As school has finally come to a close, it got me thinking about the week before the end of the semester at Ursuline. When I first enrolled there, I remember thinking how lucky we were that we didn’t have end-of-first-semester exams. But after experiencing the week before the end of term, my views alternated. Our last week before Christmas break is what students fondly refer to as “the worst week of [my] life.” It is plagued with tests, papers, and projects in almost every subject. The teachers say, “But at least you don’t have midterms!” Would that be better though? Only having to study for one big test instead of writing three papers, working on a project, and studying for a test in every class?
I asked my friends, and they agreed that not having midterms may be more of a curse than a blessing. Some students may disagree, however, that although projects and papers are time-consuming, they count for less and tend to be grade boosters. I don’t know the real answer … just wondering if the other Dallas-area high schools have it right by giving their students just one big test. Just food for thought, Ursuline!