Don't Cram Prioritizing Your Mental Health During Finals Week— You Need To Be Doing That Year-Round

Don't Cram Prioritizing Your Mental Health During Finals Week— You Need To Be Doing That Year-Round

"Pain is temporary, GPA is forever."


I think it's typical for every college student to stress out for any test but especially midterms and finals week.

If you do bad on a midterm it's easy for you to work hard on your grade and recover in the class but if you do bad on a final exam (which exams that are cumulative are the worst) then your goal is to probably pass with a C in the class.

Remember: C's get degrees.

One of my best and worst qualities about myself is my drive for success. I constantly think about my to-do list and I'm not satisfied until it's done, and I know that I have done my best. For my finals week this semester of my Junior year, I had a lot to do but I chose to focus only on one thing at a time and then start working on the next. For example, I had an 8-minute Spanish presentation due the Friday before finals week, so I worked and prepared for that up until Friday. When that was over my next big goal was my nutrition final on Tuesday morning, so I would prepare all weekend and Monday for that. When nutrition was done, I focused solely on Spanish for the exam Friday.

Focusing on one test at a time helped me a lot because it's hard for me to multi-task and study different subjects but I also didn't take the time I needed in between each test to recover after I had taken it.

Nutrition was a huge struggle for me throughout this entire semester. The professor taught the course like it was pre-med and the only reason that I had signed up for this class was that it said "intro to nutrition" but honestly it was way more advanced than I would have thought. On Monday I studied nutrition from 9 am to 9 pm (including breaks, obviously, but not long ones) but I thought I was going to go insane. I spent most of my time that day just writing specific topics that I needed to look over or important things that I think would be on the test. I prepared so much for this final that I wasn't watching my mental health and I ended up not getting a good nights' sleep for an 8 am final. I constantly thought of topics and I did my best to remember a lot of the information and do the recall method. I drove myself crazy, and I honestly didn't need to.

College finals are hard, but so are any tests during the semester. For some reason, there's a huge stigma on midterms week and finals week because we're told that "This is the worst time of the semester. Your grade is going to plummet if you do terrible. Study in advance."

Finals week is definitely a time for stress and long study hours, but actually, your mental health is important all semester long. For any test, no matter the subject I always seem to overwork myself and do everything in my power to feel prepared enough for the test and then if I get the grade back and I didn't get the grade I wanted, I'm disappointed with myself because I felt like there was something more that I could have done. And yes, I know that sounds crazy but it's true. I'm not alone on this when I say that when college students get a bad grade on something, it upsets us; because it actually does. And if it doesn't upset you then I think you're doing something wrong.

As college students I'm pretty sure that we're all here doing this education thing for a reason, we all have greater purposes in life and we have goals that we want to achieve.

We should not be defined by a test or a number to understand a concept. Our experiences and knowledge should stand alone, and test scores should not matter. Students shouldn't have to risk their sanity for the sake of a GPA but more often times than not, that's exactly what we do. So if you know someone who constantly worries about school or is stressing out, give them a big hug and tell them how great they're doing and how proud you are because they might just need a little reminder.

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Jason Kulpa, San Diego CEO and Founder of Jason Kulpa Wife Scholarship, Reveals 3 Smart Ways to Tame the High Cost of College

The cost of college is going nowhere but up, but you do not have to succumb to all that debt.


If you are worried about the high cost of higher education, you are not alone. With the cost of college tuition going nowhere but up and financial aid holding steady or going down, even middle- and upper-class parents often worry that they will not be able to make their dreams of a college education for their children come true.

No matter who you are or where you live, the cost of a college education keeps going up. If you want to help your son or daughter graduate without crippling college loan debt, you need to think out of the box and look for creative ways to tame the high cost of a college education.

Apart from applying to scholarships to fund higher education, such as the Jason Kulpa Wife Scholarship (learn more at, there are three strategies you can use to reduce the cost of college without sacrificing the education your child needs and deserves.

1. Use Tuition Assistance to Enhance Your Career at Virtually No Cost

Even in today's high-cost college environment, there is a way to get an excellent education and do it at virtually no cost. This path may take longer, but the thought of graduating from college with a stable full-time income and no debt whatsoever is undoubtedly an attractive one.

There is something to be said for entering the workforce right after high school, and a growing number of young people are considering this option. Many employers offer tuition assistance to even entry-level workers and going to college part time while working full time is more feasible than ever, thanks to the widespread availability of online learning and virtual college courses.

If you take this approach, you could graduate with marketable skills your current employer will appreciate, setting you up for future promotions and a higher salary. Best of all, the cost of that education could be negligible, putting you on a sound financial footing and helping you enjoy even greater success while your peers are struggling with college debt.

2. Take Advantage of Work/Study Opportunities

Working your way through school does not necessarily mean delivering pizzas on the weekend or tending bar in the evenings. Many colleges provide work/study opportunities for their students, giving young people the chance to earn a living while securing their future education.

Some of these work/study opportunities are limited a single field of education, while others are open to all. If you are looking for a way to avoid college loan debt, you owe it to yourself to check out these work/study opportunities and take advantage of them when you can.

3. Start with a Community College Education

Compared to the cost of a four-year college or university, the price of community college is a real bargain. More and more community colleges are offering courses specifically designed to give budget-conscious learners a head start on the education they need.

Taking your first year or two of education at a community college could save you a ton of money on tuition and room and board. Once you have a solid background in your course of study, you can transfer your community college credits to a four-year school and continue your education without incurring huge college loan debt.

The cost of college is going nowhere but up, but you do not have to succumb to all that debt. If you are willing to think outside the box and take an unorthodox path to higher education, in addition to seeking out and applying for niche scholarships such as the Jason Kulpa Wife Scholarship, you could escape the college loan trap and get a jump start on a great career.

About: The Jason Kulpa Wife Scholarship is just one of several investments Jason Kulpa has pledged to his community. Jason Kulpa founded San Diego based in 2008 after holding operations positions at a number of fast-growing Ad-Tech companies. Since becoming CEO, he has taken a hands-on approach to driving strategic partnerships and creating a company culture that promotes innovation and respect for high-level vision. Mr. Kulpa graduated from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University.

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No, A Colored Student Did Not 'Steal Your Spot,' They Worked Hard To Get Here

I keep hearing this ignorant question of, "How come illegal immigrants can get scholarships, but I can't?"


Real talk, this whole "they're stealing our resources!" thing has to stop.

It ranges from welfare to acceptance letters into prestigious universities. People (and by people, I'm referring to those who identify as white) have made the assumption that they are having their opportunities stolen by people of color. That's ridiculous.

I love my university. I love the people at my university. However, when I sit in a classroom and look around at my colleagues, the majority of them are white. Of course, there are some classes that are filled with more people of color, but for the most part, they're predominantly white. So, let's say that out of a classroom of 30 students, only 7 identify as people of color.

In what world can somebody make the argument that those 7 students are stealing the spot of a white student? I don't think people realize how hard those 7 students had to work just to be in the same spot as their white counterparts.

Let me use my experience: I am a Latina woman who is attending university on a full-ride scholarship. I don't always tell people about this, because I don't feel like being asked, "wow, what did you do to get that?!" A lot. I keep hearing this ignorant question of, "How come illegal immigrants can get scholarships, but I can't?"

First off, those "illegal immigrants" you're bashing, don't even qualify for financial aid. They don't qualify for most scholarships, actually. Second, have you considered that maybe, that "illegal immigrant" worked hard in and outside of school to earn their scholarship? I received my full-ride scholarship on the basis of my GPA, but also because I am a lower-class woman of color and was selected because I am disproportionately affected by poverty and access to a quality education.

So, this scholarship was literally created because there is an understanding that minorities don't have the same access to education as our white counterparts. It's not a handout though, I had to work hard to get the money that I have now. When white students get scholarships, it's not a handout but when you're Latina like me, apparently it is.

This way of viewing minorities and their education is damaging, and further discourages these people from receiving a quality education. We didn't steal anybody's spot, we had to work to get where we are, twice as hard as our white colleagues that are not discriminated against on a daily basis.

Instead of tearing down students of color because you didn't get a scholarship, why not criticize the American education system instead? It's not our fault tuition is $40k a year, and we have no reason to apologize for existing in a space that is predominantly white.

To students of color: you worked hard to get where you are, and I am proud of you. To white students: I'm proud of you too. We all worked hard to get to where we are now, let's lift each other up, not put each other down.

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