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I am from the rural dirt roads of Botetourt County, Virginia. I choose Longwood because of its size and friendly atmosphere. I am heavily involved in my school and community both here in Farmville and back home in Eagle Rock, Virginia.

I serve as News Editor for The Rotunda, the student newspaper here on campus, and have been writing for the paper since March 2009. I am also a Sergeant-At-Arms for the Longwood University Judicial Board. I have spent this summer discovering the world of online freelance journalism and have quite enjoyed myself.

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December 2, 2010 3:28PM

Final Stretch

Almost there.

It’s hard to believe the first semester of my junior year of college is coming to a close. It’s a busy close at that, may I add. Tomorrow will be the last day of classes for Longwood students. Some 15 weeks later from the day we began, we end it. But there’s a few things we have to take care of before heading home.

Most students will be heading home this time next week. The majority of exams are finished by Thursday afternoon, just in time to get home before it starts getting dark. Hopefully, that’s the color of the outside and not those grades (pitiful joke, I know).

Final exams are not unique to Longwood at all. It’s a college thing. Well, in some areas, it’s even a normal high school procedure. Finals are rough because many times they are cumulative. That means all the infomration covered in that class from day one is fair game. That’s over 15 weeks of goodies cramped into 2.5 hours of multiple choice/short answer pain.

But it’s not all bad: Some professors are compassionate enough to make study guides. I guess they remember what being an undergrad is all about. It’s all very helpful.

The exams aren’t just hard on students though. Professors are going to have to grade all of those in a fairly short time frame. I suggest buying your professor a can of coffee grounds to help them through this. Or at least to get brownie points.

I’ll be posting some study tips this weekend to help out in your exam study sessions. Good luck and remember to hook that IV of caffeine to you before it’s too late.

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