12 Things You Need to Survive Finals

12 Things You Need to Survive Finals

You Got This

Ok. So it's finals seasons. You just got off Thanksgiving break and for some reason, all of your professors thought you'd enjoy a distraction from your family and gave you assignments you haven't finished. Your deadlines and exam dates are looming ever nearer. Let's face it, you're freaking out. The first step is to take a deep breath. I've got you covered. Here's a list of what you need to survive finals.

1. Schedule.

Even if you're a person who doesn't use a planner at school you should write out your final's schedule. Obviously, this will help you because now you'll know when they are and won't miss them. But also you'll be better at time management. You'll know how much time you have to study for what.

2. Study groups.

If you know anyone else in the class ask if they want to study together. Even if you don't know anybody in the class still ask. Somebody else in the class is bound to want to study in a group too.

3. Coffee.

Trust me. You'll need the energy.

4. Snacks.

While you've got yourself buried in your work it'll be good to not have to stop when you're on a roll to get food because you are hungry.

5. Comfy clothes.

Make things easier for yourself. You're stressed and probably tired, why not be comfortable too?

6. A great study playlist.

Get your head in the game!

7. Sleep.

As much as you'll want to pull an all-nighter and keep studying for your exam or writing your paper sleep is important. Your memory WILL suffer if you don't. Your writing WILL suffer if you don't. Sleep.

8. Breakfast.

Even if you're not a person who eats breakfast every morning having the energy and food in your stomach will help. If your final is early in the morning grab a pop-tart or something from a vending machine and eat it on your way.

9. The do not disturb setting on your phone.

Just let everyone know that you're studying for finals and I'm sure they'll understand and probably won't be mad that you're not texting back.

10. A quiet place to study.

Whether you're in a group or it's just you trying to focus in a noisy or busy room is going to be difficult. Find a quiet place on campus and you'll be able to focus much better.

11. Go to class and ask questions.

I know it's the end of the semester and you might be losing steam and motivation but don't. I know it's cold outside. I know you're tired. I know your bed's really comfortable. But you've worked so hard. You owe it to yourself to finish strong. I recommend not giving yourself an inch of wiggle room. Go. To Class. Make sure to ask the professor questions, it shows them you're paying attention, that you want to learn, that you're interested and that you want to do well.

15. Relax.

Do whatever you have to relax. Whether that's taking a nap or working out or reading something that's not school work or calling a friend. Take a deep breath. Make a list of things you have to do and check them off one at a time. Don't look at everything as one big thing you have to do. That can be really scary and panicking won't help you get anything done any faster.

You got this! You've made it this far. You're in the home stretch. You can see the light at the end of the tunnel. You're so close. And then you'll get to enjoy the holidays, see your friends and family, eat good food, and sleep in.

Good luck!

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When School Gets Hard

We've All Been There

We’ve all been there. The moments where you’re cramming for the third test this week, desperately trying to shove any and all information into your memory bank for a better shot at an A.

The moments where you’re four hours deep in one day’s worth of homework. The moments where you’re repeating that concept your incomprehensible biology teacher/professor taught earlier in class, begging your brain to just understand what the hell is going on.

The moments where one minute it’s 5:00 p.m. after your extracurricular, and then next, it’s 5:00 a.m., and you’re not even close to being finished with that project. The moments where you’re so frustrated, so drained from thinking for hours, that you just stare at a wall instead and default to doing absolutely nothing, just to save yourself some sanity.

And for some, the moments where you’re so mad you’re forced to overcommit to so much in an effort to obtain your future that you just start crying.

You want that college acceptance letter. You want to see you got into medical school. You want to get straight As and graduate at the top of your class.

However, you also want to be able to unwind and watch your favorite TV show without always subconsciously stressing out about what assignments are due. It’s sad that even in the event that you aren’t slammed with work, you’re convinced you’re missing something anyway because you aren’t used to the feeling of being free. It feels like you have to pick –– social life or school grades.

Either way, one seems to suffer and someone is let down. Then there are also all of the what ifs. What if I miss out on that birthday party? What if my friends hang out without me and leave me behind? What if I let my parents down? What if I don’t get into my dream school? What if I don’t have enough extracurricular activities to be a competitive applicant?

What if I fail?

But the question really is: what if you don’t?

Hear this out. What if you just took a deep breath here and organized your thoughts? It doesn’t have to feel so chaotic all of the time. Despite what you may be thinking, you are going to make it. You’ve got the grit, determination, and heart that it takes because you’ve made it this far.

I know you have the go-getter attitude necessary to make it happen because even when you’re moaning and groaning and maybe even crying while you’re studying for that big exam, you don’t stop what you’re doing.

You keep driving until you’ve got it down. It’s incredible, and I applaud you for it. I appreciate your efforts, even if you think others don’t, and I know that you’ll be rewarded for your strength down the road. Absolutely nothing is impossible as long as you work for it, which is exactly what you’re doing.

However, please keep your mental health in check. You shouldn’t be grinding every second of every day. That would take a toll on anyone’s mind. Space things out. Get that project done ahead of time when you know you have a day that’s not as congested. Use your weekdays to get everything done that you need to, then relax on the weekends.

Throw in an hour or two of studying if you feel like you have to do something. Study the material as you go, not the day before the test. Keep a journal of things you need to get done in a day and demolish the list.

As for your mental health, hang out with your friends. That doesn’t mean you have to go every time, but your friends can help you in a way you don’t even think about. Find a hobby that destresses you, and use it when you feel yourself getting tense. Make sure you leave time for YOU.

In the end, not everything is as big of a deal as it seems. It may seem important to get an A on every test, but truly one B or C will not kill your future as a whole. One bad grade on your transcript isn’t going to keep you from getting into college or medical school.

Keep the trend going up. Don’t be so hard on yourself. Work hard but make sure you’re having fun, too. Life is too short to live it completely tense one hundred percent of the time. Odds are, you aren’t going to fail unless you let yourself. Keep plugging away at your goals and aspirations. Let nothing stop you.

Keep the faith.

Get that A.

Go to medical school.

I believe in you. You should, too.

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