There’s nothing that sneaks up on you quite as bad as finals season. One day you’re vibing, there’s not a lot of homework. It’s sunny, there’s nicer weather and you have time for everything fun you want to do. Then the next thing you know it feels like you’re on a constant edge of impending doom. 

Finals is by far the worst time of year, particularly in the spring as it is coupled with the stress of moving out for the summer. There is not much you can do to get through it without any worry or stress, but there are steps you can take to ensure that you come out the other side with your sanity intact. 

The easiest thing you can do is to take a couple of minutes to sit down and make a plan. I personally like to write a checklist of all my assignments and exams with their due dates. Sometimes when you’re thinking about everything you have to do your mind can overestimate which leads to more stress and anxiety. 

By physically breaking it down into more manageable pieces, you’ll have a tangible thing in front of you to remind you that all the work you have to do is manageable. Sometimes the most important thing you can do is just remind yourself that you’re capable of accomplishing everything you have to do. 

When it comes time to study for your exams or write your papers, find a nice study spot somewhere that allows you to focus. If you like a little white noise try a cafe in town or the Mezzanine in the Barone Campus Center. If you need absolute silence and zero distractions, then the library will be your friend. All that matters is that you find somewhere that works for you. 

Finally, the most important thing you can do is make sure to look after yourself. Take breaks, make sure you eat and stretch every once in a while. Burnout is a very real thing and the best way to combat that is to practice self-care. 

No matter what, just remember that summer is around the corner and all the struggle and strife will pay off! 

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