10 Ways To Make Finals Week More Manageable

10 Ways To Make Finals Week More Manageable

Your A+ on your Calc test awaits
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Finals Week is a week that all college students hate. However, the more we dread Finals Week, the harder it is to get through it. Aside from simply staying positive, here are 10 ways to get through Finals Week:

1. Sleep

It may seem like there is no time for sleep during Finals Week. Even I sometimes say to myself, "The time I spend sleeping is time I could be spending studying." However, pulling an all nighter or cutting back on sleep may lead to chronic exhaustion or illness.

2. Vitamin C

Although most people do not take Vitamin C unless they're sick, it should be your best friend daily, especially around the time you can not afford to get sick (a.k.a.: Finals Week).

3. Strong Coffee

Starting your day off with a strong cup of coffee is the perfect way to get you through the hours of studying ahead. Your daily dose of Starbucks awaits.

4. A Killer Study Playlist

If you are someone that can not work in silence, you need to have the right study playlist. You shouldn't be listening to hard rock and roll or a catchy hip-hop song. Also, you shouldn't listen to a song that you know all the words to or you'll be compelled to sing along rather than focus. Instead, listen to some classical, acoustic, or other form of soft music, such as "Love Someone" by Jason Mraz or "Banana Pancakes" by Jack Johnson.

5. Down Time

Whether it's a facial, shooting some hoops, reading a good book, or going for a run, put down your calculus textbook and take some time for yourself.

6. Brain Food

Eating the right food is not only good for your physical health, but for your mental health as well. Throughout Finals Week, make sure to load up on wholegrain, oily fish, blueberries, tomatoes, B vitamins (chicken, eggs, & leafy greens), broccoli, and nuts.

7. Spontaneous Dance Parties? Sure, why not.

This method of making Finals Week more manageable may not be for everyone, but don't doubt it until you try it. My roommates will come back to the dorm after 8+ hours at the lib, blast some music, and dance the stresses of Finals Week away.

8. Turn Your Phone Off

That's right. I'm sure I am not the first one to tell you that your phone is full of distractions. Between social media, texting, and phone calls, your cell phone will nominate you the King or Queen of Procrastination.

9. Set Up A Schedule

Organization is key: Study, Eat, Sleep, Repeat.

10. Pass Your Finals!

Easier said than done, but hey, confidence is key. Good luck!

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3. He loved me as his own.

The big one, the one that may seem impossible to some step parents. My stepdad is not actually my stepdad, but rather my dad. I will never have enough words to explain how grateful I am for this man, which is why I am attempting to write this right now. It takes a special kind of human to love another as if they are their own. There had never been times where I didn't think that my dad wouldn't be there for me. It was like I always knew he would be. He introduces me as his daughter, and he is my dad. I wouldn't have it any other way. You were able to show me what family is.

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Let's Talk More About Lori Laughlin Facing Up To 20 Years In Prison When Brock Turner Got 6 Months

And he was released three months early for 'good behavior'... after sexually assaulting an unconscious girl behind a dumpster.

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To start, Lori Laughlin messed up royally, and I don't condone her actions.

If you live under a rock and are unaware of what happened to the "Full House" star, here's the tea:

Lori Laughlin and husband Mossimo Giannulli — and like 50 other celebrity parents — were found guilty of conspiracy to commit fraud, and paid a $1 million bail on conspiracy to commit mail fraud, and honest services fraud. You don't need to know what these mean except that she paid $500,000 to get her two daughters, Bella and Olivia Jade Giannulli.

I know you're wondering why they did it — tbh I am too — however, these parents paid the University of Southern California to give admission to her daughters in through the rowing team on campus, despite neither one of them actually playing the sport ever in their life.

Yeah, Aunt Becky messed up and should face punishment, but why is she facing up 20 years when men like Brock Turner are sentenced only six months for raping an unconscious woman behind a dumpster at Stanford?

I hate to bring up the gender card, but I'm pulling it: Why is Lori Laughlin — a woman who with bad judgement who used money to give an upper-hand to her entitled daughters — face more prison time than a man who willingly raped a woman who wasn't in a right state of mine (or any at all!) behind a dumpster of all places.

The answer? Because the system is a mess.

Yeah, Aunt Becky paid for her daughters to get into a school, giving disadvantages to students actually deserving and wanting to attend a college. Her act was immoral, and ultimately selfish, but it doesn't even compare to what Brock Turner did, and it doesn't even effect others as much his rape survivor.

The most that will happen to the Giannulli girls is an expulsion and a temporary poor reputation, however, Emily Doe (the alias of the survivor) will feel the consequences of the attack forever.

There should have been a switch:

Lori Laughlin and the Target guy should have had to pay other students tuition/student debt while facing prison time, while Brock Turner should have had to face over 20 years with more consequences.

But, that'll never happen because our system sucks and society is rigged. I guess our society would prefer a rapist walking around more so a woman who made a poor choice by paying for her daughters to go to a college.

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