Thanksgiving break has ended, the leaves have fallen from the trees, and snow has begun to fall. College students everywhere are impatiently grinding out the last days of the fall semester. It’s that time of year again.
If you think I was referring to the arrival of Christmas, I was not. No, my friends, sadly when the calendar flips to December only one thing is on a college student’s mind: finals! It’s that chilling time of year that bears down on college students everywhere.
The last couple of weeks of the semester is crunch time. It’s when students find out if they have passed their classes and can return home to enjoy a worry-free winter break or if they have failed their classes and will have to retake them. Did all of those long nights they stayed awake until the sun came up pay off?
Justin Rohrs, a junior at CCSJ, is one of these students counting the minutes until the end of this semester:
“I just want to go home. There is only so much of school that one can take before anxiety starts taking over and you just want to go home and get your exams over with.”
Other students have fallen behind and want these next couple of weeks to slow down so they can catch up: “I started off slow this semester, and it’s really catching up to me now at the end” said freshman Nicholas Cruz. “Don’t get me wrong. I’m excited for winter break. But, I also need as much time as I can to make sure I don’t fail my classes.”
The end of the semester is a major source of stress for college students. The pressure can make students begin to question why they are here and even consider dropping out. The added hurdle of finals week can be the final obstacle that knocks some students’ feet out from under them. But don’t give up!
This is part of the college grind. If you want that degree, you have to fight through it.
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