What To Expect During Finals Week

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As freshmen, being in college alone is a transition that takes time, energy, and a whole lot of trial-and-error. But if you’re reading this, that means you’ve gotten through midterms without a scratch too big to kill you, which means you can definitely handle the stress of the dreaded finals week!

But what’s finals week going to be like, you ask? In a word, terrible. But everyone gets through them. Now crack those books and get studying, because you can do this!

The calm before the storm.
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Classes are still in session and it hasn’t totally hit you that finals week is RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER and you’re not nearly as prepared as you know you should be.

Campus is quiet. People aren’t freaking out quite yet. Your outlook on life is getting darker and more ominous.

Ignoring all responsibilities until the last possible moment.
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You tell yourself “okay, Friday is the last day I have to sleep in and relax.” Then Saturday morning comes and somehow the morning hours creep far past 12pm. The laws of time don’t mean anything during finals, apparently.

Right when you think you’ve got everything under control, *BOOM* stress slaps you in the face.
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REALITY CHECK.

The Dav runs out of coffee.
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Look, I love you, but BE A LITTLE MORE UNPREPARED. I BEG OF YOU.

Forget New York Fashion Week, this is Finals Fashion Week.
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Sweatpants and oily skin fo’ days.

…making campus look like the set from The Walking Dead.
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I once heard that if you can accurately guess the percentage of students in the library on Study Day that haven’t showered in 48+ hours, you get a free meal swipe at TDR. But I think that’s just a myth.

Students everywhere running out of meal swipes.
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HANGRY STUDENTS. HANGRY STUDENTS EVERYWHERE.

Your diet becomes 50% coffee, 50% Emergen-C.
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The finals week flu is REAL.

People who don’t know how to be quiet in the library.
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There are noise designations on each floor for a reason, people.

Overhearing complete nonsense in the library.
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“Yo, the craziest thing I’ve ever done was fall asleep on those bean bag chairs in the kid’s room.”

Everyone is delirious, and no one is hiding it.

People napping in the library.
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I mean, it is the optimal level of quiet.

People napping everywhere on campus.
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Then again quietness isn’t an issue when you haven’t slept in days.

The finals giggles.
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Some call it delirium, some call it exhaustion. Either way, everything is hilarious and nothing matters anymore.

You successfully forget everything you learned over the course of the semester.
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What’s happening to my brain? What’s happening to my life?

Existential crises.
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Multiple of them. You’ll have many. From the consideration of completely changing your course of study, to rethinking the reasons you’re even in school in the first place, and finally wondering what you’re doing – just, in general.

Why. Just why.

Students everywhere accepting any grade at all if it means they can just get some sleep.
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The relief of making it through.
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I’m done? There’s nothing for me to do? I don’t have any papers to write over winter break? Is this real life?

 

And remember, you can do this! The CAS Peer Advisors wish you the best of luck on finals and can’t wait to see you next semester!

 

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