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How to survive exams!

6 Dec

As we finish up the last two days of classes, students at Washington and Lee enter the most grueling part of the semester: Finals. Although we are lucky enough to have the ability to schedule our exams (thank you, Honor System), exams are still the most stressful time of the year for most students. Some students take all their finals in the first few days of exam week and get home as soon as possible, while others spread out their exams as much as possible for study time and stay until the very last day. No matter your personal strategy for exam taking, there are a few undisputed ways to survive exams at W&L. In my opinion, there are two ways to survive exams at W&L:

1. Utilize the free coffee in the Co-op and in Leyburn: Since Lexington Coffee Shop is my favorite place in Lexington; you might understand why I appreciate free coffee. My roommate and I started the LexCo tradition early in the semester. It wasn’t long before our weekly trip turned into an addiction satisfied several times a week. The free coffee during exams reduced my expensive trips to LexCo and allowed me to have at least three or four cups of coffee a day, which is only truly acceptable during finals.

2Go to the midnight breakfast in D-hall: There are some dinners, which usually include grilled chicken, broccoli, and macaroni and cheese, which go above and beyond expectations. Thanksgiving dinner is the most delectable meal at d-hall, second to the Harvest Dinner before Thanksgiving. Still, the midnight breakfast was by far the best meal of the entire semester. The dining hall was full of upperclassmen and freshmen all using this study break to stress eat. It’s so worth it.

On the positive side, there are a few things about exams that make them almost fun, in the slightest ways. For me, these things include the excuse to use highlighters, legal pads, post-it notes, and staplers excessively. My appreciation for office supplies and organization thrives during exams. After a few sleepless nights and dozens of cups of coffee, I will be sure to survive another set of exams at Washington and Lee.

Midnight Breakfast

13 Dec

Finals week is almost half-way over (yay!) but the pressure is on because I’ve only finished one of my four exams! Lucky for me, I can schedule my own exams here and I will be able to take my remaining tests whenever I want throughout the week. I’ve also got plenty of brain food available to help me get through the week. Last night was the midnight breakfast in the Market Place dining hall. The fabulous D-hall staff opens late to serve yummy  breakfast food (and most importantly, coffee) to late night studiers. First-years and upperclassmen alike took advantage of this great W&L tradition.

Happy Fall Y’all!

27 Sep

We may already be into the fifth day of fall, but it sure doesn’t feel like it yet! With the afternoon highs reaching the upper 70s, my wardrobe choices for Lexington’s crisp, foggy mornings have not suited me well for the toasty, humid afternoons. Of course, I shouldn’t complain since my hometown of Dallas is expected to reach 100 degrees on Thursday–yikes! But until autumn truly rolls into our area, at least we have tomorrow night’s Fall Harvest Dinner to look forward to! As you can see from the link, the menu features incredible cheeses, fruits, vegetables, and desserts from local businesses like the Homestead Creamery. W&L’s Dining Services puts on several themed dinners throughout the year like a Thanksgiving Dinner and a Midnight Breakfast during finals week (featuring omelettes made by professors and all-you-can-eat ice cream!). My friends and I can’t wait to relive the first-year experience and eat at our favorite long tables in the Marketplace (or as we like to call it, “D-Hall”). Hopefully there will be some colorful leaves hanging over Woods Creek to add to the autumn ambience!


1 Apr

D-Hall, one of W&L’s dining options, featured my favorite soup today. Their chicken tortilla soup is delicious! I wish I could get the recipe. Even today, one of the first truly hot and sunny days, I couldn’t resist a bowl of soup. D-Hall has so much great food to choose from, I often find myself wandering around pondering what to eat. The sensory overload can be overwhelming! All of my friends have different favorites, and some of them really get creative with their meals. D-Hall offers so much that you can really eat whatever you want. The menu changes everyday, so you don’t get bored either! The D-Hall staff does a wonderful job of preparing fresh food and keeping it stocked all day long. I love just popping into the Commons to grab a snack in between classes. D-Hall is just another one of W&L’s great features. I am really going to miss it next year when I’m living in the Sorority House (although, the food there is pretty good too)!