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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Finals Survival Guide

They're here.

*dun dun dun*
I'm doing my very best to remain as calm as possible for as long as possible this finals season. Last year I felt like crying 24/7 because I was so overwhelmed and sleep deprived - and I didn't do as well as I had hoped I would on several of my finals. So, clearly, my strategy of cram a lot and sleep a little was not ideal, and I definitely do not want to repeat it.

Currently, I am in the process of making as many preparations as possible for finals to allow for maximum concentration and minimal meltdowns by:

1. Keeping my room freakishly clean

2. Writing absolutely everything down

3. Keeping all of my devices fully charged or keeping their chargers on me at all times

4. Making sure my fridge is fully stocked (on that note, Domino's is having 50% off all pizzas at menu price when you order online through December 6th...just sayin'...)

5. Scheduling time to eat and exercise (seriously)

6. Allowing myself to be OCD about having my nails chip-free

7. Forcing myself to drink water - and a lot of it

8. Making outlines for my papers before I write them/organizing my binders so that all of my notes are organized and acessible

9. Staying on top of my emails - both school & blog related

10. Sleeping - at least 6 hours a night, ideally 7-8 if possible

It's so easy to prioritize study over self during this time of year, and last year I fully "let myself go" during finals. I looked horrible, I didn't sleep, and one day, I drank 8 16-oz cups of coffee in a 4-hour time period. It was incredibly unhealthy and I hope to maintain as much sanity as possible by making sure that all I have to worry about is doing my work. Rather, I'm going to make as much effort as possible to give myself my best chance at studying productively and efficiently.

I also want to keep a mantra in mind that one of my teachers in middle school used to tell us all -
"You are a girl, not a grade."

How are you surviving finals this year?


  1. You've got this one, Victoria! Don't forget to take some deep breaths and remember that life after college doesn't care about the grades you received on your finals - trust me!

    1. Thank you so much, Rebecca! That's so reassuring - seriously! :)


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