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May 7, 2008 2:08 AM

The "Final" Countdown

The fun is just getting started! ; ) The end of the semester and preparing for finals can be a stressful time of the year. Sometimes I find it really hard to stay motivated and I forget about the things I need to get done at the end of the semester. One thing that helps me to stay on track and keep things organized is writing down a list of goals, whether it's setting aside study time or review sessions, completing an assignment or an errand, etc. Unlike writing in my planner, I'll take a separate sheet of paper, write down a whole list of things to accomplish, and decorate it with quotes like “I can go the distance” or “Don’t hate, elevate.” Then I carry it with me or tape it on my wall. =P I know, maybe it sounds corny, but for me it helps to reinforce some motivation and a “can-do” attitude (well for one, everything doesn’t look so bad on paper). At least I can look at my list to re-focus myself of my priorities when school gets overwhelming. The end of the semester may not only be filled with finals, but it might also include job/internship/apartment hunting, graduation, final projects, summer planning, etc. Do whatever you need to do to handle your situation because in the end you want to do well on your finals and finish the semester on a good note.

“In the end, we will conserve only what we love. We will love only what we know. We will know only what we are taught.” – Baba Dioum


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