It’s that time of year again; finals are creeping up on us and most of us are still wondering how it’s already mid-November! During this time, a lot of students feel stressed out, overwhelmed, and tired, so it’s really important that we take care of ourselves and each other! Here are some things to keep in mind as we get closer to exam period:
- Be proud of yourself! You’ve made it this far – whether you’re in first year or your final year, you’re doing great. Remind yourself of all the awesome things you’ve accomplished this year. You’ve got this.
- For the love of your wellbeing…please drink water and eat a vegetable or two! You’re going to crash quickly if you survive on caffeine and sugar. It’s just as important to eat healthy food now as it was in September. Do your body and brain a favour and enjoy some water and vegetables.
- Catch those Zzz’s! Sometimes students feel compelled to cram and pull all-nighters for their exams. This is detrimental to your mental health, and it doesn’t actually help you retain information. As a 4th year student, I know it’s not always reasonable to get 8-10 hours of sleep, but aim for 6 or 7 to allow yourself to function. Studies have shown that studying in short bursts can be helpful for retaining more information as most people tend to recall the first and last piece of information they’ve read.
- You are working just as hard as everyone else. Regardless of what program someone might be in, they are working hard – and have put in lots of time and effort – to be where they are now. Avoid discrediting other programs because you feel that you work harder or put in more hours studying. We’re all in this together (the true High School University Musical)!
- Reach out if you need help! As stressful as final exams can be, one of the beautiful things about Nipissing is that there is always someone around to help you. Small class sizes = super accessible Profs who know you by name (go visit them during their office hours or chat after class!), #1 Residences in Ontario and Canada = highly trained Residence Dons who have resources and the tools to help you out, and of course, Academic Advising, Student Counselling Services, and Academic Skills Drop-Ins.
It’s definitely the Final[s] Countdown, but if you remember to take care of yourself, you’ve already won half the battle!
Best of luck (go crush it!),