How To Finally Relax After Finals

How To Finally Relax After Finals

Take a deep breath, you deserve it.
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You did it! Good job! Now relax!

Honestly, anxieties and responsibilities can wait for a day or two. That upcoming summer job or preparations for the next school year? Yes, these things are important and should not be ignored, but they can wait for at the very least 24 hours.

Final exams spike your stress levels well above what they normally should be and if you’re anything like me, you spend the whole process in a hazy mess of caffeine, no sleep and anxiety. While colleges and professors try to make things as smooth as possible for their students, it is ultimately up to you as the student to really give yourself some breathing room!

After your last final, even if you have other responsibilities, you’re going to need to detox your brain. Flinging yourself from one panic-inducing situation to another is far from healthy and will, over time, wear you down. Don’t feel guilty about the need to relax. Sleep in late the next day, treat yourself to something tasty, lay in bed with Netflix or a good book or maybe just grab a pair of headphones and tune out the external world for a little while. Whatever you prefer, whatever you choose to do, try to clear your head. Breathe deep enough to fill your chest and exhale the crap your institution just put you through.

That’s not to say put everything off, quite the opposite actually. Only give yourself some downtime once you’re sure everything is done. All papers turned in? Check! All exams finished up? Check! Make sure your homework is done, all missing work is cleared up with your professors and if you’re moving out of a dorm or apartment, that you’ve started packing up and done some preliminary housework. The idea is to have a time and space where you can clear your head, not procrastinate and make you feel even worse!

We all know that eventually however well or poorly you did on your exams is going to be made known, and I know that anxiety as much as anybody. It is something worth worrying over for sure, but just like everything else, give it time. It isn’t coming yet and you only just took the tests. Take that quiet before the upcoming freak out (or relief hopefully) as a chance to enjoy yourself. It’s coming up whether you like it or not and there’s no way to fight it, so hope for the best but don’t work yourself up into a tizzy fit. Don’t worry about your grades yet, whether you did well or not will be revealed in time, there’s nothing you can do about it now.

So before that mess and after the storm of exams use a little of the in-between for yourself. There’s no shame in it. Trust me. I’ll be on the couch watching Twin Peaks and reading a book with a cup of tea for the next few days. It’s a mental health requirement!

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To The Teacher Who Was So Much More

Thank you for everything
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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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Studying the LSAT and Working Full Time

How to make room for advancing your future while maintaining the present.

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Working full time and studying for the LSAT proves a delicate tightrope that many people grapple to tread. If you find yourself in such a situation, then some good news is on the horizon as many have juggled the requirements of both aspects seamlessly in the past. Today we take a look at what these individuals did and how you too can effectively balance the scales without leaning too much to one side or the other.


Starting early

Having a full-time job leaves little morsels of time to work with and often the best approach entails beginning early so that the collective total makes up constructive study hours in the long run. As a general rule of thumb for the working class, start a minimum of 4 but preferably 6 months to the date of the test. Science dictates that there are half a dozen intellectual and quality hours per day and with a demanding job breathing down your neck, you can only set aside about a third of that for productive LSAT test prep. With 3 months being the measure of ideal study time for a full-time student, you'll need double that period to be sufficiently up to par.


Maximizing your mornings

Studying in the evenings after a grueling and intellectually draining day at work is as good as reading blank textbooks. It's highly unlikely you'll be able to grasp complex concepts at this time, so start your mornings early so that you can devote this extra time when you are at your mental pinnacle to unraveling especially challenging topics. Evening study times should only be for refresher LSAT prep or going through light subject matters requiring little intellectual initiative. For those who hit their stride at night, take some time to unwind and complete your chores before getting down to business well before bedtime.

Taking some time off

All work and no play does indeed make Jack a dull boy and going back and forth between work and study is a sure-fire recipe for disaster. So take some time off of work every now and then, preferably during weekdays- you can ask for a day off every fortnight or so- as weekends are a prime study period free of work obligations. Such breaks reduce fatigue, better study performance and increase the capacity for information retention.

Prioritizing study

Given the scarce oasis of free time in your busy schedule, you cannot afford to miss even a single session and this commitment is important in spreading out the burden so that it is not overwhelming as you approach the finish line. Be sure to have a clear schedule in place and even set reminders/alarms to help enforce your timetable. If it's unavoidable to miss a single session, set aside a makeup as soon as possible.


Last but not least, have a strong finish. Once you are approaching the home run i.e. about 2 or 3 weeks to the test, take this time off to shift your focus solely to the test. The last month can make or break your LSAT test prep and it'll be hard to concentrate on working whilst focusing completely on the test.

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