Preparing for your exams can be pretty hard. In fact, for many students it might be the hardest part of the year. Whether you dread it or not, exam time surely has its ups and downs. Here are 10 emotions and states you experience during exam time:
“I’ve got this, a whole 3 weeks left until the exam!” You’ve prepared all semester and now is the chance to prove your worth. You might not have everything covered yet, but you’re feeling well and up for the challenge! You go, Glen Coco!
“Oh, boy.” Going through every chapter, not to mention the textbook you didn’t pick up until now, makes your hands and palms drip with sweat. Questions such as “was I even in this class?” start pestering your mind, and you foresee a lifetime to be spent in the library to cover up the damage. To make it worse, you figure out that Mr. Smartass next to you is flicking through the same books with ease and has it all covered. Oh, boy, indeed.
3. Constant worry
Now that you’ve had a week to assess what you do and don’t know, it’s time to make your time even less productive by constantly worrying if you’ll make it or not. You spend your lunch and coffee breaks complaining and you spend your nights awake, pondering on everything from life choices to awkward situations that happened roughly ten years previously.
Time to stop worrying and head into full crisis! Asking questions like “what is the meaning of it all?”, “why am I doing this?”, and “did the chicken come first?” is your morning routine at this stage. In some kind of “The Truman Show” hangover, you end your days asking if 2+2 really does equal 4, and check with your calculator just to make sure.
5. Boredom and procrastination
In some sort of response to escape the existential crisis, you subconsciously start looking for other things to do. Before you know it, you wake up in a confused state after spending four hours binge-watching, scrolling through cat gifs, Instagram, and Latvian wildlife articles on Wikipedia.
6. A cleaning urge
Enough procrastination; it’s time to change environments and get productive. Doesn’t a few efficient hours in the dorm sound nice? After all, it’s a quiet space with unlimited instant coffee. Ten minutes into your work session you realise your room looks like a worn down bunker from WWII, your clothes are stiff with sweat, and let’s not even start with the stove, whose dry grease stains look like they’re gaining a life of their own. Suddenly, the broom is out for the first time this semester. And your revision? Forgotten.
7. The Gordon Ramsey moment
After cleaning the whole apartment and ironing that shirt you’re going to need for graduation in four months’ time, you can finally sit down. Good job, mate. You then realise you should do something you haven’t done in a long time: cook a delicious and nutritious meal. You’ve deserved it after all! By the time you help yourself to your crispy chicken and pasta, it’s 7pm and your book is still open on page 3.
“It’s not happening!” You throw your papers in the trash and take down your calendar in a desperate effort to erase any trace of exam preparation. In an attempt to change your identity, you go all Clark Kent on your student ID card and draw some glasses that would make Michelangelo cry. On a positive note, you’re really putting your effort into something for the first time in weeks!
9. Reluctant acceptance
Time to face reality. You have to finish. Reluctantly, you pull the calendar up from the trash and start counting days and figure out there is still some time left. The pressure is on and you start pulling off long days and all-nighters to make it come together. Finally, you’re ready for action!
As you hand in the last exam, relief fills your body. It’s like you can breathe again. No more stress, no more all-nighters on caffeine, and no more books for a few months. You can relax, take some time for yourself, and enjoy the post-exam parties. Well deserved!
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