Those dreadful words that every college kid will hear in their college career: finals week. Just what is it about finals that make us all go co-co-for-co-co-puffs? There is no way it could have anything to do with the fact that some are literally worth twenty percent of our grade, could it? The fact that our whole week our friends are out blacking out at the club, and we are stuck keeping our eyes open in front of our computer, or a last minute 12p.m. trip to Kinkos. Draping, textile science, a 6 page paper, a four page magazine spread, a 3D purse, our finals are a little out of the ordinary for some people, but to us it is just like any other week here. F.I.D.M. a four letter acronym we all know way too much about.
So now that we are in finals week, let me tell you how to survive it. I know everyone tells you to get plenty of rest, but I am serious, go to bed! Your mind is not even functioning at that hour, so seriously just go to bed, and wake up early in the morning with a fresh mind and a fresh pot of coffee. You will thank me. Second, grab a friend! If you are like me, you will have all the time in the world to do homework but hanging out with your friends will seem so much more fun so you procrastinate until the last minute which will leave you way too stressed for your own good. Find some friends who are in your class, and find a good time for you all to meet, you will get a lot done trust me. Make it fun, someone bakes cookies, someone brings red bull, and you all get something done while feeling productive at the same time. Do not focus on the grade you are getting in the class, unless you are trying to transfer to a state school or a university, please do not stress o the grade you have in the class. What is most important is that you got something out of the class. I have had multiple teachers in my time here at F.I.D.M. some I feel are really tough on me, and I end the class with a C, but I will be the first person to tell you I learned way more in that class than the easy A teacher everyone else took. College is all about what you get out of it, not the grades. It is about the diploma not the grade. Finally, reward yourself for setting time aside for betting your future and reaching your goals. If you are 21, have a mimosa after your last final, if you aren’t, schedule a pedicure, go shopping with a friend. Make sure you reward yourself!
I wish everyone luck this week on finals. Please remember these are the best years of your life. Make the most of every minute here.