What programming are you planning for Finals Week?
Finals week can throw even the most seasoned college students for a loop. No matter how many times you've been through, finals week is still a major pain in the brain. What is supposed to be the last lap of the semester often turns into a sleep-deprived, caffeine-fueled, stress-inducing cram fest.
1. Take Care of Yourself Physically - You can't rock that chemistry final if you're sleep deprived, in funky clothes that needed to be washed a week ago, and fighting a cold. Treat your body kindly during finals week, and it will return the favor! Will you get as much sleep as you ideally need? Probably not. But you should get enough so that you can be mentally sharp both during your study sessions and during your exams themselves.
Allow yourself the luxury of a long, hot shower and the comfort of freshly washed clothes. It's the little things, sometimes, that can allow you to really focus on the task at hand during a difficult exam. Make sure you feel at your physical best if you hope to perform at your mental best.
2. Eat & Exercise - When you're short on time, these are often the first to go! Technically, what you've eaten over the last 24 hours may count as food—but it didn't provide much nutrition. You don't need to visit your doctor to know how much better you feel when you've had a good breakfast, a respectable lunch, sensible snacks, and a smart dinner. Add some green to your plate this week for fuel! Additionally, even a 20-minute walk around campus can do wonders for your physical and mental health. Start simple and realize how important nutrition and exercise is to your academic success.