Today was my last day of classes. Of this semester. Of my academic career.
buuuut I have 3 finals and 2 papers left.
THEN I’M OFF TO ROTATIONS. GAME FACE.
It’s been unreal. My last two classes ever. And what were they? Strangely, a drug abuse lecture in therapeutics, and my substance abuse elective. Side by side. I’m finishing off my academic career with a theme.
We celebrated with India Garden in Broad Ripple and trying to get ahead on some kinetics homework. There is nothing more satisfying than a good Indian buffet and finishing final assignments early. Now it’s just… the big stuff. Like our 4 semester cumulative therapeutics final on Monday. But after all we’ve been through? Seems easy enough!
Once upon a time, COPHS decided to make a class called Principles of Drug Action. Most schools teach pharmacology, medicinal chemistry, and toxicology separately. Most schools are normal. Butler is not. Butler combined those classes all into one and we take it all four years of pharmacy school.
AND TODAY I TURNED IN MY LAST FINAL.
But there was a lot of studying before that. And, of course, food.
This is me weeping over a 2 liter of Mountain Dew.
We ordered Greek’s Pizza while studying in Jordan Hall. We had no plates. So we used pieces of notebook paper because we are classy.
If our faces aren’t any indication, it wasn’t just eating greasy (but delicious) pizza off of paper that was making us upset. Studying for our last PDA final was absolutely dreadful. And finding out 90 minutes before the test that there were essay questions was unpleasant.
But! It is over! I am done with this semester! Let the Netflix marathon and Christmas shopping BEGIN!
The two things that normally come with nonstop finals studying are, well, studying and sleep deprivation. But there’s one last component that really makes finals week a triumvirate of bad decisions and general uncomfortableness.
This was study-thon Sunday. We were holed up in the basement of Irwin and there was no leaving until we learned everything there was to know about therapeutics, kinetics, and PDA.
…oh yeah. Mustn’t forget the bag full of candy.
It’s week like this I can’t really decide if we’re going to get diabetes or anemia first. Like that is NOT NUTRITION but it’s what we ate all day long. No regrets.
The library has a new reservable room policy which has actually worked out in our favor. Studying in groups on campus means needing table space (see above) and also being free of distraction, and there are only so many large study rooms on campus. I can’t tell you how many times we’ve stared into that particular room to see one person in it watching Hulu. For hours and hours.
SO NOW, being able to reserve the room, we show up for four hour blocks (or more if each of us books it) and just… well, it may look like a party, but it isn’t. Maybe we put a little fun in education. For the most part we shout questions at each other and try to use the chalkboard (CHALK IS A TERRIBLE THING) and then we sit silently and think about our lives.
We’ve been watching a lot of Jeopardy in this house. Don’t hate. In honor of the end of my semester and also the fact that it is 2:00AM, here is a bunch of random stuff I found on my phone and on my computer.
I sneaked this picture of Sarah at a PAWS meeting. She brought a special tiara for us to pass around and wear while we said what we liked about PAWS, this year’s BACCHUS Area 7 Region BEST PEER EDUCATION GROUP. [confetti rains from the sky]
I’m sorry my phone’s camera is a potato.
OH here’s a good one.
I don’t know where the nearest one is to campus, but here in Suburbia (which is filled with children), we have an Orange Leaf. You cannot go wrong with self-serve frozen yogurt. I always top mine with gummi bears and cookie dough. It’s a weird combination, but that’s just how I roll. If you’re ever up in the Great North, check it out (and if there’s one near campus, buy a tent and go live in front of it).
Okay, and lastly, probably the COOLEST place on campus:
THE OBSERVATORY. It’s so cooooool. I know this is a repost, but it’s worth it. I need to get back in there when it’s sunny and get a better shot of this awesome floor art.
I have my last final tomorrow and then I am DONE FOR THE SEMESTER.
But I have to say, this week has been grueling. 99 question final Monday with a 10 page paper due that morning was a lot to juggle all at once. After all that was finished, though, I just had some take home final stuff to finish, and then 3 finals. I’m really through the worst of it now!
Which is why it’s really hard for me to get down to studying for this last one. I got 4 hours of sleep last night, and as we all know, I need sleep.
Haha. All of you need to see Downton Abbey so you know why that .gif is so hilarious. And sad. Mostly hilarious.
I took a 3 hour nap after my final, and it is now nearing 11:30 PM, and I am WIRED. So I guess I will be staying up late again studying! Bring it, last final!
These are all over the internet, but I love the “leaving my last final” series. I need to post one now.
with a million chrome tabs and word documents and panopto. And a whimper. Also, surrounded by dirty dishes, empty snack bags, and disorganized note pages I’ve left to die on the corner of my desk. Please don’t tell everyone how I live.
I’ve more or less resigned myself to say goodbye to sleep and hello to my desk chair for the next 9 days. I’ve got a 10 page paper to finish by Monday “at dawn,” directly followed by my Therapeutics final.
Let me digress for a moment and paint a picture of what Therapeutics finals look like. Imagine you are a mouse blindfolded in a maze and you have to navigate the maze using only your sense of smell, guided by cheese sitting at the exit. Now imagine you are a mouse who has no feet and your sense of smell is clouded by the common cold. And there is no cheese. That’s a Therapeutics final.
Other than that, the rest of my finals are spread out nicely Wednesday-Friday and then I’m done! So that’s good. The real challenge is going to be balancing my paper and that final on Monday.
Until then, I’m going to keep chewing bubblegum and taking names. And I’m all out of bubbleg–no. Actually I have a ton of bubblegum.
The week before Thanksgiving break is the longest week ever. You might think finals week is the longest week ever, and that’s fine, but I contend that it is this one. Thanksgiving break is the harbinger of the end of the semester–everything’s downhill once you get back.
It’s the getting to break that’s hard. I, for one, had a presentation last week, another presentation this week, a test, and also a quiz on Friday. Not to mention a 2-hour PDA lecture on Friday starting at 8AM. Oh, cruel world!
Luckily, the presentation went well! At least that’s over. And it’s Thursday, which means in a little over 24 hours, it will not only be the weekend–but also Thanksgiving break!
I’m realizing now that we’re well-past the halfway point of November. I don’t think I can handle it being December yet. I’m not even halfway done with my NaNoWriMo. I’m in biiig trouble!
Shssh. I’m just going to listen to Christmas music. It’ll be okay.
I own this album and, yes, it’s amazing.
Ever since pharmacy school, the Appropriate Time to listen to Christmas music (after Thanksgiving-beyond) has been marred by a rush of clusters and finals. We have clusters the first week back from break, a week of classes, and then finals. It is not a time to feel happy and joyful in the season of giving. It is a time of no sleep, catatonia, and junk food.
I made the executive decision to listen to Christmas music early this year. Because I want to enjoy it. A month just isn’t long enough when 3 weeks of it is squandered on the panic of the end of the semester.
To my delight, I discovered today on Spotify that ZOOEY DESCHANEL HAS A CHRISTMAS ALBUM.
It’s so good I’m going to buy it. Then one day, I might get the CD player fixed in my car so I can blast it on Binford Blvd as I tend to do with all music I like.
I know it’s not Halloween yet and some of you may see me as a heretic, but I can’t tell you how good her version of The Christmas Waltz is. It just is.