8 Ways To Decompress During Finals Week

8 Ways To Decompress During Finals Week

When you get stressed, take your mind off of school and focus on something else.

It's no secret that finals week is the absolute worst time to be a college student. Everything that you've been putting off finally catches up to you and everything that happens makes you want to cry. Here are some ways to help you avoid that during finals week.

1. Color

Grab some colored pencils and a Disney Princess coloring book and go to town. Even taking ten minutes out of your study time to do this will help you calm down and focus on what you've really got to prepare for.

2. Reread a book that you loved

Check out your favorite Harry Potter book or something by John Green. Whenever you start to feel overwhelmed grab it and go somewhere quiet. After a few chapters you'll be ready to jump right back in to that paper!

3. Play with puppies!

If your school holds Doggie Days, take advantage of them! Playing with pups is easily one of the best stress relievers ever. If your school doesn't host Puppy Play Dates, there has to be a shelter near by! Take a drive to give some dogs and cats some love and you'll be happy that you did.

4. Bake something, ANYTHING!

Get your friends together and bake cupcakes or cookies! Not only will it temporarily take your mind off of your homework, it will give you an excuse to see the people you love who have been hiding away writing essays since last Tuesday - and they'll be grateful you saved them with a dessert!

5. Play a card game

Whether it's What Do You Meme, Cards Against Humanity, or Kings in the Corner, card games always make it easy to focus on the positives!


Whatever you do, DO NOT STAY UP ALL NIGHT! Get your full eight hours of rest so that when your 8:00 alarm goes off, you feel confident about whatever it is that your day holds.

7. Watch your favorite movie

If it's Bad Moms, laugh a lot. If it's Rent, cry a lot. Whatever it is, let it take your mind off of school for a few hours - you know you'll feel better after you do!

8. Call your parents

Hearing your mom or dad's voice in the midst of one of your worst days ever is an instant stress reliever. Even if you only have five minutes on your walk from your last study group session to your next one, use the time you have to regroup and talk to someone you love.

Whatever you do, make sure you leave time for yourself during these super stressful weeks!

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10 Things Someone Who Grew Up In A Private School Knows

The 10 things that every private school-goer knows all too well.


1. Uniforms

Plaid. The one thing that every private school-goer knows all too well. It was made into jumpers, skirts, shorts, scouts, hair ties, basically anything you could imagine, the school plaid was made into. You had many different options on what to wear on a normal day, but you always dreaded dress uniform day because of skirts and ballet flats. But it made waking up late for school a whole lot easier.

2. New people were a big deal

New people weren't a big thing. Maybe one or two a year to a grade, but after freshman year no one new really showed up, making the new kid a big deal.

3. You've been to school with most of your class since Kindergarten

Most of your graduating class has been together since Kindergarten, maybe even preschool, if your school has it. They've become part of your family, and you can honestly say you've grown up with your best friends.

4. You've had the same teachers over and over

Having the same teacher two or three years in a row isn't a real surprise. They know what you are capable of and push you to do your best.

5. Everyone knows everybody. Especially everyone's business.

Your graduating class doesn't exceed 150. You know everyone in your grade and most likely everyone in the high school. Because of this, gossip spreads like wildfire. So everyone knows what's going on 10 minutes after it happens.

6. Your hair color was a big deal

If it's not a natural hair color, then forget about it. No dyeing your hair hot pink or blue or you could expect a phone call to your parents saying you have to get rid of it ASAP.

7. Your school isn't like "Gossip Girl"

There is no eating off campus for lunch or casually using your cell phone in class. Teachers are more strict and you can't skip class or just walk right off of campus.

8. Sports are a big deal

Your school is the best of the best at most sports. The teams normally go to the state championships. The rest of the school that doesn't play sports attends the games to cheer on the teams.

9. Boys had to be clean-shaven, and hair had to be cut

If you came to school and your hair was not cut or your beard was not shaved, you were written up and made to go in the bathroom and shave or have the head of discipline cut your hair. Basically, if you know you're getting written up for hair, it's best just to check out and go get a hair cut.

10. Free dress days were like a fashion show

Wearing a school uniform every day can really drive you mad. That free dress day once a month is what you lived for. It was basically a fashion show for everyone, except for those upperclassmen who were over everything and just wore sweat pants.

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