“How low can I score and still pass the class?” “ Can we use a notecard on this test?” “Are you sure we even covered chapter three?” These questions have been circulating the halls of Davis High over the past few post-Thanksgiving weeks, but a high schooler’s judgment day has finally arrived- Finals Week, may the curve be ever in your favor.
Finals Week allows students to show what they have learned over the course of the semester, but students do not seem to be thanking their teachers for the opportunity to demonstrate their mastery on Cellular Respiration, the Unit Circle or individuals in opposition with their society. According to senior Maddie Asta, “I am a lot more motivated during Finals Week, but also really stressed out.”
Students seem to be taking the necessary precautions in order to keep from slipping under their grade goal. Sophomore Dan Shuman has tried to watch less television and spend that time studying instead. Senior Maggie Koo has been spending less time hanging out with her friends and instead coming straight home after class to hit the books.
Unfortunately, the test preparation has left DHS students with a dilemma: sleep or study. Many students have chosen to study into the wee hours of the night despite acknowledging hundreds and hundreds of studies that have shown sleep is vital to full academic potential.
Students at DHS, according to Koo, become unhappier when they do not sleep but also because “we put a lot of pressure on ourselves to do well.”
Blue devils, this week, may seem a little bit more tired, a little bit more overwhelmed and a little bit more frazzled. High school students are, in a word, stressed for Finals Week.
Welcome to the 74th annual Finals Week. Any volunteers?