April 2014
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Crunch time

It’s that time of the semester–the time when students seem a little drowsier and a lot busier than normal. With only two weeks of class before finals week, this is completely to be expected. I’ve noticed that the library is starting to get fuller and more people are scheduling appointments at the writing center than the normally do. (And as a peer writing tutor at the writing center, I find that the students I work with and myself struggle to stay completely alert during our sessions!)

Even though I only took three classes this semester (the standard is four, but I had enough credits from AP courses and previous semesters to take just three), I still feel buried in work. In the next three weeks, I have to finish and turn in three papers, take two final in-class exams, and hand in a portfolio of memoir writing. When I think of how sleepy I’ve been lately, I can find myself agonizing about how much work I still have to do and wondering how the heck I’m going to do it. But I try to go easy on myself and peck at my work bit by bit–it’s better than saving an entire paper for the night before and the sense of accomplishment I get from tackling small pieces of larger tasks can help quell my anxiety.

In spite of all the work and lack of sleep, fun things are still to come. Since it’s finally nice outside, I can do some of my work outdoors. I live in an on-campus house, so I spent my Saturday afternoon writing while sitting on my deck. Also, senior seminar presentations in my department start this week, and since I’m doing my own senior sem in the fall, I plan on going to the presentations–I also want to cheer on my senior friends, who have worked incredibly hard on some fascinating projects.

Lastly, I’ll try to squeeze in as much friend time as possible. Two of my housemates have birthdays coming up before school gets out, so we’ll try to celebrate those. And on the Monday of finals week, the late night pancake breakfast will take place, as it does every semester, and my friends and I will let off some steam as we stuff our faces with pancakes, eggs, and hash browns. Yummy!

It will only be a matter of time until I’m back home in Pennsylvania and reunited with my family and my dog.

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This is my corgi Lily, a few days after finals week last spring. This picture pretty much sums up how I feel after finals week.

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