Zane Nyhus

 

As the school year grinds into its final days, students can begin to relax, unwind and prepare for a few months of summer.  Except they can’t do this quite yet because there are still finals to study for!  If the allure of a 2-3 month long break isn’t enough to get you to start studying for your last exams of the school year, allow me to give you a few extra motivational reasons for why you should go forth and tackle those finals.

1)      Mom’s home cooking

Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy Sodexo as much as the next guy, but it’s hard to beat mom’s homemade lasagna!  To those staying for May term, you may have to wait a bit longer for this one.

2)      Graduation

Yes, this one only applies to seniors.  But for a quarter of the student body, the thrill of paying back student loans is only a few weeks away!  If that isn’t motivation, I don’t know what is.  And for all my fellow first-years, after finals we officially won’t be first-years anymore!

3)      Not feeling guilty about binging on Netflix

In all honesty, isn’t this what summers are for?

4)      That summer job you’ve missed so dearly

Not all jobs have to be bad!  Summer jobs are generally the ones that are the most fun: camp counselor and lifeguard a few examples of summer jobs that combine work and hanging out in the sunshine.

5)      Revisiting high school friends

As schools often have different break schedules, it can sometimes be hard for friends at different schools to see each other over the course of the academic year, even on winter and spring breaks.  Summer provides the best opportunity to see everyone from old high school groups.

6)      Not having to put up with your roommate’s snoring

Or bad hygiene habits.  Or their significant other staying the night.  And so on and so forth.  You get the idea.  Roommates can be great, but sometimes by the end of the school year it is nice to be able to regain your personal space.

7)      It’s a World Cup year!

Ok, most of you aren’t soccer fans. But even if soccer isn’t your thing, this spectacle only comes around once every four years, and it is quite a sight to behold.  And since Brazil is hosting this year, it is sure to be quite a party.

8)      Because finals actually are pretty important

I understand that reminding you that finals are usually the most influential exams in in deciding your grade for a course probably won’t give you any extra motivation.  But hey, at least I tried.

9)      Having to re-pack everything in your dorm

I can’t wait to carry that mini-fridge down multiple flights of stairs!  I’m sure you can’t either.

10)  May term!

Because if you are staying for May term, most of these things on the list will be held off for a month.  But May term is play term.  And when that final comes for May term, you can re-read this list to find motivation for those finals.