December 18, 2012
Final examinations have finally come to campus. KJ is packed full of frantic studiers reading their books late into the night; every desk in the library is occupied, filled with papers, laptops and a palpable sense of urgency. As I’ve stated in multiple past entries, the specter of finals has loomed over the Hamilton student body for quite some time; now the pent-up energy of the past few weeks is brought to bear.
I am not too worried, however; I have never been one to jump on the bandwagon and simply submit to frantic pressure. My approach to this week is very slow and deliberate. I study for a long while, take a break, and then I pick up where I left off. The goal of my week is to simply remain as relaxed as possible.
Overall, finals week is not too staggering a commitment. Through these next four days, I have just 3 commitments, 3 exams, which total 9 hours of work at most. As a Hamilton student, I am regularly faced with 9 hours of work in a single day. I can do this.
Even better, the rest of my time is totally free—my room has the vibe of a weekend. I do some work, watch a few movies, run whatever distance I please and sleep a little later. My roommate does the same.
But do not misunderstand—I have been studying quite a lot. I exhausted all practice problems for economics; I have redone every old calculus quiz and test; I practically reread my psychology textbook. Finals require hard work and tremendous effort, regardless of my confidence in a subject. But they are completely manageable; not something to be feared, but to be conquered.
Plus, come Friday morning, I am on break.
Majors: Government and Economics (intended)
Activities: Cross Country, Debate Society
Favorite Pastimes: Late-night Diner breakfast, reading the paper in KJ through the morning, wandering the Root Glen and sipping a latte from Cafe Opus.
Hometown: Newfane, Vt.
High School: Concord Academy