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If you’re a senior like me, you’ve been through multiple finals weeks in your undergraduate career. You know all of the tips and tricks to get you through this difficult time. However, what’s different about this time, is that this is your FINAL finals week. (P.S. – How cool is that? You’ve made it through and you’re almost done FOR GOOD! WOO!) Unfortunately for you though, this is a finals week like no other. Not only do you have your actual finals, but you also have everything else that needs to be attended to before your graduation date. On top of that, you also probably have some senioritis, which will definitely not be helping your case.
Here are a few ways to combat any senioritis and stress you may have and make these final few weeks fly by!
With senioritis taking its hold, the best way to attempt to figure out your life is to make a schedule and stick with it to the best of your ability. I’m a visual person, so when I see a schedule in front of me, I am much more easily able to get whatever I need done. I also love to color-coat! It not only makes your responsibilities more organized, but adds a pop of color to your day.
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Over the years, you’ve figured out the best places for getting your work done. You know that you work best with music or in complete silence, in a room by yourself or surrounded by people, with caffeine or without. Continue to do what works best for you, but find a new spot to do it in. This will help you maintain your study habits all while giving you a new atmosphere. This in turn can make you feel more awake and put you in a mood to get things done. Being productive is not only due to a mindset but it’s due to your environment as well!
Understand that you’ve worked hard for the last 4+ years and that this was bound to happen at some point. However, this doesn’t mean that you can use your senioritis as an excuse to put things off. Know that if you are going to let senioritis take over a bit, build in extra time for you to get your work done. Even though you’re only a few weeks away from graduation, you’re not out of the woods yet!
With everything that is going on during this hectic time of year, you’re bound to be stressed out. Of course make sure to get some of your work done, but remembering how important “me time” is and setting up a chunk of time specifically for it, will drastically change your mood and the course of the rest of your day. Making sure that you are mentally and physically balanced is one of the most important things you can do for yourself. Having this kind of balance in your life will allow you think more clearly and feel physically ready to take on whatever’s ahead. It also helps a ton with managing all of that extra stress that’s been building up. So, set up a two hour slot to do the things that make you happy. If you like to eat, go try a new restaurant. If you enjoy being outside, join a sports team or go for a run all on your own. For me, it’s going out and exploring new places or simply staying home, baking some delicious treats and watching all of my favorite shows!
You’re so close to the finish line. You’ve told yourself a million times to stop stressing out, but all that gets you is more stress which results in more procrastination. However, since you’ve made it this far in my article, it seems to me that you’re liking what I’ve been saying. Therefore, here’s one last thing you need to remember during these last few weeks. – No one knows what they’re doing. We’re all just stumbling around, trying to figure out this thing we call life and we’re all doing the best we can. Do what you know you’re capable of, worry ONLY about the things you can control, and leave the rest to fate. Everything will work out if you have faith in yourself and try not to worry about every little thing. In life, there are things you have no control over so there’s no point in worrying about them. Do the best you can and enjoy these last few weeks. You deserve it!
Hilary is a Summer 2016 Graduate of Berklee College of Music. She majored in Professional Music with concentrations in Music Business, Performance, and Songwriting. A passionate musician, avid blogger, and traditional/spoken word poet, Hil is thrilled to have been the both a Writer and the Editor-In-Chief for Berklee's chapter of Verge Campus for the last three years. Hilary is humbled that she will be able to continue being a part of the Verge Campus family and share her passion for writing with her readers!