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For many college students, the end is in sight. Soon, we’ll go home to enjoy a well-deserved summer break. Since the vaccine is widely available, we’ll be able to safely spend time with friends and family, and venture back out into the world (following guidelines, of course). We are so close to that freedom. But, before we can go home, we have to get through finals. Gross. I know. The last thing any of us want to do is surround ourselves with textbooks and notes and try to figure out everything that we learned in the past semester. In a time when stress is already at an all time high, finals are the cherry on top. 

As someone who doesn’t handle stress well at whatsoever, I want to make my finals stretch as relaxing as possible. Happily, I unintentionally have accumulated some things that provide me with some stress relief. From tv shows to music that give me a much-needed escape to snacks, here is my list of things to make finals season bearable.


Tv Shows

  • Schitt’s Creek

  • How I Met Your Mother

  • Station 19 

  • Grey’s Anatomy

YouTube and Podcasts

  • Miss Remi Ashten (YouTube)

  • RemLife (YouTube)

  • Molly Burke (YouTube)

  • Alisha Marie (YouTube)

  • Alisha Marie Vlogs (YouTube)

  • Unsolicited Advice (podcast)

  • Overshare (podcast)

  • Pretty Basic (podcast)


  • Album: Fearless (Taylor’s Version), Taylor Swift

Favorite song: Mr. Perfectly Fine

  • Song: Levitating, Dua Lipa ft. Da Baby

  • Song: Deja Vu, Olivia Rodrigo

  • Album: Wonder, Shawn Mendes

Favorite song: 305

  • Song: Pierre, Ryan Weaver

Snacks and Drinks

  • Iced lavender latte

  • Peanut butter filled pretzels

  • Cheerios (honey nut or regular)

  • Dove chocolate

Other Serotonin Boosts

  • Calling a friend

  • Watching tiktok

  • A self care night! Put on a face mask, make some peppermint tea, and paint your nails

  • Sitting outside on a nice day

Hi! My name is Zoe Bernstein and I'm a sophomore at Denison University. I'm from Chicago, IL (yes, I'm actually from the city). I'm a psychology major and am passionate about mental health. In my free time, you can find me hanging out with my friends, watching TikTok or Netflix, listening to Taylor Swift, or drinking coffee. My favorite shows to watch include Grey's Anatomy, Station 19, Lucifer, and Friends.
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