It’s no secret that college isn’t always easy. Sometimes, you may get a semester that’s not too challenging, when I look back, my entire freshman year wasn’t too bad. But usually at some point in every semester (even the easy ones) you will find short periods of time where EVERYTHING comes at you at once.
It’s almost like the professors get together and say, “how could we really make this guy miserable?” Of course, they don’t (I hope), but it feels that way.
For example, the reason I haven’t been on the spot with my blogs lately is because I had 4 midterms and 2 papers to write, all in the space of 1 week. And being a history major means that I have an unholy amount of reading due almost every day. Although this lets up slightly when I have midterms, I usually fall behind during the non-midterm periods, and so I have to catch up for the midterms, which means the reading never really goes away.
I survived midterms. Thankfully it was my last ever set, so I’m pretty happy with the fact that they’re done and they didn’t go too badly. At least to the best of my knowledge. But the funny thing is despite the intensive schedule that included two back-to-back 4am nights, after Wednesday I had nothing to do. I had minimal reading to do over midterm break, no papers, no studying for tests, no stress.
It was amazing.
This wasn’t the first time that I experienced these waves. I seem to remember them happening every semester. It’s strangely satisfying coming out on the other side of a seemingly impossible wall of stuff you have to get done. You get a sense of accomplishment, pride, relief and joy when you realize you can take your foot off the pedal for a brief moment. Of course, you know that you can’t take it off completely, you’re only half way through the semester, but to me the second half of things never seemed as long as the first. Before you know it there’s only a few weeks to go, and the mad rush at finals week starts all over again.
For me though, this time will be the last. And I can’t wait!