The Gavel's Declassified End-of-the-Semester Survival Guide

The last weeks of the school year here at BC are a whirlwind of emotions. Excitement for summer, depression about leaving friends and the Boston and stress about finals make these last three weeks seem like a critical time that shouldn’t be wasted, but it’s all too easy to let them fly by without really taking advantage of opportunities. Just because finals are right around the corner doesn’t mean O’Neil should become anyone’s second home. Here are seven ways to make the most of our last weeks of school.

1. Go to Boston: this has been said time and time again, but it’s even truer at the end of second semester when the weather is hitting 60 and the sun has reappeared. In addition, for those of us who don’t live in the Massachusetts area year round, Newbury Street and Copley Square won’t be just a T ride away for three months! Better to get your fill of Boston while you can and hit up the many restaurants, stores and parks Beantown has to offer.

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2. BC events: You don’t have to leave BC to have some amazing last weeks of school. On Thursday, May 1, Hoodie Allen is headlining BC’s annual free spring concert Modstock along with DJ Earworm. The Heightsmen are also putting on their final show, Spring Café, on Friday, April 25 in McGuin 121, with a special guest performance by the all male step team Sexual Chocolate. The Boston College Theater Department is putting on the musical The Drowsy Chaperone from April 23-26 at 7:30 pm, and April 27 at 2:00 pm, a comedy that above all is designed to entertain. So many different organizations on campus have worked tirelessly to provide us with one final show; it would be a shame to let them go unnoticed.

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3. Use up meal plan money or put it to good use: It’s true that many people run out of meal plan money by this time in the year, but just as many people have extra dining dollars that will not be redeemed once second semester is up. If you’ve been thrifty with your meal plan, now is the time to indulge (or help out your less fortunate friends). Even better, you can spend your extra meal plan money to buy bagged snacks or bottled beverages and distribute them to homeless people in Boston. Extra meal plan dollars can also be donated to help students pay for Arrupe and other mission trips.

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4. See a Redsox Game: This year, the Red Sox are offering standing-room-only tickets to all college students for just nine dollars each. Grab some friends and head over to Fenway for a study break or simply to experience to phenomenon that is the Boston Red Sox.

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5. Spend time with your friends: Truly the saddest part about summer break is that the people whom you spend your every second with at BC are all heading home to their respective towns across the country. No more 4 am pizza deliveries just because, or sleepovers every night or sharing everything. Spend these last few weeks soaking up the time you have with these people; finals studying can wait for a few hours. Rent a movie and eat obscene amounts of candy, or dress up and take the party scene by storm. Either way, it’s your last chance to make memories before summer. Use it.

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6. Schedule your studying: So much easier said than done, but it really does help to sit down and plan out the time you need to spend focused on finals. If you haphazardly study here and there, chances are the quality of studying will be poor and your stress level will be high. Contrastingly, if you simply take up residence in the library, you’ll go crazy. Plan your leisure time and your work time so that you can get A’s and still be sane come May 13.

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7. Get outside: Boston has officially hit 70 degrees more than once this spring, meaning there are no more excuses for staying indoors. BC is truly better when the quad is full of Frisbee games and Stokes green is covered with people lounging in the sun. Go for a run, toss around a football or even grab some chalk and decorate the pavement like you used to do when you were eight. It’s nearly impossible to be unhappy when the day is gorgeous, and it’s about time we escaped the winter blues.

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