Exam time! The campus halls are lined with stressed out students cramming for the next test or reliving the answers from the one they just completed.
Exams often mark the end of a semester or a school year but they can also mark the end of a journey and a start of a new beginning. This month our grads share their exam time feelings and how it’s evolved since they first sat down to their first exam.
Alex – Financial Services, ’17
Final exams are always a challenge. Some people study a lot going in, some study a lot less. I think final exams are different than your very first set of exams. From first semester everyone wants to do really well and they stress and worry a lot about them, compared to final exams where the students don’t stress as much and the teacher knows we are just trying to finish them and get out.
The stress for final exams really sucks. It’s the one time of year where students lose even more sleep than they already do. A lot of my classmates pull all nighters. I make sure I don’t go to bed until I am confident in the content. I think one of the biggest struggles with exam week is it only being a week. So if you have 5 or even 6 exams over the span of 5 days, you have one every day and even 2 on one day. It leaves you no choice but to study heavily for that next specific exam the night before as they approach and so on.
This year I had 7 exams, with one of my teacher giving us one in class a week before to get it out of the way. I probably slept a total of barley 20 hours for exam week this year! Teachers want us to pass though. They don’t try to make things overly difficult so you’ll appeal it or fail.
I think it takes a couple days and a few naps to settle in and realize that school is done, exams are done, and we can start to feel free for a little while. Before we jump into the work force that is. But at least its over now!
Chanchal – Canadian Health Care for Foreign Trained Professionals, ’17
Exams are considered one of the most important things in a student’s life. However, the word exams in itself is a stressing word. The more the simple word it is, the more the difficult tasks it includes! Some students may have a haunting feeling or may consider it to be an evil. There was a time when I also think the same way but now, my thinking about exams has changed a lot.
When I was in the first semester, I had many thoughts, such as, how I would be able to adjust myself into the Canadian education system. When I had my first semester exams, I was very nervous. Being an international student, it was even more stressing because of the difference in the exam styles and patterns. However, as I got more involved into the education system, it became really easy for me to understand everything. Moreover, I believe, if you are prepared with your content and material well in advance, then it helps in relaxing your nerves.
Now, as I am about to give my last semester exams, I am so relaxed and chilled. I don’t have any feeling of nervousness or anxiety. I always try to prepare myself well in advance for the exams. I go through all the content before the exams and on the day before the exam, I just revise the content. Moreover, having a good sleep before exam is one of my ideas of dealing with exam stress.
There is a big relief that I am finally graduating and this of course, gives me a sense of freedom. There would be no alarms ringing in the morning and I can sleep for some more time. I think I deserve a break; it may not be too long but for some days for sure. After the break, I will start working towards my future goals with a new energy and a fresh mind.
Natalie – Occupational and Physiotherapist Assistant, ’17/ Health, Wellness & Fitness, ’15
Last day of exams? I can’t believe that my Mohawk journey is coming to an end!!! I can remember waking up the morning of my first Nursing exam, I can honestly say my nerves were bouncing through the roof as I didn’t know what to expect. Now, I am walking into my last OSCE practical exam, nervous but confident of my abilities. I would have to thank my professors for preparing me so well for these exams throughout the semester with continuous feedback, open labs and their advice to make myself better. It’s been a stressful, but an eventful last five years and I am happy to say I will be a happy Mohawk grad again in October.
After my exams, I will be entering my final placement for 7 weeks at the Hamilton Regional Rehab Center in the Spinal Cord Injuries Unit. I am beyond excited for this experience. The sense of my freedom will be the two weeks break I have between now and the start of my placement. I will have the opportunity to relax and take care of myself from the previous stressful couple of weeks. Once my placement is complete the real world is coming!!!!!. I will be looking for a full time position for my future career which will be overwhelming and stressful, however exciting. I look forward to the next step in my journey as an OTA/PTA.
I want to thank Mohawk staff, professors and all of my friends that have prepared me for the real world through workshops, life lessons, advice and countless opportunities that made me future ready and a better person. It’s been tough at times, but the time of my life, thanks Mohawk for the opportunity to be an Alumni!! xo