JASON HEWITT // DECEMBER 14, 2018
What’s good, Obies? I’m pretty sure almost everybody is a hot mess right now. It’s alright; I completely understand. It’s finals season! That’s right. It’s the season of stress, stress, and more stress. You can see the stress on your friends’ faces. You may even see it on some of your professors’ faces. It has been a long semester for everybody. Honestly, 2018 has been a long, emotionally exhausting year for a lot of people. Ending it with grades that could make or break your GPA comes with an unbelievable amount of pressure, but it’s also a fitting conclusion to this rollercoaster of a year.
While we deal with the overwhelming amount of work that we have to do, we also have to understand that mental health is one of the biggest priorities to pinpoint. Address your mental health if you’re feeling overwhelmed. I can’t stress that enough. If you need to go to therapy, please go. If you feel the need to talk to your friends about what is stressing you out, don’t hesitate. Here’s another word of advice: Eat food that won’t make you feel like shit. I know that can be hard, especially with our dining options, but at least try. Hydration is also super important for your mind and body. For some people, finals are the least of their problems. Your friends could be enduring more than you’d ever know. That’s why it’s so important to check on them, especially your strong friends. They could be putting on a face for the public to see, but they may be suffering internally.
It’s also December in cold-ass Ohio. Those walks to class are a million times worse when it’s below freezing outside. Bad weather also has a history of being linked to depression, so that certainly doesn’t help Obies with the nature of finals season. There’s really not much we can do to combat the weather, so we’re S.O.L. there. However, we can make sure that we practice proper hygiene in this weather so that we don’t get each other sick. Being sick during finals is one of the most garbage experiences ever. Trust me; I’ve been through it. It’s ass. Don’t be lazy and disgusting. Practice basic hygiene. Wash your hands after using the restroom. Use hand sanitizer frequently. Also, dress appropriately for the weather. Don’t be the headass who wears shorts in the snow. Just… use the intelligence and common sense you displayed when you applied to Oberlin.
Remember, finals season is supposed to be difficult. The difficulty isn’t greater than what you’re made of, though. You’re more than capable enough to succeed at this school. You belong here. You owe it to yourself to work as hard as you possibly can. You deserve to showcase your brilliance at the end of this semester. YOU GOT THIS!