Rather recently finals week occurred, which is precisely the reason that this blog post is a bit late in being posted. Due to this fact, I felt that I must comment both on finals week itself and on the vacation that rapidly followed it.
If you are planning on coming to Olin, then you are probably already pretty darn good at tests and projects and the like. So, the one bit of advice that I would give to you is this: not everything must be absolutely perfect. Oftentimes at Olin, I see people spending their entire lives working to perfect one tiny aspect of a project and sacrificing many other things, such as social life, fun times and, of course, sleep. To be a nicely rounded human being, I feel that grades are not the only thing you must concentrate on. There are so, so many fun, interesting, and amazing opportunities and people at Olin that you shouldn't lock yourself away in your room the entire last month of the semester, working to finish perfect projects, because there are so many other things to do.
On the subject of Winter Break: for many people, this is the first time that they have been away from Olin for an extended period of time since the beginning of the semester. So I would like to remind everybody that there is a world outside of the Olin bubble--there are so many activities to do in any place that you visit during the vacation. Do fun things online--start learning a new language. Or an instrument. Or write something. Just generally take a break from engineering--or don't--but do something fun during the break. Enjoy your time off. And remember that Olin will be waiting for you when you return.