Beating the “Finals Blues”

It’s that time of year again…

The dark and gloomy weather, the empty bars deprived of attention, the Starbucks’ that run out of coffee, the overcrowded 24 hour libraries, and the purely delusional students who are either sitting in a corner crying or sleeping in their books.  That’s right people it is the end of FINALS WEEK!

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This is a perfectly accurate depiction

 

For some people, finals aren’t a big deal and therefore continue to carry on life as usual…

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But for most of the students at my school, including myself, finals are both a trying and detrimental time of our lives.

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Never before have I seen people do the strangest things, and think the most obscure thoughts then during finals week.  Clearly this delusion we all experience takes a toll on us and we treat ourselves horribly when, we in fact should be doing the opposite in this crucial time.

Finals are important, for they push us to the very edge and teach us many things.  For example, they cause some people to realize they hate their current major, while on the other hand they can motivate people to want to learn even more.  In my case, they caused me to have a severe case of paranoia, yet motivated me to become further involved with activities involving my major…aka cancer research.

Finals week has an act for bringing out the worst in people.  We treat our bodies horribly by getting only 2-4 hours of sleep a night, we drink way too much caffeine, we eat only 1-2 meals a day which consist of something fattening and fast to eat, and we are basically immobile for a week or two.

After doing this to myself this semester I decided that I will never do that again, and change my ways.  I think that with a few simple changes, we can get rid of, or at least reduce our “finals blues.”

  • All three meals should be eaten each day, and they should have nutritional consistence.  It only takes about 10-15 min. to cook a meal, and it is not worth it to spend extra money and spare your health just to save you a few more minutes of studying time.
  • Make a promise to yourself that you will get at least 6 hours of sleep each night.  Your brain and body need this sleep in order for you to be a successful test taker.
  • Listen to soothing music as you study.  I recommend instrumental piano or string quartet versions of your favorite songs.
  • DISABLE YOUR FACEBOOK AND TWITTER ACCOUNTS
  • Keep your body as active as possible, whether that means taking an hour of your day to exercise, or even taking a few laps around the library every half our or so.
  • Make realistic goals for each day of studying and make an organized schedule to get rid of unnecessary stress.
  • Try to see the big picture when things may not be going your way; While these finals are important, they are not the end of the world and believe it or not, life will go on regardless of what grades you get.

So congratulations to all who have completed their fall finals and to all a happy and well deserved winter break!

 

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