December 8, 2009
Title doesn’t seem so bad, right? At the risk of jinxing myself, I’m going to say that this exam period is shaping up to be my least stressful ever. All of my term papers are finished, and my three exams are spaced out pretty evenly over this week and next. My middle exam is going to be by far my most difficult, so there is a decent chance that my finals period will start and end on a high note. Doing well on the middle exam, American Civil War and Reconstruction, is a whole ‘nother story, and the main cause of me taking up residency in Mann, Olin, and Catherwood Libraries since approximately Sunday.
In addition to overzealous studying, exams seem to bring out the worst of my superstitions. At some critical juncture during my final exam period in freshman year, I convinced myself that I got As on all of the finals I had taken while wearing one of my Bruce Springsteen shirts. Whether or not this was actually the case, I remind myself of this fact every time I’m getting dressed on the morning of a test. Back in October on the morning of the Civil War midterm, I decided to change out of a Springsteen shirt in favor of something cuter because it wasn’t snowing for a change. I got destroyed on this test. In fact, it is the main reason I have to study so hard for the final. So don’t be surprised if you catch me walking out of a test rocking a Springsteen shirt, hopefully with a smile to match. How fortunate that I have three Springsteen shirts for my three exams!