LOSING SLEEP AND REGAINING MY SOCIAL LIFE: LIFE AFTER EXAMS
I finally have a chance to write again!
So now that those papers that shall not be spoken of are over, I’ve had a chance to do everything I’ve been missing out on over the semester. Baking, shopping, coffees in town, walks through Stephen’s Green, the Christmas markets, 12 pubs, nights out – I feel like I’ve had to cram a semester’s worth of socialising in Dublin into a fortnight. I’ve also caught up on my Christmas pay-it-forward projects, a little idea I had instead of the usual advent calendar. It’s been excellent to say the least. I think most of all, I missed having nothing to do. The study guilt meant that having lazy days in and catching up on novels and Netflix series just wasn’t going to happen until the Christmas break, and now I can’t get enough of it. I’ll start by recapping the past few weeks – the exam weeks. Sleep-deprived, stressed, book-obsessed and library-bound summarises the entire thing pretty neatly. I knew it was going to be tough, I just didn’t expect to feel as overwhelmed by it all as I did. I hate being panicked and doing last minute study around exam time, so I’d started my revision and assignments extra early to avoid it. That didn’t make the slightest bit of difference. Turns out that exam season wouldn’t be exam season without late nights and book mountains. They’re unavoidable. I somehow landed with an incredibly unlucky timetable too – three exams in 24 hours. I genuinely didn’t sleep between them. The upside to having such an awful few days (and thank God I had Georgina in the same boat otherwise I’d have completely cracked) was that I finished my exams quite early too. I was all done and dusted by the 16th! That said, it certainly wasn’t worth it. Having three final year exams so close together was an ordeal. I know it’s luck of the draw to an extent, but landing into Equity, my third exam, when most others were landing into their first was a truly awful situation to be in. I was drained. I don’t think I’ve ever worked so hard for a set of exams in my life. Then I slept for a full twelve hours afterwards. And now, now we never ever speak of that ordeal again. I have one set of exams left here in UCD and there’ll be no more exam talk on this blog til they come around!
I’m really relieved to have reached the half way mark of my final year in UCD. It hasn’t been easy, but then I never expected it to be anything but challenging. In fact, that’s pretty much the one word summation I could give to 2014 – challenging. Still, I’m very nearly through it. And as for 2015, it’s a year I already know will shape up to be incredible. Work plans, travel plans, graduating… following on from one of the toughest years of my life will surely be one of the most rewarding.