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Finals week is finally upon us. The time every college student has dreaded all semester and there is no avoiding it. Let the stress, tears, and sleepless nights commence. Here's Finals Week as Told by Schmidt.
1. When you walk into the library and see that there are no more spots available because every freshman decided to start using the library now.
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2. You run into someone from your class and they ask you how prepared you are for the final.
3. Your first meltdown begins...
4. And then you get a call from your parents asking you why you've been so on edge lately
5. When you're three coffees deep at 2AM and believe everything will be okay even though you still haven't studied.
6. The day has arrived and it's time to take your first final so you give yourself a quick pep talk.
7. When you are the first one to finish the final early because you didn't study.
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8. Trying to pack while studying.
9. And then you start wishing you didn't wait until the last minute to pack because now there is no way your stuff will fit into your car.
10. When you get your first grade back.
11. And you have to tell your parents how you did in the class.
12. When all of your roommates are done with their finals and you still have one left.
13. But then your time has finally come and you have finished your last final as well.
14. And you realize you have survived yet another hell week.
When I was accepted into Rowan as a transfer student, I did not know what was in store for me. However, soon after my acceptance, I was asked to fill a position at the front desk for what was then the Office of Student Activities.
I took the position, because why not? The thought that crossed my mind was that it was a good way to make money throughout the school year. Little did I know that the office would offer me so much more than some spending money.
In August 2016, I walked into room 144 right on time for training. I soon learned that, in office terms, on time is late and late is unacceptable. I walked in as a shy and timid person, who knew only a handful of people, thanks to my sister. Almost as soon as I sat down, I began to quickly make friends. Some of those friendships have continued to grow to this day.
I was given countless amounts of opportunities I would not have gotten elsewhere. From the start, I wanted to be as involved on campus as I could possibly be. Every hour that I put into volunteering for the office events in the last two years are hours that I will never regret. I have enjoyed every single hour of volunteering.
I also had the pleasure of witnessing what some might call "the transition of the century": when OSA merged with the Student Center and became the SCCA. Our family grew and doubled in size. But with that, our friendships grew even stronger. The transition may have had some bumps, not very noticeable from my point of view, but being here in the summer and getting to witness the change firsthand was an honor.
I will forever recommend to anyone going away to school that the best way to spend your college career is to get involved. Because I was lucky enough to get involved in the office, I was fortunate enough to make some incredible friendships that will last a lifetime beyond the day I graduate.
I wish I could talk about every single person that I have become close with over the past few years, but then this article would turn into a book. Just know that each and every one of you hold a special place in my heart. But most of all, I was able to make some really amazing memories. In the last two years alone, I have made more amazing memories than I have in most of my lifetime.
So here's to you, SCCA. It's not really a goodbye, but more of a "see you later". Most of all, a thank you. Thank you for making my Rowan career the absolute best. Thank you for giving me a second home and a second family.
Thank you for giving me the many opportunities and abundance of knowledge that I will forever be grateful for. Lastly, thank you for giving me many friendships that will go way beyond the moment I walk across that stage in a few weeks.