23 Stages of Sitting Your Last Ever University Exam
Your final year has rolled around quickly, exam season has hit you hard and fast, and suddenly it’s the day of your last exam. Every final year student goes through these stages…
1. You begin by barely believing the day is finally here.
After today, you may never have to do an exam again.
2. And it’s a good job because honestly you’re not sure you have anything left to give.
don't mean to be dramatic but my body has stopped functioning properly and I feel like I'm in a constant bubble, exams are destroying me
— Natalie Rhodes (@natalierhodesx) May 22, 2017
3. You try to really knuckle down with the revision now that you’re on the home stretch.
It’s the last one. You’ve got this, surely?
4. But even though the end has never been closer, you feel yourself flagging more than ever.
my last ever uni exam is today but i honestly have never been less motivated
— eliassurvo (@eliassurvo) May 22, 2017
5. It’s OK though, because at least your friends are in the same position.
You can walk to the final battle like:
6. Waiting outside for it to begin, you feel an existential crisis coming on.
“It’s the last exam. The last one. Ever. The future is coming.”
7. Not helped by the fact that people keep talking about things you definitely didn’t revise.
“That’s great, life is happening and I’m going to fail my last exam.”
8. You force yourself to get it together though, reminding yourself that freedom is within reach.
9. The doors open and you walk in like:
10. And wait for what seems like forever for it to begin.
11. Until finally, for the last time, you’re told to open your exam paper.
The end is here.
12. You feel your concentration waning after only a few minutes.
“Come on, brain. I only need two more hours of power.”
13. And seem to have less tolerance than ever when it comes to other people making any noise.
How dare you interrupt my train of thought by sniffing?
14. You’re painfully aware that this final exam might be the difference between you and a better degree.
15. But, as much as you want to go out on a high, a part of you has stopped caring.
16. You take a look at the time only to realise there’s hardly any left.
“Where have all those hours gone?!”
17. And before you know it, it’s all over and you’re being told to put your pens down.
18. For a while you just sit there like:
19. Until it finally dawns on you that you’re free. Actually free.
20. You emerge from the exam room dazed but triumphant.
21. And meet up with your friends outside like:
22. You start celebrating your freedom immediately.
23. Until you realise that this really is the end and that you now have no excuse to ignore the future.
With great freedom comes great responsibility.