Midterms are done, and I’m home for fall break for a week! My school gives us a ridiculous number of breaks—we barely do any work at all.
That was a joke. I have done more work in the past month and a half than I have ever done in my life.
Midterms, basically, were not fun. I hope this doesn’t put anyone off college, but they were incredibly stressful. I averaged about 5 hours of sleep a night—for two weeks. I don’t know about you, but I really like sleeping. For a full 8 hours. Sleeping is the best, and I really missed it during midsems. On that note, they went moderately well! I had tests in only two of my classes—anthropology and art history.
I still don’t quite understand the format of college tests—I’m pretty sure the professors just do what they want. For instance, I had to know the Linnean taxonomy (Kingdom, Class, phylum, etc) of a Neanderthal for my anthropology class. Forgive me if I’m wrong, but don’t you think that’s a little… you know… useless? We never really went over it during class, and it wasn’t touched upon in any of our assignments. My professor, when explaining the test to us, never said anything about it. If you can’t tell, I’m trying to blame my (very disappointing) 76% entirely on this portion. It’s not like I was never surprised by anything on tests in high school, but those “surprises” usually ended up in 86%. I’m going to go mope now.
My other test I haven’t gotten back yet; it was on art at the beginning of the twentieth century. It was only 10 problems; 8 on painting recognition (title, author, date, medium, and a couple sentences on significance), and 2 on quote recognition (from the readings that were assigned to us; again, title, author, and a couple sentences of explanation). I thought the test went pretty well overall, even though I thought the same thing about the anthropology test (as I bitterly shake my fist at the sky). This was the test that lowered my average hours of sleep per night the most—it is my only 200 level class (I was able to bypass Intro to Art History because I took AP Art History in high school). Despite a ridiculous amount of studying, alas, I was unable to recognize the last quote. In my defense, nobody in the class did (yes, we all huddle together to discuss the test afterwards, just like in high school). Our prof took the quote from an 80-page reading on Picasso’s “Demoiselles d’Avignon.” Problem is that the quote said nothing about Picasso or his ladies. Hence, the difficulty in recognizing it. It talked about revolution, and honestly, most of the readings talked about revolution. This was the era in which Duchamp submitted a signed urinal to an art show; all we learn about in the class is the revolution in art that took place.
So in summarization, teachers sometimes put unexpected (and slightly unfair) questions on the tests, but students can do nothing about it. Nothing new about it.
Ginger’s Song of the Week: If you’ve seen the trailers for “Social Network”, you might have noticed a choral version of Radiohead’s “Creep” in the background. As it turns out, that choir is called Scala, and they are AMAZING. “Creep” has some naughty words in it, but here’s a cover of U2 that makes me tear up.
What are your college exams like?
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