Did you keep calm and 3500 words? Well I tried. Some of us were losing it a little. But last Tuesday on the April 28th I could see Facebook was taken over by a wave of relief from Peace Studies students who have just submitted their papers. Some of us pushed till last hours, not sleeping and definitely not having life, but buying energy drinks and jus pushing through. Some of us finished a day or two before (yeeey, that’s me! Taking a week off from work and going to my parents in Poland in the deadline week was an awesome decision). Some of us finished a week before (come on Maren and Mijke, we all know you did).
The last week before deadline was probably the worst. We all know the pain of firstly choosing the essay topic, then having no clue how to write, what to write so we go to our professors hoping for clue, and sometimes we get directions, but quite it is even more confusing than it was.
Then it follows with a library war. We can distinguish two kinds of library wars:
A. War over books- someone borrowed the book you wanted, so you reserve it and you end up 5th on the list of people waiting for the book…
Usually peaceful students of Peace Studies tend to go on wars over books….
But we managed to come to an agreement through written messages.
B. War over places to sit in library- it has been really busy and very noisy even in the silent zone. Suddenly undergrads realise party is over and you need to study, so they all storm the library in hope of writing the essay in one day, but they always stash up on f%&/ crisps and appels. My god people, what is wrong with you? Why do you whisper in library, why do you eat APPLES in quiet zone and why on earth do you eat crisps???????
So you finally have the books, you need to read them but damn, the 3rd season of “House of Cards” was just released and the “Game of Thrones” and why on earth did they kill Derek on a Friday, 4 days before essay submission deadline? Do they really expect me to write essay after he died? Does that count as “extenuating circumstances” ?
I pretty much firstly read a lot and mark the pieces I could use, than I rewrite the notes from books\ journals into my computer build an essay structure and match the quotes with the elements of essay. And then I write and do the referencing in the same time. And then I still get f%&/ 56% on essay. Life is unfair. Deal with it.
The writing is the WORST. Especially when you work night shifts and really really wanna kill the stupid undergrads form dorm next to you, playing loud music for 5 days in a row… When you are done with crying and swearing and writing, than it is the time to dig out all the friendships you have with native English speakers. Yes, they are quite precious to have in times of essays when you are an international student… I know cos I do it myself, this time I targeted my lovely sister pierogi, Ashley, who even discovered that I invented new word in English (contemporarily is not a word, nooooo wayyyyy!) and Sam, who liked my essay even though it was about gender inequality.
I would almost forget one stage before. The word count. Yes. The limits. Like this years famous 3500! And debate about what did our lovely professor meant when he wrote “ UP TO 3500 WORDS”, does that mean that the 10% rule does not apply? Eventually one of us (LOL, JOLIEN) broke down and a day before deadline sends an email to professor asking about it. Still proud of myself: 3494! IN YOUR FACE!
Anyways, this is over. I am happy that I do not have to write my dissertation this year though, and that I actually get to rest between work instead of feeling all guilty for sleeping… So what did you gave up during your time of “no life”? I gave up gym. So now I am like 5 kg more and surprised I do not fit my summer clothes, bummer. Or actually bum 😛 GYM TIME NOW!