majors, this one is for you.

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I hate math with a passion. But I think it's necessary.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not talking about confusing trigonometry or calculus. I'm talking about basic algebra, geometry, and other everyday math functions.

I was never an A+ math student. My dad used to be a high school math teacher, so luckily for me, if I was struggling in my math classes, I would just come home and ask Dad to "tutor" me or prep me for my tests. I feel bad for anyone who had/has a hard time with math and doesn't have such a resourceful person in their life, because I don't think I would've passed my classes without him.

Now, I haven't taken a math class in at least three or four years, but I know that being out in the workforce requires at least basic math skills. How come they teach us how to divide square roots and not applicable things like how to calculate a good tip (shameless plug - always tip your waiters at least 20%) or discounts?

There are so many necessary skills you'll use for your entire life that are not taught in schools.

Long ago when I was in 3rd grade, one of my teachers read us a book called "A Day Without Math." The book basically went through a school day where there was no math. People couldn't see what speed their car was going, cash registers didn't work, clocks were nonexistent...basically, the entire world shut down. Whenever I was frustrated and angry about my math class or a certain problem, I tried to remember that book. As much as I despised going to a math class only to leave in frustration, I knew it was for my own good.

Because when you think about it, our world really wouldn't function without math!

I wish math classes would've focused on the usefulness and practicality of their teachings instead of what was written in the textbook. Having a dad who worked in the school system, I understood that the teachers had to follow a certain curriculum, so in a way, their hands were tied. But then the issue simply gets passed higher and higher up until you reach the people creating the textbooks and curriculum school systems buy and use.

Maybe there's something we can do, whether it's petitioning for more teaching kids more usable math skills or continuously asking your teachers why you're learning what you're learning. Advocate for yourself and for future generations to learn the skills necessary to survive in our modern world, but at the same time remember that the problem doesn't necessarily stem from teachers but the curriculum being decided at levels far above their pay grade.

Moral of the story - even though I know a good majority of us (especially us liberal arts majors) are not fans of mathematics, let's work on learning and remembering the basics so our world can keep on turning.

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