With Thanksgiving break quickly approaching, students around campus are counting down the days until they have some time off. However, the excitement students have about the break is quickly forgotten the moment they remember what follows those few days of relaxation: final exams. For many students, final exams are the most stressful time of the semester. Hours of studying, writing and preparing for tests and papers can become a burden to the mental health of students. People spend days, if not weeks, in the library – and though the hard work students do pays off in the end, it probably won’t affect your grade if you take an hour break. [caption id="attachment_19477" align="aligncenter" width="508"] The Setonian logo, obtained from www.google.com[/caption] According to Mental Health America, a non-profit organization that addresses the needs of mental illness, breaks in studying and getting a full night’s sleep are essential to maintaining good mental health during exams. The Anxiety and Depression Association of America surveyed students and found that 85 percent of students feel overwhelmed by the amount of work they are required to do. The study also found that stress negatively impacted the academic performance of 30 percent of students. So, in essence, it may actually hurt your final grade by overwhelming yourself with tons of work at once. Seton Hall students, try to enjoy the break as much as you can and don’t let the looming threat of finals drag you down over the holiday. If you take breaks and place as much importance on your mental health as you do on your grades, everything will work out in the end. The Voice is intended to best represent the collective opinion of The Setonian’s Editorial Board. It is written by The Setonian’s Editor-in-Chief and Managing Editor.
The calm before the storm: Finals