Finals Week: How to Take Care of Yourself

By Lamia Choudhury


The end of the semester is just around the corner and students at Suffolk are fully aware. Although the end of the Spring semester usually brings nicer weather, flip flops and lazy days at the beach, students must get through one important test of their patience: finals week. No matter where one attends school, students often find themselves testing their body’s limits during finals. Often times, libraries located on school campuses will extend their hours and some, like nearby Stony Brook University, will even keep their doors open around the clock. Although it is important to do well in school and pass finals examinations, it is still important to take care of your body and mind.

Students at SCCC host multiple events to boost student morale at the end of the semester. The campus carnival is one that many students enjoy. “I’ve got to go study but I got a free churro today and that was definitely a nice surprise,” said sophomore, Falah Jalali at the campus carnival.

The carnival also hosted a magic show and offered students cotton candy and the chance to play classic carnival games.

“This semester’s been rough,” said Justin DiBennardo, another sophomore at SCCC, “I’m trying to make sure I sleep this finals week because I usually don’t. This time, I took some extra time off of work to study and make sure I have time to breathe.”

That is an important piece of advice for students juggling work and school. School should take priority although often times it is difficult to remember. If possible, plan ahead and take days off at work before and during final exams to study and ensure you’re not burning out your body. Try to review a little bit of the curriculum throughout the semester to avoid having to cram at the end of it.

Eating right is another important piece of the puzzle. As a college student, it’s easy to look to pizza and energy drinks to get by but in the end, these choices have consequences. “I’m trying to stay away from Red Bull,” said Faiza Ahmed, a sophomore, “They make my heart race and in the end, I usually worry more about that than studying because it scares me so much.”

Energy drinks should be a last resort to stay awake. Although many of them are affective in ensuring you stays awake, they have some serious long term consequences. It is not uncommon to develop heart complications from consuming too much caffeine. Foods like avocados and oatmeal are easily accessible to college students, easy to prepare and will release bursts of energy throughout the day to keep the body going. Try to remember to eat breakfast because although we’ve heard it 1000 times before, it really is the most important meal of the day.

Although it is tempting to pull all- nighters during finals week, try to get at least six hours of sleep the night before any exams to avoid crashing on the actual test paper itself. Good luck to everyone taking finals. Study hard but make sure to care of yourself and your friends. Grades are important but so are you.clocktower

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