Everything that you need to achieve as a part of this institution is compressed into the coming weeks, but the oncoming or already tunneling of your vision will be as little help to your cause as a waffle cone is for five scoops of ice-cream. If you find that the corners of the canvas of your goals are too close together, and this brief escapade will expand your shade. Take a step back from the chaos of it all and survey the madness - it might actually help you see the bigger picture and figure things out. It's easy to get caught up in the number of assignments and projects due, the impending exams, and perhaps CCA commitments, but just taking a day off or writing out a list of things you need to complete could help your state of mind. Even Bruce Wayne found Gotham City a place lot easier to discipline once in the machine that surpassed even the creations of Mr. Musk’s glamourous empire.
It often helps one to vilify the status quo to a severe extent. Back in the rustic days when the world looked a little more like Westeros, sailors were known to dock at the Lisbons and Lannisports to holiday and herald profanities while chugging delicious and copious amounts of ports (or their equivalent). Likewise, you could do like the sailors and indulge in the (safer) activity of huddling in a bed, firing up that Netflix subscription, dissing all the un-pleasantries of the coming weeks and drifting off to sleep with help of the Dionysian felicity. It sure is a tried-and-never-failed cure to calm the drumming beats of your upcoming deadlines. And in the event that you don't drink or can't drink, ice cream - while in the middle of a pillow fort - helps as well.
For the lesser mortals who did not spent numerous hours of procrastination in the reading and re-reading of The Lord of the Rings, I introduce a new, unerring way of life that goes by the label – “Don’t be hasty”. In the second book of the series, a talking tree (AKA an "Ent") called Treebeard tries to enlighten remarkably excited hobbits about thinking long before acting. He mulls over every decision for so long that it even makes SMU's Koufu coffee line waiting time look insignificant. In rushing through our tasks in fear of leaving things undone, we almost always have to rework our way back to the start to fix the mess our hasty decisions have placed us in. So do the slow work, because it makes the dream work! Putting in the time for a task gives you the opportunity to consider other angles and perspectives, usually allowing for a more comprehensively thought out piece of work. So remember: the list of toils may be long, but it will only get longer the faster we try to go at it.
Although majority of the cohort may believe that Professors are all friends of Count Dracula - bloodsuckers and just waiting to send us into the creepy coffins with shameful GPAs, I trust they will turn a blind eye to the classroom looking like a plane cabin on a red-eye flight. Our necks need halos decorating them – it is our way of thanking them for staying upright through this dreadful time of the year. Douglas Adams elaborated on the benefits of carrying a towel in your backpack while embarking on intergalactic travel, and although the SMU journey may not be quite as enchanting, there can be several pluses that accompany the carrying of a neck pillow during your SR to GSR commute. I'm saying get as much sleep as you can, but not at the expense of your learning or groupmates' stares as you snore five minutes into your meeting.
*Word of Caution: This tip may trigger your mind to plunge into deeper spells of drowsiness over and above what you may currently experience.
5. Never leave the house without at least 500g of Peruvian Instant Darkness Powder
Fred and George Weasley introduced us to several items of fun and frolic. However, our cause is serious. When it all gets too much and all of the above tips fail to help, just throw out some of this Peruvian Instant Darkness Powder and take a nap. Yeah, I know I've listed two options involving sleep in response to surviving school - but let's get real - we're university students and sleep is a coping mechanism. No shame in that! Life is always better after a short nap. Get some shut-eye and wake up slightly refreshed to tackle your mountain!