How to Survive Finals Week

Finals… a college student’s worst nightmare. 

Majority of the time, finals is what makes or breaks a student’s grade in a particular class. If you’re really smart or really lucky, you may not even be required to take a final!

After months and months of dedication to your studies, your success or failure is riding on one thing… the final. What makes it worst? Majority of college campuses squeeze everyone’s final into one week. Talk about pressure!

As a college student, a junior at that, I have had to take finals for the past two years now and every year it is the same.

You wake up, cry, go to class, cry, complete your review guides, cry, maybe get a bite to eat, cry, eliminate your social life, cry, get in bed, cry… only to fall asleep and repeat it all over again. 

Here are some tips I have come up with to help relieve some stress when approaching finals:

1.Know When and Where to Take Your Finals: I would hate for a student to miss their final and possibly end up with a bad grade in the course.

2.Stay Active: Believe me or not, but some form of physical activity will help release some of that built up stress.

3.Get Some Sleep: Sleep is important, we should all get a good night’s rest before the day of a big test… but let’s face, you know you’re going to be up studying all night “cramming” last-minute information into your brain.

4.Cut Off Your Social Media: Yeah right, like that’s going to happen.

5. Eat a Balanced Meal: Food is a good thing. It is also good for your body as well. Food helps to nourish and fuel our bodies. Imagine going into your final, well-prepared, and all of a sudden… you become nauseous because you forgot to put food in your stomach.

6.Cry: Believe it or not, but this helps me feel better.

 

It’s all about your mindset. I know it is hard, but go into finals week with a positive mindset. Think positively and act positively. Set all your worries and nerves aside. Remember: finals are only temporary. 

 

 

-WORK HARD PLAY HARD

 

How to Cope When You Are Overwhelmed

Juggling school work, extra curricular activities, a job, and a social life can be pretty… overwhelming. 

I mean, do you even have time to breathe with everything that you have going on? It doesn’t seem like it.

I literally schedule a section in my planner that I assign myself time to “cry” for 30 minutes, then I build a bridge and get over it.

I used to not be the type of person who gets overwhelmed. I have a very laid-back personality; I “go with the flow”.

Since I have begun my junior year in college, I have taken on a lot of responsibilities. My classes have gotten harder, I have taken up a part-time job, I have applied to be apart of different clubs and committees, and I have taken up leadership roles within my sorority.

I ask myself all the time… “Why do I do this to myself?”

The answer is easy… I have taken up all these responsibilities because I want to be involved, make a name for myself, and buildup my resume.

No one mentioned to me that I would eventually become overwhelmed in the process.

My mom gave me some really good advice to dealing with being stressed out and overwhelmed with things; She told me the only thing I can do is to take each day, one day at a time. Focus on what’s in front of you until you get a grip on it, and then focus on the future.

If you’re overwhelmed like me, or any other college student for that matter… I have a piece of advice for you: JUST TAKE A DEEP BREATH!

Focus on you and only you and that feeling of being overwhelmed will eventually vanish from your mind.

In this video I made below, my nieces, Anjali and Aviana, were pushing each other around and making noise. I decided to slow down the video and add some cool effects to it. This video kind of reminds me what it feels like in my brain when I am overwhelmed and have 500+ things to do:

Happy Homecoming

Homecoming… the most stressful yet exciting time of the year.

It’s stressful because you ignore/blow off all of your responsibilities to attend all of the activities your school puts on throughout the week. If you’re in an organization at your school, you are in a constant competition all week-long with every other organization to compete in different activities.

It’s exciting because you get to mingle with people who you normally do not see every day while attending school. The amount of participation that everyone puts in during this week is out of this world.

This year, Troy University played Georgia State where the Trojans came out on top, taking home the victory 31-21.

Check out my school’s fight song below!

Until next year, Troy Homecoming…

 

 

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Are we “dating”?

Boy likes girl. Girl likes boy back. Boy ask girl out on a date. Girl accepts. Boy and girl go on casual dates for the next month. Boy ask girl to be his girlfriend. Girl accepts. Boy and girl date for four years. Boy ask girl to marry him. Girl accepts. Boy and girl get married and have three children and live happily ever after. 

(Okay, so maybe it doesn’t always play out that way)

What exactly does it mean to “date”someone?

While there’s not an actual definition for the word “dating”, the urban dictionary defines it as two people getting together for an activity when the possibility of romance between them has been broached but not ruled out.

I like to think that dating is inevitable. Everyone at some point in their life is going to be dating someone else. It’s a way of life.

Dating is exciting. Dating is thrilling. Dating is… confusing.

It’s a constant mind game of whether or not the other person is as into you as you are to them.

So, that leads me to wonder… Is dating really worth the trouble?

I’ve done some research and here’s some points I find interesting:

  • Defining relationships is hard: especially in our modern-day era. Boys and girls try to make everything so difficult. You should just go with the flow. One blogger from the Odyssey says we live in a time where it’s all about “hooking up” with someone else. BY THE WAY, Odyssey is a great site to find bloggers that think just about the same as you do on any topic.
  • Independence: confidence and the ability to provide for yourself is attractive. There’s upsides and downsides to encountering an independent woman. I can assure you that there will never be a dull moment when you find one. One blogger listed 10 things you will learn from dating an independent woman.
  • Traditional dating is dead: that’s according to a survey taken by CNN correspondent, Jessica Massa. She found out that dating is not always planned. One couple she interviewed said they worked together on a political campaign.

 

Is dating really worth the trouble? 

I think it is. I think that dating opens your life up to whole new world in ways you didn’t know were possible. You have the opportunity to make someone else a better person by dating them.

I think the phrase “Are we dating?” is bound to evolve as time goes on due to the fact that things change and people change along with it.

 

 

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Support System

As soon as you graduate from high school… BAM! You’re on your own.

There’s no such thing as someone telling you what time you need to be home or having someone to cook you dinner everyday.

Going away to college is like a miniature test run to adulthood and so far… I’m wishing I was a kid again.

THE REAL WORLD IS HARD.

Sure, its nice to be carefree and living on the edge, but what you do effects your future. When you are in college, you are making a name for yourself. Which NEEDS to be a good one!

I think it is so important that you find yourself a good support system. Your family will always be there for you no matter the dilemma. That’s what a family is… people who love you unconditionally. My mom and my sister do so much for me, it’s unreal.

Friends come and friends go, but I believe that you’ll just know when you have met the right group of people. Luckily for me, I found my people, my core group freshman year.

We all mesh and get along so well… its kind of scary. We have never gotten into a fight.

OKAY maybe one time, but hey we’re a group of six women combined, its bound to happen. 

You know that feeling you get when you make an A on a test… and you just never want it to end… that’s what having a good support system feels like.

People that are going to be there to catch you when you fall, stand by you when you make a mistake, when you make a bad grade on a test, or even when you are having boy troubles. 

I have to take a second and express my gratitude to the people in the pictures below. Thank You.

Thank you for being there always.

Thank you for the constant laughter you bring my way. 

Thank you for dealing with my inner "drama queen" that comes out a little too often.

Thank you for motivating and pushing me in the direction I need to go regarding my career choice.

Thank you to my mom for buying me clothes(because I have been diagnosed  as a shopaholic).

Thank you to my friends for always being willing to try new things. 

Thank you for being... you.

 

Cheers to you ladies! Couldn’t do life without you… well I could but it’d be really hard!

 

 

WORK HARD PLAY HARD

Clock Management

As you can see, I tried to think of a "cooler" way to say 
Time Management... and now I am thinking I should just keep my ideas to myself.

What is time management? Why do college professors stress the importance of time management? Do I need to master the skill of time management before I graduate from college?

I can’t give you an exact definition of time management but I can tell you that it isn’t a skill you are born with!

According to Wikipedia: Time management is the act or process of planning and exercising conscious control over the amount of time spent on specific activities, especially to increase effectiveness, efficiency or productivity.”

SO basically, for a college student, one must find a balance between school and extra curricular activities.. more or less.

This past week was a whirlwind for me. I am in a sorority and for my sorority, I serve as the Public Relations Chair. Anything that involves social media or advertising for Phi Mu, I am your girl! On top of the numerous responsibilities I had to complete for my sorority, I had three test this week, multiple homework assignments, and… my first live appearance on Troy TrojanVision News.

(Troy TrojanVision News is a student-run television news station at Troy University that airs Monday-Friday at 11:30am, 4:00pm, and 5:00pm) 

When I found out I had landed a spot on the Global show at 4:00pm Thursday, I wanted to drop everything I was doing and focus all my attention on that. However, I realized that I was also committed to several other things that just couldn’t be “dropped”.

SO WHAT DO YOU DO?

I had to use my time management skills. I relied a lot on my agenda this week and this allowed me to see how much time I could allow myself for each activity that needed to be done.

When Thursday rolled around, I was exhausted. Drained. Ready to curl up into a ball and go into hibernation. In moments like these, it’s important to always push through. I started my day at 8:30am and did not hit the mattress until midnight. BUT IT WAS SO WORTH IT! Not only did I get to anchor Global, but with the help of a very sweet friend of mine I was able to do a “package” (story) that landed on the nightly news.

Time management is not always going to be easy, but then again life isn’t easy. Time management is a learning process. Just make sure you always go into things with positive energy. I know… easier said then done right?

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an Introduction

Never in a million years did I think I would own and actively post on a blog. 

Hi, my name is Lynsey Smith and if I am not an anchor on E! News… the world may come to an end. Okay, maybe not really but I am very passionate about what I want in life!

I am currently a junior at Troy University. I am a Broadcast Journalism major and a Spanish minor. Troy is located in Troy, Alabama. Troy is a very small city in the middle of two larger cities. Technically I am from New Orleans, Louisiana but after Hurricane Katrina hit my family relocated to Birmingham, Alabama which is where I currently reside.

YES, throughout middle school and high school I played sports(Cheerleading and Softball to be exact). NO, I do not play those sports anymore. There comes a time when you just get… well old! And at the age of 19, I am feeling very old.

“So, if you never thought you would own a blog… what are you even going to blog about?”

Well, person reading this blog asking me this question, I will be blogging about the struggles of being a college student(particularly my struggles) trying to accomplish his/her goals yet at the same time also trying to have an actual life in the process.

“Wow how cliche!”

Hmmm maybe so, but i find this debacle to be very near and dear to my heart.

I plan to post on my blog weekly. Here’s the the URL to my blog because I want you all to have the exact location of where you can find my post: https://workhardplayhard101blog.wordpress.com

If you’ve read this far…thank you so much! I am not sure what I am getting myself into with this blog, but I hope to find out a little bit more about myself through the process. After all this is a learning experience and I am always open to trying new things.

 

WORK HARD PLAY HARD