How To Survive Finals Week
Blogger: Becca Patch
When Finals Week rolls around, I always know I have something to look forward to: study breaks. It sounds silly, but I always look forward to planning exciting (read: dumb) ways to avoid doing my work pre-exams.
1. Plan a Few Trips. Finals Week is the perfect time to explore L.A. (No, I’m not joking) When else do you have a Tuesday afternoon free of class? Go check out the LACMA or the Getty Villa. Not interested in something quite so educational? My study buddy and I decided to spend an entire afternoon at Soup Plantation instead.
2. Take Advantage of Excellent Programming. During finals week, the Office of Student Life, as well as various other on-campus groups, plan a variety of Stress-Relieving activities. We often have puppy play dates and tomorrow night I have an appointment with a masseuse they've brought to campus. And never forget Monday night’s Breakfast for Dinner! It’s a clear favorite and nothing says “what finals?” like three M&M pancakes.
3. Find a Really Good Study Space (w/ a Really Good Study Buddy!) Now, I know a lot of students spend all of their finals week in the library, but that’s never really worked for me. I find the library to be more of a distraction than a study aide—I’ll go in to print a paper and spend a few hours chatting with my friend from Bio who’s studying near the printer, oops!—so I just avoid the library as much as possible. There are so many other great places to study on campus: most dorms and educational halls have one or two hidden spaces!
4. When in Doubt, Sleep. It’s procrastinating AND being productive at the same time.
5. Actually Study. Like every other student I know, I am incredibly good at avoiding work. But you’re going to be a lot happier if you write that essay from 6pm to midnight than midnight to 6am. Promise.
And finally…. Enjoy it. This really applies to surviving the whole semester—
Not every class will be your favorite class (I’ve certainly had a few that were not my cup of tea!), but there’s something to be gained out of each one. I started an acting class this semester and was so nervous about performing in front of people—I’m a backstage theater girl at heart. But the professor and the class were wonderful and out of all my classes, it will be the one I’ll miss the most, even if we did have to wear 19th Century corsets in our final project.
Hang in there, blog readers and writers! I’m off to procrastinate on studying for my Cognitive Neuroscience final :)