6PM: My last class is done, the evening is stretched out ahead. Head to Starbucks and Subway.
6:25PM: I’m camped out in the library with my iPod, a new latte and a sandwich for dinner. Need to just finish going over everything.
7PM: I’ve finished my first pass-through of the material. Feeling good, almost ahead of the game. Start going over it again, studying it and learning it.
9PM: Tired, bored. Wish I were…anywhere else. I’m procrastinating, so I leave the library for a study room since the library will be closed in an hour and I want to get back on a roll. Change of pace is good.
10PM: Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck. Just started looking at old exams and I KNOW NOTHING. Well some things. But what’s with these questions?!?! This isn’t what we’ve covered in class?! PANIC is setting in. IT’S BAD. Thoughts of an all-nighter dance in my head.
10:15PM: I start my mantras: In two years, this exam will be but a distant memory. I have studied well, I probably won’t fail too terribly. I can step things up for the next exam. Don’t panic. Don’t panic. Don’t panic.
10:30PM: Remember that I’m really not a night person. Sleepy.
11Pm: Head home.
12AM: Lie in bed, read the notes, commit two diseases to memory (Listeria, Blue Tongue).
The day of:
5AM: Alarm! Up, dressed, forgo much-needed shower. Commit another disease to memory (Tetanus, easy).
5:30AM: Hit the Kum and Go for coffee.
5:45AM: At school, back in the same study room. Have 3 hours. Must focus!
5:50AM: Need a plan, can’t go at this willy-nilly. 180 minutes. Approx 50 diseases, so 3 minutes each, then review scrapie and Mycoplasma management during Large Animal Disease (my 9AM class). Go team.
5:55AM: I counted: actually only have 43 diseases to know, plus mastitis stuff. So, 4 minutes each, plus an additional 8 to check e-mail. Go team.
6:22AM: Have gotten through 10 enteric diseases. Totally ahead of game, am genius. Except that the enteric ones are kind of the easiest. Start to go over them again.
6:27am: Wonder why it took me 4 minutes to check e-mail when I didn’t even have any.
6:35am: Moving on to next set of diseases.
6:45: Losing steam. Brain full. Coffee nearly gone and I’m hungry, but cafeteria doesn’t open for 45 more minutes and I have no cash for vending machine. Boo.
6:53am: Steam. lost. But moving on to next set of diseases (abortion diseases).
7:09am: shit! damn internet. back to studying.
7:45am: had breakfast, need a change of pace. Moving back to the library and shutting down computer for last hour.