As the end of the semester approaches, it can feel like all of the responsibilities you’ve been juggling all semester have suddenly multiplied themselves by ten. Ok, maybe that’s a little dramatic, but keeping up with all of the things going on toward the end of the semester can get pretty challenging. No matter your major or what activities you’re involved in, the upcoming sprint to finals week is always one of the hardest of the year. That’s why I try to follow a few tips to keep myself focused on track to finish strong.
First of all, one of the most important things to remember when you’re cramming for a test or writing a paper–snacks. Usually I’m pretty cautious about spending money, but this is one time that it’s ok to treat yourself a little and splurge. If you have leftover flex money, now is a great time to spend it. Buy your friends some coffee at Common Grounds, or buy out all the snacks in the Hub. Either way, if you load up on snacks, I always feel like it makes your study time a little more pleasant.
You should also find a study spot that works for you. Besides the Learning Commons, there are dozens of other spots on campus that students use when they need to buckle down and concentrate, and a whole blog post could be written solely on study spots. Some go for Ramaker, others prefer the quiet of the theatre and some people use the study rooms in their dorms. One bonus of the Learning Commons is that Common Grounds is right around the corner, and you can lock your phone up with the front desk while you study. But if you have a little more self-control, feel free to get creative. It might take some time to find what works best for you, but once you find a spot where you can really crank out your best work, stake it out for the week.
Lastly, don’t forget to take some time to de-stress. Finals week and dead week can be stressful, but it’s important to get out of your head sometimes and have some fun. Every dorm on campus has an event during finals week called “zoo hour.” For one hour, every night, the dorms break the 24–hour quiet zone rule of finals week and cut loose. In my dorm, Steggy, there are dance parties and craft breaks, while in other dorms, like Hospers, I think they run around outside.
There are plenty of things to be stressed about, but preserving your own happiness is important too. So write that paper and study for that test, but also take some time to turn up the music and cut loose with your friends.