By Shawna Leader and Allison Milton/The AS Review

With finals week looming, it can be difficult to ignore the advice of well-meaning parents, teachers and friends. “You’ll do fine,” they say. “Don’t worry.”
“Don’t worry.” Do they realize that most of us are beyond worry and are throwing ourselves into a full-blown panic?

Our advice: take joy in the little things. Notice how the setting sun warms your face as you walk across Red Square to the library for an all night study session. Listen to the birds sing outside your window when you wake up at the crack of dawn to finish that paper. Savor good foods, because the better you treat your body, the better your mind will be. Making this tortellini salad is certainly an excellent way to give yourself a study break and get a good meal in at the same time.

And really, don’t worry. You’ll do fine.

What you need:
½  to 1 lb tortellini (cook as directed and then run under cold water to cool); Mixed greens; 1 cup chopped walnuts;1 cup dried cranberries; 2 apples, diced into small pieces, or mandarin orange slices; Parmesan cheese; carrot shavings; Raspberry vinaigrette dressing

How to do it:
Place all ingredients in a large bowl and toss to combine.

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