Don't stress about finals

With the semester coming to an end, the main things on most students’ minds are their final grades. Whether you need to finish, or start, that final paper for a major class, or begin making note cards for some last minute exam review, students are always stressing about how to get the highest Grade Point Average.

This is an important time for students, and can even be a make it or break it point for some. But the most important thing to remember is that we have to continue taking care of ourselves.

Yes, I am stressed out, but being that it is the first semester of my senior year, I have to say — just breathe. It will all come together, I promise. Manage your time with care, plan what you are going to work on for the next few weeks, and keep in mind that not all final exams are cumulative. In my past 3-4 years of college, I have had 2 final exams that were cumulative.

This isn’t the case for all classes, majors or minors, but if you are lucky enough to treat this last exam as just another exam, take advantage of it. Use that little bit of extra time you would normally put towards studying for a test and finish the speeches or papers that may have piled up. And when you are feeling down on your luck take a break and head to Starbucks or Dunkin with some friends.
College is flying by faster and faster every semester for upperclassmen and it will for underclassmen in the near future. Make sure you are working hard and putting your best effort toward your grades.
Along with that, trying to find time to search for internships or jobs can add a lot of stress as well. But keep in mind that college years should be some of the best years of your life. You don’t have to live at home and answer to your parents all the time, you get so many opportunities to branch out and try new things, meet new people and join as many clubs as possible.

Do your best when it comes to the end of the semester but don’t spend hours upon hours in the library. Take advantage of the on campus events like the movies in Orndorff or take an hour or two to work off some steam at the Ship Rec. Whatever it is that you do to relax and cool down, do it.
This should be a joyous time for everyone! The holidays are right around the corner and all of those comfy winter clothes are ready to make their debut.

With this in mind, work hard, finish up all of your work, but take breaks from the books and do things that will help to relieve stress.

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