Two weeks of stress, insomnia, depression and weight gaining have finally had its part for this time. Outcome? Well, I am actually quite pleased with how much time and effort I put into these exams. Don’t want to jinx anything so I prefer not to predict any grades. As I had five exams, I had to keep a strict agenda as well as I had to put all general routines on hold; no partying, no Skype/Facebook, no exercising and no time wasting cooking. I guess the ‘weight gaining’ was caused by all the meal deals and energy drinks.
This is what my revision timetable looked like:
09:00 Alarm clock goes off: snooze a couple of times
10:00 – 13:00 Library: Study
13:00 – 13:30 Library: Lunch in the library canteen.
13:30 – 17:00 Library: Study
17:00 – 17:30 Library: Coffee Americano-break (99p in the canteen)
17:30 – 20:00 Library: Study
20:00 – 22:00 Gym: Yes, I was planning on keeping my pecs in shape, but it always ended up with “I’d rather be fat and wealthy, than fit and poor”, and two hours extra for revision.
The timetable was pretty hardcore, but once I got into the rhythm it felt natural and by doing this I never had to stay up late or do all-nighters.
After the last exam last Friday, the whole town was celebrating. However, reality came in only after two days as lectures started again. Our new timetable is pretty intense: Lectures and seminars Monday to Friday; on some Tuesdays we have lectures and seminars from 10 am to 6 pm without any break. That is pretty much like sitting in the office without the lunch break. Some students in other courses have this amount of hours in a week.
I went back to applying for spring internships (some are still open) and jobs after the exams finished. I applied for some jobs for the summer, and one of them was a position as an English speaking teacher in Guangzhou, China. The company that recruits teachers has replied by asking me to provide details and send over my CV etc. and I really hope to get an offer from them. I mean, who hasn’t got “teach English in China” on their bucket list?