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One extra week makes big difference

November 27, 2011
ADELLE?WHITEFOOT , The Mining Journal

Thanksgiving break is coming to an end, and students who have been at Northern Michigan University for a couple years may be thinking the end of the semester is near. They are used to having one week of classes before finals week.

The semester schedule was like this for my first four years. It was mad dash to the end, trying to get every last assignment and project done by the end of the week. I always felt like I didn't have enough time to think, let alone to complete last minute projects and start on my finals.

This kind of schedule almost always meant that I -as an English writing major with a minor in journalism and art and design - had to write a paper or two by the end of the week and then start research for my final which was an eight- to 15-page paper depending on the class.

On top of that I would have to do some sort of photography or electronic imaging project. This was a lot to complete in one week.

I'm still in that mode. I still feel like I'm in that mad dash to the end. I can count six assignments that I have to complete but, hopefully, once I get back to classes on Monday I won't feel like I have to rush everything. I definitely have a lot to complete before finals week Dec. 12- I'm sure most other Northern students do, as well. But with two weeks between Thanksgiving break and finals week this semester, my friends seem to be less stressed and more relaxed.

Yes, the semester ends later in December than usual but we still get a month off for break. Finals are stressful enough without having to rush everything at the end.

I think having that extra week between Thanksgiving break and finals week will help students get in the groove for final exams and help make them feel like it's not the end of the world.

Editor's note: Northern Michigan University student and Mining Journal Staff Writer Adelle Whitefoot can be reached at 906-228-2500. Her email address is



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