The 15 Stages Of Finals Week, As Told By The Grinch

The 15 Stages Of Finals Week, As Told By The Grinch

Nothing steals away holiday joy more than exam week. Not even The Grinch.


The weeks before Christmas break may be the most trying, but by the time you make it to the middle of December, you've made it to the big event. That's right folks, it's finals week. Finals week is always the most trying week of the year, regardless of which semester it is because you've got an amazing break to look forward to. Fall semester finals might be the hardest, however, because it's the holiday season.

We've all been hyped up for weeks hearing the music, seeing the lights, watching the ads, making plans with family and friends. It's a time of year that is (while admittedly hectic and usually causes families to want to strangle each other by the end) of relaxation and good, genuine family time. No summer jobs or internships to worry about. Just good, old-fashioned holiday fun. But before you get to all this, you have to make it past the big exams. Face it, no matter how much you study or how many papers you write, it never seems like you're done and you'll never feel completely prepared. It's almost criminal that this single week can almost kill the holiday spirit for millions of college students. But who better to describe the forced stealing of the holiday spirit than the expert himself: The Grinch.

1. Professors: "If you study all this material, you'll be fine for the final!" 

Yes, thank you. As helpful as this is, I can't feasibly memorize an 18-page study guide in the three days between the last day of class and the exam. But I'll try to know page one by heart.

2. Person who hasn't been in class for the whole semester: "Hey, can I see your notes? I don't think I was here for that." You: 

Actually no. No, you may not. It's not like I haven't been sleep deprived and busy this whole semester. I've managed to get to class, you can too.

3. That moment when you realize that you've been eating your way through an entire study guide: 

Order insomnia cookies and a pizza at 3 a.m. No shame. Take coffee number six to the library with a bag of Doritos. Also no shame. Do what you gotta do - but if you're nice, share with a study buddy.

4. Let's face it, exams can be a little disheartening. 

I do not apologize for the bad pun.

5. "Oh you didn't have enough to do in this stressful week? Here's a last minute assignment you have to finish." 

Thanks, it's not like I have exams to study for. Let's write a paper I could have written weeks ago if you'd have given me the prompt.

6. Don't worry, I've worked in utter hopelessness into your afternoon schedule. 

I recommend a good solid 5-minute cry wrapped in your warmest blanket. Maybe make some hot chocolate.

7. Followed swiftly by trying to escape reality in general. 

Just take the pillow to the library. It's good for a quick nap or a solid freak out.

8. Sometimes those exams really hit us. Literally. 

Exam: 10.

Me: 0.

9. But, hey, you've studied enough. Confidence is important. 

I don't know where that random spurt of self-confidence and focus comes from, but we all get it - even for a few minutes. Latch on to that feeling and never let go.

10. But then the realization hits that it is still finals week, and there are not exams to come. 

Alas, that feeling will fade. And we are brought down to our knees.

11. Just take a minute and really let yourself freak out. 

Everybody just needs to take a minute to do...whatever that is.

12. But then just jump right back in there. 

Cramming to the ultimate degree.

13. Take a break, go the gym. The exercise will get the brain-juices flowing. 

Exercise improves academic performance. Or so they say. But why not try it out and go li lift some weights.

14. Be excited! You get to go home and see your pets soon! 

YOU GET TO SEE YOUR DOG! Or cat if you're a cat person. Sorry if you don't have a pet. Ask for one for Christmas.

15. And most importantly, once you turn that last exam in...IT'S CHRISTMAS! 

Enjoy the holidays with friends and family. You've earned it!

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Christmas Of Remembrance Series: My Last Letter

Christmas time is not about the gifts... It is about something far, far more special.


Dear Reader,

Thank you for your time.

This is a series that I have dedicated to those I have loved and lost. It was merely a thought, then an idea, and now a realized creation. Christmas time… all winter really is a hard time for me. It holds this duality in my life of being both my favorite and also my least favorite and difficult time of year. It has been that way for years now.

In a way, this series aids my closure and healing further, and it allows me to tell my story in a way that, to me, is less scary (one of the many great facets of this platform). It was never my intention to write this in order to reach people, or encourage people, or serve as an inspiration to anyone. This was for me and only me. No one else. But, if these pieces of writing do impact someone, somewhere, or make them feel encouraged or inspired in some way or another, or just simply make them feel, then I hope you have enjoyed them. If I can make someone feel, then I guess I have done my job.

The life of an artist is often an uncertain one. The life of a human is a trying one. But life is a journey, and all journeys have their trials. Their tests. Their triumphs and rewards. And they all have their losses. What matters most is what you make of all of it. What lessons you learn. What changes you make. What life you create for yourself. What art you create because of it all. It can be very, very hard. But it can all be glorious at the same time.

At the heart of this series, my words, there is this deep and valuable belief of mine: Christmas (or the Winter Holiday that you may celebrate) is so much more about presents and cooking and shopping and all that other bullshit… it is about family.

The family that is related by blood. The family that surrounds your heart. Your Mom. Your brother. Your dearest friends. The bonds that make life valuable. Worth living. These bonds are soulful bonds, ones that are far more special than any mere trivial object. So… be with them. Forgive. Forget. Heal. Mend what is broken. Reassemble what has been shattered. And stop worrying so much. Laugh together. Cry together. Heal on another. Heal together. And may your new days be better, brighter, and full of love.

Happy Holidays.


A song for you...

"Sense of Home" — Harrison Storm / YouTube

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