13 Ways To Change Up Your Daily Schedule Right Before Finals

13 Ways To Change Up Your Daily Schedule At College Right Before Finals

At the end of the semester, motivation is hard to find, but doing these things might bring some back into your busy days


At the end of the semester, college students tend to find themselves stuck in the same routines. Not only are days blending together because of the stress of the final week, but it's also hard to keep up with what happened and where it happened when you spend all your time in the same places and see the same people. College students generally have a way that they want to do things and a schedule that they follow every day. However, with so little time left in the semester, it's important to do what's best for you and your mental health and change things up a little bit.

Study outside

During spring semester, it's so easy to fall into the rut of always staying inside. But once it's nice outside, you should move your studying (or even your nap) outside. Being in the sun and in the fresh air will give you the push you need to get to the end of the semester.

Take time to be grateful

When you're stressed, it's easy to get stuck in a vicious cycle of feeling like everything is going wrong. If you can change the way that you think about what's happening, and put a positive spin on it, it's so much easier to get through finals.

Be proactive

If you don't put off all of your assignments until the last minute, you'll feel a little better about the semester. Creating a plan and sticking to it can help you feel more prepared with the craziness of finals week and spaces out your studying over a week instead of a few days.

Have a plan for moving out

Sure, you're not going to move out now, but cleaning up your room and having a plan to get everything home makes moving out a lot easier. Each year I've had my parents take home most of my stuff in between finals weekends, and then taken home the stuff that I need until the last day.

Study with friends

It's important to spend time with your friends before you all go your separate ways for the summer, but you can't ignore your studies. By spending time working with friends, you get the chance to feel productive but also see people you care about.

Do something for yourself

At the end of the semester, there are so many things that feel like they're your responisbility and need to get done, that it's important to remember to do what YOU want to do. Even if it's something as small as taking a nap, doing something for yourself helps you feel less stressed during final season.

Do some spring cleaning 

Having a clean space can make your life seem less chaotic. Everyone wants to shake off the winter feeling by cleaning, and it's important to do so in your college home too. Also, getting rid of things before you have to move out makes that process easier.

Try a new restaurant

In Columbus, there are so many good restaurants, that it's impossible to say that you've eaten at them all. Trying somewhere new can make a boring day seem more exciting, and it can be a good excuse to go out with friends and take a study break.

Or a new food at your favorite restaurant

Even if you aren't up for trying something completely new, making tiny changes to the thing you order every time makes your day seem a little more unique. Taking this opportunity to make a tiny change can seem like a treat.

Have at least one meal outside every week

With the weather so nice, it's so hard to justify sitting inside, especially if you're eating on campus, since practically everything has an outside seating option. Being in college can make it seem like you're stuck inside during all of the hours of sunlight, but this gives you a good chance to enjoy the sun and get some vitamin D.

Buy spring clothes

Shopping for new clothes can be a mindless activity, and it can get you into the change of weather. There are so many convenient places to go window shopping near OSU, so why not just look, and maybe find something new you love.

Cook a new recipe

Cooking is something that college students often don't have much time to do. If you're anything like me, you have so many saved recipes that you've never actually cooked. Pull a recipe you've always wanted to try and share it with your roommates.

Don't feel like you have to stick exactly to your schedule

Even though making a schedule can make your day seem more organized, but if you feel that you have to finish everything at the exact minute you expect yourself to, you will never feel like you're prepared for finals. Go easy on yourself, so long as you're still making progress.

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50 Things to Do When You're Bored and Completely Alone


For people like me, spring break is a time where you come home and have absolutely nothing to do. You're parents work all day and you're either sibling-less or your siblings have already moved out. Most of your friends are on the semester system, so your breaks don't line up. You're bored and completely alone.

Although while being alone sounds boring, sometimes it's nice to just hang out with yourself. There is a plethora of unique and creative things you can do. Netflix marathon? That's overdone. Doing something productive or worthwhile? You do enough of that in school anyway. Whatever the reason is for you being alone, I have assembled a list of unique things to do to cure your boredom.

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  1. Have a solo dance party.
  2. Teach yourself how to do an Australian accent (or any accent for that matter).
  3. Learn how to play harmonica (or any instrument for that matter).
  4. Buy an at home workout DVD.
  5. Bake a cake (and eat the whole thing for yourself).
  6. Take a rollaway chair and ride it down the driveway.
  7. Paint a self-portrait.
  8. Plant some flowers in your backyard.
  9. Become a master at air-guitar.
  10. Perform a concert (just for yourself).
  11. Write a novel.
  12. Become an expert on quantum mechanics.
  13. Give yourself a new hairdo.
  14. Knit a sweater (if you don't know how, learn).
  15. Make a bunch of origami paper cranes and decorate your house with them.
  16. Make homemade popsicles.
  17. Reorganize your entire closet.
  18. Put together a funky new outfit.
  19. Make a short film.
  20. Try to hold a handstand for as long as possible.
  21. Memorize the lyrics to all of your favorite songs.
  22. Create a website.
  23. Go on Club Penguin and troll a bunch of children.
  24. Become your favorite fictional character.
  25. Become your favorite animal.
  26. Practice your autograph for when you become famous.
  27. Create a magical potion.
  28. Learn a few spells.
  29. Learn how to become a Jedi.
  30. Put the TV on mute and overdub it with your own voice.
  31. Make paper hats with old newspapers.
  32. Become a master at jump roping tricks.
  33. Create music playlists based on random things, like colors.
  34. Find a chunk of wood and carve something out of it.
  35. Find something that doesn't have a Wikipedia page and create one for it.
  36. Create a full course meal based on whatever's in your kitchen.
  37. Teach your pet a new trick.
  38. Take a bunch of artsy photographs.
  39. Make a scrapbook.
  40. Learn a bunch of new words and incorporate them into your speech.
  41. Try to draw the most perfect circle without using a compass.
  42. Make your own board game.
  43. Memorize some poetry well enough so you can recite it.
  44. Build a fleet of sailboats and float them in your bathtub/pool.
  45. Write a song.
  46. Practice picking locks.
  47. Make a drum kit out of random household items and play it.
  48. Draw a tattoo on yourself.
  49. Give yourself a new piercing.
  50. Figure out the meaning of life.
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Things I Miss Now That I'm Home From College Again

There are so many reasons to be glad that the school year is over, but if you've done it right... there are a lot of reasons to miss it too.


So, school is over now and I've come home. As expected I was so relieved at first. No more showering with flip-flops, no more listening to screaming girls running up and down the hall, and a space that is mine and mine alone. But after a week or so of being back, there are a few things I've already started to miss.

I know that not every single person has the ideal roommate but I got really lucky with mine. Coming home I was excited to have my own space, but now when I'm doing my midnight scrolling, I'm realizing that I miss being able to talk to her about the funny things I see in that very moment. Tagging, DMing, and texting her doesn't feel the same as a long night of giggles spent together.

Also, while seeing old friends when you get home is amazing, and there is always a lot to catch up on, you do start to miss your other friends too. Being in college means that your friends are going through similar things as you are all the time. You have tests together, clubs together, and sometimes you spend way too much time procrastinating together. The bond you begin to form is one you definitely begin to miss - especially when you guys don't live close off of campus.

Coming home also means you don't have a set schedule or at least not immediately. You may come back to a previous job and that puts something on your calendar, but the free time you still have during the week can be a little too much. I know I've spent way too much time obsessing over the Tati/James drama than I ever would have at school. The routine I had at school kept me busy and entertained, and I'm honestly missing it a lot right now.

There are a lot of other things to miss too - even things you thought you wouldn't. You miss the classes, the teachers, and sometimes the food. I know I miss the environment. It isn't a perfect one, but it's full of people just trying to find their way. We are all working through the roller coaster of life and we are all stuck on one beautiful campus together while we figure it all out. I miss meeting new people at the bus stops or running into old classmates and catching up.

I guess the bonus for me is that I just finished sophomore year which means I have more time to spend at school. Come senior year, I guess I'll have to learn quickly how to deal without the things I miss - and also create a schedule so I can travel to see all of my friends, but those are all problems for future me.

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