Finals As Described By The 7 Deadly Sins

Finals As Described By The 7 Deadly Sins

To succeed in finals, don't indulge these vices...
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Finals is a stressful time in universities—whether it’s getting enough sources to write a substantial paper, finding ways to get those additional points to increase a GPA, or maintaining your physical, emotional, and mental health. And while the home stretch could produce great papers and worthwhile finals that could make or break one’s opportunities to get into a major, it can also bring the worst out of people, manifested in the Seven Deadly Sins.

Lust:

With all the stress and papers flying around, getting physical is not the concern, unless it’s with the bed, trying to sleep. One doesn’t always lust for the finals or essays, they lust for falling into the sheets at night, trying to suppress the cold loneliness finals entails.

However, one would have to seek pleasure through cuddling in the library, or giving innocent cheek kisses for good luck. Yet given the greater awareness for sexual harassment, one would have to ask the person to cuddle first. It is supposed to be enjoyable for everyone!

Gluttony:

There’s the phenomenon of “stress” eating when something intense arise—in this case, papers containing essays and problem sets and labs arise. Back at my high school, students would turn to lemon bars; in university, it’s in the form of vending machines and any restaurants that aren’t any of the UW dining halls.

On the other hand, one would have to be careful not to eat too little either. Finals are important, but one cannot take them with an empty stomach. Or going into finals review sessions that long last into the night through the early hours in the morning, just before that 8:30 class.

Greed:



With the number of jobs dwindling to the mass competitiveness of today’s job market, along with the pressure to get the grades to get to graduate school, one would bet tempted to either hide their notes or outlines or cause sabotage. The other side of this coin would be to ask for everybody’s notes and not give any of them in return.

That’s why having study sessions are important—to remind a person to bring their part of the study guide, and to note that we’re all in this together when trying to ace our classes.

Sloth:

As noted in a previous article, I have a hard time sleeping at a decent hour. Therefore, I strive to find myself to sleep a lot more. Another fragment of that story is I procrastinate a lot, which doesn’t work in the grand scheme of things. Of course, I know a break is good enough to rejuvenate, and yet, it can easily go out of hand.

One need not to completely shut down social media or games or any form of hedonism—but that’s not what the point of finals week is for, especially for freshmen, who might be overwhelmed by the amount of time they have to study; and seniors, who think graduation is already in the palm of their hand. Instead, take a deep breath, pull out those sources, and work on it.

Envy:

Like with greed, we all want to obtain status symbols of post-graduation: a nice fellowship, a good job, or money for graduate school. Swimming in debt and rising costs of living cannot be an option, as I’ve observed with newspaper articles and time.

While I note we don’t post rankings in university, envy comes in the form of Dean’s List mentions, awards, and a professor’s praise. Try to suppress these urges to act on classmates and friends and push forward.

Wrath:

I have never seen anybody get angry before finals—maybe after the quarter is over and the grades are out.

Pride:

Just because certain classes have study guides with most of the questions utilized for the final doesn’t mean one would have to wait until two days before the final to get started on it. It could also combine with sloth in that one would slack off before finals week, and then go into the exam room for nothing.

Also, to believe that one could write an essay in an entire night is unrealistic with the more words and research it requires. I found myself in that predicament several times; however, it never works out.

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Thank you for everything
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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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7 Financial Myths To Ignore Before You Graduate

We get a lot of unsolicited advice growing up and following them blindly comes at a cost.

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I was trolling Facebook as usual while thinking up more useless way to procrastinate when I fell on a post saying your 25-30s is a time spent cleaning up the financial mess of your early 20s. That got me thinking of all the rampant unsolicited financial advice I got from people before going to college. And how in hindsight, none of that make sense. It's no wonder half of college graduates leave with massive debt and no clue on how to manage their finances. Here are seven financial myths that you should toss long before the grad cap.

CREDIT/DEBT IS BAD

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Hate to tell you this but, you probably got this advice from a person with a bad relationship with credit. Only bad debt is bad, but good debt is good, thanks for listening to my ted talk! But hear me out, by good debt I mean a credit card balance which is paid off every month or a car note on automatic payment, being paid on time every month. Starting to make sense? Building good credit history settling debts on time is a super unsexy yet easy path to riches.

CREDIT CARDS ARE FOR EMERGENCIES

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Absolutely not! That's what your emergency fund is for. That's how people develop a bad relationship with credit. It's not for when your car breaks down out of nowhere. It's for the Mondale stuff you regularly budget for. I'm talking gas, movies, and two for ones on taco Tuesdays or whatever. It's for the simple everyday purchases that will help you rack up points.

CASH IS KING

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Maybe back in the early 2000s but now buying online can be much more efficient then spending cash. Why? Because oftentimes before making a purchase you can compare price in different sites and look for discount codes before committing. Also there are a number of budgeting and money tracking apps to flag you down and add up those late night amazon session for you. More like Netflix and Buy Now, I see you.

EXTENDED WARRANTIES ARE WASTEFUL

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Yeah sure, and that $500 Xbox is totally going to make it through those ABC Greek parties unscathed. Listen I worked for a major retailer and used to get those calls from dumbfounded customers who couldn't believe they were SOL when their brand new flat screen pooped out a week after taking it home. Also, those extended warranties usually take effect after the manufacturers' expires, so the total coverage can be upwards of 4 years. Image that $600 blender or yours dies three years into your smoothie relationship only to resurrected for free, or for a fraction of its price because you shelled out an extra 20 bucks at purchase.

SAVE NOW INVEST LATER

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Let's be honest, at 20 what are you really saving for? Probably not a house, maybe your wedding… cuz it's cuffing season? I'm definitely not knocking saving money, it's a good idea and worth it but now you're not really thinking about the big stuff that becomes relevant down the line. Although you're not in your cushy corporate job yet with the sweet 401K match. You'll still be better off starting a Roth IRA and stashing away what you can. Even if it's $20-$50 a month.

USE LOANS TO SUPPLEMENT FIN AID

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No, just no. Use loans as a last resort, there are other ways to pay for college. Get a summer job, look for grants, and scholarships. There are scholarships for every race, color and creed. There are scholarships for every major and there are scholarships for your random AF hobbies. They just don't come delivered in your inbox asking you to sign and collect the money in a few weeks time. You have to find them.

PAY OFF YOUR BILLS FIRST

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Here's the thing, skipping two car notes is the fastest way to get back on your feet. I'm not advocating anyone skip paying their bills for the sale of saving money or blowing it in an unnecessary want. However the reality is the older you get the more bills you accumulate. Get in the habit of paying yourself first. Pay yourself by regularly funding your saving/emergency fund. Pay yourself by investing in your mind and well-being. Invest in a guitar lesson, wellness retreat or counseling. Fund your IRA or other investment accounts. Don't let your paycheck exist just to pay your bills and make it through the month. It's your money and you worked hard for it. Now go buy that bag, no the one the clearance rack…

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