With only three weeks left in the semester, chances are that you’re wondering how you’re going to survive through finals week. Trust me, you’re not the only one. But how exactly? What can you do to help with that end of semester stress?
1. Do your homework!
This seems like an obvious one. Of course you should be keeping up with those final assignments that pile up at the end of the semester. The important thing to keep in mind are your deadlines. You shouldn’t put that assignment off just because it isn’t due until finals week. How many other classes also have something due around the same time? Make sure to do a little bit here and there, even if it’s just doing your essay outline or getting a couple problems on the math homework done.
2. Take breaks.
Again, another obvious one. If you’re like me and once you get going on something and can’t stop until you’re done, it can be hard to remember this. Remember that being overworked can be harmful to your mental–and in some cases, physical–health. Make sure to take a break and eat something if you haven’t.
3. Make time for friends.
Going along with that last one, try not to become a hermit during the end of the semester. Even if you decide to pull a classic college student move and hole up in the library during finals, try to at least bring a friend. Remember that Covid-19 restrictions are still in place on campus through the end of this semester, so make sure you’re within the guidelines when you bring a friend along.
4. Get some rest.
Look, we all know you’re probably not going to get that recommended 7-8 hours. Your reasons are your business, but try to at least get some sleep. An hour is better than nothing, and even if you can’t get that, just try to lay down and close your eyes for a few minutes. Trying to do yet another classic college student move and go over 24 hours without sleep isn’t good for you or your grades.
5. Show up to your finals.
Granted, some classes aren’t doing in-person finals or having finals that can only be done on a certain day at a certain time. If that’s the case for you, remember to do them. Set aside some time to get that exam done so you don’t have to worry about it. As for the others, it’s important to make sure you show up on time. Whether that means you go to a classroom or you’ve pulled up the lockdown browser, set an alarm that gives you plenty of time to get there. (A moment of silence for everyone with 8 am finals.)
The end of semester stress isn’t completely avoidable. There’s going to be that one thing that just freaks you out and you can’t get it off your mind. I get that. Hopefully, though, you’ll be able to manage it and make it to summer break.