5 Moments Every College Student Has on Finals Week

5 Moments Every College Student Has on Finals Week

It's that time of year again...

It's that time of year again. The time of year when your whole semester can go to crap thanks to a few exams. The libraries and testing labs are packed, the students are panicking, and a dark cloud has settled over campus. You'd think that by my third year in college i'd have finals week in the bag. That i'm some sort of pro. Yeaahhhh no. Finals week still manages to send me into a blind panic - no matter how many times i've had to live through it. While I can't promise you that you'll make it through this week completely unscathed I can illustrate these moments with some helpful tips.

1. Sitting there and realizing just how much stuff you have to do.

Yeah, this is just a given. There's no way you can avoid the almost unbearable workload that comes with finals week. If it makes you feel any better, almost the entire campus is right there with you. It's one thing, getting everything done, but to get it all done WELL?. Yeah that sounds almost impossible.

TIP: Make lists and prioritize.

2. Having to temporarily give up your social life

I want to to point out that this is especially difficult if you live NEXT TO THE BARS or in an area where there's a lot of partying going on. My apartment, for example is actually connected to the most popular campus bar. Therefore it's almost impossible to avoid and tune out all the fun i'm almost definitely missing out on. So unless you're one of those rare people who can party and ace your finals, you're going to be staying in for a bit.

TIP. Enjoy all the time you get to spend curled up in bed in your sweats and remind yourself of of all the money you're saving by not going out.

3. Unconventional, Irrational and sometimes scary eating habits

The amount of delivery drivers I see in the library during finals week is straight up scary. For some reason, nothing makes us want to eat more than sheer school-related panic. Our campus coffee shops actually have later hours during finals and midterms to accommidate all the caffine deprived college kids who've been living at the library.

TIP: live your life, just don't break the bank or OD on coffee while doing it.

4. All night study sessions

Finals week at the library is a zoo. Regardless of what floor you're on, the tables are packed with stressed college kids. I've seen many a person sleep in there. Weather you're with your go-to-group or you like to study by yourself, you can't escape those cram sessions. Staying up all night with a steady supply of coffee and study guide has become my usual study method. Is it painless? - No. Is it effective? - YES

TIP: Take. Naps.

5. The general atmosphere of chaos and panic on campus

During finals week a cloud sets over campus. There's something in the air. The day to day bustle gets even more intense. Everywhere you look, someone is stressing over a final, a class, a professor. People are sleeping in the library, studying while waiting in those massive lines to return textbooks. How exactly are we supposed to ace these things , and pass these classes when we're also dealing with general day-to-day stress of being a college student?

TIP : Whenever finals week rolls around, I take comfort in the fact that i'm not alone in my panic. There's a whole campus and community that's right there with me.

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I Learned Forensic Science In One Day For HOSA SLC 2019 And Still Placed Top Ten

We all have those days where we have to cram for an exam you know nothing about the night before, but have you tried to study for it the day of the exam? I never knew I would find myself in this situation until I went to HOSA SLC. With minimal study time, my partner, Kasey Park, and I were still able to place in the Top Ten in Georgia.

Joel Lee
Joel Lee

As a member of my school's chapter of HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America), I went to SLC (State Leadership Conference), where members all over the state of Georgia come to Atlanta to compete in a variety of competitions in the field of Science and Healthcare. All members can pick only one competition to participate in, and the guidelines and rules for each event are posted on the HOSA website.

The event I chose was Forensic Medicine, which requires a team of two people to take a written exam about Forensic Science (Round 1) and write a death report for a case study (Round 2). You must pass Round 1 to move on to Round 2. I worked with a good friend of mine, Kasey Park, for this event. HOSA recommended two textbooks to study for the event: Forensic Science: Fundamentals & Investigations 2nd Edition and Forensic Science: An Introduction to Scientific and Investigative Techniques, Fourth Edition.

Kasey and I both had the books, since Winter Break of our sophomore year (2018-2019), and we both agreed to start studying during winter break. Instead, we both completely forgot about it and when we returned to school after the break, we knew we still had time to study, since SLC was in March. We made a game plan of what chapters to read and when to read them, and we agreed to meet for reviewing the chapters we read. But, it didn't happen.

This procrastination continued about a day before we needed to leave for SLC, and we both realized we needed to study two thick textbooks in about 24 hours. We both knew at this point we just needed to cram as much information we could possibly fit into our brains.

The way we crammed was we both read the textbook as fast as possible and absorbing information as we go. Even though will not understand everything, we can still get a lot of information that can help us do well.

We studied on the way to SLC and before the Round 1 exam, so we can have the best chance possible when taking the test. My partner and I took the Round 1 exam during the afternoon, and we both we did alright, but not good, so we were worried about whether or not we made the second round. We got a notification in the evening that we made to Round 2. Kasey and I started to study all night and during the morning to cram as much information as we could. A little before noon, we took the Round 2 Case Study Test, and we thought it was a breeze.

Since we finished our event, we could finally hang out with friends from our school, as well as students from other schools. I meant so many new people at HOSA SLC. The next day, we went to the award ceremony, and my partner and I did not get in the Top 5, so we were not recognized. But later we were informed that we got 9th place, which we were happy with since we did not study very much for this exam.

From my experiences ar HOSA SLC, I have learned many things and met many new people. I would recommend that if you have a testing event, you should start to study prior to SLC to give yourself the most amount of time to study before the test. I feel that cramming last minute at SLC is ineffective and very stressful. I also think that you should try to meet new people since the conference is for members all over the state of Georgia.

If you are a middle or high schooler, I would recommend attending HOSA SLC, as it will be a memory you will never forget.

Joel Lee
Joel Lee

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