In high school, I didn’t have to study much when it came to tests – let alone finals. Reality checked in when each of my five professors handed me at least a three (front & back) page study guide and wished me the best of luck. The best of luck? How is that going to help me through a painful week of endless studying?
What did help was the university and Main Street Baptist Church’s efforts to make late-night studying fun. Kicking off the Sunday of finals week, UC had brunch available in the caf starting at 10pm and the church had home cooking at 8pm and they also had study areas set up. Monday, UC had a sea of Krispy Kreme Donuts that flooded the campus. Literally handed out the boxes to each student (some would take up 5, and there was plenty left!) That night, Main Street served up grilled cheese and of course, Krispy Kremes. Tuesday, the school provided Subway for a late night snack while the church whipped up your choice of a hot or cold mocha drink.
I was impressed that some professors attended both places all week long to encourage their students and answering any questions they may have. Wednesday was kind of a blur to me because that was my last day for finals and I was trying to pack up my things to head home. I do remember UC serving Fazoli’s for dinner that night. Nothing against baked spaghetti, but I was ready for my mom’s cooking!
One thing I did enjoy this past week was having just about all of my classes cancelled. Most of my professors had covered all their material and reviewed the final by this point. Besides, the professors knew we probably needed the time to study. So you get up whenever you want, study for a few hours, eat, study for a few hours, eat, study for a few more, sleep. That’s pretty much your schedule for the last few days of the semester. If you make it past finals, you’re offically done with the semester and have a month or so off.
I cannot wait to wake up and live out Bruno Mars’ Lazy Song. My only plans for the break is to work, work out, and spend time with my family. My teamates told me that I will be lucky to get to go home this next semester 2 or 3 times, so my family spends just about every other night playing Apples to Apples, Monopoly, or the Game of Things. Or we’ll watch A Christmas Story and Christmas Vaction – what we call the “Gibson Classics”. I was so happy when Christmas Vacation came on the other day and most of my friends loved it just as much as I did.