Midterm Week as told by Tina Belcher

Midterm Week as told by Tina Belcher

Any exam week is stressful, but not to worry Tina understands.

Day 1: Hopeful

At the beginning of the week, you're hopeful. Midterms is a chance to bring up your grade before the end of the semester. You gather materials and complete midterm study guides. Flashcards and highlighters are scattered all throughout your dorm. You're ready.

Day 2: Exhaustion

At this point in the process you have spent more time in the library than you care to admit. Your face is starting to break out due to stress. The dorm room is filled with empty snack wrappers and random trash. All you want to do is lay down and cry yourself to sleep.

Day 3: Craziness

After being exhausted, you transition into craziness. You start losing highlighters, pencils and binders (or throwing them at things). You mutter threats or even cry to teachers assigning work on top of exams while you dream of the day when the madness is finally over.

Day 4: Bargaining

An idea comes to mind: what if you can convince your teacher to give an extension. Maybe they will give you the exam answers! Once this fails, you move on to friends without exams. You beg them to write papers or review flashcards, anything to make the process go faster.

Day 5: Reaffirmation

At this point in the week, you are careless about life. You have found the joy of sweatpants, food and Netflix. It takes everything in your gut not to feel like a failure, yet you still wake up and convince yourself you can get through the stress.

Day 6: Acceptance

After spending five days in the library, you have accepted that you can do all you can do. Instead of studying, you go home and cry to your best friend while groaning about how much midterms suck. You have accepted that you're done trying.

Day 7: Celebration

You have finished all your midterms. The stress slowly starts to disappear. You break out in your dancing and finally hit the town hoping to never remember or repeat this week again.

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To The Teacher Who Was So Much More

Thank you for everything

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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