Dead week survival skills

Dead week is death week and one of the only reasons we trudge through it is so we can have our summer and then do everything all over again until we get our degrees and work until we die. At least, that’s the way it feels right now.

So to all you fellow procrastinators who did not want to start that final project at the beginning of the semester when it was assigned, here are some recommendations that might be useful for surviving dead week.

  1. Go to the Humane Society — Unless you are soulless or are allergic to animals (in which case, God have mercy on your soul because that sucks, and the only thing worse than that would be to be allergic to both chocolate and animals), playing with animals can be pretty therapeutic. Plus you would be benefitting animals that really need attention and care. Overall, it’s a win-win situation.
  2. Exercise — Exercising is also a good stress reliever. It’s good for your brain, as well as for your body. I’ve found that running can help me to clear my mind when I’m stuck on homework. It’s also good just to get out and do something different. Studying is good, but you have to mix it up a little. Unless you’re one of those people who can sit down and finish a project in a single sitting (in which case I hate you), it helps to take a break every now and then and do something that’s not Facebook or TV.
  3. Go Outside — The weather has been wonderful lately. Well, minus the days when it was raining…. Okay, so it hasn’t been completely wonderful, but hey, on the days when it is nice and you don’t run the risk of drowning by being outside for more than five minutes, then you should go outside. You don’t necessarily have to do anything, just soak up some vitamin D. I think it’s healthy, or something.
  4. Sleep — Yes. It does still exist during this time; you’re just not entitled to it. Even if you don’t get an optimal amount of sleep at night, try napping during the day to make up for a little of what you lost at night. I usually crash when I get back from classes because my baby flying squirrel escapes from her cage at night and I have to spend parts of my nights catching her. That and I have other more important things to do than sleep (not really, but they seem important until I have to wake up in the morning). But really, naps are wonderful. Naptime should have been postponed until college. No one needed it in kindergarten. It’s just a sadistic way of reminding us that we did, at one point, have the opportunity to get more than six hours of sleep.
  5. Cook — It’s better than eating fast food (well, depending on how good of a cook you are) and it’s usually cheaper. I’m not much of a cook, but I love baking (mainly because I like bread dough and cookie dough and brownie batter. I give the cooked stuff away, because it’s not nearly as good as the raw stuff), which is an acceptable substitute (I think). It’s also a good way to keep your mind occupied and hopefully off of schoolwork. Plus you can eat the results. You probably can’t (or hopefully won’t) say the same of your homework.
  6. Fly a Kite — LET’S GO FLY A KITE! UP TO THE HIGHEST HEIGHT! LET’S GO FLY A KITE AND SENNNDDD IT SOAAAARINGGGGGG!!! There is no explanation for this one… just… kites. I like them.
  7. Hang Out With Friends — Or really anyone, for that matter (friends, enemies, second cousins three times removed, random people on the street….). You need to have some social interaction to keep you sane and to remind you that there are things outside of school. At least, that’s what I keep telling myself.
  8. Get Rid of Unnecessary Assignments — If you don’t need them anymore, get rid of them. Creatively, of course. Or aggressively. That chemistry homework that you spent hours on? Tear it up into little pieces and vacuum it up (I’ve actually done this before). Bury it. Burn it (***in a safe place using proper safety precautions so I don’t get in trouble for saying this***). Eat it. I don’t particularly care. If you can think of a really good way, let me know. There are a few assignments that I no longer want to exist (and never wanted to exist, for that matter). This tip is particularly therapeutic for some reason. Really, it’s nice.
  9. Bathe — Yes, it is still necessary. For the sake of the rest of us who are already suffering, please bathe.
  10. Actually Finish Your Assignments — Hoping that your finals will finish themselves doesn’t actually work. At some point, you will actually have to sit down and do them (please let me know if you find another way to do this. I’ve tried several different things… the results are pending). Not finishing finals doesn’t count as surviving dead week (it’s like being zombiefied. You didn’t actually survive the zombie apocalypse, you… this analogy is going nowhere. Hopefully you get the point).

Good luck! You will need it.

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