Finals Culture is Unhealthy

Finals Week.

Definition: A period of time vastly known among college students to be the most dreaded week of the semester.

Synonyms: Dead Week, The End (of you)

Finals week is notorious in every college and university across the country for bringing an abundant amount of stress to sleep deprived, hard working college students. We prepare all semester for one massive exam that will make a significant impact on our final grade, GPA, and previous coursework. Due to the pressure put on us to succeed on each final examination, finals week unfortunately; often brings, multiple sleepless nights of studying, occasional panic attacks, tears, increased irritability, an influx in anxiety levels, and often students’ feelings of inadequacy and incompetence. The week is full of a propensity of cramming months of material into your studying the night before the exam. In the moment it is easy to believe that our grade will ultimately determine our future, but it won’t. God will.

For these reason I believe finals culture is unhealthy. As we begin to get our final grades back it is crucial to remember that your grades do not define you, you are not a number. Personally, I often have to remind myself that if we are truly following God’s calling on our lives and are confident that we are exactly where he has placed us then everything will work out in the end according to his divine plan. God’s plan for our lives is inevitable.

We need to learn to put our trust and hope in God alone in the anxious rush of preparing for these exams in the future. Our God is the source of endless peace. Our God is the source all triumphant wisdom. Our God knows what is ahead of us. When we are in communication with God rather than worrying about our own selfish anxiety the King of Kings will give us everlasting peace. As it says in Philippians 4:6-7, ” Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Life is simply to short to let one grade from one exam define your path. In your life you will do bigger and far more important things than take a Math Final. As final grades are returned over this summer I encourage you to look at the bigger picture of God’s plan for your life and see the purpose he has in store for you. You are worth more than a letter on a piece of paper. Let that sink in… Therefore, in an effort to avoid the mental breakdowns next semester remember to, live abundantly, live with purpose, know your worth, and trust in God above all else.
The God of dance parties, ice cream, and coffee shops created YOU. Fall in love with God and I promise you’ll fall in love with life. Love you all -Maddie

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