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How to Survive Finals

Finals week is upon Texas A&M, students are quietly crammed into the library spending their plethora of dinning dollars at the Starbucks in Evans (on campus library for those who aren’t familiar with A&M) or on candy and chips from the MSC. Stressed to the max and frantically trying to make it to next week where they can once again sleep as they begin their summer with a caffeine detox.

Luckily, I only have two real finals, and one final that was supposed to be a programming test aka show up write the simple program and then receive my A, but is now a waste of time, multiple choice test over my major. I’m not bitter or anything.

My two real finals are in Differential Equations, and Mechanics of Materials (structural analysis). My two hardest classes of the semester, but low key I am excited for the studying that is going to be commencing. This is because I enjoy the challenge of the class and it’s a pretty amazing feeling when you solve a complex math problem. Yes, I am a weirdo. Do we have to go through this every week?

Even though I am low key excited about the studying I am going to do, I am still high key stressed and would much rather be hanging out with friends or building something or even cleaning my apartment. But I am going to look at the positives and make the best of the cards I have been dealt. I could be studying for a class that has no relevance to my future, such as an intro my major course that for some idiotic reason is slated to be taken during the second semester of my sophomore year.

Wait I am doing that too. Hopefully I get myself to actually look at the notes before the “exam” on Friday. But then again I need a -40 on the final to pass the class. I’ll probably skim the notes the morning of. Because, one why waste time on trivial knowledge when there are harder classes to study for, and two I would much rather be drawing structures and find the critical loads; or build matrices of differentials and then find the arbitrary C. And of course rewarding myself with a gummy worm or pizza roll after every problem.

So I challenge you to make the most of the cards you are dealt, whether you are a student like me surviving finals, or a real adult surviving life. Things will not always be paradise, but even in the driest deserts you can find an oasis. Find the positives and build around them. As always; make good choices, share if you like what I said, comment if you have something to add, and I’ll see you tomorrow.


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