plannedUp’s Guide To Surviving Finals
1. Don’t let the haters get you down
When you tell people how much you have to do over the next week, there will be some that tell you that completing your workload in 5 days is impossible. “You can’t write two 20 page papers, create a final presentation, and choreograph your Interpretive Tap 101 final in five days. You just can’t. You should have started earlier.” GUESS WHAT? YES, YES YOU CAN. These haters and non-believers could be trying to bring you down for two reasons:
1. They’re projecting their own fear that they can’t successfully finish the finals sprint and they’re jealous of your confidence or
2. They are the rare breed of human who does not thrive under the stress of cramming and don’t understand the art form (yes- art form)
Either way, just remember that they’re fools, you’re awesome, and you’ve got this.
2. Forget everything your parents have ever told you about sleep
You don’t need 8 hours of rest to function. The average REM cycle lasts about 90 minutes. That means that you can sustain yourself off of power naps over the course of finals hell. Will it suck? Oh absolutely. But you can do it and live to tell the tale. Just repeat after me: sleep is for the weak.
3. Dance it out
A lot of rage comes with this time of year. There have been moments when we want nothing more than to cause physical harm to professors who randomly add last second assignments to my already overloaded schedule; we have often had serious internal debates about maybe just casually kicking them in the knee caps when I walk by them after class. If you’re going to go down, why not go down in a blaze of glory, am I right? The same feelings apply to people in group projects who do NOTHING especially when they are the only thing standing between you and the sweet freedom of summer.
Our advice? Dance it out. Have a full out dance party with all of your favorite music from 8th grade dances and high school mixers. We’re talking Fall Out Boy and Lil Wayne right now. Perhaps maybe even a little Kelly Clarkson and Vengaboys. Make a throwback playlist, blast it, and jump around like your carefree prepubescent self. The result is a shocking mix of stress relief and an energy boost.
4. Caffeine is your new best friend
Yea yea yea, caffeine can give you headaches, make your stomach upset, and result in mild insomnia but WHATEVER. It’s not like you’re sleeping anyway. Plus, your stomach is already upset from being stressed all the time so you’re basically breaking even.
5. Plan out every last moment
We’re kind of planning freaks (shocking since we created a calendar app called plannedUp, we know). But honestly, even the most flexible person benefits during this time of year from planning out every meal, bathroom break, and paper cramming session. Not hating, just saying.
6. Pulling all nighters is so much fun!
The more you tell yourself something, the more you believe it. Don’t question it. That is all.
7. Put down the shampoo
Yea, you look like crap because you haven’t had time to shower in three days. Guess what? Everyone else is in the same boat. Obviously, there is always one ass who is the exception to the rule and shows up looking like they’re heading off to prom in a hot second. The key is to totally ignore that person’s existence and continue living your life in filth.
If you’re like us, we have more or less none of this when it comes to being on Facebook/ Twitter/ Tumblr/ Pinterest/ Gawker/ Vine/ Instagram (especially since you can now view your Instagram feed from your computer- stupid programmers with their stupid awesome ideas). That’s why the SelfControl app was created. You basically make a list of sites that you don’t want to go on, set a time, and then you aren’t allowed on those sites until the time is up. Restarting your computer does not turn it off. Trust us, we’ve tried. Without this app, studying would be pretty much impossible.
9. Avoid windows/ awesome views
You’ve waited all freaking winter for it to be nice out and now that it is, you can’t go outside because you have too much stuff to do. All you want to do is frolic through the newly green quad and throw a little disk, ya know? Perhaps lay around a bit and soak in a little bit of the sunlight that you’ve been deprived for six months. These are totally reasonable things to want to do. However, reason does not apply to the finals process. That is why you must resist temptation, and try to avoid situations in which you are trying to do work and have the option of staring longingly outside. You will get NOTHING done and it will make you sad. It’s a no win situation.
10. Eat all the things
Yea, bathing suit season is practically here, but now is not the time to get all crazy and start dieting. Your brain is already being deprived of sleep, so now is not the time to take food away too. Eat a bagel. You will be able to function a lot better than if you start that juice fast you’ve been thinking about.
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