Study break: Finals over, Mavs concentrate on hoops
Finals week is one of the most stressful weeks of the year for college students.
Many take to Twitter to express their relief when they finish.
For the Colorado Mesa University basketball players, basketball is a relief from the strain on the brain.
“This week was really stressful,” men’s basketball player Mac Alexander said. “Basketball was our stress reliever. Next week will be more fun.”
Finals week is not only tougher, it’s unique with different schedules to accommodate tests instead of the usual week-to-week schedule.
“It’s been different,” women’s senior guard Taylor Rock said. “When you have finals, you’re not always in class.
“It will be nice the next couple weeks not having class to worry about and just focus on basketball.”
Rock was a bit lucky and had all of her finals Monday, allowing her to enjoy practice more this week.
“I would say this week we’ve had more energy,” Rock said. “I don’t know if it’s because we’re getting done with class or if we know we have to bring it this weekend. Whatever it is, it’s good.”
Alexander took his last final Wednesday and was ready to focus on basketball for the next few weeks during the semester break.
“For once you have to focus on school first (during finals week),” Alexander said. “Maybe you can’t get extra shots because you have to go study. Sometimes you have to leave practice early so you can go study, at least for me.”
Junior teammate Landon Vermeer is happy to be done with finals.
“I can come to the gym and get more shots and not focus on school,” he said. “It is nice not to worry about it. The first few days, I think I have homework, then realize I have break. Next week you can just focus on basketball.”
CMU men’s basketball coach Andy Shantz is hopeful having finals done will help the Mavericks overcome their slow start in games this season. Mesa has trailed at halftime in five of its six games this season.
“We need to make sure we’re focused going in,” Shantz said. “Hopefully it will help with finals being over and behind us.”
Vermeer is looking forward to the break, even though the Littleton native will be in town while most college students go home for the break.
“It’s different being off campus,” Vermeer said. “When you’re on campus, it’s weird with everyone away because campus is deserted. Being off campus is not as bad. My fiancée stays here for the most part, and I can hang out with her. It’s fun to watch movies and hang out.”
Vermeer is getting married in the summer. His fiancée is also a Colorado Mesa University student.
A few weeks of only playing basketball and relaxing makes being on campus during winter break a little more tolerable.
“It’s fun,” Alexander said. “All you’ve got to do is play basketball and hang out with your teammates. You can’t ask for much more than that.”