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    Because it’s that time of year again

    The holidays always bring joy and cheer to our heart. Not only is it a beautiful season, but the beginning of December means winter break is only a few weeks away! The only thing standing between you and your month-long vacation is that nightmare we like to call Finals Week.

    Finals Week is a horrible time of year, filled with sleepless nights, enormous intakes of caffeine and intense cramming. While a few geniuses simply breeze through this horrific time, most realize that they have about half the textbook left to read. It is therefore obvious that these students face extremely high levels of stress.

    In this traumatic week, it’s important that college students manage this stress because it is essential to good grades, good health and a more enjoyable holiday season.

    There are many ways to reduce stress, and it’s important we take a few simple steps for our own well-being.

    For one, studying a little bit every day, (even if it’s already the first week of December) instead of cramming the night before a final will always help to not only decrease stress, but also improve grades.

    In addition, a healthy diet and daily exercise will relieve tension and help manage daily troubles.

    Check out some of the fitness classes at the SAC! Managing time is also essential. It’s also important to develop a schedule that accommodates academics, a social life and some downtime.

    This way, you’ll have a more balanced college life without worrying about anything. Avoiding procrastination will also significantly help as you will find yourself studying more efficiently and will have more time for other activities.

    If you find yourself extremely stressed, try talking to someone! A best friend, roommate, family member, or professor may be able to help you, or you may just feel better after you vent.

    We all need someone to listen. College is full of ups and downs and is therefore a stressful period, but too much stress is harmful. If you find yourself overwhelmed with worry, think about it.

    Is the issue at hand worth fretting over? It might not be, and that’s when you need to take a step back and relax. So in these coming weeks, as you are faced with last-minute papers, quizzes, and final exams, don’t fret too much!

    It will all pass, and as soon as you go on break you’ll forget all about it. That being said, good luck!

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