Today I Feel… Overwhelmed

As finals week looms over my head I have realized just how much I have left to get done this semester and I’ve begun to feel extremely overwhelmed.

Basically, once Monday is finished I don’t actually have a lot of stuff left to do, so I know that I’ll be fine once I get there but right now I feel like I’m drowning in work. This weekend I have to write two papers, two speeches, discussion questions, study for my communications final, and study for my math final. Oh, and buy a Secret Santa gift for one of my roommates.

I also have to try and figure out something for an assignment for my Deaf culture class that has me extremely stressed out and it’s worth 10% of my grade and I have no idea what I’m going to do.

I’m going to go listen to history podcasts and work on my Hebrew scriptures prophet paper. Then sleep, I’ve had the worst sleep schedule as of late and I can feel my immune system starting to fail on me!

I’ll talk to you all tomorrow.

‘Tis the Season

After my serious post regarding finals yesterday I figured I would lighten the mood today and share with you some of the pictures of my dorm room after me and my roommates decorated it last week.

We started off by saying we were going to decorate our door, and then it went from there. We were going to do more than what we actually did but we all ended up getting bored and decided to watch Christmas movies on ABC Family instead.

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There’s our snowman!

I actually ended up making all of the snowflakes that we used to decorate except for one. I just kept finding new patterns on Pinterest that I wanted to try out and I got slightly addicted to snowflake making.

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Here’s the snowflakes on our window.

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The sunrise that morning was so beautiful and I thought it looked really cool through this snowflake. #art

The last part of our decorating night was the fireplace that we made.

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Isn’t it adorable?

This was such a fun night. It made preparing for the last few weeks of the semester just a little bit better and I have to admit, our fireplace makes our room so much more homey than it was before. We’ve basically decided we’re keeping this up until Valentine’s Day!

Well, I should probably get back to the mountain of homework that I have left to do for tonight. Can’t wait for this semester to be over with! Only 12 more days!

I’ll be back tomorrow with my second Harry Potter quotes post.

Hope you all had a nice day.

Surviving Finals

Take a deep breath everyone… Smell that? That’s right! It’s the smell of fear and desperation as finals week looms in our near future.

This is my first time experiencing the joy that is college finals so I thought I’d share some of the things that I’m doing to get ready for them. I will admit though, that I have it pretty easy this semester and I’m really thankful for that. I only have two tests that I have to prepare for and only one of those tests is actually during our scheduled finals time. I do have a bunch of projects and papers and final assignments on the other hand so my advice is going to be geared more towards those.

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1 My finals are split up with one on a Friday and then the rest on Monday and Tuesday the next week. If any of the rest of you have a similar schedule I really recommend using the weekend. Spend that extra time you have to prepare for other tests or projects and save the parties or Netflix for Tuesday night.

2 Set a timer for 30 minutes and spend it working without any distractions. Then when those 30 minutes are finished, spend 5 minutes doing something else (like cleaning, going to the bathroom, packing, reading a nonacademic book, or watching some tv, Netflix, or YouTube). I started using this method right before Thanksgiving break when I had a lot of stuff that I needed to get done and I found that it does wonder for your concentration and work.

3 If your professors give things out ahead of time, get them done! I can’t even say this enough. A lot of my professors gave out assignments and projects and tests out way ahead of time and even though they aren’t due for  few weeks I’m already setting aside some time to work on them so that I won’t have to scramble and stress about them once it comes time to turn them in.

 4 If you have extra time between classes, spend it studying. I know it’s so tempting to pick up your phone and spend that time in between your classes playing a game, or checking Instagram, but really, pick up your notes and study. I’ve been doing this for the past week and I really think it’s going to help me out.

5 Make a study guide! I know that opening up my notebooks or textbook and trying to study all that information can be extremely overwhelming so I decided to make study guides for some of my tests. Yesterday I made a study guide for my communications final and ended up summing up an entire textbook and all of my notes into 10 pages. I used the tests that my professor had given us over the course of the semester and used that to find the information that would most likely be on the final and expanded that into what I already had in my notes and what was in the textbook. It’s still a lot of information but it’s a lot less overwhelming than it had originally been.

6 Sleep. I know that a lot of you might be staying up really late to try and get everything that you need to get done done but try and get at least 7 hours of sleep a night if you can. Sleep is so important for you and trust me, your brain, grades, and immune system will all thank you for the sleep.

7 Lastly, make a countdown. Right now I only have 13 days left of my semester and I’m so excited. Knowing that the end of my first semester is getting closer is motivating me to finish my classes strong and power through to the end of finals.

I just want to end this post by wishing all of you fellow students good luck with your finals. I believe in you guys!

Have a great day everyone

A Christmas Craft

When I went home for Thanksgiving Break my siblings and I made a present for my mom and I thought I’d share it with you.

(Honestly, I’m just sharing this with you because I felt like taking artsy pictures of the paint plate!)

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We were originally going to end the project here, but then we started coming up with more and more ideas, and it spiraled out of control.

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We broke out all the paint I had… And then came the glitter.

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And there’s the finished product! My siblings and I love making presents like this. We also made reindeer pajama shirts which I might share a picture of later in the month if I remember.

I hope you all had a nice day. I’ll talk to you guys tomorrow.