Now that SNC students have returned from Thanksgiving break, many of us now have one main thing on our minds… finals week. Some of us have gone through this before, while others may be experiencing finals week at SNC for the very first time. Either way, there is no need to fear because we have many finals week veterans on campus! These come in the form of our SNC seniors! To find out a little more from one of these experienced students, we talked with senior Honors Program member, Michelle Lobermeier, to get her perspective on finals week.
What is your most memorable experience from finals week?
“I’ll never forget the night before finals week my first semester as a first-year in Bergstrom. In anticipation of the intensive quiet hours, everyone on our floor participated in an impromptu pillow fight to release all of our energy before buckling down and studying for the week.”
What is your preferred way to prepare/study during finals week?
“During finals week, I find myself studying in spots all over campus. I’ll spend a couple hours in the library, a couple in GMS, and then I’ll head to the Campus Center for a couple more hours of studying. By constantly moving around, I don’t get too tired of being in one spot and actually find I am more productive after taking a few minutes to walk across campus and reset in a different location. Finals studying also requires brain food, so I make sure to have snacks with me at all times.”
What is your favorite way to relax or de-stress during finals week?
“Finals week is often the first time all semester I crack open a book that I want to read just for fun. After a few hours of studying, I’ll reward myself with a half hour or so of reading time to relax and give my mind a break. It’s a really great way to get my mind off the paper I was just writing or exam I was just studying for in order to allow myself to de-stress a little. Study breaks with my friends are another important component to help me survive finals week. When we’ve all had enough studying for the night, we often go on a walk across campus or head to Culver’s to get some custard - anything to let us relax a little bit while still spending time together.”
What advice would you give your younger self in terms of getting ready for finals?
“If I could go back and give my younger self any advice about finals week, it would be to take breaks. I had this idea in my head that surviving finals week required constant studying all 14 or so waking hours of the day, and now I know that’s simply not feasible. It’s normal to need brain breaks, and it’s okay to take a nap in the middle of the day or watch a quick episode of your favorite show on Netflix. Practicing positive self care during finals week will ultimately make you more productive when you sit down to study.”
Thank you, Michelle, for sharing your experienced perspective on finals week. Best of luck to everyone as we approach the end of the semester, and go ace those finals!