it's that time of year again, folks! to all my lovely fellow college students out there in the tPF universe, i wish you a good finals week, lots of coffee (or, if you're like me, lots of sugar-free Full Throttle), all-night pizza delivery, and a few more days of sanity. i had my very own finals week christmas miracle earlier today - one of my professors emailed me and said that since she had to cancel the last day of class, our final was optional! thank god i have an A in the class, i will NOT be taking it! i'll leave you with this, which my freshman roommate emailed to me several years ago: Twas the night before finals, And all through the college, The students were praying For last minute knowledge. Most were quite sleepy But none touched their beds, While visions of essays Danced in their heads. Out in the taverns, A few were still drinking, And hoping that liquor Would loosen their thinking. In my own dorm room, I had been pacing, And dreading exams I soon would be facing. My roommate was speechless, His nose in his books, And my comments to him Drew unfriendly looks. I drained all the coffee, And brewed a new pot, No longer caring That my nerves were all shot. I stared at my notes But my thoughts were all muddy My eyes went ablur, I just couldn't study. "Some pizza might help," I thought with a shiver, But each place that I called Refused to deliver. I'd nearly concluded That life was too cruel, With futures depending On grades had in school. When all of a sudden, Our door opened wide, And Patron Saint Put It Off Ambled inside. His spirit was careless, His manner was mellow, He looked straight at me, And started to bellow: "What kind of student Would make such a fuss To toss back at teachers What they tossed at us?" "On Cliff Notes! On Crib Notes! On Last Year's Exams! On Wingit and Slingit, And Last Minute Crams!" His message delivered, He vanished from sight, But we heard him laughing Outside in the night. "Your teachers have pegged you, So just do your best. Happy Finals to All, And to all a good test."