Finals week is rough and we all know it.  Whether you have one exam or ten exams, this week can be hard on your physical, mental, and spiritual well-being.  That is why I have compiled for you a nifty guide to keep you sane and take that five minute break from studying!


Survival tip #1: Daily Mass

Daily mass is a wonderful opportunity to help you destress and remember what this college thing is all about.  You aren’t studying for exams for nothing.  God has called you to the collegiate vocation.  Mass might be a great reminder of that!  Also, mass usually only lasts about 30 minutes, so treat this as your study break!  A little reflection time can go a long way.  Taking a break can even help you refocus and study better.  Daily masses are offered at St. Augustine Catholic Church at 12:00pm and 5:30pm.  If you are not a member of St. Augustine’s make sure to check out your parish’s website for daily mass times!


Survival tip #2: Christmas Music

Do finals have you feeling like Christmas isn’t even close to coming?  Get in the holiday spirit by listening to this great Christmas playlist while you work!  These traditional Christmas songs will lift your spirits and remind you that after all of this is over Jesus is coming!


Survival tip #3:  Bring Our Lady of Guadalupe into your exam?

Hey, he did it.  So can you.

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Survival tip #4:  Pray to St. Joseph of Cupertino

What better saint to pray to than the saint of students, test takers, and studying?  St. Joseph of Cupertino had difficulty with education himself, so he definitely knows what we are going through.  Do not hesitate to say this quick prayer before your exams or while you are studying!

O Great St. Joseph of Cupertino who while on earth did obtain from God the grace to be asked at your examination only the questions you knew, obtain for me a like favor in the examinations for which I am now preparing.

In return I promise to make you known and cause you to be invoked. I will also imitate your life of prayer and devotion.

Through Jesus Christ our Lord.

St. Joseph of Cupertino, Pray for us.


Survival tip #5:  Wear an Ugly Christmas Sweater

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Because ugly Christmas sweaters are warm and cozy for those long nights at the library and you will look super cute!


Survival tip #6: Procrastinate

I mean if Father Mike Schmitz says so…?  But, seriously.  Watch this video, it will give you a great perspective on how to finish studying for these exams.


Survival tip #7: Fellowship

Spend some time with friends this week.  Grab dinner with your roommate.  You have to eat anyway, so why eat alone?  Even studying with a friend can make a big difference.  Isolating yourself makes studying more depressing.  Also, friends can keep you accountable!  They will make sure you stay on track rather than reading random blogposts on Facebook.  Oh wait. No, stay!  I only have one more survival tip and I assure you it is worth reading.


Survival tip #8: Read the Bible

The Bible is great tool when you are feeling stressed or unsure of your future.  I found this verse which speaks to me, but I encourage you to browse through the Bible today and find one that speaks to you.

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything” (James 1:2-4)


Written by: Kayla Thurber, Restless Heart Communications

Featured image by: Andrew Imanaka