Getting through the last week or two of every quarter is certainly a challenge. It is a time when you’ve become pretty tired from the previous weeks, yet you can taste the freedom that's to come in the end. It's also unfortunately a time when generally 30-40% of your grade for a class is determined, so it’s not a time to start slacking. With that said, here’s a little update of what I’ve been up to this past week. I've spent my time studying at the library, eating lunch/dinner out way too much, pulling an all-nighter for a lab report, and occasionally getting off campus (to study…).
I’ve gone to the Bourgeois Pig a few times in the past couple of weeks. It’s nice because it is real close to campus and there’s lots of space to study. It’s generally pretty quiet in there, and it’s a big bonus that they have tasty food. It’s pretty busy on Sundays, but it's a great place to go during the week if you want to get out of the library for a little while.
Thursday night was a pretty long one for me… The best part about my all-nighter was that I had the company of Jess and Huanna. They’re both in my quantum chemistry class and senior chemistry majors as well. We started our night in the library and were there until 2am (when the library closes). Thankfully there is a chemistry computer lab in McGowan South that we have access to, and we were able to spend the night working there. I had class from 9am until 1pm the next day, and then I was able to work on my report until it was due at 5pm. It was a great feeling to turn in my report and rush home to sleep (for 18 hours... oops).
I’ve spent a good amount of time these last two weekends at a coffee shop in Wicker Park called Wormhole. I try to take the opportunity on the weekends to spend time outside of the DePaul area. This past weekend I had dinner at Dimo’s Pizza with my sister and friend Delaney before doing some work at Wormhole. I also spent some time at a coffee shop near my apartment called Intelligentsia. It's pretty great there too.
With that said, I’ve still spent the biggest majority of my time at the library on campus, and thankfully it’s quite a nice place to study. It’s nice to be around people that you know, and the environment is pretty productive in general. I know I’m going to miss being in this type of college environment next year, so I’m trying to soak it up as much as possible.
So, there’s a little eclectic taste of my past couple weeks of the quarter. Finals start this coming Wednesday (November 19th), and then it’s time for six blissful weeks of winter break! Those weeks are some of the best weeks of the year. Not to say that school isn’t great, but let’s be honest, who doesn’t like six weeks of freedom. I’ve got some fun things planned, but first it’s time to get through finals week.