Procrastinating

Hello good people of the world.

I would like to inform you right now that you are indeed very special; you are the reason why I wake up in the morning, why I gag down the incredibly sketchy globs of “food” the caf serves me every morning, why I spend my days studying and reviewing, and why I tell myself that I can keep going.

Not actually. Y’all are pretty cool people, but frankly, I do all that stuff for ME. Yeah, ME. And that’s the point of this blog post. You should be doing all of this stuff for yourself. Not anyone else! Not your mother, your father, your grandparents, your siblings, your third cousin twice removed, no one! University is a pretty difficult time. You spend it working on homework, meeting new people, becoming incredibly stressed, forgetting learning things, and growing as a person. University is a time for pursuing your passions, branching out, and becoming the person you always wanted to be. And if you aren’t doing that for yourself, then why are you doing it?! Now, I’m not saying you shouldn’t take other people’s opinions into account. You should definitely let them tell you their opinion. But you should be here to follow YOUR passion. Don’t take a math major because your parents loved calculus when they were younger; don’t be an english major because your dad is an author and wants you to follow in his footsteps. Do your own thang because really, this is YOUR life that you’re working towards. If you don’t enjoy what you’re learning (other than the mandatory math courses that some poor arts kids have to take, those don’t count) then stop learning it. Find a different passion and pursue it. Follow your heart and do what you want to do. After all, you’re paying enough money for it, so why not make it enjoyable?

There’s your helpful little piece of Megan advice there. And I know in my last blog post, I said that I probably wouldn’t blog until the end of finals season. And here I am, a week and a half later, blogging again. That is why, friends, the title of this post is called “Procrastination”. It is because I’m a slightly weak-minded individual who enjoys writing random stuff which will reach an unknown amount of readers (hopefully TONS of readers!) instead of studying for my film final, which I know will completely destroy me.

On the bright side, my gauntlet of finals is over! I had 4 finals and a tuba jury and a final paper and a website due all in the span of 5 days, and I freakin’ nailed it. Like so much. Like so much I nailed straight through the wood and into my foot which was right underneath the wood. Meaning I majorly screwed up a little bit. But only on one of my exams. And my tuba jury. In hindsight, the jury wasn’t a good thing to screw up, but it’s over and there’s no point dwelling on the past. Or crying about it.

So really, I only have 2 finals left! Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. Double header. Double whammy. Double death. And after that? Well I head home! Which seems pretty unreal right now, since I get to have 4 whole months where I don’t have to think about anything remotely musical. Other than practicing of course.

The only way I’m getting through this finals period is by reassuring myself that each final down is a step closer to summer. And being with my family. And being able to cook my own food instead of eating the cafeteria gruel. And to finally play video games again. And to see all my friends. And that helps me get through these finals. These little reassurances help me remember why I’m here, and why I’m fighting to get to the end of these exams so I can remember how to be myself.

This post totally didn’t go where I meant for it to go. I was just going to complain a bit about finals and put in a gif of Jared Leto because HOLY JAYZUS THAT MAN IS AWESOME and I was going to brag a bit about how I met Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy from Harry Potter for all you noobs) today and took an incredibly badass picture with him at Vancouver Fan Expo. So, to appease my inner self, I’ll post the Jared Leto gif. Now good luck to all you people doing their finals, and to all you new kids deciding about UBC (or if you’ve already accepted your offer) YOU ARE AWESOME AND UNIVERSITY DOES NOT DEFINE YOU BUT OURS IS THE BEST SO CONGRATS FOR GETTING THIS FAR.

Okay. I’m done now.

(these gifs were stolen from whatweshouldcallubc, and they’re pretty much the best. If you want incredible relatable UBC gifs, check out their tumblr page!)

 

Soooo…. Finals…

Finals. UGH.

So I know many of you guys are working hard and studying hardcore every day for your finals. I will just let you know one thing – I am NOT.

I’ll give you a summary so maybe you’ll see where this post is coming from. I spent the last two weeks of November furiously finishing up papers that I had been putting off all semester. They were very mediocre papers, and truthfully, I didn’t really care. I was just glad to be done with them. Then came the weekend – I spent most of it doing fun things, like participating in the Polar Bear Swim off Wreck Beach, preparing for the Vanier Winter Formal, and just relaxing in bed and watching movies. All of a sudden, it was December and my first exam was only a day away! I quickly reviewed all of my readings, then wrote ASTU 150. It was alright, nothing to be too proud of, but I think I did okay.

Then came the dreaded break in the middle of exams. I felt free and I barely had any worries – I didn’t have another exam until Monday, and after that, my exams would be nice and easy! Of course, I forgot the fact that I had a composition due on the next Wednesday. It seemed so far away.

The weekend came, and I all of a sudden realized that I had to do a huge amount of work on the composition, and study for my theory exam, and prepare my tuba recording for my teacher, and study for the other 4 exams that were coming up within the week.

Me last weekend while trying to study for all my exams, practice tuba, and finish my composition. (AND HOW EXCITING IS IT THAT THE NEW SEASON OF SHERLOCK COMES OUT IN LIKE 3 WEEKS OMGGGGG)

So after that sad epiphany, I locked myself in my room with a lot of tea, lots of unhealthy foods from Chubbards, and I worked on my stuff. Now my composition is done, my theory exam is over, and I only have easy exams from this point on (or so I think). Somehow, I survived the exam lull and pulled myself out of procrastination central. So I am here to tell you people – DON’T DO THAT. I  highly recommend actually studying and finishing all papers earlier than the night before they are due (I know, I know, easier said than done). But it will be worth it in the end, trust me!

(Also, on a sidenote, my friends wanted me to put it out there that they are single and ready to pringle. I feel like this accurately describes them.)

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