Finals Suck, So Avoid Stress These 11 Ways

Finals Suck, So Avoid Stress These 11 Ways

You will feel less stressed if you just allow yourself a break.

Finals can be a stressful week for college students, no matter if you are a freshman or a senior. There is so much studying to do and the workload never seems to end. We are all trying to get in those last minute assignments and extra credit points to boost our grades but there are some steps you can take to make finals and the weeks leading up to them less stressful.

1. Sleep

Sleep is the most important thing you can do. Sleep helps your brain to process the information you have already received and form connections in order for you to recall that information later. If you are constantly staying up late to study and then waking up early to go to class then your brain is not processing all of the information you take in.

2. Do not cram

This strategy of studying is probably the most common and also the least effective. Again, if your brain is not given the time it needs to encode the information you take in then you won't be able to remember it later down the road even if that's the next morning.

3. Drink plenty of water

Some of us forget to drink water throughout our day in order to stay hydrated and fully aware. Dehydration causes lots of problems and if you aren't fully aware then you aren't taking in material efficiently in your classes.

4. Remember to eat

Same goes with eating food. Do not skip meals to save time - you will regret it later.

5. Find someone with a cute pet

I promise you, seeing a cute furry animal will brighten your day and if you get to play with the cute pet you will instantly be relieved. Unless you just don't like animals, in that case, I don't know who you are but don't find me.

6. Exercise

Turn that frustration and stress into something positive. You will feel much better after a light jog or doing some exercises at the gym. If you are really into it you can even lift weights.

7. Listen to music

Music is good for pretty much anything. You can always find a song that reflects your mood. Try to listen to something that will either calm you down or pump you up, whatever you need at the moment.

8. Take up a new hobby

It is never too late to try something like crocheting or painting. Learning how to do those will take your mind off of the more stressful things.

9. Go to classes

You never know when your professor is going to be willing to throw you a bone and possibly even extra credit. If they see you are actively going to class and even participating they might be more lenient with your final grade.

10. Netflix your favorite show

If you are extra stressed, stop what you are doing and watch some Greys.

11. Have some fun

Don't be scared to go out and have some fun with friends. You will feel less stressed if you just allow yourself a break.

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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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