Happy Thoughts, Happy Finals

Happy Thoughts, Happy Finals

"You is smart, you is kind, you is important"

This week, students across the nation are preparing for finals or are in the process of taking them. Finals week is a sort of whirlwind of academic rigor that no one wants to go through, but we are all forced to do so. Even the week before, we are stressed out finishing up projects, papers, and presentations our professors magically scheduled at the same time. And, not to mention the extracurriculars that also demand your attention at the end of the semester. What do we do to prepare? We tell ourselves we'll work ahead over Thanksgiving break, and that quickly becomes a failed plan, so we will just study hard and sleep later. An important part of finals week mania we can forget to take care of is ourselves.

Here are a list of quotes to help you through finals week and the seemingly mountainous amount of studying you to have to do.

“Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habit. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.” – Lao Tzu

I like this quote because it helps you stay in touch with yourself and where you will be when you graduate. It can be hard to see now, but all the hard work and effort you are putting in will pay off. That political science final you are studying for, one day you could be helping create better foreign relations between countries. That lesson plan you are spending copious hours on, you will be glad to have it when you are teaching. These are a few examples, but remember your work and effort contribute to the bigger picture.

“This too shall pass.” – Persian Poem

As finals week has everyone stressed out, sometimes relationships and friendships can become tense, but remember everyone is fighting a battle. Elevated stress levels come with elevated impulsive actions and words, so do not take what people say or do too personally. A friend told me to think of finals as a tsunami where exams need to be handled first, and then when they are over, you can move onto your personal stuff. But, any thing stressing you out, think of it in the bigger picture.

"A lot of people have gone further than they thought they could because someone else thought they could” – Zig Ziglar

Believe in yourself and you will be successful, but we all need a little reassurance. Well, here's your reassurance. I am telling you I believe in you, even if we are strangers, I believe in you. Whatever exam, presentation, or paper you are unsure about, you got this.

"If you were able to believe in Santa Claus for like 8 years, you can believe in yourself for like 5 minutes." - Unknown

Santa was a pretty significant character in most of our lives, so think back to waking up in the middle of the night swearing you heard reindeer on your roof. Or swearing you saw Santa in your living room. If you believed Santa was literally in your house like I did, then you can believe in yourself writing a paper or studying for an exam.

"How cool is it that the same God, who created mountains & oceans, & galaxies, looked at you & thought the world needed one of you too?" - Unknown

Even if you do not believe in God, realize that you are on this earth for a reason and a purpose. Though the purpose probably is not the be freaking out over exams and papers, these small steps to your big journey of life will someday make sense. This world is full of people and somehow you ended up here, fascinating.

I hope these quotes help you through your finals!
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Everything You Will Miss If You Commit Suicide

The world needs you.

You won’t see the sunrise or have your favorite breakfast in the morning.

Instead, your family will mourn the sunrise because it means another day without you.

You will never stay up late talking to your friends or have a bonfire on a summer night.

You won’t laugh until you cry again, or dance around and be silly.

You won’t go on another adventure. You won't drive around under the moonlight and stars.

They’ll miss you. They’ll cry.

You won’t fight with your siblings only to make up minutes later and laugh about it.

You won’t get to interrogate your sister's fiancé when the time comes.

You won’t be there to wipe away your mother’s tears when she finds out that you’re gone.

You won’t be able to hug the ones that love you while they’re waiting to wake up from the nightmare that had become their reality.

You won’t be at your grandparents funeral, speaking about the good things they did in their life.

Instead, they will be at yours.

You won’t find your purpose in life, the love of your life, get married or raise a family.

You won’t celebrate another Christmas, Easter or birthday.

You won’t turn another year older.

You will never see the places you’ve always dreamed of seeing.

You will not allow yourself the opportunity to get help.

This will be the last sunset you see.

You’ll never see the sky change from a bright blue to purples, pinks, oranges and yellows meshing together over the landscape again.

If the light has left your eyes and all you see is the darkness, know that it can get better. Let yourself get better.

This is what you will miss if you leave the world today.

This is who will care about you when you are gone.

You can change lives. But I hope it’s not at the expense of yours.

We care. People care.

Don’t let today be the end.

You don’t have to live forever sad. You can be happy. It’s not wrong to ask for help.

Thank you for staying. Thank you for fighting.

Suicide is a real problem that no one wants to talk about. I’m sure you’re no different. But we need to talk about it. There is no difference between being suicidal and committing suicide. If someone tells you they want to kill themselves, do not think they won’t do it. Do not just tell them, “Oh you’ll be fine.” Because when they aren’t, you will wonder what you could have done to help. Sit with them however long you need to and tell them it will get better. Talk to them about their problems and tell them there is help. Be the help. Get them assistance. Remind them of all the things they will miss in life.

For help, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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The 'Real You' Is The You That's Fully-Rested And Cared For

"The real you comes out when you're tired and hungry and sick." Lies.


I've often heard people say that the real you comes out at 3 a.m. or some other odd time of the night when you're cranky, hungry, or just in a bad mood. Honestly, that doesn't make any sense.

The real "you" is when you're well-fed, well-rested, cared for, and everything in between. You might say that there are rare times when that ever happens, but honestly, it's the effort that counts.

When you don't even try to take care of yourself, there's a subconscious part of you that believe it's unnecessary or not even worth trying for.

It's truly a precedent you set for yourself and the others around of you of how you would like to be treated.

This even applies to the thoughts we think. When we're running on less sleep or starving through a class, we're more prone to have self-destructive, mean thoughts about ourselves. And if you haven't been getting enough sleep for consecutive nights, really try and make it a priority to.

Sometimes, we don't realize how bad it was until gets better.

Funnily enough, this applies to other people as well. When we get disappointed because people don't treat us the way we think they should, we feel a little hurt. Honestly, though, it's important to think about circumstances that have caused them to act that way. It could have been a stressful week at work, a rough patch in a relationship, or even a fallout in a friendship. Given that, it's only natural to act differently. Not talking as much, reaching out to people less, preferring alone-time, and other things are completely normal.

So, don't take it personally. It's nothing against you.

And, this all really does come full circle. Think about it: you can only understand situations and people and the realness behind them when you are as well taken care of as you can be. So don't be afraid to put yourself first, even if it means skipping out on something else (which it often will).

You're worth it.

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