So as final season comes to a close, I just wanted to share some tips on how I managed through it all! I was done with school on the 25th, but that last week was hectic. Classes finished the 17th, but I had a project due on the 10th and the 17th, two papers and a movie due on the 20th, a final exam on the 25th. So in order to manage through it, I did some things differently than I normally do!
- I looked ahead. I started planning for this period of time in March, instead of waiting until April. Some of the assignments, specifically the movie and the assignment on the 10th, ahead of time so I just tried to get those done sooner.
- Planning me time- normally during finals I have slacked on self-care. But this time, I went to yoga almost everyday for a week, got tons of sleep and ate right. By doing this, I was prepared. I kept a tight schedule, which allowed me to be stress-free.
- Staying on campus- normally, I leave school the last day of classes and just do any assignments at home. But since my two papers (due on the 20th), had to be turned in hard-copy, I stayed on campus. Staying on campus really made me stay focused and studied a lot.
- Study spaces- I had a really good talk about study spaces with my roommate before finals approached. She likes to study with the room 100% quiet, which bothered me, but normally I was gone so it never really had that big of an effect on my life. But since I knew I would be there for a longer time, I talked to her about study spaces, so not only did I study outside of the room, she did as well, which made me feel more comfortable. It’s important to communicate how you feel, especially while living with someone. Finals can be stressful if not managed right, so make sure you talk it out ahead of time.
All of these tips, along with lots of prayer and meditation, allowed me to have a successful finals period! I ended the semester with a 3.623 cumulative! I wish you all the best of luck!