On the third floor of the JPL, you’ll find a swarm of zombies studying for midterms. They’re skipping class to cram, their eyes are bloodshot and they reek of black coffee.

That’s right, the third floor of the JPL smells like hot bean water, and there’s a whole bunch of zombies cramming for midterms. Even worse,  they’re all surviving on Pop-Tarts and Chick-Fil-A.

This is a problem. It’s unsanitary and completely unhealthy. These zombies were once clean-cut students with haircuts and ironed clothes. Now they’re all roaming around in their pajamas and T-shirts the size of dresses–does that girl even have pants on?

I haven’t even mentioned the raccoons. Yes, that’s correct, there are also raccoons on campus. They used to be students, but the bags under their eyes say otherwise. 

If we don’t put a stop to this, students everywhere will feel waves of stress-induced panic attacks taking over them. These attacks are fatal and can result in depression, anxiety, disorientation and body aches.

So how do we combat this midterm takeover? There are three easy steps that can reverse these zombie-like symptoms.

Once your midterms are over, you should find the time to catch up on some much-needed rest. Fatigue is the harbinger of stress. If you’re constantly running on fumes, life will be unpleasant and so will you.

Students often live sedentary lifestyles. This is not good for anyone. Our bodies are made to move. If you deprive your body of this vital function it will start to give out on you. Make sure to get some light exercise every day. Even a quick walk around campus can brighten your mood.

It’s easy to give in to fast food and processed snacks while hard at study, but our bodies can only take so much. If you want to refrain from that low-energy zombie-like-feeling, drink water, eat some fruit and get plenty of protein in your body. A good diet can really change the way you feel.

Remember, midterms are a halfway point. You can look at the glass half empty or half full. If you have made mistakes, it’s not too late to make up for them.

Professors will remember how you started the semester, but they care more about how you finish it. I myself have been absent to my 8:00 a.m. class more than I would like to mention. Despite having an A+ in the class, it still bothers me. I think it’s disrespectful to my professor and to myself. Luckily, I still have nine more weeks to make up for my attendance and show my professor I mean business.

If you’re struggling with attendance, grades or any other kind of issue, know it’s not the end of the road. Midterms tell you how you’re doing. If you don’t like your grades, take a deep breath and keep on pushing. The best way to get by in life is to find a balance and maintain it. Everyone is different. You have to find what works best for you and stick with it. The most successful people in life fail many times before they succeed.

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