I took my last exam of my junior year this afternoon! While I’m not excited that my junior year is coming to a close, I’m relieved that I no longer have any exams to tackle this finals week. Today, I took my Shakespeare exam, which I think went pretty well, and on Tuesday, I took my Linguistics exam. I also handed in a final paper for each of those two classes last week, so they’ve had me swamped.
I’d have to say that my appreciation for Shakespeare really grew this semester, even if I did find myself complaining about the course a lot (sometimes, it’s just tiresome to read the same author week after week, but doing so definitely has its benefits). I learned so much about Renaissance culture, literary criticism, and some of the deeper themes and meanings in Shakespeare–the stuff that goes beyond what they teach kids about Shakespeare in high school. I hope that someday, maybe even as soon as this summer, I’ll be able to revisit Shakespeare at my own pace and on my own time and work to appreciate it even more.
When I wasn’t cramming for tests or writing, I focused my energies on two main things: relaxing and packing. Now that the week is almost over, my tests are done, and I have to be out of here by 10 a.m. on Saturday, I have a lot more packing to do. But earlier this week, I made a concerted effort to spend time with friends, be it in Glar or outside or in my house’s living room. I have some wonderful friends here at McDaniel and I’m going to miss them when I’m home for the next three months.
For now, I’m winding down and trying to finish things up. I have a writing portfolio for my memoir class due at midnight tomorrow night, and it’s getting increasingly closer to being finished. But now that the weight of tests is off my shoulders, things are going relatively smoothly as I work on my writing and try to soak in the peacefulness of the room that I’ve spent the last two semesters inhabiting.