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Ah, the most magical time of the year is upon us. It’s time for us to write thousands upon thousands of words with little to no time to do such, and feel so stressed that we may combust at any moment. That’s right, it’s Midterms. It seems as though people forget how to live normally and just let insanity take over for these few weeks. Midterms can seem more stressful than actual final exams at Concordia for oh so many reasons. Here are a mere few.
1. There Is Nowhere To Study Downtown
Seriously. The library is under construction. The chapel is always packed. And even though there are some pretty cute cafes in the Downtown area, not a lot of them are appropriate in a study setting. There is too much commotion and noise to get anything done.
2. Teachers Have An Inability To Coordinate
Everyone knows Concordia has roughly a million and a half programs. Because of this, that means there is a lot of Profs to accommodate all of the subjects. It would be impossible to expect everyone to coordinate with each other, so more often than not you’ll have multiple assignments due on the same day. Fun.
3. The Library Forgets How To Even
For the record, the people who work at the Concordia Library are absolute gems. That being said, they are not immune to the Midterm insanity either. Books are being snatched up left, right and centre, it’s impossible to keep the system updated. And three-hour reserve is a joke.
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4. Concordia Helps You Procrastinate
Like we didn’t already have that covered ourselves. Midterm season generally coordinates itself with the best speakers and performances happening at Concordia. The Saints Plays are being held on February 18th and the famous drag queen, Panti Bliss, is coming to have a talk on the 16th. Last semester they had freakin’ Glenn Greenwald come lecture during midterms. It’s almost as if Concordia is begging you to stop studying and take a three hour break (three hours which you do not have) to come watch them.
5. Smoking Increases
Stress equals the abuse of vices. We all know that. Concordia students, not mention Montrealers in general, are notorious smokers. In turn, the campus is cascaded by a fog of smoke for the two weeks Midterms commence.
6. Available Food Sucks
If you’re pulling an all - nighter at the library then there is no way you’re going to bring a Tupperware full of celery sticks as a snack. You need some good ol’ comfort food to get you through. However, on the campus there really isn’t much option once the Hive closes down. There is Pizza Pizza, Tim Hortons, or Chartwells, the company that provides Concordia’s cafeteria food. Deciding to opt out of the fast food is probably a good idea since they’re pretty weak options. And buying anything from Chartwells is going to cost you over $10 for anything decent(ish)
7. The Moodle Is Even Slower Than It Normally Is
And that's saying something. The administration tries and tries to perfect the system, but let’s face facts. The Moodle is a software system created by Satan. End of story. And Midterms make it even worse because the site is so overloaded with people it crashes on the regs.
8. You Have To Turn Into A Loner To Get Anything Done
Finally, even though the campus is pretty sizeable, it’s so easy to run into people you know. Just one of the many mysteries Concordia has to offer. Unexpectedly meeting up with friends (which will inevitably happen) turns into getting coffee, which then becomes hours upon hours lost catching up and gossiping with your buds. So, if you're planning on getting anything done, you can't linger on campus.