Are You On A Roller Coaster Or Is It Finals Week?

Are You On A Roller Coaster Or Is It Finals Week?

As Effie Trinket once said, "May the odds be ever in your favor especially on this wild ride."

It's finals weeks and whether you are a freshman taking your first set of college finals ever, or a senior who's graduating and taking their last final it's stressful. Taking finals is never an easy thing and when they are stretched over a whole week there is a roller coaster of emotions that follow them.

1. First stop stress.

The first emotion we all experience is stress. Stress of if we are studying the right thing, if we are studying enough, if we are studying too much. The worse stress is the stress of not knowing exactly what to expect. Whether you are eighteen taking the very first final or a senior taking your very last final the stress of not knowing exactly what to expect will always be there.

2. Overwhelmed is becoming an understatement.

The college gives a whole week for professors to torture us with finals. Some students have a final every day, all in one day, or all online. No matter how they are taken or when the are taken when looking at a planner the overwhelming sensation never goes away. The feeling that studying and tests are drowning you never go away until you take the final test your senior year.

3. Tired, Weary, Exhausted.

How many words are there to describe tired? Physically, mentally, emotionally? It does not matter students and professors alike are just plain tired. The first final you take me be on Monday but once it's over the exhaustion sets in and it does not cease until a week later when you've slept until noon everyday. The weariness is hard to overcome but it is possible and we will overcome, but don't speak to us until next week just to be sure.

4. On edge? Me too!

Are you on the brink of jumping off a bridge, cliff, even a house? Join the club. Three finals down one to go... I still want to jump off the bridge. The edginess is not the good kind and it's caused by stress. All students are on edge until those final grades come through. Once you've received the grade wished for you can then back away from the edge and come back to it next semester.

5. Happiness really does exist.

Finals are over and grades are in. Didn't get the grade wished for... Who cares because we are just ecstatic the tests are over and we do not have to look at another set of study note cards for at least two months. The happiness of being done with the test, class, and school in general for a month is the best feeling there is.

The roller coaster of finals continues on for the next round of student in the next semester, but always remember you can get through it. Just believe you can do it and you can!

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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.


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.


A third-year nursing student who knows

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To The High School Graduating Seniors

I know you're ready, but be ready.



I am not going to say anything about senioritis because I was ready to get out of there and I'm sure you are too; however, in your last months living at home you should take advantage of the luxuries you will not have in a college dorm. The part of college seen in movies is great, the rest of it is incredibly inconvenient. It is better to come to terms with this While you still have plenty of time to prepare and enjoy yourself.

Perhaps one of the most annoying examples is the shower. Enjoy your hot, barefoot showers now because soon enough you will have no water pressure and a drain clogged with other people's hair. Enjoy touching your feet to the floor in the shower and the bathroom because though it seems weird, it's a small thing taken away from you in college when you have to wear shoes everywhere.

Enjoy your last summer with your friends. After this summer, any free time you take is a sacrifice. For example, if you want to go home for the summer after your freshman year and be with your friends, you have to sacrifice an internship. If you sacrifice an internship, you risk falling behind on your resume, and so on. I'm not saying you can't do that, but it is not an easy choice anymore.

Get organized. If you're like me you probably got good grades in high school by relying on your own mind. You think I can remember what I have to do for tomorrow. In college, it is much more difficult to live by memory. There are classes that only meet once or twice a week and meeting and appointments in between that are impossible to mentally keep straight. If you do not yet have an organizational system that works for you, get one.

I do not mean to sound pessimistic about school. College is great and you will meet a lot of people and make a lot of memories that will stick with you for most of your life. I'm just saying be ready.

-A freshman drowning in work

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