Exams are quickly approaching and students from all across campus are dusting off their notes, cracking open the instant coffee, and getting down to business. The problem is, getting down to these hours upon hours of study sessions can be extremely nerve racking and not to mention stressful. Sitting down at a desk, opening a book, you’ve got so much information packed out in front of you. Where do you even begin? There’s so much content covered even in one semester, how is it even possible to cram that much information into one’s mind over the course of just two weeks? Not only that, but multiply it by three or four other courses. Indeed, while cracking open the instant coffee, university students are definitely preparing themselves for a long and hard two-week haul.
Although if I could take you out for tea, sit across from you and look you straight in the eyes, I’d have one thing to say to you; You’ve got this. You really do. Exams are a very important time of year. It’s the time when everyone must fight to prove themselves and their intelligence in such a short period of time. But you know what? Exams aren’t the be all end all of everything that you are. If you do pretty well on your exam? That’s great, congratulations! If you don’t quite pass? Don’t worry too much about it. Yes, it might take some time to retrace and recover lost steps, but ultimately you’re still alive, and you’re still breathing. Regardless of what en exam results in, you will always be able to get passed it.
If I could take you shopping after the wonderful tea, I would have something else to say to you; Remember to give yourself a break. Exams aren’t important enough to sacrifice your own well being. Even though there will be one heck of a lot to study, regardless of how much there is, you will be burn out if you don’t give yourself some down time every now and again. I know that it’s a lot of pressure on everyone’s minds knowing that the clock is ticking; not much longer until that exam paper is glued on the desk in front of you and it’s time for you to ‘prove yourself.’ But remember that up until then, you can only work as hard as you can while still remembering to take care of yourself. If you work your butt off, be gentle with yourself, and still don’t do as well as you’d hoped on the exam, then it was entirely out of your control.
I shouldn’t keep you too much longer because you’ve probably got a lot of content to review. But before you exit this page, I want you to realize that you’ve got this. You’re smart. You’re strong. And you are so much more than any exam.
Take care, and may the odds be forever in your favour.