The Best and The Worst Of Your Final Exam Schedules

Earlier this month, we petitioned our readers to send us their finals schedules. Originally in search of the worst final schedule Penn State has to offer, we received multiple submissions with extreme disparities. For some students, finals week may come as a blessing, whereas for other students, it’s a curse. We were able to see the full array of final exam schedules.

The Senior Schedules

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Panic Level: 0

These schedules are godsends. Students with finals schedules like this either head home for the holidays early or get a week at the bars. It’s important to remember these schedules so we can truly appreciate just how cruel and unfair some others on this list are.

The Troll-So-Hard Schedule

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This schedule probably required a double take. This finals week should be easier than a Sunday walk in the park. So close to a senior schedule…so close. While it may not be perfect, it still could a lot worse. But I guess from a glass half-full perspective, with all that time to study, you’re definitely going to get an A!

Panic Level: 0.5

The Totally Normal Schedule


The old saying “Keep Calm and Carry On” is the epitome of these types of schedules. Sure, you’re going to be stressed, but it’s nothing any Penn State student can’t manage.

Panic Level: 3

The “HOLY SHIT–oh wait, I can just file a conflict” Schedule

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At first glance, these schedules would make any student shiver with terror. If completed properly, a schedule like this can quickly be fixed. BUT! If you somehow forget to bring up a conflict, a schedule like this will put you into the fetal position as you frantically attempt to orchestrate a study plan. Please, don’t be hero.

Panic Level: 4

The Three-A-Days Schedule

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Don’t these schedules make you sick to your stomach? Once again, the scheduling conflict tool is a student’s best friend. If done properly, these so called “Three-a-Days” can be broken up into six exams over the course of three days, instead of six exams over the course of two days. An adjusted schedule may remain as very demanding, but they’re still easily manageable, compared to the latter.

Panic Level: 6

The “I need to call my mom” Schedules




Now we start getting into the really ugly schedules. Five exams in one week actually might melt your brain (though that’s not scientifically proven, it seems possible). Throw a couple of 8 a.m. exams into that mix, along with nonstop cram sessions, and students will be walking out of their last final in tears. The exams’ content may differ, but the schedule remains the same, and five finals in one week is damn near impossible. These schedules demand preparation and effort. If not executed properly, students GPAs may go up in flames.

Panic Level: 8

The Work of Satan Schedule:

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Ouch. Six finals, all in serious classes. Not quite as bad as the eight finals someone sent us last year, but still quite treacherous. Someone give this person a hug.

Panic Level: 10. Deep Breaths… Deeeeeeeep Breaths.

If you forgot to submit your final exam schedule and you think it can top these, then let us know in the comments!

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Jon Deasy

is a senior majoring in criminology from the Steel City. You can find him at the Rathskeller on a Saturday or in the library at four in the morning. He plans to attend law school in the future and enjoys writing about college kids committing the most comical crimes in State College. When he’s not busy, he’s aimlessly staring at his Twitter, @jon_deasy. You can reach him via email at [email protected].

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