By Katie Allensworth

It’s that time of year again. The snow has started to fall, churches are decorated in pink and purple, Christmas lights line the houses, and hot chocolate is all we drink. But we of course can’t forget it’s also the season of stress, testing anxiety, and cranky professors. All the papers and projects are due and tests seem to last for days. This is the season of life for any college student that is entirely too intense. It seems like an entire semester’s worth of work has come down to one test. I hope I haven’t put more fear in you than you already have at this moment. What can we do? How do we escape the cycle of stress and anxiety that finals bring?

For me this finals season is one of the most intense of any I have ever had. Whether I pass the only class I’m in will be decided by a one 70 question test. You may be thinking how in the world am I stressed about only one class. Well passing this class determines if I will graduate this May or not, so there is a lot riding on this one test. I know that I am not alone in this though. For many of us this finals week is a breaking point in the semester.

You want to know a secret though? We have a weapon against fear that not all students have this time of the year. We have Mary our Mother!

In this season of advent we have Mary to intercede for us in a special way. She is pregnant with our Savior Jesus right now. As we prepare our hearts for His arrival and our minds for finals, Mary is with us every step of the way. Think about it, she knows exactly what kind of preparation we are going through. She is preparing to give birth to the Savior of the world. She is preparing with the same intensity we have to in order to pass our finals. Who better to ask for their intercession this season of the year?

How does Mary intercede for me when I take a test you may be wondering? When we pray to her and offer up the time we spend studying this finals season, Mary will bless us with the strength to keep studying even when we don’t feel like it and she will help us during the test to remember all the information we have studied. Mary is the Mother of our Savior and that is not to be taken lightly. She has such an intimate relationship with Our Lord that nothing we ask of her will be overlooked. All we ask for will be taken to Jesus for Him to bless us.

So if you are already overwhelmed by the stress of finals take a cleansing breath. In through the nose and out through the mouth. Pray to Mary and ask her to help you in your preparation for finals. Say a Hail Mary or a Memorare (as many times as you need to). Stay calm and know your Mom is here to help. You can do it:)