It's Like You're Always Stuck In The End Of The Semester Slump

It's Like You're Always Stuck In The End Of The Semester Slump

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Eight crazy months later, finals are here and we’re all eager for summer vacation. Many of us checked out a while ago, but for those of us who are somehow managing to stay focused, this is one of the most intense times of our lives. Papers, presentations and final examinations take up way more of your time, effort and dedication than you ever remembered. It’s time to buckle down, crack open that book (maybe even for the first time this semester) and spend countless hours in the library driving yourself absolutely insane. It’s a time where you don’t need a reason for anything. A time when simply because is good enough. Who could better understand exactly how deranged your life is at this very moment than our friends, Friends? They definitely know what you’re going through, so let’s let them put it into words that everyone can relate to.


Finals week is the time in the semester when you know the pain is coming, and there’s really nothing you can do except embrace it.

There is nothing less motivating than knowing that all of your friends from other schools are done with classes for the summer and are waiting for you to come home so the fun can begin.

During finals, teachers are supposed to be encouraging, right? So who do these people think they are telling me that there isn’t going to be a curve applied to the class!?

Okay, so now that there isn’t going to be a curve, you actually have to study for the final. You learned all of this information throughout the semester, right? So you know all of the answers, right? You’ll be fine…

But then some how, some way, there is a God, and he announces that you are allowed to bring one sheet of paper to your final exam.

So you begin what could be the most trying night of your entire semester…. A solid 19 straight hours in the library.

And around 3 a.m., you do the only logical thing you can think of- go grab some coffee. Except you get to the café and they make the worst mistakes of their lives by accidentally giving you decaf.

Now you’re feeling completely helpless. You’ve officially caved and started asking people for help, only to be felt like the world’s biggest loser when you realize that you know a little bit less than nothing.

You’re becoming delirious, and you have no choice but to start answering questions that no one is asking.

Now it’s 4 a.m. and you’ve started looking for any reason at all to take a study break.

And finally, you’ve just completely lost it.

So you start trying to justify your finals week actions (which are unjustifiable).

You begin to acknowledge how poorly you’ve actually done this semester.

And you start to accept that you’re probably going to fail your final.

And so you walk into class and silently freak out about all of the things on your exam that you absolutely never learned.

But it’s okay! Finals can be rough, but you’ll make it out alive. I promise. And when you’re feeling like you can’t carry on for a single minute longer, just remember: when it hasn’t been your day, your week, your month, or even your semester, we’ll be there for you. Good luck on finals!

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12 Realities Of A Nursing Student

​​​Why being a nursing student is the best and worst decision you will ever make.
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I am a nursing student. This is synonymous with lifeless, stressed, exhausted, compassionate, smart and a plethora of other words. If you are or were ever a nursing student (in which we can't blame you for switching majors, the struggle is real), you will completely understand these 12 reasons why being a nursing student is insanely painful and extremely rewarding at the same time. If you're debating becoming a nurse, then this might serve as a helpful list of pros and cons.

SEE ALSO: Why Nursing Is Different Than Any Other Major





1. Free time is nonexistent.

There is always a test, quiz, care plan or clinical that is demanding all of your attention, all the time. Say goodbye to friends, say goodbye to fun and say goodbye to your sanity.

2. Your schedule is insane.

You need to pencil in time in between studying for multiple exams, going to class and clinical hours in order to sleep or eat. When a non-nursing major complains about their 8 a.m. class, you just roll your eyes because you've been up since 5 a.m. and probably won't go to sleep until at least 2 in the morning.

3. You feel extremely stupid.

You perpetually feel unprepared for tests and you're disappointed that your grades won't be perfect any longer. You feel straight-up confused all the time. That 4.0 you had in high school? Yeah, that's not possible in nursing school, boo.



4. You also feel insanely intelligent.

When you spew out healthcare jargon and your non-nursing friends have no idea what you're talking about, you feel pretty damn cool. Plus, you now understand what the heck is going on in "Grey's Anatomy," so you're basically Derek Shepherd IRL.



5. Your teachers are disorganized and make classes practically impossible to pass.

Most of them grade harshly and make your life a living hell. And they usually don't have any sort of education degree or experience. Solid.



6. The two or three teachers you actually like already are, or will be, your friends.

The ones that help you get through the torture that is nursing school are keepers. They'll probably write you letters of recommendation or go out for drinks with you once you're no longer their student.



7. You have to pay to work.

You pay tuition for clinical hours, which essentially means you pay to work. Sure, the experience is invaluable, but that's a lot of time and effort to do for free.



8. Your nursing friends will be your friends for life.

There is a special bond between nursing students friends. You've studied together, you've laughed together, you've cried together, you've drank together. No one can understand the pain and glory that is nursing school like your fellow nursing students. And you know you couldn't have done it without them. No nurse left behind.

9. You see some really cool cases.

Some of the patient cases you see at clinical are nothing short of amazing. Knowing that you helped with an interesting and complex case leaves you with an invaluable experience and greater confidence in your knowledge and skills.

10. You will also see some really gross cases.

There are some images you just can't un-see (or un-smell) no matter how hard you try. I won't go into details, but nurses see some really icky stuff on a daily basis.

11. You will learn useless information.

Just like every other major, you have to take stupid classes that won't ever help you in life. I know for a fact I will never use the knowledge I gained from Healthcare Economics or Computer Skills for Health Sciences ever in life as an RN.

12. When you do have "free time," you kill it.

No one can party like a nursing student. No one. You drink so you can save lives.

No matter how hellish nursing school can be, you'd never change it. You know that being a nurse is what you're meant to do. No other job can handle your crazy, your feels, or your brains. You've been trained for this. Keep trucking through this bitch of an undergrad degree, we are all in this together. Now go out there, it's a beautiful day to save lives.

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Hey Rider, Where The Heck Are Our Elevators?!?

It's not very disability-friendly if you can't have your friends access rooms in any floor above the first.

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So if there is ever a complaint I have about resident life on campus, it's that for the most part, the majority of the dorms at Rider University's Lawrenceville campus do not have elevators, which can be pretty problematic for anyone who becomes physically incapacitated. For example, I live on the third floor of Hill Hall, which isn't bad because I happen to like my room, but if I want to do my laundry, I have to go down several flights of stairs and floors to get to the basement which may or may not have occupied machines. It's a little inconvenient, right? Now, imagine I just got injured playing a sport, doing some other physical activity, or I just feel sick. Now it's even more of an inconvenience.

My friend was coming up to my room a couple days ago and she complained that if she ever hurt her leg, these stairs would be the death of her, and I agree! It got me to thinking, what if I had a friend who wanted to visit me, but couldn't because these higher floor rooms aren't wheelchair accessible? You could argue and say that I could visit them, but what if they're not even a Rider student? Not very accommodating, is it? I decided to check the Rider residence website to review how many buildings have access to elevators at the Lawrenceville campus and out of 14 places, only two: Ziegler and West Village, have access to elevators.

Two. Only two.

Now, I understand that Rider University wants to make other locations seem more attractive to incoming freshman, parents, staff, etc., so doing construction for locations such as the Bart Luedeke Center is "necessary," but isn't wanting to promote an atmosphere of wanting to stay on campus for all four years more important? Next year, Rider University mandates that any freshman living 30 miles or more from campus are obligated to live at Rider for two years.

So, in other words, not until junior year can these people decide to live elsewhere. Obviously, the university wants students to stay on campus, but yet the buildings they least renovate are our own residence buildings! I'm no expert but it feels counter-intuitive to make Rider seem attractive to students by updating buildings other than the ones new students will be forced to live in.

Over the summer, many people may have heard about a detrimental article and survey published that criticized Rider University's dorms.

In my local area, this article went viral with countless students and parents commenting on the truth behind the statistics and opinions. The common consensus? Everyone essentially agreed that Rider University's dorms are sub-par. Friends that have visited me have agreed that their own university had "much better" dorms. Now, don't get me wrong, I still love residence life and dorming is fun, even as a senior, but I can't disagree that the dorms themselves need improvements that do not seem to be in any near future. There is no way, in my opinion, that none of the staff members of importance at Rider didn't see the article, because it was quite popular. I expected some sort of announcement to be made in regards to it in order to improve image, reputation, and student life.

I'm not telling Rider to go ahead and start doing construction on every building all at once and force students to deal with it, but making improvements like elevators would be a great addition and start to a multi-layered plan. It's time we raise the bar for student resident life on campus.

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