My finals period is always sweet and sour since my birthday always falls during this time. However, I only had two finals this past semester, which made it awesome! Essentially, my calendar was absolutely booked with study breaks. At Rice, both the university and residential colleges plan study breaks to ensure maximum procrastination with minimum stress by the students (at least that’s why I think they have them…).
The biggest study break is the President and Dean’s study break. A couple days before finals actually start, the university holds a huge study break filled with lots of free food and entertainment. This year’s offered bagel pizzas, gyros, tater tots, mac n cheese, smoothies, fresh fruit, sodas, ice cream sundae station, coffee, cookies, and more to enjoy while being entertained by the Rice Symphonic Band, SpoCo (our Rice improv group that made it to nationals!), and the Phils (our Rice acapella group). There was also a fudge sale and holiday card making station to benefit Texas Children’s Hospital as well as four huge projector screens for classic Mario Kart matches! Oh, and did I mention free massages? Outside of sponsoring that huge university study break, the president and his wife also hosted the entire senior class at his house for a Senior Holiday Party. My friends and I loved getting all dressed up and enjoying a “grown-up” party with our class!
We also had a Hanszen Senior Holiday Party (Hanszen being my residential college) the night before filled with drinks, hors dourves, a white elephant exchange, and games. But this was only one of many that Hanszen hosted. Our masters and RAs made sure to have a study break everyday of finals! This included: the Amazing Race study break, a poker tournament, late-night breakfast, ice skating, bowling, Monday Night Football study break, cinammon rolls and hot chocolate study break, and much more (if you can believe it!). One of my favorites is the Liam and Merry Super Awesome study break: Liam and Merry, 7 and 4 years of age, are our master’s children and love hosting this study break filled with coloring books, a disney movie, cookie-decorating, and board games!
With all these study breaks I’m not quite sure how I managed to study…I guess I only had two tests to study for so that definitely helped! It did turn out that one of my finals was on the night of my 22nd birthday, but my friends were great and threw a party in our room after it ended for me! So all in all, it was a pretty fun finals period, and the studying really wasn’t that bad…