5 Things Every Comm Student Needs To Survive Finals Week

It’s that time of year again. The time for hot chocolate, sleigh rides, and late night anticipation of the presents that await us as we all prepare for the holidays. It’s also time for TONS of coffee, rides home from the library, and late night anticipation of what awaits us as students prepare for……FINALS WEEK3092578407_e6cbc1af28_b!!!

That’s right. Our professors looked at their class list, checked it twice, and gave students exactly what they always wanted: Plenty of papers and tests for all to grade. 🙂

Stressing over finals week? Worried about getting that lump of coal in your academic stocking? No worries. Winter break may be feel painfully far away. But your friendly Shepherd bloggers are here to help.

Here are the 5 things every Comm student needs to survive Finals Week:

2471138966_44fe5cb7f4_z5) COFFEE…Lots of coffee

It doesn’t matter if it’s black, creamy, or sugary. As long as it is within reach or at the nearest Sheetz. Finals week is notorious for requiring all-nighters. Make sure you have plenty of caffeine at the ready if you plan on staying up late. (Not a fan of coffee? There are lots of other caffeinated drinks like sodas).

4) A Strong Portfolio

Many professors require a variety of assignments as the semester comes to a close. One of the best things you can have as a Comm student is a strong portfolio at the ready. Your portfolio is a collection of your best work. Each course you take in the Department will prepare you for whatever area of communication you choose to pursue. It’s always good to show off those skills.  A portfolio shows what you learned. Isn’t that what a final is all about?

3) A Professor’s E-mail Address /Contact Info

Contrary to popular belief, your professors are not magical little elves set to ruin the holidays. They want to see you succeed during finals week because it shows them that you can apply everything that they’ve taught you. One of the best parts about being a student in the Department of Communications is that the professors make themselves readily available for whatever a student may need. They are always willing to answer questions and help you feel prepared. Make sure you know their office hours and email addresses in the event that a question arises. They are experts in their field. Take advantage of that.

2) A Pencil

Kind of a no brainer. Ok fine, bring your Mac too, and maybe a camera. Just make sure to bring whatever you need to be prepared for that final project or test.

And finally the Number 1 thing that is crucial for a successful finals week…


You have spent the past four months in a class. You read all the books, watched all the films, looked at all the screens (some with pictures of Scout) and done all the recordings. You can do this. You just have to believe it. Go into each final with a positive attitude. Get plenty of rest so you can feel confident. Believe that you can do it and you will! Your professors have gotten you this far. The rest is up to you.

Once you have these 5 essential things, you are ready! After finals are finished and our Comm students are out changing the world, everyone will know what Shepherd’s best kept secret truly is!

Happy Finals Week to all and to all A GOOD BREAK!!

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About ryan.mcfarland

I am currently a missionary and the Communications Director at New Life Global Ministries. I love what I do and the people around me. Life is about following Jesus and loving people. I want to leave the world a different place than what I found it.

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