Lily’s Declassified Finals Survival Guide

by Lily Chimenti

It’s official. We’ve finally reached that dreadful, awful, stressful time of the semester that everybody wishes they could fast-forward through— finals week. With three papers, four online assignments, and five tests in one week, it never feels like there is enough time for anything, however, when scheduled correctly, time is endless. It’s all about balancing your schedule and taking deep breaths along the way. Here are a few simple, yet effective steps to surviving finals week:

1.)    Create a study schedule.

This step may seem unnecessary, but it really is a life saver. When you schedule yourself to do something at a specific time, you are more likely to do it. Don’t overload yourself, but waste time. A good example of a study schedule for one night may be as follows:

5-6: Dinner

6-7: Anatomy and Physiology

7-8: Chemistry

8-9: Netflix break

9-10: Outline and begin Sociology Paper

2.)    Post-it note method

I learned this method from my former boss, Lily Frank. Whenever you are feeling stressed about something that needs to get done, write it on a post-it and stick it on your desk, refrigerator, wall, etc. Whether it’s something as difficult as writing a 20 page paper, or something as simple as cleaning your desk, write it down. Once you finish the task, you get the satisfaction of ripping that task off of the wall, crumbling it up, and throwing it in the trash. It’s like lifting weights off of your shoulders; seeing these little post it notes disappear one by one is pleasing. Definitely one of my favorite stress relievers.

3.)    Eat healthy and exercise.

Trust me, I know that this is one of the most difficult things to do during finals week. The constant stress makes you want to shove ten chocolate bars into your mouth and never hop out of bed. I highly recommend you do the opposite. Eating healthy will make you feel better about yourself and will improve your overall health. Sure, the aforementioned post-it note method is a good stress reliever, but exercise is the most natural and healthy stress reliever since the dawn of time. So lace up your sneakers, grab an apple, and run through the finish line of your finals.

4.) Make time for yourself.

During finals week, there is a good chance that the library will become your home. There is so much studying to get done, but it is vital to remember that you are a human being. You need a break every once in a while. After hours and hours of studying, your brain won’t be able to absorb any more information and you will just stress yourself out even more. It’s okay to watch Netflix. It’s okay to be with friends. It’s okay to take a break. You need it.

5.)    Breathe. You got this.

Sure, we all have different finals ranging in difficulty. However, everybody goes through the stress of finals week. It is demanding, it is painful, but it is doable. You’ve done it before and you know you can do it again. This week is the only thing standing between you and summer, so ace it. Unless you are taking summer courses, finals are the last thing you’re going to have to do for three and a half months. So why not try your best during it? Study hard, go for a run, grab your post-its, head to the library, and work. Hard work will always pay off, I promise. Best of luck to all!

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