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.

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.


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.

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What Where You Study Says About You, As A College Student AND A Person

Are you more of a quad studier or a hipster coffee joint kinda gal?

Coming into college, you were probably given the advice "make sure you find a good place to study early on." So what does where you study say about your personality?

1. The Library

You're either boring, traditional or you get unfocused super easily and you need dead silence to study. Do what you gotta do.

2. Starbucks

If you study at Starbucks you probably like to study in a social environment. Maybe you're in a major that has a ton of group projects or maybe you'd rather just be surrounded by your friends and sipping on a vanilla chai latte while you make note cards.

3. The Local Coffee Shop

If you study at a local coffee shop, it's because your entire lifestyle is fueled by caffeine and caffeine alone. Oh, and maybe because you like high-waters and wide-brimmed hats, you hipster.

4. The Quad

If you study on the Quad, you're probably not very easily distracted by cute dogs or cute boys. You're probably also pretty outdoorsy and you hate it to be locked up in the library with such beautiful weather.

5. Your Church Student Center

You study here for one of two reasons. 1) all of your friends from church study here and you want to talk to them while you study 2) you want to be able to easily slip off into the church to pray for your GPA when you're feeling stressed.

6. Your Room

Major kudos to people who study in their room. I don't see how you aren't distracted by your bed that isn't made, or your closet that needs to be organized, or your photo album from high school or literally anything in your room but if you can manage to study in your room without getting distracted then you keep doing you.

7. Your Sorority/Fraternity House

If you study in your sorority or fraternity house it's more than likely because you either need study hours every week and can only log them in the house, or because you're feeling homesick and studying on the couch, in your pajamas while talking to your house mom feels reminiscent of high school.

8. A Combination

If you're anything like me you've studied in all seven of these places and it really just depends on the day of the week, the class you're studying for and your mood. I can shut myself away in the library for hours and get everything done that I need to accomplish, but sometimes I would rather sunbathe on the quad, or get a shot of espresso and coffee cake at Monarch while I'm grinding away at my textbook.

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13 Thoughts Broadcast Journalism Majors Have When Piecing Together Their First News Story

Quiet on the set.


So you've decided that you want to be a Broadcast Journalist?

Many different thoughts go through you're while trying to first off figure out what story you want to pursue. After that, it's just a matter of getting everything that is needed for it and then putting it together.

For all clarity and purposes, I have already turned in my first news story, however as I was completing it, some (if not all) of these thoughts (or a variation of them) came across my mind at some point during the process.

1. Ok, so what are the important parts to my story?


And how do I convey those things to my viewers?

2. What b-roll should I get?

B-roll is supplemental or alternative footage intercut with the main shot.

3. Do I have all the interviews I need?


Who are the essential figures in this story?

4. What's my angle? How do I stick to it?

camera angle

Who do I need to interview for it?

5. What questions should I ask in my interview?


And more importantly, What type of questions will get me the answers I want?

6. What are the important facts?


Should they all be included?

7. Do my voice overs cover everything that my interviews don't?


What else is needed for this story?

8. Agh, my video is over the 1 minute and 30 seconds allowed time.


Do I reduce it or do I leave it as is? I guess it depends on how much its over.

9. How should I say my tageline at the end of the video?

tag line

The tagline is when the reporter says their name and their station affiliation at the end of their story.

10. Should I include a standup? Where should it be?


What do I want to say?

11. Should I include a graphic?

news graphics

Is there something that can be said in a list form that the viewers need to see? Is it symptoms of a disease? Event details?

12. How do I make my interviews connect with my voice overs?


Does what I am saying make sense?

13. What does my script need to look like?


Should I add a NAT pop here? What SOT (Sound on Tape) do I want to use?

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