What do you do when you haven't seen daylight for the last
several days and have to take lovely pictures for the blog? You
take them of your back "yard." If I look out my patio door, this is
what I see. Of course, I never look out my patio door. I never even
go out my patio door. But today, I did--so I could take some lovely
pictures for all of you.
It's time for midterms. It's REALLY time for midterms. Now is
the time, not only for studying, but also for making sure we take
care of ourselves. Different tris have different schedules. I know
I've mentioned some of our heinous exam schedules before. This
midterm schedule isn't too bad, but that doesn't mean it won't be
For the last, I don't know how many days, I've been studying and
working on E&M: Cervical notes. I'm already on my third pass of
them, and I still don't feel like I know anything. This is how it
goes when there's a HUGE amount of information on one exam. It's
easy to get discouraged. It's easy to get overwhelmed when it comes
to exam times. It's REALLY easy to neglect the Self and the
So, with that in mind, I offer this bit of advice for midterms
Only once has staying up all night worked to my benefit. I
don't recommend it. At some point, the fatigue and brain fog
overtakes anything that might have been learned. And while there's
some debate as to whether the brain needs to sleep in order to
process information, or whether the brain forgets things as we
sleep - either way it doesn't work out. Don't do it.
- Be careful of what enters the body.
Admittedly, I drank a TON of coke during finals last tri. By the
last final, I don't think I could fill in the bubbles on the
scantron I was so wired. Caffeine is a stimulant that does help
with some mental clarity, but once a certain blood level is
achieved, it doesn't work anymore. Plus, all that corn syrup,
phosphoric acid, and caramel coloring is definitely not good for
the body. Just say no.
- Keep your regular routines.
For this first exam, I have eschewed the gym for studying. I wish I
hadn't. Exercise improves brain function. It's proven. Besides
feeling sluggish (or like a slug - not sure which one), I'm going
to have to work THAT much harder to dig myself out of the hole I've
dug over the last week. The 5 or so additional hours that I
would've spent at the gym over the last week, would probably have
helped me focus a whole lot better. Keep moving; it helps.
- The important thing to remember about exams is that
They are hurdles that we all have to cross to get from point A to
point B, and in the grand scheme of Everything, they don't mean a
whole lot. We do what we have to do. If you haven't heard this
analogy a million times already, let me remind everyone out there
in blog-land. This is a marathon - not a sprint, kids. We're in
this for the long haul. I have faith in all of you.