It is no doubt that the life of a college student is extremely challenging. We all have assignments due, exams coming up and on top of that most of us are trying to juggle multiple jobs, volunteer work and clubs along with our studies. So here are some tips for students to help keep you sane and grounded when it gets difficult.
- Make a To Do List – Personally, I find making lists very efficient. Write down all the stuff you have to do, including the nonacademic activities like cooking, cleaning, laundry and social engagements. It will actually give you the time to process all the work that is to be done and will help you prioritise accordingly.
- Be Well Rested – As young adults our brain needs about seven to nine hours of sleep in order to function. Now this may vary from person to person and not everyone is able to dedicate that much time to sleep; however, it is important to give yourself at least a couple days in the week with a full night of sleep.
- Naps are Important Too! For when you can’t afford a full night’s sleep, students should take power naps of 15 minutes whenever they can in order to maximize productivity. This way you can give your brain an opportunity to recharge. P.S. our campus has some super cozy spots where you can relax. Make use of them!
- Go to the Gym! The Well at Sac State has a great gym for students to use. If you’re someone who’s not sure what kind of exercise works the best for you, you can always check out their group fitness classes. Personally, I believe Yoga, Pilates and Spin are one of the easiest ways to get rid of your stress and if you care to participate in their group fitness program, they give you a free T - shirt (only until Nov 24th).
- Run a Little. The weather this time around is very pleasant, therefore, taking a short lap in the outdoors can be refreshing for the mind and body.
- Iced Coffee is NOT a Meal! – Please feed your body with the nutrients it requires. An empty stomach is not ideal for a productive mind. Carry fruits and snacks for long days.
- Find a Study Buddy – sometimes we tend to procrastinate more when we’re on our own. I recommend finding a friend with the same studying habits and study with them.
- Make use of Resources on Campus - Multicultural Center and Lassen Hall provide students with testing supplies, snacks and a safe space to study during finals week.
- Distract Your Mind -If you want to destress yourself, Games are a good way to give your brain a breather. Online tetris is a personal fav, but there are others; Candy Crush, 2048, word games, bubble pop or whatever suits you. Avoid video games on play stations since they can be a form of distraction.
- Take Care of your Mental Health - This one is definitely the most important one! We often get so wrapped up in our busy schedules and all the stress that we forget to check in with ourselves. If things get hard, there are services provided by the school that can help you cope with it all.
I hope these tips help you succeed during any exam season! - Saniya Ali