Finals Week Stress Calls for 'sleep, smiles, and support'
By JULIAN SEPESKY
Finals week is hectic, for both students and faculty at many universities throughout the country.
Some students have been through the process before and know the monumental task that lies ahead. Students who have become assimilated have a solid understanding of how exams are usually not given in the regular classroom or at the regular time.
First-year students are usually nervous and stressed.
Nick Brandemarte is a sophomore at California University of Pennsylvania, so he has been through the rigors of finals week previously.
“I am definitely more prepared for the final
exams this fall semester,” Brandemarte said. “It feels like everything is moving much slower this time around. I am not as stressed because I sort of know what I’m in for.”
He said he has a good routine for studying. “That is probably the best asset I have gained, the ability to manage the study time for each exam, and I feel that is something that comes with the territory of going through the process a few times.”
Assistant Professor of English Brent House is just finishing his first semester at Cal. He was hired after a few years teaching at a college in Atlanta. His advice?
“Sleep, smiles, and support assuage the stress of finals best,” House said. “Sleep keeps your brain sharp, and, of course, sleep loss contributes to stress. If you study late, take a nap after that stressful 8
a.m. final, then wake up refreshed and ready to study for the next final.”
He added that “Smiling is important during finals week. That shining smile can lead to shining thoughts, and those shining, smiling thoughts can¹t hurt your pursuit of shining scores on those finals.”
He recommended seeking support from others. “Bond over books in the library, or, at least, take a break from studying and spend a few moments connecting on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. Those 10 minutes of stress relief might help you make it through the next hour of studying,” House said.
Julian Sepesky is a senior at California University of Pennsylvania who is majoring in English with a concentration in journalism. See his website at JulianSepesky2.weebly.com