Surviving the End at Bethel
Now that the craziness of Thanksgiving is over, it’s officially time to begin thinking about finals! And when you start thinking about finals, you know that there’s only a few weeks left in the semester! This finals week will be the third finals week of my college career, and I must admit, I’ve learned a lot. I always thought that I would always be organized and cool enough to not stress out during finals. However, the longer I’m in college the more I realize how truly, hilariously incorrect I am.
BUT! Good news! I have begun to compile ways to survive finals week! This year, I’m staying on top of life!
1- Frosty’s are your friend. You just spent all day in the library working on that enormous research paper for Advanced Composition and are finally walking back to your dorm after the library closed. Stop. Wendy’s is right down the street and a frosty almost always makes your hardwork worth it.
2- Midnight Breakfast is not a waste of time. Okay, Midnight Breakfast=BEST part of finals! Yes, we all understand that we have a million and two other things we should be doing besides dressing up in ridiculous costumes and having a contest. However, during finals week, this is a surprisingly powerful dose of sanity. It’s good to get away from your studying, writing, and scurrying long enough to remember that those muscles in your face are capable of smiling.
3- Kroger is across the street for a reason. I’m actually not sure why Kroger happens to be across the street from Bethel, but I like to believe it’s because Bethel students realize they need chocolate, coffee, frozen pizzas, ice-cream, no-bake cookies, or chicken noodle soup right before curfew. Fact: if you know exactly what you’re getting, it takes 8 minutes and 34 seconds to get there and back to your dorm. Totally worth it.
4- Bethel frolicking is totally allowed. After about two days of non-stop finals preparation, you begin to notice a slight twitch in your left eye. This is a sign that it’s time to get out of your room/library/computer lab and frolic around campus for a bit. Grab your roommate (chances are they’re twitching as well) and take a walk around a pond or two.
5- Remember that someone has it worse than you. I have 6 major papers due this semester and the only thing keeping me from stressing completely out is that I know someone on this campus probably has 7. Or they’re in Research Methods (God bless those souls…)
6- Recognize that it will be over before you know it. It’s kinda like getting a root canal–you don’t really want to get it and you probably work yourself up before you get it. In the process, it stinks and you hate it. Then, when it’s all done, you look back and think, “Huh. That really wasn’t too bad.” Only, hopefully, you don’t have to get a root canal every semester. My deepest sympathies if you do.
Finals really aren’t as bad as everyone makes them out to be. The key is to remember to keep yourself organized and not stress about the little things. Oh, and remember that you have a three week break afterwards, so sleep isn’t actually necessary. Merry End of the Semester!