12 Ways You Motivate Yourself Through Finals Period
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12 Ways You Motivate Yourself Through Finals Period

It's that last hurdle before freedom.

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12 Ways You Motivate Yourself Through Finals Period

Finals period, otherwise known as everyone's favorite time of year: it might be only two weeks long, but somehow it manages to drag on longer than any other two weeks of the year. Through long nights spent in the library and endless cups of coffee, somehow we manage to get ourselves through it (but only by the skin of our teeth). Here's how to do it:

1. Telling yourself that when it's over, you can lie in bed and never get up

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There's a big difference between watching Netflix stressfully while worrying about all the work you have to do, compared to watching Netflix in peace, knowing you don't have any work to do.

2. Reminding yourself at least once a day that when you're done with these exams you never have to think about these subjects again

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To be honest, this is very likely not even true. But it helps us sleep at night (it's a saying -- we aren't actually sleeping).

3. Going on the internet and watching how everyone else is struggling just as much as you are


It makes you laugh, which is something you really need at this time in your life.

4. There's nothing that says "You're not alone in the struggle" like the library being lit at 4am

Is it 6pm or 6am? Look around the library -- you can't tell. At least you're not that person passed out on the floor in the corner (though you kind of wish you were).

5. So many pictures of cute puppies

We all know that at one point, between an intense all day/all night study sesh, we took a break to look at some cute puppies on the internet. Maybe even two breaks, or three...

6. The barista in the library cafe now knows your name and order because you've needed so much coffee to make it through

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It's a sign of pride. And of a complete addiction to coffee.

7. Making plans for the second you walk out of your last exam

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Because whatever they are they're better than the hell you're in now

8. Just being in the library is inherently studious, so therefore watching that next episode isn't really a bad thing, and you do it

If you're pre-med and watching "Grey's Anatomy," that's got to contain some kind of valuable information, right?

9. Spending valuable time calculating exactly what you need on the final exam to get a certain grade, down to the decimal point

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Because if you don't know what you need, how can you motivate yourself to earn that 72% that you need for an overall A?

10. Scrolling through old pictures, living vicariously through them while you waste away in piles on piles of notes

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You might even post one of those pictures on Instagram, claiming that you'd rather be there than study for finals.

11. A perfect playlist

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Full of pump up music to get you through the next week and a half.

12. A running countdown

Once it gets to the last days, that countdown even includes the exact number of hours until you're done.

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