My first tip is on the subject of packing. Coming from a hoarder herself, when I look at my room and everything that’s in it, I get a minor heart attack about packing it all away and moving out. That’s why every single day, I pack one thing away. It could be a poster or a pair of winter boots. That way, I get some of my packing out of the way, so then when it comes time to move out and study for the last finals at the same time, I’m not running around like crazy trying to get everything done.
When students speak about finals, the dreaded word that is rarely spoken aloud is procrastination. I could write that spacing out your studying and planning ahead is the best way to get through finals, but I’m a realist. When that all-nighter comes up and you’re practically shotgunning Red Bull, my best advice is to eat. If you eat while studying, you’re better able to stay focused and awake. If you do need some kind of drink with caffeine in it, get some coffee. Energy drinks will give you energy for a little while, but they are very unhealthy and you will crash after a certain amount of time. With coffee, you won’t crash from all the sugar and you will be able to pull through the insane amount of information you plan to learn in one night.
Last but by no means least is the beautiful, glorious and breathtaking Edward’s Parade in 70 degree weather. No Fordham student in their right mind would rather study than sit on the lawn, play music and hangout with friends. In order to accomplish both, the only advice I can give is to spend a couple hours doing something productive and then reward yourself with an hour or two on the lawn! Of course, you can’t spend all day on the lawn, but at least you get a little bit of time with your friends to hang out and throw a football.
During finals season, the most important thing for students to do is to take some time for themselves. If you’re pulling an all nighter, every couple of hours watch an episode of a show befoer hitting the books. After all, summer is right around the corner, so you just have to get past that finish line and fall right onto the sand surrounded by friends and relaxation.