Posted on May 15th, 2007 by

At Gustavus, the last week of classes and final exams usually occur around the middle of May. As a result, May is an exceptionally busy time of year. As classes end, all remaining papers and assignments need to be handed in. On top of that, students need to prepare for final exams, check out of their dorms/houses/apartments, and make arrangements to travel home.

As finals approach, students begin to spend more and more time in the Folke BernadotteLibrary Memorial Library. The library at Gustavus is a wonderful place to find sources for papers, quiet study rooms, computers, and comfortable study chairs. The library is open until 1 A.M. most nights, meaning that students have the opportunity to use the library no matter what their schedules are like.

One of my favorite traditions at Gustavus, which occurs the day before finals begin, is anJazz event called Midnight Express. The gathering begins at 10 P.M. in the Gustavus Marketplace and features performances by Gustavus Jazz Ensembles. While the Jazz bands perform, various members of the Gustavus faculty serve free food and beverages to Gustie students. Midnight Express lasts until 12 A.M., and throughout the evening students pack into the marketplace. The atmosphere is filled with excitement, and I have always felt that attending Midnight Express puts me in the right state of mind for my important tests the following day. I think it is so neat that the college hosts one last student gathering before Gustie’s disperse for the summer months.

Completing finals is both exciting and a little bittersweet because finishing your last exam signifies another completed year at Gustavus. An academic year at Gustavus flies by, and I can hardly believe that I am just about done with my sophomore year as a Gustie. I have had a wonderful time this spring semester, and I hope that my thoughts concerning life at Gustavus have been helpful. And remember, being a student at Gustavus is an extraordinary experience!!


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