Students better off taking finals before holiday break

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As high school students, we have become the masters of dealing with stress. Although some of us are better than others, we can juggle dozens of activities throughout the day and still manage to hold it all together … most of the time.
During the first semester, for many students the light at the end of the tunnel is the holiday break. This long time off is the hallowed ground for many; the time where we can rest and relax and catch up on some much needed sleep. The last thing we want to think about is homework, or projects, or the “f” word: finals.
For the most part, Iowa public schools schedule our finals for after the long break, this year after 16 days off. This sounds like the perfect time to forget everything we have learned over the semester. In theory, we should not be forgetting what we have been taught, but it’s still hard to get back and immediately start the heavy load again.
Wouldn’t it be so much simpler if we had finals before break? Then we could start off fresh in the new year. But for now, we will be cramming it in over the next few days, trying not to lose it completely.
Many of us will be pulling some all-nighters, chugging caffeinated beverages and walking in a comatose state. This is normal behavior for us students right before finals, but wouldn’t we all benefit if this wrapped up before break?

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