on why final exams aren’t the end of the world…

“The problem is not that there are problems. The problem is expecting otherwise and thinking that having problems is a problem.”
Theodore Rubin

‘Tis the season for stress. Everyone’s pulling all nighters, drowning in caffeine, and eating enough junk food to feed a small nation. This is the closest thing to the zombie apocalypse we will ever experience. No one sleeps, as if not sleeping will help them get better grades. It’s a phenomenon, really. This happens every single semester without fail, but still people act like it’s the end of the world.

I got a call from one of my friends last night. It went something like this: “I’m going to fail. Oh my god I don’t know what to do, I’m going to fail and end up working as a cashier somewhere for the rest of my life. OH MY GOD.” (cue dramatic music).

Keep-calm-and-carry-on-scanI know, I know it’s cliché. I just had to.

Well, what do you do? Final exams aren’t like leap years. They don’t happen every four years, they happen twice a year and they are almost 100% guaranteed, unless something really bad happens (and if they’ve cancelled final exams, there is a chance you may be dead. Because whatever was that bad surely killed everyone).


And this one just for fun, because we all wish we sounded like Harry Potter once in a while.

But every semester we have to hear about how hard us college kids have it, and poor us because we have so many exams, and oh gosh we’re never going to make it.

Truth is…Failing one exam won’t kill you. Failing one class, in the grand scheme of things, is nothing. Do you remember all those instances in high school when you thought you had a really difficult problem, or were stuck in an awkward situation? Well, think back to all of those. How many of them even compare to the “problems” you have now? Chances are most seem pointless, and you probably wouldn’t even consider them problems now.

Failure will make you a better person. The way you bounce back from it defines you.


If the devil ever wrote a book….this is it.

I’m not saying I’m an apologist for being lazy. God knows I’ve done enough 16th century Spanish reading today to fill a whole library. It just seems that, for the most part, we make problems where there are none. Four years in college means you will go through final exams 8 times. By the time you’re a junior, you should be a seasoned veteran!

So, chin up. It’s really not the end of the world.


2 thoughts on “on why final exams aren’t the end of the world…

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