You may feel done, but the semester isn’t

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By Sage Tippie

Illustration by Rachel Carroll, President of National Arts Honors Society
Illustration by Rachel Carroll, President of National Arts Honors Society

Hey guys, I don’t know how to tell you this, but there is like, a week of school left. Yup, a whole nine days until summer, not that anyone is counting or anything. Although the school year is slowly but surely winding down, it doesn’t mean you get to too.

It may seem tempting to spend the majority of class time daydreaming about summer vacation and freedom, but we need to remember that school isn’t over, sorry. At least try not to fall asleep during this last week of math, however hard it may seem. I’d hate to see you blow your high C average by ditching second period every day. And, most importantly, finals are approaching and that means studying until you’re nearly dead, but not quite, so you can probably stay up for another 20 hours straight, right?

The last few days of school could most simply be described by the phrase,”so close, yet so far.” Pushing through this last week of school means you’re that much closer to sweet, sweet freedom, oops, I meant summer. Worst case scenario, students spend the last week of the school year messing around, bomb their finals, fail their classes, and have to take summer school (cue dramatic music). Sounds terrifying, right? This is just one of the many reasons why you can’t just give up at the end of the school year. You may be done, but the semester isn’t.

Acing the finals is a good way to ensure earning a passing grade in a class. Have you been studying for 10 hours, but are not that close to passing out? You could probably study more. I’d hate to break this to you, but sitting in your room for four hours on your phone and glancing at the paper every half hour is not studying. If you’re not studying, then you’re not really studying.

Not to mention, along with the stress of finals, it seems that teachers all have sudden epiphanies, realizing they forgot to teach you thousands of things before exams. Trying to cram a month’s worth of knowledge into our poor exhausted brains over a span of four days is just not going to happen. Students drown in all the sudden assignments dropped on them during the final week, all while teachers laugh maniacally, thinking about how glad they are it’s not them who have to read an entire book in like three days.

Now, there’s always the subject of trying to pay attention during the last few days of school. It seems that as anticipation builds for summer, students’ motivation dies. The extensive reviews done during the final week might actually be important, but who knows? After all the hard work you’ve put into school this year, it would be oh so sad to flunk a class because you “wanted a break.” Get a grip on the harsh reality that is school and get your head in the game! This is the final stretch right before you win the race. You don’t want to be the person that faceplants right before the finish line, inadvertently becoming a social media sensation.

By the end of the school year, your brain may be fried and your stress levels may be through the roof, but at least you did it. Finish strong and survive through this week, you can do this.

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Sage Tippie is a senior, and this is her fourth year as a member of “The Roar” staff. She is Co-Editor-in-Chief and manages all of the newsteam’s social media. Her favorite pieces to write are trends and lifestyle features, as well as humorous opinion articles. The majority of her free time is usually spent hanging out with friends or re-watching her favorite TV shows like “New Girl” and “That ‘70’s Show.” Her favorite things include dogs, shopping, and anything chocolate. She hopes to major in communications and pursue a career involving her two passions: fashion and journalism.