8 Ways You Can Tell It's Finals Week

8 Ways You Can Tell It's Finals Week

How to identify the warning signs

With finals close or already happening, there are many ways a campus is impacted by finals week that are easily identifiable.

1. The Library

More often than not, all of those people that you never see on campus will suddenly appear in the library during finals week. Typically, it is difficult to get a computer or study room, or anything in the library during this time of the year. Sometimes, you can't even find a chair to sit in. So if you plan on going, be prepared for the mess that you will inevitably walk into.

2. Starbucks/Campus Coffee Shop

That's right. You knew this one was coming. Going to Starbucks or your campus coffee shop during finals week? Go ahead and give yourself an extra 15-30 minutes just to make that trip, because the line will be long, but the reward will be worth it! Maybe take some notes to look over while you wait, or enjoy people-watching as your peers frantically chug that caffeinated beverage we all desperately need to stay awake and alive.

3. Walking Around Campus

You walk on campus and there seems to be no one in sight...maybe because they're all at the library or Starbucks.

4. Your Professors

You know it's finals week when even your professors have had enough. Some go crazy, some pile on everything at the last minute, and some just give up. No matter their response, it's about as interesting to watch as your fellow student's reactions.

5. Campus Workers

Usually, I find that the campus staff is nicer than usual during finals week. Maybe it's because they know we're all dying inside, or maybe they're just excited for all of us to leave, but either way, their cheerfulness is refreshing.

6. The Students

Just taking one look at your peers can tell you a lot about their mental state. Some of them look like they're dying inside. Some look like they want to punch the world. Some just look like they need a hug. Be careful out there. Emotions run high during finals week.

7. Your Friends

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Either your friends want to get together and procrastinate or they turn down every offer you give them to hang out - even when it's to go eat. You can't really blame them, though, because you're in the same boat.

8. Students Leaving a Classroom

Usually, when you see someone walking out of a final you'll know it. Their face will have that zombiesque look to it, like the exam just sucked their life force away.

Finals can be rough, and campus certainly shows it, but it's okay! That just means it will all be over soon, and we can look forward to the next semester where it starts all over again!

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To The Teacher Who Was So Much More

Thank you for everything

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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Dear Incoming College Freshmen, You Only Get To Do This Once

You're only a college freshman once.


Dear incoming college freshman,

You've graduated high school and you're now onto bigger and better things. As you hang up your varsity jacket and put on your new college sweatshirt instead, there are many things you need to remind yourself of before entering this crazy new life.

College is a wild world of trying new things, finding yourself, staying on top of your grades and meeting new people. You will constantly be balancing responsibilities and pushing your limits. As eventful and free as college is set out to be, it is not all fun and games. It's hard work. It's expensive. And it's exhausting. However, as overwhelming as it may be at times, you will get through it.

The day you move into your freshman dorm is going to be a whirlwind of emotions. You will meet your roommate (who will hopefully become your best friend), hug your parents goodbye, and start getting to know the other people in your hall. Really take this time to put yourself out there. These are the people you will be surrounded by constantly and the sooner you make new friends, the better. These people are going to be there to let you in when you forget your key, pregame with you before going out, and pull caffeinated all-nighters with you during finals week. It's important that you establish a strong social circle with people you trust and know will look out for you when you need it.

Do not let the freedom of living without your parents get to your head. You still have responsibilities. Nobody is going to wake you up and force you to go to school. You have to be in charge and get yourself to your 9 am classes. If you miss class, it's on you. Skipping class does not only make you look bad, but it also sets you much further behind and wastes money. Don't forget that you are literally paying to go to school.

When it comes to going out, be safe. Always keep friends by your side and never trust people that you don't know. Never take drinks from strangers and always keep an eye on your cup. You never know when a random person could slip something in your drink and it's always better to be safe than sorry. And don't ever be afraid to say "no". You are in charge of your body, what it does and what it consumes. If you don't feel comfortable doing something, don't do it. Peer pressure exists in college just like it does in high school and having the willpower to not conform to those around you is a good thing.

Stay on top of your grades. You are going to be juggling a lot, from having a social life, joining clubs and your grades. Remember that your degree is the reason that you are in school. Actually, take the time to study for your tests and expect to have to write short answers on just about every exam. Also, expect nothing you've learned from your semester to be on those exams.

With all of this being said, take the time to enjoy freshman year. Don't hold back and let yourself have a fun wild year. I wish I could go back to being a freshman all the time because I made so many memories that I hold near and dear to my heart. There were so many new things occurring, but I hardly ever felt overwhelmed because I dove headfirst into the chaos and made the best of my year. Take the time to make friends with good people who will be there for you, support you, and will be by your side in having a successful and fun year. Find your true self without giving into peer pressure. Look out for yourself because, at the end of the day, you are the only person capable of making your decisions.

Focus on your grades and don't let the expectations of a wild and 'typical' college experience take away from the reason you are at college. Go to class. Do your work. Earn your degree. It surely won't earn itself. But enjoy it. Embrace it. Have fun and be a little wild. You're only a college freshman once and it's definitely going to be a memorable year.

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