Dear Finals Week, You Killed My Christmas Spirit

Dear Finals Week, You Killed My Christmas Spirit

I'm just not feeling joy to the world at this moment.

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It is that dreadful time of the year currently. Yes, I am talking about dead week, finals week, one of the following two weeks that I just mentioned for college students. For men, as I write this article, it is currently dead week and I am trying to survive all of the final projects that I have to do as well as study for my upcoming exams that I will have to take.

However, these weeks have taken away something that I always look forward to. That is my holiday spirit.

When December hits, it is normally the time when I feel happy because it is almost a required feeling for me to feel happy during this month as Christmas is my favorite holiday. I get to be with my family, I get to reflect on the year that it was, and it normally is just a time I feel happy. But since starting college, it has been difficult lately. With the beginning of the month being chaotic as we are given numerous assignments to finish out the semester, and to add on we have projects and papers as well. So for the past two years, it has been a struggle to feel like I'm ready to have a holly jolly Christmas.

Recently, whenever the holiday season comes around, specifically when November first hits, I would be listening to a number of Christmas music on repeat. Then after Thanksgiving, that is when I would watch holiday movies. But since going to college I have had to cut down on the holiday movies. One night, I got a text from my mom that 'Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer' was on. I wanted to watch it so bad, but I was at an important meeting that I could not miss. It sucked because Rudolph is one of my all-time favorite Christmas movies and to not be able to watch when it's on really made me feel down.

I've been trying to make some pushes to not worry much about school and projects and to keep my spirit up. I was involved in a secret Santa with the flicc section in marching band and after that, we watched 'A Year Without Santa Clause" and 'White Christmas.' While it was fun to be around my friends and celebrate a small Christmas and being lucky that I have them as my friends, I was still lost in the usual holiday spirit I had when growing up.

It's really never fun when all that is on your mind is making sure that you get the grade that you want in that one class and perfecting that final project that could be the make it or break it part of if you pass or fail a certain class.

But I know that once finals week is over, I will be heading home, sleeping on my bed until December 20th, and spending the last five days before Christmas trying to be as festive as I can be.

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1. "Can you turn the light off?"

2. "We probably shouldn't go out for dinner again...right?"

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3. "I always pick where we go"

This is a fight you have with your roommate almost every day when you're roommate is as indecisive as mine.

4. "Do you have my keys?"

5. "Can you pick me up?"

6. "Is it hot in here?"

7. "Does this outfit look stupid?"

The answer is usually yes. No offense.

8. "Can you throw this out for me?"

9. "Can we get ice cream?"

10. "I need coffee."

This text is usually sent when you know your roomie is out running errands... errands you know are near a Starbucks.

11. "Can you tell me what happened?"

12. "Are you asleep?"

There have been times where I couldn't tell if you were asleep or dead... and I had to say this out loud to check if you were alive.

13. "Check your DM's."

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18. "Can we meet up?"

19. "Can you help me find my phone?"

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3. Do your research

Research the school, research clubs and activities that you may be interested in. Get familiar with what is on and off campus.

4. Visit the campus

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I am lucky enough that I am only an hour and a half away from campus and it doesn't take long to get there so I just go when I feel like it. But visiting and being on campus several times defiantly has made me feel more comfortable and more at ease than I would be if I had not visited at all.

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6. Start doing things on your own

I am already pretty independent but I struggled like starting to make my own dinners because I have been fortunate enough where my parent always took care of dinner. But now they are making me responsible for making my own dinner. Which was a really tough life altering thing for me. It may not seem like it but it was for me. But start doing your own laundry. making your own dinner, getting things yourself etc.

7. Make list

This and my planner have been my saving grace. If I didn't have it there was going to be no progress on the thing called college.

8. Manage your time

This is pretty self explanatory, there is a lot to do during the college process. Be sure not to procrastinate and know when things are due so you can get everything on time.

9. Take summer classes if needed

If you know you are going to be behind in a class, take some summer classes. For example, I am a little behind in math, and I have to take all the way up to college algebra in order to graduate college. Well, I knew I didn't want to take math all four years of college and I knew I was behind. So I am taking some summer courses to not only finish with math earlier but just to be ahead of the game.

10.  Gather everything you need for college!

Make sure you have everything you need for the big day. Set apart some days before move in day to take time and pack whatever you may need so you don't forget anything.

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