The Finals Survival Guide

Hello, all!

I’m typing this from one of my comfy study spots on campus on the last day of class. I had an exam today (not a final, but I’m not going to rant about that now) and just turned in an extra credit essay. Now that my brain if fried, I thought I would un-fry it by sharing some of my best study tips, ways to survive finals, and encouragement for the upcoming week. Obviously, everyone is different, but these are just things that work for me.


I’m sure a lot of you already do this, but I can’t stress enough how important it is for me to write out all of the times and places of my exams. I would feel so overwhelmed. To go a step further, I like to plan out when I am going to study for each exam. Luckily, mine are pretty spread out, so I just drew little color-coordinated arrows over the days I’m going to study which exam.

The planner I have is Erin Condren and I love it! My friend gave it to me as a “starting-college-gift” with UNC’s colors, my name and everything (seriously, the sweetest gift ever if you’re thinking about Christmas presents). One reason I love it is because it’s completely blank and you can personalize it with the month tabs and date stickers. (Click on the picture to go the website.)


I am a very visual learner, so it helps me a lot to write everything out when I study. For different topics I’ll use two different colors, so I can associate them together. I’ll remember it like, “This theory was written with purple and orange…or light and dark blue…” or whatever floats your boat.

Secondly, for each exam, put your notes in separate folders (or at least separate them in some way). There’s nothing worse then having everything jumbled, or wondering where “that” paper is. This way, you can sit down, pull out that folder and voila!


Not YouTube or Netflix. Sorry. You’ve been called out.

Bake a cookie! Or 17! Watch the sunset while writing in your dream journal while wearing a moisturizing facemask!

Ok, for real, though. I think you can get so caught up in studying, that it actually feels like you’re going insane. You need to remember what you’re doing this for and that there’s life outside of school. Don’t be too hard on yourself and have grace for yourself during the next week and a half. This may be the fourth day in a row you’ve worn those pants, you may have finished that small cake by yourself…this is all hypothetical.

So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.  1 Corinthians 10:31



Happy December 1st! It’s been a hot minute since my last blog post, but the holiday air is inspiring me. 🙂

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I was reading a post from my favorite blogger, The Freckled Fox, and she was talking about having a word to focus on each month. She made a great list of example words and the one that stood out to me most was the world “celebrate.” Here’s the link to her post:
Thinking of this word was actually completely unrelated to the holidays. I think that celebrating should be all year long and daily. Right now, in this season of college, there is such a heavy workload. You finish one assignment, paper, exam, etc. and you quickly move on to the next. I know high school can be similar and I imagine this pattern happens after college too.

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That’s why I think it’s so important that we stop and celebrate the big and little things in life. Did you finish that exam you were really nervous about? Did you complete that project or presentation you put a lot of effort in? Maybe your friend, brother, coworker, etc. had something good happen to them. Celebrate with them! I think we would be surprised about how much we could build relationships by being genuinely excited for each other.
Celebrating doesn’t have to something big. It could be spending time with a loved one, doing an activity that you enjoy, or simply stopping and thanking God for his wonderful blessings!

My mouth is filled with your praise, declaring your splendor all day long.           Psalm 71:8


I’m Going to College!!!


I got into UNC! I’ve been waiting to hear this news ever since I submitted my application in October. You can imagine how relieved I felt. Of course, after seeing that my decision was ready it took me about 20 minutes to open the new window!!!…that was stressful.

A few days later, my good friend Gabi (who also goes to UNC) took me around the campus to take pictures of all the cheesy photo spots! THANK YOU, GABI!!! You will one day be an amazing mom!

While we took pictures, there were other students doing the same, but with their caps and gowns on. They were celebrating and they looked so happy. This will be me soon, but honestly, I am so nervous about the next few years.

I want to do well! I want to succeed! I know we are not defined by what college we go to or what grades we receive, nevertheless, I am fearful of failure. Let me tell you what calms me every time I feel this way:

God has already won.

He has the victory. Any evil, fear, or pain is too late. We think that life is like a movie or a book. We sit there waiting to see what’s going to happen. Is there a happy ending? Are the good guys going to win? In life, we might now know what’s going to happen, but we know the outcome. Jesus wins Every. Single. Time.

“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfector of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2

What Jesus went through on the cross was horrific. Most of the time, when we think about it/talk about it, we can’t go there emotionally. When he endured the cross he defeated sin and death and was/is/will always be victorious.


So, whatever fears, burdens, or anxieties you have, give it to God and let him comfort you.

I know this song isn’t new or anything, but I’ve been listening to it a lot. It’s so good!

Thanks for reading!