Texas State students brace themselves for finals

By: Ashley Garcia

SAN MARCOS— The end of another semester is near and students are spending hours in the library, drinking countless cups of coffee and pulling all-nighters in preparation for final exams.

Jamileth Ortega, a junior political science major is feeling the stress of deadlines and exams before she approaches final exam week.

“I have two papers and three exams,” Ortega said. “The week before finals is more intense, because I’m wrapping up each course with final papers, presentations and exams.”

Alkek Library will begin their 24-hour study hall beginning Dec. 7. Many Texas State students take advantage of the library being open for 24 hours, while some find that the library is an uncomfortable distraction.

“I tend to stay away from Alkek as much as I can, especially during finals season,” Ortega said. “It can get loud and stuffy, and I find that I am more unproductive there than at home.”

Paula Fitzgerald, a freshman English major commutes from Kyle daily, so she will be taking advantage of the library’s 24 hour schedule.

“It’s a lot easier to study in the library than it is to study at home,” Fitzgerald said. “My favorite place to study is on the sixth floor of the library, in a little cubby or a table in between two rows of book cases.”

Career services will also have study rooms available on the fifth floor of the LBJ Student Center from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. until Dec. 15.

“For a limited time as a special perk during finals, if you’re looking for a study room, Career Services has space available,” Sam Heimbach, career services adviser said in an email to students.

Heimbach said career services offered the study space to students last semester, and they hope that they can continue to offer the space at the end of each semester.

According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety disorders are one of the most common mental health problems on college campuses.

As a result, Texas State offers many services for students during the season of exams. The Counseling Center provides students with resources and tips on managing stress. The Student Learning Assistance Center (SLAC) offers tips, tools and strategies for students to utilize. And the Alkek Library will have coloring pages, free candy and pencils, bubble wrap popping and therapy dogs for students as part of their Finals Stress Relief at Alkek.

Divine Canines and Pet Partners will bring therapy dogs to the Alkek library on Dec. 12 and Dec. 13.

According to a scientific study, contact with companion animals holds the potential to promote social interaction and functioning in children and adults with or without mental health problems.

“I am a dog person, so having them around during finals is a sweet break,” Ortega said.

The Texas State final exam schedule can be found here. Good luck, Bobcats!


Audio Story by Diana Gonzalez

Photo Essay by Amanda Forbes

Sophomore nursing major Alexa Valdez reads a book on the fifth floor of Alkek to study for her U.S. literature final exam. Photo by Amanda Forbes
Freshman exercise and sports science major Kristan Cazares studies with her friend for their biology final exam with a view overlooking LBJ. Photo by Amanda Forbes
A student’s final exam review and notes for a history of mass media class. Photo by Amanda Forbes
Students gathered on the main floor of Alkek this week to get in some last minute studying for their final exams. Photo by Amanda Forbes
Alkek Library is hosting its therapy dog event Dec. 12 and 13. Kay Hetherly, organizer of the events, says, ““People love dogs and dogs provide unconditional love. They just love everybody. We need that when we’re stressed. It’s nice to forget your problems for a while and just feel that kind of affection.” Photo by Amanda Forbes
Alkek offers floors upon floors of books to students that need to conduct research for essays and exams. Photo by Amanda Forbes

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