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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If South Carolina Colleges Were Characters From 'The Office'

Who's Jim and who's Meredith?

"The Office" is one of the best shows on the face of the planet. Don't believe me, you obviously haven't watched it. It has a character for everything, including all of the South Carolina colleges.

The Citadel

This one is probably the easiest. Creed Bratton. Hands down. Military all day every day. No one knows what really goes on behind closed doors, except the people there. Just like Creed's mind.

Coastal Carolina University

Consistently voted one of the top party schools in the nation. #It'snotcollegeit'sCoastal.

Winthrop University

Winthrop is the place for future teachers. We all know that Meredith is the mother/teacher figure in the office, which is kind of scary in and of itself.

Columbia College

Erin just seems like the type of person who would go to an all-female college.

Bob Jones University

At what other school do you see people wearing things that could be from the American Girl large colonial dolls Spring line?

Wofford College

The pearls, Greek Life, and Southern fashion are so real.

Furman University

Let's be real. Pam is a bit of a nerd. But at the end of the day, she does know how to get down. I mean she WAS on the party planning committee. And who doesn't want that Ring By Spring?

College of Charleston

Nard Dog is definitely in an a capella group in Charleston, taking in the city and the history while dressing like a frat star.

Medical University of South Carolina

Andy isn't alone in Charleston. Dwight is down there becoming a doctor. Yes, someone who can save lives and is able to do surgery. Although, who else would you expect to be a doctor?

University of South Carolina

There would be no South Carolina without the University of South Carolina. There would be no office without Michael Scott. The later seasons prove it. They're large and in charge.

Clemson University

While Michael thinks that he runs the office, it's no secret that Jim is the mastermind behind the operation. The office would fall apart without him. I'll just let that sit.

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Even After Family Weekend, I Haven't Gotten Homesick And I'm Not Ashamed Of It

It's really OK.


Now that we have successfully drifted into October, I am about a month and a half into my freshman year of college.


As the leaves on the trees start to change colors and the skies start fading to grey, Family Weekend rolls around. As a preface, I used to live in Connecticut. I think it's safe to say I still #BleedBlue even after living in South Carolina for my high school career. Regardless, it's safe to say me attending the University of Connecticut is a little ways away from my parents and cats.

That being said, the last time I saw my mom and dad was move in day. Exactly six weeks without seeing my dad or giving my mom a "huggie". I have been away from home before, for example I went to Ireland and Scotland this summer for a week with a teacher from school and a few other kids that went to my high school.

I don't miss high school and I enjoy living in a dorm with my amazing roommate and hanging out with people pretty much everyday and just doing my own thing, but it's weird not coming home and seeing my parents every night.

I mean look at those twoElizabeth Dunn // Personal Photo

See, I can't describe this as home sickness, because I talk to my mom on a pretty consistent basis, she sends me pictures of my cats, and I just haven't had that cloud of sadness over my head because I miss home. Not to say I haven't been sad in college, stuff happens, but it hasn't been like what sooo many other people talk about it to be.

my four cats on my parent's bedElizabeth Dunn // Personal Photo

Even now, a few days after seeing my parents, I miss the people not the place. I'm not going to guilt trip myself over this either. I think it's healthier! It was super nice to hang out with my parents again. I got fed well and spent a night off campus for the first time since I got here. Another positive was not having to jump out of my bed the next morning or wear shower shoes while showering

I'm hoping while writing this, that the stereotypical home sickness doesn't catch up to me in the near future (preferably not at all).


Even just six weeks in, I feel like I have grown as a person and changed. I will say it was amazing to see my parents, but I'm glad I'm away from home being able to blossom into an educated young woman.

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