Letters to: People freaking out about finals


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Dear Wildcats,

We are two weeks away from the most dreaded week of the semester: Finals week.

Good news, that means the year is almost over and summer is just around the corner. But it also means you have to finally start getting ready for finals.

Be proactive about preparing for your exams, begin checking your Student Center account and looking for your exam schedule.

Also, if you do not already know, ask the teacher if the exam is cumulative or not. That makes a huge difference when studying, obviously.

Start studying for finals during the weeks leading up to and set aside at least 20 mins to review material for each of your courses.

In the long run, it will guarantee less stress and chaos during dead week. Cramming will not give you the passing grade you hope for.

Write down the due dates of major papers or projects, because most professors do not only have a final exam but a stressful final paper to go along with it

So be aware and make it your goal to not procrastinate. Nothing is more stress-inducing then waiting until the night before to start a big assignment when you had more than two weeks to do it. Do not be that kid.

All in all, finish your semester strong. Cs get degrees but you are better than an average grade. You were made for excellent, why else would you be attending the Harvard of the West?

Believe in yourself and always prioritize your academics especially during these critical last weeks.

Take these fine words of encouragement and remember the old wildcat saying “Today Decides Tomorrow.”


A WildCat

Danielle Cortes can be reached at [email protected] or @theorion_news on Twitter.