11 Ways To De-Stress After Horrible Exams

11 Ways To De-Stress After Horrible Exams

Life is already stressful… Exams? They're torture.

There comes a time in all our lives when we face obstacles that seem too difficult to surmount. We heave, struggle and STRESS ourselves out so much, it’s not surprising that the mental health of a vast majority of people isn’t in tip-top shape.

As struggling college students, one thing that does get our stress levels out of whack is exams. The Easy, the Challenging and the Impossible; each one is unwelcomed as long as they bear the banner of Exam.

You don’t have to dread them anymore. By carefully following this list, you can reduce your stress levels considerably and be your best self even after failing that Impossible Exam.

1. Cry a shot glass of tears.

Turn on the waterworks and enjoy those tears. Crying is extremely cathartic, especially when you’re trying really hard to do it. Watch some sad movies so you can have a good excuse to cry about the exam without looking like a complete wimp. Try to catch all your teardrops into a shot glass to add a little element of fun to it!

2. Choose a fun outdoor activity to do

Nothing busts stress like physical activities. Learn to ride a horse. Go rollerblading or cycling. Hike up the hills. Go snowboarding or swimming. Just do something besides sitting in the darkness of your room like the vampire you’re trying to be.

3. Drink a cup of hot herbal tea

What we eat really does have an effect on our stress levels. Don’t take caffeine before or after your exam. You’ll be jittery and feel ten times worse. A soothing cup of herbal tea will soothe your nerves and rejuvenate your mind.

4. Scream!

As loud as you can, as hard as you can! Scream and freak the heck out for as long as you can manage. Not only do you get to release your stress and anxiety in a real way, you also get to smile afterward, seeing as you looked like an absolute idiot for screaming in public.

5. Take out 15 minutes to listen to chill music and breathe

It may not surprise you, but just staying in one place and slowing down can make you feel instantly relieved. Stress causes you to be nervous and overactive. Lying down in your prime relaxation position will definitely make a difference. Fill your mind with the music and drift away from all your problems (Bonus points if you fall asleep).

6. Talk about it with someone

Sometimes, all we need to do is tell our fears and anxieties to a listening ear. Talking about our problems definitely doesn’t make them disappear but it feels so good to complain about the exam to someone who gets it. You know what they say: A problem shared, is a problem half solved.

7. Do some yoga and deep stretches

Channel all that negative energy into a way to burn some calories. A nice and calming yoga session will get your positive energies flowing and keep you feeling refreshed. There’s something so awesome about being able to twist into a pretzel.

8. Schedule time to wallow in self-pity

It’s no good avoiding your feelings. Buried feelings come back like ghosts: vengeful and unwanted. Allow yourself to feel sad about the exam. Listen to some sad music. Drink some water to freshen up. After your five minutes of sadness, you can perk right back up by analyzing what you did wrong and creating a new plan of action for yourself! Making plans you won’t keep is fun!

9. Read a book/ graphic novel

Sick and tired of your own problems? Step into a different world where you don’t exist, and the characters’ lives do! Get engrossed in their issues and lose yourself in them. With the right book, you should forget you probably failed that exam!

10. Do something absolutely crazy.

Go outside of your comfort zone by doing something so hilarious, it’s insane. Prank call some people. Walk backward down the steps when it’s almost crowded. If you’re in an elevator with more than three people, say “I’m sure you’re wondering why I’ve gathered you here today” and see how long you can fake it till you burst into hysterical laughter. Remember, laughter is the ultimate stress killer.

11. Get a deep tissue massage

I don’t think I need to explain why this is absolutely a must for great relaxation. If there are no massage places nearby, pay a couple of friends to pound into your back for 20 minutes or just go for a pedicure (amazing foot massage).

All in all, it’s always great to remember that it’s not the end of the world. One part of life doesn’t mean all of life. You can and will push through this stressful period! Good luck on the rest of your exams!

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Which professor you get DOES matter.

The professor makes the class.

This statement could not be more true, in my opinion. Students can take courses on the most riveting topics, but not learn or understand due to a bad professor. Luckily, most of the professors I have encountered have been engaging and have opened my mind to learning new things.

I am currently studying journalism, which is a subject I already love. However, my professor Dr. B is so incredibly passionate about the field. Every class she shares stories and anecdotes about her time as a journalist for a major Canadian newspaper, and her enthusiasm is contagious. As a student journalist, it is exciting to hear stories from someone who has had vast experience in the field. Her excitement inspires me to be just as passionate about my future career.

I am also studying political science, and I am enrolled in the African Politics course. Prior to the class, I had no knowledge of African Politics. I took the course because I wanted to learn a new subject, and I knew that Dr. Ziemke would have endless experiences to share. Because I had previously taken her for International Relations, I knew that she had worked in Africa as a volunteer on the Peace Corps, and she had a deep connection to Africa. Her passion, humor, and stories are what make a three-hour long class bearable.

Passionate professors create passionate students who are prepared and excited to improve their fields of study. These professors shape and mold students, give students encouragement and support, challenge students, and help students reach their potential. Professors have so much power to influence the future through their students.

It is important to understand how much a professor can truly affect how invested students are in a topic. When students have subpar professors, they tune out and do what they need to do in order to pass. When presented with a passionate, engaging professor, students take a deeper interest in the material. They put forth more effort because they understand the value of the topic being studied and want to tackle any issues in that field.

I truly believe that professors have the power to make or break a class.

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I Changed My Major, And So Can You

​One of the hardest parts of college is choosing what you want to get out of college.

One of the hardest parts of college is choosing what you want to get out of college. There’s a lot to think about when you choose where you want to go. Do you want a big or small school, in or out of state, weather, the full college experience, etc.

A decision that is left to be made once you’ve already committed to a school is what you’re going to do after graduation. Your major often reflects this decision. Some know exactly what they want to do and others take a little more time to figure it out.

(AKA me)

I did running start in high school and graduated with my associate’s. Then I came to WSU to pursue a degree in public relations. I was sure working in PR for a non-profit was what I wanted to do but turns out, it’s not.

I am now pursuing a double major in Speech and Hearing Sciences and I plan to be a speech therapist after school. My plans changed quite a bit in the two years I was at WSU.

For anyone else who’s still thinking about what you want your major to be or maybe changing your major, here’s some advice from my experience with trying to figure out my life all at once.

1. Cut yourself some slack

It’s okay to change your mind or not know what you want to do yet. Don’t let people fool you, most of us don’t have it all figured out.

2. Talk to people in the careers you’re interested in

Going out and talking to people in the field you’re interested in is more helpful than talking to an advisor or your professor. When I was thinking about speech therapy, the advisors at WSU didn't know much about it and I learned more from talking to real speech therapists.

3. Take the baby steps

It’s overwhelming if you need to change your major or you start thinking too far into the future. It’s important to slow down and think about what needs to be done now and worrying about the rest when it’s time. When I decided to double major I started thinking about how I would need to apply for more loans, get an apartment, take the GRE but the only thing I needed to do at the time was email my advisor. I could figure out the rest later.

4. What’s important to you?

I’ve always wanted to work with kids and have a job that helps people. It’s also important for me to have a job that is flexible for when I have a family. After talking to family friends and looking into speech therapy, it sounded like the perfect career to me. I could work in the school district and have the same breaks as my future kids.

5. Will you be able to find a job?

Most people go to college to get a job. This is something to consider when choosing a major because some career fields are more competitive than others. If I'm going to pay for graduate school, I want to be able to find a job right away. Speech pathology is a growing field and I shouldn't have a problem finding a job.

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