Best Necessities For Finals Week

Best Necessities For Finals Week

The end of the semester is rapidly approaching--use these items to better prepare you for hell week.

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There are 3 weeks left of classes, and, before we know it, USC will be fully-immersed in finals. Here are a few study grind MUSTS that will make your finals week as painless as pulling constant all-nighters can be.

1. Blue Light Glasses 

Quizlets. Study Guides. Emails. Blackboard. Slideshows.

All these things require a single thing: computers. All computers emit a type of light often referred to as "blue light." This light can strain our eyes, and studies by Harvard University have found that blue light disrupts our circadian rhythms which can make sleeping extremely difficult.

Blue light glasses block out blue-light rays. I bought my own pair from Amazon for $16.95, and they have been a total lifesaver. If you want to see if blue light glasses are a right fit for you, check out this link!

2. Momentum (google chrome extension!) 

This extension for Google Chrome is not only aesthetically appealing, but it also can help keep you on track! I use my Momentum homescreen's "to-do" function--a list that allows you to type out what you need to accomplish and to strike out things you have completed. This list keeps me on track and focused.

Other items that might help include sticky notes or planners; really, anything that will help you make lists and check items off.

3. Yerba Mate, Coffee, or Tea

Any caffeinated beverage is a necessity for long study nights. Make sure that you are smart about the amount of caffeine you are consuming--drinking too much can make your heart painfully race or your stomach hurt. Dilute the amount of caffeine you are drinking with some water to achieve the ultimate productive peak.

4. Good Music

I tend to listen to lo-fi study beats or acoustic music when I need to study. Find the music that pumps you up while getting you focused at the same time. Another recent study discovery includes Spotify's "All Out '00s" playlist which is full of the best throwback tunes.

.5. Quick Workout 

Obviously the mental grind is important, but so is your physical grind too! I recommend doing a fast HIIT workout or some yoga stretches if you are feeling stiff. Regardless, get out and get active.

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5 Reasons Why Staying At College For The Summer Is The Ultimate Power Move

No school, no rules, summer vacation at the best place on Earth, also known as college.

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As summer begins, it brings in the joy of no more school but for most what summer really brings is the sad realization that we have to leave our favorite place and go back to our boring home town with none of our new best friends. Although some have decided to stay at college for the summer and they will soon realize why this will be the best choice that they will be making all summer.

1. NO PARENTS 

What's better than no school, warm weather, and most importantly no one to say, "Are you just going to sleep till 2:30 p.m. every day this summer?"

1. It's like the weekend, but every day

Do you know what weekends felt like during the school year when you didn't have anything to do? No? You never had any free weekends? Wow, I'm so sorry. Well, imagine a weekend that you didn't have to do anything. Now multiply that one weekend by seven and you get seven Saturday like days where you do not have a single care in the world.

3. No "Go cut the grass!"

For the sons, you know that annoying time every week when your dad is going to say, "Go cut the grass." There is nothing you can do to get out of it. Well, staying at school for the summer means no more nagging. You get to choose what you do now.

4. The bond of friendship

The friends you make when you stay at college for the summer are different than any other bond. Mostly because you all don't have a care in the world since it's summer in your favorite place. It's a right of passage to call someone your summer college best friends. These are best friends that words wouldn't do justice.

5. The townies

Everybody always wonders what happens to a college town when all the college kids go home. Well, the townies come back in full swing and take their town back. If you stay at your college, you get to experience what most can't even describe in words. To the one mid-40s guy trying to relive his glory days. To the old men hitting on the college girls at the local pub. To the weird towny creatures that make you shiver with fright as you drive past them. Have fun townies, you only have three months.

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