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December 8, 2015

Finals Survival Checklist: Geneva College Edition

It may seem hard to believe, but the fall semester is almost over and it’s time to plan how you’re going to survive your finals. Here is a checklist that might give you some peace of mind during your long haul to the end of the semester that will help you to finish Geneva Strong.

Groom Yourself
This might seem like a given, but keeping up with your physical appearance can be a struggle while you’re trying to juggle your studies. For most people, dressing for success boosts their confidence level and can also influence their performance. Even if finals haven’t started yet, it is important to stay groomed and comfortable during your preparation of finals. You’re also doing your Geneva College community a favor by eliminating any “funky” odors. You’ll be glad you did and we’ll be glad you did!

Stock up on the snacks
It can be easy to forget to eat when you’re so engrossed in studying for that Bible 112 final or that Humanities paper, so you might want to stock up on some of your favorite munchies on Reading day. Aldi has a crazy good selection of snacks that are within a student budget and are sure to curb any hunger craving that you might encounter.

Drink loads of water
Everyone and their brother will tell you that water is key during study times. The reason? You’re probably up late working banging out notecards like it’s no one’s business while simultaneously pouring an endless flow of coffee down your throat. You might not know this, but coffee can dehydrate you because of a chemical in caffeine called diuretic. Diuretic is a substance that produces urine and increases blood flow through your kidneys resulting in a lower hydration level. Hydration is important for memory retention because it increases blood flow to your brain. Who knew!

I can sleep when finals are over” is a common statement made by students who are doing everything they can to survive finals week. Students in college are the most sleep-deprived demographic in our population. On average, college students get about 6-7 hours of sleep per night. During finals week, this average plummets.  According to the National Institutes of Health, “sleep deprived students have lower GPA's due to the fact that it impacts memory and concentration.” So, what can you do to make sure you get enough sleep? Make an appointment with yourself for bedtime! You wouldn’t skip a dentist’s appointment if you had a cavity, so why miss out on giving your body what it needs especially if your grades will profit from it? Catch some z’s and count the sheep guilt-free this finals season!

Quiet Time with the Lord
Most students get so caught up in their studies that they forget to spend time with the Lord. Give yourself some time when you wake up to talk with God and read His word. Not only will this help you set up your day on a firm foundation of nurturing your faith, but it will put into perspective just how important your studies are and also how important you are in God’s plan for His people. If God is important to you, and your studies are important to you, then why not give them both a good amount of time?

Study Table

Plan your day
Finals week can be hectic and sporadic! A way to help put some sense to your busy study schedule might be to plan it out. Budgeting your time is the best way to ensure that you are being efficient in balancing your studies with meals, rest time, social time and BFCAT dates. Start each day by planning what you’re going to study, who you’re going to study with, where you’re going to study, when you’re going to study and how you’ll go about making the best of the time you have. You’ll be glad you did!

Everyone has different methods of surviving finals week, but the most important part of your Finals Survival Guide Checklist is to remember that you are more than the grades you get. That report card doesn’t define how special and intelligent you are to your family, friends, Geneva community and God.

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:2

–Celia Harris ’16

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