With finals week quickly approaching, many students can relate to the variety of emotions that will be experienced throughout campus. From the initial feelings of hopelessness as you crack open your first book, to the feeling of satisfaction and relief when you walk out of your last final, here are the 5 stages of finals week and ways to combat them.
Stage 1: Lost and Hopeless
We all know how it feels to look at a practice problem and feel our minds go completely blank except for one thought: “We never learned this… Did we?!” Don’t worry, most of us have been there, and there are a few things you can do to avoid this awful feeling. First, give yourself ample time to study for your finals. Start as early as possible, even if you only have time to study for a little bit each day. Make sure you have all the materials you will need, and visit your professors’ office hours for topics you may be struggling with.
Stage 2: Determined
Create an environment conducive to studying; turn off your phone, only study in a group if it makes sense, and PLEASE… Stay off Facebook! Once you have all your books in front of you, a full cup of coffee, and your favorite Pandora station playing, you are bound to feel a rush of determination. It’s go time! Plan out a study schedule to ensure you have enough time to devote to each class, but make sure you still allow yourself time slots for eating and sleeping- those are kind of important, too! Get working on those study guides, practice problems, and flashcards.
Stage 3: Sad/Slightly Delusional
You started studying when the sun was going down, you’ve had your face stuck in a book for hours, and now you look up to see the sun rising… For those of us that take advantage of the Main Library being open 24-hours during finals week, we know the pain of pulling all-nighters. If you have no other choice than to stay up all night cramming, at least try to take care of yourself. Snack on foods that will help you concentrate, such as blueberries, nuts, and dark chocolate. Green tea is also a great way to get caffeinated but avoid the crash since it contains l-theanine, which releases caffeine more slowly. Water is always a safe bet, too!
Stage 4: Prepared
You are SO CLOSE! Your brain is full of knowledge and you the end is in sight. It is crucial to not get burnt out during finals, so switch up your study spot for a breath of fresh air. Check out the Art Library in ABW for scenic views of the pond out back, or visit the newly-renovated Pomerantz Career Center on the 3rd floor of Pomerantz!
Stage 5: Excited
The timer goes off, you turn in your scantron and exam, and push open the doors… Freedom! You did it! Congratulate yourself with a treat like Chipotle or some much-needed sleep. You’ve earned it! Enjoy your break, stay safe, and we can’t wait to see you back on campus in Fall 2017!
-Written by student blogger, Steph Coupland