hard at work in the back of the second floor of of the lib
Finals week is a surreal time when our routine of four months is shaken and the rest of the world gets blocked out to plow through inconceivable amounts of work. It’s easy to get drawn into our own worlds during these trying times. But we at middbeat want to encourage solidarity in our finals week struggles.
To that end, middbeat reporters LDubs and Carol showed up at midnight breakfast in Ross the other night to talk to people about how everything was going. We came up with these profiles of different people’s finals weeks experiences:
Name: Brandi Fullwood
(Expected) Major: IGS and Film
Finals work: -Essay for First Year Seminar “Reading the Book of Job”
-Essay for “Diversity Politics of Western Europe”
(both equally depressing topics)
-Final acting performance for “Acting 1.” The performance is called “What we are up Against” and has feminist themes.
Finals Struggles: The autosave on her computer failed her and she lost 3 pages of one of her essays. Stayed up until 4am to redo them.
Currently feeling… like she has time to not make things stressful, but she is not taking that opportunity. “Motivated tomorrow,” is her unofficial motto.
Fav Procrastination Method: Finding any alternative to starting work. Extending process longer than it should.
Study Strategy: Not letting her self see the stress relief puppies or watch holiday movies until the majority of her work is done. Her current fav holiday movie is Home Alone.
Finals Playlist: Ambiance–no lyrics. Some Motown and oldies.
Desktop: 18 tabs open, about half related to finals work
Name: Will Melhado
Year: Junior Feb
Finals work: -2 rewrites, finish lab report and final paper for Chem 311
-Take home test for Chem 351
-Final lab report and final test for Ecology and Evolution
-Final Presentation on TFA for Education in the USA
Finals Struggles: Not many. Finals week used to be stressful for Will, but now its one of his favorite times of the semester. He can wake up when he wants and there is midnight breakfast (which he loves).
Fav Procrastination Method: He goes on facebook way more than he does any other time of year. He also looks up synopses of horror movies that he will not watch on Wikipedia.
Finals Playlist: Movie soundtracks. Current favs are LotR and Requiem for a Dream (which is really trippy). Also classical music.
Clutch snack: Snyder’s honey wheat pretzel twists
wilson cafe has been abuzz during finals week
Name: Michael McGean
(Expected) Major: Economics and Ed Studies
Finals work: -Self-scheduled exam for Spanish 210
-Exam for Intro to Microeconomics
-Education in the USA non-traditional exam
-Research paper and presentation on wind turbines for First Year Seminar “Mountains of the Northeast” with Jeff Monroe.
Finals Struggles: Was confused about how self-scheduled exams worked. Struggling with lack of structure in the day.
Currently feeling… a little stressed. But not as stressed as high school finals because there is more flexibility and everything is spread out more.
Fav Procrastination Method: Talking with friends and not realizing how much time has gone by.
Study Strategy: Michael is on the swim team and schedules his work around workouts and practices.
Finals Playlist: Obscure country music and a 30 minute recording of thunder storm sounds.
Clutch Snack: Caprisuns and Jolly Ranchers
Recommended Professors from this semester: Jeff Monroe (Geology)
Name: Adina Marx-Arpadi
Year: Super Senior Feb
Finals work: -Research paper on the Vermont Eugenics movement’s effects on the Abenaki people for “Native North America”
-Take home exam (open note/open book) for urban economics
-Group presentation for “Slavery and Abolition”
-Thesis pages for Religion thesis on child birth
Finals Struggles: A bad knot in her shoulder.
Currently feeling… like she doesn’t have the energy to be stressed out, she has exhausted her stress reserves. A little nervous about her thesis, but is compartmentalizing that.
Study Strategy: Factoring in that she underestimates how long things take to get done. Focusing on getting things done and not caring if how gracefully it happens.
Finals Playlist: Doesn’t listen to anything, but sometimes puts headphones on to block sounds.
Desktop: A picture of a symbolic cremation ceremony in Bali that she witnessed this past summer. Tabs open to NY Times, Atlantic Cites, email, and sometimes middbeat. Basically anything not related to her work.
Clutch snack: Dark chocolate. Things that don’t make her fingers sticky. Still searching for her favorite savory snack.
Recommended Professors from this semester: Caitlin Myers (Econ) and Will Nash (Am Studies)
a thesis carrel that is very organized. at least more organized than mine…
Name: Kiana Cateriano ’15.5
Year: Junior Feb
Major: Religion and Geography double major
Finals work: -GIS final project (already done!)
-final for “Dynamic Earth Geology”
-final for “Studies in the New testament”
-Take-home 9 page paper for “Hindu Tradition in India”
Recommended Professors from this semester: She says that Jeff Howarth (Geography) is “a great man.” And Larry Yarbrough (Religion) “knows everything.”
Finals Struggles: Misread noon paper due date and thought it said midnight. Asked for an extension, but didn’t get it.
Currently feeling… like she should be more stressed than she is.
Study Strategy: Being really productive for 3 hours and that not doing anything for 3 hours.
Clutch Snack: Hot Chocolate
Look out for more finals week profiles the next few days. Want to be profiled? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.