How many people are taking exams?

I know exams are stressful, no fun, and they call for procrastination. I have been quite busy myself with all things school, but after reading through the recent comments on the bonus stories I am curious. How many readers are taking exams right now (or within a week or so)? I'd like to take a tally and officially wish each and every person who is taking tests/exams the best of luck. Smile I know a large percentage of the readers are students, but exactly how many of us currently reading are taking exams? Own up - I know you are here procrastinating or taking a break from studying Blum 3
I'll start: I am number 1.

Edit: It amuses me how many people quickly replied to this thread - I see we're all working hard. }:) I would like to reply to a lot of your statements, but at the moment, I have to study for my 3 remaining exams, eep! Anywho, before I go, a few helpful hints I have picked up this semester: 1) Eat some form of turkey about 3 hours before you take your exam (if on a sandwich, preferably use some form of a wheat bread). It will put something in your stomach and it will actually help you think more clearly. In a nutshell, turkey has properties that help your brain function faster and more efficiently and eating 3 hours before ensures that it is being processed in your system by the time you take your final. Also, the wheat products stay in your system longer ensuring that your stomach is not rumbling and distracting you throughout your final. 2) I'm not entirely sure how or why this is true, but peppermints are supposed to help you think better - so grab a candy cane before you walk into your exam. Biggrin *Both of these courtesy of my human physiology professor* ^___^

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Someone's picture

Postulant

I just wrote my first. In a week I have another, then three days, then two.

Whoooooooooooooooooooooooooo!
Blech.

Firesong's picture

Petitioner

2 final exams and 1 term paper down; 1 exam to go, on Thursday morning.

MeiLin's picture

Most High

I dropped out almost 30 years ago! yay me!

*ahem*

Um, good luck with all that, guys...

rdehwyll's picture

Devotee

... I gave my last exam over ten years ago. But I'd be happy to get out some of my old ones and post them here, just for those who are masochistic... (Grin!)

Vil's picture

Three exams, plus a final essay, all next week.

Marri's picture

Supplicant

I had an 8-10 page paper I turned in last Friday, an exam on Thursday and a 12-26 page paper due Friday (which I have already finished, thankfully).

So really, just an exam Thursday.

Stormy's picture

Supplicant

The more I hang out on comic/serial boards, the older I feel. I celebrate 10 yrs of alumna status next May.
The count is five so far (unless "I am number 1" was just a declaration of awesomeness Smile )

Good luck, all!

SkyRider's picture

Devotee

Hehehe, it was not intended as such. I was really just trying to start off the count, but #1 for being awesome works well for me Biggrin And you shouldn't worry about feeling old - instead feel wise, there is much value there.

TheFerret's picture

Devotee

You just made me realize this spring marks 10 years since I walked across a college stage to receive a fake piece of paper tied in cheap ribbon! (and I miss it, somehow, somewhy).

It's hard for me to process I'm this "old". I don't feel it in my head. I don't realize it. In 9 days, hubby & I mark 11 years of marriage, and I sure don't see myself as over about 26!!

TheFerret's picture

Devotee

That just made me remember, the hubby & I & daughter #1 were on our old campus just this past monday visiting 1 of our 2 fav profs. Of course, we saw current students - none of whom we know - and I don't see me looking much older than a college student....

But I'd sure like to know when colleges started admitting all those little, young kids!!!! Wink

MsGamgee's picture

Embodiment

Chem lab final last Thursday (done with Science classes forever!)
Philosophy final on Monday (done with "philosophical thought" requirements!)
Romantic Period Literature this Thursday.
British Literature II, Restoration-Victorian Age, on Monday.
Psychology as a Natural Science, Tuesday.

Good luck, everyone!

TheBoy's picture

Embodiment

--I was correct. I know where you go. (oh, facebook)

MeiLin's picture
Lis's picture

I will have officially been awake for 2 days in a row in three more hours, if I make it. Yesterday I had a painting final, which was a few feet larger on every side than I’m used too, as well as an artists statement (like an essay). Then today I had five essays due (4 research papers and a personal analysis of cultural concepts—which means BS the whole thing, it’s ok!), only two of which I’d finished, and one that I’d started a week ago, as well as a class presentation and a compiled portfolio of all my writing this semester. I’m so glad I dropped anatomy earlier this year, or I’d be dead right now.

Not that any of this is vaguely interesting. Oh, and I have one more essay due on the eleventh, and two final exams on the sixteenth. And then I’m going to curl up in a little ball until my mother comes to take me home

Clare-Dragonfly's picture

Supplicant

For the first time, I am not taking exams! That's right, I graduated in May!

Elle's picture

Petitioner

I had my first final last Friday, a research paper due Monday, and my second and third finals are tomorrow and Thursday. As soon as I'm done, I'm going to hop a plane to italy to meet up with teh best friend :). What a week.

Sonja's picture

I have a Psychology test tomorrow which will determine if I have to take the final next week.
I have history and political science finals on Thursday.
A History of Rock and Roll final on Friday.

To everybody else: Good luck!

Saphira's picture

Postulant

Take home theory exam. One final yesterday. Two today (Melodic dictation on the octotonic scale at 8:45am is glorious, let me tell you).

One presentation tomorrow, Haydn paper (12 pages), Research Proposal (10 pages), Analysis of a Webern string quartet (4 pages + score markings), and a 20th century composition project.

Oh, and my senior seminar exam on Friday evening.

Yay for hell week.

Almostdonealmostdonealmostdone.

Good luck all!

TheBoy's picture

Embodiment

Two exams to go--and this time, I'm really done with school forever...

sumnem0's picture

You've caught me red handed! Little pieces of sanity here, to save me from thesis and other assorted term papers haha

Shinjinarenai's picture

Postulant

I've got an easy Atmosphere test Thursday, one tough test and one medium test next tuesday, and a somewhat hard test next wednesday. It's not that bad, though, and I've got tons of time to study. All my professors wanted papers and projects due before thanksgiving break, so I've just been hanging out for a while now. Blum 3

Vandole's picture

Postulant

Sigh. Computer Science tomorrow, Calculus on Saturday, Linear Algebra on Monday and Chemistry on Wednesday the 17th. And then I get about a week to frantically assemble Christmas gifts, since I've been putting it off until after exams end.

Slagar's picture

Devotee

I'm spending this weekend working, and then heading up to Madison to fight at a friend's event. After that, it's a calculus exam, a Dendrology exam, and a Fish and Wildlife Ecology exam. Then, a month of absolutely no responsibility! As long as I make it that far.

packrat's picture

so very guilty... papers are aaaah! exams are aaaah! final film project is aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahX6billion

Shade (can't sign into my act for some reason :()'s picture

Finishing up ze first semester of pharmacy school . . .

3 exams on Monday, from 7:30-2:00
Physiochemical Basis of Drug Action
Biochemistry
Biological Basis of Drug Action

1 exam on Wednesday - it's physiology, and the class is utterly insane. I'm definitely in freakout mode . . . trying to not have a breakdown, hahaha. It doesn't help that I've got to work 30 hours this week.
*hides from her textbooks in the corner*

SkyRider's picture

Devotee

I am in Kinesiology for occupational therapy and I took my human physiology exam Monday afternoon. It was challenging, but I knew much more than I thought I would. The best part is: it's OVER!!! Best of luck, and I would help you study cause I do know it, but I am still swamped myself.

teehee's picture

Devotee

Just reading through these makes me feel much better about MY situation. I have a unit test/cumulative final in a week and a half-- and that is it! I am glad I am going for an Associate's this time around. Smile

Good luck, lots of coffee, and a week of recuperation to restore your depleted stores of health and sanity, ya'll.

Cheers!

Kittae's picture

Postulant

Finished: Case Studies in Cultural Anthropology, Anthropology of Gender
Wednesday: Free day
Rest of the week: Anthropological Theory (bleh!) and French

The only one I'm worried about is Theory. I examined my grades and what the tests will be worth, and theory is the only test that can really change my grade one way or another. I know I can't really bomb any of the tests (I hope), so the best thing I can do is not over-study and worry myself silly. = P One of my classmates talked about how jealous she was that I was sitting and reading an unrelated book today, but it's just to make me calm down. = P Good luck to the rest of you guys!

greenpokefiend's picture

yeah, i'm procrastinating horribly. I had Ecology and Molecular Biology finals earlier this week and an Intro to Comparative POlitics final on friday. weee

kalinka's picture

Postulant

I had a 12 page paper on the use of space in Alexander Blok's "The Twelve" due last Friday (read the poem it if you haven't).

Today I had one exam in Russian Mass Media.

Tomorrow I have 2 exams, one in Russian Language and one in 20th Century Russian Literature. My final paper for Spanish Phonetics is also due tomorrow by 5 PM.

My last exam is on Friday morning, in Weather and Climate (my second lab science). My lab exam (take home) is also due--we have to draw our own planet and talk about its resulting climate types (from land masses, latitude, etc). Should be interesting.

So total:
final papers - 2
final exams - 4 (+1 take home)

Good luck everyone! Smile

Voyeur's picture

Couldnt afford college this year = (

Ciega's picture

I'm in the lull right now between final exams next week (one each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday) and five two-hour concerts in four days this past Thursday through Sunday. I'm also getting over a cold, by which I mean during the performances I had a cold-- the free cough drops they gave out for the singers were nice.... For reasons outside my control I also stayed up until 2:30 am Sunday night, which did not help. But I have actually managed to get my homework done on time for yesterday, today and tomorrow, which I think is quite an acomplishment really, and I've nearly finished the poster part of my research project report... I'm not going to start worrying about my exams until after I catch up on my sleep.

Starrysky's picture

Good luck with exams everyone! I remember my college days and exams were always the hardest part, beside the senior thesis paper.

manoki's picture

Supplicant

Do you realize how lucky you are, still being in the primary learning stage of your life? You only have to complete one version of your assignment--it's creative and, hopefully, a learning experience. This begins the unpleasant time for professors, when we have to grade a zillion of the same thing and try to stay awake doing it. Try not to take out our exhaustion and boredom on the nth student's grade. I learn very little from grading other than the ways I failed to communicate with or motivate my students. But I love the classroom time.

TheBoy's picture

Embodiment

what do you teach?

manoki's picture
TheBoy's picture

Embodiment

a few...
Angel something in psych
(b) English
(c) uh...

ZestyJester's picture

could it possibly be manoki indians? O.o some sort of subject matter related to indigenous people being forced off of land etc. native americans? history? south american history?

good thing this isn't jeopardy.. i'd fail.

manoki's picture

Supplicant

Until today I never knew that there was a Brazilian Indian tribe named Manoki. I was about to say there is no such tribe when I decided to double check before embarrassing myself. I always thought it was a word my dad made up when he was trying to be mysterious. Did you know about this tribe or did you google it as a way to get a clue about me? Anyhow, you're not that far off: I teach adolescent development with a focus on racial identity development.

ZestyJester's picture

the googles! they caught me Wink course i spent an hour reading about them after that hehe.

words i thought my parents made up but didn't: candent, gestational and cryogenics. they had a firm hand in guiding my weirdness Biggrin

TheBoy's picture

Embodiment

I feel like that fits pretty well in with my initial "something in psych" as well.

manoki's picture

Supplicant

I meant to say that, even though I don't teach in a psychology department.

TheBoy's picture

Embodiment

what kind of a department are you in?

manoki's picture

Supplicant

now that'd be telling, wouldn't it? My field and research interests are narrow enough that any good internet sleuth who knew both could figure out who I am somewhat readily. And, given my line of work, I'm not eager to have anyone know that I'm having such fun on this site. Can you imagine if you found out your prof was reading Meilin's story? How would that change your perception of her/him?

TheBoy's picture

Embodiment

me, I'd be happy.
My profs are pretty damn cool...
"I may, and others must, view pornography on their -home- computers"
--first amendment guy.

manoki's picture

Supplicant

I'm glad you think it's cool. But, of course, you're here reading, too. Wink

I go up for tenure next year. If I get it, I'll be much less inhibited. But to say that I work at a straight-laced elite institution is putting it mildly. I'm actually much more concerned about what my colleagues think than my students.

TheBoy's picture

Embodiment

now that, I understand.

V's picture

Embodiment

I have coworkers who are easily smart enough to be academics and know academics in settings outside the classroom. My image of them usually sticks close to the environment where I first met them--first impressions are powerful. In your case?

OMG, Professor Manoki likes to read about teh sex! And big surprise, she's almost as straight-laced as she appears to be Blum 3 They'd probably be far too self-conscious to even mention it to you, just like they're far too self-conscious to ask you other personal questions right now...even if they do read about the statue of Nerr musings.

Ever since that traumatic experience in high school where my English teacher jumped into a conversation she overheard between Betsy and I with "Oh yes, that's a great idea--I always have my husband help me with my breast self-examinations. We both enjoy it" I've been cognizant of the fact that our teachers are still very much real people. There was mild shock for a few minutes but I got over it. Really.

TheBoy's picture

Embodiment

"Betsy and me."

V's picture

Embodiment

While I'm usually pretty anal about grammar and spelling, including discrete/discreet etc, I am quite unabashed about the "and me", "and I" type things. I speak them very naturally and generally file the rule under the "don't end a sentence with a preposition" type of strictly correct grammar that only costs you points with a certain small subset of people that it drives to distraction >.>

And Manoki? You are soooo busted. Your first name has one more letter than your handle and an obvious letter in common }:) But I promise to be good. Yes, that's a fragment. My shorter posts should be read like spoken conversation.

TheBoy's picture

Embodiment

I/me bugs me...but as long as you don't use "myself" inappropriately, I'll probably restrain myself in the future. I'm a little pissy today. I should've been nice.

V's picture

Embodiment

It is, in fact, wrong, and I have a pretty thick skin--especially around you. But you'd better be minding your own p's and q's, buster. I'm watching. }:) }:) }:)

TheBoy's picture

Embodiment

I try.

I will occasionally indulge in a sentence bereft of proper spellings ("ewe reilly sink sew?", e.g.) just for shits and giggles, but otherwise, while not impeccable, I'm typically squared "aweigh."

manoki's picture

Supplicant

in more ways than one. Hopefully it's an endearing quality. Thanks for being good. Smile

V's picture

Embodiment

Out of MeiLin's characters, you remind me the most of Temmin and all his awesomeness.

TheBoy's picture

Embodiment

on second look, I -think- I've found Manoki.

If I'm right, the research looks interesting.

Tangentially: other (sometimes) race-related research (that I find fascinating):
https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/

Go! Investigate!

In other news: elite? mmmmmmaybe. The classmates I had in HS who went there...didn't impress me too much.

MeiLin's picture

Most High

I would hope that no one here would make a habit out of outing other forum members, hm? Teacher wouldn't like that. Neither would I. Wink

TheBoy's picture

Embodiment

of course not!
It's merely an exercise in curiosity.
After all--I'm as out-able as anyone--and looking for a job in a fairly conservative field.

MeiLin's picture

Most High

Just sayin'. Smile

TheFerret's picture

Devotee

Just to share - here's the rule I was told that sorted I/Me out quite clearly:

If the subject of the sentence (you and somebody) was only you, which would you use?

"Betsy & I are going to the store" is proper because "I am going to the store" is what you would say if only you were involved. You would not say "Me am going to the store". Conversely, "The teacher walked up to me & Betsy..." because the teacher would NOT "walk up to I...."

manoki's picture

Supplicant

Given my topic, I'm always telling stories about my kids and myself. And I've noticed that when I get too personal or graphic, it makes them uncomfortable. I told potty training stories (in a child development class) and puberty stories. They're fine with the concepts, but if I tell stories about my own experiences, they squirm. I'm sure they get over it, but it makes ME uncomfortable when they're uncomfortable, and unlike your high school teacher, my students evaluate me at the end of each course and my colleagues read the evals. So I need to be cautious.

kawaiikune's picture

Embodiment

If someone found you on this site, that would mean that they were reading it too....

That being said, I suppose I try to be pretty discrete around my professors with stuff like this, so I guess I can't really say anything. I think I would be more worried if I got caught reading MU or Literotica or something than this, but this does have some pretty sexy parts.

TheBoy's picture
manoki's picture

Supplicant

and your pet peeves. I have the same ones but usually don't speak up because I don't want anyone to think I'm annoying or condescending. Being a professor and all...people think I'm trying to teach them rather than realizing that I just have a grammatically-correct personality. Wink

TheBoy's picture

Embodiment

Yeah, I'm snippy today, and they're everywhere. I don't usually comment to strangers online...the Me/Myself/I issue kills me.

Worst example: "see Carrie or I for details"--the communications director at my old job.

might've even been "Carrie or myself."

Me wanted to cry. Wink

manoki's picture

Supplicant

The me/I error is much more common in speech than in writing, I find. I keep a running list of grammatical atrocities and verbal "creativity" found in students' papers. My personal favorites: "nip it [that problem] in the butt" and (a paper title) "Qality is Job #1." The latter was not a joke. And those two were written by Stanford students.

TheBoy's picture

Embodiment

I'm not even that much of an internet sleuth--but digging was better than studying accounting. I might've found you. }:)

manoki's picture

Supplicant

if I were still at Stanford. But I'm not. I did my doctorate there. Blum 3

TheBoy's picture

Embodiment

heh...well, then. I'm unaware of any other "elite" schools out that way...and since (I inferred) you know Ms. M in 3-D, I had thought you were a west-coaster.

I'll confess to defining "elite" pretty narrowly.

MeiLin's picture

Most High

Actually, I know where, but I'm not sayin'. Wink

We've been good friends 12 years next month (M, CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?!), but we've never met face to face!

manoki's picture

Supplicant

No, I really can't believe it has been that long or how much our friendship has deepened and changed over the years. Someday I look forward to meeting in person.

manoki's picture

Supplicant

See
http://meilinmiranda.com/node/680
and you'll notice that Meilin and I have known each other for nearly 12 years but never met in person.

Although I'm no longer at Stanford, I'm confident that you'd label my institution "elite."

TheBoy's picture

Embodiment

Careful reading is reserved for cases, statutes, evidence, exams, and fact patterns.

Casual reading is for books and "the internets."

manoki's picture

Supplicant

Careful reading is important for internet sleuthing.

TheBoy's picture

Embodiment

it -should- be...

DrMorganes's picture

Petitioner

Personally, if I'd have known ahead of time I'd have to lean to be a $^#%@! accountant, I probably would have given this whole self-employment thing another thought.

Dammit, Jim, I'm a computer geek - not a math nerd!

Stupid accounting...

kawaiikune's picture

Embodiment

There are a lot of us! I had no idea! I had one exam today, a paper due this week, another due next Thursday, and an exam next Thursday. This time of year is so crazy. Good luck everyone!

Voyeur's picture

I have two exams, one on Sunday one on Monday and then I go home for the holidays Tuesday!!

Andrea's picture

Supplicant

One down, three to go. I have a week to study (and boy do I need it) before the remaining exams. Good luck everyone!

Paisleigh's picture

Devotee

I've taken two exams (2D Composition and Physics in the Arts and Entertainment [if any of you out there go to Kent State University I HIGHLY suggest it- it is fun Smile ]) and still have two to go (Drawing I and Art History). I've also worked two 6 hour and a 9 1/2 at work and have one more 9 1/2 left. But I will be done with everything by 3:00 pm tomorrow. YEAH!!!!
Now. . . .to find a job over break. Hmmm. . .

Amiable Hummingbird's picture

Devotee

Let's see.... my classes just ended today, so that means I have one final project left (floral design) and two, maybe three exams (landscape management, herbaceous plants, and possibly anthropology). I have to wait and see how I did on a paper before I can know if I have to take the anthro final. It's driving me crazy to have to wait.
so... that'll leave flowers, plants, and landscaping. who want's to guess what my major is? Biggrin

SkyRider's picture

Devotee

I am a kinesiology major, but I have a student job in the landscape architecture department. Flowers, plants, and landscaping sounds quite familiar to me. Smile Or you could be interior landscaping... they do that stuff also.

Amiable Hummingbird's picture

Devotee

you were very close- most of my friends are landscape architecture majors. as for me- horticulture. much less staying up all night and scary presentations in front of juries. ugh. i don't know how they do it. i just like my plants Smile

Pikachu42's picture

Embodiment

I sat out this semester to try and figure out if what I was in school for was what I really wanted. So, I'm just working and trying to write. If I could just get past my writer's block.

BCT's picture

Devotee

Japanese final in two hours.
Japanese lit paper due tomorrow.
Anthropology paper due next Wednesday.
And, the bane of my existence, organic chemistry final Wednesday morning.

Brb ritual suicide.

TheBoy's picture

Embodiment

This week: Accounting For Lawyers (yet to come), [State] Criminal procedure, and Economic Analysis of the Law.

2 down, at least.

MeiLin's picture

Most High

No wonder you're so grumpy! Wink

TheBoy's picture

Embodiment

pretty much.
There's some other stuff, too...
a friend creating more drama than a hard-drinking theater department on a reality show about acting set at a bar.

manoki's picture

Supplicant

Or planning to attend?

TheBoy's picture

Embodiment

one semester short of done. At a non-elite (but pretty good nonetheless) institution.

manoki's picture

Supplicant

You get the same education at a non-elite institution, you just pay less for it and you get less prestige from it. Just like designer jeans: off-brand jeans cover your body just as well but the designer jeans get you noticed more. In a non-elite institution you lack the connections you would make at an elite school. Prestige and connections are worth paying for in some professions like business and maybe public policy or education. Law and medicine, I doubt it. For undergrads, unless it's HarvardStanfordPrincetonYale, it's not worth it.

What many people outside the academy don't realize is that you don't have to be that smart to be a professor. Having persistence is more important. The smartest guy in my grad school cohort was miles ahead of the rest of us in statistics and theory but he couldn't stick with a project long enough to complete it. He dropped out after one year. I was one of the weaker students in my cohort but I'm one of only two (out of nine) who is still in the academy.

TheBoy's picture

Embodiment

I've got a parent who's been in a couple of the Ivy towers in academia...
I'm at a very good state school-->works just fine for what I want to do. I was merely describing my position. It's pretty useful to do law at some of the prestigious schools for certain gigs.

BCT's picture

Devotee

That subject line's not meant to be sarcastic. I read it back to myself and it came out that way, so I wanted to be clear that what you said about professors is really helpful. My organic chemistry professor is way too smart to be a good teacher. It's like he makes fun of us for not picking this stuff up right away. Next semester we're going to have a better professor, which I'm looking forward to.

I may not get the BEST grades (although I must say my grades are nowhere near Bad), but I'm most certainly persistent. Or stubborn. I hope that shows through on med school applications. I'm none too good with chemistry, but I -adore- biology and anatomy, and I really do want to fix people, and I think those are the important things.

Veritas's picture

Had three papers to finish, and I'm just 'looking forward to' my exam on Monday - Latin, so I'm memorizing verbs, nouns, and other parts of speech like a crazy person. Also pigging out on chocolate, because chocolate is the best cure for headaches caused by Latin.

Nye's picture

Supplicant

Try not to stress. Eat something. Get up once in awhile. Remember to set your alarm. Sleep when possible.

Lost Child's picture

on Monday. Urgh.
On -er. The suffix. Yes, very interesting. How am I supposed to talk about that for half an hour?! Oh well.
At least the rest of my exams are still some time away, in February/March.

TheBoy's picture

Embodiment

Angel comparative adjectives
(b) "one who verbs"-type nouns
(c) 30 seconds on how Peter Petes...

Shinjinarenai's picture

Postulant

I finished my last final just this morning! Thank goodness, from now on I never have to take a strictly domestic politics class. The lack of foreign policy almost killed me, I swear. So now I will be free to be annoying around the site again! Huzzah and jubilation!

MeiLin's picture

Most High

Usually I hate them, but last night's was interesting. I dreamed I was about to undertake the study of Paiute and Tlingit shamanistic practices as expressed in the textile arts. srsly, I have dreams like that. Why those two unrelated tribes, I couldn't say.

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