By Juwon Venter, Chattanooga, TN–UTC students are packing buildings and study halls preparing for final exams that begin Wednesday, Dec. 4. Students are studying hard and planning out the next few weeks to finish strong in their classes before Thanksgiving break Nov. 28 – Dec. 1.
“Since the beginning of November, my students have been filling up computer labs and our study rooms here at SSS,” said Christopher Stokes, academic specialist for student support services.
At the beginning of the semester, students were enjoying their free time in the ARC, University Center and Heritage Plaza. However, since the time has come for final exams, those places have become deserted.
“Man, it just hit me a few weeks ago that finals are coming up in three weeks,” said Greg Shelton, a Nashville senior. “Since
I know that I’m not going to study over Thanksgiving Break, I have to start studying and being consistent with my work now.”
Shelton was with a study group of five in the Lupton Library preparing for their last test of the year one week in advance Friday afternoon. Many students, including Shelton, are eager to be well and do excellent on their test before finals.
Also, seniors like Shelton have an opportunity to graduate in December. There will be a Commencement program for UTC seniors on Dec. 14 who are eligible to graduate. “Some December graduates are depending on their finals for this semester to graduate,” Stokes said.
Emotions are running high at UTC, and students are cautious about their current grades before finals.
“This semester has been rough and quite stressful, and I’m anxious about my finals,” said Courtland Archie, Memphis senior. “But I got it! As long as I keep coming here [Lupton Library] studying every day until finals.”