Students fill minds with material for midterms
October 21, 2009
Filed under Features
The majority of Bakersfield College students said they become stressed when they prepare for midterms.
Journalism major Mia Perez, 17, said, “Yes, I get stressed, because it’s my first year in college, and midterms count for a big part of your grade.”
Animal science major Toni Bass, 19, and nursing and sociology major Angelica Ruiz, 28, become stressed and worried about midterms as well. Ruiz said, “It’s overwhelming. All the tests are around the same time. There’s a lot of material to go over, and I have three kids.”
Ruiz, who has four classes, said biology is her most difficult class and is overall hoping for a B but will not be surprised to receive a C.
Bass is worried about a different subject: English. She said English is her weakest subject. Bass is also concerned about midterms because of the time limits for each exam and also because of her responsibility to help take care of a small child at home, which is keeping her from fully focusing on studying.
Eight out of every 10 BC students who were asked about midterms said they were stressed, but there are always the lucky ones who are not.
Eric Rodriguez, 17, a computer science major is one of those students. Rodriguez said, “No, I don’t get stressed. If I do, it’s just a little bit. I usually study and get good grades on previous tests so that makes it easier.”
Another student agreed and gave a simple answer, “No, because I study,” said nursing major John Restauro, 19.
Bass said she has three friends who are currently thinking of dropping classes because the stress from their classes has become too much for them.
Ruiz also said she has known a lot of people who drop a class due to stress and other stuff they were going through. She dropped English 1A in summer school because of too much material. “At least once a year, I have dropped a class due to too much of a work load from one single class,” Ruiz said.