What College Kids (Actually) Do During Finals Week

For us college kids, it’s that magical time of the semester again–finals week. And while for many of us that involves stressfully studying for exam upon exam (and I express the deepest sympathy for you) for others of us that means writing one essay, revising some short stories, and mostly sitting around on campus waiting for your one and only final, which is of course on the second-to-last day of finals week.

Whether you’re cramming for that big exam that could make or break your grade or sitting around twiddling your thumbs because you’re a Creative Writing major and don’t really have finals, for your sanity’s sake you should probably spend at least SOME time doing something not school related.

So here’s what I did today, useful college student that I am:

I worked out! I do that (almost) every day but I think I deserve a gold star for doing it on a day when I had no reason to get out of bed before noon, let alone at 7am.

I wrote an essay! This actually was useful of me. For once, instead of waiting until the last minute I buckled down and did that one thing I really needed to do during finals week, aside from studying for that terrifying lit exam that’s worth 55% of my grade.

I categorized my pins on Pinterest! Yes, I actually went painstakingly through my “Sweet Treats” board in order to weed out all the cookies and cupcakes and pin them to separate boards. This is partly because I have no life, but also a little bit because it’ll be easier to find the recipes I want when I buckle down to actually make some of that stuff.

I murdered a cockroach! Mostly, I’m just proud of this feat. The little thing didn’t stand a chance, leering at me while I made my breakfast (which I subsequently was not very eager to eat).

I ate (a lot) of chocolate. It’s finals week! That’s what you do, right? 

I (will) work. Like a boss. Or actually, like a slightly-above-minimum-wage retail associate during the holidays.

Tomorrow, my lovely roommates Gina, Emily and I plan to spend the day watching Lord of the Rings after a few hours of glorious productivity in which I’m going to revise the essay I wrote today and possibly start on those short stories.

So tell me, internet, what do you like to do to blow off steam during finals week? 

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