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It is almost the end of the school year, both for high school and college students, and instead of feeling a sense of relief of being almost done with the semester, many students are instead filled with a sense of dread. Why? Because of one particular week entitled “Finals Week.”
To any high schoolers reading this I wish you luck on any finals, AP, IB, or standardized tests that you may be taking in the near future. Remember, once you finish them you are one step closer to coming to the UA!
Now you must be wondering what finals week for college students is like here at the UA. You have probably heard the horror stories associated with finals week in college, and I can assure you that it is possible to get through them without drinking 5 cups of coffee and a redbull the night before your test.
Here at the UA we have our last day of classes on a Wednesday and then the next day, Thursday, we have no classes or tests, and this is called “Reading Day.” This is a great day to study for any tests that you might have coming up, or at least sleep in and take a bit of a break before having to start studying for your tests. The day after Reading Day is the first official day of finals. Many people have a love-hate relationship with this first day of finals because, it is the first day of finals, but it also means your tests are over sooner. After this first day of finals there is the weekend, where more studying takes place, and then finals go until Thursday.
The nice thing about finals in college is that often you only have one to two tests per day, and the rest of the time can be spent studying or relaxing. Also, once your tests are done, whether it be the first Friday of finals week or the last Thursday, the semester is over for you and all you have to do is wait for your official grades to be in.
I hope that this was able to give you some insight to what finals are like in college and put your mind at ease a bit.
Good luck on your finals and congratulations on graduating! We can’t wait to welcome you to campus in the fall!