After an exhausting finals week, I am finally home! I’m thinking that for the most part, all of my final exams and projects went well, so I haven’t felt the need to obsessively check my grades. Given the amount of time I think it will take my professors to calculate my grades, I’m not expecting them to be posted until Monday at the earliest anyway.
Looking back on my finals week, I’d say my proudest moment was finishing up my paper for Approaches to Everyday Discourse on Advice Animal memes. It was a fun paper to write, except for the fact that I pulled an all-nighter to finish it, and my presentation about it went really well. My professor really liked it and most of my classmates seemed to enjoy it too.
More memorably though, my suite mates and some friends and I took a few hours out of our evening on Wednesday to dress up (in suits and dresses) to celebrate one of my suite mate’s birthdays. This was the perfect occasion to come back to after having an evening final from 6:30 to 9:30, and I’ll remember it well.
It’s fun like that that makes me miss my suite already, but it’s so nice to be home! My mom picked me up on Thursday evening after my last final, and once home, I spent some quality time on the couch watching The Big Bang Theory with my parents, sister, and puppy.
Since home, I’ve been working on tackling odds and ends around the house, decorating the Christmas tree, journaling, and of course, sleeping quite a lot! I’m so glad to have a break so I can catch up on rest, relaxation, and reading!
As the semester comes to a close, so does my last finals week ever! Since I’ll be Student Teaching next semester, I won’t be taking any classes, except for the one that goes along with my Student Teaching experience, which means–no finals! Any student will tell you that finals week is stressful, no matter where you are. The hardest thing for me has always been the cumulative finals, especially in my literature-based English classes. Since we read so much in a semester, it is very difficult to know what to study in order to prepare yourself for an exam.
Fortunately for me, this was the easiest finals week I have ever had. I watched my roommates, friends, and residents all stress about all of their tests. I felt bad for them, but at the same time, was grateful that I had such an easy week. Of course, two weeks ago was my busy week, considering that I had a Unit Plan due, a presentation on my Senior Seminar, and my Senior Seminar paper due. Once you turn in your paper and do your presentation for Senior Seminar, you’re done, so that class actually ended two weeks ago for me. I had two things to do during finals week: a Digital Portfolio for my education class, accompanied by a 10-minute presentation, and a cumulative final for my Literature By Women class. I was very nervous about the final for Literature By Women, just because there was so much information to remember. Luckily, I have friends in the class, so we all got together and studied together, which I think really helped, since we were able to bounce ideas off of one another.
Of course, now that I’m officially done my first semester of Senior year, I’m very relieved, but also nervous! I can’t believe that next semester is my last semester at McDaniel. I’ll be sad when I have to leave, just because McDaniel has become my second home over the past three and a half years. However, I am very excited to start my Student Teaching on January 9th! I cannot wait to be around my students all day every day! I’m sure it will be a fantastic experience!
It’s easy to get bogged down by all the stress, work, and sleeplessness of finals week. But not everything about finals week is bad: this is the time of the semester when many of our parents and loved ones become sympathetic about our plights as finals-burdened college students and send us care packages and other goodies to make our survival a little sweeter!
McDaniel makes it easy for parents to think of their students during finals week. At some point in the fall, the College mails out order forms so parents can choose from a variety of care packages from a company devoted to putting together care packages. These care packages were available for pickup yesterday, and I’m sure they made a lot of people’s days a little brighter! My parents sent me one of these last year, and I really appreciated it! However, I’ve convinced my folks that they’re better off sending me packages they create themselves (which they usually did my freshman year anyway) because unlike the care package company, they know what snacks and candy I like and don’t like.
When I was a freshman, some of my extended family members thought of me a lot too. I often received cards and letters. I also received several packages full of candy throughout the year, and my uncle even sent me a pillow pet for my first finals week. I still get a lot of letters from my loved ones, but it was during my freshman year that they spoiled me!
My freshman friends have gotten a lot of cute things in the mail over the past couple of weeks. One of my friends got a festive holiday Beanie Baby. Another one of my friend’s parents made her a family newsletter that talked about how much fun they had over Thanksgiving as a family and how much they couldn’t wait to have her home for Christmas. This is probably one of the most adorable “thinking of you” things I have ever seen!
As for me, my care package, with candy carefully selected to my liking, showed up today–just in time for the worst of my finals week experience to already be over. The fact that it was late was out of my parents’ control, but it still would have been nice to have some of that chocolate while I was writing my 12-page paper yesterday. Either way, it’s always the thought that counts, and when it comes to the gift of chocolate, I say better late than never!