Editorial | Don’t be a jerk during finals

Finals season is magical. Everyone is tired, stressed and sleep deprived. Whether it’s five final tests, five group projects or some ungodly combination of both, we’re all struggling to make it down the last half of the final stretch before break.

Please do not tell everyone that your finals are more difficult than everyone else’s. We’re four months into the school year at this point, and the message has been ingrained enough already. We get that you have a plate and a half, because, so do we.

If somebody tells you that they are a humanities major, don’t assume that their classes are easy. Just because you are in a STEM or business major, that does not mean you are better than everyone else or have more work on your plate. Likewise, humanities majors shouldn’t laugh when STEM majors have to write a seven-page paper for a general education class they’re in. Common courtesy goes both ways.

Every major is different, and every person is in different classes. Who you’re talking to might be taking over 18 credit hours and might even be working a part-time job. Or maybe they’re taking 13 credit hours, but have an internship at Research Park and are heavily involved in RSOs. There is no need to judge someone’s personality or work ethic based off their major.

Finals season is not a competition, and it never should be. There is no need to prove that you have more work to do. If a friend tells you, “I’m so stressed, I have so much work to do,” please don’t try to one-up them with how you have more tests, papers, group projects or lab reports to work on.

Be sympathetic and understanding, as we’re all just trying to get our diplomas at the end of the day; finals season is the worst time to compete with friends over your misery.

The Daily Illini Editorial Board is comprised of students across several different colleges: Media, Engineering, Business, LAS, FAA: Yet, we all respect each other and acknowledge the copious amount of work we put into our respective majors, among other commitments.

This can be easy to forget if you only surround yourself with people who are in the same or similar majors. It might be beneficial to surround yourself with a diverse group of friends to challenge preconceived notions about a certain major.

To those who keep quiet, mind their own business and grind out during finals season, thank you. To those who don’t, well, we’re sorry for you.

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