The 10 People You Always See During Finals Week At URI

The 10 Types Of Students You See Rushing Around URI During Finals Week, No Exceptions

To the people sleeping on the couch in the library, I support you.

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Finals season is upon us here in the great state of Rhode Island, as it is everywhere else throughout the United States. URI has it's own special set of people who make an appearance throughout the year, but finals season is when those types make their true presence. I'm going to try my best to hit some of the significant presences I've seen, along with my fellow students I asked to help me out on Instagram. If you can label yourself as any of these types, either be really proud or really embarrassed. Aka you, the people who only come to the library during finals, be embarrassed.

1. Groutfit gang

Who knew grey came in so many different shades? By finals week there is a solid chunk of guys and gals who adopt a colorful array of different shades of grey and I can't say I don't blame them. Something about grey is so comfortable, so if you fail your final, at least you were in your comfy clothes. If you don't already, get yourself a pair of comfy grey sweatpants and a grey crewneck.

2. Procrastinators pumping and dumping everywhere you turn

You know them when you see them, and you might be one yourself. Shit hits the fan and you realize you haven't made a Quizlet or done any of your study guide for tomorrow's exam or written your fifteen-page paper that's due the same day. These people work like mad men and women, taking breaks just to eat a bite of a protein bar or check their phone to show friends and family they are alive.

3. Girls who dress WAY too good to be studying

Why are you taking an exam in a super cute getup when you can and should be in your groutfit? Granted I am literally one of those people who for some reason likes to dress nicely from time to time when studying or taking an exam. However, I feel like it's a bit much to dress like you're going out to dinner when all you're doing is studying for eight hours in CBLS.

4. People still going out every weekend

Hello frat bros and srat gals who literally can find an excuse to get Rhody wrecked at any time, especially during finals. Y'all are wild for partying when you know you should be studying, it takes guts. Anyone who has the time to do that instead of focusing on preparing for finals is someone I'll never quite understand.

5. People doped up on Addy

Gotta get your focus on. I respect it and I say do what you gotta do to get those good grades, just please do not go overboard and start a very unhealthy habit.

6. People whose finals are just "so hard" even though it's just a gen ed

Some are hard, I was there too, but honey if you complain about your ART 120 or PSY 100 exam, I don't want to hear it, I've got harder things to worry about. You'll be fine.

7. People who never leave their spot in the library

You stink, it's been days, and you still haven't left your spot. You forgot what fresh air feels like, and the feeling of the sun on your face is a foreign concept. Please do us all a favor and take a shower and share your spot with those who need it. You can't hoard your spot forever.

8. People sobbing post final over how they failed just to get an A

These people just need to chill. You give those of us who fail feelings of despair because we know that won't happen to us. You know you'll be fine, don't work yourself up and have confidence.

9. People who go to the library and take rips on their JUUL instead of work

Get your JUULing butt out of the library you disgusting people. I say this with love. Seriously do not go to the library, or CBLS, or any study area and just putz around texting Becky about how you and Brad hooked up while puffing vapors around the room. You can't just go to the library to say you did, if you go, please go and actually do work. There are lots of people who go to the lib for more than just finals week, and you have no right to take up their space.

10. People sleeping everywhere you turn

Goodnight my sweet princes and princesses. People will sleep anywhere and everywhere, and I certainly don't judge. This is why you need a solid groutfit, so you can sleep in comfort instead of in tight jeans. Please actually get some sleep people, don't skip out on it for an all-nighter.

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To The Nursing Major During The Hardest Week Of The Year

I know that no grade can possibly prove what kind of nurse you will be. I know that no assignment will showcase your compassion. I know that no amount of bad days will ever take away the empathy inside of you that makes you an exceptional nurse.

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To the Nursing Major During Finals Week,

I know you're tired, I know you're stressed, and I know you feel like you can't go on. I know that no part of this seems fair, and I know you are by far the biggest critic of yourself. I know that you've thought about giving up. I know that you feel alone. I know that you wonder why in the world you chose one of the hardest college majors, especially on the days it leaves you feeling empty and broken.

But, I also know that you love nursing school. I know your eyes light up when you're with patients, and I know your heart races when you think of graduation. I know that you love the people that you're in school with, like truly, we're-all-in-this-together, family type of love. I know that you look at the older nurses with admiration, just hoping and praying that you will remain that calm and composed one day. I know that every time someone asks what your college major is that you beam with pride as you tell them it's nursing, and I know that your heart skips a beat knowing that you are making a difference.

I know that no grade can possibly prove what kind of nurse you will be. I know that no assignment will showcase your compassion. I know that a failed class doesn't mean you aren't meant to do this. I know that a 'C' on a test that you studied so. dang. hard. for does not mean that you are not intelligent. I know that no amount of bad days will ever take away the empathy inside of you that makes you an exceptional nurse.

I know that nursing school isn't fair. I know you wish it was easier. I know that some days you can't remember why it's worth it. I know you want to go out and have fun. I know that staying up until 1:00 A.M. doing paperwork, only to have to be up and at clinicals before the sun rises is not fair. I know that studying this much only to be failing the class is hard. I know you wish your friends and family understood. I know that this is difficult.

Nursing school isn't glamorous, with the white lab coat and stethoscope. Nursing school is crying, randomly and a lot. Nursing school is exhaustion. Nursing school is drinking so much coffee that you lose track. Nursing school is being so stressed that you can't eat. Nursing school is four cumulative finals jam-packed into one week that is enough to make you go insane.

But, nursing school is worth it. I know that when these assignments are turned in and finals are over, that you will find the motivation to keep going. I know that one good day of making a difference in a patient's life is worth a hundred bad days of nursing school.

Keep hanging in there, nursing majors. It'll all be worth it— this I know, for sure.

So, if you have a nursing major in your life, hug them and tell them that you're proud of them. Nursing school is tough, nursing school is scary, and nursing school is overwhelming; but a simple 'thank-you' from someone we love is all we need to keep going.

Sincerely,

A third-year nursing student who knows

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The Possible Strike At Rutgers University Hinges On Barchi's Unfortunate Spending Decisions

It's time for Rutgers to fix its priorities. Our faculty is what keeps our university running. We stand with our teachers, and we expect change.

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Whispers have been floating throughout the Rutgers University campus for quite some time of a teacher strike, and whether people are interested in the solidarity of faculty or the possible break from classes, there are a lot of questions being asked.

So what does this mean? And what do we know?

To understand the effect is to understand the cause. The union at Rutgers, American Association of University Professors - American Federation of Teachers (AAUP-AFT), has been fighting "the corporate university" for over a year to achieve affordable education, more diverse representation, and better quality of our education. This could call for the first faculty and grad strike in the university's 253-year history, as President Barchi's priorities have been deemed twisted to those who are affected by them.

"Our working conditions are our students' learning conditions," said Rutgers AAUP-AFT.

The union has outlined what exactly they are fighting for, including three subcategories of equity, quality higher education, and security. This includes equal pay for part-time faculty, female faculty, and faculty in Newark and Camden campuses for equity, improvement of student/faculty ratio by hiring more full-time faculty, more diverse faculty, and more teaching assistantship to improve the university's quality of education, and salary increases ahead of cost-of-living, five-year graduate funding packages, longer and more secure contracts for non-tenure track faculty, and family/research-friendly work schedules for security.

AAUP-AFT has also highlighted some unnecessary, costly expenses that Barchi has been selecting to indulge instead of faculty salaries. These expenses include athletics subsidies ($193 million), liquid unrestricted reserves ($783 million), and money spent on coaches/administrators "golden parachutes" ($11.5 million).

Union members at Rutgers Newark have demonstrated protests by picketing for three hours last Tuesday. Rutgers — New Brunswick plans to follow this display if no contracts are made or improved, affecting its approximate 38,000 students just as the spring semester draws to a close.

"It's a final warning — contract or strike," said Deepa Kumar, the president of Rutgers AAUP-AFT. "Do the right thing and give us a fair contract. Otherwise, we will have no choice but to go on strike."

I stand with AAUP-AFT Rutgers professors who are prepared to strike in order to defend affordable, quality higher education. When we organize and stand together, we win.

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Though the university's spokespeople are claiming that negotiations are underway, a strike is still on track to happen at some point next week, leaving classrooms empty and students without work.

"Yeah, it's going to be complicated. Every syllabus is going to be screwed up," said Margaret Curran, an undergraduate student at Rutgers University – New Brunswick. "But it's something that needs to be done. We understand and we stand with our professors."

It's time for Rutgers to fix its priorities. Our faculty is what keeps our university running. We stand with our teachers, and we expect change.

For more information, you can visit www.rutgersaaup.org.

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