Final exams bring stress

By Joey Krecic

Dec. 11, 2017

The holiday season is considered by many people to be the most joyous time of year. However, for college students around the country, the few weeks before break can prove to be the most testing.

With last ditch efforts to raise final grades and pass classes, students pull all-nighters while consuming countless amounts of caffeinated drinks.
Certainly this national epidemic of anxiety during this time causes students to change normal behavior in hopes of being more productive.

Adam Schabel, a junior journalism and promotional communication major, bluntly shares, “I hate finals week because I have a number of tests, projects and papers all due at once, it can be overwhelming at times.”

Schabel says that he tries to take “study breaks” to pace himself, helping him relax.

Cleveland State in particular has tried to implement stress relievers for students that are available on campus. In years past, some campus organizations have brought therapy dogs for students to pet and play with.

As unconventional as it may seem, many people have given positive feedback.

Brock Lutz is the director of health and wellness at Hillsdale College in Michigan has a different perspective on stress.

“Stress can be a good thing,” Lutz said in an interview in December. “It is a great motivator for many students and is a normal feeling that one would have if they care about something.”

“One way to make finals week easier is to be more responsible at the beginning of the semester,” he added.

Final exams begin at Cleveland State on Monday, Dec. 11.


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