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Staying on Track before Finals

Last updated on Oct 5, 2016

By Marissa Hoffmann
Staff Writer

The eight weeks between spring break and the end of the semester can make or break final grades. With the weather getting warmer, flowers blooming and birds singing, it becomes increasingly difficult for students to focus on school work. The spring semester always seems to be the one where students struggle the most with finishing strong, especially when senioritis is kicking

So, how do you stay on track with school when all you are thinking about is summer, or applying for jobs or internships? Melissa Walk, a junior psychology major, said, “I believe if you can push yourself to accomplish what needs to be done, such as studying hard and getting all your assignments done on time, you’ll be able to end the semester with a bang.” Walk added that students should think about their family and support system of friends “…that all want you to achieve your goal to finish, so push yourself to do that.”

Shannon Nami, a senior elementary education major, said, “Before finals week, I create a review sheet so I am prepared for all my exams. I try and stay organized throughout the semester so it’s easier for me since I am graduating and have a lot on my mind.”

Tori Gottlieb, a junior public relations major, feels a little unsteady about the end of the semester. “I feel unprepared. I have an 18-page paper due and I am freaking out,” she said. She will be spending a lot of time at the library on campus, along with many other students. Starting April 27 through May 5, the main level of the library will be opened 24 hours, along with librarian help until 1 a.m. and Bleecker Street Café open till 2 a.m. You can also stop by the writing center, located in Humanities room 202. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday 9 a.m. through 9 p.m., and Friday 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Walk-ins are welcomed.

It’s easy to lose sight of the academic goals you set for yourself throughout the spring semester, but it’s not too late to get back on track. Form a study group with friends so you don’t feel alone. Ask your teachers for help; they want to see you achieve your goals. Make sure you don’t skip class; it’s tempting with the nice weather, but you’ll feel better and more prepared if you attend. Most importantly, just try and relax. You’re almost done, so just take a breath and crack open that book and you’ll see how much your hard work will pay off when your semester grades are posted.

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