The Ultimate Survival Guide For Finals Season

The Ultimate Survival Guide For Finals Season

"Take your time and try your hardest to ace your exams and have a stress-free winter break."

In just one short week, finals begin for my college and for many students across the nation. Tears will be shed, lives will be shattered, and days will be ruined. The library will be crammed with students of all majors who are just trying to pass their Gen Ed's and major requirements. It will be an extremely tough week that takes a lot of skill and preparation to endure. Here's just one list of many that you will find online this semester finale.

1. Get sleep

The only real way to retain information is to make sure you get plenty of sleep. Without it, you won't be able to think or concentrate on the exam. It's important to keep a good sleep schedule during exams to avoid losing energy and motivation.

2. Find a good space

It's important to find a quiet and comfortable place so that you can really concentrate on the materials. The library is a good place to start and most universities have some place like an education center or student center that has private study rooms and hang outs. You don't want to try to go over your notes in a busy or loud room.

3. Eat healthily

Eat some good brain foods and snack in between meals to keep your belly full and your brain focused. This is a very stressful time so it's important to stay healthy and beat the junk food cravings.

4. Take breaks

Nobody can function and remember information simply by cramming for one whole session. It's vital to give your body and mind some rest and take breaks in between subjects.

5. Strategize

Don't go into studying blind. Find a good study plan for yourself so that your notes aren't too scattered for you to focus. It's important to find a good note-taking and re-note taking system so that you retain as much information as possible.

6. Find a good study buddy

For some people, studying alone just doesn't work well. It may help you to find a study buddy to help you with flash cards and review. It also helps to know that you're not alone in the struggle!

7. Start coloring

I'll never forget when my ninth grade English teacher had us color with crayons during exams. She was very young and had expressed how much coloring calmed her down during finals in college. It really did help a lot and I do it sometimes myself.

8. Find outside sources

Sometimes the study materials you have just aren't enough to fully understand a topic. Find some articles online or head to the library to find books about your topic.

9. Have confidence

The only way to do well fully during finals is to have confidence in yourself and your abilities. Take your time and try your hardest to ace your exams and have a stress-free winter break.

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22 Girl Names Your Random College Roommate Will Have, And The Type Of Roommate They Are

Will she be your BFF?

Every roommate situation in college is going to be different.

All you can do is hope and pray that they'll just leave you alone for the most part. A lot of the time, you can get a hint about what kind of roommate they'll be just knowing their first name.

1. Hailey

Her dad pays her rent. She can't cook. Litters the kitchen with take out boxes from the local vegan joint.

2. Beth

Totally wants you to go to SoulCycle with her at 6 a.m. on a Saturday. Room is littered with leggings and sneakers.

3. Michelle

Comes home at 3 a.m. after a night of heavy drinking. Loudly makes some sort of frozen meal. Sleeps through her noon alarm.

4. Victoria

Probably has dark hair and an acoustic guitar. Keeps pretty much to herself. Does homework in the living room at obscure hours.

5. Madison

Was on the dance team in high school and has not stopped telling you about how great it was. Does work out videos on the TV in the living room.

6. Kim

Brings her boyfriend over every night of the week. Brings different boys home on the weekends.

7. Megan

Actively avoids cleaning the bathroom. Leaves her dishes in the sink. You haven't seen her shower in four days.

8. Erica

Normal. Quiet. Wants to be a high school English teacher.

9. Erika

Wild. Emotionally distraught always. Is always hosting the pre-game. Never comes home with all of the clothes she left wearing.

10. Sarah

"Definitely should have got into Harvard, but I ended up here instead." Too into trying to get a 4.0 to pay attention to you.

11. Julia

Studies music performance. Screams expletives at her keyboard. Cannot play the trumpet, but still tries really hard.

12. Hannah

So tall she almost hits her head on the doorways. Plays basketball. Raps to old Kanye in the shower.

13. Jenny

Should not be allowed to go out. Goes out every weekend anyway. Throws up in your bathtub and doesn't always address it in the morning.

14. Heather

Stressing about her internship. Is currently failing all of her classes. Will somehow still get a 3.5 GPA this semester.

15. Grace

You never see her, only the hairballs she leaves all around your place.

16. Emma

Only has guy friends because "it's easier." Guy friends who leave empty beer cans out after every sporting event on TV.

17. Caitlyn

Has a 4.0 as a biology major. Is going to med school. Sterilizes her room, the bathroom and the kitchen sink every four hours.

18. Sam

Always has a paper about feminism to write. Rosie the Riveter poster in her room.

19. Alex

Is probably dating her boss. Has straight Ds in all her classes.

20. Taylor

Is somehow always home when you're home. You know nothing about her other than where she's from.

21. Alyssa

Trying to become the next big YouTuber. Has lighting equipment all over the place. You constantly hear the phrase, "Hey guys, welcome to my channel!" She squealed because yesterday she hit 25 subscribers.

22. Jesse

Is probably plotting your murder. Lurks around like a cat.

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Don't Let Anybody Shame You For Being A Community College Student

Community college is not a bad thing. In the end, you will save money and will probably be much happier.

It's your senior year of high school and all around you, your classmates are buzzing with excitement. What is the excitement about? College acceptances! Your friends, athletes, and classmates all around you are announcing the big name universities they have applied and been accepted to. In all the commotion you can't help but feel excited for them as well. But what happens when you go home and family and friends start asking you where you are going? What happens when you have known since the beginning of junior year that you are going to a community college or the "13th grade" as others call it?

I'll tell you what happens, people around you smile and change the subject. Or they ask "why?" and say that it is a terrible idea. They tell you that you are making a mistake and that if you don't go straight off to a university, you will never have a degree or a good job as other people that went straight to a university. I'm here to tell you that they are wrong.

There is no shame in going to community college for two years. In fact, if you are not quite sure what you want to major in or do when you graduate then it is the perfect time to find out. Community college gives you 2 extra years to find out what you like to learn about, what you like to do, and what you see yourself doing in the future.

Not to mention, community college gives you the chance to save up money for two years. That way when you graduate, you can go off to a big name university and not have to take as many loans out had you went straight there. The best part of going to a community college is that after your two years there you complete all your prerequisite classes, you also graduate with an associates degree.

After you can find a "big university" that accepts your college credits that you have already completed and transfer right over. You complete your junior and senior year there and graduate with a bachelors degree. The best part is no one ever has to know you went to a community college if you don't want them to.

Community college is not a bad thing. In the end, you will save money and will probably be much happier. Let's throw away the stigma. Let's start giving kids that are confused about where they should go and what they should do, the option of going to community college.

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