This one is for all of the college students this week who are working their butts off to finish this semester. Finals week, the one week of the semester that will literally break you. It is stressful, rewarding, draining, challenging, and the pressure is on YOU. As you are studying, I want you to be encouraged by a few things that will help you have a little hope for what comes after all the tests are taken and all the assignments are turned in. Because, this week too shall pass. *insert praise hands! Thankfully this is my last finals week in undergrad, but it makes it all the more stressful to really finish this last semester strong and with all A's. Here is a few things that I know will help get you through the most STRESSFUL week of college:
1. Look at how far you've come
You have survived an entire semester of classes, tests, hard assignments and all of the other stressful things. During this week you need to look at how far you've come and remember it doesn't compare to what you're facing right now. Stop focusing on the hard thing in front of you and remember you've overcome harder things and you can do it again. Keep pushing forward because it will be all worth it once you finish.
2. Study but take breaks
It is essential that you study and focus on the material you need for you upcoming tests. However, your brain and body need the occasional break while your straining to study every little bit of information. When you decide to take a break don't do something like watch Netflix, instead do something that resets your mind. Like taking a nice walk outside or reading a book. Doing this you will be able to actually relax your body and most importantly your eyes. Yes, your eyes. If you're like me you study a lot on your computer, meaning my eyes strain most of the time I'm studying. So when you take a study break and catch up on your shows, your eyes are straining even more. Do something, anything that relaxes your brain, body and your eyes. Yes, naps do count as a study break.
3. Your grade doesn't change your purpose
This might sound crazy but regardless of your outcome in a class you still have a purpose. Just because you have one failure it doesn't define who you are. Education is simply a season in your life, an important season but just a season that will eventually pass. Your purpose is bigger than any class you take. Your purpose is bigger than that degree your getting. Why? Because you were gifted a purpose before you were even born.
For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother's womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.
The circumstances, failures, success that happens in your life don't have to determine the direction of your life. Through all the things you do there is someone greater than you moving you through the story called your life.
I pray that each of you who have already taken finals, are just about to or will in the next few days - will remember these three things. But most of all remember that your purpose is bigger than any tests you will ever take.
Study hard and pray harder!