The Cord says relax this holiday season


The crisp chill of winter combined with the increasing atmosphere of tension on campus communicates only one thing: the exam season is upon us.

While it is unfortunate that the stress of exams coincides with the excitement of the holidays, it is time we finally get our priorities in order.

Studying for exams is obviously very important. However, far too often students let their worries consume them, and the few precious weeks they have off from attending classes and completing assignments goes largely wasted.

Unlike the midterm period, final exams occur with a break from class, giving us much needed time to study. Similarly, it gives us time to catch up on sleep, relax and enjoy ourselves.

Contrary to popular belief, it is more than possible to balance studying with a social life, despite what your Facebook newsfeed may tell you.

We are all in the same boat, and franticly venting about your stress through social media will most likely fail to alleviate your concerns.

The holidays are a time to take a break from our busy lives and enjoy unwinding with our family and friends. However, it is also a time to be completely selfish.

Don’t fall into the trap of worrying about what present to buy your significant other, reconnecting with every member from your Grade ten English class in your hometown, or visiting your distant relatives because your parents guilt-tripp you into it.

You should reconnect with yourself after a stressful semester. Considering this is the first year in a long time that we do not have to return to school shortly after New Year’s Eve, we should take the extra few days to enjoy doing absolutely nothing.

So, instead of Instagramming your double espresso next to a mountain of books and counting down your exam schedule on Facebook this exam season, remember you have plenty of time to complete the obstacles blocking your path towards sweet, lazy freedom.

And if all else fails, just try to hang in there until the world apparently ends on Dec. 21st.

—The Cord Editorial Board

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