Friday, December 21, 2007

Finals: Academia's Solution to Christmas Cheer

This year, for some reason, I am acutely aware of the impact finals have on my ability to enjoy the Holiday Season. Maybe it is because finals are stretching further into the month of December this year, or maybe it is because this is my last round of winter finals and I have begun to envision a life without school. Either way, I cannot wait to be done. The effects of finals hit me last Saturday when we were at the Ward Christmas Party. Jen was on the stage reading "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" to Becky and JJ as part of the program. (They all did great!) I was in the back wrestling Emily and I found myself thinking "A 338(h)(10) election creates asset purchase treatment for a stock sale". This is sick!!! I suspect that all across the country there are students who are similarly unable to focus on Christmas because they are forced to focus on filling their minds with facts, figures and rules for their upcoming finals. People everywhere are bemoaning the destruction of Christmas, and I think that finals play a part in that. Therefore, I propose that Universities everywhere cease this attack on Christmas and forgo winter finals in an effort to restore the trifecta of Christmas meaning - Presents, Food, and Football - to its rightful place in the forefront of our minds!!!! (This post would be longer, but I need to get back to studying for my last final.)