99 percent of the time I love the quarter system. I love the ten week
classes, getting to try a number of classes throughout the year, having a break from Thanksgiving to New Years, and starting later in the fall.
Every year, though, the end of May is when I get so envious of all my friends on the semester system already done with school. They’re hanging out, sleeping in, and taking time off while I’m studying for finals and am stressed out all the time.
To cope with this, I’ve figured out some tips.
1. I’ve been having “study dates” with my grad school friends, so while they’re studying for big exams or preparing for grad school, I can study for finals. Its different work, but work nonetheless
2. When I need a study break, it’s a perfect time to hang out with my friends already done with school and go out to eat, or have a movie night.
3. I still go to all the events and parties my friends are having, I just don’t stay for too long. I went to a Memorial Day brunch but left after a few hours.
4. I study with friends still in school! I have friends at Northwestern who also have finals in June, and also many friends at DePaul who are anxiously studying as well, so spending time with them forces all of us to stick to the books, even if all we want to do is go to the beach.