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Daily Sundial

The student media organization of California State University Northridge

Daily Sundial

The student media organization of California State University Northridge

Daily Sundial

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Getting through finals week

I have been sitting at my desk for what feels like 48 hours staring at my computer screen. I leave only for bathroom breaks, to shove food in my mouth or to refill my caffeine fix. I have research papers, presentations and finals on my mind. I am a perfect example of what not to do as a student at the end of a semester.

Like many of you, I am a procrastinator. I have had three weeks to work on a presentation, but instead I stayed up until 2 a.m. working on it and will finish it an hour before class starts. Some of you are thinking 2 a.m. is an early night or think I am lucky I even got to go to sleep. This is the life of a college student.

You probably have said at the beginning of every semester that it will be different this time. But 14 weeks later you find yourself sleep deprived and cramming for classes. There is nothing you can do now besides put your head down and trudge through it, knowing that a week and a half from now you will be on summer vacation and all your current worries will be gone.

So to get through the rest of the week and finals week, here are some suggestions.

Take a break. Sitting and staring at the screen thinking about what to write is not always the best process. Get up and walk around, step outside for some fresh air and sunshine. It will not only clear your find for a fresh slate to brainstorm, but will also regenerate you.

Eat smart. Though McDonald’s is cheap, fast and open 24 hours it can tempt with fatty, greasy foods that do not mix well with studying. If you must eat there, grab something that’s not fried. Better yet make a simple PB’J or a grilled cheese sandwich in the comfort of your home. Grab an apple as a snack instead of chips. Apples have glucose that works like caffeine and will definitely pick you up.

Organize. Make a list of everything that needs to be completed between now and May 15 and make a schedule. Take it day-by-day. Don’t over think and overwhelm yourself with everything you have to do, just what you need to complete that day. Don’t plan for the one hour break between classes to start and finish your five-page paper. Instead use that time to read over what you wrote at 3 a.m. to make sure it makes sense. Or use the time to start another paper or start outlining chapters to get a jumpstart on studying for finals.

Try to get some sleep. Especially during finals week. Getting a good night’s sleep is more beneficial to you than staying up all night to study.

Take advantage of free services. The University Student Union will offer 24 hour study rooms in the Satellite Student Union beginning Monday, May 11 through Thursday, May 15. From 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. they will be offering arts and crafts, games and massages. Study kits will be given out as well as coffee, tea, cocoa and snacks.


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