10 Steps To Make It Through Finals Week

10 Steps To Make It Through Finals Week

It isn't easy my friends but you got it

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Finals week is a very known stressful time for students because every class either has a final project or final exam, or both if you are REALLY lucky. There are some steps every student takes to make it through the week and I have summarized the week in 10 steps.

Step 1: Make a planner

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To keep your final project due dates and final times, it is best to have a planner or calendar. This helps you not forgot when things are due and when your exams are. It also helps you not overwhelm yourself. What I like to do is schedule which days I am going to work on which project. That way nothing is done too last minute and I'm not over exhausting myself by cramming so much into one night. I can't promise it won't fix everything but a lot of students find that it is helpful.

Step 2: Finish up all your final projects

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Getting those projects done is stressful because you want them to be turned in on time but you also want to take your time with them. No matter what major you are, it is a stressful time. Try and keep your cool. Do a little bit of each project on certain days and make sure you know which ones are due before the other.

Step 3: Drink Lots of Coffee

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Your coffee intake does not count during finals week (this isn't actually a fact, I am not a doctor do not take my word for this). When you have to stay awake enough to study and get your creative juices flowing, sometimes coffee is the most delicious bet. Naps can be helpful but sometimes there isn't much time for a nap; remember winter break is almost near.

Step 4: Get as much extra credit as you can

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Get as much extra credit as you can just in case you don't do your best on the exams. If you are anything like me, test taking isn't in my area of expertise which is why I make sure I take any extra credit opportunity that comes about. Extra credit is a college student's best friend because unlike projects and tests, it can only help.

Step 5: Start making flashcards to study

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Whether you are a paper flashcard person or a Quizlet person, flashcards do help especially for those of you who are visual learners. Even making the flashcards helps a bit because you are rewriting your vocabularies and that sometimes helps it engrave in your brain. Or maybe it is some kind of placebo effect but never the less it works.

Step 6: Let out all of your crying

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Finals week is stressful and sometimes you just need to let that out so you can move on. So, it is okay to cry it out, just let it out and that way you can get back to work.

Step 7: Study at least every night

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Study a little bit every day and a bit before your exam to refresh your memory. You don't want to cram your brain by trying to learn a class worth of material in one night. Especially if your final exams are cumulative, you cannot memorize a whole semester in one night and if you can HOW DO YOU DO THAT AND CAN YOU SHARE.

Step 8: Take your finals

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Relax, go over your flashcards before you get handed the test. Go in thinking you are going to pass it because if you walk in telling yourself you are a failure, odds are you are going to fail. I want you to go in yelling "I AM A PRO AT *insert class here*" trust me it will help.

Step 9: Pack for Winter Break

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You are done with finals and now it is time for another SUPER fun thing and that is packing a months worth of clothes. At this time, it is hard to not overpack because what if you decide that you wanted to wear that T-shirt during Winter Break? Try and think of things you would wear multiple times or think of your favorite outfits. As long as you can sit on your suitcase and it zips, then you are probably good.

Step 10: Get the heck out of there

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RUN! Get out of there, get in your car and escape from this thing we call college! But seriously, you made it and now it is time for a break. Some of you may be going on break to work but it still is at least a break from school so enjoy it! Get yourself mentally prepared for the next rundown with the old college.

We went through a couple things that are relatable to college students and some tips for how to make through finals week. I wish all of you college students good luck, study hard and have a great winter break.

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I can skip class. I can leave early, and I can show up late. But, ya see, I am not doing that.
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College is not what you think it is. I am not sitting in a classroom for six hours listening to a professor speak about Shakespeare and the WW2.

I am not given homework assignments every night and told to hand them in next class.

I do not know my daily grade for each of the five classes I am taking, and I don't know if my professor even knows my name.

College today is a ton different than how it was 20+ years ago.

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I can skip class. I can leave early, and I can show up late. But, ya see, I am not doing that. I am a responsible person, even if you do not think I am.

I do get up every morning and drive myself to class. I do care about my assignments, grades, my degree, and my career.

I spend a lot of time on campus having conversations with my friends and relaxing outside.

I am sick of older generations thinking that us millennials are lazy, unmotivated, and ungrateful. While I am sure there are some who take things for granted, most of us paying to get a degree actually do give a s**t about our work ethic.

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How To Stay Mentally Healthy In College

Our mental health is just as important as our physical health.

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Staying healthy in college seems really, really hard to do. Classes, friends, clubs, and the whole fact of living by yourself can create a lot of stress and anxiety. Most students, and people in general, don't really know how to deal with stress or how to take care of themselves mentally, leading to unhealthy behaviors physically and mentally. If you don't take care of your mental health, your physical health will suffer eventually. Here are a few tips and tricks to help take care of your mental health:

1. Eat a well-balanced diet

Eating fruits, vegetables, grains, and other healthy foods will help you feel more energized and motivated. Most people associate eating a balanced diet as beneficial for your physical health, but it is just as important for your mental health.

2. Keep a journal and write in it daily

Writing can be one of the most relaxing and stress-relieving things you can do for yourself. Writing down the issues you are struggling with or the problems you are encountering in your life on a piece of paper can help you relax and take a step back from that stress.

3. Do something that brings you joy

Take some time to do something that brings you joy and happiness! It can be really easy to forget about this when you are running around with your busy schedule but make some time to do something you enjoy. Whether it be dancing, writing, coloring, or even running, make some time for yourself.

4. Give thanks

Keeping a gratitude log — writing what brings you joy and happiness — helps to keep you positively minded, which leads to you becoming mentally healthy. Try to write down three things that brought you joy or made you smile from your day.

5. Smile and laugh

Experts say that smiling and laughing help improve your mental health. Not only is it fun to laugh, but laughing also helps you burn calories! There's a reason why smiling and laughing are often associated with happiness and joyful thoughts.

6. Exercise

Staying active and doing exercises that energize your body will help release endorphins and serotonin, which both act as a natural antidepressant. Keeping an active lifestyle will help you stay happy!

7. Talk out your problems

All of us deal with stress and have problems from time to time. The easiest and probably most beneficial way to deal with this stress and anxiety is to talk it out with a close friend, family member, or even a counselor.

8. See a counselor, peer mentor, or psychologist

Just like it was stated in the previous point, it is beneficial to talk out your problems with a counselor. We all have issues, and it is OK to ask for help.

Keeping up your mental health in college can be a struggle, and it may be hard to even admit you are not mentally healthy. This is OK; you are not alone. If you want to see a psychologist or would like to learn more about mental health, there are resources. You can also take a self-assessment of your mental health. If you are struggling with thoughts of suicide, please, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

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