Athens, OH 14 December 2018 –
Finals week can be a stressful time. Luckily, the world of college comes complete with spectacular roommates who love to bake. The night before my last final exam of the semester, my roommate made some sugar cookies to decorate. It is a family tradition for her and one that all four of us roommates were happy to keep.
We had snowmen, stars, angels, and snowflake shapes to be adorned with red, green, and white icing and silvery sprinkles. Soon enough, our countertop was converted with an assortment of dainty white and silver snowflakes and stars in holiday colors with extra sprinkles.
There were so many cookies, so we had to get creative as we started to run out of ideas. One snowman become an abstract guitar and a few snowflakes were converted into spider webs.
I used the cookies as motivation for my studying. For every forty-five minutes of studying, I spent ten minutes decorating one or two cookies. This system made the otherwise monotonous study session almost fun and the intervals helped to keep me focused. Furthermore, the sugar from the cookies gave me the energy I needed to push through the practice problems and stay awake when I would have been nodding off otherwise.
Getting to celebrate Christmas traditions with my roommates before separating for winter break was a blast and a great way to detress during finals week. After all, the best study breaks also include a sugary treat.