10 Things You Can Do Now That The Semester Is Officially Over

10 Things You Can Do Now That The Semester Is Officially Over

Your go-to end of semester to-do list.

The fall term has finally come to an end. Along with the death of many New Year's resolutions. But hey! No more classes! (Unless of course you are taking winter classes. *whispers* I'm sorry this article was not intended to hurt you.)

1. You Have No Idea What To Do With All The Free Time

So you're a free bird. For now. No more 8 a.m. classes. No more tests. No more sitting next to obnoxious know-it-alls. What do you do with all that free time? You plan to make plans to make plans.

2. You Don't Even Need To Know What Day/Date It Is Anymore

Honestly. It doesn't even matter anymore. The day "Monday" is meaningless. You're fearless. Every day is Friday.

3. You Can Finally Sleep Without A Guilty Conscience

Yeah. For real. Without setting alarms back to back for 7 a.m., 7:10 a.m., 7:20 a.m...Get the picture? You can finally get your full rest until the end of January. Then it's back to the grind.

4. You Are Also Getting Prepared to Get These Calls From The Bursar's Office

Um. Yes. I'm still recovering from the hole in my bank account from the previous semester. Can I get a break? Bursar: "No. You may not get a break. Pay up. Or else..."

5. You Can Make A Dent In Your "To Be Read Pile"

You don't have to worry about your sci-fi series distracting you from Physics anymore. You can read conspiracy theories without worrying about mixing up the concepts with Quantum Physics.

6. You Can Finally Binge Watch Your Favorite Series

You were already doing that...weren't you? Well, carry on. The season won't finish itself.

7. You Can Enjoy The Sun

Please. Get up. Move those curtains aside. And let the sun in! Better yet, go outside!

8. You Can Spend Quality Time With Your Family and Friends

I swear I wasn't leaving you on seen. I was just busy. Procrastinating. Complaining. Crying. What's that? Errr...I mean doing work! Yeah, that's precisely what I was doing.

9. You Can Get Into The Holiday Spirit!

No no. That is not the right shade of red or green for the festive season. You can now focus on those minute details.

10. You Can Prepare For The Spring Semester

Last but not least...you finally realize that the semester is about to start. I mean isn't that all after Christmas and New Year's. And yes, you can add new resolutions to that list to have a *cough* successful year. This time you'll be more productive.

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Finals Week As Told By Schmidt

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Finals week is finally upon us. The time every college student has dreaded all semester and there is no avoiding it. Let the stress, tears, and sleepless nights commence. Here's Finals Week as Told by Schmidt.

1. When you walk into the library and see that there are no more spots available because every freshman decided to start using the library now.

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2. You run into someone from your class and they ask you how prepared you are for the final.

3. Your first meltdown begins...

4. And then you get a call from your parents asking you why you've been so on edge lately

5. When you're three coffees deep at 2AM and believe everything will be okay even though you still haven't studied.

6. The day has arrived and it's time to take your first final so you give yourself a quick pep talk.

7. When you are the first one to finish the final early because you didn't study.

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8. Trying to pack while studying.

9. And then you start wishing you didn't wait until the last minute to pack because now there is no way your stuff will fit into your car.

10. When you get your first grade back.

11. And you have to tell your parents how you did in the class.

12. When all of your roommates are done with their finals and you still have one left.

13. But then your time has finally come and you have finished your last final as well.

14. And you realize you have survived yet another hell week.

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What To Expect For Big Lecture Classes

Don't be afraid, you'll survive these classes.

I’m about to finish my first year of college once spring quarter is over, and I’ve already been able to experience classes of many sizes, ranging from 13 students to a little under 500.

Thankfully, my larger lectures have been taught mostly by energetic and passionate professors, which I deem as a key quality needed in a great class. Especially for these larger scaled classes, it’s much easier for students to fall off track quicker when the ratio of student to teacher increases.

Student engagement is critical in lectures because the more students are able to participate, the more they can keep focused. In a 400 student class, I had the professor keep the class interesting and persuasive by using memes and gifs throughout his lessons, as well as debatable questions to be consulted with your peers. There were also videos that resonated with today’s media society, all surrounding and relating to the important material kept on a PowerPoint presentation.

Another professor I had read off his already indistinguishable PowerPoint and, occasionally mapped out problems on the chalkboard. Almost one-third of the class dropped within the first week.

Now, this isn’t to scare you away from these large-scale classes. If the professor is worth their dime, they’ll know how to engage the class, and as long as you put in the required effort as well, you’ll have no problem adjusting to the larger class setting.

Remember, the main goal is engagement and participation, even if it’s not to the whole class or to the professor themselves. Don’t be discouraged by the numbers, there are many ways to seek independent help as well if you feel that you’re struggling.

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