I like talking about my job as a waitress, not necessarily because I like it, but because I’ve learned so much from it. We have this phrase in the restaurant world to describe really chaotic, stressful situations in which you just can’t handle doing anything else. The phrase = “in the weeds.” I liken this phrase to finals week, or the week before finals week, when every day you have a paper or a test and you feel like you are just going to explode. As an expert college student, i.e. graduating senior, I’d like to offer my advice about being in the weeds via some restaurant symbolism.
So, if you are in the weeds:
1. Get into survival mood.
Stop for a second. Assess the situation and prioritize. What absolutely has to get done this second? Focus on the most urgent of tasks. Don’t distract yourself from writing the paper that is due tomorrow by stressing out over the final next week. Focus. Focus. Focus.
2. Get some help from friends.
If you were in a restaurant, you’d have someone bring your fifth table bread or crayons or beer or something. If you’re in college, you have someone listen to you whine about lazy group project members, proof-read your papers, help you with your research, or grab a beer with you or something.
Happy Finals Week!