Sunday, April 13, 2008

Are We There Yet?

I've been totally stressed out for the past month (when I wasn't blogging). First I went abroad (the same trip as last year, part deux, with Paris thrown in to the mix); then when I got back, I had work; Jube's spring break; my mom's visit; and, of course, worrying about jobs. I'm almost finished with my Master's, so I've been applying for jobs since January. Just before I left and just after I got home I stepped up my efforts, and so far I've had 3 interviews. I'm still waiting to find out about one... I thought I'd hear back last week sometime, but no luck. I hope that it's good news. (Jube has learned his English too well - he keeps repeating "no news is good news!")

And to cap off the stress, this weekend is my comprehensive exam. My master's program decided to change its traditional "three hours and write everything you can remember!" to a take-home exam. Ugh! I don't know about you, but I hate take-home exams! I absolutely despise them, for many reasons. Which I will enumerate for you, since the only alternative is the exam.

1. An in-class exam ruins three hours. A take-home exam ruins an entire weekend (or even entire week, in some cases!).
2. Professors expect more out of you for a take-home exam than an in-class exam. I've had to do so much research for this stupid exam - I much prefer studying in advance.
3. I'm better at in-class exams! (So yeah, this one only refers to me, but so what?)

All weekend I've had this horrible stomachache because I should have been working on my exam. And even when I am working on it, I feel sick, because I'm worried. I really don't want to take it again!

So I guess I'll get back to it.


Noelia said...

Goog luck on this exam! When it'll be done, you'll feel much better! :-)

Brooke Burch said...

I also completely loathe take-home exams. For all of the reasons you enumerated, including 3. So it's not just you!