It’s that time again. The time of the semester that every student just loves… not. Finals, oh how I hate the week and weeks following up to finals. It’s a love-hate relationship; students love that the semester is almost over and a well-deserved break is on the horizon at the expense of an unhealthy amount of stress lingering from the scary final exam. For me, my finals are not cumulative but based on the most recent chapters; others are not that lucky. I pray for those that have to review every objective/key concept from the first week. I also want to send good vibes to the students that are slaying over a final paper. Here is a tip: laminate your paper next time so the tears from crying are not so noticeable on the paper.
Some of the things I have said, or will say, may sound cliche but college students that are struggling, like me, hopefully, can relate. I am not where I want to be in college. I wish I had better grades, I wish I went somewhere else, I wish I knew how to study better. I wish I wouldn’t doubt myself every day in the classroom. I wish I didn’t have to quit my homework because I get so frustrated with not understanding whats going on in the class. I hope every time that I can get through an online homework assignment without having to google the answer. So I have my issues and the only way of dealing with my issues is doing something. So to tried a study schedule; didn’t work because my schedule is so inconsistent. I tried to only study at libraries; nope because I do homework at night and most places close early. Using the tutoring center at school worked well for a few times; it’s mainly used for concepts and not teaching the whole material over again.
Sometimes I think college is all about trying new things and making us feel like we are failing at them but also succeeding at the same time. For every class that I thought I was drowning in, I ended up passing the class. For every paper I stayed up all night writing, I was proud I persevered through and finished it. At the moment I feel like I cant take more, but then i look back at that rough task and think: wow, I did that? wow, I got that good grade? wow, I passed?
My focus in on the long-term goal and how my life now is affecting my end goal. I won’t give up on what I see for myself in the future. I try not to get caught up in the additional stress I put on myself due to college. The cliche phrase “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger”. Its true, I thought that pulling all-nighters writing a paper was going to kill me, now I do them monthly, thanks, professor. When I get frustrated, I need to remind myself that this too shall pass, and it will. The class will end sometime, and something else will begin. This rough patch in life we call “college” will end sometime and we will be in the workforce. This time of our life can go fast, and I want to enjoy it before I am stuck in a career.