How to Survive Finals

(a guide written by a college student who has recently made it off the desert island of finals week)

1. Don’t stay up until 5am four nights in a row. (No seriously this is the worst idea in the history of worst ideas. It just makes you desperate enough for energy drinks and then you can’t sleep at all and that really sucks. Also it messes up your sleep schedule.)

2. Don’t wait until the last minute to write all your papers. (This is also a bad idea because then you end up turning in a sub-par paper and getting a not-the-best grade. Unless you’re an English major. In which case your superpower is turning in papers written at the last minute and still getting As.)

3. Stock up on food before finals week begins. (Trust me, you won’t want to wander down to the cafeteria when you have three finals and a ten page paper due tomorrow. It’s better to have things like apples and coke and pretzels in your fridge beforehand so you don’t have to run down to the gas station at 12am because everything else is closed, and the nearest Walmart is 30 minutes away.)

4. Stock up on healthy food. (You don’t want to survive on pretzels and candy for a week, my friends. Just don’t.)

5. Take breaks. (Otherwise your brain gets fried. And then you have troubles passing your Spanish final.)

6. Don’t pull an all-nighter. (This goes along with #1. All-nighters take your energy and throw it down the rabbit hole. And then you end up running around all day and crashing the next night when you still have work to do.)

7. If you do end up staying up until all hours and waiting until the last minute to do every assignment, at least don’t do it alone. (As in, make all your classmates congregate in the lobby of your dorm so you have study buddies. I mean, misery loves company, right?)

Well. Now you are prepared for finals week! (Though if you’re like me, finals week is dead and gone. But who cares?)


(PS I’M SO SORRY FOR ABANDONING YOU ALL FOR LIKE SIX MONTHS. I swear, I meant to write some posts throughout the school year and then stuff happened and I ended up making 2am Taco Bell runs instead of writing a blog post. Oops. I promise I’ll get around to writing some more and queuing them for this spring.)


About merciatremblac

I'm a junior in college, creative writing major, currently living in the mountains of North Carolina with my best friend for a roommate.
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2 Responses to How to Survive Finals

  1. Heather LaShell says:

    Meghan, this is pretty funny. I hope you followed the “good half” of your advice here

    And you can certainly re-read it next spring, as in early next spring.

    Love you, Grandma

    May God give you more and more grace and peace. 1 Peter 1:2

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