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The Final Battle

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I wake up on Monday morning. I feel as though I am preparing for war as I get ready for the grueling week that lays ahead. As finals stare down at me, I wait for the onslaught in this epic battle. I put on my armor (my comfy sweatshirt), and pack up my weapons and gear (my binders full of reminders of the piles of work that must be completed) and load it into my backpack. I step out the door, immediately regretting it, and enter the torture that is finals.

 

Every semester, students are expected to retain five months worth of curriculum in seven different classes. As one might expect, this is extremely physically and mentally demanding on students, as a common workload during finals week could be six hours long. Students are forced to stay up in the middle of the night, not receiving even close to an acceptable amount of sleep. According to Parkway West Pathfinder, “51.2 percent of students have, in order to study more, pulled at least one all nighter.”

 

Students do not allow any time for rest or breaks for themselves, causing their bodies to shut down and get sick. “Stress can play a part in problems such as headaches, high blood pressure, heart problems, diabetes, skin conditions, asthma and arthritis,” said Meghan Johnson, who has a Bachelor’s degree in English and Professional Writing from Ohio State University. Students should not frequently get sick from how grueling and demanding finals week is. Educational administrators must acknowledge the harmfulness of finals and the reality that instead of reinforcing the curriculum, they are causing students to be sick. The reason why so many students regularly get sick is “because being stressed can compromise the immune system and leave a person more susceptible to viruses and illness,” said Meghan Johnson.  

 

Every year I have been subjected to this unfortunate norm. I always feel that I need to strive for perfection that causes me to end up working so hard on all of my finals and essays. I eventually get a horrible cold or cough. Finals does not allow any time for quality work or studying as everything is so rushed and crammed. I try to get all of the work done but then I end up just getting sick. Once winter break begins I am stuck in bed left to recover from the torture of finals, instead of enjoying the little time off from school.

 

This psychotic idea of finals not only hurts students, but teachers as well. Teachers are forced to meet the strict deadline for the end of the grading period, which is shortly after finals. This leaves teachers to grade a huge assignment that is worth a major portion of a student’s grade under a limited time constraint. Teachers will most likely have to finish their grading during their rarely given time to relax during winter break.

 

The time has come where we must realize that finals do not benefit anyone. We must end finals for the sake of students health and teachers insanity. Too much pressure is put on young students to achieve perfection in academics that they often lose out of their youth. This is supposed to be the time where students find their identity and enjoy the carelessness of their teenage years. Instead, we force them to memorize the major empires of the Classical period and every element on the periodic table.

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