That is all. Needed to vent after studying for last week. Delete if need be.
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Learning is fundamental.
it separates us from tUoOS and MSU
and you're right they do suck. Hope you do well on your exams.
Exam weeks are definitely what I miss least. With that said, look on the bright side, students: You could be graduated, with bills and deadlines instead of parties and football games. 4 (or 5!) Years will never fly by so fast as the time you spend in Ann Arbor.
And just tell you to hang in there!
Grading Papers sucks balls. I have read 160 mind numbingly boring papers. Now comes the rash of emails about how I was too harsh. I get questions like, "Why you not like my papers?" The answer is grammar. Giving finals, not so bad.
Me fail English?
Easily my favorite character on the Simpsons.
My ten year old now sports a handy collection of Ralph Wiggum quotes. Even when I'm mad at him I can't help but bust out laughing when he pulls one out.
I love giving finals. Once you are in school long enough, you get to the top of the hill. And as the saying goes poop rolls down hill.
Giving finals are great. Grading 150 attempts at answering a question is brutal. You really have to run a gamut of circular logic,poor handwriting, and just plain idiocy.
But it is awesome to have taken a class you now teach
Catching people cheating on finals, not once, but twice in a semester is also fun. Watching said individual almost crap his pants, priceless.
grading lab reports or grading engineering finals -- electric ckts.
But i have to be honest; i would rather do that than got to yet another boring meeting followed by another boring meeting followed by, you guessed it, yet anothe boring meeting. they seem to never end. I miss the grading; hell,I miss finals right about now, when faced with yet another day of endless meetings.
As a fellow English teacher, I agree. Studying for finals has nothing on grading essays.
Grading for Sidney Fine. 75 15-page term papers followed by 75 blue books 10 days later. Absolutely awful.
Having TAs is wonderful.
Worst two weeks of my year....I want Christmas, I want to be lazy...I am getting screwed for playing NFL Blitz (N64 version) all semester on my laptop during class......fuck finals
Read this and it reminded me of my friend. He lost his academic scholarship because he got hooked on Madden and played it non-stop thus hurting his grades. In retrospect if u let this happen how did u get the academic scholarship to begin with?
Goldeneye nearly did in my entire house senior year. 6 out of 8 of us played it too much. We made it, barely. Thanks a lot Odd Job.
For me it was Ocarina of Time
We had set rotations of players so the games would continue for hours. That and monster NHLPA hockey tournaments. You cannot stop the Mark Messier wraparound!
NHLPA '93? My friends and I still have a tournament of that every New Year's Eve. So great.
a couple of my friends play some NHL 94 on sega genesis in a tournament each Xmas break
Video Games, the great leveler. I loved that Zelda but the siren that is 4 player multiplayer on a 27" Sony Tritron screen could not be ignored.
especially for multiplayers game like Mario Kart, Goldeneye, Mario Party and to name a few.
I agree that Ocarina of Time is easily one of the best N64 game.
Smash Brothers all day every day.
I know guys who still play that game regularly.
I also love the original mario kart. My favorite part about Mario Kart is the lightning item. Especially when someone who is winning and is about to jump off the ramp at Wario Stadium, I see that and just lightining the shit outta of him. He get so pissed at me because he was this close to winning and I beat him.
4 players, 1 hit, no weapons = slappers.
also fun: playing as oddjob on midget mode.
I go to the video game archive in the Dude sometimes (1-3 times per month) to play the Ocarina of Time. Nostalgia, bitches. Nostalgia.
Mgoblog is about to ruin this semester for me. At least it will be worth it!!!!!!
wow does this take me back...
few things are better in life than hand-chopping your douchebag housemate to death when he tries to come kill you after you have respawned without a gun (though bouncing grenades around corners was fun too).
come to think of it, a little goldeneye around here would go a long way -- the perfect method to settle arguments on mgoblog...
"Hold up man, I don't have gun yet!" [automatic shotgun blasts at point blank range] " Awww fuck you man!" Those were the days. What's funny is that I still have that and my N64 and my son would rather play that than anything on the 360.
Until Halo I. That did me in when you could play everyone on campus. Three shot kill was an art.
Goldeneye? Still Awesome. There is a level where you set up proximity mines and snipe out a window and it is impossible to get to the person without sacrificing yourself many times.
id aim with the AR15 or AK47 and then shoot the prox mines and theyd explode - easy to clear a room. that or toss grenade and set them all off. cant remember if timed mines work the same way though...
prox mines were only super tricky on the boards where you could set them on the ceiling above where people walked, or below the floor (from a lower level).
to remember that you could place proximity mines high and tight into corners that were impossible to blow up without grenades. Even if you did shoot, no doubt the scumsucker who controled the pillbox was waiting at the top of the stairs ready to shoot you when you turned the corner because...secrets out...the slimesucker would be looking at your screen. Only reason I bumb Halo I above Goldeneye. You could play opponents on the LAN.
I never got into halo 1, but we didn't have a console in our room freshman year. I will, however, never forget my friend pointing out kids in the caf and commenting on their halo abilities.
When I was a freshman in college, my friends and I were...well, we were stoned. We played Goldeneye. It goes down as my favorite video game experience ever. Someone mentioned it looked like Odd Job was giving a BJ to someone, and I lost it for about 20 minutes.
God I love Goldeneye. Effin proximity mines.
You could stand over a dead opponents head and click the joystick to simulate dry humping his face. You opponent couldn't do anything but watch until he respawned.
That is part of what makes video games so amazing. Those little tricks and glitches you figure out to turn it sexual. I always shot the girl in Goldeneye in the b00bz too.
I'm amazed we even had a graduating class with everyone (women included) playing Tetris all the time, and we played everything from Bird vs. Dr. J to Need for Speed to even someone had a D&D game on a Commodore 64 (we subjected 1/2 a computer from the dorm room because of the negative effect that had on the room), but the two real time consumers were these-
We would see who could have the most kills, and I was obsessed with finding a way to save my wing man(/woman). Couldn't be done.
We had a whole dorm hall taking teams, so I think there were only 2-3 teams run by the computer. (We didn't know how good SF got as the season went on until later seasons, because the guy who picked them sucked).
And though not as big, since it has been mentioned here before....such a simple game took up way too much time...
Don't know why the examples only have two players...unless you had 4 or more, you weren't really playing...
Drunken 4-player Mario Tennis for N64 was taken more seriously than any class anybody had
Never did the drunken Mario Tennis, but we did alot of drunken Mario Kart. I was the worst by far, and whoever didn't finish 1st had to do a shot. I of course never came close to finishing 1st, but for some reason I never complained.
It was Mario Kart (we played Wii, could do it with N64 as well).
Before you start (on go) chug 1/3 of your beer. Race a lap. Stop before the line (if you cross you have to go back), chug 1/3 of your beer. Race a lap. Stop before the line, finish your beer (gotta be empty before you start the final lap)
If you win the race you get to keep playing. It was awesome. The only problem was if you were as competitive as my house, and you won 4 games or so. It wasn't a level of alcohol issue, but a volume issue. Races take like 2 minutes, so you've pounded about 4 beers in 8 minutes... and yet you dont want to lose!
I lost my entire second year to Mario Tennis. Damn you Boo...
he was quite the lobster, though DK jr's go-go-gadget arms always pissed me off.
2008, the semester of Final Fantasy 2, 3, 4, & 5, and NCAA 2008. I never had any chance.
Don't forget Supreme Commander. Wasn't that 2007?
2008 - present, the semesters of Mgoblog. I don't have a chance.
Yeah, I've been specifically holding off on buying any new games until after exams are over. Not sure it's a strategy that's working. I just find other ways to procrastinate (gotta get three stars on every Angry Birds level!).
Angry birds is going to get me fired and divorced.
Whoa, whoa, whoa, back up there buddy. You can play NFL Blitz on your laptop?! I've been looking for a copy for my PS1, to no avail.
place has so many emulators and such... I don't know if it has any legit ps1 versions...
But it got me pokemon red on my macbook for winter break last year... me and my roommate went back to our own hometowns for break and had a compitition to see who could have better pokemon when we got back.
And btw NBA 2k11 is currently killing me with the finals stuff. The "My Player" is too awesome to pass up.
Awesome, thanks! I'm not partial to any of the PS1 versions or anything, it's just that that's the only console I own.
http://roms.zophar.net/ is the best site I have found.
I currently have a Sega Genesis, Nintendo NES, Super Nintendo, N64, Sega Dreamcast, and Playstation 1 emulators on my computer....Sega genesis and PS1 were the systems I had growing up and I have the most games for those. I just downloaded the others for the classics....One of the better decisions I made
Also, for playstation 1...epsxe is the emulator you should look for...the best by far
It was Super Buster Bros. on my SNES. I remember one time when I had to leave the system on to keep my game alive (no memory cards or internal memory), and a girl (friend of a friend) who came in turned it off. I was livid and almost kicked her out.
Super Mario World got a lot of my time, too. It is and always will be the best game ever.
Oh, sweet Jesus they are awful. I'm sitting here trying to crank out an analysis of about 5 Supreme Court cases, and I want to die. All I want to do is sleep!!!
Try preparing for a trial that your career hangs on. Trust me, preparing your law school stuff is far less pressure packed. You may want to sleep. With this stuff, you can't. Life is the real test bro.
Never heard of it and don't want to know. Every day is sunny and 85 degrees here in-house. It's much more fun to direct outside lawyers than to be out-house and be the directed!
Big game hunting is where its at. Might be sleepless, but nothing beats that adrenaline rush when you take someone down and that look in your opponents eyes when they know you own them.
Can't do that on the gridiron with the grays coming into my hair but this is the next best.
Can't relate to the law thing, but I definitely feel you on re: the pressure. I happen to think that only people who want the pressure (or thought they could handle it) have to deal with it, but when you're there...finals, ain't shit.
Still, can't argue with the OP; Finals do, indeed, suck balls.
Yeh my life depends on these. My work ethic is about as good as our defense right now. On academic probation, and if my average doesn't stay close to what it is I'm gone from school.
I think it's time to log off
I'm trying to study for my first exams as a 1L. I've never looked forward to a x-mas break so much in my life.
There is nothing like the feeling you will have once you finish that last 1L first semester exam. You will not know what to do for about 10 minutes, then you will start drinking. Having all that stress just disappear is incredible.
The worst part about law school is the abrupt (!!!!) end of the excitement of graduating when you realize that nothing matters if you don't pass the Bar. You will never study harder or stress about any one thing more than during your summer after graduating,
Is it just me or are half the posters on here lawyers/law students?
Engin-100 Blimp section sucks... Well, it's fun but I like not being in the lab for 20+ hours a week.
That class was great and the final was pretty easy. Who is your communications insturctor for that course? I had Olson
You actually liked Olsen?
Hell hath no fury...
I mean, wtf is a short sale anyway? I really don't fucking care, hence me writing this post right now and not going over my outline.
We spent quite a while trying to figure out how to deal with short sales. It has something to do with the difference between recourse and non-recourse debt.
Get past the 1L and it's all downhill from there. You learn the game, how to spot the issues, apply the law and, most importantly, how to answer questions without really answering. Keep your head up and just think - soon you'll be done and have tens of thousands of dollars in loans to pay off and you'll be wishing like he'll you could turn back the clock!
The one peice of advice - with most law professors, you are just hunting for points during a typical blue book exam. If you have no idea what the answer is, just try saying as many correct things as possible, present all sides of the issue and try to gather as many points on the questions as you can. Then find a question you know the answer to and kill it. BTW - the essay section of most bar exams works like this too. (This information is 14 years out of date. You still use blue books, right? Please tell me you still use blue books!)
Good luck. You will make it through. Try not to drink too much after the last exam. Actually, forget that last part.
My law school uses a computer program that creates a word document to type your answer into while blocking access to the internet and any other program during the exam. I can write my answers a lot faster than I can into the bluebooks, so I don't use them any more.
As for the drinking, I'm done on Friday and on Saturday I'll be at the Big Chill. My goal is to be drunk enough to not feel the cold.
you seen the crows everywhere? givin me the heebiejeebies
if you havent, walk around the diag at around 5:30 and look in the trees
Saw that last weekend and it looked like there were still leaves in the trees.
It's always like that this time of year in AA, however the crows in the cemetery are creepier. I've always wondered where the hell they all come from.
while walking to a game at yost, the damn crows/ravens were in the trees all along McKenzie as it funnels everyone to yost. all I heard were the plop, plop, plop of bird guano on the sidewalk and street. Everyone was trying to avoid being poo'd on.
Nothing like walking down the sidewalk wondering why its raining in december and then you get a sinking feeling as you realize its not rain.
Lived on 817 McKinley, junior year and it was by far the best time in college. My friends used to drive by the grave yard with all the crows and honk their horn to get them to fly, then laugh at all the poor people on the sidewalk go running from the poop rain. Ahhh what bastards, ha!
I've been at it all day. Re-reading Socrates' Apology, Rousseau's Discourses, Locke's 2nd Treatise of Government, Machiavelli, Bacon, Nietzsche...its never ending. Tomorrow it will all be over though, and I make the trip up 75 from Atlanta for the Big Chill.
You better not be complaining about a philosophy final. I'll take away your man card.
But the apology doesn't really fit...
John U. Bacon?
That's all good reading there. Just put yourself into the historical context of the writer and it's crystal clear.
At least The Leviathan isn't on there. Goddamn Hobbes.
I love the material, and its for a Political Ideologies course.
Luckily I have a professor that teaches each author as if he were the author and fully embraces their view in teaching the material. Makes for a fun class.
Don't remind me, I'm actively trying to go back to B-School. Yay essays!!
Yeah, mine are nice and spread out, but I have to grade 70ish tests in between the last couple finals. yay.
You have a couple of rough weeks and the rest of the experience is incredible. Every week is rough for me. Enjoy college, don't take it for granted. It's been 4 years since I graduated and would give anything for another year.
Yes, finals suck for all of us. But how about this:
The football team is practicing a couple hours a day for the next two weeks before they leave for Florida. The players have to fit in their studying around hours of practice, meetings, and conditioning sessions.
The hockey team is preparing for literally the biggest hockey game ever.
The basketball team was in South Carolina this time a week ago, and made it back for class on Wednesday, then had a game on Saturday and one Monday. When finals actually start they have a game on Tuesday (the study day) and the following Saturday.
The soccer team has to travel to California this weekend, and will hopefully be there until Sunday night playing in the biggest games of their career so far.
Let's all appreciate how hard our student-athletes work both in and out of season at this prestigious university. I can't imagine how hard it is for them to do everything for their sport on top of classes they take.
2 more finals and I'm done for the semester. Wahoo!
it's definitely final week.
I'm in grad school at Xavier. I'm already done with two classes and have one final left to study for next week(this week is still class week but next week is finals week). The final is not culimative. A lot less workload than at Michigan.
Orgo sucks. Had an exam today and have another next Wednesday. At least after its over I get to look forward to orgo II and its 4 hour lab!
I feel your pain with orgo 2 lab so much worse than orgo 1 lab definitely worthwhile getting in a lab with some of my buddies I hope I never have to see an NMR sheet or do another TLC test
chem 210? yeah that exam was difficult for me. I literally had a headache after, literally.
lol, yah i heard koreeda took students behind the shed with the first mech on that last exam.
dude just get a tutor to help ya prep. best. decision. ever.
and if you think orgo2 is bad, wait for biochem... and then mcats!!
when I was in school I remember how the stress just seemed to melt away when finals were over. It was a great feeling. Remember that feeling. It gets you through it.
I'm on the slooooooooooow road to an engineering masters, one per semester, so one final isn't too bad.
Unfortunately, Michigan has a very limited distance education network, so all of my $$$ (ok, my company's $$$) goes to USC, booooooo.
On that note, I wish Michigan Engineering did offer a wide variety of online masters degrees. It doesn't require much to setup and is a guaranteed cash cow since a majority of the students are from major corporations where education is paid upfront or reimbursed.
Memorizing a shitload of Latin is enough to give someone an aneurism
AND Every Prof thought that HIS was the ONLY class that YOU were taking.
Worst finals experience was having three 2-hr exams in one day.
Finished Evidence Monday, Energy Reg Thursday, then 3 more after that. Looking forward to drinks on my flight home on Dec 17 makes studying tolerable. Does anyone else get the feeling before exams that you just can't wait to take them. Not excited, just an anxiousness to get them over with.
Absolutely feel the same way right now.
In the midst of my 1L gauntlet, and the thought of home makes it all better. Good luck!
Finals week always sucked balls, especially when you had engineering projects on top of exams. Grad school is like night and day, I highly recommend it to those considering it. I was done before Thanksgiving and had a week off of class to study for all my finals. Since I've been back from Thanksgiving I've been hanging out with kids every day. The best part is if the school has a snow day I get a snow day.
You should add a disclaimer in there; highly depends on where you attend grad school. I have many friends that are living the life like you, but many, including myself, that are not.
also depends on your field.
med school is unrelenting.
I was wondering where the med school love (hate?) was. Our schooling sucks too!
Yeah, not my experience in CSE here at UMich. Three projects due this week and next, and then under a week before exams are due.
It's less busy work, but more work overall IME. I'm sure it depends on where you are and what classes you're taking though.
(though not at U-M), and the regimen is nothing short of brutalizing; it's not a cliche to say that you survive 1L exams more than you experience them. Might be different for whatever program you're in (Masters?) but it's pretty brutal in grad school, where mountain-dew-and-cramming three nights before the exam is a recipe to set the curve for the class... and not in the way you want.
If I could go back to Michigan undergrad exams, brutal though they seemed at the time, I'd trade in the law books in a heartbeat.
But time marches on, as will your time at Michigan, so get through your exams and may their misery make you all the more resolved to squeeze every bit of joy possible out of your days in Ann Arbor, and leave something behind you'll remember with pride!
Sorry bro, too bad your professors don't drop a test at the end of the year like almost all of mine do. It's saving me some serious stress. Thank you ASU for being such an easy school!
Even though the school I am in is top 5 in the nation. Del E. Webb FTW.
Got two more left here, the worst being operations management tomorrow. It's a four hour exam, it's going to be like running a freaking marathon.
Currently trudging through a compiler design + a final. Ugh! At least I'll be able to watch UM play a football game past November. That's always a nice carrot!
Done today. Feels about nice as you can imainge, though having a whole extra semester to graduate? Less nice. The alcohol, she will quiet my fears tonight.
I would go back to college. That and the around the world travel and the Ferrari.
This is my last semester. Studying for these finals is as painful of an experience I have had in my academic career.
1, 20 page paper
3 exams, 1 is a blue book
1, 10 page paper
1 research proposal paper of 15 pages.
Just got home from taking my orgo exam, try to get my mind of what i just went through, finally start getting excited about bowl game, see this thread, depression....
P.S. don't you hate it when you have back to back exams.
I am the only one who didn't really mind studying for finals? There was something about sitting alone in Weill at the middle of the night, chugging Coke and Mountain Dew, chewing (thought I given it up since then, thank God), and cramming for a history final that I hadn't done any of the reading for or paid attention in the lectures. Its hard to explain, but I knew that failure wasn't an option, so therefore I knew that I would learn the material that night (this only works for liberal arts majors), so I wasn't worried at all. There's also something about walking home alone at 5:30 in the snow in Ann Arbor. I would sing sometimes. I truly enjoyed the experience.
I do miss studying in Weill. My last two years I don't think I went to the UGLI or Grad to study. The second floor conference room was my favorite spot to study on campus. Great view of State St. and the Law School, big table, bright lights, and multiple chalk boards.
I wasn't on quite as miserable a study regimen as you, but there is truly no experience in my life like walking at 5:30 AM through snow in ann arbor, totally untouched as far as the eye could see except for the footsteps tracing a solitary path behind me.
Good times, nice to know someone else cherished the experience, even though we likely went to M years apart.
I've had literally the exact same experience. Junior and senior year at the end of fall semester.
I honestly think the massive amount of caffeine, combined with the hours up between brief sleep sessions (as in 40+hours), causes me to be in a state of euphoria. Nothing like walking home from the library in the wee hours of the morning, watching cars pass by, realizing that while these people are headed to work, I am headed to my bed.
Then, waking up and cramming a few more hours in before the exam. And then two hours later, I can't remember the test, what I studied, nor why all the rum is gone.
You elders really missed out on Red Bull. And I mean that in the most sincere way possible. Like, seriously. I don't know how I would function during finals week without it. Mountain Dew is a close second, but there's something about chugging the power of a bull that gets the blood flowing.
You kids with your new games and ways to put off doing work. My house's game of choice was NHL 94 for the genesis. The tournaments would get pretty intense (like camping). Also, I once put off writing my final until 4 in the morning the day of because a Planet of the Apes marathon came on. Eat it youngsters.
I have no finals this semester. Three significant papers/projects that'll take 3-4 hours, but no exams. I am happy.
Now next semester, when I'm student teaching and waking up at 6am everyday... yeah, not so happy.
Anyone know of any easy classes required for my bio major? I would want it to be one of those first 4 classes....animal physiology or intro to neuroscience? Which is easier?
Let's see... 45 pages of paper due in the next three days for three different courses. Currently have the easiest 26 pages of the bunch written.
Hooray grad school! :\
The first semester of grad school was easily the most writing I've ever done over a short period of time, something like 80 pages in 10 days. I remember handing stuff in thinking, "I have no idea if any of this makes sense" (and it actually mattered that I made sense, since 10 of those pages were a funding application for the following year).
Yeah I was blessed with having an easy semester this school year I only had two exams to study for and 2 take home exams. I had an easy time this semester, however I took 16 credits in the winter/spring, 11 in the summer, and 17 this fall, so I'm so ready to be done with classes for awhile.
Be thankful for the classes you do take, I am not looking forward to graduating at all haha....
... For real, enjoy it while you can...
If you guys thought drinking coke products was an efficient way to stay up--and for you recent grads, Red Bull--try Four Loko. That shit will get you an A, guaranteed. However, you have to make sure you keep drinking since you'll be blackout while studying. If you wake up from that, you're pretty screwed.
Ahhhh college. Don't ya just love it? If I got paid to procrastinate, I'd be filthy rich. I gotta stop that.
Have both my EECS 281 and 370 exams on the 15th.
The 370 instructors were nice enough to move their final back 30 minutes so that I have a full hour between the tests. Yup, that fixes everything!
I went to my graduation ceremony, went out to dinner with my parents, then headed back to the computer lab in the basement of the FXB (it's the aerospace engineering building to you non-aero types) to finish my AERO 481 design project which our prof. had given the entire class an extension to finish. I think I spent the bulk of the next 24 hours in that room finishing it up. Got an A, at least.
At least your last final isn't the 23rd and your first class on the 4th. Those were rough xmas breaks.
Unless you're a teacher ;)
Which meant an end a break...now the real world...no Christmas break, no summer break, just a grind....
Finals for me were always the best time of the semester. No homework and its just a review of everything you learned throughout the semester. Especially in engineering when its non stop homework and projects all semester, just having to review for a test was nice.
i wrote my 22-page term paper last night. unfortunately, someone pulled the fire alarm in dennison while i was in the middle of it, thus temporarily inducing a loss-of-flow panic attack. but now i get to browse mgoblog again!
Yeah, it was awful...except my girlfriend let me move back to AA for the Summer. Spent the summer studying, sitting by the pool, and playing basketball at the CCRB. Yes, there was a lot of stress...but there are worse places to spend a summer than Ann Arbor.
Just wait until finals actually start.