The A – Z’s of CMU Students: Finals Edition

It’s that time of year again when caffeine levels are high and the sleep levels are low!! It’s amazing how we can fit a semester’s worth of studying in two weeks! But with this comes some inevitable truths, so I bring to you --  The A – Z’s of CMU Students: Finals Edition.

  1. All-Nighters – the sad reality of the week before finals = our nonexistent reading week + the week that all professors decide that final unit exams, problem sets, and presentations are due.

  1. Back-to-back-to-to-back-to-back-to-back exams. See above.


  1. Coffee – there’ never enough of it and even after that 4th cup, we always find ourselves falling asleep in class.


  1. Deadlines – THERE. ARE. SO. MANY.
  2. Essays – The one type of assignment that you can possibly finesse an extension on.
  3. F***.

  1. Grades – we start calculating what’s the lowest possible score we can get on the final without having to withdraw.
  2. Hunt. There’s a reason they send people home after 5am on some floors.
  3. IDEK WHAT’S HAPPENING ANYMORE – a common thought amongst students.
  4. Joyful! That’s cute.
  5. Kryptonite for CMU Students = 112. Even if you’re not taking it. It’s everywhere.

  1. L’s – we take some of them.
  2. McConomy…exams are the worst. The “desks” are the size of the calculator I’m not allowed to use on math exams.
  3. Narcolepsy.
  4. OOTD!! Brought to you by sweatpants, sweatshirts, and sneakers!
  5. Procrastination  = a sad but true concept that even the best of us have yet to fully master.

  1. Quiet study floors are bae.
  2. Rationalizing that you can work on Assignment #5 during the office hours you never went to, hoping that the TA could magically devote all of their time t to you during their last office hours of the year.


  1. Sleep – what a concept.
  2. Time. Can someone find more because there’s not enough!!
  3. UC – Our home base when it’s too early to go back to Webster even though it’s 2am.
  4. Village, otherwise known as the amount of people it will take to get your work done in a week.
  5.  Withdraw…deadline? When is it again? Remind me.
  6.  DineX. Where are the freshmen when you need them?? (aka, when you’re in line at La Prima)

  1.  But the Year’s almost over, so power through!!
  2.  Zombies R Us


But at the end of the week, we still make it through! It might have taken actual blood, sweat, and tears, but no one can argue with the fact that we EARN our month-long winter break!

So go on and prosper!! (Only to repeat this process again next semester, yay).