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Thoughts We’ve All Had About Midterms


It’s that time of year at Northwestern: Midterm season (aka everything past the first week of school). While most of our friends at other colleges are finishing up with finals and heading home for the summer, here we are, stuck to wallow in the library. We’re left slaving over projects and exams while watching the spring weather from afar, not able to enjoy it fully because of the stress of not failing that Econ final is weighing heavily on your shoulders. But I am here to let you know that you’re not alone. So here is what goes through my head during these dreaded midterms – with a few deviations here and there.


When you finally sit down to study




Going through the textbook and your notes like…




Maybe I’ll go get a mani-pedi for my efforts?




Okay, that problem doesn’t makes sense…




But like, I got A’s on all of the online homework and quizzes… So, i’ll be fine, I know this.





Confidence is so totally key.




If I had a dollar for every ounce of confidence that I possess, I’d be rollin’ in dough!




But what if…




Nah, I can DO THIS!




On the day of the exam…


Okay, breathe, you’ll be fine




Okay, that’s a tricky one, I’ll skip it now and come back later. No biggie.




Mmmmm, that one too




Oooooo! I know this one! And this one! (I think…)




Wait a second, when was this covered?





And this?








I’m gonna die.




I’m gonna fail, drop out of school and live as a hermit. It’ll be a slow, cold, painful death




Well, there goes my GPA




If I stare at it long enough, it’ll come to me…I hope.




Maybe I can salvage this grade by putting in as much jargon as possible.




OH WAIT! I think I know the answer to the essay!!





Yeah, that makes sense.




Well, that’s as good as it’s gonna get.




I’m gonna go look into professions that don’t require Econ midterms. Or math midterms. Or midterms with words and equations at all. I’m going to clown school.








Just kidding people. It’s not that bad, some of the time. But whether you are silently sobbing inside or smoothly sailing toward passing the class, you will do great in the end. And remember to study hard, because one day we’ll all be in a place where midterms are no longer a thing. 


Good luck collegiettes! 

Alani Vargas


Alani is a native to Chicago with a passion for women's rights, journalism and coffee. She is a senior at Northwestern, majoring in journalism at Medill. She's on the magazine track and studied in Florence last fall, advancing her second major in history. Alani has written for Her Campus national and her Northwestern chapter since freshman year and is now the Editor-in-Chief and CC for her chapter. She's also currently a freelancer for Elite Daily When Alani isn't working, binge watching Supergirl, Buffy or the billion other shows she keeps up with, she enjoys music and geeking out over Star Wars or anything Marvel. Follow Alani on twitter and instagram at @alanimv!
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