The 11 Inevitable Stages Of Finals Week

The 11 Inevitable Stages Of Finals Week

The studying, the crying, and trying to sleep in between.
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Christmas break is in sight, and the only thing standing in your way is finals week. Teachers have started talking about the final and how you need to start studying NOW. Unfortunately, you still have papers, projects, and other assignments to worry about. I’ve learned through my experiences of finals week (and going through it again right now) that there are 11 stages you go through during finals week:

1. Nerves

2. Extreme Planning

You think, “Maybe if I create a To Do list, I will get everything done and have a stress-free finals week”!

3. Empowerment


The To-Do list is working, and you are preparing for your finals like a CHAMP

4. Illness

With stress and the lack of sleep you are getting, you’re bound to get sick.

5. Stress

Your To-Do list is piling up, but the cold medicine isn’t working.

6. Crying

Everything is overwhelming and you just want to go home!!!

7. Motivation

Alright, the cold is fading away and you feel like you can get work done again.

8. Panic

Things are back on track until…oh no. There’s a project due tonight that you completely forgot about!!

9. Exhaustion

You’ve done so much studying that you cannot keep your eyes open

10. Defeat

The thought of dropping out crosses your mind almost every minute. Life would be so much easier if you didn’t have to worry about all these tests!

11. Relief

You took the last final, so hello Christmas Break!!!!!

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To The Teacher Who Was So Much More

Thank you for everything
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I think it's fair to say that most people remember at least one teacher who had a lasting impact on them. I have been incredibly lucky to have several teachers who I will never forget, but one individual takes the cake. So here's to you: thank you for all you have done.

Thank you for teaching me lessons not just in the textbook.

Although you taught a great lecture, class was never just limited to the contents of the course. Debates and somewhat heated conversations would arise between classmates over politics and course material, and you always encouraged open discussion. You embraced the idea of always having an opinion, and always making it be heard, because why waste your voice? You taught me to fight for things I believed in, and to hold my ground in an argument. You taught me to always think of others before doing and speaking. You showed me the power of kindness. Thank you for all the important lessons that may not have been included in the curriculum.

Thank you for believing in me.

Especially in my senior year, you believed in me when other teachers didn't. You showed me just what I could accomplish with a positive and strong attitude. Your unwavering support kept me going, especially when I melted into a puddle of tears weekly in your office. You listened to my stupid complaints, understood my overwhelming stress-induced breakdowns, and told me it was going to be okay. Thank you for always being there for me.

Thank you for inspiring me.

You are the epitome of a role model. Not only are you intelligent and respected, but you have a heart of gold and emit beautiful light where ever you go. You showed me that service to others should not be looked at as a chore, but something to enjoy and find yourself in. And I have found myself in giving back to people, thanks to your spark. Thank you for showing me, and so many students, just how incredible one person can be.

Thank you for changing my life.

Without you, I truly would not be where I am today. As cliche as it sounds, you had such a remarkable impact on me and my outlook on life. Just about a year has passed since my graduation, and I'm grateful to still keep in touch. I hope you understand the impact you have made on me, and on so many other students. You are amazing, and I thank you for all you have done.

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You Don't Have To Agree With My Major, But You Don't Get To Bash It, Either

My life, my choices.

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From the moment I stepped onto the University of Kentucky's campus, I knew I wanted to major in journalism.

After taking a broadcasting course in high school, I found myself enamored with the idea of production and seeing something I helped create on TV and other media sources throughout the country. For me, this dream seems normal because of its mine. Its what I envision for my future, and its what I aspire to do with my life. However, the idea of me majoring in something that isn't related to the medical field or engineering didn't sit well with certain people in my life. To this day, my major is still considered the joke of whatever conversation I may be having with these people.

Just because I am not in the medical or engineering field does not mean my degree isn't good enough.

This isn't to say anyone studying in either of these fields is invaluable or wrong, but to ridicule others because they aren't aspiring to be a doctor or a mechanical engineer isn't right. Careers within the medical field are just as necessary as careers in the communications field. Not everyone on this planet can be a doctor, and not everyone wants to be. Each of us is different in how we think and act, and not every person's personality or desires fit into the mold of something within the medical or STEM fields. Trust me on this, you would not want me to be operating on you someday.

Journalism does not mean I want to be a news anchor or giving reports on the weather.

A common misconception about a journalism degree is that it strictly prepares you for either being a news anchor or writing for a paper. While it definitely does prepare you for those career paths, journalism is an all-encompassing major that equips you with the tools to do so much more. Communication is key in any and every career path you take, and my major simply focuses on that aspect more than other majors. So no, I don't want to be a news anchor or "weather girl" because that is not the path I aim to take with my degree (and BTW if I wanted to give weather reports, I'd be studying meteorology).

College is all about finding yourself and your niche in life - whether that be in the sciences, mathematics, arts, or anything in between.

Any major is a good major, especially if its the right one for you. At the end of the day, college is what you make of it, and I'd rather be doing something I absolutely love despite the ridicule than pushing myself through a major I cannot stand. This is my college experience and this is my future. No one can tell me how to experience life except myself.

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