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Editorial

Finals week, graduation lead to reflection of past year

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May 8, 2014

The last issue of the Student Voice is out and finals week has arrived. The thoughts of summer have migrated from being dreams to being a reality. For those lucky seniors, including three of us on the editorial board, graduation is just a little over a week away. We would like to send out our support and encouragement to students during this stressful time of the semester. Use this weekend to prep yourself for your exams so you do not spend sleepless nights cramming. From personal experience, it is better to get an adequate amount of sleep than to stay up all night studying. That fear of bobbing your head during your exam, fighting to stay awake, could certainly become a realistic battle that you may not win.

For those who are graduating, we understand that the “senior slide” may have kicked in about four months ago. However, you are almost done, do not get defeated now. Saturday, May 17, will arrive fast and soon you will be walking across that stage wondering where the time went. All of those countless hours slaving away over papers, projects and tests will pay off as soon as you get that diploma.

Once you are done with those dreaded finals, summer break will walk back into your life. While having fun over the summer is a must, it is also important to use your time wisely. Finding internships, jobs or anything that will help set you up financially and with experience for your major will surely make you sigh in relief once fall semester creeps up. Seniors who are graduating can use this summer to find jobs or internships in their fields.

Memories you have made throughout the year are always fun to reflect back on as you pack up your room for the summer. Think back to the friends you have made, the experiences you have had and the knowledge you are walking away with. Not to get too cheesy, but these are the years that are helping you most to set you up for the rest of your life.

The main goal of being at UW-River Falls is to get an education. However, the memories do not just come from sitting in class. It is also the times you stayed up until 3 a.m. chatting with your best friends, making melted crayon art in your dorm study lounge and sprinting to the University Center for Late Night with just enough time to spare before it closed, that you will look back on as well.

Thank you for reading the Student Voice this semester. We wish you all the best of luck on finals and for the graduating seniors, congratulations.