10 Signs It's Finals Week at Fordham

10 Signs It's Finals Week at Fordham

Brace yourselves and may the odds be in your favor.

Final exams are quickly approaching and, at Fordham, there are a few tell-tale signs that they are about to begin. From the general mood of misery on campus to Midnight Breakfast, nobody does finals quite like Fordham.

1. Quiet hours become a thing.

There are signs, emails, and verbal announcements from just about every RA in your res hall. Quiet hours are taken seriously, so it’s best to wait until next semester to scare your roommate by hiding under their bed or have a late night break insanity.

2. Midnight Breakfast is the one shining beacon of hope in your life.

Probably the one good thing to come from finals. Free breakfast food at 10:00 p.m. is the best way to take a break from studying and hang out with your friends. Also having Father McShane serve you is a great bonus.

3. Library hours reflect your studying habits.

The library is open 24/7 during finals. So, if you want to sleep there, you can! Or you can have a mental breakdown in the fourth-floor bathrooms at 3:00 a.m. You decide.

4. The library also feels very sad.

If you ever wondered what Azkaban felt like, I’m guessing a lot like the library during finals. You immediately feel the dread, misery, and hopelessness when you walk through the doors. The only thing missing are the dementors.

5. The last mass before finals is packed.

That last mass before finals week is always packed. It helps that they give out free t-shirts at the end. (#justFordhamthings) Also everyone needs a little Jesus and a blessing from Father McShane before exams start.

6. Campus is silent.

Even on the weekend, campus is silent. Most people are studying or sleeping. The thought of going out fills you with anxiety because you have so much work. Also drinking away your problems isn’t always the best practice.

7. The anger you have about staying until December 22.

There’s nothing worse than realizing that your last exam is on the last day of exams, December 22. Three days before Christmas! Most of your friends get to leave by the 17th but your professor has made it clear that you cannot change the day of your exam. So you’re stuck at school while everyone else is home.

8. Study breaks in the caf.

The only time you see any of your friends during finals. Even though you say it’s a study break, you still bring a few study guides to look at. The only topic of conversation is the plight of your GPA and the ridiculous question your Finite professor put on the exam.

9. The inevitable feelings of dropping out.

Probably the most popular thought of college students during the month of December. Why put yourself through the misery of final exams if you could just drop out. Then you remember that your five-year plan doesn’t have any room in it for dropping out.

10. The thousands of emails you send to your professors.

For some this might be the only time you have ever emailed your professor this semester. For others, you and your professors are basically bffs. Whatever questions, comments, or concerns you have, you send to your professor at 2:30 in the morning. And since they don’t have to take exams, they’ll send you a response the next morning like a normal person.

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It's Time To Thank Your First Roommate

Not the horror story kind of roommate, but the one that was truly awesome.

Nostalgic feelings have recently caused me to reflect back on my freshman year of college. No other year of my life has been filled with more ups and downs, and highs and lows, than freshman year. Throughout all of the madness, one factor remained constant: my roommate. It is time to thank her for everything. These are only a few of the many reasons to do so, and this goes for roommates everywhere.

You have been through all the college "firsts" together.

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You were even each other's first real college friend.

You were even each other's first real college friend.

Months before move-in day, you were already planning out what freshman year would be like. Whether you previously knew each other, met on Facebook, or arranged to meet in person before making any decisions, you made your first real college friend during that process.

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The transition from high school to college is not easy, but somehow you made it out on the other side.

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You saw each other at your absolute lowest.

It was difficult being away from home. It hurt watching relationships end and losing touch with your hometown friends. It was stressful trying to get in the swing of college level classes. Despite all of the above, your roommate saw, listened, and strengthened you.

...but you also saw each other during your highest highs.

After seeing each other during the lows, seeing each other during the highs was such a great feeling. Getting involved on campus, making new friends, and succeeding in classes are only a few of the many ways you have watched each other grow.

There was so much time to bond before the stresses of college would later take over.

Freshman year was not "easy," but looking back on it, it was more manageable than you thought at the time. College only gets busier the more the years go on, which means less free time. Freshman year you went to lunch, dinner, the gym, class, events, and everything else possible together. You had the chance to be each other's go-to before it got tough.

No matter what, you always bounced back to being inseparable.

Phases of not talking or seeing each other because of business and stress would come and go. Even though you physically grew apart, you did not grow apart as friends. When one of you was in a funk, as soon as it was over, you bounced right back. You and your freshman roommate were inseparable.

The "remember that one time, freshman year..." stories never end.

Looking back on freshman year together is one of my favorite times. There are so many stories you have made, which at the time seemed so small, that bring the biggest laughs today. You will always have those stories to share together.

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It is sad to look back and realize everything that has changed since your freshman year days. You started college with a clean slate, and all you really had was each other. Even though you went separate ways, there is an unspoken rule that you are still always there for each other.

Your old dorm room is now filled with two freshmen trying to make it through their first year. They will never know all the memories that you made in that room, and how it used to be your home. You can only hope that they will have the relationship you had together to reflect on in the years to come.

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