Ana Erickson, Features Editor
As finals quickly approach, everyone is preparing in a unique way to take on the impending tests. If you’re feeling lost on how to get ready, look no further than the stars for advice.
Aries – The Ram (March 21 to April 19)
You can really use your diplomatic nature to be the head of a successful study group, since you work best with others. Be careful not to overwhelm your group-mates with you enthusiasm though, or else they might be driven to give up.
Lucky Snack: Cherry Garcia Ben & Jerry’s ice cream
Taurus – The Bull (April 20 to May 20)
Stock up on snacks, grab a hot chocolate, possibly a friend and find a cozy corner in Ames to pore over those well-organized notes you’ve been taking all semester. If anyone tries to bother you, don’t be afraid to show them your horns.
Lucky Snack: Goldfish crackers
Gemini – The Twins (May 21 to June 20)
You would do well joining the study group with Aries. You could certainly give direction to the group, along with lively conversation. But, be careful not to get too chatty, and if you hear that someone who has beef with you is in the group, steer clear. There’s nothing like drama to bring down your grades.
Lucky Snack: Salt and vinegar chips
Cancer – The Crab (June 21 to July 22)
You’re thinking, “I don’t need to study, everything is in my head already.” This may be true, but it might be good for you to grab a cup of coffee, settle down in Hansen and at least glance over your study guides to refresh your brain without expending yourself.
Lucky Snack: Peach rings
Leo – The Lion (July 23 to August 22)
You’ve got four different people offering to study with you, so be wise and pick the quietest one. You have a tendency to chat up a storm, and while that may be fun, a less chatty friend can rein you in so you can cram more effectively.
Lucky Snack: Caramel Chex mix
Virgo – The Virgin (August 23 to September 22)
Okay, first: breathe. Nobody is expecting you to score A’s on every test. Now, use your innate perfectionism to craft a beautifully organized study guide and stick to that. Remember to build in time to eat, talk to friends and go outside, as you have a tendency to focus on your goals to the point of disconnect from the outside world.
Lucky Snack: Pretzels and hummus
Libra – The Scales (September 23 to October 22)
When you see that cutie you’ve been eyeing in Ames, for the love of personal space, don’t bug them. They’re probably working very hard. Unless, of course, you’re already texting with them, then you two could possibly arrange a study date. If you want to pass though, keep it more study and less date.
Lucky Snack: Pringles (regular or cheese)
Scorpio – The Scorpion (October 23 to November 21)
You aren’t worried about finals in the slightest, even less than Cancer. Just do you. As long as you get a few good nights of sleep, you’ll ace the tests. You could use your gift to help you more concerned classmates study, if you’re feeling benevolent. Just try not to get a big head about it, because that could be your downfall.
Lucky Snack: Peanut butter M&Ms
Sagittarius – The Archer (November 22 to December 21)
All you want to do is help your stressed-out friends do well on their tests. That is super kind of you, but make sure it’s not a strategy to convince yourself that you’re too busy to study for your own tests. You can help your friends and yourself by taking turns quizzing each other.
Lucky Snack: Double Stuf Oreos
Capricorn – The Goat (December 22 to January 19)
You have your tried-and-true methods for studying, and you throw yourself into them each semester, often forgetting about friends and at worst, hygiene (not always, though!) You could just do this again, or you could tweak your methods and possibly maximize your study power.
Lucky Snack: Reese’s Cups
Aquarius – The Water Bearer (January 20 to February 18)
No study groups for you. Go ahead and seal yourself off with your study guides and calming rain sound effects – you work best that way. You have the innate ability to stay calm through the chaos of finals, so all you need to do is fill your brain with information.
Lucky Snack: Ghiradelli dark chocolate
Pisces – The Fish (February 19 to March 20)
No need to cry in your corner, Pisces. No matter how bad you potentially do on a test, they can’t take away your birthday. You can use your creative side to come up with a fun way to study, or at least fun things to do during your study breaks. Meanwhile, you’ll be the best-dressed throughout finals as everyone else slumps around in basketball shorts and stretched-out old tank tops.
Lucky Snack: Rainbow gummi bears