A vent on finals week

from Stephen Schwartz

May 5, 2013, 10:18 p.m.

During the fall semster, my finals week was a joke. My hardest one was chem 2, and I only needed a B (i think) to get an A in the class. So naurally, I assumed that this semester's finals would be equally as easy. Boy was I wrong.

My classes ended on a Wednesday this semester, and my first final wasn't until Tuesday (then Thursday and Friday), so being a college student, I took Thursday and Friday off. Prime rays.

It wasn't until Staurday, while checking what I needed to get A's in my classes, when it all set in. I knew that my grades weren't the best, I had already accepted that this was my "social semester", but I still thought I could get A's in my classses without getting a 100 on my finals (which was actually true for two of my classes). So thus began my week in Hell.

The first few days weren't bad. I had Anatomy and Psych on Tuesday. Anatomy, which I liked, was one of the two classes I needed a 100 on to get an A, while I only needed a 65/80 on Psych for an A. So naturally, anatomy took up the majority of my first few days. Don't get me wrong, I studied for Psychology a lot, enough so that I went into the exam fully expecting to get an A. But Anatomy was first. And I blew through that exam, only having to think about 2 or 3 questions. I left the exam cocky. I felt that there was a good chance I got an 100 on it. I spent the next 3 hours going over last minute Psych notes before the exam. When I emerged from the auditorium where the Psych exam was being held, only one thought was on my mind. "FUCK! My professor SUCKS!" There were around 20 questions out of 80 where I had no idea what the topic was about. A little background on how Psychology works at the greatest university in the world. There are about 8 different professors that are supposed to teach the same curriculum and collaborate on the midterm and final. So when there is completely new material on the final, it raises questions on her ability as a teacher. She obviously was at the meeting where they made the final as a group, but failed to either inform the other professors that she hadn't taught us a quarter of the material or tell us that all of this stuff was on the FINAL and that we would have to study it on our own (which would've sucked, but at least we would've known about it). So, being me, I destressed via a 7 mile run, then got back to studying for my last two exams. This was when I realized how much of a mistake taking those first two days off was (for those of you not in college yet, never procrastinate on studying for finals, nothing good ever comes of it). After studying all day Wednesday, I realized I wasn't ready for the final I had the next day, a 4000 level zoology course, and I'd be spending the majority of the night studying. Over the previous 4 nights, I got about 4 or 5 hours a night, which doesn't sound too bad but really adds up over consecutive nights. So when I woke up on Thursday, 3 hours after going to bed, I knew that the next 2 days were going to suck. This was the second of my exams I needed an 100 on to get an A and based on the material I needed to know, memorizing animal taxa, evolution, structure, function, ecology, I pretty much was content with getting a B. Then began the real fun.

For those of you on the groupme (and haven't muted it), you know about my relationship with organic chemstry. For those of you who don't know about it, orgo is the devil. The amount of names, structures, reactions, and exceptions you have to memorize is astounding. I spent the entire semester just trying to keep up. I was 0 for 3 passing the exams, but the professor curves the final grade. The only problem is he uses a bell curve and I'm too Jewish to pay for the exam reviews given by two different indepent companies (stupid rich people). Also, by this point, I has been studying for almost a week straight with very few breaks and very little sleep, so I was easily distracted and had to take many breaks just to keep my sanity. During one (at about 2 a.m., 11 hours into studying) I came across this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-eVF_G_p-Y (his other videos are really cool too, check them out) which inspired me to care a lot less about this final. It's one class out of a lot I will be taking during my college career; all I need to get is a C overall and I'd be happy. But for some reason, I kept studying until 6 a.m. when I had to wake up at 8. Lets do some math on my psychologicall state shall we. I had slept about 28 hours over 7 days. Thats an average of 4 hours a day, half of the minimum recommended amount of sleep needed for normal mental functioning. and on top of that, about 90% of my waking time was spent studying, which can't be good for anyone. Physically, My hair was the longest its been all year, I had a full, glorious, very itchy finals beard, basically all of my clothes were dirty (I did things I'm not proud of), and I was out of bodywash/sahmpoo and too lazy to take showers except for before exams. I'll just let you imagine how I looked/smelled. So I wasn't really in a good place and was ready to finally relax once I finished struggling through orgo. But life had a different plan for me. My first day of summer was spent packing and being in car. . . going away from Georgia. My second day of summer was spent doing 6 hours of yardwork, on a yard that wasn't even mine, on a day I thought I would be going home. So now my third day of summer will be spent waking up early and driving a car for 8 hours all by myself. Yipee. And to make it even better, I checked my grades today. Now for a little background on my educational career. I've always been an A student. I got A's almost all of elementary school, one B in middle school (stupid Georgia studies), and all A's in high school. Heck, I got all A's my first semster of college. Keep in mind I have already established that this was my "social semester" when I tell you what I got this semester. Anatomy- B (somehow ended up with an 89 on the final). Psych- B (I already vented about this class so I'll just let you know that about 10 hours of studying go me a 57/80). Vertebrate Biodiversity- B. French- ? (there was no final and even though my professor has had almost 2 weeks, she still hasn't posted the grades, though I expect a B because the professor was kind of a bitch and didn't like me cuz I didn't do the first homework assignment even though I did every single one afterwords). Orgo- C (HECK YEAH MUTHA FUCKAS! I PASSED!) So in conclusion. Stay in school and don't do drugs. peace, love, Helen Keller


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