Archive for April, 2010


Now What??

Ok, so after spending the last month stressing over final projects followed immediately by studying for finals and the stress of actually writing them I find myself experiencing a bit of a let down. Why do I feel guilty for sitting here watching TV, or surfing Facebook instead of doing something more productive? There is always this thought in the back of my mind that I should be doing something, or planning what I have to accomplish for the next week. It is a very strange feeling knowing that there is nothing that I have to do after 8 months constantly thinking about my next move and juggling different classes and the rest of life…

Ohh well, I suppose its time to let the slacker in me loose for the summer…

T

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So its that time of year again…

Well it’s that time of year again when you start to imagine all that free time you are about to have and your dreams turn towards sun filled days of relaxation and bliss as summer approaches. However there is that little optical in your way…the remaining end of your term and everyone’s favorite thing about school….Exams!!! So in honor of my current procrastination i present a little something a friend of mine wrote on the subject a year ago that i think captures the experience to the T.

Enjoy, im sure many of you can relate.

Last night I realized that just like grief exam periods have 5 stages….

1-Denial-“Exams couldn’t seem farther away”, This is early in the exam period when it doesn’t seem like it is the end of the semester is coming, leaving you with only a few mere weeks to write thousands of eloquent words and cram endless amounts of useless information. At this stage you are out partying, playing on facebook,making summer plans etc. you are not stressed because you are not even acknowledging whats around the corner.

2-Anger-“why me?…Why did I take this class? Why does it have a final exam? Why is the prof trying to ruin my life? This stage settles in once you realize just how much work you have to do in a very small amount of time. By this point you have settled into the sweat pants you will wear for the rest of the month and you use the term “FML” at the end of every sentence.

3-Bargaining “Who can I pay to write this essay?” “Who sort of looks like me to write my exam instead?” “How can I convince the prof to throw me some bonus marks?” This is the point in the exam period when you waste countless hours determining ways other then just studying and doing the work yourself, to get you through. You will beg, wish, and pray for an easy solution but in the end find you have only wasted more time.

4-Depression Settles in once you realized its come down to you and only you to get the work and studying done. You feel hopeless, frustrated, bitter as you spend countless hours in weldon or locked away in your room. You develop self pity and feel like you have more work and harder work then all of your friends. The end seems eons away, when in reality you are just a few days from freedom.

5-Acceptance. One day or late night while you are studying you will have a “fuck-it” light bulb moment, when you realize you are doing all you can do and anything else just isn’t possible. At this point you are ready for the end of exams and whatever mark you get you are going to be okay with (unless you fail in which case you can repeat these 5 stages next semester). Once you have gotten to acceptance you are just a few exam writing hours away from drinking copious amounts of tequila and reflecting on how you managed to survive another semester.

Ain’t student life great? 😉