Finals are coming, prepare for the end

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It’s the beginning of the end.

No, I don’t mean the end of the world (although I definitely plan on attending one of those fun survivor-themed parties come December 21).

I’m talking about the first few days marking the end of the semester.

I’ll admit, I hated the thought of coming back to school after a much appreciated Thanksgiving Break. While I like most of my classes and enjoy learning, I’m really not looking forward to all of the upcoming quizzes, presentations, papers and, of course, the dreaded exam week.

But as I dragged myself out of bed for class Monday morning, a voice in my head said clearly and strongly, “Come on. You can do this.”

It kept me going all day. By the end of the year, it’s common to feel tired, stressed and totally unmotivated.

To give up and call it a day is a tempting option, but give my end of the semester survival tips a try first.They may give you enough extra oomph to help you power through.

Don’t go sleepless. I’m not going to suggest going to bed early, because I know for a lot of students, it’s simply not an option. There’s just not enough time in the day to get everything done. Instead, I’m suggesting you nap. Even if it’s just a 20-minute one, a short nap can go a long way.

Do not fake energy. Energy drinks like Monster and Red Bull may seem like a quick fix for having zero energy, but it may be a better idea to skip them. There are articles abound about their negative side effects such as stomach problems, anxiety and cardiac arrhythmias.

Instead, keep yourself hydrated and when you need an energy boost, take a quick study break and grab a Jamba Juice or some yogurt with granola. The quick break and short walk to the Union or corner store will wake you up, and the alternative treats will give you a healthier source of energy.

When your day is so packed that you don’t have time to spare for a break, make use of what time you have on the way to work and class. On your walk to campus, listen to a song or two that is relaxing or motivating to you. Concentrate only on how the song makes you feel and its lyrics. Instant pick-me-up.

Budget your time effectively. Mark up a calender or to-do list with assignments, exams and other things you must complete on the day they’re due. Plan ahead for what must be done on what day and by what time. Physically planning your next three weeks in advance will keep you on track and show that you can climb this mountain of work in small steps each day.

Cross off your to-do items on your list or calender as you finish them. It seems like too small a thing to make a difference, but when you can actually see your progress and countdown the days that are left in the semester, you’ll recognize that you can and will make it to the end.

And finally, keep your eye on the prize: Winter Break. The end of the semester is right around the corner.

Have faith in yourself and know it’ll be here soon.

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