The Stressful Stress of a Stress-filled Week

College students all over the nation are seen hidden behind books, furiously drinking as much coffee as possible, and trying to conceal the fact that they haven’t left the library in 32 hours. Welcome, dear friends, to finals week. 

Now I know a lot of people are super super stressed out because of finals. I am lucky, this semester I only have two finals at the end of the week, meaning I could come home to study and not be stuck on campus with the rest of the ravaging yet harmless college students. 

So I’m not really feeling the stress of finals..yet. But I know a lot of you are, and that’s why I’m here to explain how I’ve managed to not be so stressed about these tests which really don’t make a difference in your career. 

1. Sleep well. A lot of students pull all nighters to in order to cram as much information as possible into their now feeble minds…(hint…I call them feeble because they need sleep in order to become strong!) Getting a good night’s sleep is really advantageous and directly correlates on how you will perform on your tests. 

2. Surround yourself with comfortable things…like your favorite quilt, comfy slippers, the matching sweatpant/sweatshirt thing you love so much… being close to warm, comfort inducing objects increases how good you feel, and it’s right there for you if you fall asleep. 

3. Take a study break. No one, and I mean no one, (not even me!) can study for 14 hours straight and not become insane. And this is not a time where you should be insane. I suggest studying with a friend (while still keeping a safe distance apart so as to not get hit when an angry finals breakdown occurs..books fly everywhere…). Studying with a friend allows you to take a fun break, full of gossip and social interaction, all things central to keeping a girl sane. 

4. Remember that not everything you do in your life hinges on your ability to pass Biological Anthropology. This one final, that one class, will not amount to a hill of beans in the real world once you graduate college.

So don’t panic, slowly back away from the coffee, and take a chill pill in knowing that this stress filled week can become a little less stressful. 

Happy Studying Friends.

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