Monday, May 7, 2012

Finals Week & Stress

“Stress: The confusion created when one’s mind overrides the body’s basic desire to choke the living daylights out of some jerk who desperately deserves it.” - Lee Iacocca.

At this point in the semester, some (if not all) students have dealt with stress. There’s worry about finishing assignments in time, passing finals and passing classes. Not only is there worry, but there’s the want to rush through exams so they will be done and summer can finally begin. Stress is a big problem that can get in the way... a lot. From what I’ve learned through this Academic year, high school stress has absolutely nothing on college stress.
There are two links that I have found that can help with both cases: stress during finals and college stress in general. Seeing as finals are coming up within the next two weeks, it’s a good idea to make sure to keep stress at bay.
How to Reduce Stress During Finals Week is the first link, providing a list of examples to try to lower stress. There aren’t many examples given, but the ones they do give can be helpful. The idea that I like the most is making a list and writing down everything. Writing down everything can make a person feel less stressed, as they have a clearer perspective of the week to come. One of the examples that I do not suggest, however, is spending 15-20 minutes doing something fun. It’s not that I don’t like the idea, because I do; but I’m sure that I’m not the only person who knows the outcome of this. You’ll give yourself a 15 minute time limit, then when it gets to that 15 minutes you’ll move it to 20, and so on until you have spent over an hour watching YouTube and playing a video game. It’s a good idea, just not for teenagers.
How to Reduce College Stress is the second link that gives tips on everyday stress. The tips given in this link are self-explanatory and should definitely work. Some of the tips are kind of common sense: get some sleep, get some food, and get some fun. When stressed some of these things don’t come to mind though, so it’s best to follow the advice given.
I wish the best to all students with their finals. Only a little more than a week left before the end of the semester!