15 Tricks To ACE Your Finals

15 Tricks To ACE Your Finals

"Living off of 5 hours of sleep, Chick-Fil-A and Red Bull isn’t doing it for you anymore."

You probably are at that point in the semester where you have had enough: physically, mentally and emotionally. Perhaps living off of 5 hours of sleep, chick-fil-a, red bull and watching the sunset and the sunrise from the fifth floor of the library isn’t doing it for you anymore.

As long as some of these days already are, I find myself wishing that I had more time. That is why it is important to make your study guides now so you feel less stressed out when you have three back to back finals in one day and seven classes of finals to take.

Now that I am completing my fifth college semester, here are some tips for getting through which seems like endless weeks. With these tips and with the time you put into your classes, hopefully you will do well.

On your way to the library, make sure you have water, a snack and perhaps a caffeinated beverage. For me, a jar of Nutella with gluten free pretzels and a can of red bull is my go-to.

You should also pick up flash cards, writing key words on one side and a definition/applicable example on the other side. It takes time to make them, but is very helpful in the end.

Give yourself enough time to make your study guides and allow yourself to take study breaks. Walk around the library or maybe watch a 20 minute Degrassi episode on Netflix- just to distress and allow your brain to absorb the information you’re presenting it with.

Lastly, even though you might be taking 5 shots of expresso and chugging red bulls all day- give your body a chance to rest. Go to bed, even it’s late, do not pull that all nighter.

Just remember, you are not alone. This is the time in the semester where everyone just has to keep going and hold in a little bit longer. The sooner you ace these finals, the sooner you get to take off from school for three weeks.

So chug that last red bull, sharpen your pencils and pull through these two weeks of finals. Soon we can all be sleeping in our own bed, enjoying our mothers’ home-cooked meals and have a social life outside the quiet halls of the library.

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To The Teacher Who Was So Much More

Thank you for everything

I think it's fair to say that most people remember at least one teacher who had a lasting impact on them. I have been incredibly lucky to have several teachers who I will never forget, but one individual takes the cake. So here's to you: thank you for all you have done.

Thank you for teaching me lessons not just in the textbook.

Although you taught a great lecture, class was never just limited to the contents of the course. Debates and somewhat heated conversations would arise between classmates over politics and course material, and you always encouraged open discussion. You embraced the idea of always having an opinion, and always making it be heard, because why waste your voice? You taught me to fight for things I believed in, and to hold my ground in an argument. You taught me to always think of others before doing and speaking. You showed me the power of kindness. Thank you for all the important lessons that may not have been included in the curriculum.

Thank you for believing in me.

Especially in my senior year, you believed in me when other teachers didn't. You showed me just what I could accomplish with a positive and strong attitude. Your unwavering support kept me going, especially when I melted into a puddle of tears weekly in your office. You listened to my stupid complaints, understood my overwhelming stress-induced breakdowns, and told me it was going to be okay. Thank you for always being there for me.

Thank you for inspiring me.

You are the epitome of a role model. Not only are you intelligent and respected, but you have a heart of gold and emit beautiful light where ever you go. You showed me that service to others should not be looked at as a chore, but something to enjoy and find yourself in. And I have found myself in giving back to people, thanks to your spark. Thank you for showing me, and so many students, just how incredible one person can be.

Thank you for changing my life.

Without you, I truly would not be where I am today. As cliche as it sounds, you had such a remarkable impact on me and my outlook on life. Just about a year has passed since my graduation, and I'm grateful to still keep in touch. I hope you understand the impact you have made on me, and on so many other students. You are amazing, and I thank you for all you have done.

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Google Calendar.

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