(written 6/6/14) So today marks the first day of finals for this trimester, and we all know what that means! Free GOODY BAGS! For those of you that don’t know, each trimester at the start of finals week, Student Services puts together goody bags for the students. They are first come first served, so you have to get there early if you want to snag one! This year it wasn’t hard for me to get one since I had a final at 7:30 in the morning to kick off finals week.

They divided the goody bags up into dark chocolate and milk chocolate piles so people could have their choice. In my goody bag was pretzels, peanuts, a Dove dark chocolate bar, Laffy Taffy, Twizzlers and a granola bar. And then on the side of that they were providing fruit, like apples and bananas, so I grabbed an apple as well. This bag will keep me going through a long study day in the group study room preparing for my 6 upcoming finals next week.

The two finals I had today were Philosophy and Biochemistry. I pretty much have 2 finals per day all next week, one is usually in the morning and then there is another one later in the afternoon. Finals week can be a little overwhelming because you have so many exams in such a short period of time. You really have to organize and prioritize your study time to make sure you have time to review for all your exams and don’t focus to heavily on one class and completely neglect another.

Good luck with finals everyone!



Study Day

Classes for the trimester are finally over. There’s no more new material to learn, and I don’t have to get up early to commit to being in class. I can spend the day putting emphasis on the subjects I feel I need the most work on, and I can get up and make a coffee anytime I want … and stay in my pajamas!

Every trimester before finals start, the school is gracious enough to give us ONE day to have to study and prepare ourselves for the bombardment of finals we are about to endure. It never seems like enough time. I always feel like I am scrambling to shove last minute details into the far reaches of my brain, but somehow I make it through and all the stress and pressure, and that makes the break all that much more enjoyable.

Of course, usually (as Dr. Bhogal would be proud to hear me report), all that stress and grab-and-go food and lack of sleep during finals only suppressed my immune system, and as soon as I get on break I will almost definitely get sick when it starts kicking back in.

I hope you are all enjoyed your study day, whether you used it for its intended purpose or took some time to distress and relax. Either way, the time was much needed and I am very thankful for it!

Good luck on finals everyone!



Countdown is on

Ah, summer ...

Ah, summer …

I am not sure how everyone else is feeling, but I am especially ready for the break! As it is creeping closer, all that stands between me and relaxing on my boat out on the water and getting a suntan is … about 8 final exams.

It’s crunch time now, and although we have a 2-week lull before the monstrosity that is finals week, each day before then will count to stay on top of the material so there will be less cramming in the end.

The only difficult part of this is that the weather is starting to get really nice, so it’s hard to want to be indoors when it’s so nice outside. It feels like the sun is calling to me through the windows of the school. My social media tells me everyone else is graduating and moving into summer/vacation mode. This will be my first time being in school during the summer, so it will be interesting to see how the weather effects my mental state.

My only salvation is the new layout chair I bought for my back deck so I can soak up the sun while I read my notes after school and get a little bit of both worlds.

Good luck studying to all you current students!