'Twas the Night Before Exams

'Twas the night before finals and all through my dorm, were spirals and index cards strewn like a storm.

I studied with ferocity, dedication and hope, but with the luck of my average, I will need the prayers from the Pope.

The dorm was quiet as students prepared for their exam, and I was so stressed that I contemplated going on the lam.

I've cheated, copied and grifted my way through, but with the content of this exam, I'm better off faking the flu.

I have overdosed on caffeine, NoDoz and Pepsi, but should I score below a C, no one can save me.

I'm tired, hungry and repulsed by Ramen Noodles; I'd give my left leg for pancakes or a strudel.

The time has flown and exam time is here. I have vowed in confession that if I pass, I'll abstain from beer.

Good Luck...

How many students are feeling this same sense of anxiety and fear regarding the results of their exam preparation? What they fail to realize is the preparation begins on the first day of class, so that when that long-awaited week of exam time does arrive, you are spared the panic and bouts of anxious regret. There are a huge majority of students that feel confident that there is a moment to play "catch up" in college, when in actuality, that is further from the truth. We have all realized that college is an investment, but time is a value, and if you don't utilize your time properly, this poem will be your mantra.

A college degree is a gift that is wrapped in a well-decorated box with a satin ribbon to adorn the package of life. Most times it's a gift that you've wanted and desired for a substantial period of time and, when received, it is not only appreciated, but offers a sense of accomplishment.

What would it feel like if you received a gift that you absolutely hated? You shared the similar sentiments of the annual ugly sweater that your Aunt Betty gave you, and you would prefer to leave it unwrapped, sitting under the tree, to be hidden by the Christmas tree skirt. This is what it feels like to spend four years majoring in a field that doesn't make you feel the excitement and glee like Frosty the Snowman did as he flew over the snow banks on the fresh white carpet of glistening winter bliss.

Unfortunately, there are many of us that remain steadfast attempting to fulfill degree requirements for a job that we will never experience zeal or joy for. We look at books or read statistics on what are the "hottest" occupations, and the one with the highest earning potential might be the choice we settle for.

Inevitably we end up despising the classes. The earnest motivation and interest to study is lacking due to the passion to spend the rest of our lives in this field. Sure college is an investment that should be taken seriously, but I would prefer to major in art and aim to be the next Vincent Van Gogh, regardless if my parents supported the decision, than to be Jacob Marley, moaning, dragging chains and shackles to a boring cubby that I detest with the utmost repugnance for the rest of my life. I was once a Jacob Marley, truly believing that I wanted to be in education because it had been force fed to me by my parents. Once I finally saw that I would eventually spend the rest of my life in booties and a straitjacket, I knew I had majored in a profession that I would creatively need to spin into gold like the fairy maiden in Rumpekstiltskin.

Just like Christmas, dreams come true, and sometimes there are students majoring in a profession that is not heartfelt or something that the only fulfillment that is derived is gained from the parents footing the bill. I suggest that instead of majoring in a field that will suck the marrow out of your life, you allow the next four years of preparation to be successful, pleasant and gratifying. Give yourself the gift of being the best at whatever career choice you decide, and not only will your family see that you are utilizing self-empowerment and making choices that will have an end effect on your outcome that is positive, but their investment will be well spent. A happy student is a future adult who will capitalize on the lessons learned in undergrad and prove to be an unyielding contributor to society.