Here Are 5 Reasons You Should STOP Stressing For Finals

Here Are 5 Reasons You Should STOP Stressing For Finals

It's beginning to look a lot like finals! Let's all try to get through them stress-free this time around.


Finals are real and horrifying — but only if you look at them like that. This time of the semester is amazing because you're THAT much closer to being home with your family for the holidays. It's also stressful, for my students out there, because the cramming and studying for finals is real. Let's all just take a breather and acknowledge these five reasons you shouldn't be stressing for finals.

1. There are ways to organize what you need to do other than constantly worrying about it

To-do lists, sticky notes, reminders through your cell phone or laptop, prioritization lists, and the options can go on. Why stick all these stress-filled thoughts in your brain when you can get them written down and prioritize through them? You know you're going to complete everything that NEEDS to be done. Don't exert negative energy and stress when it's not necessary. You got this.

2. Visualize success 

The best-selling book in 2006, "The Secret" by Rhonda Byrne explains this concept the best. The book is based on the concept of the law of attraction. By manifesting an idea or concept of what you want, the success it will bring you and what it will be like when you receive this, the universe will make it happen. The whole book explains that a person's thoughts can change someone's life directly. Picture yourself after the exam is over; stress-free, passing with flying colors and ecstatic it's all over. It's your destiny to choose, so choose the visualization of success.

3. While you're stressing, the best memories are passing

This is for my seniors or future graduates out there. This is your (almost) last semester of your career. Wouldn't you rather be enjoying your time decorating for Christmas with your roommates? Or maybe spending time with friends you won't see over break? Obviously finals aren't something to blow off or not prepare for, that's not what I'm saying. My advice is to stop and enjoy the purpose of why you're getting your education and the special people who surround and support you. Time flies when you're too busy stressing about something you're going to complete with success.

4. You KNOW you know the information

You've been in the class for a whole semester, or year, depending on your education. All of the assignments, quizzes and tests have tested your knowledge before. This is just a final exam. Don't let the word final scare you from what you know. It's just like the other assessments you've done all semester, you got this!

5. This, too, will pass

If you're a student, it won't last forever. It's also safe to assume if you're a student, you understand there are more finals in your future. Just like everything in life, this will pass. Take finals one step at a time and because it's inevitable to get that degree or diploma. Once you're done, you're DONE. That alone is something to be extremely proud and excited for.

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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.

SEE ALSO: 50 Things To Do Instead of Finishing Your Homework

  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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High School Seniors Should Be Excited For College, Not Scared

Even though it seems stressful and it is a big new place, it will be some of the best memories you will have for life.


Going into the summer after my high school graduation, all I could think about was college, and how I was going to prepare to go to a new school and move away from home. Just know, it is not as stressful as you prepare yourself for it to be. You don't need to worry about not having any friends or not knowing how to get to all the different buildings because you have to remember everyone else on campus has been in the exact same position you are in, and there are tons of people on campus to help you.

One of the things I was most worried about was classes and how to know which classes to take. My advice is to go to counseling and plan out your classes before you register. Planning out classes will drastically help you stay on track and the counselors will help you make a balanced schedule that you can actually handle.

Another piece of advice would be to not bring as much stuff for your dorm as you think you will need. By all means, bring the essential things that you will need, but remember a dorm room is very small and you share it with another person. You won't have a ton of space for extra stuff and you want to have space to move around and actually live in your dorm.

Finally, if you are concerned about meeting people and making friends, just try and be as outgoing and open as possible. Everyone else in the dorms is just as nervous as you are too meet people, it really helps to try to branch out. Joining clubs or greek life also helps you meet people around campus with common interests as you.

College is not something to be scared of. Even though it seems stressful and it is a big new place, it will be some of the best memories you will have for life.


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