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You’re in Pretty Good Shape For the Shape You Are In (to quote Dr. Seuss)

There are two words going around campus that has just about every student in borderline meltdown mode: midterm exams (which ironically, are, in fact, not given halfway through the semester). It seems everywhere I turn one person or another is grieving over back-to-back exams, caffeine overdoses, or illegible class notes. It can't be denied: when testing time hits A&M, stress levels increase exponentially all around.

As a third year Biomedical Sciences major, you'd think I would have caught on to when test time is approaching, but every single time I have the same reaction: "Wait, what?! A test?? School just started!" And then I proceed to whip out my planner and with growing dismay flip backwards counting the weeks since summer ended: four weeks for those of you who lost count like me. So school hadn't just started after all, apparently. With all these tests looming so dauntingly in the future, it's easy to slip into the mindset that seems to constantly plague the campus around this point in the semester. We've all had those moments where it seems like the task ahead is just too overwhelming and nothing sounds better than curling up in your bed and shutting out the world with your tears as you eat a half gallon of ice cream using an Oreo as a spoon (don't judge me). But that's to be expected! Many of us have chosen an academic path that is by no means easy. As a general rule, pursuing any academic path is going to have its fair share of challenges. Being here for two years has not given me the superpowers to suddenly overcome all obstacles I face with a mighty leap, but I have learned a thing or two about making that mountain seem a little more like a really, REALLY big rock.

It's all about attitude and the power of positive thinking. Anytime I face a task that seems completely out of my scope of abilities, I remind myself that no matter how hard it seems, it can be done, purely because it HAS been done before. Like E.A. Bucchianeri wrote in Brushstrokes of a Gadfly, "Well, if it can be thought, it can be done, a problem can be overcome." Sure, there is always the possibility that the others were more intelligent than I am, or more talented, or harder working, but regardless: my chances are looking a lot better than if no one before me had ever succeeded, right? So buckle down, guys, and take deep breaths. Remember to laugh with your friends as you study until 2:00 am for an 8:00 am exam that day. Do a wiggle dance in your seat as you listen to music while studying. Play Jenga with your study buddies during a mental break. And most importantly: eat lots and lots of cookies. Because everyone knows cookies make the world go round. Good luck!