Finals Week Survival Guide

Finals Week Survival Guide

Every college students worst nightmare; finals week.

Every college students worst nightmare; finals week.

All of us go through the same struggles and have the same frustrations during this dreaded week but I discovered 15 tips that will help make the ride a little smoother.

1. Coffee will be your saving grace.

Don't like coffee? Load it up with cream and sugar. Or find another caffeinate beverage. Anything to get you through your study session really.

2. Be organized

Find some organizers to keep all your essentials in. It'll stress you out more running around trying to find your favorite pen or where your notes for chapter four went.

3. Take breaks

Studying for 6 hours straight will drive you crazy. Study in intervals. It'll help you actually remember that slide in your teachers presentation during your exam.

4. Stock up on snacks

Trust me. You'll regret not having snacks when you're on your fifth hour in the library.

5. Create a schedule and stick to it

We all get distracted. We all say "I'll do it later". If you make a plan you're more likely to stick to it and stay on track.

6. Color code it

It's proven you're more likely to retain information if it's color coded. Plus it looks nicer.

7. Exercise

Need to stay in shape and keep the brain moving. No one likes the gym, but sitting on your butt for 9+ hours studying won't get you anywhere. Plus we're all exhausted. Who cares if you make a fool out of yourself. You won't be the only one.

8. Get your sleep

Studying until 2 am and waking up at 8 to do it all over again will drive you crazy. Make sure you get plenty of zzz's.

9. Treat yo' self - but not too much

You need to make sure to take a break and catch your breath. So do something you want to do for half an hour to an hour before hitting the books for the thirteenth time.

10. Watch some television

Watch an episode of your favorite show. It'll help you feel a little better. Trust me.

11. Get an entourage

Whether you have friends to study with or cry with, make sure you have a few friends to lean on when the studying gets tough.

12. Classical music

Listen to something you normally wouldn't listen to. It helps you stay focused while studying.

13. Eat proper meals

Skipping lunch or dinner is going to make you lose whatever focus you would have had. Eating a proper meal, at the proper times, will help you retain information and stay on track.

14. Log off until you're on it

Social media is a huge distraction. Either turn off your notifications or turn off your phone until you accomplish what you wanted for the day.

15. Relieve stress

Whether you're screaming into a pillow or stuffing your face with chocolate, make sure you find a way to unwind at the end of the day before you re-enter the hell that is finals week.

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Buckingham Palace ain't got nothing on this place

2. OMG my pups!! I missed you doggos so much

Just accept my love. Pls. Love me back, I've been gone for 8 months. I'm begging.

3. Wow this queen bed is so big

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4. Finally a bedroom to myself

Headphones? I don't know her.

5. But wait, it's kinda scary sleeping in a dark room alone again

"Hello? Are there any ghosts in here?"

6. Sooooooo, no more meal plan?

Are you sure the local Chick-Fil-A doesn't accept meal swipes?

7. Who am I supposed to annoy at 2am if my friends don't live down the hall anymore?

2:30 AM: "Mom? Dad? Wanna go get french fries with me? Maybe watch a movie?"


"Okay maybe tomorrow...Sorry for bothering you. Okay good talk!"

8. "Mom you're going to do my laundry now, right?"

I mean it's kinda your job isn't it?

No? Okay yes ma'am I will do my own laundry no problemo, aye aye captain!

9. Me and my friends are going to spend every day together

*Me talking to myself through the camera on Snapchat*:

"So we're approaching day four with zero human interaction. Pretty good work, but we could do better!"

10. Yes, final grades are in! Can't wait to see what I got this semester!

*Slowly closes computer screen*

11. Do I really have to ask my parents to leave the house?

*Doesn't Ask*:



Mom: "Oh honey you're an adult now, you don't have to ask! Come and go as you please!"

12. Chores? Yea no thank you.

They've been doing them without me for months. They're all set.

13. Wait, so forreal though.. do restaurants in town take my meal plan?

Bank Account: $5.93

*Whispers to worker* "I won't tell if you don't. Just swipe my school ID, see if it works."

14. Will my Juul set off the fire alarm in my bedroom?


*Rips Juul*

15. I kinda underestimated how weird it would be to hang out with people from my high school again.

"Oh no you haven't changed a bit Janice! Your baby is so cute lol."

*Awkwardly laughs*

16. Why do my old friends have new friends?

I don't like this, not one bit.

17. Can they tell that I'm not really listening to their stories about school?

"Yeah haha Delta Sigma Mu sounds sooooo dope Chad, that's ~wild~ that you had late nights three times a week lol!"

"Oh you snuck into the football stadium when the gates were unlocked?? That's crazy, you're crazy, school sounds... crazy!"

18. I'm bored. How long until I can go back to school?

Is it too late for a summer intersession?

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Goodbye Freshman Year

You were one for the books

Wow, what a rollercoaster the past 9-10 months have been.

So much has happened and changed this past year, some for the good, and some for the bad. I have to say I honestly have no idea if my Freshman year was a win or not, but I did it. And the horrible parts get to stay in the past. I will say there are some things I'll miss and somethings I can't wait to leave.

Goodbye dorm life, I won't miss a second of you. I won't miss the people above me playing music at all hours of the day, I won't miss the tiny cube of a room I live in. I won't miss the fire drills, and floor meetings. I will miss the elevator rides with my friends. I'll miss being a floor away from the vending machines, I'll miss riding around on elevator carts and ordering pizza at all hours without judgment, but in all reality, I won't miss you.

Goodbye dining hall food. We had our ups and our downs and you never seemed to serve chicken tender enough but thank you for having a ton of fries. I'll miss the hot cocoa, and being able to pick what I wanted to eat at each meal. I won't miss the weird combinations of food you had. I won't miss all the weight I gained from you. But I will miss all the deserts and having so many different drink options each day. So thank you for keeping me alive these past few months.

Goodbye hall staff, you all were the best thing to come out of dorm life. I appreciate each and every one of you so much. You all deal with some crazy stuff, and always seem to know how to fix any problem that arose during the year. I will miss seeing each of your faces every day as a roamed the halls each day. Without you all my Freshman year would have been extremely different, and next year it will be weird not having you around. So thank you!

And to my classes, I am glad to say I passed all of you. Some with flying colors, and some without. You are the one thing that stays constant over the next three years so I can't say I'll have time to miss you.

So goodbye Freshman year. Goodbye Missouri State, I'll see you in August.

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