The end of the semester is in sight, friends. I know that the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas seem to drag on forever, but stay strong. We are in the last days of classes and finals will happen soon. The end of the fall semester is always a little bit weird, because you conquer one semester just in time to do it all over again a few weeks later. It's easier to start the semester strong than it is to finish strong, but it's possible to push through.
In order to finish well, it's important to still be a functioning human. Don't sacrifice your health for the sake of your grades. Sleeping and eating are two of the things that we seem to be the worst at by the time the end of the semester rolls around. If you're already in a rhythm of getting up or eating at certain times, try to stick to it as much as possible. Finals are hard enough on your mind; don't make them unnecessarily hard on your body.
It's easy to focus on only the negative aspects of finals and the end of the semester whirlwind, but there is still goodness to be found. When a peaceful moment happens, enjoy it. Wear your favorite sweater, drink your coffee slowly, or walk through campus without checking your phone. Appreciate the little things because there is such an abundance of things to be thankful for.
Sometimes at the end of the semester you end up with random gaps of time between classes or finals. Maybe you have several days between finals or your last final is your easiest one. This certainly isn't always the case, but if you end up with free time, make the most of it. As important as it is to work smart, it's just as important to rest smart. Last semester on Dead Day, my friends and I drove to the Rez and had a picnic. It was our way of taking a break and celebrating the end of the semester, and it was so needed.
Life is crazy right now, but it's still beautiful. This semester will never happen again, so soak up your classes and time with your people. Being disciplined is hard, but it's worth it. Every moment we're experiencing is a gift from the Father, so let's be grateful in the midst of the busy. Study hard, play hard, and finish well.
You can do it.