‘Finals’ Destination

Rashida Otunba

In preparation for a week of all nighters, drink gratuitous amounts of coffee, raid Walmart for last minute study snacks, buckle down with a religious text of your choice to repent ceaselessly for your past failings, and make an impromptu trip to Club Hendy for a last minute study group.

Finals week is upon us.

With that being said, here’s a list of things to do while you ignore all responsibility.

Productive things to do while you procrastinate:

1. Pack: Summer is upon us and you still have to make the three and a half hour drive back to Atlanta with the bulk of your worldly possessions.

2. Learn a new skill: It’s never too late to become the next Martha Stewart. Design a craft or two.

3. Watch movies: “The Breakfast Club” and “Heathers” are always great classics to turn to in times of distress.

4. Eat: You must gain nourishment somehow. Consume large amounts of Nutella and chips. This week if you’re counting calories, you’re doing it all wrong.

5. Clean house: Delete crappy songs off of your iTunes playlist. Don’t be afraid to turn on shuffle in the car with your friends anymore. It’s time to delete the Radio Disney songs you’ve had since 7th grade. You’ve always wanted to do it. Why not now?

Treat yo’ self

  • Let’s be real: ramen noodles taste like poverty and disappointment. Live large: go eat somewhere out of the ordinary. School’s almost over, spend a little.
  • Go see a movie, if you go before 4 p.m. tickets aren’t as insane.
  • Study outside! The weather has been beautiful, go study by the pool or in sweetheart circle.
  •  Keep stress down, go work out, rock out to your favorite song. Study, but balance it with things that will keep you sane.

 Study tips from professors:

“1. Start studying now. Don’t wait and cram at the last moment. 2. If you don’t already have a study buddy, get one – cooperate and graduate. 3. Use flash cards if the subject matter allows. Make them up ahead of time and then go over them several times with breaks in between. As you go through this process, place aside the ones you have learned – that way you are concentrating on the ones you have not yet mastered.”

– Emerson McMullen, history

1. “Arrive in plenty of time before your scheduled final. Arriving to finals used to stress me out more than taking the actual exams. I’d get there early, then stress that I was in the wrong place or had the wrong time. 2. Relax. I’ve always believed that the teacher is going to try to trick you on the exam, so expect it by reading carefully and go with your gut if you aren’t sure. I don’t think I was very trusting of some of my former teachers. 3. Do the extra credit if available. Doesn’t matter what your current grade is in a class, always do any and all extra credit that’s offered to you. This helps by reinforcing the things you’ve been learning & may also expand the mindset you have on a certain topic. 4. Do the hands-on practice or ungraded homework. If your course book has hands-on practices, do them. Once again, this is just reinforcing the content you’ve been learning.”

-Kristen Hawkins, information technology

“1. Know what is on the test! Ask your professors, rather than your classmates. 2. If you need a calculator for the final, make sure the batteries work. 3. After the final, don’t forget to stay in touch with your professors. They love to see you grow from what you were on the first day of class, to what you become when you finish up and set your foot in the outside world.”

-Shantanu Bagchi, economics

The Procrastinator’s Playlist:

1. ‘I Love It’ by Icona Pop: Because why not?

2. ‘I’m With You’ by Avril Lavigne: Because “why is everything so confusing,” anyway?

3. ‘Fancy’ by Iggy Azalea: Because even if you blank on the exam, you’re still flawless.

4. ‘#Selfie’ by The Chainsmokers: You’ll need this song in the background as you upload study night photos of yourself and your notes to all your social media accounts. It’s not like you’ll actually be studying anything but as long as your friends think you are you’ve done your job. Fake it ‘til you make it.

5. ‘Summertime Sadness’ by Lana Del Rey: Because that’s going to be your state of mind this summer when your parent’s find out you’ve failed four classes.

6. Anything by Kanye West: Let some of his arrogance rub off on you. It’s okay if you didn’t study. You still made the greatest study guide of all time.

7. “Say Something” by A Great Big World, when you lose all hope, play this and dedicate it to your GPA.

Study hard, my friends.