Arts & Culture / Mosaic / November 19, 2013

Ten ways to survive Week Ten

The end is near, and if you’re the average Knox student (is there one?) you’re starting to realize how much you actually have to do in the next week. Here are a few tips to prepare for the hectic few weeks ahead of you:

  1. Just do it. Set a timer for 30 minutes and immerse yourself in whatever topic you’re studying. Take it one step at a time, but stop making excuses or procrastinating and just deal with each class at a time.
  2. Be grateful. Go to the Thanksgiving Dinner in the Oak Room on Wednesday evening and enjoy the holiday season. Enjoy the good food and company of your friends and peers.
  3. Just do you. Take a few minutes away from the term paper to decompress. Run a few laps around campus. Watch 30 minutes of Netflix. Take a break. Take some time to yourself for a few minutes in between study stints.
  4. Be anywhere but here. Imagine you’re in Tahiti and study for your final there. See if that works.
  5. Take up coffee. If you’re stuck studying for what seems like a million finals, the caffeine will keep you up and focused. If you’ve somehow found yourself finished studying and faced with boredom, study the history and origin of different coffees. Learn which brews taste good with what foods, and which roasts have the most caffeine. Being a coffee aficionado is impressive. If nothing else, it’s something to put on your resumé.
  6. Spend some time outside. It’s not too cold yet, but when Winter Term comes around, it will be. Put on a jacket and take your textbooks outside. If you get cold, chase squirrels for a few minutes. Enjoy the weather while it’s still bearable.
  7. Start planning for your departure (or escape). If you’re leaving campus for break, it may be beneficial to make a packing list or get some of your belongings organized before you’re forced to run out of the house to catch a train on time.
  8. Go crazy. Having quiet hours for 24 hours can get pretty exhausting. With your suite (or house, or residence hall) coordinate one hour to take a break from everything and be as loud, crazy and as obnoxious as you possibly can. If you’re feeling ambitious, get the entire building in on it.
  9. Enjoy the camaraderie. Finals may seem like the death of us, but forming a study group and commiserating with a group of people may be just the motivation and fellowship you need right now.
  10. Deal with it. You’re not the first person to ever have dealt with the tenth week of a term. People have done it before you, and people will do it after you. Take a moment to reflect on that, take a deep breath and keep on keeping on.
Kate Mishkin
Kate Mishkin is a senior majoring in English literature and minoring in journalism. She started working for TKS as a freshman and subsequently served as managing editor, co-news editor and co-mosaic editor. Kate is the recipient of four awards from the Illinois College Press Association for news and feature stories and one award from the Associated Collegiate Press. She won the Theodore Hazen Kimble Prize in 2015 and 2014 and the Ida M. Tarbell Prize in Investigate Journalism in 2014. She has interned at FILTER Magazine, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and WGIL radio and the Virginian-Pilot.

Twitter: @KateMishkin

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