Originally Posted: 10/5/2012 8:06 PM
Exam weekend is here! The core class line-up is Saturday, Sunday, and Tuesday. It is a marathon of study time, practice exams, group session, TA and Professor led reviews, and – when one can find time – some sleep.
As you can imagine, this could be a very stressful time for the students, and I’d be lying if I said that it wasn’t. That said, there are tons of examples of the true Johnson spirit shining through. I want to just share a few with you so you can appreciate the awesome atmosphere that this school creates.
I could write a whole post (and should) on how much the 2nd year students help out the 1st year students. It is part of what Johnson is. This weekend they are sponsoring extra snacks for us in the atrium to keep us fueled up for our exams.
The people love to learn. We just had a re-screening of the presidential debate that was very well attended despite the looming exams. The main focus was two professors of economics that were taking Q&A and giving their opinion and insights on some of the comments.
Extended office hours and review sessions were all around. There was help from the faculty of the school, if that’s who you wanted to talk to
The students themselves organized into groups and had open study sessions that people can pop in and out of. In fact, there was even a Facebook group that was started specifically for the exams so that people could post questions with a virtual study group.
Back to the faculty, they provided all sorts of study materials to make sure we could prepare for the exams. Sure, there are a bunch of curve balls on the day of, but just knowing that the system is in place to support us is very reassuring.
The last thing that I’ll say is the coordination for the semester. Sure there are conflicts – all of them can’t be avoided, but the entire school is VERY good at planning things out. And not just for social and professional events, but for course deliverables as well. On top of that they take feedback and then take action on it.
In short, it is a very busy time here at Johnson and I couldn’t be happier that I’m in the middle of it.