Final Exams: The Good, The Bad, and The Not So Ugly

By: Tarang, MBA Candidate, Class of 2009

The good part is making it to B school and finally starting the MBA I had been dreaming about for so long. The bad is realizing and then doing all of the hard work that goes into being a successful student. And the ugly part (or at least what I anticipated was the ugly part) are the big fat final exams: the moments of truth! But are they actually that bad… I think not!

Having lived through 4 exam periods at the Simon School (we are on the quarter system) now I can honestly say that ‘exam week’ is not that bad. In fact, as I look back, they are the times I now cherish! For finals, a lot of students study in groups at school. We all study late into the night; it is fun to find so many people in the hallways of Gleason and Schlegel Halls at 3 AM. More importantly, every time I get stuck or need to understand a certain concept, I can just walk to another study room and classmates are there ready to help me. Discussing cases and solving problems together not only makes studying easier and faster, but enjoyable 

I would add that if you attend and participate in class actively and do the homework, then exams are nothing to stress about. They feel like a “cake walk,” while the class grades are a reward for the hard work throughout the quarter.

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