ZombieLand: Surviving the Quarter 4 Apocalypse

ZombieLand: Surviving the Quarter 4 Apocalypse

It’s getting warmer outside. The sun is shining a bit brighter, and people are shoving their winter coats back into the closet. Spring is officially here. And with spring comes the end of the third quarter, spring break, and the looming promise of summer break right around the corner.
What also comes is the tired, worn-out, and slightly lazy zombie-monster that makes everyone lose their motivation. You aren’t sleeping quite as well at night, your book bag and locker look like a bomb went off with all of the old tests, papers, notes and whatever else might be growing in there.
How did you get to this point? When is school going to be over? Why won’t your parents, teachers, coaches, stop harping on you to “get it together”?
These questions might be floating through your brain as your head hits the top of your desk in history class, hoping to catch a few zzz’s before your next class. But, don’t forget, quarter four is vastly approaching and going to hit you fast and hard. These next four weeks are going to be crammed with final tests, papers, at least one more project, end of year exams, standardized state exams, and then final exams. And if you’re an upperclassmen, you have to worry about graduation, college applications, college visits, prom and family members hounding you on whether or not you got into that college you wanted.
That’s exhausting AND stressful.
How do you defeat this zombie-like state and survive the quarter four apocalypse? Use this survival guide and you’ll come out the other side just fine – maybe a little bruised, a little worse for wear, but you will be able to say you survived!


Sleep is crucially important. It keeps you happy, energized, and productive – so you want to get a healthy 8 hours in each night. According to an article published in April of 2019 at health.harvard.edu – sleep increases cortisol (a hormone produced by your adrenal gland) and promotes inflammation. So without sleep, you’ll be puffy and emotional and that’s the last thing you want to add onto your list.


The importance of drinking liquids is so crucial that it cannot be stressed enough. Water is your best bet. Your body depends on adequate hydration to keep your body at a safe temperature, lubricate joints for easy movement, remove waste, maintain a healthy metabolism, and possibly manage weight (Shape Magazine). According to Dr. Douglas Casa, a kinesiology professor at the University of Connecticut stated that, “It’s so easy to get to 1 to 2 percent dehydration. We’re busy, we don’t have water with us, and we’re rushing around. That type of dehydration is very mild, almost imperceptible when it comes to feeling thirsty, but the things people would want functioning well for their general living – cognitive function, mood, and vigor – are negatively affected.” So drink up! Bring a bottle of water to class, and have one in your locker or book bag at all times.

Rule 3: EAT

How many times did you skip lunch because you were cramming for that test in the next period? Or you didn’t eat dinner because you had too much homework to accomplish? You would be surprised how many people skip out on all important meal. Your body and brain needs fuel to keep moving forward. Eating will remind you to drink, and combining the two will allow your body and brain the function the way it needs to so that you can get your list of things done. Everyone’s body is different. Some may do better grazing on healthy snacks throughout the day. Other people may need 3 square meals – but whatever your body needs, listen.


Organize yourself and maximize your time. Wondering how to do that or where to start?
  • At the start of each quarter or semester, clean out your locker, book bag, or wherever you tend to throw most of your stuff. Get rid of old tests, old papers, notes you don’t need anymore. Rip out old notes and doodles in your notebooks and throw them away! Purge and de-clutter! You will feel lighter and it will be easier to face the next four weeks.
  • Keep a calendar of some sort (Paper calendar, Google calendar, whatever works). Write down all of your assignments. Write down all of your sporting events, after-school activities, tutoring sessions, tests, projects. WRITE IT DOWN.
  • Maximize your time by studying in small chunks throughout the day (if you have the ability to do that). Now, if you’re rushing from class to class and you actually want to eat lunch during lunch time – then make sure to maximize your time at home. List out the things that absolutely need to get accomplished that day. Cross them off as they get completed. Write down the things that aren’t due right away, so you know that if you don’t get something done immediately, its okay (Just don’t forget that it does need to get done!). If you have extra class time, utilize that time to get some homework done, study, or read that chapter you need to read. Breaking things up throughout the day will make everything seem more manageable and maybe you’ll be able to breath easier.


Let’s face it, we’ve all crammed for a test the night before (or the hour before). We’ve all started that paper way too late knowing full well that it’s due the next day. We’ve all procrastinated – its human, it will happen. But, the biggest key is to be honest with yourself and those who are invested in your education.
  • If you have a tutor, share your calendar with them so that you can both keep track of what needs to be done.
  • Let your parents/guardians know of upcoming tests, projects, papers, etc. as they can hold you accountable.
  • Keep an open communication with your teachers/professors. Ask questions and be transparent.
  • Most teachers place grades in some electronic format as well as their homework assignments.
  • Check these areas at minimum once a week. If you know what grade you have or what projects you have coming up, then there will be no surprises at the end of each quarter when grades come out. Or if you missed an assignment and you didn’t realize it – then you’ll be able to hopefully correct that mistake early on.
  • It’s going to happen, you’re going to make mistakes. As long as you’re honest with yourself, don’t blame others, and deal with the consequences (if there are any) – there will be much less frustration and stress at the end of each semester.
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