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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.
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