4 Tips To Reduce Stress During Finals Week

4 Tips To Reduce Stress During Finals Week

If you're still recovering from winter finals, check out these tips to make spring less stressful.
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If you’re reading this, congratulations. YOU HAVE SUCCESSFULLY MADE IT TO SPRING BREAK! Naturally, the question of how you managed to survive winter finals is still unclear, as most of us are still in recovery mode from the various projects, presentations, and exams that were thrown at us the last two weeks of the quarter. Truthfully speaking, I have never had such a hefty workload in the entirety of my academic career as I have in the month of March.

I found myself feeling constantly anxious and overwhelmed, though I was grateful to be able to rely on a few tactics to help keep my stress levels at a minimum (although if you do not consider excessive caffeine consumption complied with pulling all-nighters a minimum, you are probably far less of a procrastinator than I will ever be).

As hectic as this schedule may have been, it is safe to say that we are all in the clear-that is, for the next ten weeks. If you are deciding to be proactive and want to get a jump on eliminating stress during your next round of finals, I suggest the following.

1. Caffeine, caffeine, and MORE caffeine.

There is nothing wrong with downing a Venti Red Eye with a double shot of espresso when you wake up. Or before you have your mid-day crash. Or before you are supposed to be going to bed and you suddenly remember that you have a research paper due the next morning. Don’t ever let anyone tell you otherwise.


2. MAKE LISTS!

I cannot stress the importance of this idea enough. Making multiple lists as I went through each phase of studying for finals was the main reason I was able to complete each of my assignments and accomplish all personal goals. After all, there is nothing more satisfying than checking off the final bullet point on your to-do list, followed by tearing it to shreds and disposing of it and all of the aggravation it has caused you.

3. Nap time, any time

You know that feeling you get when you finally gain a

momentum as you push through the concluding paragraph of your essay? You know

how brain dead you feel after you finally hit the submit button? Stop. Take a nap. You’re going to need it if you plan on achieving anything past this point.

4. Take time for yourself

Whatever it may be that relaxes you on a normal day, be sure to incorporate this into your studying regime. Reward yourself with a break after you complete a task and do something that makes you happy. Taking at least one hour a day to work out has been essential to my studying successes, as it releases the excess pent up adrenaline that school has forced upon me. And I already get enough adrenaline from the daily caffeine rushes.


Until next time, finals.

Cover Image Credit: Gina Brennan

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Thank you for everything
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I think it's fair to say that most people remember at least one teacher who had a lasting impact on them. I have been incredibly lucky to have several teachers who I will never forget, but one individual takes the cake. So here's to you: thank you for all you have done.

Thank you for teaching me lessons not just in the textbook.

Although you taught a great lecture, class was never just limited to the contents of the course. Debates and somewhat heated conversations would arise between classmates over politics and course material, and you always encouraged open discussion. You embraced the idea of always having an opinion, and always making it be heard, because why waste your voice? You taught me to fight for things I believed in, and to hold my ground in an argument. You taught me to always think of others before doing and speaking. You showed me the power of kindness. Thank you for all the important lessons that may not have been included in the curriculum.

Thank you for believing in me.

Especially in my senior year, you believed in me when other teachers didn't. You showed me just what I could accomplish with a positive and strong attitude. Your unwavering support kept me going, especially when I melted into a puddle of tears weekly in your office. You listened to my stupid complaints, understood my overwhelming stress-induced breakdowns, and told me it was going to be okay. Thank you for always being there for me.

Thank you for inspiring me.

You are the epitome of a role model. Not only are you intelligent and respected, but you have a heart of gold and emit beautiful light where ever you go. You showed me that service to others should not be looked at as a chore, but something to enjoy and find yourself in. And I have found myself in giving back to people, thanks to your spark. Thank you for showing me, and so many students, just how incredible one person can be.

Thank you for changing my life.

Without you, I truly would not be where I am today. As cliche as it sounds, you had such a remarkable impact on me and my outlook on life. Just about a year has passed since my graduation, and I'm grateful to still keep in touch. I hope you understand the impact you have made on me, and on so many other students. You are amazing, and I thank you for all you have done.

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Five Tips to Get on Top of Your 2019: Tech Editions

Yeah, there's an app for that.

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Technology is the course of the future, why not use it to get on top of your new year? Make 2019 the year you stop sleeping on these great productivity apps and get grinding! Best part, all the apps I've included here are free.

Google Calendar.

Look at that beauty.

I LOVE Google Calendar! Not only is it a great tool to map out your week, it comes with cool features. You can color code tasks and events, get text reminders and so much more. You can even sync your calendar with other people's (this is very helpful for roommates or study buddies).

Google Doc File Folders

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Sick of that long list of documents in your Google Docs? You can make file folders to organize all of your docs!

Momentum Chrome Extension

This is by far my favorite productivity app. It's a Chrome extension that acts as a home page whenever you open a new window or tab. It comes complete with the weather, a motivational quote and a to-do list! The best feature is their "main focus for the day". It keeps you grounded for sure- especially when it pops up with every tab and forces you to think about all you need to accomplish.

Wunderlist

This is a to-do list on steroids- definitely worth checking out!

Todist

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