How to Survive Midterm Week

How to Survive Midterm Week

It will be okay...

1. Caffeine

You will be tired. You will fall asleep. Whether it's coffee or a Red Bull, try a caffeinated drink once per day. Don't over do it. Stay away from sugar, it will make you crash.

2. Sleep

Yes, I just said drink caffeinated drinks. But this is why I said only one. You need sleep. Humans require sleep to stay sane and function properly. How can you expect to be productive if your body is shutting down?

3. Study a little at a time

Study a chapter at a time or a module/subject a time. Don't overwhelm yourself with too many information at once. It also helps to be repetitive.

4. Take Breaks

Okay, you've studied for a couple hours. Take a 15-25. You've earned it. For your sanity, I beg you, don't pull the 8 hour straight study session. I've done it, I suffered.

5. Eat Well

This goes hand in hand with your breaks. Eat a snack. Make sure you keep up with your meals. Food is feul for your body. You need it for proper function. You'll process information better if your stomach isn't eating itself.

6. Drink Water

DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT rely solely on caffinated drinks during midterm week. You need roughly 8 cups of water a day. It is important to stay hydrated.

7. Take Multiple Showers

During one of your 15s, take a shower/bath. They are relaxing and it'll be such a refreshing 15 minutes. It can be used as a wake-up when you're falling asleep mid-day. It can also help you refocus.

8. Silence Phone

The worst thing you can do is allow yourself to be distractied by your phone. Text messages, Twitter, Snapchat, Intagram... They will distract you. Just silence it and put it aside while you're studying.

9. No Netflix

I know what it's like. We say "one episode and then I'll study." It is NEVER one episode and you will lose your whole night.

10. Stay Calm

I know it is stressful and I know you're probably wishing you picked an easier major. It will all be okay. It will be over before you know it and you will probably do just fine. Then we'll have finals to worry about.

"May the odds be ever in your favor,"



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Little things remind me all the time.

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It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

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