Prepare for the storm, finals are coming

The days left in the semester are dwindling. Many students are ready for Winter break and getting some much needed rest and relaxation, but there is one thing standing in their way — finals.

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Finals are stressful and a big source of anxiety for students near the end of the semester. Between writing papers, completing projects and giving presentations, many are in a time crunch.

At this point in the semester, many students are stressed. Thirty percent of college students said that stress had negatively impacted their academic performance, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), a nonprofit organization dedicated to the prevention, treatment and cure of anxiety, depression and other disorders.

Mental Health America (MHA), a nonprofit organization that addresses the needs of those living with mental illness, has some tips for students when preparing for finals. They recommended creating a game plan for the rest of the semester. Prioritize what needs to get done first. Keep track of due dates because they can sneak up on you.

MHA suggested that students take breaks because it will help prevent burnout. They also advised limiting time spent on social media. Don’t waste the time you should spend studying on finals scrolling through social media.

Remember to get sleep, too. Students pull all-nighters around finals time, but that can negatively affect their health. Poor sleep impairs memory, mood and the ability to process information, according to MHA. They also stated that studies show that sleep improves test scores and academic performance.

While grades are important, they aren’t everything. Your health matters more. Grades don’t define who you are as a person; don’t put too much weight on them when you’re stressing over all the last-minute assignments and cramming for finals.

The Voice is intended to best represent the collective opinion of The Editorial Board. It is written by The Setonian’s Editor-in-Chief and Managing Editor.

Author: Editorial Board

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