Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Happy Mondays (and Tuesdays) #17

Ok, so exams make me confused about what day it is. But hey, who can't have Monday's appreciativeness on a Tuesday? The first thing I thought when I woke up yesterday morning was "this is my last week of being a student". Come 1pm on Friday, I will be walking out of Brixton Leisure Centre a totally free woman, and if that isn't something to be happy about, I don't know what is. The last couple of weeks feel like they've been the longest of my life. It is quite unbelievable how long a day feels when it's spent reading about Nigerians who have been murdered for oil, and women who have basically no rights to anything. Depressing, huh? But alas that is Geography, well, alas that is the world. It has not been an exciting week in the world of Laura by any stretch of the imagination - days of revision broken only by actually going to the exams. So, as I say goodbye to a fairly arduous week, and crawl into my last week of finals, I have a lot of (anticipatory) things to be happy about. 

1. I had an exam that actually went well
It would be extreme to say that my first exam was a train wreck, but it wasn't great. You know when it's the first exam, and you're a bit out of the swing of things, and you are so nervous you feel like you're going to vom on the train on the way there and, when you start writing, you realise that what you're saying just isn't that great but hope it'll be fine. That was kind of it. It was probably decent enough but it was far from spectacular. So I was praying that my second exam would be an improvement: it was my favourite module by far, and I wanted to do well in it. The questions I wanted came up, I remembered my references and, despite being stuck in the most horrible sweaty hall for two hours, I left feeling relieved and satisfied that I'd done a pretty alright job with that one. Yesterday's wasn't the total fail I had worried it would be as well. Woohoo! Only one more to gooooo!

2. I joined the iPhone club
I said I wasn't going to get an iPhone, and then my phone broke, and I just did. That's basically the story. I loved my little phone, but now I can't hear anyone talk when they ring me and I receive texts several hours/days after they're sent, and that's actually just not practical. So time it was to invest in the new iPhone SE. My god does it feel tiny, but my god does it also fit well in my pocket. I'm still getting to grips with it and don't really know how to use it, but it means I can spend all my procrastination time this week fiddling about with it. It blows my mind how amazing the camera is, and I can't wait to take it to South Africa and return with loads of cool pictures of elephants and lions and ANIMAL SELFIES. 

3. I am making SO MANY post-exam plans
One of the suckiest things about exams is the guilt that comes with them. The feeling that you don't want to revise, but that every time you do something else, you feel hopelessly guilty, so you might as well just revise. That has been my life for a good couple of months now, and I am so bored of it. Therefore, I basically have plans every single day until I go to South Africa and I can't wait to do it all guilt-free. I've got a Book Spa in Bath to look forward to, visiting my brother at uni, a holiday with my best pal, a trip to Cambridge - all in amongst catching up with friends I've not seen for months/years, visiting my Nan, date nights, shopping trips, completing my 10 things to celebrate the end of exams list, and just having the freedom to get up in the morning and be able to do whatever I want. I wish I could do this forever and never get a job #adulthood

4. Sunny Sundays 
Don't you hate that feeling when you get to the end of the weekend and feel like you never really had a weekend? That's exam season life for you right there. Last weekend, my actual weekendness probably lasted from about 2-5pm and 8-11pm on Sunday. The rest was spent staring aimlessly at my revision notes, wondering why these facts/names/places/dates won't go in, and stay in, my head. However, the 3 hours spent in nice cafes and on Peckham Rye Common on Sunday made a good attempt at making up for it. There's nothing that puts you in a good mood quite like a sunny day, and sitting in the park surrounded by people with Kettle Chips and cider (and wondering why you haven't got Kettle Chips and cider) is a pretty nice, relaxing place to be. I am begging for thousands of sunny, post-exam Sundays when park trips do not have to be marked with revision either side. 

I hope you had the happiest of Mondays,
and wish you the happiest of Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays...you know. X

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