What NOT to do During Finals Week

Each and every semester, we count down the days approaching finals week. Whether you’re a freshman or senior, it’s the worst week of the semester and you cannot wait for it to be over. Winter break is the light at the end of the tunnel, and to get there, we follow past students’ advice on what to do during the week from hell.

But what should you NOT do during finals week? Valley is here with a list of the things to avoid.

Go out (bars, frats, or drinking alone in your apartment)

You would think this would be a no brainer… but it happens. Do your brain and body a favor and stay away from going out and drinking. It’s one week after all. Save yourself the money and headache and stay in!

Pull an all-nighter

All the movies make this concept seem so adult-like and studious, but pulling an all-nighter is the furthest thing from fun. Trying to ace an exam after going 24+ hours without some shuteye is not a smart idea. The last thing you want to do is fall asleep mid-exam (and yes, this actually happens. Take our word for it).

Go to the library for the first time all semester

You might think you sound responsible when you tell your mom you’re going to the library to study for finals, but if you’re a regular, you would know the library is the last place you want to be during finals week. There aren’t any open seats, and being surrounded by hundreds of people who are just as anxious as you are does not help set the “study mood”. Go to an empty classroom instead!

Eat take out for every meal

While this concept seems convenient, it’s the furthest thing your body needs. Most takeout food is greasy and fattening— the perfect combo to make you sleepy. You need to consume foods that are healthy and will keep you awake. Munch on healthy snacks like nuts and vegetables with hummus; and don’t be afraid to embrace the black coffee for an added caffeine (and metabolism) boost.

Finals week will come and finals week will go— from all of us here at Valley, good luck, and may the curve be ever in your favor!


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