The 9 phases students go through during finals week


It’s that dreaded time of year — the time of year when normal sleep schedules and sanity take a backseat. The time of year where we experience a roller coaster of emotions and any sort of social life we’ve built during the past semester crumbles to dust. That’s right — it’s finals week.

1. Denial

“The end of the semester isn’t for, like, another month! I have plenty of time to study!” Nope. Finals are next week, and I haven’t even started studying. But it’s okay, because I work best under pressure, right?


2. Stress eating

“The best thing for me to do right now is eat something. I can’t study on an empty stomach.” One pan of brownies and a carton of ice cream later …


3. Procrastination (aka Netflix binge)

“I haven’t done laundry in weeks. I should go do that first. Oh! I should clean my room while I’m at it. Can’t focus in a messy room! Plus I should probably catch up on all my TV shows. Then I’ll have zero distractions.”


4. Panic

“Wait. … Finals are NEXT WEEK! I’m going to fail!”


5. Stress overload

“I can’t do this. I can’t do this. I can’t do this.”


6. The moment of defeat

“I’m giving up. Too. Many. Textbooks.”

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7. The moment of truth

“This is it. I’m going into the Testing Center. I can do this. Bring it on, finals.”

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8. Pure happiness — it’s over!

“I did it! I did it! IT’S OVER!

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9. Exhaustion

“Sleep. Must. Sleep.”


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