As another semester comes to a close, it seems so unreal to look back at how much we've all accomplished just in the last few weeks. My freshman year has flown by and I hear time just keeps going faster after that!
Since this is only my second semester in college, I'm still relatively new to the idea of "dead week." It sounds so daunting, but the idea of it is essentially pretty nice; professors aren't supposed to have any big exams or major assignments/projects due during the week before finals. This week is the so-called "calm before the storm." However, "dead" doesn't just seem to describe the pre-finals week properly.
On top of studying for final exams, almost every student I know, including myself, has at least one extra major assignment still to work on. Some people have had presentations in class, others have lab finals before finals week, and so on. All of this requires lots of energy, focus, and attention--I don't think many people are spending this week in zombie mode unless they plan on pulling all-nighters. Which, by the way, is not something that I would recommend to anyone for multiple reasons:
There are a lot of downsides to studying through the night, and instead of pushing everything aside until crunch time, I think we'd all benefit by taking advantage of whatever breaks we've been given during dead week.
My dorm has some really nice dead week stress reduction activities including a game night, movie night, pancake feast, etc. The Hutton Honors College is hosting a finger painting activity so you can "paint out your stress." There's a Rent-a-puppy event also taking place this week and I plan to play with a puppy for thirty minutes as one of my study breaks. Isn't that great? This is one of the puppies who will be at that event, hosted by Lutheran Campus Ministries to benefit the Bloomington Animal Shelter:
So adorable and all of the puppies there will be up for adoption! This is something I really love about IU: there are always plenty of cool new things to do, places to go, things to see! So even though I'll be spending the majority of my dead week studying, reviewing, making exam guides, and attending review sessions, I'll still be able to take part in some really enjoyable experiences. I'm determined to make sure that my dead week is full of life, entertainment, and happiness. Beat that, final exams!