Fall 2017: The Final Countdown

Victoria Jordan/Staff Reporter

Beginning the semester bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, we now walk around campus daydreaming about the Thanksgiving break. In a matter of seconds, you realize that Thanksgiving break starts Wednesday, and panicky that there are only three weeks left until the semester ends and finals week begins.
*Silent Screaming*

Although the end of the semester is swiftly approaching, November is the month to recharge and focus so that you can be resilient when tasks are thrown to you from the left and right. Here are a couple of things you should be aware of and how to master it as we all enter the final countdown.

1. Relaxation

The break we all need is finally here, take advantage of it. Catch up with your family, friends, and most importantly your sleep, while eating a nice feast. As far as some cool activities to do, you can try bowling, roller skating, mini-golf, laser tag, paintball or go to the park for simplicity. A word of caution, remember to complete some of your homework and take-home finals. You are back in places of comfort and creativity, so chances of completing these tasks with ease are manageable. If you feel like procrastinating, just think of all the fun you will have working on assignments from midnight to dawn from Nov. 29 through Dec. 4.

2. Cramming

Speaking of this procrastination deadline (Nov. 29 – Dec. 4), this is when the most amount of cramming will emerge.  I cannot say do not cram because everyone will. However, there are a few things to help you retain more of the information. Study the hardest in the morning, take a walk when you start feeling tired, and most importantly get a least a moderate amount of sleep before the exam.

3. Stress

This is the hurdle of life, knocking us down in the past, present, and future. Either experience your first set of college finals or even the very last set, the tension will creep in. To alleviate the burden, try to meditate for a few minutes a day, eat healthier, exercise, and take a break when you need one.

3.1 Mental Breakdown

We have reached the timeline in which stress and cramming cross paths. You are in a whirlwind of emotions, and by eating the slightest bit of candy you are now off your rockers, and you do not know where to laugh, cry, or scream (maybe a combination of all three). At this point rock out to music from the beginning of the 2000s, it will make you reminisce about the simpler days and laugh at how bad some of the music videos were.

4. Acceptance

Finals are here. You have finished relaxing, and dealt with all the cramming, stressing, and the daily breakdown. You cannot hide anymore or anywhere, time to master the boss level of the game we call college. Ready? Your time starts now.

5. Success

Flips over the exam, open canvas, submits take-home final, “Here is an A+ from me.”