The great thing about American universities in general is that they offer huge libraries where you can see other students putting their social life on hold for a week to study.
As I said, there were a few group projects considered as finals in some of my classes. You can expect to have very exciting and intriguing subjects – in a good way of course. My project management teacher told us right from the beginning that our main project would be to set up a food truck using the tools we have learned in class. In the end, it was a great experience – as many students came from different countries, the food trucks all had their own twists and special foods that one would not particularly expect in a food truck! People were also getting creative and bringing their country’s touch into the name of their food truck. Ours was called “Péché Mignon” – “guilty pleasure” in French - as most of our team was French:
Those group projects were also an occasion to work with other foreign students. Presenting in English is not easy, but I always feel more comfortable in this language as my classes in France have been in English for two years, and all of the presentations I did there were in English, as well. However, it is an exercise that demands a lot of concentration because you have to think about making grammatically correct sentences, but also present the content of your project as clearly as possible! I also worked on my body language in an effort to engage with the audience. Language is a barrier inside the team project, but also outside. You have to make yourself understandable, and body language helps a lot and will help capture people’s attention.
To sum up, do not stress over finals because you will be well-prepared during classes and you won’t find unexpected tricky questions.