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Working Hard, or Hardly Working?

December 13, 2012   

Finals week is approaching us, and I don’t know whether I have spent more time doing my work or more time procrastinating.  It’s been a long semester and I am so ready for a break.  I can’t wait to enjoy a whole month off spending time with my family, friends, and puppy.  The breaks that we have during the semester are nice, but I inevitably wind up doing more work than relaxing.  That being said, I still have a Sound Design project, a Women Studies paper and presentation, an Organic Chemistry exam, and an Invertebrate Biology exam standing between me and break.

So, as I spend countless hours in the library, I wind up procrastinating, of course.  Sometimes, you just need to take a break!  It’s impossible to be a machine and work straight through.  So, in an effort to put off studying, I have made a top 5 list of ways to take a break while studying.
1. Walk around the library and find friends to say hi to.  There are always people you know wherever you’re studying, and it’s a great break to talk to other people than to spend countless hours wasting away on Facebook.  Usually, they’ll have to get back to work as well, so it’s a quick and fun way to give your brain a breather.
2. Enjoy a quick TV show.  I have a guilty pleasure.  I love TV and during finals week it seems that I never have time to watch shows.  However, I find that it’s a nice breather to go watch a 20-minute episode of some comedy show that will make you laugh and take your mind off of things for a little bit.
3. Go to the gym.  Now, this one requires a little bit of effort, but it’s definitely worth it.  Spending that extra time to change, work out, and then shower helps revitalize you and clear your mind.  When you get back to your studying, you’ll feel refreshed and accomplished.
4. Eat a snack.  Take a quick 5-minute break and munch on some delicious food.  Quick and easy, and plus you’ll be able to focus better with a little fuel in you.  The library believes this too, because they provide us with snack time during the week before finals and finals week.  There's cookies, coffee, tea, and soda to help give you an extra boost of energy to focus and keep on going.
5. Take a nap.  I find that when I study, I tend to get really tired and can’t focus anymore.  Caffeine only does the trick so well, but laying your head down wherever you are for a half hour is a great way to get back on track.  It’s finals week- no one will judge you for sleeping at you’re desk.  I do it all the time and it’s a great way to feel revitalized.

Although I do love to take breaks, it’s also important to work hard and focus during finals week.  The end is in sight and you’ll feel great when it’s over if you know you put your all into studying.  You should be happy with doing as well as you can.  It’s not a competition between you and your peers.  Just remember, the end of the semester is so close and soon you’ll have all of the time in the world to relax and indulge in whatever you love doing best (aka sleeping, watching TV and movies, and eating loads of junk food).  So, may the odds be ever in your favor to everyone who is taking finals now!  (Hunger Games reference, anyone? =])