What you need and what to leave behind.
It seems so unfair...you've barely finished recovering from your midterms, and already the anxiety of final exams is gnawing at your stomach. Or maybe it isn't, because you pushed the awareness of approaching finals so far back in your mind that you live in a happy fog of ignorance.
But we all know you can't remain blissfully ignorant forever. You have to face the challenge eventually, and eventually might as well be now. Having dealt with college exams and papers for the last few months, you've probably come up with quite a few strategies, and you'll have the chance to use them all. Your task now is to assemble your arsenal...
WHAT DO YOU NEED?
• Index cards?
• 20 to 30 microwavable snacks?
• A week's worth of clean underwear, since you know you won't be doing laundry again until you go home for break?
WHAT DON'T YOU NEED?
• Roommate problems - so if anything is bugging you, call a truce for the duration of finals.
• Constant phone calls from home - explain to your family in advance that you love them and you welcome the occasional, extremely brief support call, but that until exams are over you are forced to be a man or woman of few words.
• Extra emotional trauma - now is not the time to ask your boyfriend or girlfriend when the two of you will be taking things to the next level, and don't even think about bringing up your vacation plans for next summer.
Go to a test anxiety workshop. You might not know it but test anxiety is an extremely common problem - almost as common as procrastination. That's why most colleges offer workshops about it. But you're so busy cramming, how can you find the time to go to one!? Make the time. It will pay off!
Remember, this too shall pass. Just keep reminding yourself that soon you'll be able to sleep in…Watch a whole movie without guilt… Read your Harry Potter books for the 18th time… If you can see your situation as temporary, you can save your sanity.