For every high school student in the Newport-Mesa Unified School
District, this will be the last week of the first semester. The one word
that is occupying every student's mind is finals. Many students have
already begun to prepare for their finals as early as last weekend. As
always, everyone will have to take a final exam for each class, which is
significant because it can make or break his or her grade. This
ultimately puts a lot of pressure on students, especially for those who
have borderline grades. Students tend to get stressed out trying to cram
every bit of information that they have been learning in the past few
months within a couple of days, or even a couple of hours.
As they say, "If you fail to plan, you plan to fail." This means that
in order to do well on the final exam, it is very important to study and
review the material at least a week before the test date. By not
procrastinating, you would be more prepared; consequently, your stress
level would be lowered and you would be able to concentrate better during
Everyone understands the concept that studying hard and not
procrastinating are essential to succeeding in school, but sometimes the
lack of motivation, along with our busy schedules, gets in the way. Yet
if one has optimism, perseverance and time management, one can overcome
any difficulties along the way and, in the end, succeed in school.
This semester, there are students who have always been very consistent
in keeping up with their work and have solid grades in their classes. For
them, they do not have to worry as much about the finals as those who are
struggling. Because of their solid grade in class, their final grade for
the class would not be greatly affected even if they score very low on
the final exam. These students who have been working hard throughout the
semester have a great advantage over the rest; still, because they are
highly motivated, they strive to do well on the final exams as well.
Next Monday marks the beginning of a new semester, where every student
will have a fresh start grade-wise. Perhaps as a late New Years'
resolution, we as students should resolve to work hard, be consistent
with our work and try not to procrastinate, all of which will reduce the
stress for us when next semester's finals come along.
* HUONG THAI is a sophomore at Estancia High School, where she is the
editor of El Aguila's opinion page. Her columns will appear occasionally
in the Community Forum section.