The semester finally draws to a close

Well, actually, it’s been done for a week now – I had my last exam last Tuesday (Dec. 19th), but have been spending the last week unwinding, shopping, and then unwinding again. And, the rest has been sorely needed. This past semester was probably the toughest I’ve had in all my four years of undergraduate study here at Queen’s. But that was by design – my next (and last) semester ought to be somewhat easier.

I ended up taking six courses in the fall (seven if you count the project course) for a few reasons. Firstly, I didn’t want to be stuck with a tough, last semester of school – I’d rather get the tough stuff out of the way first and hopefully not have too much to worry about when the end is near. Secondly, our fourth-year project course is structured such that most of the work tends to be done in the second semester – and from what I’ve heard it’s best to make as much time available for it during then.

The semester itself wasn’t that bad, but the exam period was rough. Six exams was quite a bit for me, and I was pretty much studying every waking hour for close to two and a half weeks. I managed my time well though, and got exercise almost every day to help break up those arduous study sessions. I actually think I ate better – but ended up almost eating the same stuff everyday. It’s safe to say that home cooking was one of the biggest things I was looking forward to.

The flight home wasn’t bad, but I had to wait in the airport for close to four hours just because of how the bus and airline schedules worked out. That was boring, but I had my DS Lite to keep me company. I also picked up a copy of
America (The Book) Teacher’s Edition: A Citizen’s Guide to Democracy Inaction
, which turned out to be quite hilarious.

After getting home, things stayed busy for a while – I had to do all my Christmas shopping after all, since I didn’t really leave the house during exams. Shopping wasn’t too bad, considering I don’t really like crowds. At the local Best Buy, they had just gotten in a shipment of PS3s when I was there on Dec. 22nd. Surprisingly, the line for them was quite orderly.

Thankfully, I haven’t been doing much since Christmas other than getting some much needed relaxation. Next semester should be easier, with only four courses in my schedule. That should leave me some spare time to help out at VH, and work on this website as well. I’ve had a few things I’ve wanted to get done, but just never had the proper amount of time to accomplish. Hopefully, that’ll change.

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