Every semester ends with the dreaded finals season. No matter how exciting the semester was, finals season is not a fun time and it brings a new set of challenges. Attempting to predict what your professor will ask and studying hard from before Thanksgiving through the two weeks after, it is no doubt a physically, mentally, and emotionally draining time for every student. Some students have a finals schedule that is sufficiently spread out, while others have some finals back to back. The key to success is managing your time wisely and doing your best.
After this crazy finals season has ended and in the awkward time between the holidays, law students sometimes find themselves wondering what to do with themselves over the winter break. The creeping thoughts in the back of your mind nagging that you are forgetting to do some assignment or that you should be studying or updating your outlines will be a constant struggle to fend off in those short few weeks. Not to mention the struggle of having to wait until January for grades to be released. One might ask what to do.
I prefer to keep busy during these down times in an effort to ward off those creeping thoughts. Whether it be doing some sudoku puzzles, watching some awesome and cheesy holiday movies (shoutout to the Hallmark Channel), or browsing online and brick-and-mortar stores for some sweet deals, I always find something to do. While it is incredibly important to maintain activities that are not related in any way to law school, both during the semester and during breaks, I also plan to spend this Winter Break doing some research for a Widener Commonwealth professor. I thoroughly enjoy doing this research and it helps keep the boredom away. Not to mention that it is very rewarding!
Many second and third year students have found it rewarding to work during the break between semesters. There are so many great opportunities that Widener Commonwealth students have during both the regular semester and breaks. The ability to make and sustain professional connections, whether or not you plan on staying in the Susquehanna Valley, is valuable for your future career. Other students love to travel during breaks, with the obvious exception of this year.
Whether you are planning on occupying yourself by working or by leisurely enjoying the break, relish your semester breaks. It is a time to recharge and renew yourself before getting back into grind of the semester. No matter what you do, enjoy the well deserved break.
No one escapes the dreaded finals season, but don’t worry, we all make it through.