Editorial Board: Eman Sahloul| PERSPECTIVES EDITOR
The time has come. The time when anxieties build, emotions burst, hands tremble. The time when make-or-break finals close in, when IDEA surveys explode our inbox, when all-nighters become the new trend.
Alas, it is the end of the semester, the end of a whole year, and in less than a month, the beginning of our long summer break. With such tension in the air, it is perfectly understandable that everyone wants to spend this break returning home, relaxing, tanning at the beach and playing basketball until the court lights go out.
The Candor encourages you to keep your head up high, stay focused and don’t give up when it matters most. You’ve been working all semester to attain your desired grade; don’t let loose now that you’re burned out. It’s not worth it. The weather isn’t even nice enough yet to go outside!
A few hours of chilling and procrastinating a final essay will come back in the form of regret, guilt and frustration. If you’re not sure what to expect on your finals, make sure you meet with your professors. It will only benefit you in the end. If you’re borderline letter grades in a certain class, prioritize that class over others. And most importantly, make sure you get lots of sleep. It may seem like you have no time at all for a few hours, but sleep is vital for a functioning brain.
The Candor would also like to provide a few words of advice with regards to the approaching break. With everyone’s burning desire to simply relax, the excitement of swimming at the beach, traveling overseas and simply not studying, it is quite easy to forget to give back. Give back not only to the community, but to your family.
With regards to the community, give back out of the purity of simply making life better for someone else. Don’t volunteer just to fill up an empty resume, and don’t work just to fill up an empty bank account. Do things for others, for others, not for yourself. Think about the last time you actually did something for someone else. We’re not trying to condemn you for trying to amp your list of extracurricular activities; we just encourage you to look outside the scope of your own interests. If it helps, choose something that’s completely different than what your career choice. If you’re into business, go to a nursing home and make someone’s day a little brighter. If you’re pre-med, ditch that clinic for a month or so and pack canned foods at a pantry. Walk in and walk out with the intention that this is solely for the benefit of other people, not you. We promise, it’ll be such a great feeling.
With regards to your parents, love them. Seriously, that’s all we advise you to do. All semester, we’ve stayed caged in our dormitories and the library, studying until midnight; we’ve barely sat with our parents for dinner or had a long chat with them on the phone. This summer, talk to your mom at the kitchen table, take your little brother to the movies and help your dad with his over-ambitious-never-successful goals around the house.
Ultimately, come back next semester not only refreshed for classes, but with the knowledge that you contributed to the happiness in someone else’s life this summer. Whether it be through gifts, service or a simple smile and hug, make an impact in someone’s life, no matter how small, and you’ll come to realize that it will, in turn, have a larger impact on you.