| 03.18.2018

Satire, sarcasm and sass – The final countdown: Liberal Arts students have mountains of work to wade through


One more week left until finals week. That is all that is left in the semester. Two weeks of Hell. Well, it”s Hell unless you”re a journalism and criminology major.

Double-majoring in two Liberal Arts fields seems fantastic when it comes to finals. This semester I have one in-class final that isn”t cumulative and likely won”t be harder than any other test this semester. The other two are likely going to be take-home essay finals that only have to be 10- 15 pages long and are due by the end of finals week. No problem, right?

However, there is something to be said about dead week for students in liberal arts fields. Sure we don”t have many in-class finals once we reach the upper-division classes, but I have seven articles, four multimedia presentations and two papers due by the end of dead week.

Claire Whitley

Just because Liberal Arts students don”t have to stress about finals doesn”t mean stress doesn”t exist in their lives at all. There are many things to start taking into consideration as school winds down to a close.

For example, what am I going to do with my fish? Will I take him home with me or will I stay in Moscow for most of break to avoid the awkward family dinners during the holidays with the excuse that I have a fish to take care of?

Also, most students, especially the ones that live on campus, must think about what they need to pack in order to survive at home for a month or more. Packing can be one of the most stressful things to do at the end of a semester. Food spoils if it isn”t dealt with, clothes have to be washed or thrown in a trash bag to have parents wash.

So to engineering and science majors, just know that we Liberal Arts students don”t get off scot-free. There is work to be done.

The fact of the matter is that the end of semester is not enjoyable or pleasant for anyone. Everyone has things they have to do, and some burdens may seem heavier than others, but it is all a matter of perspective.

Instead of looking in envy at someone who only has one final during finals week, focus on what needs to be done or studied. It isn”t a student”s fault if they had to go ham during dead week and feel like they are going to keel over, then have only one or two more things to do before the true end of semester.

The grass isn”t always greener on the other side, so be kind and focus during these last few weeks.

Claire Whitley  can be reached at  arg-opinion@uidaho.edu  or on Twitter @Cewhitley24

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