Finals are almost upon us. As you prepare for your final papers, projects, and exams, bear in mind the wise words of Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and Vassar alum Jane Smiley: I think there are two kinds of sentences in a rough draft: seeds and pebbles. If it’s a pebble, it’s just the next sentence and it sits there. But if it’s a seed it grows into something that becomes an important part of the life of the novel. The problem is, you can’t know ahead of time whether a sentence will be a seed or a pebble, or how important a seed it’s going to be.
So don’t judge your work too harshly, give yourself some time and space for it to show you if it’s a seed or a pebble. And breathe – you got this.