With finals happening this week, stressed out students fill the halls, clutching their study sheets and flash cards, waiting for it all to be over.
Honestly, I am not ready for finals at all, and I’m sure other students feel the same. There are those students who never need to study and still achieve high grades, while I study almost twenty-four seven and am struggling for a passing grade.
Teachers these days put too much pressure on students to perform well on their finals. But how can they expect a student to answer 200 questions as well as free responses and still expect an A out of their students?
Why aren’t finals simple? There are some students who keep up a high grade throughout the whole trimester, and on the day of the finals, they don’t do so well. That one test can hurt their grade tremendously. It pressures so many students into taking other ways out, such as cheating, or skipping sleep and pulling all-nighters to study.
Personally, finals are so stressful that sometimes my mind worries about them so much that I can’t function enough to care. And I’m sure that I am not the only one that feels this way.
The environment that the tests are set in is agonizing. Having to sit, quiet for two hours is difficult for me to do. And not to mention the teachers watching everyone like a hawk, looking for some sign of cheating. It is stressful to take a final in that setting.
At the end of the day, these finals will be in the back of my mind, being suppressed so I won’t have to think about every question missed, and every unknown answer.
These bottled-up answers and frantic emotions will stay in my head until next trimester, when we have to take finals once again.
(featured image credit to Our Lady’s Catholic Academy)