The calm before the storm

by Victoria Nguyen

I know I’m not the only one counting down for Thanksgiving break! (5 days, 13 hours, 59 minutes, and 59 seconds …) I just want to get back to Houston and spend every second I can with my family. This Thanksgiving, I will be extremely grateful to have that crazy bunch by my side. I’ve always been grateful and appreciative for my family, but like the old saying goes “You never know what you have until it’s gone.” I’ve had the experience of going away for college and, don’t get me wrong, I’ve loved every second of it, but being away from my family has been the hardest experience I’ve ever had to deal with. As much as I have enjoyed being part of the Bobcat family, it is time to get back to the Nguyen clan!

We’ve all been here before, and I know we all can attest that time seems to vanish during the holiday season. When Thanksgiving gets here, it just takes a sneeze and a blink to welcome Christmas. Before you slip into your turkey coma, make sure all your assignments are done, or at least nearly done. And when I say nearly done, I don’t mean the nearly done you tell your parents when they ask you how it’s going, I mean the “all I have left to do is hit submit” kind of nearly done! You have a little more than a week before the festivities begin. That is still enough time to get ahead and finish all of your final assignments before things really get hectic around here. I suggest you take full advantage of this time because when we get back to school we have only a week before finals start, and then you will really find yourself in a pickle.

Plan now so stress doesn't get in your way of enjoying the Thanksgiving break! Photo by marsmet549 / flickr.com

Plan now so stress doesn’t get in your way of enjoying the Thanksgiving break! Photo by marsmet549 / flickr.com

Personally I would rather suffer now and get everything done than have to stress about school work during what is supposed to be my relaxation period. Luckily I’ve been fortunate to have most of my assignments due before the break, but I know most of you might not be that lucky. Do not fear because breaking down your workload now will save you a ton of aspirin and hair-pulling later on. Seriously, get your work done before you find that little pile of homework amounting to a mountain of grade-saving work.

I’d also recommend you figure out your exam schedule for the upcoming weeks, if you haven’t done so already. Go through all your syllabi and write on your calendar or planner all times of your tests. Also pay attention to time and location changes for your classes. I know that the week before finals, I have to change all the alarms on my phone to remind myself to go and take the exams. This task might also serve as an eye-opener for some of us. I know that when I wrote out my testing schedule, I saw how my priorities fell into place. Well, more like slapped me in the face. Writing out your schedule will help you realize which tests you might need to spend more time studying for, and which tests you should start studying for. Finals start December 6 and go through to the 11th so get your plans together.

To end on a less stressful note, take the time and start getting your Christmas lists together. The time will be here before you know it and everyone wants to get what’s on their wish list. Enjoy your holidays, Bobcats! I wish you all safe travels to and from wherever you may be headed. Have fun and keep warm! HAPPY THANKSGIVING if don’t get to see you before then!

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