There are approximately four days left of school, and it feels like I just walked on campus last week. While I’m very excited for school to be over, I’m totally terrified. I have five finals, three presentations, too much on my plate and one very important research paper to do – all before the end of the semester.

This is quite a different situation from high school, where the end of the year means watching movies in class and having class parties. I’m more than a little stressed that I won’t have enough time to do everything I need to do. The prospect of summer is ever enticing, but my deadlines are encroaching and leaving me anxious. So how do I deal with all the stress?

In recent days, I’ve taken to not getting a whole lot of sleep. I had made it a habit to stay up till about 2 a.m. to finish up work. It was going all right until Monday, when I stayed up until 5 a.m. perfecting my presentation for Critical Analysis and Composition. I decided to take a nap before class. I set my alarm for seven so I could be at class at 8 a.m., and when 8 o’clock came…I was still in bed. In fact, I was still in bed at 11 o’clock. Needless to say I’ve taken to changing my sleeping habits.

When I finally have to go back to my to-do list, I take it one thing at a time. Back in my dorm, I have a blown-up version of my schedule for the next week. I wrote in all my finals, first and foremost. Next I added the papers and projects I have to do. I’ve even added in nap times. I think we all know how much I need to sleep. Hopefully, this works for me.

Wish me luck!


When asked what they do to relax and get their minds off school, our peers came up with these tips.