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Happy Finals Week!

Yesterday was the last official day of classes. Congrats you guys, we did it!

Well, we’ve almost done it. Because yes, there are free breakfasts and therapy dogs, popsicles and bowling—tried and true signs of another term…terminating. (Sorry, that was too good to pass up.) These wonderful fun FREE things do little to disguise the fact that we still have a little ways to go.

Seven days to go, to be exact. And these seven days are some of the most stressful of the semester.

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Happy finals week, everyone. For some, this is the defining moment of their weeks upon weeks of worry and stress. For some, it is all that stands between them and graduation, or a fabulous summer vacation. For some, they’re lucky and it’s mostly just a chill period of time to wander around collecting free stuff until it’s time to move out.

Regardless of where you stand, it’s pretty universal that finals suck, but it will all be better in about a week. And in honor of these last seven days, here are seven things that don’t suck, but that can even make everything a little bit brighter~

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1. Netflix

Everyone needs a study break every now and then. If your brain hurts, find a short show, they don’t require too much commitment. Girls is my latest go-to, but I also love Friends and Seinfeld. Netflix also has a bunch of really amazing new shows too, one of which is Girlboss with Britt Robertson. It’s based on Sophia Amoruso’s (the founder of Nasty Gal) autobiography by the same name.

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2. Exercising

To not feel guilty while watching said Netflix shows, I often go running while I watch them. There are also so many fun classes at the CRC, like barre pilates and power yoga. And, even better, they’re free during finals week! So anyone can drop by and try them out!

3. Ice Cream (and assorted foods, bonus points if FREE)

Exercising is wonderful but let’s be honest, ice cream is also extremely important. So are the aforementioned free popsicles, and cookies, pizza, and breakfasts. This may just be a freshman thing, but it also may be a being-in-the-right-place-at-the-right-time thing. To be determined. ALSO there’s also the new “late night bites” thing at Chick-fil-a and Panda Express in the Student Center, where we can use meal swipes from 9 pm-12am. So either way, brilliant.

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4. Music + Art

Make a new playlist, find some new songs, hunt around Spotify for a bit to de-stress. It’s quite fun, and the fruit of your labor (ie. an amazing new selection of songs) will come in handy for when you go back to studying, too. Additionally: if you play an instrument, go for it! Except, you know, not if your dorm has quiet hours.

Otherwise, draw something, paint something, de-stress that way! Last week the Arts Ambassadors (aka me and some of the coolest most wonderful people I have ever met) held an Arts Fest in the Ferst Center! There were tons of free cookies, student artists selling their work at booths, a muralist, interactive art, a Piano Project piano with a chalkboard on the back, student performers… You name it. It was wonderful seeing so many people come in and participate, so exciting and therapeutic to just be in such a friendly and happy and artistic atmosphere.

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5. Family and Friends

Don’t forget about them! Yeah it’s just a week with a weekend thrown in there, but study with friends, go on study breaks, get dinner together, etc. Also, text your mom. It’s so much better for everyone’s sanity, and the people who care about you will help you through.

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6. Sleep

DO NOT FORGET TO GET ENOUGH SLEEP. SLEEP IS SO IMPORTANT. IF YOU HAVE BEEN STUDYING FOR HOURS ON END AND CAN’T KEEP YOUR EYES OPEN LITERALLY JUST GO TO BED. You won’t retain information as well if you studied it well if you studied with a  compromised mental state. And you’ll be crabby as heck the next day really please just go home and sleep and don’t snore in the CULC this is completely theoretical (it’s not). My heart hurts when people do this. Sure you want more hours in the day but make better use of the ones you have and simply embrace how wonderful and helpful sleep is.

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7. Georgia Tech

All in all, there are so many things that are important and helpful, so many yummy and wonderful things. Georgia Tech may not always seem like one of them, as it is also the bearer of the finals chopping block itself. But Tech cares about us, genuinely. There are so many resources that they provide, so many study breaks and opportunities to hit the refresh button. They want us to be healthy, happy, successful—whether you always think so or not. So take advantage of the benefits, give Buzz a hug, study hard but not so hard that you hurt yourself.

After all, it is just a week.  

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Aca-Believe It

The first thing that any college student must survive is orientation.

Everyone’s nervous about it. Everyone wonders if they’ll make friends, who they’ll sit with, what they’ll do. But they  shouldn’t worry. Orientation (or at least mine, anyway) was full of droning info sessions, cheesy presentations, free stuff, small group activities, and plenty of opportunities to get used to campus and make new friends.

My orientation (called FASET) was two days long and occurred after I moved in for the summer. Afterwards, we had a weekend to get adjusted to campus before classes started. But that’s getting ahead of myself.

There have been many times in my life that I have felt like I’ve been in a movie, that life and everything happening around me feels a little unreal, a little unbelievable, too crazy to have not been scripted. (This is because I watch a lot of movies but) my orientation was one such time. At the organization fair, I felt like Beca from Pitch Perfect, meandering around the booths. (One of the friends I had just made even does acapella.) Inside, I felt like a part of a sitcom. Not the audience, but an active character who kept looking at the camera when something ridiculous happened.

Orientation was certainly an experience anyway. A rite of passage. It was necessary, but it was really helpful too. I learned about all of the opportunities available to me, where to go if I needed help, what kinds of clubs I could join, what I could be a part of come fall. I made new friends, and we bonded over free t-shirts, cookies, and how exhausted we were at the end of our fifteen hour day.

It was crazy and movie-like and fun.

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My very first (and not very interesting) shoebox of a dorm room.

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I was welcomed to my new room by my favorite Adventure Time character! (I AM Princess Bubblegum though, Buzzfeed told me so.)

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After I moved in and before orientation, my mom, grandmother, and I went to eat at the Bone Garden Cantina. It was so cool!

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…and it was delicious and made for an AMAZING Taco Tuesday!

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My FASET (orientation) Small Group. (We named the surfboard Yonce.)

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I made a couple of really sweet friends! (This would have been a great pun if Buzz was a honeybee.)

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Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts Luncheon and Welcome Session

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After the second day of orientation, my new friends and I watched soccer and ordered cookies in the dorms! It was really fun…and definitely another movie moment. It was a great way to end FASET!