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As I mentioned in the last post, we have entered final exam season. While everyone is looking forward to the 25 days of Christmas, college students are praying they will make it through these last14 days of hell. At the University of Maryland, as well as many other colleges around the world, as we head towards the end of the year, we are also heading towards the end of the Fall semester. With the end of the semester, those dreaded finals are right around the corner. Being a first semester freshman, I don’t have any prior experiences with college finals but from high school I know that finals are no joke. At my high school finals were set up to be worth 10% of your final grades. In college there is no unifying standard on what percentage finals are worth for your final grade so we as students are completely at the whim of professors. Depending on the classes, your midterm and finals could be the only grades in the class! In my case, my Chemistry and Calculus finals are both worth about 30% of my final grade making them a big deal. Because finals play such an instrumental role in determining your final grade, they also play such a huge role in stress. The pressure to do well on finals adds to the already long list of stressors that the average college student has to deal with.

In order to adequately prepare for such a rigorous ordeal, this requires a lot of studying. Many people have been pulling out all the stops in order to end the semester on a high note. I am no exception to the rule and am doing everything within my power to make sure that I am fully prepared to these finals. Whether it is going to my professor’s office hours or getting a tutor, you can never say that you are completely ready. There are still more chemical formulas to remember or mathematical proofs to solve. The greatest part of this time in my opinion is the fact that we are all experiencing similar hardships. The old adage “misery loves company” is applicable to this situation and by being able to relate and share in said misery; there is a greater sense of camaraderie among students. I can go up to any random stranger in one of my lectures and we can instantly converse on how hard molecular geometry is. Regardless of how much work is involved in finals the good news is that there is only two weeks left of school!

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