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The Final Stretch

Students Prepare for Finals and the End of the Semester
Makenzie Medford ’26
Kahlen DuFrene ’26 studying at Alchemy Coffee after school.

Homecoming has long passed, it is no longer “the beginning of the school year,” the holiday rush has hit, and finals are weeks away.

Finals are approaching faster than they may seem, and it is important for Bishop Gorman students to stay on top of their grades.

For most freshmen, this is their first time taking finals. Anna Zoeller ‘27 explained, “as we get closer to finals, I have been preparing by keeping my notes and tests organized and accessible. I have also been checking my grades weekly to make sure that I do not have any missing assignments.”

The freshmen have  many expectations about what finals will be like, but many students feel that they will be tough. Zoeller later shared, “I expect them to be difficult and challenging; however, if I prepare and study for them, I think that I will do well.”

For sophomores, it is their second year taking finals, and they already know the routine. Mackenzie Motzny ‘26 stated, “All I’m really doing is just trying to focus and pay attention in classes so when finals do come, I’ll feel more prepared.”

Juniors have a bit more to worry about. This year is the SAT/ACT year, and with finals on the way, this can be a stressful time for them. However, Mila Mayo ‘25 has her way of making sure her grades are good before finals even begin. She shared, “now that everything is over until the holidays, I’m just focusing on trying to keep the good grades I already have and I’m trying to raise my lower grades.”

Mayo later commented on what she is doing to prepare for the SATs, “I’ve been using the Bluebook App to give me practice questions.”

Seniors have other things to worry about. Sage Barden ‘24 explained, “As a senior, the thing on my mind right now is college applications. Many deadlines for early applications are November fifteenth, so I am trying to grind those out.”

On top of that, seniors have semester finals to prepare for, “The best way I am preparing for finals at this time is not only paying attention to my classes, but absorbing the information. This is so I have less to study when finals roll around,” Barden commented.

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