How Westminster Students Manage Stress During Finals


These students said finals are less stressful when they can study with a friend. PHOTO BY COURTNEY GALLAGHER.


It is the second week of December, which means Westminster students are busy preparing for finals. Although finals week can be a stressful period of time, there are ways to manage stress and stay motivated.

In “It’s the Final Countdown—College Students Give Tips on How to Manage Stress During Finals,” college students offer their tips for relieving stress during finals:

1. Stay active
2. Take advantage of on-campus programming during and prior to finals week
3. Exercise
4. Eat Nutritious Meals and Snacks
5. Stay Hydrated
6. Breathe
7. Treat yourself to lunch before your final
8. Catch some ZZZ’s
9. Take Breaks
10. Select a good study space
11. Prioritize & Plan
12. Ask for Help
13. Talk to a counselor
14. Call friends
15. Write research papers and finish projects early
16. Use Study Groups
17. Double-Check Your Exam Times
18. Stop Wasting Time

The Columns also asked our students what they do to stay stress free during finals. This is what they had to say:

“I stay mentally prepared [by] getting sleep, which is the main thing,”Arbind Shrestha, ’19, said. “[For] a good place to study, I prefer a quiet place. Music helps, and I take breaks. I usually walk off, just walking around.”

Manohar Pradhan, ’17, said he takes breaks every 25 minutes, drinks coffee, [and] talks to friends who are in the same situation as he is.

“I study and if I want a break, I go cook and eat” Rupa Kumari, ’18, said.

Mahamane Maiga, ’16, believes that finals can be viewed as the conclusion to the semester.

“If you’ve done all the work, then finals is a conclusion of all the hard work of the entire semester,” he said. “I study enough to the point where I feel it is enough. For example, I can study for five hours and feel it is enough. Doing my best is all that matters.”

For those studying the the library, coffee, tea, and hot chocolate will be provided every night from 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. until Thursday, Dec. 10.

Students can also take a study break by using the gym in HAC to exercise, playing pool or ping pong in JCI, playing the piano in the soundproof room, or working on the puzzle on the second floor of the library.

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