At approximately 4:25am on May 11th, my watch stopped ticking. I noticed this as I sat down to breakfast and some last-minute studying for my physics final. It was quite noble of my watch to hold back time for me, or at least try; unfortunately, it would’ve taken a lot more than one dead battery.

Using my cell phone to keep track of time, I made my way to campus to take the exam. It was surprisingly easy, but I couldn’t rest afterwards. I spent the rest of the day, all of Thursday, and all of Friday studying for orgo. It started at 4pm on Friday; by 4:05, I knew we were all screwed. I can’t say that the problems were very tricky. However, there were a lot of them, and the exam was very comprehensive. We were tested extensively on sections that I had skimmed but not studied in-depth, and we were given problems that we hadn’t exactly seen before. I’m not upset over the exam itself, but I’m disappointed in myself for not preparing myself adequately. Time was called at 6. I feel lucky to have at least attempted every question. Everyone came out of there with glossy eyes and dazed expressions; one poor girl was crying on the steps as we walked out. Another one exclaimed that she was “raped,” which is something one doesn’t hear much in more politically correct circles. The rest of us talked about stepping in front of buses, jumping into rivers, or driving into ditches on the way home. Of course, doing any of these things would have prevented me from taking my bio exam at 12:30 the next day. Yes, Saturday.

I stayed up as late as I could, but by 3:00 in the morning, my notes were starting to look very strange. The growing disconnect between my eyes, my brain, and my hand was making me write things down that were grammatically correct but comically nonsensical. I set my alarm for two hours of sleep, but overslept by an hour and a half. After a few more hours of panicked studying, I made my way to school and gritted my teeth. Thankfully, the exam was long but relatively easy. By 2:10, according to my cell, I was DONE with school for the year.

I got my battery replaced yesterday afternoon. Time is now running along again, but I suspect it never stopped in the first place.

I really loved my year of school, but it’s definitely time for a break. I’m glad to have a job basically on campus, as it will give me a chance to keep in touch with my professors and maybe sit in on a class in the fall.

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