10 Things All Berklee Students Go Through On Finals Week

by Ayanna Jacobs-El

Here at Berklee College of Music, or any college for that matter, we all can agree that finals week is the absolute worst! Why does our final grade have to be dependent upon whether we remember things we learned in class in week 1? Why do some teachers think we don’t have enough on our plate and decide to assign a huge project, which counts for most of your grade, at the last minute?! I don’t have the answers to these questions but I do have a list of all the things we go through to deal with the dreaded finals week!

1. Fear

You start thinking about all of the things you need to get done. You think, “Why didn’t I start that project a few days earlier?” Then you look at the final exam study guide and realize that you don’t even know the answers to half of the questions on it.

2. All-nighters become the new norm.

Since you didn’t start that project or know half the material that the exam will cover, you now don’t get the luxury of sleep. You have to stay up all night cramming and wondering how you got into this mess.

3. You become completely dependent on coffee.

Starbucks or Pavement are now getting all of your money because you can’t stay awake without your fuel.

4. Somehow you still find time to procrastinate.

Suddenly, your bathroom just has to be cleaned, right now! Or you decide to take a 5-minute break that turns into a 5-hour binge of an awesome new show you discovered on Netflix!

5. Consider your plan B.

It’s time to think about your other options if this whole school and musician thing doesn’t work out. Why put yourself through all this stress when you can become a travel blogger?

6.  Eat away your problems.

Screw eating, right now you have to eat all the junk food in sight to distract you from the anxiety you feel from finals.

7. What’s the lowest grade?

You look on your class syllabus to see how much the final exam is really worth. Then you calculate the lowest grade you can get to still pass the class. Unfortunately, the exam or project was worth way more than you thought!

8. Give up.

Now you just want to throw call it quits! But, just temporarily. You need some time to tell yourself that you’ll accept defeat. These finals are really making you question all your life decisions!

9. Confidence boost!

After your pity party, you realize that you have been through finals before and you survived all those previous times. Now it’s time to suck it up and get your stuff done!

10. Success!!

You finally complete all your projects at the last minute. Then you go and take your exam and realize that you were actually prepared enough or that the teacher made an easy test. Finally, you can relax and enjoy life again!





About the Author

Ayanna Jacobs-El
Ayanna Jacobs-El is a composer, producer, songwriter, singer, alto and baritone saxophonist, and DJ dual majoring in Contemporary Writing and Production and Professional Music with a minor in Writing for TV and New Media. You can learn more about Ayanna and hear her music by visiting www.ayannajacobsel.com.