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The Best (Worst) Time of the Year

 

Good news friends! It's the most wonderful time of the year! We get to spend time with our loved ones, and get to stuff our faces with delicious foods like turkey and pie and mashed potatoes that actually have flavor. And we get two breaks to relax, catch up on sleep, and see our friends.

Bad news friends! Sandwiched in between our two wonderful breaks of awesomeness, we have two and one-half weeks of school. And the worst part is, one of the two and one-half weeks is Finals Week. Finals Week is everything that you've been warned about: it's long, it's tough, and it makes some of us openly weep for our mommies.

So, with all of that being said, Finals Week is actually very important and very tough. Luckily, UE usually sandwich Finals Week around a weekend. This makes it easier to focus on each of your individual finals, instead of being overwhelmed by having all of your finals right in a row. Here are a few things I learned last year that I'll share with you all, so that you can succeed during Finals Week also: 

1) Get enough sleep. A lotta students try to stay up late cramming. However, there have been a lot of studies saying that staying up cramming actually makes you get worse grades than when you get enough sleep. 

2) Break up your studying. It's important to take breaks, so that your brain doesn't explode. Do something you really enjoy (like shooting hoops), or something spontaneous and fun (like going to IHOP at two in the morning). 

3) Use the weekend wisely. After the finals on Thursday and Friday, it's popular to procrastinate all weekend and push your studying back to Sunday night. Use the weekend to study and get enough sleep. It's definitely not the most fun way to spend your last weekend before break, but your GPA will thank you. 

4) Don't get sick! Last year, it seemed like everyone got sick right at the middle of Finals. Stress decreases your immune systems abilities to fight off infection. Get enough sleep, drink plenty of water, wash your hands 4 billion times a day, and prepare well enough that you're not overly stressed. 

5) Study. This seems like the overly obvious one, but everyone loves to procrastinate and not get anything done. Get to a place where you can focus, and actually learn whatcha need to learn. This isn't high school anymore; your finals will be difficult, and you'll need to be prepared. 

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