The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and the Oval is full of life. In the forefront of your mind, you are likely thinking about the summer plans taking place shortly. No matter what you will be doing, we all need some relaxation time! Amidst all of this happiness, you realize that the semester is almost over… meaning finals week is soon approaching us. Finals week this time of year can be a challenge for a few reasons:
- The weather is beautiful and you want to spend every moment outside
- This might be your last time on campus until the fall, so you want to take in every moment
- You have to saying goodbye and see you later to the many friends you have made this year
- You’re excited about summer plans and a long, much needed break
Keeping all of this in mind, here are some tips to tackle finals week and stay on top- even when you have spring fever.
Prioritize, prioritize, prioritize
The most precious thing that we have as college students is time. With only two weeks left and a lot to do, good time management is key. Make a list of things you have to get done each day. The key is to set small goals so you don’t get overwhelmed. For me, I make a to-do list for each day and set small, realistic tasks I know I can accomplish. Plus, it is so gratifying to finish a to-do list!
Use the outdoors to your advantage
The idea of being stuck inside the library for the next two weeks seems sad, but if you utilize the great spaces on campus you can enjoy the outdoors, too. Even if studying outside isn’t for you, try taking a a break by walking or tossing a Frisbee outside.
- Study outside on a bench, picnic table, or grass
- The courtyard in Hagerty Hall is a great place to study and relax
- Try the nice grassy courtyard in between Park-Stradley and Siebert Halls
Take advantage of Reading Day
The Office of Student Life puts on an an entire day of free activities and events. Take a study break with some friends or even try a workout class to give your brain a rest. You can check out the schedule online for this year’s reading day, which is Tuesday, April 26.
Coordinate when you are moving out
With all of the assignments and studying, you might forget that you will need to make plans to move out of your residence hall if you live on campus. Talk to your RA or reach out to your Peer Leader if you need packing advice and travel tips, and review the information on the housing website to make sure you’re following move-out procedures correctly.
Make plans to stay in touch with your friends
All of your friends might be done with finals at different times, so it is important to stay on top of this. Plan ways to stay in touch with your friends over the summer, whether that be through Skype, texting, or even a trip! Having some trouble thinking of ways to stay in touch with your friends? Contact a Peer Leader!
One of my most important values is gratitude, for a simple thank you goes a long way. I would not be at the place I am now without the professors, friends, and family who have guided me through my Ohio State journey. Make sure to thank those that made an impact on you before you leave for the summer. Here are a few ideas of people to thank:
- The professor in the class you really enjoyed this semester, or the TA who helped you in your class
- The cashier at the Ohio Union who always swiped your BuckID
- The cleaning staff in your residence hall who made your building clean and safe
- Your RA for building community and supporting you throughout your first year of college
- The friends you have made at Ohio State
- Your family for supporting you along this journey
With these tips, I hope you can tackle finals week. Take a deep breath and enter finals week organized, and of course thankful for a great first year.