Hey there! My name is Natalya Hoover, and I have just started my freshman year. I came to the Mount to pursue a career in Psychology in hopes that after graduation, I can continue to help individuals for a living.
As my first finals week approaches, I’m not going to lie – I am nervous. Testing is nerve-wrecking, but really, a final is just another test of what we learned throughout the course.
Mount Saint Mary College has several academic tools open to us to help with test preparation. In the Dominican Center, for example, you can gather some friends and reserve a study room. Surrounding yourself with the ones you love the most could help reduce a bit of that test anxiety feeling. While you’re all working hard studying though, don’t forget to take a few breaks! Take a walk around campus and enjoy the fresh air.
Counseling Services can also help with your anxieties too. In their office, you can make an appointment and just talk about what is stressing you out. They will give you many different options on how to calm yourself down and prepare for the test.
With finals, there are always papers, and that’s when the Writing Center comes in! By appointment, the Writing Center can help you on what you could improve or what you could add to your papers. Though they will not revise your entire paper, they are here to help you improve as a writer by providing advice.
Even though the Mount provides a lot of on-campus help, there are also other ways to help yourself. Music always seems to be an escape for everyone. Instead of listening to the same artists you normally would listen to though, give a try to the artists you normally wouldn’t want to hear. Who knows, maybe you’ll find your new favorite artist! If you’re not a fan of change, jamming out to your favorite playlist is a great idea to release those stress hormones too.
Besides music, there are many phone applications to help with anxiety and stress. Each app has their own way of helping you to destress yourself. Whether it be with coloring or breathing, a simple phone app can also help you relax, which helps reduce the activity of stress hormones and improve concentration.
If anxiety or stress apps aren’t your style, there’s always the Kaplan Gym. Exercising is a form of distraction and a way of releasing those feel -good endorphins!
Ultimately, however, if the reason why you are really stressing is because of the infamous procrastination, it is time to avoid it. Procrastination is evil and hard not to do. If you want to achieve those fantastic grades, it’s time to stop putting aside those assignments and get going!
I have a lot to complete before finals week. However, by surrounding myself with my friends and using the resources open to me at the Mount, I feel prepared for the challenges these finals will bring me!
The Office of Student Success is here to help with all of your finals week needs! Stop by their office in Aquinas 100A for more information.