Students Share Views on Finals Week

It’s the time of the year when students of Southwestern Adventist University are trying to ram everything that they’ve learned from the beginning of the semester into their brains so that they can pass the dreaded final exam. Students are filling the library rooms and tables, dedicating time to their notes and textbooks. Friends are motivating others to keep going when they want to give up. The atmosphere of the campus is intense and frustrated all due to the final exams. Everyone is trying to find their own ways to be productive and come up with ways to study effectively.

Students such as Gentille Sandy, a sophomore nursing major, and Jessica Vargas, a junior nursing major, are staying up late studying for Western Civilization and American Literature II. Sandy likes to look into the Bible for words of motivation to push her to keep studying.

“My plan for tonight is to pray just as hard as I’m studying,” says Sandy. “I like to claim James 1:5 which says ‘If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault and it will be given to you.’ This helps me remember that God will give me wisdom to retain the stuff that I’m studying so that I can do well on the test.”

Other students try to find ways to keep them going and stay awake as they study. Edgar Infante, a sophomore theology major, decided that in order for him to function this week, Starbucks coffee would be his best friend.

“This whole week has been the week in which I’ve had more caffeine than ever, and all just to study. But, hey, anything to keep on moving forward!” says Infante. Although he has his number of tests that stress him, he keeps positive with a cup of coffee in his hand.

Elizabeth Ramirez, a sophomore psychology education major likes to remain positive. She believes that since she has been studying all day for finals everything will be worth it. Ramirez says that studying will be torturous, but she will ace her classes. Her friend Cecilia Cabrera, sophomore education major, wants to give this finals week her very best.

“As the semester passes, I feel like I’ve learned more how to deal with finals week,” says Cabrera. “This semester, I learned to stop worrying so much and just study and give it my best.”

Other students have more stress than the rest due to assignments that still need to be turned in. Javier Ogaz, senior communication major, says, “I shouldn’t have waited till last minute to write my two 10-page papers,” as he types away at his laptop attempting to complete his assignments.

Although the campus is tense and stressful at this moment, every student has the common goal to succeed. They all work diligently to get through finals week and move on to the next obstacle that stands in the way of the goals that they have in mind. Finals may be difficult to overcome, but not impossible.



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