“You remember that, Johnson” is Katie Johnson’s survival guide to Boise State detailing her experiences last year as a first-year freshman from out of state.

You blinked, didn’t you? You blinked and now your freshman year is halfway over. And the second half will go by just as quickly. For me, I swear the second half went faster. But I write this with a tinge of sadness as this is my last column for The Arbiter, and my last semester at Boise State.

The point is, college flies by. Every time I cross off another semester I wonder where the time has gone. I’m a mere one semester away from being halfway done with my undergraduate degree. What? How? I thought high school went by fast, and now I’m pretty sure college is high school all cracked out.

But as this semester comes to a close, try not to over-work yourself studying for finals. I know they’re awful and I know I’m guilty of crying over open textbooks after sleepless nights.

But in all honesty, if your brain is too tired, it’s probably just not going to be able to remember whatever you’re cramming in at the last moment. Sometimes it really is just better to get a healthy amount of sleep and go with what you know.

I’m going to assume for some of you this is your first college-level finals week. Don’t let it kill you. I promise you will come out on the other side of this week, alive and a lot less stressed.

Also, you should probably note that the library is open 24 hours a day during finals week and there is a snack cart that comes around to help fuel you during your studying.

Also, there isn’t any shame in dragging a mattress into a study room.

Or just sleeping on a table, some of the thicker books can make a pretty nice substitute for a pillow. Desperate times, call for desperate measures. And believe me, finals week is a desperate time.

All that said, congratulations on completing your first semester. Best of luck on your finals.

And don’t worry, you can catch up on sleep over break.