Finals week
Start writing a post
Student Life

My GPA Won't Matter When I'm In Hell

Finals Week = Delirium and a hard coffee addiction

76
https://unsplash.com/photos/sNwnjxm8eTY
85fifteen

Finals week (AKA hell week) is mentally crippling.

Students crumble under the pressure. Begging for extra credit, crying over assignments and shaking from too much coffee. Professors joke and make a mockery over our mental states as they add more and more assignments to the pile. I mean, it's not like you have multiple classes to worry about, am I right? People forget to eat; sleep is out of the question. It's seriously the worst.

My whole outlook on life changes drastically during finals week. My grades come first—health and everything else follows into a lower category.

This past semester, I pulled a grand total of four all-nighters with zero time for naps. When I actually did sleep, I literally dreamt about the outlines for the papers I had to write. Coffee (a hunger suppressant) was my best friend and combined with my anxiety being an all-time high, I forgot to eat. During finals, I maybe consumed two real meals in a span of three days. I had so much to do, it was unrealistic. I didn't see my friends for days and it's safe to say that I was tiptoeing on the line of insanity. By the end, I fell asleep in the middle of a final. My friend had to wake me up. I went full survival mode toward the end. GUYS, THIS ISN'T HEALTHY.

During the painful, but much needed, hours of procrastination, I glanced over to see my friend's Redbubble sticker and it made me realize that I've been living my life all wrong. The sticker said: My GPA won't matter when I'm in hell. At first, I cackled because it's hilarious. But when I really thought about it, I realized how right it was on so many levels.

After I realized finals was my personal hell, I kept asking myself one question: why?

Why am I doing this to myself? Why do we all care? Why do we put so much pressure on students to maintain an ideal GPA? Is it worth these physically and mentally unhealthy conditions? The answer is no. No, it's not worth it. Because GPA's don't really matter.

If you're planning on going into grad school or maintaining a GPA for a scholarship, ignore me, because you're kinda screwed. But last time I checked, GPA's don't show up in job interviews. GPA's won't determine your entire future. My GPA isn't going to gain me back those hours of sleep or those times where I could have been stuffing my face with pizza. C's get degrees and our mental health is more important than some number.

Okay, I'm not saying let's all flunk out and start a revolution (even though, lowkey, that'd be really cool). But if you're not planning on any other higher level of schooling, why are you stressing? We put too much pressure on students. In the end, what matters is a passing grade and a healthy lifestyle.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Featured

The Life Story of my Dreams

How I figured out what I want to do with my life.

433
The Life Story of my Dreams

Yes, that's me in the photo above. I was around 10 years old in that photo and was obsessed with that pink and purple sweater. I wore it on a daily basis.

Keep Reading...Show less
Adulting

Theories Of Motivation

Some things other than coffee to motivate you

2620
Theories Of Motivation
Motivation refers to the psychological processes that drive and direct behavior towards achieving goals. Several theories of motivation have been proposed by psychologists and researchers over the years. These theories attempt to explain why individuals are motivated to act in certain ways and what factors influence their behavior. Here is an overview of some prominent theories of motivation:
Keep Reading...Show less
Featured

Writer of the Month: Emily Templeton

Get to know Miami University alumni and top creator Emily Templeton!

4140
Writer of the Month: Emily Templeton

The talented team of response writers make our world at Odyssey go round! Using our response button feature, they carry out our mission of sparking positive, productive conversations in a polarized world.

Keep Reading...Show less
Content Inspiration

Top 3 Response Articles of This Week!

Do you know what's trending this week?

4125
Top 3 Response Articles of This Week!
c1.staticflickr.com

Happy Memorial Day from Odyssey! We're excited to welcome in the summer season with our creator community. Each week, more writers are joining Odyssey while school's on break- and you could, too! Check out the bottom of the article to learn how.

Here are the top three response articles of last week:

Keep Reading...Show less
We Need More Than Memorials this Memorial Day
Cape Cod Irish

When I was a child, I used to look forward to Memorial Day Weekend from the time I returned to school after Christmas vacation. It was the yearly benchmark announcing the end of the school year and the beginning of summer vacation. It meant I was one step closer to regattas, swim meets and tennis matches.

Keep Reading...Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments