Dealing With “The Wave”

Rachel Lewis
Written by Rachel Lewis

So, it’s that time of year again when college students all around will cry in unison over finals week. I find the word “finals” intimidating. It implies that one last grade that can either make or break your GPA as a whole. That may be true, but thinking that the entire time whilst studying can be daunting. Instead, I like to call this time of the school year “The Wave” (intense, right?!).

This Wave will come in many horrible ways, shapes, and forms. For example, in high school we mostly would have all exams that were usually around 100 to 200 questions. Nowadays professors will slap us with a 10 page research paper followed by an exam, oral tests for Communications class, or even having your Jazz professor test you on songs and you will have to know what era its from (yes, that’s actually a thing I have to do next week). These different types of tests are actually more challenging than exams because you almost have to convince yourself and the professor that you actually care about the subject, rather than filling in some marks on a stupid Scantron.

Believe me, I’m not one for analyzing why Hamlet hated his mom so much or figuring out if Miles Davis got his start in the BeBop era or the Cool jazz era. However, when you are in so deep you eventually will end up knowing these subject back and front. Here is what I usually do to survive this horrible wave.

1. Scream a bit, eat a bit, sleep a bit.

It’s totally okay to just relax and relish the fact that you won’t have any free time for the entire month of May or December. Sit down, take a bath, watch some Netflix, anything you can do to calm down before this storm ahead.


This is the most important piece to advice I’ll give. In my situation, I have a hefty Hamlet research paper (roughly 8-10 pages) and a Marine Biology exam. Although the exam will be more challenging in terms of studying, the research paper is going to be more time consuming to work on. Once all of your longer assignments are out of the way, then that’s the time to be filling out flash cards for those exams. Time management is the key to surviving this mess.

3. Do NOT Procrastinate.

Please listen, procrastination is your worst enemy. I don’t even care if you’re reading this right now literally I want you to go do your studies don’t even bother reading the rest of this article. Got a phone? Turn it off. Have a cat that keeps laying down on your study guides? Close your door and give it a treat. You need to be at your most attentive so that not only are you studying abundantly, but also effectively.

4. When all is said and done, just chill.

Take a moment to reflect on what you endured. You accomplished the humanly impossible, you’re a great person and you deserve a venti Frappuccino from Starbucks because YOU DID IT, my friend. Sleep in the next day, tell all the people at your job how cool you are, go shopping, do things that are rewarding.

I hope you found this helpful, if not then at least relatable. I’m off you ride the wave now, good luck! x

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