Midterm season = week from hell

Wow. I guess I haven’t posted here in over a month. I guess I’m not really good at doing this regular blogging thang, even though I somehow manage to write in a journal every single night without fail. Well at least I tried!

So this midterm season has been quite difficult. I went into it fairly prepared and came out feeling like I failed everything. I thought that I would have the long weekend to study a lot and work hard, but instead I went out with my friends and enjoyed the sunshine which, in retrospect, was a bad idea. Then came the gauntlet of midterms. I had five – yes, you read that correctly, FIVE – midterms in two days, and I was so ready to be done with them. I went in on Wednesday morning feeling fairly confident. By Wednesday afternoon, after midterm #2, my confidence was completely shattered and left on the ground to be stepped on by everyone else leaving that midterm.

I spent Thursday morning writing tests that I wasn’t too confident about, frantically trying to answer tricky questions using the meagre brainpower that I had stored up from my grand total of 4 hours of sleep the night before. I finished my tests on Thursday and spent the rest of the afternoon relaxing in my friend’s room, playing Legend of Zelda on her 3DS, and napping. My midterms were over! All was well.

I was totally wrong. I thought that I was fine after midterms. I had spent a week stressing about everything, but I had unwound at the end of it and started getting enough sleep again. So, I figured it would be fun to go to a party on the Friday night. Now here is where the big meaningful life lesson comes in  –  DO NOT WORK YOURSELF TO DEATH. Because that might result in a small little thing that I like to call a panic attackYep, I had a panic attack later that evening at the frats. Apparently a mix of standing in the cold, overtiredness, extreme stress, and the catalyst, a small amount of alcohol, can cause a person to go pretty much insane for 20 or 30 minutes.Thankfully, my friends were there to help me out and get me back to my room so I could wallow in self-pity there. I googled panic attacks later and apparently, they’re not that uncommon in university students (approximately 30% of university students will have one during their university career) and there is nothing to worry about. That was a relief.

So yeah. This is my lesson to you. As hard as you think you have to work for school, don’t let it get to the point where you become mentally ill. I almost burned myself out in the span of 2 days of exhausting midterms, and let me tell you, it felt like crap. I’m still recovering from those few days now. My appetite came back, and I stopped having nightmares about showing up to class and having a midterm that I didn’t know about.

I’m not saying don’t try hard for school – far from it! Just make sure that you are keeping yourself healthy and sane. Sleep as much as you can, because studying all night won’t help you if you’re too tired the next day to answer the questions. It’s proven that your brain needs sleep to function well, so don’t deprive it! Drink lots of tea and anything else that helps you to relax. Eat healthy and don’t tell yourself that you can have unhealthy food because you deserve it (you’ll regret it later, trust me).

Anyways, this is the end of my second season of midterms and it couldn’t be any more different from the first! Up next: FINALS!!! We are almost exactly halfway through the semester, and I’m practically counting down the days until I can go home and have a whole four months off from school! Until then, I’ll try to post more often! Maybe my schedule will let up and be a bit easier for a while? 

Probably not, but a girl can hope! So, until next time! I will now leave you with an gif of a cat falling into a bathtub. Freaking hilarious.

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