Finals Week Briefing

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Finals Week Briefing

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It’s here, it’s finally here. Well, I don’t know why I’m excited about it, I mean, truth is, I’m not. I don’t really think anyone here is.   

Finals week is the week that no kid looks forward to, but at the same time, everyone does. Never has a week caused so much conflict. After all, it’s the final week of school before our break. Then again, it’s finals week…which means, for most students, over six long tests, taken over the course of three days.

Wednesday marks the first day, with classes Gold One through Three taking their tests. Then, on Thursday, the opposite scheduled classes will take theirs. Friday will be a half day with only Green and Gold Four to be taken, and then makeups.

The two weeks leading up to this last week of school before break are rough for many students. If you’re feeling stressed, you’re not the only one. I myself haven’t had the best last two weeks, or last month for that matter. But that’s not relevant to the story.

The point is, stress is a major factor during the preparation and execution of finals. I slacked off, lacked behind, encountered massive writer’s block, had a fully booked schedule, and now I’m going to be expected to take all these tests over everything I’ve learned this year.

There is hope you guys. Listen up, here’s the deal. Finals aren’t some monster. They’re ugly, sure, but they aren’t a monster. Study for them, prepare for them. If your teacher says you can have a note card, make that note card, whether you think you need it or not. Use something like Sparknotes just for a review of books you might have right.

The internet is a great tool. Look up flashcards for subjects you’re struggling in. Make your own flashcards even, like I’m going to do for Spanish phrases.

The biggest piece of advice I can give you is to just breathe. Stop, close your eyes, take a deep breath in. Hold that breath for just a second, then let it out. Repeat the process until you realize that it’s all going to be okay.

Finals aren’t the end of the world. They’re just another hill on the journey. Just another battle in the war. This is our war. High school is our war. We’re fighting through these subjects that we struggle with in hopes to get a good education, go to college, graduate, and then live our lives doing the job we want to.

I have some advice for each of the classes. This is your briefing before the battle. Your little pep talk as the explosions go off in the distance.

Freshmen, dear freshmen, take a breath. Relax, because this is just the beginning. I don’t mean that in a threatening way. I mean, simply, that you’re just starting on your journey through high school. There are some bad times to come, and some good, but don’t let finals stress you out. You’ll be fine. I thought I was going to suffer like crazy through those exams, and I came out of them with hardly a scratch. Be confident in yourself, in everything you do. You’re at the bottom of the hill, and it’s time to climb up. Trust me, it’s worth it.

To the sophomores, congrats. You did it last year, and now it’s time for another round. The bell rings, the shot is fired, and now it’s time for the race. Don’t get ahead of yourselves. Remember how last year went for you. What mistakes did you make? Figure them out and then learn from them. If you didn’t study enough, then study more this time. If you overreacted to the threat, then take a few minutes to just calm down. It’ll all be alright. You’ve made it this way, you’re almost halfway through your high school career. Now is not the time to give up.

My fellow juniors, here we are. I never thought we would make it this far, this fast. It seems like just a few days ago we were wandering aimlessly through the halls of an unfamiliar school, stumbling over ourselves to find our classes and meet our teachers, hoping they would be nice. And look here, we made it. But the battle isn’t over. In fact, the hardest battle has just begun. I was always told that junior year was the hardest, and in my opinion, it most definitely is. I’m gonna be honest, I’m not ready for these finals. The thing I am ready for is school to be over for a while. I need a week or two to just breathe. So let us not give up now. The hill just got steeper, but if we give up, we fall back down. Once we get over the top of the hill, it’s just a coast back down.

Last, but certainly not least, the senior class. The big brothers and sisters in the school. You’ve made it. You’re halfway through your last year of high school. Some of you probably still don’t know exactly what you want to do with your life. Others have everything planned out, to the point. No matter what, I’m hoping that your main worry is what you’re going to do after high school, and not what finals you have to take. Just don’t let the short amount of time left get to you. Senioritis is a very real thing, and it’s way too early to start getting affected by it. Don’t slack off in these last few months. Study for your finals, ace them, and soon enough you can move on from high school, whether it was a good time for you, or the worst.

Here’s to us charging into next week without worry. Here’s to us raising our fists, pencils in hand, and marking all the answers on the Scan-Tron sheet to the best of our ability. Don’t give up guys. It’s all downhill from here.

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