It's finals week seniors, but don't forget to celebrate

Seniors! Happy last week of college (I know, it's hard to use the word "happy" in that sentence). It's a bittersweet week. Between celebrating how far you've come, studying for your last few exams, and reminiscing on the last four years, the next few days are sure to be a whirlwind of emotions. 

You might be finding it difficult to balance your schoolwork, celebrations, and graduation preparations. Most importantly, don't stress. You don't want to look back at your final days of college and regret worrying too much- but that's not to say you shouldn't care about your final exams. To make it through the week both happily and successfully, you'll need to plan the perfect schedule to ensure you get everything done without catching a case of FOMO (fear of missing out).

Here are some useful tips that have helped me throughout the week:

1. Get yourself out of bed. Hungover or not, you have work to get done. Get up, get a coffee and take the day head-on. As they say, work now, play later. Dedicate a few hours in the morning to either study, grind out a paper, or apply to jobs, and then you have the rest of the day free.

2. Plan out your outfits the night before. I ALWAYS do this, no matter the occasion. If you know you have a formal or a graduation party or a darty the next day, plan out your outfit in advance so you don't have to spend hours doing it the next day- then use those hours to study instead!

3. Grind out your exams. One thing that always helps me push through assignments is the feeling of relief once it's all over. That feeling of accomplishment says it all, and then you get to celebrate. 

4. Live in the moment. Sometimes, you need to put your homework on pause and go soak up the last few ice cream dates with your roommates. It's the little things that mean the most, and when you're all moved out of your college house you'll look back and remember the memories you made with your best friends, not the hours studying. Do your best- but don't overwork yourself.

5. Have fun! I'm serious when I say never take anything too seriously, (haha). You've worked your a** off the last few years and now this week is all about YOU. Congrats graduates!