Finals help students in the long-term

Sam Greenberg, Eastside Staff

Each year, students spend boring class after class daydreaming about what the summer has in store. What every student, including myself, tries to forget is that the most important tests of the year lie in the way of ultimately reaching the vacation that we have all been waiting for.

Finals at East last four days with every student having a different schedule and up to two different one hour and thirty minute finals taking place each day. The finals count as one ninth of the yearly grade and can make or break a student’s final average.

For seniors, finals week may be a walk in the park because if they have an A average in a class, a final is not required for that class. This is as a result of many factors, but its purpose is mostly to reward the students for their hard work all throughout high school and the current year and for not slacking off like many of the seniors do after receiving college acceptances.

The policy given to seniors is denoted as a privilege. Students in the freshmen, sophomore and junior classes should all yearn for this special privilege by the time their senior year comes around. Although there are many students who work tirelessly to keep up their grades in these years, it proves to be a necessary step in earning their desired grade.

Likewise, finals are something that will never go away in life. Finals undoubtedly exist in college and these finals count for much more of a grade. Practice with finals now will only help the student in the future as opposed to hurt them slightly now.

Therefore, although the possibility exists that finals may hurt a student’s grade more than help it, they are a necessary component of the student’s present and future. They prove that the student deserves the grade and more often than not, a student can do horribly on the final and still prevail with the grade they want.

So, after attaining an A average the entire year, will it really be all that difficult to get just one more A on “final questions [that] cannot be the same level of difficulty as that of a regular test due to lack of time?” as stated by Eastside Editor Kaitlyn Boyle (’17).

The answer to that is no – only a few more simplified tests until all of those daydreams can finally become a reality.