“Hell Week”; Blood, Sweat, and Tears
It’s almost over. I’m taking my last final tomorrow morning, handing in my only final project on Tuesday, and then I’m done!
It wasn’t easy to get to this point, though. It took a lot of blood, sweat, and tears to get through Hell Week. Okay, okay, so maybe it wasn’t that bad. But it was still not easy to study for the finals without getting distracted, while not having a mental breakdown.
The key, I think, is to know how you can study most efficiently. I can do some work during the day, if I’m alone and use ColdTurkey (a program made by a college student that blocks the websites you choose – like Facebook and Tumblr, until the time you set for yourself). This was how I worked the first few days of the week, because my friends would spend the night relaxing and I wanted to join. However, I’m at least five times more efficient at night. So once I realized how much work I could get done, I locked myself into one of the study rooms or one of the lounges after dinner and worked until about 4 or 5 am.
During one of my morning sessions, Zena joined me, and at some point we started talking about music (see what I mean about not being as efficient?). She introduced me to a really good new band, and then asked me about the music back home. And, apparently, she listens to a Turkish song from time to time. So I asked, which song? She said it was named “Turkish Kiss”, but… actually, as it turns out, it’s a song that was CRAZY famous in Turkish-speaking countries in the 90s. It just instantly brought back my childhood, when all we listened to was Tarkan, on the radio. I was filled with a kind of nostalgia that inspired me to work hard and finish all my work and start packing, like that could make time go faster. So thank you, Zena – I love you, girl!
I have to say, Clark is really good at helping students with finals. The Dining Services had their annual Midnight Breakfast on Tuesday, the beginning of reading days. It was basically a free meal with breakfast food, served by Clark Faculty at midnight! Every reading night (Tuesday-Thursday, and tomorrow) they had free coffee and doughnuts for a few hours, in addition to various events going on to help students relax.
Apart from knowing how you can study most efficiently, you’ll also need to give yourself treats. Mine was going to be the The Hobbit premiere, but unfortunately it was the night before a morning final. So I ended up going to see it the day after, on Saturday. It was absolutely amazing, and it definitely helped me feel better about working on my last final.
I’m taking my first flight on Wednesday night, and getting home on Thursday.
Happy holidays, everyone, first semester’s over!