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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.

Trick-or-treating in Leyburn

31 Oct

My depressing Halloween in the library just got a lot sweeter! An adorable little kid dressed as the red Power Ranger just left  whoppers on the desk next to me. It really is the little things…Happy Halloween!

We’re all in it together

20 Oct

One of my favorite parts about W&L is that I have a lot in common with my classmates. We are all hardworking, determined to do well in our classes, but also passionate about other activities and interested in having fun.

Over the past two weeks, we have had midterm exams and midterm papers due. Although this period is usually accompanied by stress and long nights in the library, it is bearable because we are all going through the same thing. We all feel some pressure and we all want to succeed. In high school, I was sometimes frustrated because I felt like I was the only one who cared about doing well and working hard. That is not at all the case at W&L.

I bond with my friends over our desire to do well in school. We also bond over looking forward to having fun when our work is finished!


10 Dec

Despite the fact that finals week and the end of the semester is stressful and hectic, there are some really fun part of this time of year, too. Study breaks with friends in the co-op and antics in leyburn library at odd hours of the night certainly help to alleviate the stress. Even more, everyone is studying and furiously composing term papers, so there is always someone to commiserate with. Plus, there’s free coffee!

Last Day of Classes

9 Dec

Today is the last day of classes, and everyone is gearing up for exam week. People are studying for finals all over campus – in classrooms, dorm rooms, the library and in Commons. My favorite place to study last year was the resource rooms on the second floor of the Commons. The room has comfy couches, chairs, and a big long table for me to spread my books out everywhere. This year, I’ve spend more time in the library. Good luck studying everyone!! See you tonight in the library, if I can find a spot


5 Dec

We are officially in the last week of the semester; it is unbelievable how fast this semester in particular has gone!  Exams begin Saturday.  The library has been extra crowded with everyone trying to get a head start on studying.  Exam time makes me realize how much I love our honor system.  I am able to leave all of my books in my chosen carrell and don’t have to lug them back and forth from my house.  I am also able to self-schedule my exams according to when I feel adequately prepared to take them.  This is super convenient since I’ll be driving home for break because I am able to make last limit travel plans.  After a wonderful Christmas Weekend, it’s time to really hit the books!

Exam Week Approaches!!

6 Apr

The atmosphere on Campus has turned from enjoying days of beautiful weather to pulling all nighters in the library.  Why you might ask?  Exam week approaches as I, and Im sure many other students, feel not even close to being ready to take finals.  In this time of upcoming stress and freaking out, I have once again become very appreciative of the Honor System that we live our W&L lives by.  The Honor System allows for things like take home exams and self scheduled exams.  I don’t know if I will be ready for certain exams at certain times, so being able to self schedule my exams to a later date is a great resource for us.  If I’m not ready for my history exam when I though I would be, all I have to do is show up to another exam period. Having such freedom and the professors having such trust in us and our Honor System is great.