Ways to Destress This Finals Season

Easy Ways To Stay Sane This Finals Season

Hear, hear to finals season. No one invited you.

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I really regret to utter these scary words out loud, so I'll write them out for you all instead; finals season is among us. 'Tis the season for having no time to watch all of the old Christmas classics on Netflix, for literally living in the library for an entire week, and for a terrifyingly increase chance of catching the "Gainesville Plague". Though it all sounds less than fun, there are a few things we can all due to make this season a bit more bearable.

1. Study with Friends

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Holing up in the library for hours upon hours at a time can really and truly drain the life out of a person. Studying with friends can help to alleviate some of that stress that piles on by adding a few laughs into the mix during quick study breaks! Even if you aren't studying for the same class, companionship really works wonders to soothe the soul in this ocean of stress.

2. Allow yourself a few break

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Sometimes, learning about organic molecular structures and naming them is just too much for one brain to handle for long periods of time. Don't overexert yourself too much, or your brain might actually combust. This would definitely not help when you get to the exam and realize you burned yourself out! Take a break by picking up coffee with a friend- because let's be honest, we all need a little caffeine to get us through this tough time- or by doing something you enjoy in between study sessions.

3. Utilize Library Hacks

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We all want the coveted spots in Marston or West, especially on the newly renovated third floor. Booths, anyone? It's difficult to secure a booth on a regular day, much less during finals week or reading days when everyone and their mothers are posting up t the library. To combat this, you need a group of dedicated friends to help this booth last all day long and well into the night. The steps are as follows.

1. Get up early and be there as soon as the doors open to the library-I know that sounds awful but you'll appreciate yourself when you're sitting in that big, comfy booth later.

2. Get your favorite Starbucks order or bring your own study drinks and snacks. It will really help your soul and your stomach in this time of crisis.

3. Get your friends to sit with you and take shifts at the booth all day. When you're hungry for lunch or dinner, go and grab some food for yourself and the rest of the team as someone else stays in the booth, to ensure that it'll still be yours when you get back.

Hear, hear to finals season. May everyone get great grades-or at least the minimum to make the grade they want in the class-and may we all survive this difficult week.

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College is great.

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Coming Home From College For The Summer Is Much Needed

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Since finals week began, I believe I can say for all college students that we were ready to come back to our hometowns for the summer. We had grown tired of eating at the dining hall, spending countless hours in the library, and pulling laundry from the dryers for it to still be damp. Being home for the summer rids you of those worries and only provides a sense of comfort and security with a furnished home and bedroom to yourself. We sometimes forget how things were before college, with a fully stocked refrigerator and even a dishwasher to keep things clean. Coming home often makes life much easier.

Coming home means revisiting all of your favorite places around town — restaurants, parks, or museums — with fresh eyes. Being away from these places for months on end only causes you to develop a deeper appreciation for the little things. In my case, the first thing I did upon arriving home was take a trip to my favorite local coffee shop. Not only is the coffee delicious, but going back to the shop itself also brings back numerous memories made over the past four years.

That is one of the best things about coming home — it's as if you're rediscovering parts of yourself that you left behind.

Being back in your hometown also enables you to reconnect with only friends and classmates whom you haven't seen in months or even a full year. Whether it be going for a walk together or grabbing breakfast, being able to update one another on your year of college life makes for great connections. You oftentimes find yourself missing your old friends more than you thought, but once you all get together again, it seems like nothing has changed.

One of my favorite parts of being home is spending more time with my family. I have never felt so grateful for home-cooked meals or a real washer and dryer until I stepped into my house again. Rather than talking on the phone with my parents about our days, I can sit down with them at the kitchen table and have a conversation in person. I also never realized that I would miss my parents — or my dog — as much as I did over the past year.

Though finding activities to pass the time can sometimes get "boring" in one's hometown, spending some time away can reinstate plenty of ideas. My sister and I found ourselves making a list of things we can do throughout the summer, and though some of the things we had done before, it sounded so much more exciting after spending the school year in a different city.

In the end, coming home makes you appreciate your town even more.

Even if you didn't love it before, being home for just a few months keeps you from taking life's finer things for granted. Especially when it's summer, you can relax on your own couch without the stress of school in front of you. Enjoy your city while you can, because it is always there to welcome you back.

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