Richson: Staying sane at finals


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It’s that time of year again. We trudged through “dead week,” which for a lot of us was not very dead after all because of papers, projects, and oh, the fact that we still pretty much had to drag ourselves to class. Finals are upon us.

Finals in the springtime always seem to carry a very different kind of anxiety than winter’s. In the winter, you’re counting down the days till you can collapse on your parents’ couch. Maybe you’re even feeling productive enough to hook up Netflix to your TV instead of just watching it on your computer.

In the spring, summer is on the line. Studying for finals is that much more difficult when all you can think about is packing up your belongings and trading in your laptop and hard drive for endless days at the beach or the lake.

You start to see pictures of your friends returning home from their respective schools, and you can’t focus. Maybe you even have a panic attack; many university websites now have specific pages for tips on how to deal with.

In fact, around 25 percent of college students suffer from anxiety or depression, only heightened by the onslaught of exams. However, it’s important to remember that while there is an entire week dedicated to finals, in most cases they have just another exam that you won’t remember in your life.

It’s OK to have a Reese Witherspoon-esque meltdown if the Starbucks barista forgets to put an extra shot in your latte because you’re about to be up all night (“You’re about to find out who I am”). Sometimes, we all need that. But it’s also important to remember that we’re all in the same boat here.

It would be easy to start thinking about how you’re one semester closer to graduation, and promptly start hyperventilating. But it would also be easy to take a step back and remember that most of it’s in your head. So take a nap, buy some Ben & Jerry’s, and pet some therapy dogs. Because we’re all going to be fine.

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