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Advice at the Last Minute

Road signs for Turkey Rd. and Cranberry Rd.

This is where I am headed on Tuesday night. How about you?

It seemed like as soon as Monday rolled around, all anyone could think about was that Turkey Day is just around the corner. Many students in WSU’s residence halls have already left to begin their celebrations even though the official break doesn’t begin until Wednesday, November 27th. With students scattering to their hometowns, classes get missed, assignments get sidelined and studying for exams gets delayed.

Now, I’m not pointing fingers. I know, especially as a freshman, how appealing celebrating early is. I just want to leave you with some advice to ponder while you are at home with the family, wearing your favorite holiday sweater, and munching on your favorite foods.

Finals week is just around the corner

It’s easy to completely put your academics on the back burner when you’re at home, but remember that finals week begins one week after everyone returns from break. Take a few minutes out of everyday to look over your notes so that much of the information is fresh in your mind when you return from break.

Get some sleep

This will be difficult, I know, but try to stick as closely as possible to your normal sleep schedule. Your body will have a difficult time adjusting during that final week of classes if you’ve been going to bed at 2am when you normally hit the hay at 11.

Resist the temptation to eat everything you see

As challenging as it may seem, taking my advice will really benefit you in the long run! Loading up on chocolate chip cookies, your Grandma’s pumpkin pie, and all of your other favorite holiday sweets may seem like a good idea at the time, but these things really weaken your immune system and make you vulnerable to disease. No one wants to get sick right before finals week, so it’s really important that you take precautions and avoid overindulgence!

Enjoy your time with friends and family

As the country moves further and further towards consumerism, it’s easy to forget what’s most important in life. Things that add value to our lives don’t often come packaged in a cardboard box and plastic. Instead of getting caught up on the hottest Black Friday deals, take some time to appreciate what truly adds value to our lives–the relationships that we have with others.


Bethany Adkins

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