Finals week can be a nightmare — or not. Here are a couple of authentic comments from MU students:
“I hear a pounding on my window at 5 a.m., and my boyfriend is standing outside. Half-asleep, I let him inside, and he starts crying and yelling, saying he failed his geology exam because he didn’t realize it was a day earlier than he thought.
“He stayed up all night studying for the exam when it had actually been the day before. We sat in my closet because my roommate was sleeping, and I held a cold towel on his head.”
– MU senior
“I had a conference with my professor for a literature class during finals week. He said my grade was either an A or a C depending how I did on the final essay. ‘It’s all or nothing for you,’ he said. I was terrified.”
– MU graduate
So, how do students survive finals week, either their first or their last?
1. Find alternative study places because the library will be packed. Some ideas include Pershing Hall (open 24 hours), the Engineering library, basement of the Student Center and various classrooms that are empty after exam hours.
2. Go to the free late-night coffee spot in Pershing Hall.
3. Take short breaks and power naps. It may seem as if you don’t have the time, but it helps enormously in the long run.
4. Avoid studying with people who distract you, even if it is your roommate or best friend.
5. Always triple check the date, location and time of your final exam and take all necessary measures to ensure you show up on time. Ideas include paying your roommate to shove you out of bed, setting 15 alarm signals within two minutes of each other, buying an alarm clocks that spins around the room until you chase it to turn it off.