Next to finals week, they are the most dreaded point of the term. Starting during week 3 of the term and lasting until the week before finals, they are test of strength and fortitude for the wary college student.
They are always difficult - but in the warming days of spring and the promise of summer vacation on the horizon, Spring Term midterms are the hardest.
So, while you're holed up in the library reviewing your notes for the millionth time, take a moment to remember that it will all be okay and the sunny days are still a head of you.
Spring Term. If you're anything like me, your days, nights, and weekends have looked a lot like this:
You've been enjoying the warm weather and carefree sunny days, pleasantly avoiding responsibilities.
But suddenly, among the flowing beer and beautifully bronzed bodies, midterms arrive:
And, despite the tempting weather and the echoes of day-fades creeping out of fraternity windows, it's time to get down to business:
You flip through endless chapters and leaf through messy notes and study guides only to find visions of keg-stands dancing in your head. In fact, you can't seem to find any motivation to write that fourth paper or to finally finish your group project:
You're running on two days with no sleep and your mental state has become seriously questionable.
You have survived on a diet of Adderall and coffee and have become a fraction of the fun-loving soul you once were.
You walk into your midterm and feel slightly insulted by your professor's overwhelming enthusiasm.
You scan the first set of questions, and a fresh new wave of panic sets in.
And you begin to feel as if all of your hard (stressed out) work was for nothing.
You're almost positive your professor will see through your lame attempt at answering the short answer questions.
But have no fear, you finally walk out of your last exam knowing it's all over.
And you can finally get back to what Spring Term is all about:
Work hard, play harder.