It’s THAT time of the year again.
When your eyes are barely visible through the dark circles underneath them. It’s the last chance to up your GPA if you want to graduate on time and you have TONS of readings to complete. You can’t enjoy the Fall because kya yaar, rona aa raha hai. You can’t remember what you studied all year long and nothing makes sense anymore. Finals week is here.
As students, we wonder why the feeling of dread hits us as bad as last year. Shouldn’t we get accustomed to the stress and the self-doubt? However, each time you are caught up in a frenzy of papers, deadlines, and responsibilities, you need to take a step back and remember the following;
1. Put your mental health first
If you’re not getting enough sleep and you feel like your lungs are collapsing with every breath you take, stop studying. Clear your bed of all loose papers, get a glass of cool water, light a sweet-smelling candle, dim your lights and just cuddle in your blanket. Breathe. Realize that you will pull through, just like you always do. You’ll be okay.
2. Don’t be too hard on yourself
You don’t have to complete 10 chapters in one day. Let yourself switch the laptop off when your mother knocks at your door asking for some advice. Help your little sibling out as they struggle to complete their homework. Treat yourself to a piece of chocolate cake each time you complete a chapter (okay maybe not each chapter, but you get the point na). You are not a stranger in your own body. Treat it with kindness.
We have grown to know procrastination like the back of our hands. It is hard to snap out of the daze when you feel overburdened with life. However, this is your battle alone. Get a calendar. Make daily, achievable goals. Tick them with a colored pen each time you complete a task. Before you know it, you’ll have revised your entire syllabus once before finals week, giving yourself time to breathe as everyone starts to stress out.
4. Your parents only want whats best for you
I know you hate when your dad looks at you with silent disappointment and it makes you want to shrink into a ball. I know it seems like your mother will always think of you as the silly little boy who can’t make decisions. But, don’t forget that your parents love you FOR YOU. They always have and they always will. A set of bad grades might piss them off momentarily but at the end of the day (literally), they want nothing more than for you to be happy and healthy.
5. Your professors won’t hate you if you ask for help
Believe it or not, that tough, intimidating professor who looks like they could solve the toughest calculus problem was once a student, just like you. They know what its like to be overwhelmed with studies and know how you can’t talk to your parents about your panic attacks. If you are slightly unsure of any concept, take an appointment and meet up with your professors. Tell them honestly what you don’t understand and don’t shy away from them.
6. Take out time for yourself
Lately, being a college student is all about skipping meals, smoking 10 cigarettes a day and shutting yourself in the library till the early hours of dawn. Be better. Go for a run to make use of all that extra energy in you. Eat healthy instead of stuffing your face with pizza five times a week. Read a book that makes you realize how beautiful life is. Stare at the sunset and feel all your problems disappear into thin air. Pray, even if you’re not religious.
7. You know more than you think
Its human nature to doubt yourself and panic each time your friends ask you, “Aur bhai, kitna parha?” Take it slow and take it easy. You’re not half as dumb as you’re convincing yourself to be. There’s a reason you’ve got this far. Believe in yourself.
8. Realize that the misery is only a week long
One week of hell is all that is coming your way. Strive hard and work sensibly because, at the end of the week, nothing you studied will matter. You will never be tested on it. The knowledge is yours to keep, forever. You have winter break to look forward to as all your friends come home for the holidays. You have to catch up on your shows and all you have to do is breathe, without a worry in the world.
Friends, remember that you’ll be okay and you’ll come out stronger than you went in. Best of luck for your finals, break a leg! Tag your friends in the comments to show some support and realize that some things are more important than exams.