Doesn’t it seem like we were just on Thanksgiving Break? I am convinced that it sped by on purpose because of how relaxed and relieved we were from exams and homework. Nevertheless, it’s #finalsszn, which means it’s back to the books before we break for the semester. No need stress though, use these five helpful tips to get you through the rest of the semester.
1. Write It Out
Dig up syllabi from each class, and make sure you have the dates of your upcoming finals correct. The best way to be consistent and organized with your school work is with a daily planner and calendar, which can be purchased from the Student Bookstore.
2. Lock Yourself In
You will not always have time to attend every school function, especially during finals week. This is the time that you must sacrifice having a good time with friends, and get ahead on your school work. They will understand!
3. Stay Motivated
One of your biggest motivators should be YOURSELF! Find some positive quotes from the Internet and write them on sticky notes around your room. Whether you are waking up or returning from class, recite them aloud for affirmation.
Here are some to consider:
- “Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom.” ~George Washington Carver
- “Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.” ~Malcolm X
- “You have to stay in school. You have to. You have to go to college. You have to get your degree. Because that’s the one thing people can’t take away from you is your education. And it is worth the investment.” ~Michelle Obama
4. Get Personal
Being in a class of over 100 people should not deter you from having a personal relationship with your professors. If your professors are too bogged down at this time of the semester to talk about your progress, set up an appointment to see our good friends at the Student Advisement Center to ensure you are taking the classes you need to graduate.
WOOSAH! One of my favorite therapeutic practices is yoga. Find a quiet place to play soft music and get in tune with the beat by closing your eyes, inhaling and exhaling, and stretching through a few songs to release any anxieties consuming your body and mind. For group led activity sign up for free fitness classes at the Student Recreation Center.
While we can’t guarantee that you will make the Principal’s List after using these helpful tips, we do wish you the best of luck, Panthers!