Friday, December 20, 2013

Finals Reflections

I'm done studying for finals. In less than 12 hours, it'll all be over.

As I try to fall asleep, I'm stressed, anxious, and thinking about my semester. I think back to the crazy derivations that the professor scribbled all over the board, homework assignments that took 10 hours, learning how to code in R (the hardest statistics software I've encountered), and lectures where 12:55-1:00 were seemingly the longest minutes of my life. I also think back the relationships I've created and nourished, though.

There's Sam. She's in my sorority, but we didn't know each other too well before this class. After sitting with each other in lecture for three hours each week, I can say differently. Ben, a friend from high school, and I talk more now, and he introduced me to Greg. For the group project, my group (shoutout to Kyle, Heather, Kaiyi, and the other Chloe) spent hours poring over data and experimental design, but also shared many laughs, stories, and inside jokes. Heather gets an extra-special shoutout--our frantic back-and-forth texts about this class culminated in our study session today, where we had our first heart-to-heart. Same with Max, whom I've known since summer before freshman year. And I'm so excited to spend another great semester with most of these people in biostats and continue to grow these friendships.

A positive spin on preparing for this final. Yin and yang.

From my actual exam cheat sheet (we're allotted eight pages)...

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