Lunchtime Poll

Lunchtime Poll: Self-Care After Final Exams

Let’s rejoice, students! Finals are now over.

During my undergraduate years, I used to spend my after-finals celebration hitting up parties and binge drinking until someone vomited or got the munchies. Now that I’m in graduate school, and pushing my late twenties, I don’t engage much in those activities anymore. My method of self-care after finals is to sleep (because of course I had very little sleep with all of the all-nighters I pulled writing papers I should have started weeks ago) and then watch reality television. I believe both methods are ways of unwinding my brain a bit from the overload of theory and you know, thinking, it had to endure. I ended up watching a full episode or two of that show Rodeo Girls on A&E. I KNOW. But it was actually entertaining and it’s a culture and sport I have no knowledge of, so I enjoyed watching it.

How do you self-care after final exams? If you’re not in school, what is your way of self-caring after you’ve completed a big project or maybe a difficult day at work?

By Luann

Feminist, Pinay, coffee lover, boba aficionado and pop culture enthusiast. Current graduate student in Peace and Conflict Studies. Dwelling in the rainy city of Portland, Oregon but always California dreaming. You can also read more of her articles at

7 replies on “Lunchtime Poll: Self-Care After Final Exams”

In the past few weeks, I’ve done several burlesque shows – two of which involved me dancing in three numbers (opening group, solo, and closing group) AND stage kittening. Between call time and end-of-show pictures, I would not sit down for 2 hours.

I made it a point to self-care by drinking a mini bottle of champagne in bed after each show. Because it makes me feel like a rock star!

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