Wednesday, December 2, 2009

When All Else Fails, Bust Out the Muppets

By Sammi Powers

Finals week almost never stresses me out. It’s the week before finals that kills me.
And this year, that week came early.

While I was home trying to relax with my family and chow down on some fantastically grilled turkey, I couldn’t stop thinking of all I had to do. Five-page paper for this class, four pages for another class, two quizzes, an article for the newspaper, some 300 pages to read across various texts for various classes, planning for holiday parties, meetings… Have I made your head swim yet?

Compared to this week, finals week is easy. Finals week you study the night before with friends from the class, you go in, take the test, and get the heck out.
The week before though is when all the last minute research papers are due. Professors assign those last, pesky assignments due on that last, pesky Friday. When all those final chapters filled with the roughest terms and the most jargon are left to read quickly through.

I hate this week.

Let’s not forget that we also have to begin checking on financial clearance for next semester, find out what textbooks we need (lists go up Dec. 1), and try to figure out how to eat in between all the late night cram sessions.

I have to remind myself to breathe during this week. To give myself a minute and to take a little tiny nap so that I remain coherent in all those last minute papers I’m composing.
For everyone who needs some help, though, during the next two weeks, here are some things.
The Andrew Conference Center will be open from 10 p.m. until 1 a.m. this week for quiet study space. If you attend, you are given a raffle ticket for a chance to win $150 toward next semester’s textbooks at the bookstore.

Also, on Monday, Dec. 7 there’s Midnight breakfast in the Diner. It starts at 10p.m. and is free food served by Residence Life and Campus Life staff. This is a great opportunity for people whose meal plans are running low.

Finally, if you’re looking to relax, this Friday, Dec. 4 in the Andrew Conference Center RHA is throwing their annual holiday bash. The part runs from 7:30 p.m. until 10:3 0p.m. and will feature activities like Gingerbread House Making and decorating stockings for the kids at Advocate Christ Hospital.

If all else fails, here’s a video of the Muppets performing Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Enjoy and don’t let these weeks get the best of you.

Sammi Powers is a junior communications major from Romeoville. She is Peer Minister for Liturgical Ministry, deputy Viewpoints editor for The Xavierite and program director for WXAV 88.3 FM. Consideration for the student bloggers is provided by Saint Xavier University.

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