STORY BY JOSH DUDEN
It is that time of year again where everything seems so hectic.
As students, our academics are piling up, the workload seems insurmountable and we begin to hyperventilate a little knowing what the next two weeks have in store.
Know that it is going to be okay, and now more than ever it is time to realize a very important statement: You can do this.
No student is exempt from the stresses of finals and pre-finals weeks, but it is so incredibly important to focus through the pressure associated with the end of the semester.
I can safely say, on behalf of the Student Senate, that we are right there with you and will do everything we can do to show you support.
That starts with the little things, like where people study and providing you the resources to make it a little better.
That’s why during finals week Senate has purchased coffee for an “all-night coffee shop” of sorts for the Cowles Library café area. Much of next week is staying up late and pushing ourselves to the limits, so hopefully this helps make it a little better.
It will be available most of the week, along with extended hours in the various coffee shop areas, so students have the resources they need to keep chugging along.
This part is especially for the first-years that will experience the first finals exam period.
Remember to use your time wisely, but my best advice for you is to ask questions to those around you, especially your professors.
They are resources to help you succeed, and your professors truthfully know the exam’s material and course content the best.
If you ask them, you are bound to succeed.
Also, remember this time is hard and very different than high school, but relax, and give your school work the time it needs to be the best it can be.
Like in Senate, we are preparing for finals in the library and there will be no meeting during finals week.
This meeting cancellation is so we can focus on why we are all here — to receive the great education Drake has to offer.
Push through, and if you need anything, please do not hesitate to reach out to others, myself included.
Last, but certainly not least, remember that you must stay healthy over the next two weeks.
Signs point to you pushing your body to the limit by studying, but try to eat right, drink lots of water, and sleep whenever possible or your workload permits.
If you aren’t healthy, you will struggle more, perform worse and it’ll make the holiday season a lot less enjoyable.
We are so close to the end of the semester and soon everything will be new — new classes, new peers, even new professors — but we can do this.
Remember what is at the finish line — the holiday season filled with lights, a lit fireplace, more rest and even more food than we need and a new year.
2015 is so close, and finals week remains the last obstacle to rest and relaxation.
It doesn’t have to be terrible though, and hopefully, with a little help, caffeine and some quick tips, it’ll make the coming week all the more tolerable.
So stay focused on the finish line, breathe through the stress and the pressure, and know that we will make it through.
Happy finals week! Stay strong! And from me and the entire Student Senate, have happy holidays and a fantastic winter break!