As we all come out of the social slumber that is finals and remember that we do, in fact, have to put on real pants and go outside sometimes, the start of the summer and the impending start of my senior year can seem a bit daunting. Three months lounging poolside and watching baseball are a sure recipe for what I like to call student slothhood. When we have nothing to do we are really, really good at doing nothing. But alas, another semester is on the horizon and its coincidence with the start of a new year begs the question, how will I make my last year my best one yet?
The end of the semester brings with it the greatest stress of all: finals.
Finals can be a daunting experience, especially if you haven’t really been keeping up with your classes the way you should be (that’s totally not my case, though…). Berkeley tends to take mercy on us and gives us Dead Week. Dead Week or as it is formally known, Reading and Recitation Week, is the week before finals where there are no classes or instruction. Review sessions and discussion are optional, but in large, campus tends to come to a halt as most people try desperately to use the week to its full advantage. Some perks of Dead Week are that some of our more important libraries stay open 24 hours allowing us to study (or nap) any time we want. Probably the best feature of this perk is that the Free Speech Movement Café is open just as long as the libraries are! This allows you to get your caffeine fix to keep you going, or that wrap you so desperately try to sneak past the library attendants.