5 Ways To De-Stress During Finals Week

5 Ways To De-Stress During Finals Week

During final weeks, the last thing you want to do is forget about your well-being.
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The most dreaded week of the year is quickly approaching and you may be looking for a few ways to de-stress yourself during finals. While working diligently to ensure your best grade in each course, you must not forget to take care of yourself. If you are taken care of first, then you will be able to perform your best on your tests. Here are five ways that I destress myself during finals week.

1. Take 30 minutes a day to reflect on yourself.

Just thirty minutes each day to reflect on yourself can go a long way. Whether it be scrolling through your Instagram feed, reading a book, painting your fingernails – I promise that you can spare thirty minutes of your time to take care of yourself and forget about your tests. Following this 30-minute time period, you will feel refreshed and ready to continue studying!

2. Treat yo self.

One time, many years ago, I overheard my mother telling one of her friends, “No one will take care of yourself like you do,” I have found this statement to be true more than ever, over the past few years. Make an appointment to get your nails done one afternoon, have lunch at your favorite restaurant, or maybe even fill your Amazon Prime cart full for a purchase after your last exam! The common quote “Treat Yo Self” is one of my favorites, and there is no better time than the present!!

3. Go for a walk.

Luckily, living in Downtown Charleston I have become more grateful for the time it takes to take a pleasant walk. Enjoy nature, walk down to your favorite park and relax. If you catch yourself feeling worried about finals, take your study materials with you. There is absolutely nothing wrong with changing your setting. Who knows, you may seem to get better results!

4. Spend time with your friends.

Although everyone around you is filled with anxiety over finals, you can never go wrong with a coffee date with your friends. Take an hour, hang out with your friends, chat with them. They will feel better talking to those who mean the most, and it is so nice to know that someone has your back when your professor failed to give you study tips!

5. Watch your favorite T.V. show.

Netflix, Live P.D, Dancing with the Stars, you name it – take time out of your schedule to watch your favorite television shows. Believe it or not, YOU need a brain break, too! Following the completion of the program, you can get back to studying, no worries!!

It is essential to take care of yourself during a time of crucial need such as finals. You will get burned out on the endless notes and textbooks finds, leading to frustration. Feeling defeated during finals is no fun so do your best, take care of yourself and the rest will take care of itself!

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An Open Letter To Those Not Graduating On Time

Graduating college in any number of years is an accomplishment to be proud of.
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To the person that isn't graduating on time,

It sucks, and I won't lie to you and tell you it doesn't. The day you walk out of Advising, head hanging down because you aren't going to finish in four years, makes you feel ashamed of yourself. You did well in high school; you were always told you were smart, expected to be smart, so why couldn't you make it out in four years like you were supposed to?

You know you're going to have to tell your family, so you begin preparing yourself for the worst reactions possible. And telling your friends you won't be graduating with them will only add to that sense of hopelessness.

Soon, you'll see photos and posts from people you left high school with, talking about graduation and the wonderful lives they are about to begin in their new careers. You'll wonder how they did it, and you'll feel like a failure.

But you're not.

Graduating from college is a huge deal. It really is. And it will be no less of an accomplishment in five, six, or 10 years.

"According to the Department of Education, fewer than 40 percent of students who enter college each year graduate within four years, while almost 60 percent of students graduate in six years. At public schools, less than a third of students graduate on time."

Things happen. You might change your major. You might have financial troubles. You may take a year off to figure out exactly what you want to do. That's okay. Take all the time you need. The real world and your career will still be there whenever you graduate.

Guess what else. Your family will still love you, and your friends will still support you. Give them some credit. Your loved ones want you to be happy and successful. Don't get me wrong, they may be upset at first, but give them a chance. Odds are, when the emotions settle, they will go right back to asking how classes are going. And when you do get the news that you'll be graduating, they will celebrate with you, and they will be there in the crowd, waiting for you to walk across that stage.

Graduation will happen. If you attend your class and study hard, it will happen. There is no reason to rush. Just do your best. Try your hardest. Take classes when you can. Just by doing that, you're doing more than so many others are able to do.

"Among 18 countries tracked by the OECD, the United States finished last (46 percent) for the percentage of students who completed college once they started it."

You'll get there. Take your time. Enjoy your classes. Find new interests. Study what you love. Embrace opportunities. Study abroad. Take that weird elective class. This is your time to take in everything the world has to offer. Take advantage of that. You'll graduate when you graduate, filled with pride and wisdom. And when they call your name, and you walk across that stage, hold your head up high, because you've earned every bit of your degree.

Graduating from college takes countless hours of studying, long hours in the library, and a tremendous amount of dedication. Don't add pressure to yourself by setting a timer. It is completely okay to graduate when you graduate, and it is still something to be proud of.

Best Wishes,
A woman who is finally graduating

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Crossroads

Trying to figure out what to do in life.

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I never saw the crossroad

Where I could cross n' roam

Under an arch or dome. [1]

I just kept on the road

That was laid out,

Told to hold out

Till it pays out. [2]

Now I think its too late

Been walking too long,

Classes are all wrong

But masses too strong. [3]

So I follow with my head down

And chest up, succeeding cause

I'm too scared to fuck it up. [4]

But I have a need to lead,

Top-down and gears up

Leaving nothing to the dust.

But if I drop out, I'm a fuck up. [5]

Is it better to live and rust

Or drive till it busts

With trust you can find the way? [6]


[1] - Play on roam/Rome. Starts the poem by expressing the feeling of being trapped in my path in life. I felt like I never got the chance to figure out what I wanted to do.

[2] - I think a lot of it was I was following what people told me I should be doing.

[3] - I have a feeling that it is too late to change my course of life. I'm in a college for business, taking classes about business, and everyone around me wants to do business.

[4] - This is saying that even though I am not passionate about what I am doing I am still trying to succeed only because I'm scared of failing or quitting.

[5] - I want to leave and lead myself, do something where I'm not following but I don't know how to do that. This part starts a car reference, idk I've been watching Formula 1 on Netflix and its dope.

[6] - This is the question I've been asking myself, wondering if I should continue on with my path or follow my passion.

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