Emotional stages leading up to the end of the semester

As the end of the semester rolls around, your emotions may be all over the place. There are so many things to consider, such as next year’s living arrangements, summer plans and above all, finals. Some days during the next month will be good, others will be bad. But generally, you’ll experience the five following emotional stages — whether they are spread out through the rest of the semester or you experience all five within one day. But hey, it’ll be over soon, right? At least until next semester …

1. Denial: No, finals are not next month, no, I don’t have one last midterm and yes, I will continue to use humor to avoid reality. Now leave me alone with my Netflix.

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2. Anger: I CAN’T BELIEVE I’VE BEEN PROCRASTINATING SO MUCH. I’ll just rant to whoever will listen, and maybe take my anger out on anyone but myself.

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3. Bargaining: Studying while laying down, listening to music, paying attention to my phone and having Facebook open still counts, right?

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4. Depression: Even if you have been productive, it still seems like it might not be enough. RRR week is spent sulking in self-pity, but somehow managing to hit La Note with your friends.

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5. Acceptance: Finals are done. Whether you get good grades or not, life goes on.

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