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How to have a holly, jolly finals week

December 10th, 2012 | Ian Richardson

Last week’s 70-degree temperatures aside, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas here at Evangel. The two-story Christmas tree is illuminating Riggs Hall, Christmas lights are decking the residence halls and Christmas carols are bringing Christmas cheer to our mealtimes in the cafeteria.

With less than two weeks of classes left, it truly feels like the most wonderful time of the year – well, almost.

There is a flip side to the final weeks of the semester: the stress of impending tests and due dates. Juggling multiple final projects and high-point exams can be more difficult than navigating a foggy Christmas Eve on Rudolph’s year off.

Thankfully, there are strategies for handling this down-to-the-wire feeling while still enjoying the sights and sounds of the season.

And since I’m no Scrooge, I’m going to share some with you.

The first and most important tip is to formulate a plan of attack. Organizing all the project due dates and test dates will put everything in perspective and allow you to see which ones are the most immediate priorities. Then, focusing on one project at a time makes it less overwhelming.

Tree lighting

It’s Christmas Evangel-style as Student Body President Javier Rodriguez presides over the tree-lighting ceremony in Riggs Hall. Students were invited to enjoy homemade goodies and cider, prepared by the staff members who work in Riggs.

Also, study a little bit for your tests each night in the week leading up to them. The trick is to pace yourself, avoiding procrastination. I would liken procrastination to eating all of the candy in your stocking on Christmas morning; it may seem fun at the time, but you’ll be in a world of hurt later.

Once you’re organized, another finals week strategy comes into play: Have some fun. Studying is hard work, and too much of it can bring a frown to the face of even the jolliest Who from Whoville. Evangel offers plenty of fun activities to lighten the spirits of the studious. Each year, Activities Board puts on “Cozy in the Joust,” which is a Christmas celebration with cocoa, treats and all sorts of fun Christmas activities.

On a different night they hold the holiday edition of DVD Bingo, featuring a late-night breakfast served by the residence hall directors. Also, the food service staff offers late-night treats during finals week to fuel those study sessions.

I hope these study hints help show that even college finals week can still be an enjoyable time of the year. It’s hard for me to believe that another semester of blogging has come and gone. Until next time, I wish you a merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

Want more? Check out the photos of Cozy in the Joust on Facebook to learn more about this Evangel tradition.

Ian Richardson

English Major | Class of 2015

Ian is a senior English major from Afton, Iowa. He lives in Scott Hall and writes for the Evangel University website and the Lance. Ian says the thing he loves most about Evangel is the sense of community.

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