8 Times The Grinch Described Finals Week

8 Times The Grinch Described Finals Week

When in doubt during finals, look to The Grinch for guidance.

During finals week, you're often met with a wide array of emotions. You usually go through the mental breakdown stage, the delirious lack of sleep stage, and the lack of motivation stage. The list goes on and on. It's often difficult to convey all of these emotions with one person. However, I think I've found the perfect person... The Grinch.

1. When your professor tells you the final is cumulative.

If you don't truly loathe your professor when they tell you this, you might need to reconsider your college career. Of course, I understand why they do this, but also why...?

2. When you need to take a break and have some you time.

Everyone needs to have a little break away from studying. With finals being so stressful, you need to make time for yourself.

3. When your friend brings you food to the library.

When your friend walks in carrying a Chick-fil-a bag, you wonder, "am I seeing an angel?" The answer is yes, yes you are.

4. When you want to have a meltdown, but remember you're in public.

Finals is a fine line between having a meltdown in public and having one in private. Whenever you remember you're in public, take a deep breath and power through it.

5. When your friend tells you they got an A but they didn't even study.

There are those people who are natural geniuses. And then there are those who are not... For those who are blessed enough to get A's with ease, you're the chosen ones, the ones we all wish we could be.

6. When you haven't seen sunlight or showered in 3 days.

In order to properly study, you have to compromise human interaction. After a few days, you realize you desperately need to actually to speak with people for your sanity, which is a hard thing to come by this week.

7. As you walk into the classroom on exam day.

Everything has led up to this. You try to tell yourself you can do it, but in reality, you're actually terrified. Remember to take deep breaths, inhale and exhale, and don't let the fear take over.

8. When you get your test score back and did a lot better than you thought you did.

From the second you submit your test until you get your grade, you're in a constant state of anxiety. You think about everything you did wrong or could have potentially done wrong. You beat yourself up about not studying enough, even though you know you did. And then the moment of truth, you get your test score back and you actually did well!

Happy Finals Week! May the odds be ever in your favor. And remember, when in doubt look to The Grinch for guidance. He truly understands the struggle that is finals.

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An Open Letter To Those Not Graduating On Time

Graduating college in any number of years is an accomplishment to be proud of.

To the person that isn't graduating on time,

It sucks, and I won't lie to you and tell you it doesn't. The day you walk out of Advising, head hanging down because you aren't going to finish in four years, makes you feel ashamed of yourself. You did well in high school; you were always told you were smart, expected to be smart, so why couldn't you make it out in four years like you were supposed to?

You know you're going to have to tell your family, so you begin preparing yourself for the worst reactions possible. And telling your friends you won't be graduating with them will only add to that sense of hopelessness.

Soon, you'll see photos and posts from people you left high school with, talking about graduation and the wonderful lives they are about to begin in their new careers. You'll wonder how they did it, and you'll feel like a failure.

But you're not.

Graduating from college is a huge deal. It really is. And it will be no less of an accomplishment in five, six, or 10 years.

"According to the Department of Education, fewer than 40 percent of students who enter college each year graduate within four years, while almost 60 percent of students graduate in six years. At public schools, less than a third of students graduate on time."

Things happen. You might change your major. You might have financial troubles. You may take a year off to figure out exactly what you want to do. That's okay. Take all the time you need. The real world and your career will still be there whenever you graduate.

Guess what else. Your family will still love you, and your friends will still support you. Give them some credit. Your loved ones want you to be happy and successful. Don't get me wrong, they may be upset at first, but give them a chance. Odds are, when the emotions settle, they will go right back to asking how classes are going. And when you do get the news that you'll be graduating, they will celebrate with you, and they will be there in the crowd, waiting for you to walk across that stage.

Graduation will happen. If you attend your class and study hard, it will happen. There is no reason to rush. Just do your best. Try your hardest. Take classes when you can. Just by doing that, you're doing more than so many others are able to do.

"Among 18 countries tracked by the OECD, the United States finished last (46 percent) for the percentage of students who completed college once they started it."

You'll get there. Take your time. Enjoy your classes. Find new interests. Study what you love. Embrace opportunities. Study abroad. Take that weird elective class. This is your time to take in everything the world has to offer. Take advantage of that. You'll graduate when you graduate, filled with pride and wisdom. And when they call your name, and you walk across that stage, hold your head up high, because you've earned every bit of your degree.

Graduating from college takes countless hours of studying, long hours in the library, and a tremendous amount of dedication. Don't add pressure to yourself by setting a timer. It is completely okay to graduate when you graduate, and it is still something to be proud of.

Best Wishes,
A woman who is finally graduating

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Why Open-Book Exams Make Sense

Memorization does not mean intelligence.


In the society of high-stakes and standardized testing, it seems all students do to learn is listen to lectures and take exams. Quite often, these exams require students to work through detailed situational problems without the aid of their textbook, notes, or peers. Memorization may have been praised a half a century ago when detailed records and information were not available for everyone, everywhere. But we live in a new society now.

Memorizing a lot of random facts does not make you intelligent.

Cool, you know the names and birthdays of every U.S president. What about the legislations they pushed for or vetoed? What about the wars they got us into? What about the civil rights movements they supported? Who were they as leaders? People? Fathers? Husbands? Can any of that be answered by their name and birthday? With the entire world at our fingertips, knowing basic facts is quite unnecessary. You can Google any person, any place, any equation, any graph, any theory, and find all the answers you need. It is easy to find the information, but it may be more difficult to apply it to our real-world jobs and careers.

Odds are, you don't need this stuff memorized for your job.

When you graduate college and enter your field of study, there are thousands of resources for you to use every day to complete your jobs. Should you have some knowledge of your topic? Absolutely. But do you need absolutely everything memorized? Not a chance. You have co-workers, supervisors, handbooks, research logs, textbooks, equation sheets, etc. as you work. Whether you are a STEM student, an education student, an aspiring firefighter, or a dancer, odds are, the things you memorized in school are readily available to you in some way at your job.

Knowing how to apply the information is more important to our future jobs.

If I know all of these facts or equations but have no clue how to apply them to the task at hand, how can I be successful in my career? If I cannot take the same information and apply it to multiple situations, how will I be able to grow in my field? I will not be able to complete tasks to the best of my abilities like this. That is pretty scary, since all we are taught as we go through school is how to memorize certain facts and a very limited number of situations.

Let us take open-book exams.

Please. Pretty please. Memorizing years' worth of research and experience in a matter of a few months is extremely stressful as it is. Not to mention how much anxiety tests cause students. I guarantee you that us students just cram a few days before for the exam and then forget the information by the end of the semester. Give us an education that exposes us to the situations we will face and challenges us to grow rather than an education that forces us to regurgitate facts.

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