By PLA Naomi Rosenfeld
It’s that time of year again. The walk to campus has become a cold, dreaded chore. The sun has begun to set ever so early, leaving behind an entire list of daily commitments in its wake. And of course, as classes come to end, the feared and loathed examination period awaits. But, I’ve come to realize the counter-intuitive truth: Finals aren’t nearly as bad as midterms. Here’s why:
5. Everyone’s in “exam mode”
Whereas midterm schedules are quite individualistic, everyone’s finals are in the same two weeks. While this makes finding a seat in Stauffer impossible, it does wonders for motivation.
4. Classes are FINISHED
Have you ever sat in a class an hour before a midterm, praying that the new information being taught didn’t actually get absorbed – lest it knock out that last bit of crammed midterm material from your brain? This just isn’t an issue during finals.
3. No weekly readings/Assignments
Weekly readings or assignments are hard enough to complete on their own, but throwing midterms into the mix is one difficult balancing act. During finals, this problem disappears.
2. You already know your professor’s style
By the time finals arrive, you’ve already undergone an entire semester worth of your professor’s testing. And whether you were pleasantly surprised or hugely disappointed – you still know what to expect. After all, when it comes to exams, ignorance is really not bliss.
1. A real break’s in sight
Doing well in school is all about one thing: delayed gratification. And well it’s true that midterm season is often symbolically finished with a celebration, it doesn’t compare to 2+ WEEKS of vacation. Being able to count down those ‘days till freedom’ during finals really does make it bearable.
So, the next time finals-blues have you feeling down, sit down, relax and remember: things could be worse – and probably were just a few short weeks ago.