May 6th, 2010

Rainbow || Rainbow northern lights.

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I hate my brain sometimes. I tried to go to sleep at 10pm last night to wake up at 5am. I distinctly remember being awake at 3am, and I'm not even sure I slept between 10 and 3. I woke up at 5 and couldn't stand another moment in bed anyway.

I'm supposed to be revising. I just...needed some of the sanity of my online family/friends.

I'm going through my material again. Writing down some tricks of weeds in hopes there's a general 'what makes weeds awesome' type question as there has been the previous four years. Writing down weed control in amenity lands because a) they've also been on each paper for the past four years b) it's the only sort of management I'm going to remember and c) it's the only management that I at present care about. All the rest is industrialised agriculture with the idea "let's throw chemicals on them, yaaay! OHNOES the government STOLED them from us!" (Just the point of view we're given from the profoessor, and no, he doesn't speak that way; he has impeccable vocabulary. He does have a profoundly present Somerset accent.)

I've never based my revision on past papers before. Given my peers' reliance on an "altruism" question coming up on the Animal Behaviour exam since it had the 4 years before yet not coming up this year...well, I'm sure my decision is folly. But Animal Behaviour was a class that learned by connection and was continuous - connecting things up, going 'ah, so this works with this, right!'

Weed Biology is a pool of random information to memorise for each section. My brain does not have the capacity for this right now. I know that. I also know I only need to get a 20 and this has ALWAYS been my least favourite lecture - like Humans and the Changing World last year. If I were Hermione, this would be my Defence Against the Dark Arts, with a boggart-McGonagall waiting at the end and my inevitable failure... So I think I'm going to let my standards slip for this one and not drive myself crazier than I need to.

And now I'm late, I'm late for a very important date! No time to say hello (goodbye), I'm late, I'm late, I'm late!

[1.5hrs more revision, then shower for nice clean feel and off to my doom - er - exam. Then home for revision 2.0 for Stats tomorrow at 9am. Poot. HELLO WEEKEND, COME SEE ME?]
Rainbow || Rainbow northern lights.

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Aside from my brain being a stupidface, today went alright. Walked with Tinboy onto campus, met up with Pip, Jojo and Ems. Crammed. Crossed my fingers. Held Jojo's hand walking into the exam hall. Set up, gazed at questions, meditated.

Question 1: With reference to NAMED examples discuss the human and veterinary health implications of weeds.
Answer 1: I wrote an essay. Was it a good essay? Piffle, laughter, aaaah no. But it was an essay, it did have a number of NAMED examples and it was a discussion of human and veterinary health.

Question 2: Discuss the statement: 'The history of weeds is the history of mankind'.
Answer 2: Oh, I had a ball with this one. From weeds-before-man to weeds-in-the-Bible to mentioning all humans perishing and weeds living on... I just had fun. Not a fantabs essay, but an essay (and a done one - my fave) nonetheless.

I passed. If I didn't, I'll be shocked enough to eat a sock. I have also come to realise that when I am peeved enough about exams I write about the death of humanity. Clearly, I am the student to look out for...

Awwr, shoot, I thought about a very similar essay in the shower today and decided that I wanted to include the sentence, "If farmers had their druthers in a magical world, weeds would disappear with the wave of a wand and a word; in this world, they must make due with the second-best alternative: herbicide, the best we have in our arsenal." I forgot on the exam.

(It's clear I take this all very seriously once I'm IN the exam, now, isn't it?)

And onto the stats! Thank goodness for MCQ exams! We all feel considerably less broken now! 3/7 down - halfway point is 45mins into tomorrow's exam! Woop woop!

Edit: Also Jojo drove me to campus so we could get our Entomology tests back. 61 and 62. (: Not fantastic but, uhm, it's entomology - not really my field? So woop for 25 out of 40 points already! And she gave me books! Books are good. (: Pride...Prejudice...Zombieeeees...