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From the College of Natural Sciences

Finals Week

I have two items for finals week:

1. Yesterday was Fall Commencement! ("Graduation" for those not familiar with academic lingo.) What a great day of celebration! Congratulations to all 776 of our CNS fall graduates. You should be proud of all you have accomplished at UT and on the successful completion of your degree. It is no small feat and your degree will serve you well as you head out to change the world. To the rest of you, I look forward to reading your names as you walk across the stage in years to come.

2. This week is final exams. Even our "graduates" need to finish this semester before they can actually get their degrees. I could drone on and on about finals, but I will offer only two small pieces of advice.

Sleep. You may think staying up all night studying is the best way to learn a semester's worth of subject matter, but your mind and body think otherwise. Get some rest. It is good for learning.

Press on. You can always make progress. You may feel like there is too much to review and not enough time. You can always make good use of the time that you have. Don't waste it worrying. Use it studying.

Work hard. Get some sleep. Ace your finals.

Looking for more advice? Here are six tips from UT and CNS researchers for staying sharp during finals.

– Dr. Vanden Bout

P.S. The Twitter votes are in, and @StudentDeanCNS hears you want more bad science jokes. So here goes: "Why did the bear dissolve in the water? It was Polar."

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