A female student standing at the entrance of Graham Library

Pre-Midterm Season

I’m having my very first midterms this week! For the last two weeks, all I've talked about with my friends is how quick it is for us to arrive at our first midterm season. We don’t really know if whatever we are doing is right. Are we studying enough for these tests?

I also found myself having a completely different routine compared to when I was in high school. I sleep and wake up later, I eat at unregular times, and I drink more coffee.

I called to catch up with my high school friend a few days ago (she’s in New York), and we found it hilarious how both of us have not showered at 12:30 a.m., because we were still doing some schoolwork. I guess I’m not the only one impacted by this transition, huh?

Fortunately, I appreciate some of my midterm moments. I am someone who needs a study buddy, so I love the times when my friends and I walk to the library together after dinner. I also tried out one of the late-night virtual Study Hubs that ran from 10:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. and I found it useful to keep me accountable. There are multiple sessions in a day, so you can definitely find some at a time that works for you! The fact that someone else is studying with me makes me feel like I need to get things done too. Everything slows down at night, so I enjoy the peace I get to have when I’m studying at those times.

However, I did not expect myself to feel burnt out so quickly. On Thursday, I sat at Robarts Library zoning out and watching people having classes. After 30 minutes of having a hard time focusing, I went home because I knew I would not get anything done. That night, I slept by 10:00 p.m. and had a good 9-hour sleep.

Over the weekend, a friend from Scarborough campus travelled downtown, and he asked if I would have time for dinner. I was exhausted from revising Chemistry and Biology, so I took the Friday night off to watch the sunset by Lake Ontario and enjoy a K-BBQ dinner. It was an extremely healing moment. I needed the break, so I was glad that I made that decision.

Sunset scenery by Lake Ontario

I hope you all had an amazing Thanksgiving weekend! I spent time studying (well…) with a couple of friends and had a mini-Friendsgiving afterwards. I’m at that stage of missing home-cooked meals a lot. Remember to check in with yourself and take the time off if you need to! All the best <3

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