All Colleges Should NOT Have Classes The Week Before Finals

All Colleges Should NOT Have Classes The Week Before Finals

Going to class the week before takes up time I could be dedicating to finishing projects and studying.


Even though this is my third semester as an undergrad, making time to study does not get any easier. By this point, most of us had already had our finals and are enjoying our Christmas break. The week before finals this year caused me to pull almost all-nighters and get the least amount of sleep as possible.

The week before finals, for all colleges, should be no classes so we study and finish up projects without having to find time in between classes to study. How am I expected to get 8 hours of sleep, study for finals, do last minute projects AND go to class? It's almost impossible.

I know some of the Big Ten schools offer days with no classes before finals so students can focus on studying, and honestly, that is such a better way to go about it than having classes the week before finals.

The way we all go about studying with finals is not healthy. I at most, get four maybe 5-6 hours a night during the month of finals. There's just so much material to focus on and many papers and projects to do with not enough time in the world.

And then you have those professors who make the papers or projects due on the same day of the final. I don't mind it because it's more time to focus and perfect it. But, I wish more professors would make it due the last day of class so then come finals week or the week before, you don't have to worry about extra things to divide your time with.

The time I spend in class the week before finals are the time I could have to study and work on things. Trying to scramble and find time between classes to study is difficult. Like, I need to rest at some point and relax but it's so hard because you have this time between classes you can use to study.

Or the reason I purposely get less sleep during finals month is that that time sleeping is time I can be studying in since I don't have the time during the day due to classes.

And I know I'm not the only one. So many college students adapt unhealthy habits during final times and something needs to be fixed. I get it that professors expect a lot out of us and I understand that. But when students are barely sleeping and filled with stress and anxiety to the point of tears, something is messed up.

There is not enough time to attend classes, study for each class, eat and sleep and relax the week before finals. All colleges need a week or at least 5 days before finals week with no classes so students can focus on performing their best in each class on the final exams.

Let's be honest, if we had a week dedicated to no class and just prep for finals, everyone's grades would be fantastic.

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What Where You Study Says About You, As A College Student AND A Person

Are you more of a quad studier or a hipster coffee joint kinda gal?

Coming into college, you were probably given the advice "make sure you find a good place to study early on." So what does where you study say about your personality?

1. The Library

You're either boring, traditional or you get unfocused super easily and you need dead silence to study. Do what you gotta do.

2. Starbucks

If you study at Starbucks you probably like to study in a social environment. Maybe you're in a major that has a ton of group projects or maybe you'd rather just be surrounded by your friends and sipping on a vanilla chai latte while you make note cards.

3. The Local Coffee Shop

If you study at a local coffee shop, it's because your entire lifestyle is fueled by caffeine and caffeine alone. Oh, and maybe because you like high-waters and wide-brimmed hats, you hipster.

4. The Quad

If you study on the Quad, you're probably not very easily distracted by cute dogs or cute boys. You're probably also pretty outdoorsy and you hate it to be locked up in the library with such beautiful weather.

5. Your Church Student Center

You study here for one of two reasons. 1) all of your friends from church study here and you want to talk to them while you study 2) you want to be able to easily slip off into the church to pray for your GPA when you're feeling stressed.

6. Your Room

Major kudos to people who study in their room. I don't see how you aren't distracted by your bed that isn't made, or your closet that needs to be organized, or your photo album from high school or literally anything in your room but if you can manage to study in your room without getting distracted then you keep doing you.

7. Your Sorority/Fraternity House

If you study in your sorority or fraternity house it's more than likely because you either need study hours every week and can only log them in the house, or because you're feeling homesick and studying on the couch, in your pajamas while talking to your house mom feels reminiscent of high school.

8. A Combination

If you're anything like me you've studied in all seven of these places and it really just depends on the day of the week, the class you're studying for and your mood. I can shut myself away in the library for hours and get everything done that I need to accomplish, but sometimes I would rather sunbathe on the quad, or get a shot of espresso and coffee cake at Monarch while I'm grinding away at my textbook.

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Quiet on the set.


So you've decided that you want to be a Broadcast Journalist?

Many different thoughts go through you're while trying to first off figure out what story you want to pursue. After that, it's just a matter of getting everything that is needed for it and then putting it together.

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1. Ok, so what are the important parts to my story?


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2. What b-roll should I get?

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Who do I need to interview for it?

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6. What are the important facts?


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7. Do my voice overs cover everything that my interviews don't?


What else is needed for this story?

8. Agh, my video is over the 1 minute and 30 seconds allowed time.


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9. How should I say my tageline at the end of the video?

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10. Should I include a standup? Where should it be?


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11. Should I include a graphic?

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Is there something that can be said in a list form that the viewers need to see? Is it symptoms of a disease? Event details?

12. How do I make my interviews connect with my voice overs?


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