We are currently going through the last week of classes for the academic year of 2012-2013...what?! Where did the time go? It seems like yesterday I moved all of my stuff into my room in Denbigh, excited for my second year of college. It's truly accurate when people say that time seems to move even faster as the years go by...I am in disbelief whenever I think about the fact that I am half way through college. That being said, the school year isn't completely over, and we are all going through that final push. After this week we will all have to face our dreaded final exams and term papers, and I know that can be tough. Luckily, we go to a school that takes extra care of it's students, and i'm just going to write a little blurb about some of the things you can do during finals week to keep the stress level to a minimum!
1. Get Moving
Did you know that Bryn Mawr was recently ranked as one of the top 10 Healthiest Colleges? I was so delighted when I heard. It truly shows that small colleges don't sacrifice student health and well-being - we beat out some of the best known schools in the country such as UCLA, Yale and Georgetown! Schwartz Gym is my favorite building on campus - It may not be the prettiest or the nicest, but it's the building I think of when I need to de-stress. I go to the gym everyday - and I try to mix it up when I can! This year, Kickbox Cardio Aerobics was a HUGE help in keeping me motivated. However, during finals, I know it's harder to get to the gym, especially with those one or two papers you desperately need to finish, or that one last exam you need to study for. Check for gym times here and being along your book or your lecture notes - 20 minutes on a bicycle machine or an elliptical is better than 0 minutes! Your body and your mind will feel more awake and it'll help you get going. Sometimes sitting down for hours is what makes it even harder to finish readings faster; You need to give your body a wake up call, and that's exactly what 20 minutes of cardio can do! If you absolutely cannot make it to the gym, there are tons of exercise gurus on youtube - they offer 10-20 minute stretching/core workouts that will get your muscles going and your mind working!
2. Eat Enough, Eat Hearty!
I know it's super hard to eat diligently during finals week - I am guilty of sometimes skipping a meal because I'm dying to get a paper done. BUT, if you're going to last the entire week, you're going to have to eat something better than just candy bars, instant mac & cheese and cheetos. Our dining hall has one of the best assortments of greens and alternatives that a college dining service can offer. It may sound less delicious, but vegetables and fruits will keep you full for longer than a soda and candy bar. If you know you're going to have a late night, try to pack a take-out box full of celery, carrot sticks with hummus, peanut butter or salad dressing! Your stomache will thank you later. Also, try to cut down on the coffee - you'll feel more awake, but after a while, you'll be more prone to crashing down and feeling exhausted once the caffeine wears off. If you need something, eat an apple, or drink some tea - these help you stay awake as well!
3. SLEEP, SLEEP, SLEEP!
"just pulled my second all-nighter...#YOLO #FINALS2013" I'm sure you've seen these types of statuses on facebook and twitter during finals season. I understand - sometimes, that all-nighter is just unavoidable, and you'll have to suffer. BUT, if you can, try to avoid not sleeping at all costs! Some people feel proud about being able to stay awake for such long periods of time, but in reality, it really hurts your body and mind. Physically, you'll be exhausted and mentally, you will have taken away the time your mind needs to re-fuel. Even if it's just for 30 minutes, take the time to go back to your room, close the blinds and lock your door and sleep. Naps are great! You'll feel refreshed and your body will thank you for it. By sleeping, you'll avoid break-outs, bad eating habits and cranky stress-related feelings.
So as all of us wind down and finish up our last one or two classes of the year, I wish all of you good luck on your finals, no matter how many of them you have! Enjoy Haverfest, and Mayday this upcoming weekend - especially the freshmen! Don't stress about your finals during this weekend - May Day is a way to celebrate successfully finishing up the school year!
Until Next Time!