The 13 Stages of Midterm Season

The 13 Stages of Midterm Season

The inevitable once-a-semester occurrence.

The middle of the semester marks a stressful time for all college students. After weeks of doing the minimum to get by, we reach a point where reality hits and we realize we need to pull out the syllabi we've had tucked away since we received them on the first day of classes and utilize our brainpower to attain the grades that will often determine how the rest of the semster will go. We’ve been dreading it all semester, but the season has arrived in the blink of an eye, just as it always does. One by one, we get hit by the 13 stages of midterm season.

1. Denial

You know the season is approaching, but you choose to deny it rather than deal with it. It’s probably too early to start studying, anyway, and wouldn’t you rather wait to start until closer to the date of the test so you can cover more of the material in class?

2. Anxiety

You’ve been holding in your denial long enough that it’s starting to take its toll and convert to anxiety. With time, you become more nervous about your upcoming papers and tests. You know you should probably take action, but college without schoolwork is too much fun to give up.

3. Acceptance

You start to accept that it’s time to cut down the fun as you prepare for your mid-semester assignments. You acknowledge that midterm season is in the air, and you have a duty as a student that you must tend to. It's almost as good as studying...but not quite.

4. Procrastination

You’ve come a long way since the beginning of this process, and now that you’re so close to actually opening a book, your creativity begins to shine as you come up with every possible excuse to avoid actually doing so. You’ve suddenly become dedicated to cleaning your room, running your errands, and getting a good night’s sleep in an attempt to take advantage of anything else you can do to use your time wisely and not study.

5. Pressure

The longer you put it off, the more the pressure piles on. You feel the clock ticking along with the accumulating burden of schoolwork on your shoulders, and so the anxiety continues.

6. Motivation

You’ve been dealing with the stress of upcoming midterms for awhile now, but there’s no reason why you shouldn’t have started already. You’re a completely capable individual who’s come this far and have survived midterms in the past, and you can do it this time around, too! Your future is in your hands, and now’s your chance to show what you can do. A surge of motivation powers over you as you get closer to actually opening a book.

7. Productivity

You finally take your aggressions out onto your schoolwork. Your assignments have been taking over your thoughts and now you begin to take action. After all that procrastination, you’re productive and effective in tackling your assignments.

8. Cramming

As productive as you are, there is unfortunately a time restraint. You’ve got a bunch of things due in the same week and lots of material to cover. You cram all your work into a short period of time in order to complete what’s necessary.

9. Overproduction Mode

In order to cram efficiently, you force your body into overproduction mode, which often includes all-nighters, skipped meals, and alienation from the outside world. You dedicate the majority of your life to acing all your assignments and temporarily practically surrender your humanity as a result.

10. Performance

Deadlines and test days arrive. It’s time to finally do your best and show what you know! The past few weeks have been leading up to this, and it’s finally your time to shine!

11. Relief

Nothing matches up to that breath of relief after having completed yet another midterm season, especially if you’ve done so confidently. What’s done is done, and that massive weight is finally lifted off your shoulders.

12. Celebration

With the completion of midterm season comes the retrieval of freedom, and that calls for a celebration. You’ve earned a few nights of recklessness after all that hard work and to take advantage of that free time between now and finals season!

Midterms are stressful, but at least we all stress together. It's important to remember that you're not alone and are surrounded by other students who are going through the same thing as you. You may as well suffer through the stages together, and don't forget to celebrate when it's over!

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To High School Seniors In Their Last Semester

Senior year moves pretty fast; if you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.

Dammit, you made it. The final semester of your senior year. You’re at the top of the food chain of high school, and it feels so good. You’re probably praying this last semester flies by, that you get out of town as soon as possible.

At this point, you’re calling teachers by their first names, the entire staff knows you by name, and you’re walking around school standing tall, owning those hallways. You’re convinced you’re ready to leave and move on to the next chapter in your life.

You’ve already experienced your last football game, standing in the cold in the front row of the student section all season long, decked out in your school colors and cheering loud and proud. That is, until they lost, and you realized you will never have that experience again. Never again.

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You already had your last winter break. Preparing and celebrating the holidays with your family, ice skating and sledding with your best friends. Those quiet nights alone in your room watching Netflix, taking for granted your loved ones just a few rooms away. Never again.

If you’re an athlete, you may have already played in your last game or ran your last race. The crowd cheering, proudly wearing your school’s name across your chest, giving it your all. For some, it may be the end of your athletic career. Before you knew it, you were standing in an empty gym, staring up at the banners and thinking about the mark you left on your school, wondering where on earth the time went. Never again.

I’m telling you right now, you’re going to miss it all. Everything you’ve ever known. Those early mornings when you debate going to first hour because you really need those McDonald’s hash browns. The late nights driving home from practice, stopping for ice cream of course, ready for a late night of homework. Getting food on a whim with your friends. Endless fights with your siblings. Your favorite chips in the pantry. A fridge full of food. Coming home to and getting tackled by your dog. Driving around your hometown, passing the same sights you’ve seen every day for as long as you can remember. Hugs from your mom after a long day. Laughs with your dad. And that best friend of yours? You’re going to miss them more than anything. I’m telling you right now, nothing will ever be the same. Never again.

SEE ALSO: I'm The Girl That Enjoyed High School

Before you start packing your bags, slow down, take a deep breath, and look around. You’ve got it pretty good here. The end of your senior year can be the time of your life; it’s truly amazing. So go to the winter dance, go to Prom, spend Senior Skip Day with your classmates, go to every sporting event you can, while you still can. College is pretty great, but it’s the little things you’re gonna miss the most. Don’t take it for granted because soon, you’ll be standing in a packed gym in your cap and gown, wondering where the heck the time went. You’ve got a long, beautiful life ahead of you, full of joy but also full of challenges. You’re going to meet so many wonderful people, people who will treat you right and people who won’t.

So, take it all in. Be excited for the future and look forward to it, but be mindful of the present. You’ve got this.
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In my opinion, there should be college classes completely based on mastering these topics.


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3. How to pay your taxes??? Literally how

No matter who I ask, young or old, no one understands anything about taxes. I have been working since I was 17 and year after year when I ask my parents for help filing my taxes, they agree begrudgingly while squinting at the paper pointing at the little boxes with a "I think it's that one." I have never and will never understand anything to do with taxes, period. I will leave this to the professionals.

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Once again, wtf? Do the companies make these things impossible to understand on purpose? Like, all I want is to get my birth control from CVS and be done. Is that so hard? Why do I have to switch it to Walgreens (to whom I am NOT brand loyal, to, by the way) and then check if they cover my insurance? And WTF is a copay? And there's something that you pay before you get a copay? All I'm gonna say is that my mom tried to explain it to me once and it went in one ear and out the other.

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This is something that I feel shows you have truly made it at an adult. You have people over to your house and just throw together a lovely charcuterie board for your guests like its nothing. But what do you buy for it? Cheese, obviously. Meats? What types of cheese and meat? Grapes? Nuts? And how do you arrange it to look all pretty? Mark my words: when I can make a yummy and visually appealing cheese board, I've made it.

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