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First-year Westminster students face their first round of college finals

A person sits at a booth in Shaw Student center, smiles at the camera, and makes a peace sign symbol with her right hand.
Armelie Ngoie, a first-year marketing major, smiles while she studies and has breakfast at a booth in Shaw Student Center Dec. 8. “[My first semester of college was] not that bad,” Ngoie said. “Actually, I thought that [my first semester of college] would be more difficult, but it was easier than I thought.” Photo courtesy of Brooklyn Covington. Image description: Armelie Ngoie, a first-year marketing major, makes a peace sign symbol with her right hand, smiles at the camera, and has blueberry pancakes while she sits at a booth in Shaw Student Center.

“Overall, my first semester went well,” said Kiva Call-Feit, a first-year elementary education major, in an email. “My senior year of high school was completely online, so shifting to in-person classes took a bit of adjusting.”

Call-Feit said her instructors were very understanding and helped her figure out time management throughout her first semester. Call-Feit said she was surprised by how social the Westminster College community is. 

“Working with peers on projects and other classwork was a pleasant surprise,” Call-Feit said in an email. 

Armelie Ngoie, a first-year marketing major, said her first semester was not as bad as she was expecting.

“Actually, I thought that [my first semester of college] would be more difficult, but it was easier than I thought,” Ngoie said.

Ngoie said her schedule was a little challenging during the Fall semester. With finals week, Ngoie said she focused on studying.

“For example, if my friends are like, ‘Hey, do you want to go out?’ And I’m like, ‘I can’t ‘cause I have to study,’” Ngoie said. “I’m going to stress about life later.” 

A sign that reads, “Good luck on finals! Take a goodie bag,” is displayed on an empty table with a black tablecloth.
A sign in Giovale Library sits on a table for students to read during finals week Dec 8. Giovale Library, Bassis Student Center and the Health, Wellness and Athletic center extended their hours for students during finals week. Photo courtesy of Brooklyn Convington. Image description: A sign that reads, “Good luck on finals! Take a goodie bag,” sits on an empty table in Giovale Library.

Call-Feit said she spent about five to seven hours studying for each of her final projects.

“I had projects for all of my classes, except one, where I had a ‘comprehensive conversation’ with my instructors about what I learned in the class,” Call-Feit said in an email. “It was nice to not have any tests.”

Ngoie said her expectations of college finals were exactly what she thought it was going to be. 

“I just [have] one exam that I [did this Thursday] and then I have another exam,” Ngoie said. “I kind of have a lot of projects to do and presentations.”

Call-Feit said college finals did not meet her expectations of what she imagined them to be. 

“I had a mental image of pulling all-nighters and taking scary multiple-choice tests, but it wasn’t nearly as stressful as I thought,” Call-Feit said in an email. “It was challenging, but not terrifying.”  

Ngoie said she likes to spend time alone to take breaks from studying for her finals.

“I don’t study all the time, but when I take a break, I don’t usually hang out with my friends,” Ngoie said. “I prefer to be alone in my bedroom.”

Call-Feit said she likes to be with her friends when she takes a break from studying. 

“To take breaks from studying, I just hangout with my friends,” Call-Feit said in an email. “We go on drives or play Cards Against Humanity or just talk. [One night] we made Christmas cookies, which was a really fun break.”

Campus is open late to support Westminster students as they finish their finals, according to an email announcement from Westminster Weekly.

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Brooklyn Covington is a senior at Westminster College studying communication. She has fun in the sun and finds value in embracing her naturally curly hair. Brooklyn has a passion for fashion and loves being a pommy mommy to her pampered dog, Roo.

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