5 Tips For Keeping Yourself Together During Finals Week

5 Tips For Keeping Yourself Together During Finals Week

How to remain stress-free in college.


This is it; it is the end of the semester. Coming back from Thanksgiving break can be an adjustment to get back in the swing of things but it has to be done. This is the most stressful time of the year. The key is to remain calm, take a deep breath, you can do this.

You may have a daily routine set for you so you can find room to fit all your classes and studying. But between homework, going to class, sleeping, eating and trying to have a social life, things can get pretty tough to balance, especially this time of year.

A lot of the time we have trouble remembering that your mental and physical help is above everything. And it is extremely easy to get stressed out. But have no fear, if you can fit some relaxing in between your school work, you're going to be a lot better off.

For more on these specific ways to de-stress, read on:

1. Sleep, sleep and sleep

It is important for college students to be getting seven to eight hours of sleep every night, according to Penn State University Health Center, sleeping will help recharge your body and will also help you retain information from your classes better. Yes, things can get hectic during the day and sometimes we all need a nap. If you have to do so, it is best not to take more than one 20-minute nap in a day; otherwise, you will be losing your possibility of a good night's rest.

2. Eat healthy

Yes, pizza and pasta are amazing but it's not good for you all the time. It is important to shop for healthy food and to get the right nutrients to help balance your diet. Fruit and vegetables will not hurt you! It is also important to stay hydrated with water or Gatorade, not just alcohol -- no matter how hard that may be to resist during this time of year. Eating fast food is OK a couple of times a month but it is vital that you do not eat anything but Big Macs. A good breakfast would be eggs, toast, a lean meat, and some coffee or juice. Try to resist snacking during the day, and if need be grab a granola bar or some fruit to get you to your next meal. For lunch and dinner, a chicken salad is optimal, but you can eat some sort of fish, or any type of meat, with some veggies on the side. If you eat healthily, you feel a lot better and be able to not feel even more worn down while studying.

3. Exercise!

There are so many ways to keep yourself in shape; you can run, walk, climb or lift weights and more! You should exercise around 20 minutes a day, according to the Mayo Clinic. You can just take a walk down the road and back or go for a bike ride. There are also plenty of things to do inside, such as using an elliptical or muscle building exercises. Even doing a couple of squats and push-ups a day will help you immensely. Also, a good way to relax is going to yoga. It will loosen your muscles and make them more flexible. Yoga is the perfect combo of relaxation and exercise. Doing any of this will help your mind and body and it will help you sleep better at night too.

4. Showering

I know what you're thinking, "does this really have to be on here?" Yes, it does. Between everything going on it almost seems impossible to do anything, but personal hygiene should be a top priority. Shower, brush your hair and brush your teeth. Your body will thank you, trust me. Plus, there is nothing like a bubble bath to let off some stress.

5. Stay social 

School should be the number one thing you are focused on while in college but it is not more important than your mental health. If you are extremely stressed out, it is OK to take a day off and just watch Netflix all day. Go out with your friends, join a club, read a book; do anything to help ease the worries of school. Call your mom, she still loves you and misses you more than you think. Even going to a dog shelter just to play with some animals can set your mind at ease. Your friends are going through the same thing as you, and misery loves company. You will get through this, you might just need a little help but everything is gonna be all right.

All of this will help you get through the hardest part of the semester or any time at that. Just remember that your mental health should stay above everything and give yourself a break from studying every once in a while. College is hard but your friends and family will make it easier. Just never stop working for your dream, it will all be worth it in the end.

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"What would I do without you guys???"

1. "Can I wear your shirt out tonight?"

2. "Does my hair look greasy?"

3. "We should probably clean tomorrow..."

4. "What should I caption this??"

5. "Is it bad if I text ____ first??"

6. "Should we order pizza?"

7. *Roommate tells an entire story* "Wait, what?"

8. "How is it already 3 AM?"

9. "I need a drink."

10. "McDonalds? McDonalds."


12. "Okay like, for real, I need to study."

13. "Why is there so much hair on our floor?"

14. "I think I'm broke."

15. "What do I respond to this?"

16. "Let's have a movie night."

17. "Why are we so weird?"

18. "Do you think people will notice if I wear this 2 days in a row?"

19. "That guy is so stupid."

20. "Do I look fat in this?"

21. "Can I borrow your phone charger?

22. "Wanna go to the lib tonight?"

23. "OK, we really need to go to the gym soon."

24. "I kinda want some taco bell."

25. "Let's go out tonight."

26. "I wonder what other people on this floor think of us."

27. "Let's go to the mall."

28. "Can I use your straightener?"

29. "I need coffee."

30. "I'm bored, come back to the room."

31. "Should we go home this weekend?"

32. "We should probably do laundry soon."

33. "Can you see through these pants?"

34. "Sometimes I feel like our room is a frat house..."

35. "Guys I swear I don't like him anymore."

36."Can I borrow a pencil?"

37. "I need to get my life together...."

38. "So who's buying the Uber tonight?"

39. "Let's walk to class together."

40. "Are we really pulling an all-nighter tonight?"

41. "Who's taking out the trash?"

42. "What happened last night?"

43. "Can you help me do my hair?"

44. "What should I wear tonight?"

45. "You're not allowed to talk to him tonight."

46. "OMG, my phone is at 1 percent."

47. "Should we skip class?"

48. "What should we be for Halloween?"

49. "I love our room."

50. "What would I do without you guys???"

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10 Things Your Professor Says That Makes You Cry Right There In The Lecture Hall

Shoutout to all the professors who let you drop your lowest quiz grade.


While we celebrate all the magic that December brings us, I can't help but remember what lies ahead. With only three semesters left, I feel as if I have college and professors down to a science. Syllabus week might seem like an extra week of break, but really it is where you can learn everything you need to know about the semester you have lying ahead of you. With that being said, there are certain things to listen for on syllabus week, and throughout the semester, that will let you know you have a rough road to ride.

1. “The final will be cumulative.”

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The key phrase that lets you know you are in for a semester of hell and a long finals week.

2. “Your grade will be an average of your 4 exams.”


Nothing worse than knowing your big first flunk is going to affect your final grade more than it should.

3. “Attendance will count for 10% of your grade.”


Better go out and get some coffee, because you are going to be waking up early every day for the next 3 months.

4. “There will be a group project.”


Not only are you going to actually have to meet people in the class now, but you are also probably going to do the entire project yourself.

5. “Most people fail the first exam.”


Dear professors, this is NOT the way we want to start our semester.

6. “This is not an easy class. You will need to spend time reading each week to prepar for each class.”


Don't let the beginning of the year enthusiasm fool you. You will definitely not end up reading that textbook.

7. “The textbook is required and you will need the online code to submit homework.”


I swear professors think we are made of money. Do they not remember what it was like to be in college?

8. “You need to put away all technology during lectures.”

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It is like a path back to grade school. Warm up your hands because you are going to be writing your notes this semester, and there is no way that you get it all right.

9. “Put away everything except a pencil. We are having a quiz.”


You can't trust a professor who gives pop quizzes.

10. “There will be homework following each lecture.”

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Join a GroupMe or make a friend in the class because homework every night will make for a long semester if you are in it alone.

If you hear any of these ten things, prepare yourself for a tough semester. You can do it, but it won't be as easy as having a professor who doesn't take attendance!

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