5 Reasons Finals Week Isn't THAT Bad

This post was written two years ago during my sophomore year of college. As I finish out one of my last semesters of my college career, I think it might be more true than ever. Most everything in the list is from the original text, although a few things have changed over the years.  Enjoy and good luck! 

Finals week in college is an experience like no other. It stretches the limits of human emotion and brings out stress and anxiety that people didn’t know they were capable of feeling. It is an exhausting experience, and it is something that most college students anticipate with dread. Yet, I think if we are being totally honest, there is a small part of us that actually kinda likes finals week. Or at the very least, there is a part of us that thinks maybe finals week isn’t actually as bad as it sounds. Granted, I am writing this at the beginning of finals week, and may have a different perspective this time next week. But in hopes of offering up a new and brighter perspective, here are 5 reasons finals week isn’t THAT bad.

1.  You get to push yourself.  It might sound masochistic, but there’s something rewarding about seeing how hard I can push myself. There is a great deal of joy that comes with working really hard for something.  Finals give you a chance to challenge yourself. You find out what you are made of in a time of adversity.  You see how little sleep you can get and still function properly (I need about 3.68 hours).  Finals push your limits of intelligence and endurance, and you are a better person for it in the end.

2. Free food. It seems that just about everyone realizes the cruelty of a week full of tests.  Because of this, campus organizations are always doing something to help you out.  If you play your cards right you can eat like a king all week without spending more than a dollar.  Granted, you might spend more time in line waiting for that free food than studying, but that’s beside the point. Either way, free food is awesome and finals week means an abundance of it. (ex: All you can eat pancakes for 1$ at The House tonight at midnight!)

3. Everyone’s in the same boat. There’s something comforting about knowing that everyone has to go through the same thing you do.  During the rest of the school year, 2:00 A.M. is a very lonely time to be studying. During finals? It’s a party. Not only that, but you can finally use “No I can’t hang out, I have to study” as a valid excuse and people will understand. And then there’s that silent nod you give people as you walk to your final, with that knowing, “May the odds be ever in your favor” kind of look. And sometimes, it’s just plain fun to be goofing off, eh hem. . . studying, with friends in the late hours of the night.

4. I like to view it like the playoffs of education.  The playoffs are the time of year where you really have to buckle down and get to it.  You put in the extra hours, you go the extra mile.  If you have had a rough regular season, now’s the chance to redeem yourself. You are the 16th seed going for the upset over Louisville. Or maybe you have had a phenomenal regular season and you are coasting into the playoffs with a first round bye.  Either way, the playoffs, and finals week, is where champions are made.  Take it from Notre Dame, and “Play like a champion today.”

5. Finals make the break that much sweeter.  The feeling you get after your last final is done is unexplainably glorious.  You pack up your stuff, head for home, and bask in the joy that is Christmas break. And that first night’s sleep after exams are done? Words can not even describe that sleep.  Christmas break is already joyous, and it is made that much sweeter by the chaotic, stressful, and emotional journey of finals that gets you there.

Good luck, and may the odds be ever in your favor.