It has finally arrived. That immense obstacle lying between all Mudders and the glorious freedom of Winter Break. That’s right, it’s finals week here at Mudd. The campus has become somewhat deserted as students huddle in dorm rooms and empty classrooms, furiously studying, writing papers, and taking tests. Whenever people tend to congregate (generally at meals), the air is filled with dozens of sleep-deprived voices saying things like: “I only have X papers, Y presentations, and Z finals. Then I’m done!”
Finals week anywhere is always tough to get through. At Mudd, the students do their best to encourage one another. The school has campus-wide quiet hours from noon on Sunday to late Friday night. One great thing about the honor code at Mudd is that some classes give out take-home finals, to be completed within a time limit and turned in before a set date. Thus, if you think best at 4AM, that sounds like a perfect time for a math final. Since anyone could conceivably be taking a final at any given time, the quiet hours go on for the entire week.
In order to help alleviate some of the stress on Mudders during the week, the Dean of Students (DoS) office holds “noisy minutes” during finals week. Every day, from 8:45PM until 9PM, students flood the quad to be as loud and crazy as possible. Events this week have included a giant pillow fight and drum circle, an inflatable obstacle course, and puppies (though we weren’t too loud around the puppies). It’s great for stress relief, and it helps to get people out of their rooms to have fun with friends for a few minutes.
It’s crazy to think that there’s only a week until Christmas! It feels as though we just started December, but time flies when you’re having fun at Mudd. My past few weeks have been hectic, but I’ve made sure to make time for fun. My friends and I have gotten our holiday fix by doing things like going Claremont, which is decorated for the holidays. We enjoy going out to dinner and seeing movies (like the midnight premiere of the Hobbit!) as a fun way to balance the intensity of school.
All in all, it feels great to be one final away from finishing my first semester of sophomore year! I’ve already learned so much since coming to Mudd, and (thankfully) my time here isn’t even halfway over. Now it’s time to go home to Seattle for a month of well-deserved relaxation.