While setting our clocks back and gaining an extra hour of sleep was probably a highlight for many of us this weekend, the change in time also seems to have ushered in old man winter. There is a not so subtle breeze in the air, the flip flops are packed away and UGGs seem to be the reemerging fashion trend of the season, but this really only means one thing….Thanksgiving is just around the corner and the semester is coming to an end sooner than we realize. While it is tempting to put things off until the last minute and only focus on the upcoming holiday, the reality is that after returning from that extended weekend, you will be faced with final exams, group projects and presentations and other assignments that always tend to sneak up at the last minute.
In an effort to reduce the anxiety that often accompanies the end of the semester rush, try planning ahead. With finals beginning December 12th, you have approximately 5 weeks to get yourself organized, prioritize assignments and prepare for your finals. While it still may seem a bit early to begin thinking about finals, now is the time to connect with your classmates and study groups to begin reviewing material from the semester. Why not think strategically and devise a system where you can begin reviewing topics previously covered so you won’t feel overwhelmed as you race to the finish line.
There are numerous resources here on campus that can assist you in preparing for your finals, managing your time in a more productive way and receiving additional help in areas where you may be having difficulty. Please do not be afraid to contact the Academic Achievement Center or talk with your professors or academic advisor if you find yourself struggling to keep up or feeling uncertain about how your semester might end in a particular course. That’s why they are there…to help you and arm you with the tools to ensure your success here at Towson.
Despite our desires to sleep in a little longer, miss a class or meeting here or there because it’s too cold outside or even watch television instead of reading or studying, we’ve all witnessed the weeks fly by, so now is the time to push ourselves and finish this semester strong. Don’t let old man winter, midterm blues, or sleep deprivation hold you back from achieving your best this semester. Take care of yourself and prepare early so you won’t be so overwhelmed down the line. Believe it or not, I still remember the stress of final exams. If you start preparing now you may not feel so overwhelmed during finals.
Best of luck and remember, the good news (and the bad news) is that winter break is almost here!
Dr. Timothy Chandler