Dear fellow college students, I have a message for you if you are stressed about those pesky, villainous final exams: Strive not to worry about those tests which you have completed or the ones which lay ahead. Here are some important things to remember:
1) Hey, I'd love to break it to you so here you go: You may do better than you expect. At least some of you will be able to confirm this from past experiences.
2) Think of your finals as games. Your classmates are contestants whom aren't competing against you but alongside you and your professors are your cheerleaders. Your teachers wish for you to win and all you have to do is your personal best in these games, that is all. The great thing about these tournaments of diversion is that everyone can win.
3) You know that saying of "pretend everyone is only wearing underwear?" Well, that never worked for me, even with public speaking. So don't do that unless you want to randomly burst out in nervous laughter during your exams!
Yet on a serious note, can you imagine if everyone actually showed up in only their underwear on exam day and went about acting normally; as if they were oblivious to their situation and only you realized that they forgot the rest of their clothes at home?
4) SPOILER ALERT: Even if you find out with certainty that you didn't do well on your exams, it's going to be okay. Your previous work in those classes may balance it out. If not, then it's still going to be all right. Failing your finals is the worst case scenario and not the most likely. Yes, you may have to retake your classes in that scenario but it does not mean it's the end of the world (flunking your exams won't bring about planetwide catastrophe), nor is your desired career going to become restless and bid adieu! If you're worried because you're maintaining a scholarship, and if you lose that scholarship then you will be able to engage with another one or gain a loan as you get up, brush yourself off, and continue on towards your path of triumph. You are going to be okay. As the kids at heart say: You got this!