Marble Pedestal: Having classes with no finals

It might be the weather. It might be that I’ve already done a semester of school already. But every time, without fail, winter term always hits me like a truck.

If you’re at all like me, you’ve been totally drained of motivation. You’re cruising along, keeping up with your assignments and other obligations just enough so that your life doesn’t fall apart. You’re praying that you’ll survive just long enough to crash on the last day of classes. Then, only then, can you rest.

But even then, you won’t be able to rest for long. You have finals, after all, and you’re gonna need to start studying as soon as you can.

But wait. A wonderful thought has just crept into your mind, something that you had forgotten in your haze of burnout and exhaustion.

You don’t have any finals.


Remembering your classes have no finals is a huge weight off your shoulders. Your post-class crash can now last a week, a month — hell, until the end of the summer if you really want to treat yourself. You can sleep in, avoid campus like the plague, and smile smugly at your friends as they carry their seven million textbooks to Rutherford. The world has suddenly become your oyster one month early, and it’s a sweet thing to relish.

Although, there are sacrifices to be made. Classes without finals often have term papers or heavily-weighted assignments you have to do every week in lieu of a final. But with those assignments, you’ve basically done the same amount of work you would have done studying for a final exam — you’ve (hopefully) been researching and writing that term paper for a few weeks, and you’ve been writing those short assignments all term. You’ve just displaced your studying time from finals season into your semester, which I certainly am okay with as long as I get to relax a lot more in April.

So praise be to classes without finals! They give me hope in my time of need.

Andrew McWhinney

Andrew McWhinney is a fifth-year English and political science combined honors student, as well as The Gateway's 2019-20 Editor-in-Chief. He was previously The Gateway's 2018-19 Opinion Editor. An aspiring journalist with too many opinions, he's a big fan of political theory, hip-hop, and being alive.

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