Hello, readers! It’s taken me a couple of weeks to work off the exam-induced, zombie-like state that I was in. Not to mention the time it took to sort out all the junk I accumulated throughout the semester, and the time it took to put all the other things into storage in time for me to fly home for the summer.
So last you heard from me, I was on a high because of spring break. You haven’t missed much since then; it was pretty much all downhill from there. First there was that case study I was working on which was due in towards the end of the teaching weeks. Glad to report I got an 85 on that (not entirely sure how!)
I’ve probably been subjected to some form of selective memory loss because I swear can’t recall what I was up to for the months of May and June. Instead of attempting to explain in words, here are a few choice pictures, courtesy of my not-so-little sister’s doodling skills, to explain the extremes friends dropping by would see.
Towards the latter half of the evening they would see:
(This is random but: a huge shout-out to my friends for making sure I remained sane during exam season!)
And after every exam (I had four this term) this was most definitely what happened:
I’m not going to say all my exams went great, but I did the time so here’s hoping the result I get justifies the days I spent as a hermit. [UPDATE: provisional results say I did really well! In celebration, I’m probably just going to sleep in some more – huzzah summer!]
With this series of exams, I’ve got a tip for all you future students out there: All-nighters don’t work for exams. Sure, sometimes you’ll be able to cram stuff in preparation for your exam in the morning, but when it comes to upping your game in transition from first to second year, or even second to third year I suspect, you need to make sure you know the basics from the semester before. I know you might believe that all-nighters are the way to go, and I thought the same thing. It’s only when I gave myself some semblance of a decent sleeping pattern that I realised that I was ten times more productive and was able to retain and understand so much more.
Once exams were over, my flatmate and I became dedicated to our newfound love of the River Cam and kayaking.
Before I sign off: remember to go watch The Fault in Our Stars this weekend if you haven’t already! You won’t regret it. It’s based on the book by John Green; if you follow my blogs you know how much I love John Green’s books (or any venture he comes out with really, see The Art Assignment) and has been receiving rave reviews all around the world. So go watch it, you won’t be disappointed!
All images courtesy of TheCookieMarauder – Sanaiya Mohsin – http://thecookiemarauder.deviantart.com/