Finals Time It Is
I am pulling out my nerd card today. The memorable moments of the “Star Wars” series are countless, as are the inspirational quotes from the characters and their creator. Enjoy them, use them in your journey, and let the Force be with you for Finals Week.
- “You can’t stop change (finals) any more than you can stop the suns from setting.”
- “I find your lack of faith (in yourself) disturbing.”
- “In my experience, there is no such thing as luck.”
You must do the work. Do the work, students of Angelo State, and survive finals you will.
George Lucas tells us that, “If you want to be successful in a particular field, perseverance is one of the key qualities.”
Keep studying. You can do this. In fact, “You have to find something that you love enough to jump over hurdles and break through the brick walls.” Find a way to love finals!
- “Your focus determines your reality.” I wrote this post about test anxiety that may help you focus on exams.
- “Remember, concentrate on the moment … ”
I am including this quote because Jar Jar Binks has an amazing ability to enrage folks. Let us use that anger and channel it positively to focus on preparing for the end of the semester.
“The ability to speak does not make you intelligent.” — Qui-Gon Jinn to the rambling Jar Jar Binks
As you count down the weeks, days, hours, minutes until your first final and your last project due date, I encourage you to take advantage of the opportunities the ASU community provides for students during this stressful time of the semester.
Look at ASU’s calendar of events, check the postings around your dorm and in the University Center, and around your classrooms for study groups and study breaks.
You can also review the blog I have already written about school stress.
There are other quality contributions to the blog with helpful tips and ideas written by your peers. Those are perhaps the best places to look for help — from the very people walking this same road as you.
And here are a few more tips from your friendly campus counselor:
- Establish your big study/project goal and then develop five small steps to reach the one big goal.
- Identify your go-to person – the one you can talk to when you need a pep talk.
- Stay away from ruminating on the “If Only.” It is too late for that. Everyone has something they wish they had done or did not do – now is your chance to do.
- Give vent to stress:
- Say, “I am overwhelmed because …”
- Scribble on paper as hard as you can and then wad it up or shred it and throw it away.
- Take a brisk walk.
- Stomp your feet and clap your hands.
- Break sticks in half. (You can use tongue depressors/popsicle sticks.)
- Play with clay, playdough or silly putty.
- SMILE – your mouth muscles turned upward can send the message to your brain that you are OK and you will survive.
- If you have not watched “Star Wars,” now would be a good time. You can add it in as a reward and to relax after a rigorous study session or completing an exam.
May the Force be with you as you: