End of the Semester Panic

Hello Everyone,

With the semester coming to an end and finals quickly approaching, there seems to be a certain level of stress in the air. Rightly so, finals in university are no joke. Throughout my three years here at UW-STOUT, I have become accustomed to the feeling of sheer terror right before the final exam. However, there are a few stages before the terror and frustration set in. Here are the 10 stages of finals preparation that I go through every semester.

  1. High Expectations.


At the beginning of the semester when we all get our syllabuses, I think it’s safe to say that we start off with huge goals of doing all of the papers/projects way in advance. Therefore, passing the class with flying colors and having a stress free semester.

2. And then we get distracted…


All of a sudden, we get invited to so many fun things that we forget about the Dropbox submissions, or the discussion board posts. But it seems like our social lives are on point, so stressing out early in the semester isn’t a common thing.

3. Two weeks left of the semester.

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It has finally caught up with you. The projects and papers that you’ve known about for months have conveniently slipped your mind and are due in approximately four days.

4. This is when you begin to panic.


5. Thus causing you to spend many sleepless nights in the library study rooms trying to get your life together.


6. However, despite your terrible time management skills, you seem to get everything done.


You break out into your little happy dance with a week left before finals week begins.

7. And thats when you realize, you still have a final to take.


Thats right. The pain and suffering is not over yet. Not even close.

8. Your professors begin to pass out final exam study guides.


9. The day of the exam.

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You were up all night going over lecture notes, powerpoint, and past handouts your professor gave out. You’re tired, hungry, and deprived of proper caffeination.

10.Yet somehow, you pass and you’re still alive..


Conveniently forgetting that we have to do it all over again in 20 weeks.

Hopefully, some of you can relate to this post on some level. If you’re having a hard time deciding if you should study, or procrastinate a little bit longer, here is a quiz from BuzzFeed that should make your life a little easier.(QUIZ)

May the Force be with you all,

Hannah Fendt


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