by Paige Calabrese ’18
It is that time of year again: finals. Before we can return home to relax and celebrate the holiday season with our families, we have to make the last push to finish papers, exams, and projects.
On top of the never-ending bombardment of assignments, there is the added stress of finding gifts for family, friends, and significant others. Some may also experience some anxiety about spending time with family and the friction that only our relatives can occasionally create.
With all these thoughts and more swirling in a terrifying storm around our heads, it may seem almost impossible to tune it out and focus on the things immediately in front of us.
For the remainder of this week and all of next week, productivity is key: managing time efficiently and plowing through assignments is necessary in order to complete all the work that stands between us and four weeks of home-cooked meals, shameless TV binges, and —for the extra-lucky people—snuggles with pets.
Throughout the week, check in with yourself to make sure you are not on the brink of a finals-induced meltdown and think ahead to the month-long vacation that awaits!
Finals can be intimidating, but it is possible to reign in the feeling of helplessness by creating a schedule, sticking to it, and taking care of yourself.
Enjoy the well-earned time off, and good luck to all these last couple weeks!