CMU Seniors Talk Finals, Stress and Graduating

Story by Collin Salata 

With finals only a week away, these Central Michigan University seniors talk the stress of their last finals and finally “starting” their lives.

Bailey TeBeau, Social Work, Grand Haven MI.
“I’m feeling good about finals, only because I have a lighter load with it being senior year. Graduation is very scary because I can’t believe it’s already been 4 years. After graduation, I will be going on to get my masters degree and become a licensed social worker.  The real world is also scary. Eventually, I want to work with youth and families as a counselor. I did finish my degree in exactly 4 years! To do so I had to take Summer classes, though. CMU is my home away from home. I love it here. I will truly miss it! I did take every chance I could to get involved and I think that’s what made my experience so good here.”

Sydney Fairman, Public Relations, Royal Oak, MI.
“I am feeling stressed because I have a lot to do in a short amount of time, but I feel stressed every time around finals and it always ends up okay, so I will be okay. I don’t have any set formal plans. I’m looking for jobs around Christmas break, but hopefully, I will be moving out of Michigan to either Chicago or New York and getting some type of public relations job. My degree took exactly 4 years on the dot and excited where life will take me next.”

Joseph Sanfilippo, Entrepreneurship, Trenton, MI
“I am actually quite terrified of graduating. I am not sure what I am going to do after I graduate, but hopefully, find a job. It also took me longer than 4 years, but I am glad. My college experience has been the best. The main thing I am going to miss the most is my friends and the freedom of being away with other young people at college.” 


Mackenzie Poupard, Economics major, Trenton, MI.
“It’s bittersweet but also stressful with trying to juggle school now and the prospects of securing a future job. My plan is to get a job and start paying off my student loans. It took me longer than 4 years, but I have no regrets as CMU has been one of the greatest experiences. I’m glad I came here. I’m definitely going to miss CMU though and the college atmosphere in general.”