Finals Week As Told By DJ Khaled

Finals Week As Told By DJ Khaled

"They don't want you to succeed."

As the semester comes to a close and finals start, all college students could use some encouragement. A man of social media wisdom, DJ Khaled is the spirit animal in all of us.

1. Studying is the first step in getting through finals week.

2. When you finally look at your notes and think there is no way to possibly know all the information.

3. When you take a nap instead of study.

4. When it’s 1 a.m. and Domino's comes to the rescue when you just need some junk food to power through your all-nighter.

5. When you think of ways to possibly cheat, and then you realize you’re better than that.

6. When you want to keep your parents updated on finals week, but don’t want them to know about the mental breakdowns you’ve been having.

7. When you see your professor when you walk into the exam room.

8. When you give yourself a pep talk before the professor hands out the exam.

9. When you finish one final, and then remember you have one at 8 a.m. tomorrow.

10. When you hand in your last exam and realize it’s summer.

Stick it out! We're all going through it, and everyone keeps saying it will pay off. You'll never know if you don't get that degree.

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It's Time To Thank Your First Roommate

Not the horror story kind of roommate, but the one that was truly awesome.

Nostalgic feelings have recently caused me to reflect back on my freshman year of college. No other year of my life has been filled with more ups and downs, and highs and lows, than freshman year. Throughout all of the madness, one factor remained constant: my roommate. It is time to thank her for everything. These are only a few of the many reasons to do so, and this goes for roommates everywhere.

You have been through all the college "firsts" together.

If you think about it, your roommate was there through all of your first college experiences. The first day of orientation, wishing you luck on the first days of classes, the first night out, etc. That is something that can never be changed. You will always look back and think, "I remember my first day of college with ____."

You were even each other's first real college friend.

You were even each other's first real college friend.

Months before move-in day, you were already planning out what freshman year would be like. Whether you previously knew each other, met on Facebook, or arranged to meet in person before making any decisions, you made your first real college friend during that process.

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The transition from high school to college is not easy, but somehow you made it out on the other side.

It is no secret that transitioning from high school to college is difficult. No matter how excited you were to get away from home, reality hit at some point. Although some people are better at adjusting than others, at the times when you were not, your roommate was there to listen. You helped each other out, and made it through together.

Late night talks were never more real.

Remember the first week when we stayed up talking until 2:00 a.m. every night? Late night talks will never be more real than they were freshman year. There was so much to plan for, figure out, and hope for. Your roommate talked, listened, laughed, and cried right there with you until one of you stopped responding because sleep took over.

You saw each other at your absolute lowest.

It was difficult being away from home. It hurt watching relationships end and losing touch with your hometown friends. It was stressful trying to get in the swing of college level classes. Despite all of the above, your roommate saw, listened, and strengthened you.

...but you also saw each other during your highest highs.

After seeing each other during the lows, seeing each other during the highs was such a great feeling. Getting involved on campus, making new friends, and succeeding in classes are only a few of the many ways you have watched each other grow.

There was so much time to bond before the stresses of college would later take over.

Freshman year was not "easy," but looking back on it, it was more manageable than you thought at the time. College only gets busier the more the years go on, which means less free time. Freshman year you went to lunch, dinner, the gym, class, events, and everything else possible together. You had the chance to be each other's go-to before it got tough.

No matter what, you always bounced back to being inseparable.

Phases of not talking or seeing each other because of business and stress would come and go. Even though you physically grew apart, you did not grow apart as friends. When one of you was in a funk, as soon as it was over, you bounced right back. You and your freshman roommate were inseparable.

The "remember that one time, freshman year..." stories never end.

Looking back on freshman year together is one of my favorite times. There are so many stories you have made, which at the time seemed so small, that bring the biggest laughs today. You will always have those stories to share together.

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The unspoken rule that no matter how far apart you grow, you are always there for each other.

It is sad to look back and realize everything that has changed since your freshman year days. You started college with a clean slate, and all you really had was each other. Even though you went separate ways, there is an unspoken rule that you are still always there for each other.

Your old dorm room is now filled with two freshmen trying to make it through their first year. They will never know all the memories that you made in that room, and how it used to be your home. You can only hope that they will have the relationship you had together to reflect on in the years to come.

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Waking Up Consistently, Every Day, Changed My Life

It'll change your life, too.


Ever since I began college, my sleep schedule has been a mess. Some days I wake up at 8 a.m. because once a week, I have an early morning discussion. Other times I wake up at 1 p.m. because my first class isn't until 2 p.m. With the consistency of waking up at the same time every day in high school, I remember I felt so much more productive and more refreshed in the morning.

This year, I decided that enough was enough. I was so sick of feeling tired most days and I knew that I needed some sort of incentive in order to get up early every morning. I also knew that since I'd be entering the workforce soon, it'd be much easier if I began waking up consistently before I started working. Thus, when enrollment began for the winter semester, I signed up for an 8 a.m. class that meets four times a week. Since the class also has mandatory attendance, I anticipated that I would force myself to wake up on time for every class.

It has now been over two months since I have begun getting ready for class every morning at 7 a.m. I have to say that I made the right decision. Most people would think that I'm crazy for wanting to specifically take an 8 a.m. class, but I think that it's greatly improved my life. Rather than dragging myself out of bed, I wake up feeling refreshed every day. I get enough sleep, and my body isn't left wondering when or how much I will sleep. In the past, getting up for 10 a.m. was a struggle, but now I don't sleep in past 10.

In past semesters, I would want to wake up early on days that I had classes later in the day so that I could get in some extra studying. However, I found myself constantly tired and exhausted. It didn't matter how much coffee I drank, I just didn't have any energy. Now that I wake up at the same time every day, I feel energized all morning and am much more productive.

I found that waking up early and consistently every day really changed my life. I know that it can be a bit of a struggle getting into the flow of things at first, but I found it worthwhile. I would encourage other college students who find themselves tired a lot to try attending an early morning class. You'll get a lot more done, and it'll make you a more disciplined person. It's easy to sleep in late, especially if your classes are later in the day. However, being disciplined enough to wake up early by yourself is an important part of adulthood, and learning is part of the process.

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