The semester is coming to a close at Winthrop University, and students are packing the library for finals this week.
Final exams will run through Tuesday, with graduate student commencement Dec. 13 and undergraduate students graduating Dec. 15.
"I think most everyone's anxious and somewhat excited about the winter break," said Dustin Evatt, chairman of the Council of Student Leaders.
Students had a study day Tuesday, with the first scheduled exams starting at 6:30 that night.
"Right now, I think everyone's relaxed," Evatt said Tuesday. "But when it comes down to it, people start cramming."
The Herald caught up with several Winthrop students Tuesday to ask them about their study routines. These are their personal tricks of the trade:
• "I'm an athlete, so they teach us to study five days before each final for two hours each day," said Erin Sweeney, a sophomore golfer. "I set up a calendar and schedule when I'm going to study."
• Jonathan Scott, a senior marketing major, stays up until 4 or 5 a.m. doing last-minute studying. "I guess I've been cramming all my life," he said.
• Amber Schronce, a junior special education major, likes to spread her studying out. "My exams are daily," she said. "I have at least one a day for the next week, so I try to study for what I have the next day."
• For Zinah Jennings, a freshman taking finals for the first time, the schedule is simple. "Sleeping, studying. Sleeping, studying. Eating, studying," she said. "I'm stress-free, just ready to get it over with and go home."
• Finals week is not stressing sophomore Kristyn Yeater. "I actually don't mind finals time," she said. "All you have to do is study instead of reading and doing papers."