It's Like You're Always Stuck In The End Of The Semester Slump

It's Like You're Always Stuck In The End Of The Semester Slump

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Eight crazy months later, finals are here and we’re all eager for summer vacation. Many of us checked out a while ago, but for those of us who are somehow managing to stay focused, this is one of the most intense times of our lives. Papers, presentations and final examinations take up way more of your time, effort and dedication than you ever remembered. It’s time to buckle down, crack open that book (maybe even for the first time this semester) and spend countless hours in the library driving yourself absolutely insane. It’s a time where you don’t need a reason for anything. A time when simply because is good enough. Who could better understand exactly how deranged your life is at this very moment than our friends, Friends? They definitely know what you’re going through, so let’s let them put it into words that everyone can relate to.


Finals week is the time in the semester when you know the pain is coming, and there’s really nothing you can do except embrace it.

There is nothing less motivating than knowing that all of your friends from other schools are done with classes for the summer and are waiting for you to come home so the fun can begin.

During finals, teachers are supposed to be encouraging, right? So who do these people think they are telling me that there isn’t going to be a curve applied to the class!?

Okay, so now that there isn’t going to be a curve, you actually have to study for the final. You learned all of this information throughout the semester, right? So you know all of the answers, right? You’ll be fine…

But then some how, some way, there is a God, and he announces that you are allowed to bring one sheet of paper to your final exam.

So you begin what could be the most trying night of your entire semester…. A solid 19 straight hours in the library.

And around 3 a.m., you do the only logical thing you can think of- go grab some coffee. Except you get to the café and they make the worst mistakes of their lives by accidentally giving you decaf.

Now you’re feeling completely helpless. You’ve officially caved and started asking people for help, only to be felt like the world’s biggest loser when you realize that you know a little bit less than nothing.

You’re becoming delirious, and you have no choice but to start answering questions that no one is asking.

Now it’s 4 a.m. and you’ve started looking for any reason at all to take a study break.

And finally, you’ve just completely lost it.

So you start trying to justify your finals week actions (which are unjustifiable).

You begin to acknowledge how poorly you’ve actually done this semester.

And you start to accept that you’re probably going to fail your final.

And so you walk into class and silently freak out about all of the things on your exam that you absolutely never learned.

But it’s okay! Finals can be rough, but you’ll make it out alive. I promise. And when you’re feeling like you can’t carry on for a single minute longer, just remember: when it hasn’t been your day, your week, your month, or even your semester, we’ll be there for you. Good luck on finals!

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5 Perks Of Having A Long-Distance Best Friend

The best kind of long-distance relationship.
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Sometimes, people get annoyed when girls refer to multiple people as their "best friend," but they don't understand. We have different types of best friends. There's the going out together best friend, the see each other everyday best friend and the constant, low maintenance best friend.

While I'm lucky enough to have two out of the three at the same school as me, my "low maintenance" best friend goes to college six hours from Baton Rouge.

This type of friend is special because no matter how long you go without talking or seeing each other, you're always insanely close. Even though I miss her daily, having a long-distance best friend has its perks. Here are just a few of them...

1. Getting to see each other is a special event.

Sometimes when you see someone all the time, you take that person and their friendship for granted. When you don't get to see one of your favorite people very often, the times when you're together are truly appreciated.

2. You always have someone to give unbiased advice.

This person knows you best, but they probably don't know the people you're telling them about, so they can give you better advice than anyone else.

3. You always have someone to text and FaceTime.

While there may be hundreds of miles between you, they're also just a phone call away. You know they'll always be there for you even when they can't physically be there.

4. You can plan fun trips to visit each other.

When you can visit each other, you get to meet the people you've heard so much about and experience all the places they love. You get to have your own college experience and, sometimes, theirs, too.

5. You know they will always be a part of your life.

If you can survive going to school in different states, you've both proven that your friendship will last forever. You both care enough to make time for the other in the midst of exams, social events, and homework.

The long-distance best friend is a forever friend. While I wish I could see mine more, I wouldn't trade her for anything.

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10 Study Habits You Should Never Break

Tips and tricks to surviving finals and midterms.

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It's starting to become that time of year again - wrapping up the semester and preparing for the dreaded week of finals and mid-terms. I couldn't be more excited to be done with high school. But finals stink. I luckily don't have many classes that are going to require taking a test, mine are mostly projects.

All throughout high school, I had really struggled with testing and study habits. I didn't know how to study and therefore continued to do poorly because of my study habits or lack of. It was not until my junior year in high school, I had found my way of studying and it has worked for me for every test since. I color coat everything and write things down a million times. It is time-consuming but it is worth it in the end. You just have to find what works with you and stick with it. Here are some tips and tricks to hopefully help you with your study habits. I wish I had someone to tell me these things when I was struggling at the start of high school.

1. Time management

Don't be silly and study the night before the test and expect to do well. Some people can actually do this but I am a person who has to work their tail off for what kind of grades I receive so studying the night before a test would result in me not doing well. But it is different for everyone. What I typically do is if I know the test date ahead of time, I write it down in my planner and then as we learn something I add it to a notecard so as we go on with a unit I remember what we have learned in the start of the unit. I typically study a week prior to the test.

2. Find a study space

I like when my environment is completely quiet, I find it hard for me to focus when I am surrounded by noise. I usually study in my room or somewhere where no one is at

3. Choose a style of studying you like

I am a freak when it comes to studying. I am a very visual person. I will read the chapters in the book, highlight the important stuff, take notes and color coat them, highlight them. Draw diagrams or pictures if needed. And sometimes write small important things a couple of times. Yes, it's time-consuming but it has gotten me to not fail my test. With more unvisual classes like math, I write a notecard of all the formulas and buttons I will need for that unit. I do all of this as we go through each unit. I also use Quizlet to help me remember vocabulary words.

4. Actually do the study guides or Quizlets, they help

I complete the study guides a couple of times. Sounds crazy but it helps me memorize stuff so much better. There are tons of resources out on the internet, use them. Quizlet, Books online etc can all be valuable resources, just got to know what is available. Sometimes my friends will make a Quizlet and we will have the same class and I will use her Quizlet. Why make what's already made for you?

5. Write things out

I love technology and all but I think some of us have gotten away from writing things actually down on a notebook. Believe it or not, it has been proven that physically writing things out helps you memorize things better. I use a notebook for class and color coat my own notes. I also use flashcards for vocab words and color coat them as well. As you can tell I love color coating.

6. Have a study buddy

Personally I study better alone but when I do study with groups we bounce ideas off each other to get a better understanding of the material. It again depends on how you like to study.

7. Eliminate distractions

I used to have a problem with getting distracted from being on my phone and then I'd realize I just wasted 30 minutes scrolling through Instagram when I could have been studying. So turn your phone off or put it where you can't see it because it really does shorten your time of studying without being on it.

8. Use memory games (pneumonic devices) 

This helps me so much! When I am working on a test I always remember pneumonic devices before anything else.

9. Take your time

Don't rush through the material, you'll get it eventually. If you don't know it, highlight it and come back. Also if you have already mastered and memorized a topic, don't keep studying that study the things you don't know and haven't mastered.

10.  Find what works best for you!

You have to find out what works for you and what doesn't. Your study habits are completely unique to you. If something works for you, continue to do that.

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