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The Grace Space: How To Survive Dead Week and Finals

    For the past few days, I have been going a little stir-crazy. I kind of forgot that Monday was a Monday and not a Thursday (a thirsty one, at that).

    So, I thought it would be best to make a list for all of you lovely souls in the same procrastinating as myself so that we can all make it through the next two weeks together, and then head home to some lovely rest and relaxation. Good luck!

    1. Coffee is your friend

    Over the past couple of months, coffee has become one of my besties–especially when I had to deal with 13-year-olds at 8 o’clock in the morning. I highly recommend making/buying at least a pot of coffee a day for the rest of the next two weeks until you are completely finished with all of your student responsibilities.

    2. Don’t get distracted!

    This past Friday, instead of being productive, I watched “Cadet Kelly,” probably the worst Disney Channel movie of all time (okay, Hilary Duff isn’t really that bad, but seriously). Also, I almost cried toward the movie’s conclusion–yep, the finals week mindset is truly f***ing me over. So, if you don’t want to be a sobbing mess over a ripped up tie-dye blanket of a pretentious character in a terrible movie, DON’T GET DISTRACTED. Trust me, getting distracted will bite you in the butt in the long run–and we really don’t have much of a “long-run” left anymore.

    3. Eat healthily

    I am literally eating Ruffles and gummy worms as I’m saying this to all of you…nobody’s perfect. But seriously, eating fruits, vegetables and clean grains will make you much happier in the long run. Not only will a diet such as this give you the stamina to put up with the long nights ahead, but it will also make you less worried about one aspect of your life–your torso. So get to snacking on some carrots and grapes, and hit the books with all the might of Bugs Bunny!

    4. Be prepared

    I don’t mean bring a can of bear spray and a flamethrower to campus for the next two weeks. Instead, let’s take this notion in context, and make sure to bring all the materials we will need to campus when we need them–specific textbooks, notebooks, coffee, tissues to wipe away your tears, etc. If you’re going to have a cumulative final (yuck I’m so sorry), please re-read and thoroughly study all of the material that could possibly be on your test. Remember, it’s always best to be prepared rather than pregnant–failed. Failed is what I meant.

    5. Don’t worry too much

    Just remember, this one Latin or Underwater Basket weaving final will not determine the rest of your life. Who really gives a flying f***? That’s right, no one! Just kidding, please study. But also don’t go crazy and pull all your hair out over a five-page essay.

    Remember: Once we finish this finals week, there will be a whole 13 more weeks until the next finals! Yay for time management!

    May the odds be ever in your favor, Redhawks!

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