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. Here are some more profiles (this time with audio!) of people’s finals week experiences (see Part 1 here):
Name: Juran Sun
Major: Economics and Math Double Major
Finals week load: –Exam for “Newtonian Physics”
-Exam for “Current Social Issues in Japan”
-A take-home exam for Math 217 analyzing the population of the spruce budworm.
-Preparing for several phone interviews for summer internships in Hong Kong
Currently feeling…not stressed. Gonna pull an all nighter tonight, but won’t be that hard. He says he doesn’t even have to drink coffee.
Finals week struggles?
Recommended Professors from this semester: Prof. Rich Wolfson (Physics)
Desktop: Very unorganized and messy.
Fav way to procrastinate: Doesn’t really procrastinate, but reads up on recaps of NBA games. His team is the Rockets. They are doing pretty well so far this season.
Soundtrack: No music. “Music is kind of distracting,” he says. The quieter the better.
Clutch snack food: Doesn’t eat snacks because he is too lazy to wash his hands.
Name: Damon Hatheway
Year: Super Senior Feb
Major: Political Science
Finals week load: -Econ Stats final project (turned in, on Pittsburg Pirates defensive strategy trends over last 3 seasons. If you’re interested in whether they’ve induced more ground ball outs than other major league teams…they have)
-final dance project (last week, jumped over audience member to embody his evolving relationship with basketball)
-2 essays for Politics of Virtual Realities due Friday
-Econ Stats final on Sunday
-Road to Salem Pt. 2 release on Sunday or Monday (most important)
Discovery of the day: Apple (command)-S
Finals Struggles: lost final paragraph of paper 20 minutes before deadline because Word did not autosave
Music: 8tracks. But really, “Counting Stars” by One Republic on repeat.
Desktop (virtual): Picture of Russell Wilson (Seahawks quarterback), messy, too many tabs.
Fav Way to Procrastinate: Checking Seahawks-related twitter feeds, dreaming up scenarios in which the Middlebury basketball team can win the NESCAC in the national championship.
Recommended Class: Intro to Dance, Andrea Olsen
Name: Felicia Tapia
Finals Week Load: -Biology test (dunzo)
-French Paper (already due, hopefully dunzo…)
-French 221 self-scheduled (ambitious if dunzo)
-Religion paper due Saturday
Study method: Read, write notes for missed/confusing material. Go over homeworks
Finals Struggles: unfortunate collision b/t computer charger and computer screen
Procrastination: Really good at procrastinating with Netflix. HOMELAND.
Music: Classical, can’t listen to anything with words or else she starts writing them down
Desktop (virtual): Generic blades of grass
Class Recommendation: Religion and Bioethics, James Calvin Davis
Name: Najwa Stanford
Finals Week Load: -Read a play, stage a scene with full make-up/props for Math, Science & Theater
-…catch up work in other classes
Feelings on Finals: “I’m alive”
Coping Mechanism: laughing, sleeping, reminding herself of the following:
Music: Needs to hear her own thoughts
Desktop: It’s pretty, yellow, abstract, bird, music & guitars, very artsy
Name: Danny Zhang
Major: Political Science, Art History (joint)
Finals Week Load: -Constitution Law Final (Murray Dry) on Saturday
-Political Science Exam on Thursday
Library Spot: Open tables behind comfy chairs in the front
Finals Struggles: a no-show to a morning meeting (cumon, who stands up former Sophomore senator Danny Z??!)
Desktop (virtual): Organized, folders, minimizations of whatever he is working on, Toronto maple leaves background
Discovery of the day: Why Canadian dollar is depreciating against American dollar (Canadian dad wanted to know why his Middlebury tuition was going up): Canadians buying more American goods, Americans buying less Canadian goods, or combination of the two.
Name: Paul Gerard
Finals Feelings: Just papers, same as any other week
Music: Depends on where he is in the paper. Basic outline=bump it, namely “Folding Stars”, Bliffy Clyro and “Let Her Go”, Passenger. Details of paper=silence.
On procrastination: the easier the assignment, the more procrastination
Class recommendation: IGS should be taken out of the curriculum.