The Wise Words of Gandalf the Grey

The Wise Words of Gandalf the Grey

Around this time of year, every other status, tweet, text or overheard conversation seems to be about one thing and one thing only: finals. This blog post won’t be any different.

The other night, as I was studying for my anatomy and physiology final, I experienced a moment of panic. It seemed as though the pile of information that I had to study was growing larger and larger, as the hours I had left before the exam were growing shorter and shorter. My anxiety ended, however, when I saw a cool blog post on tumblr I had a life changing revelation. It’s put best by my favorite wizard:

“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.” – Gandalf, from Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R Tolkien

Even though Gandalf won't let the Balrog pass out of the Mines of Moria, I know that he wants you to pass your finals!

I know that it’s a sappy way to final-ly (Sorry, I can never resist a good pun.) end my blog for this semester, but I think Gandalf is right. It doesn’t matter if you’re in college or high school, finals week is taxing and stressful. It’s important to realize that there is only so much you’re going to be able to get done, and that there is only so much you can control. Study as much as you need, focus on your exams, but then take a deep breath. Because as soon as you’re on semester break, you’ll have all the time in the world to do whatever you want, including my favorite winter activities: treats and snoozin’, snoozin’ and treats.

Merry Chrismahanukwanzakah, and I hope everybody has a great holiday season!

Picture of Gandalf – Attributed to William Cromar

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