Dear Goldenhawk, you will be fine

You can survive this. You have survived through midterms, several all-nighters and group projects. You might have even managed to party and write a research paper, all in the same night – at least once or twice. I personally have never done this, but kudos to those who have pulled it off! After applying to law school this semester, winter break could not come quicker. I know you share probably share the same feeling, but we still have a few obstacles to conquer before we reach the finish line… exams. I know that final exams are physically and emotionally stressful for some people. I have created a list of suggestions to help any student, regardless of your year of study, not only overcome exams, but also minimize stress.

1. Organize everything into a planner or calendar: Mapping everything out into an organizer reduces stress because you don’t have to remember everything you need to get done. The more organized you are, the less you have to remember. Having a planner also sets out all of the tasks you have already completed, which acts as a motivation to see how much you have accomplished so far.

2. Stay focused on your priorities: I understand that going out and socializing with loved ones is far more appealing than studying – no matter how interesting your program might be. It is important to focus on your goals and achieve them, because no one is going to do the work for you. If you don’t achieve your goals, and instead go out and party every night, what exactly are you celebrating? You can go have a drink, or see a movie after you get your great exam results back, because then you’ll have something to celebrate.

3. Do not neglect your health: Studying for exams is important but don’t forget to take care of your body in the process. Exercising, taking frequent breaks, and eating right impacts how you study and helps make you stress-free. You will be able to focus more on your studies when you feel happy and healthy.

4. Stay motivated: You are in university because you are intelligent and capable enough to be here. If you think you don’t have what it takes to do well on your exams, you are wrong. Out of all the students who applied to Laurier, you were accepted because you have the motivation and potential to succeed. Don’t forget to acknowledge your accomplishments.

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