The freshmen face midyears
Part of being a freshmen is going through midyear exams; a prospect that made many current freshmen very nervous. Their fears can be narrowed down to two main issues. The first was studying. One student said, “I kept wondering if I had studied enough and if I had studied the right material.” A lot of freshmen had this same problem. They were questioning if they had put in enough time for each subject. Many freshmen attempted to make Facebook groups or to study in groups to make sure they were covering all of the needed material. A second fear for all freshmen was being able to focus throughout the week. At the time of the test a student said, “I am worried that I will not be able to make it throughout the week mentally and I will struggle with my exams later in the week.” Many freshmen shared the same feelings. The best way to deal with this fear was to get enough sleep and to try and relax. Many kids tried to go to bed earlier than usual in order to get a good night’s sleep. Many students also took advantage of open campus and went out for lunch to relax and prepare for their upcoming tests.
After taking the midyear exams, many freshman feel better about them. The students who did well on the exams felt relieved, and one student said, “they were easier then I expected and I am proud of my accomplishments.” The students who did well seemed to be well prepared before the exams and had spread out their studying over the weeks leading up to the exams. The students who did not do as well as they had wanted to do had mixed feelings. One freshman said, “It was sad to not do great, but I learned how to do better next time.” Many of the students agreed with this statement, believing that they will be more prepared for finals after having one round of exams under their belts.