6 Productive Things To Do During Finals Season That Aren't Studying

6 Productive Things To Do During Finals Season That Aren't Studying

Or writing essays.

For college students finals season can be the most overwhelming, stressful, and tiring week or two of the year. From essays to exams to group projects, it seems to never end. As your deadlines (and summer!!!) approach, it is important to remember to to take care of yourself.

The most common thing I hear from myself and classmates is that we don't have time to take care of ourselves because we need to be productive. WELL, here are six ~productive~ things to do during finals that don't include studying, but will still help you.

1. Go for a walk OUTSIDE

Go walk around to get some last campus appreciation in before you head home and leave campus for the next couple months. And the fresh air will do ya wonders, I promise.

2. Call home

It'll be a good deed done and you will definitely have a little morale boost after talking to Mom for a bit.

3. Slap on that face-mask

Not only will it help you relax but you are helping your skin, too!

4. Exercise

Whether it's the gym or a run outside, any form of exercise is a super productive way to destress. You'll release those endorphins and return to your work feeling refreshed and motivated.

5. Get a meal with a friend

Rather than just hanging out, getting a meal will prevent you from spending too much time away from your work, while still getting that quality time before you both head home for summer.

6. Sleep

I know, I know. Sleep is overrated and all-nighters are the necessary evils of finals. (Except that they are not.) Go to sleep - Your body and grades will thank you later.

So, this finals season don't be afraid to step away from all of your work and take some time for yourself in productive ways. If you take care of yourself, especially in these ways, I promise you will not only survive but you will thrive.

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I Learned Forensic Science In One Day For HOSA SLC 2019 And Still Placed Top Ten

We all have those days where we have to cram for an exam you know nothing about the night before, but have you tried to study for it the day of the exam? I never knew I would find myself in this situation until I went to HOSA SLC. With minimal study time, my partner, Kasey Park, and I were still able to place in the Top Ten in Georgia.

Joel Lee
Joel Lee

As a member of my school's chapter of HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America), I went to SLC (State Leadership Conference), where members all over the state of Georgia come to Atlanta to compete in a variety of competitions in the field of Science and Healthcare. All members can pick only one competition to participate in, and the guidelines and rules for each event are posted on the HOSA website.

The event I chose was Forensic Medicine, which requires a team of two people to take a written exam about Forensic Science (Round 1) and write a death report for a case study (Round 2). You must pass Round 1 to move on to Round 2. I worked with a good friend of mine, Kasey Park, for this event. HOSA recommended two textbooks to study for the event: Forensic Science: Fundamentals & Investigations 2nd Edition and Forensic Science: An Introduction to Scientific and Investigative Techniques, Fourth Edition.

Kasey and I both had the books, since Winter Break of our sophomore year (2018-2019), and we both agreed to start studying during winter break. Instead, we both completely forgot about it and when we returned to school after the break, we knew we still had time to study, since SLC was in March. We made a game plan of what chapters to read and when to read them, and we agreed to meet for reviewing the chapters we read. But, it didn't happen.

This procrastination continued about a day before we needed to leave for SLC, and we both realized we needed to study two thick textbooks in about 24 hours. We both knew at this point we just needed to cram as much information we could possibly fit into our brains.

The way we crammed was we both read the textbook as fast as possible and absorbing information as we go. Even though will not understand everything, we can still get a lot of information that can help us do well.

We studied on the way to SLC and before the Round 1 exam, so we can have the best chance possible when taking the test. My partner and I took the Round 1 exam during the afternoon, and we both we did alright, but not good, so we were worried about whether or not we made the second round. We got a notification in the evening that we made to Round 2. Kasey and I started to study all night and during the morning to cram as much information as we could. A little before noon, we took the Round 2 Case Study Test, and we thought it was a breeze.

Since we finished our event, we could finally hang out with friends from our school, as well as students from other schools. I meant so many new people at HOSA SLC. The next day, we went to the award ceremony, and my partner and I did not get in the Top 5, so we were not recognized. But later we were informed that we got 9th place, which we were happy with since we did not study very much for this exam.

From my experiences ar HOSA SLC, I have learned many things and met many new people. I would recommend that if you have a testing event, you should start to study prior to SLC to give yourself the most amount of time to study before the test. I feel that cramming last minute at SLC is ineffective and very stressful. I also think that you should try to meet new people since the conference is for members all over the state of Georgia.

If you are a middle or high schooler, I would recommend attending HOSA SLC, as it will be a memory you will never forget.

Joel Lee
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