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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Remember like 2011 when "you only live once" was a popular saying, and if you were like me you probably thought it was stupid. Well, now I love it.


When making decisions in everyday life, I love having the mindset that you only live once. When you're friends ask you to go out with them and have fun, go! You have to live your best and most exciting life every day so you don't miss out on amazing opportunities.

There are so many small decisions to make every day that can make life more interesting. Do you want to go out? Do it! Do you want to try something new? Do it! You want to change your hair do it!

Being scared to make decisions can stop you from having so many experiences. Make decisions that are going to make your life more exciting and more interesting.

There's definitely a point when the mindset of YOLO can be taken too far. I'm just talking about small personal decisions that you are scared to make, not ones that are dangerous or permanent.

We need to be living our most fulfilling lives now because we won't be able to go back and change our decisions in the future. One day we won't be in college anymore. We won't be able to go out whenever we want. We won't get to take part in some of the exciting experiences that are only happening now. So go out and live a great life now!

My goal in life is to never regret saying no to an opportunity that could have brought great memories and fun times. I don't want to be in my old age, wishing I would've gone out with my friends and had fun when I was younger. I want to go enjoy every single moment of my youth while I still have the chance. You only live once, make the best of the life you have.

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