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!

Cover Image Credit:

Popular Right Now

22 New Things That I Want To Try Now That I'm 22

A bucket list for my 22nd year.


"I don't know about you but I'm feelin' 22," I have waited 6 long years to sing that and actually be 22! Now 22 doesn't seem like a big deal to people because you can't do anything that you couldn't do before and you're still super young. But I'm determined to make my 22nd year a year filled with new adventures and new experiences. So here's to 22.

1. Go sky diving.

What's crazier than jumping out of a plane? (Although I'll probably try indoor skydiving first.)

2. Go cliff jumping/diving.

I must be the only Rhode Islander who hasn't gone to Jamestown and jumped off a cliff.

3. Ride in a hot air balloon.

Up, up and away.

4. Try out skiing.

Cash me in the next Olympics, how bout dat.

5. Try out snow boarding.

Shawn White, I'm coming for you.

6. Go bungee jumping.

Because at least this time I'll be attached to something.

7. Go to Portugal.

I mean I'm Portuguese so I have to go at some point, right?

8. Go to Cape Verde.

Once again, I'm Cape Verdean so I have to go.

9. Vist one of the seven wonders of the world.

I mean hey, Egypt's on, my bucket list.

10. Try out surfing.

It's only natural that somebody from the Ocean State knows how to surf.

11. Learn a new langauge.

Because my little bit of Portuguese, Spanish and Latin isn't cutting it anymore.

12. Travel to a state that I've never been to before.

Fun fact: I've only been to 17 of the 50 states.

13. Go paddle boarding.

Pretty boring but I've never done it.

14. Go scuba diving.

I'm from the Ocean State so I guess I should see the ocean up close and personal.

15. Learn how to line dance.

There's actually a barn in my state that does line dancing, so this one will definitely get crossed off.

16. Go kayaking.

All this water around me and I haven't done a lot of the water activites.

17. Stay the night in a haunted hotel room.

I bet if I got my friends to come with me, it would be like the Suite Life of Zach and Cody episode, minus the ghost coming out of the wall but you never know.

18. Get my palms read.

Because who doesn't want to know their future.

19. Go to a medium.

Like a medium that can communicate with people that have died.

20. Take a helicopter ride.

Air plane: check Helicopter:....

21. Sleep under the stars.

Because sleeping in a tent is more like glamping than camping

22. Just to try new things in my everyday life.

Whether it's trying a new restaurant, getting something different at my usual restaurants, changing my usual style, going on the scary rides at amusement parks, and bringing things I used to do back into my life now.

Cover Image Credit:

Author's illustration

Related Content

Connect with a generation
of new voices.

We are students, thinkers, influencers, and communities sharing our ideas with the world. Join our platform to create and discover content that actually matters to you.

Learn more Start Creating

I Woke up In The Middle Of The Night To Write About My Fears, They're Worse Than The Dark

One minute I'm thinking about what I want to do after college next thing I know I'm remembering the time I tried talking to a boy and choked on my spit.


It is one of those nights when I am tired, but for some reason, I can't seem to fall asleep. So, what do I do? I pull out my laptop, and I begin to write. Who knows where it will lead. It could lead to a killer article or something that does not make sense. I mean it is almost 2 A.M. In my mind, that's pretty late.

Anyways, let's do this thing.

Like many people, thoughts seem to pile up in my head at this time. It could be anything from a time when I was younger to embarrassing stories to wondering why I am "wasting" my time somewhere to thoughts about the future. All of these things come at me like a wildfire. One minute I'm thinking about what I want to do after college next thing I know I'm remembering the time I tried talking to a boy and choked on my spit.

The thought that is going through my mind as I write this is about the future. It's about the future of my fears. Let me explain. I have multiple fears. Some of my fears I can hide pretty well, others I am terrible at hiding. My fears may seem silly to some. While others might have the same fears. Shall we start?

1. My career

I don't know where to begin with this one. For as long as I can remember, my consistent dream job has been working in the world of sports, specifically hockey. A career in sports can be and is a challenging thing. The public eye is on you constantly. A poor trade choice? Fans are angry. Your team sucks? "Fans" are threatening to cheer for someone else if you can't get your sh*t together. You can be blamed for anything and everything. Whether you are the coach, general manager, owner, it does not matter. That's terrifying to me, but for some reason, I want to work for a team.

2. My family

Julie Fox

Failing with my family, whether that be the family I was born into or my future family, it terrifies me. I have watched families around me fall apart and I have seen how it has affected them. Relationships have fallen apart because of it. I have heard people talk about how much they hate one of their parents because of what happened. I don't want that.

3. Time

This could be a dumb fear. I'm not sure, but I fear time. With every minute that passes, I am just another minute closer to the end. With every day that passes that I am not accomplishing goals or dreams I have, I am losing precious time. It scares me to think of something horrible like "What if I die tomorrow because of something horrific?" or even worse, "What if I don't make it through today?" It's terrible, I know.

4. Forgetting precious memories

When I was younger, I had brain surgery. It is now much harder for me to remember things. I am truly terrified that I am going to forget things I will want to hold close to me forever, but I won't be able to. I am scared I'll forget about the little things that mean a lot. I'm afraid of forgetting about old memories that may disappear. I'm worried that I'll forget about something like my wedding day. That might seem out of this world, but it's a reality for me.

5. Saying "goodbye"

I hate saying bye. It is one of my least favorite things. Saying bye, especially to people I don't know when I'll see again, is a stab in the heart for me. I love my people so much. I love being around them. I love laughing with them. Thought of never having a hello with them again scares me beyond belief.

6. Leaving places that I love

Alright, let me start off by saying this- it takes a lot for me to love a place. It has to feel like home. It has to make me feel comfortable. It has to be a place I can go to and be myself. Thankfully, I have had and still have multiple places that are like that. I have also had places I could not wait to leave. I think that's why leaving places I love is so hard and something I fear so much. I am afraid I'll never get that place "back", for lack of a better term. I guess, I'm trying to say, it's like a piece of me is leaving as well.

These six things are just the start of my fears. Some of these might seem "dumb" or "ridiculous" to you, but for me, it's my life. These are the things that I think about the most. These are the things that feel like a pit in my stomach. These six things are parts of my life that mean a lot to me.

Cover Image Credit:

Emily Heinrichs

Related Content

Facebook Comments