It’s October, the spooky season has arrived once again. But terrifying tales of ghosts and goblins won’t be the source of Baruch College students’ trembling fears this Halloween. There is a darker, more malevolent force lurking in the shadows this fall semester. It starts with the letter “M,” and it isn’t Michael Myers. It’s midterm season.
For many Baruch students, midterms seem to last almost the entire semester. Professors can schedule the date of their midterm based on personal preference, and, as a result, many students end up bombarded with a long, torturous month filled with tests.
The flip side of this scenario can become a common occurrence as well. Imagine spending an entire Thursday taking three midterm exams back-to-back, with two research papers due at 11:59 p.m. on Friday. This makes spending the night with Freddy Krueger seem like less of a nightmare. The sad truth is that for many students, this scenario is a reality.
Midterm season is all too often prone to becoming either too long and drawn out or unreasonably short and compressed. The Newman Library Building is open 24 hours during the week of Oct. 19 to account for those nights of intense studying. However, a significant number of students may already be done with most of their midterms by then. Professors have too much freedom in determining how they would like to schedule their midterms. This lack of structure in the midterm scheduling policy has been addressed by students and the editorial board before, yet nothing has changed.
But professors are not to blame for this; the Baruch administration, on the other hand, is responsible for instituting policies that benefit students and ensure that the college as a whole is operating smoothly. Midterm season should adhere to the same scheduling policies as finals week. During finals week, students are not allowed to take more than two finals within the same day.
In addition, finals week is condensed within a short period of time, as opposed to being drawn out over the course of an entire month. There is no reason why midterms should not be subject to the same scheduling policies as finals, as they both count for a large portion of our grades.
If this policy change were to be established, it would benefit students by relieving some of that midterm anxiety, and it would also benefit the college as a whole in terms of operational efficiency.