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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These are your last days of college... make them count!

It is nearing the end of April, which means that it is nearing the end of another school year. But it also means that, for many of us, it is nearing the end of our last school year. More and more real becomes the day in which we will all dawn our school-colored gowns and decorated caps with pride as our names are announced, and we take those heavy, hard-fought steps across the stage. This is our day of celebration. This is our graduation day.

As I sit now to write this article, thoughts are flooding my mind with nostalgia. Harkening back to my first week on this beautiful campus, with brand new people from different, yet strikingly similar walks of life, and a duo of Orientation Guides that were simply bursting with enthusiasm and a love for our University. At that moment, we all knew that we had arrived at the place we were meant to be. We were at JMU. We were home.

That first week seems so long ago now, and yet, it also feels like only yesterday. And ever since then, my college experience has been a roller coaster ride, one that I couldn’t have even imagined. A journey of incredible, dream-realizing highs, as well as painful, crippling lows. Some of the hardest days have made up this very year, my senior year. But through it all, I have made it this far and am hopeful for these last few weeks, as well as what may lie on the horizon. I’m still standing... and so are you.

As you, my fellow seniors, and I prepare to say goodbye to this place (for now, at least) that we have called home for four years, I have a bit of advice...make it count.

As I write this, there are now fifteen school days left (fewer by the time you’re reading this!), and for many of us, these will be our last school days...ever. As if time weren’t already precious enough, now it seems even more so. These fleeting moments are the last few that we have to eat at our favorite dining halls, hear guest lecturers, go to open mic nights at TDU, have conversations with the professors that you have made real relationships with, learn as much as you can even though you still feel like you don’t know enough, and stay up till dawn with your roommates simply talking.

The last moments of late nights at Carrier or ECL, of seeing shows at the Forbes Center, catching movies at Grafton or with your peer groups. The last time experiencing a cheesy-Thursday, or EHall brunch. The last time you get to see the sunset or rise on the quad. And, these are the last moments that you have with the many people that you have come to know and love. Make them count.

These have been some of the hardest, and yet, best years of your life. The connections that you have made will fill your heart for a lifetime. These experiences have made you who you are today. There is not much time left, but there is still time to be had. Perhaps you will experience that very thing that you never have before, or have always wanted to in these final hours.

These last weeks are yours and yours alone. They belong to you. They are the start of your next adventure. Make the decision. Take the risk. Go all out. Leave no regrets. Make them special. Make them count.
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To Group Projects, You Suck

You just suck. There's no other way to say it.

Dear Group Projects,


You are just the worst. There’s no other way to say it, I’m sorry. Bluebook exams, final essays…they cannot even begin to come close to producing the amount of stress and often times literal physical pain that you create. There are really only four ways that you end up, Group Projects. And spoiler alert, they’re all super annoying.

Way Number One: no one cares and I end up doing the whole project on my own and then am too nice to blast my group on peer reviews. This is the most common thing that happens when I encounter you. If our group project was a movie, the credits would look like this: “My Project: Directed By Me, Edited By Me, Written By Me, Starring Me”

Way Number Two: no one cares and neither do I, and so we end up with a mediocre project. This typically doesn’t happen unless I’m too burnt out; as we near the end of the semester, and I’ve gotten to the point of strategically skipping classes to work on assignments for the classes I’m skipping, this possibility is getting more and more real for me and the group projects I’m currently working on.

Way Number Three: the group is dominated by the “me monster” and it’s either their way or the highway. A note about me: I prefer the highway over being bossed around by someone who will be insignificant to me in a month or two. I hate you for pushing me to the “me monster”, Group Projects, they haunt my dreams and make my skin itch in a way that I can’t scratch.

Way Number Four: I actually get a decent group, we all get along perfectly and our project turns out beautifully. Only problem is, this never actually happens in real life! What happens in real life is that I lose my sanity, patience, and faith in humanity. So thanks for that.

In conclusion, Group Projects,

You suck.


A College Student

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