By Kate Douglas
The final week of term is always crap. Last week I was already seeing the faces of stressed, sleep-deprived students, walking around either like zombies or panicked creatures. No matter how long we have known about the final week’s assignments, they always seem to sneak up on us. You are not alone; we are all in the same boat. No matter what year or degree, we are all stressed out together. But I am sure that is of little comfort.
This is why I want everyone to take a minute to really think about the vac ahead. It is almost upon us. Whether you are going home to parents or staying here to work, vacations are still the incentive to push through the workload that comes with the final week of term. For those of you who are a bit concerned, we will get there. I promise you that the week does pass and the vac does come. So work your heart out. Give it your best. You will always enjoy a break more if you can honestly tell yourself that you deserve it. So go on, don’t give up. You can do it; that is for sure. You wouldn’t be here if you couldn’t, I promise.
Next term will be hectic. For the first years who do not know, there are these things called exams that the university would like us to write. Luckily, this takes place after ‘swot week’ which we are advised to use in order to study. Why the university would ask us to study during the pre-exam party week seems a little schizo to me. But, either way, swot week is a blessing, a week of sanity, insanity, stupidity and hope.
As scary as next term may be, failing is not the end of the world. Don’t beat yourself up if you are feeling like you are unable to cope. The secret is that every one of us has, at some point, felt like we are behind everyone else. We have all wondered if we got into university by mistake. We have all had nightmares of disappointing parents or having to go home as a drop-out. We all know the pressure, and it is often useful in getting some of us to work. But don’t let it get the best of you. No matter how horrible things may seem, understand that you have the strength to survive it.
There are suicides every year because students feel like they are struggling alone. But they aren’t. There is more than enough help available. Don’t let the pressure blind you from what is really important: you. Whether you excel, or fail, the experience should help build you, not crush you. So let the vac be your inspiration to just push through these last few days. Please don’t give up.I dedicate this little edition of Activate to you in your final week’s madness. I am sure there is some journalism code that has been broken, but I hope it makes some of you smile. Because it is the 1st of April, and we all know what that means: the vac is in sight. It makes sense to put an edition out – even if it is not quite like our usual work.