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Getting ready for Final Exams

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By Nikki Castro

Getting things done last minute is not the ideal situation but for most students, now is the time to get it done. As the semester wraps up and with finals quickly approaching next week, students are feeling a sense of stress. With the overload of assignments, it is important to manage your time well and avoid procrastination. 

“My fall semester is going well, I’m just ready for the semester to be over,” said Eveyln Oritz-Fonseca, a GRCC sophomore. “I would say I am stressed for finals being next week… I am stressed because of all the studying I have to do for exams and having two exams as early as eight in the morning…” 

Time management is key to being successful. For most students, that can be a challenge. 

“My fall semester is going as expected, difficult however mangeable due to me preparing mentally to be a full-time student and full-time employee,” said Robert Mendez, a student that is currently majoring in nursing. “I am not stressed. I am only tired and exhausted. However, I am confident that I will do my best as I always have been.” 

With the end of the semester being around the corner, a lot of students feel that procrastination was a big factor in which has them stressed for finals.

“I would definitely consider myself a procrastinator,”  said Paul Huckstead. “I have a hard time getting things done early and if I don’t keep myself on track I often wait until the last minute to do my homework and I definitely feel stressed. There is so much that I have to get ready for exams and so much to turn in, it’s hard to keep everything straight.” 

Fellow GRCC student and political science major, Luis Reyes-Gonzalez, has a similar feeling of unrest. 

“There are days where I feel entirely burned out and have absolutely no motivation to begin an assignment or read up on the next chapter for a class,” said Reyes-Gonzalez.“I believe the most challenging part of this semester has to be being consistent with studying. Given GRCC is a community college and the majority of the student population commute to the school, it is easy to understand the students have other responsibilities outside of the classroom.” 

Macie Schuitema, a sophomore on the waitlist for the dental hygiene program, offered advice to incoming freshman. 

“Procrastination is something that I would say many college students have and I think knowing when things are due and the amount of work that you have to put into it,” Schuitema said.  

Here’s something to keep in mind for next semester: 

“It is important to know so you can get a headstart and not feel rushed,” Schuitema said. 

Wrapping up the semester, the GRCC library will be having Exam Cram opening days through Sunday, with extended hours Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Free snacks will be available and the staff  is also waiving library fines during this time. Remember that you are not alone, let us all finish this fall semester off strong. 

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