Exams: the waiting is the hardest part

To quote Tom Petty, “the waiting is the hardest part”.

I recently finished exams (for now anyway)…and the writing of said torture devices is actually ok. I mean, I actually have more free time (I had enough time to watch the new Star Trek, will be my next post!). I eat better, I see more of my friends. On the other hand, from dawn until dusk my life consists of texts and mathematical formulae…but still.

But waiting for my results to be posted is awful. Some exams go bad, bringing great trepidation, some exams go well…bringing slightly less trepidation. I will elaborate with a story!

I wrote the worst exam of my life (literally, none have been as bad marks-wise). And so the waiting was nerve-wracking. So you can imagine the joy I experienced when I saw I passed! At university you need a sub-minimum of 40% for your exam, so as long as your overall average including semester mark is greater than 50% you pass. And I got less than 40% for the exam. So even though my average was 51% I shouldn’t have passed. Except I did. I assumed being in final year they pushed me through, because I was quite close to 40% in my exam…BUT it turns out it was a system error (we get our marks off the ‘net) and I actually got into the supplementary exam. Boom! From pass to supp in 24 hours 😥 But I thought I’d go to the perusal where you can examine your script and try and find extra marks and such like…so I had to wait an entire week for that opportunity. This week of waiting was worse than waiting for my actual result! But happily, I went to the perusal today and found out that they had looked at my paper again and found me more marks! 😀 they just had not reflected it on the system yet 🙂

So the waiting can be a bitter-sweet experience. After that week of waiting, to find out I had passed was an amazing feeling!! 🙂 If you have ever experienced anything like this, drop a comment and we can bemoan our ordeals 😛 Next post will be my review of the new Star Trek 😀

Jeremy

A student’s life: culinary tales

So, I decided to write this post following pretty much my most unhealthy week as a student ever…and that’s saying something, ’cause I’ve been a student for 3.5 years, and this statement includes infamous first year.

As of tonight I will have eaten take-aways for dinner 5 nights out of my 7 day week…3 of those were pizza. No more words are needed I think.

Other culinary lows I’ve done include:

  • Eating a week’s supply of biscuits in the 15 minutes after taking it back to your room.
  • Eating tomato sauce and steak seasoning on sandwiches because you don’t have anymore peanut butter.
  • Eating peanut butter from the jar with a spoon because you don’t have anymore bread.
  • Eating sandwiches and a can of baked beans for dinner most nights for over a month (this is the one I’m most ashamed of in retrospect).
  • Staying at parties solely for the food…I once left a 21st straight after dessert (I think this is it for most shameful act actually).
  • Going home to mom and dad just for the food (everyone does this, don’t judge me!).
  • Eating raw spinach, carrots, tomatoes and beans with tomato sauce because you are too lazy to cook them (in my defence uncooked vegetables are apparently good for you).
  • Buying pre-made salads because you are too lazy to make your own.
  • Losing weight (which is great) mainly because after leaving home you realise just how much effort it is to make food and so you eat less.

So yeah, those are my confessions with regards to food as a student…I’d like to finish off with a few pros though:

  • I don’t waste food (not that my family ever wastes food, but I’m continuing the trend).
  • If a beggar asks me to buy them food while I’m at the grocery store/supermarket I do it, because if I’m only a student and I can afford to eat nicely (thanks mom and dad) then I can cut back on partying if it means someone else eating for a few days.
  • Finally, in pursuit of a woman my cooking skills have increased. Making chicken cordon bleu (see below) only because I promised to make her dinner one evening is one way of learning new dishes.chicken cordon bleu
  • From pessimistincarnate at blogspot (this isn’t my creation)

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Jeremy

IT LIVES: Return of the sub-committee on pies chairman

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This is how I feel after exams

First and foremost I’d like to apologise for my hiatus on the blog. Terribly sorry I haven’t posted in so long. Here’s a brief update into my life recently:

  • I wrote exams 😥
  • They were tough
  • I studied on campus most days, rather hard I might add
  • I celebrated my 21st birthday
  • I went on an outreach for a week and a half to an orphanage (I’ll make a dedicated post to it soon)
  • I discovered Assassin’s Creed 3
  • I passed all my exams! 😀
  • My bursary application was successful, meaning my studies are covered and I’ll have a job after I graduate
  • All the things above combine into next being year being my final year for undergrad! 😀

And those are a few of the reasons why I haven’t posted in a while. I also have tons of movies to look at, such as Skyfall, Cloud Atlas, The Hobbit, Seeking a friend for the end of the world, and whatever else I’ve watched recently. I’ll start on those ASAP (as in tomorrow), but it’s 23:55 GMT+2 right now and I’m off to bed. I just wanted to let you know I’m still alive 🙂

Jeremy

Employment oh boy

I’ve just finished writing exams, and four days into my holiday it’s over already. I sit here the night before my first day of work (not proper, graduate work. It’s required for my degree. But still, I’m claiming it) really rather nervous. Finding a job these says can be tricky. Even though this isn’t a permanent position, I’m still lucky to get it. I have to make a good impression: I can’t be slovenly, I have to stand up straight, comb my hair and, gasp, shave. And stuff. In other words I have to pretend be grown up, and I’m not even comfortably out of my single digits’ mindset yet.

I’ve been passing university quite well I reckon, thinking I know my stuff. I probably do know my stuff, most of it anyway. But here I am wracked with doubt about my competence, all because my future may depend on it…there’s a scary thought. Now I’m even more frightened. I had originally planned on writing about the pressure placed upon the youth of today to obtain employment and that it isn’t all that big a deal. I was even going to offer some friendly advice. But I realised it wouldn’t make that much difference, certainly not from a fledgling like me, and it wouldn’t be particularly interesting anyway. So I’ll take solace in the fact that I’ll have more interesting things to blog about once I’ve got some work experience and work experiences worth sharing.

Jeremy

Some thoughts for exams

I live in sunny South Africa, which means I live in the southern hemisphere, which in turn means I follow  a different academic year to Europe and North America. So I’m currently in the middle of my mid-year exams. But I’d just like to wish any readers good luck for the exam period if you are in fact writing exams, and especially if you’re still writing finals.

So instead of studying I was being a good procrastinator and surfing the net when I stumbled upon (not using the website) the following prayer specifically written for students:

23rd Psalm for Students

The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not flunk
He keepeth me from lying down when I should be studying
He leadeth me beside the water cooler for a study break
He restores my faith in study guides
He leads me to better study habits
For my grades’ sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of borderline grades
I will not have a nervous breakdown
For Thou art with me
My prayers and my friends, they comfort me
Thou givest me the answer in moments of blankness
Thou anointest my head with understanding
My test paper runneth over with questions I recognise.
Surely passing grades and flying colours shall follow me
All the days of my examinations
And I shall not have to dwell in this exam hall forever.

Amen

(It can be found here )

I really do find this quite amusing, but also helpful, especially the night before my toughest exam: Soil Mechanics (I never knew walking along the beach would be such a complicated business :/). I also stumbled upon this during my virtual travels (ok, I confess I was emailed it):

“A mathematician, a physicist, and an engineer are all given identical rubber balls and told to find the volume. They are given anything they want to measure it, and have all the time they need. The mathematician pulls out a measuring tape and records the circumference. He then divides by two times pi to get the radius, cubes that, multiplies by pi again, and then multiplies by four-thirds and thereby calculates the volume. The physicist gets a bucket of water, places 1.00000 gallons of water in the bucket, drops in the ball, and measures the displacement to six significant figures. And the engineer? He writes down the serial number of the ball, and looks it up.”

I’ll admit it’s an ultra nerd joke, but as I said, anything to avoid studying right? I thought it was funny anyway.

Jeremy