The last month and a half has really thrown everyone through a loop, from work to school, and now we're finally getting to the end of the semester! But, that also means finals are coming up and end-of-the-year stress is kicking in for a lot of students. And I get it - being a first year college student myself, I'm still trying to figure out the ropes as I'm nearing the end of the semester… and yes, I am starting to freak out a little. It feels like these homework assignments and exams are coming at me full-force, But with a little prioritization and some strong coffee, these last few weeks of final exams, projects, and essays will be over before we know it. And then, hello summer! Here are four things to help us prepare for the end of the semester while we're losing our minds:
1. Speak Up
Yes, it's towards the end of the semester, but if you are still having problems with understanding a subject or why you received the disappointing grade for that online quiz or assignment, then send an email and ask. Reach out to your teacher or their assistant(s). Now, this doesn't give you a free pass to just blow up in an email - as calmly, clearly, and precisely as you can, try to explain your confusion or frustration. The fact that you reached out for clarification shows that you care about your grade, just like when you ask questions in person.
2. Find Your Space
Not many "studios" places are open right now, and it can be hard to find your new study space. However, there may be some libraries open in your area with varying hours of service - just be sure to keep your distance and wear a mask or bandanna if you choose to venture out. If you'd rather stay in your house, no worries. Look for a spot in your house that seems the least likely to be disturbed. Whether it's your room, by your pool, or by a window, pick and designate that spot as your "space."
3. Take A Break
You've been staring at the same diagram, rereading the same line in the chapter, trying to work out the same problem for twenty minutes now. Take. A. Break. Get up, stretch, and take a trip to the kitchen; get yourself a snack, make some tea, or drink some orange juice to get your dose of Vitamin C for the day. Eat things that will help you, not put you to sleep in five minutes. Check up on your pet(s) if they've been waiting outside of your door for you to make interaction with the outside world. Listen to some music for a couple of minutes and just chill out, zone out, vibe... whatever for the time being. Now, you may go back to figuring out your least squares regression line.
4. Respect Yourself
Do whatever you feel you need to do to take care of yourself. If that means putting away the books for a little bit, do that. Watch an episode of your favorite series, but be careful - it's hard to study when you have complimentary bags from 4 a.m. Take a hot shower and relax, read, draw, knit, work out, meditate, Facetime, or check up on your friends. Only you know your limits and when your body is sending cries for help - listen to them.
Times are tough right now, and this is only one portion of the picture at large, I know. But we're almost at the end of the school year, so why stop now? We're almost there!