Finals week is finally here at The University of Scranton. Students are filling up the library’s desks and study rooms to get those last hours of studying in before their final exams this week.
On the one hand, final exams are exams. And exams are stressful. Grades for the course are often determined significantly by the performance on the final exam. Cumulative tests make it especially difficult.
On the other hand, final exams are the last part of the course and signify the end of the semester. So all that hard work put into the past few months comes to a close. Best of all, a nice long winter break is right around the corner.
This brings up what I believe to be a major key to success in college: optimism. There will be good things and bad things that happen while in college. But how you view these events is up to you.
Take exams for example. Are they fun? No, most people wouldn’t say so. But look on the bright side. Tests are opportunities to show all that you’ve learned, and you’re receiving an education that few people in the world are able to have. Furthermore, when the test is over, you’re one step closer to your goal, whether that’s completing a course, receiving a degree, or starting a career.
Having a positive can make all the difference. It can pick you up and help you do things you never thought you could do. And it makes you happier. Who wouldn’t want that?
It’s not always the easiest thing. Some days, weeks, or months are tougher than others, like finals week for example. One thing that helps bump up your positivity is other people. Surrounding yourself with positive people can be a huge influence on your attitude.
From my experience, positivity is a lot like respect. When you give it, it’s a lot easier to get it. Try being that boost of positivity to people around you, even those who you may not know.
There are lots of different ways to spread the positive energy. Tell your loved ones how you feel, hug your friends, or just smile. Even if you’re not smiling at someone, it can make others feel happier.
So if you’re struggling to get through finals week, remember to stay positive. There’s a lot to be thankful for, and there is a lot to look forward to. Remember this, and you’ll get yourself through finals week with a smile on your face.