Hello! Welcome back to another Scholastic Monday! Well we’re finally here everyone. It’s the time of year where the fall semester is wrapping up, finals are upon us, and it’s time to decide if you want to go back for another semester or try something new for a while. That’s alright if you do. That is one of the things they don’t tell you in high school that when you’re in college you can choose what you want to do. It might not go well with some of your family, but you learn that’s life. They’re not going to agree with everything that you do.
However, I digress when finals season come around it does not mesh well with anxiety. It’s even worse when you have depression, so on top of trying not to freak out about assignments that aren’t due yet, you’re feeling hopeless about making sure that you don’t fail your final. I’ve been there and it’s not fun. There aren’t many tips when it comes to your first final. I have one big one that I write down every time finals come around.
Remember it’s only a test.
When I was a freshman in college and I had my first final, I nearly had a panic attack in class. I forgot everything I studied, I almost dropped my pen in the lecture hall, and I couldn’t stop looking at the time. I couldn’t stop thinking about how my grades weren’t the best since I only got the hang of things towards the end of my semester and scrapped by with a ‘C’ as my current grade at the time. I worried that if I didn’t pass my final then I would be put on probation, then kicked out, then I wouldn’t be able to get a job, and my life would be over.
It took my TA to remind me that it was only a test. After she made the announcement to us, I calmed down. I took a few breaths and accepted that this wasn’t the end of the world. It was really easy for me to fall into that spiral after coming from high school where I was on the honor roll every year to barely making it in college.
It was quite the change from the projects I had to do in high school. I had to make sure that I got to my final on time with the right supplies then remember what I studied. It was enough to overwhelm me. It took some reminders while I took the test to remember that it’s only a test. Then when it’s finished you won’t have to look at it again, unless you have to take the class over, but we’ll talk about that later. It’s really important to know that this final will be over before you know it.
Before each final I used to be really anxious and worried about failing, especially when my depression kicked in. It’s hard to study when one minute you’re anxious about the future then the next you’re worried that you’ve wasted your future with this one test. Whenever that happens I take a breath, drink a little water, and repeat the words it’s only a test.
Because once it’s over you can relax. Make sure to treat yourself when it ends too. I always do whenever my finals end and it’s a great way for you to calm down after finals too.
I wish you the best of luck during these finals. You’ll be awesome. Remember that if you feel overwhelmed, take a breath, and repeat it’s only a test. Because that’s all it is despite how important it can be, it’s something you can take over again.
Good luck everyone!
Here’s some links to help:
Final Exam Stress: 10 Ways To Beat End-Of-Semester Anxiety: Some nice tips to help you relax when that anxiety comes up around the end of the year.
Coping with Final Exam Stress & Test Anxiety: Here are some good tips that also touch on the topic of negative self talk and how to beat it.
Final Exams, ADD, and Anxiety Attacks: A Perfect Storm?: A nice post from another college student that has ADD and how they navigate finals time.
Paul the study ghost says: “Don’t worry. I know you got this!”