You are More Than Your Grades

You are More Than Your Grades

Finals are quickly approaching, and we all need this reminder.

University of Wisconsin-Madison

This is a message for anyone who needs to hear it. The holidays are quickly approaching us, and with that comes an insane amount of stress. Finals season approaches much too quickly, and suddenly we only have two weeks to study for three tests and write two 15 page essays.

I want you to do something for me.

Take a deep breath. And again.

Now repeat after me: It's going to be okay.

Even if it all feels like way too much, just taking a minute to breathe can help exponentially. I know it feels as though the entire semester has flown by, and now there's offically talk of the end of it. You will be able to make it through the next few weeks. I know how crazy it is that nearly entire grade in a class can be based simply on one paper or one exam. If I have one solid piece of advice, this is it: Do not procrastinate.

Please recognize that writing a 15 page paper does take more than one all-nighter, it may even take several. I know it's tempting to let yourself watch a few extra episodes of "How I Met Your Mother" on Netflix, but this simply will not teach you about the elements of medieval literature in the long run, nor will it feel fantastic once the stress really does kick in. Remember that it's always so much better to spend dead week editing and studying information you already know.

Take care of yourself. If that means taking a half hour to reorganize your closet, do so. If that means eating a pint of "Ben and Jerry's" ice cream, that's okay too. Don't let yourself do poorly because you spend too much time stressing about everything on your plate. Don't take it all too seriously.

You are good enough, even if you don't receive the grade you were hoping for. You are good enough, even if you end up with a C, or a D, or even failing the final. You are worthy of all of the opportunities you are given, even if it doesn't feel like it in the moment. But let me remind you that your worth is not defined by the grade you receive in a class. One poor exam will not ruin your GPA. One missed assignment will not tank your grade in a class. You are doing the best you can.

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