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Library Turned Nightclub

December 11, 2011

Hey, Hey! Everyone having a good weekend?? As of yesterday, I am officially one final down, three to go! Haha inch by inch!

I’d also like to note that it has officially snowed in Chicago! The weatherman said 1/10th of an inch counts, so this whole 1/8th got us to our official first snow!

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I was pretty excited about it, until I went outside and remembered how much hard it is to walk (aka shuffle) on the sidewalks when there’s ice…


Yesterday I got up bright and early, hoping to get in a 4 mile run before hitting the books again to get in some last minute studying.

I checked the weather… and decided to take my run inside.


And then I realized it was Saturday. My gym opens late on Saturday, so I had to study, then go run, then shower and rush to school! Luckily, I was able to cram in some more treadmill studying during my 4 miles!

I got to school plenty early for my final and was STARVING by this point! I grabbed a chicken salad at I Dream of Falafel, a middle eastern fast causal restaurant near my school. I ate my lunch while reading a couple blogs (wanted to refresh my brain before the exam) and headed to the computer lab where I’d be taking my test.

Normally, I’d take the exam on my own laptop (we type most of our exams so we can write more in the 4 hour period… because who doesn’t want to type like a maniac for 4 hours??). However, because the laptop I’m using from undergrad is a bit… sketch, I decided to sign up to use the school computer instead.

The best part? Apparently my school’s library is now a night club. You heard me right, a night club. Not only are they open to obscenely late hours, but you get one of these babies when you walk in:

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That’s right, special deal today. By simply showing your student ID, you get a pass into the library (cover charge a measly 3 years tuition) and free access to come and go as you please… I used it to go to the bathroom and fill up my water bottle. So cool.

So is anyone else a control freak like me and brings every possible thing they could need during the exam in a little plastic baggie?


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The unfortunate part though, is the candy was gone within the first hour… I tend to get anxious during these exams (shocking, I know) and when I’m anxious I like to chew things. I used to go through gum like a mad woman! But I can’t have sorbitol anymore (not so great for the digestive tract, in case you were curious) and its in almost all gum. I had started buying Spry gum, but it’s a lot more expensive than regular gum so I decided just to cut the habit.

Aaaaanyway. The mini candy canes were a life saver! And I remember during my first finals in the 6th Grade, my science teacher told us that eating peppermint helps you concentrate! Win win situation right there.

Alright, it’s back to law school life I go… In exactly one week, I’ll be flying home for Christmas!!!!


Did you ever bring a plastic baggie of stuff to your finals?

Has it snowed yet where you live? Or will it ever?!

19 Comments leave one →
  1. December 11, 2011 9:27 am

    People joke and call the library at my school “club morris” but I dont think they actually are cool enough to hand out wrist bands! haha ..I don’t bring a plastic baggie but I always need to chew on something during an exam..if I don’t have gum I usually end up anxiously chewing on my pen..gross I know! I should try bringing a candy cane with me!

  2. December 11, 2011 9:27 am

    I hope your exam went well! We were never allowed to have food (and sometimes drinks- people would write on the inside of their clear water bottles!), but I wish we could have, I’m sure it would’ve helped me focus!

    • December 11, 2011 11:58 am

      Haha I thought about that while I was in the exam, I could have easily written something on a wrapper. Although most of our exams are open book so it wouldn’t really matter.

  3. December 11, 2011 9:50 am

    This brings me memories of what my campus library was like during finals week too! It was the “cool” place to be that week. 😉

    It hasn’t snowed yet here in northern Utah… It’s been freezing temps, but surprisingly no snow yet. It’s kind of unusual for this time of year!

  4. December 11, 2011 2:37 pm

    You are so super organised! Luckily I didn’t have to set finals on my courses at uni, I would have been useless if I had! We’ve had a little snow but I’m sure there’s more to come!

  5. December 11, 2011 2:38 pm

    I used to chew a ton of gum when I got nervous. I could go through an entire pack while writing a paper. It was so gross! My stomach used to hurt a lot too. I finally cut it out completely and all of my stomach pain was gone. Crazy right?

    I’m glad you’re one exam closer to being done! Good luck studying 🙂

  6. December 11, 2011 2:47 pm

    I can relate — I am addicted to chewing gum OR drinking hot stuff while I work. But I’m trying to give it up, so thanks for reminding me that it’s possible.

    Your title made me think of something my university’s student council is doing–Midnight Breakfast. Literally every night they do breakfast food at midnight for students pulling all nighters at our twenty four hour library. Personally I can’t see needing to use the wee hours of the morning to study…isn’t there kind of a point where you say no more?!

    Happy exams, hope you’re acing them all!

    • December 11, 2011 4:45 pm

      It is possible! For me it takes at least 2 weeks or so to get used to not having gum. And I’m with you, sleep > all nighters.

  7. December 11, 2011 7:07 pm

    Your little baggie cracks me up haha….just a pencil, pen, calculator and ID for me!

  8. December 11, 2011 7:37 pm

    Wahoo-you’re almost there!! Best of luck.

    I def chew gum during finals–I’d go through like a half a pack during grad school on those killer long (5 -ish hour) finals! hah.

  9. December 11, 2011 9:10 pm

    such a good idea!!!! i chew wayyy too much gum. interesting about the sorbitol! i better lay off on it haha!

    • December 11, 2011 10:02 pm

      i used to eat everything sugar free when I was trying to loose weight, and it really messed with my digestive system! I guess that’s a lesson in eating real foods!

  10. Anonymous permalink
    December 12, 2011 6:18 pm

    Hahaha I hope you wore the wrist band around the rest of the day 😉 Exam party! wooho!!!! hehe

    I hope the test went well! Stay warm!

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