How to Keep Yourself Alive During Finals Week

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So you’ve just barely made it through the grueling 15 weeks of the semester and now you’re coming up against the most stressful part of it all—finals.

It happens every semester—the memory of staying up until late morning studying for tests you’re fairly certain may kill you and living on the free late-night meals the dining commons offers doesn’t exactly exude positivity, but we all go through it. What matters is how to keep ourselves sane just long enough to drag ourselves home.

Valley’s here to give you some tips on how to keep yourself going through this crazy week:

Vitamin C

It’s crazy what a little extra vitamin C can do for your body. Drinking more orange juice or taking a concentrated vitamin C pill will help your immune system stay strong during this stressful week. It’s important to maintain your health—stress can do some pretty bad damage to your body. 


Staying up all night to binge-study for those exams will probably do more harm than good. Maintaining at least 7 hours a night will allow your brain to recharge for exam day. A good tactic is going through one round of studying right before bed, getting a great night’s sleep, and going through another round in the morning. Stay up all night and most likely you’ll be too preoccupied wishing you were asleep than remembering what you were looking at.

See Your Friends

Talking with friends and having at least a little human contact will keep your positivity up and will allow you to take a small break from cramming information. They may also be able to help you study—having someone there to help you could potentially help you stay on track, but it’s always nice to be able to take a break and have a little fun, even if it’s only for a few minutes.

Clean! (or do something productive that’s non-related to studying)

Utilize the time you’re taking breaks by doing something else productive like cleaning your place or helping someone else do something. You might feel better and more motivated when everything else in your life is organized.

There are plenty of things you can do to keep yourself going through finals week—it’s not the end! Make sure to take care of yourself and do what you have to do…and have a little fun along the way.


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