March 18, 2006

Five and a bit weeks

The Blame

One reaches a certain point in a degree, the "point of no return", when realisation dawns that although this isn't the subject for you, you've just got to bloody well get on with it because if you don't it brings the failure and the pain and the red hot flailing whips of torment lashing across your SOUL and… Ok… maybe I'm getting a bit carried away.

I guess what I'm trying to say is that the clever ones jump ship early in the first year and the rest just hope and pray they can swim. Bah… praying… what's God got to do with it anyway? what's with the praying eh? If I pass it was God; If I fail it was me?! No thank you very much. I know exactly whose head the dunce hat/laurels of victory will rest and as such, I will take the blame or glory myself.

Fair is fair tho, and I won't forget it. So when Jesus descends from the heavens veiled in almighty light, don't worry – I won't try to take any of the credit.

M xxx


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  1. waves at Mia from a different subject but a similar situation

    18 Mar 2006, 15:50

  2. I'm with Gavin, in the figurative sense.

    18 Mar 2006, 16:39

  3. *same message as from Gavin and Helen but with more flirty undertones*

    18 Mar 2006, 16:44

  4. Well, I guess it's comforting to know that there are lots of us in the same boat together. I just wish someone had remembered a paddle. I found a twig but it hasn't really been much use so far :|

    *humorous response with ambiguous wording belying an growing sense of despair*

    18 Mar 2006, 17:10

  5. I remember it well. It'll be horrible, but it's not for a huge number of weeks; you'll get through it.

    Good luck Mia!

    18 Mar 2006, 17:31

  6. But aha!
    As a rower I use different terminology to the rest of you… As such One calls a 'paddle' or 'oar' a blade.
    And we have a Miss Ryan with us. And a Miss Ryan is a scarily lady with swords & knives and such, no? She has blades!
    Woohoo! We is saved!

    Ah – that's enough thinking for today.

    18 Mar 2006, 17:52

  7. get over it!!!!!
    Yes its tough that we are coming to possibly the hardest exams in our lives so far, but all of you have the brains and ability to complete them and you all know this or you wouldnt even be at this stage.
    Mia you probably will do well because you are worried about your exams and as such will be motivated to try, its those that dont care that will not do well so be greatful for the fear and just push yourself to do well.
    Thats it no more preaching and shite from me no more!

    18 Mar 2006, 19:16

  8. /laughs

    Been there. Done that. And BOY did it suck hard.

    19 Mar 2006, 02:44

  9. Mathew Mannion

    That made me cry inside

    19 Mar 2006, 22:00

  10. Yeah, it's not too long. the whole thing will only take about 6 days from start to finish (tuesday of wk 2 to be precise) but that doesn't really give you much time to mentally "change tracks" from module to module so it can get a little confusing. The pressure's really on.

    Hehe, I'm clearly outsmarted! well then, Miss Ryan provides the blades, you the oarsmanship, Andy the flirty undertones and I… I will play poohsticks. And watch the little twig inevitably get swept away by the currents; a fitting metaphor for the sorry sad affair that is my revision.

    Cheers, I'll make sure I put the fear to good use. Dunno, make it mow the lawn or fetch me tea and cookies. It's just so easy to get pissed off at yourself when you've had every chance in the past to achieve and f*cked it up at the last hurdle, it's hard to break the cycle, I seel like everytime I complain it's almost becoming a self-fulfilling prophesy.

    Yah, I've no doubt it will suck. Much like the ten-dorra-bastard-whore-child of biology and chemistry that it is. Current plans are simply to get out alive, uncontaminated and clutching at what remains of my degree, pride and sanity. Then comes the tricky part of marrying a senile old billionaire with a heart condition… well, one impossible achievement deserves another :)

    That image happened to be doodled on the first page of my revision notes. It makes me cry inside each morning. As long as there's not too much on the outside it's all good.

    20 Mar 2006, 01:02

  11. "Donít worry about the future; or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubblegum." That song was full of useful advice!
    My usual trick is to try to distract or demoralise everybody I know on my course so we all do badly, then normalisation fixes it! :D Mind, coming from the guy who's just scraped a 2.2 for 2 years in a row now, I'm not sure how well that's actually working…

    20 Mar 2006, 01:05

  12. Ha! 2:2 – I wish! I laugh in the face of your 2:2.
    Seeing as I all but failed my second year, I'm not really sure how anything is working. The only constant is the downward trend in achievement since GCSE. Ugh… the more I think about it, the more it pisses me off. Especially because it just brings my mind straight back to this picture. Fucksocks.

    20 Mar 2006, 01:19

  13. If rowing with the blades fails to get us the grades, then we can always gleefully assassinate our lecturers when we fail.
    Ah blades, so full of opportunities!

    20 Mar 2006, 08:40

  14. Best of luck Mia! :)
    The thought of a couple of months doing nothing in summer is what'll keep me going. That, and ample amounts of coffee + haribo.

    20 Mar 2006, 10:08

  15. I'd say it's not the end of the world, and that a degree classification isn't really going to decide the whole rest of your life, but I expect you're as sick of hearing that as I am! I feel like maybe I hit my peak back before A-Levels, everything's been tough since then, but at least education will soon be over. You'll be fine regardless of what happens. Just think, 5 weeks until you never have to have another qualification exam again :)

    20 Mar 2006, 11:11

  16. Dave tCB

    Keep on keepin' on! You're the woman who knows what colour a kumquat is after all.

    24 Mar 2006, 00:05

  17. Google's a funny place…

    24 Mar 2006, 01:26


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