As you can probably guess by my absence, I’m in the middle of my exams.
This week has been particularly trying; had five exams in the space of four days. I’m definitely not the only one who was in this situation, but I honestly wonder how people coped with it? I was both mentally and physically tired out on Friday. After a week of constant revision, cramming, dreaming about Joules-Thompson Coefficient and Advanced Gas Cooled Reactors, my brain was feeling mushy-mushy like mango chutney. But the fun doesn’t end there! I’ve got three more…
I think the worst/best day was probably Wednesday. Had Nuclear Chemical Engineering in the morning. The exam itself was alright I guess, could have been better (but one says that about everything in hindsight). Best bit: There was a chemical equation we had to balance for 10%. Though I hadn’t done stuff like that since I was 16, I arrogantly believed that it would be a cinch. Man, was I wrong. That equation seemed to defy every single existing conservation law, including the conservation of weak isospin, whatever that is.
And then, in the middle of that taxing problem, a rich, strong, operatic voice breaks into song. I believe it was Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte (actually, don’t quote me on this one – it’s the only opera I know so it’s what I call anything that sounds vaguely classical). At this point all the examinees were looking around confused and stifling giggles. I had forgotten that the exam room was right next to the Royal College of Music! Well, as they say, classical music (especially Mozart) is supposed to help you study better so I hope the opera had some effect on my answers.
The same afternoon I had Finance and Financial Management. It was…interesting. It was a multiple choice paper. I answered every question, and felt really smug about that before I remembered there was negative marking. Oh well, it’s too late now…
It was kind of strange but deep down, I was actually looking forward to Machine System Dynamics the next day. I was getting tired of all the wafflely subjects, and nothing screams Mech Eng better than MSD.
It’s always during exam time that some annoyingly addictive game grabs the attention of students. This year round, that coveted prize goes to Robot Unicorn Attack!
Basically, you are a magical unicorn (who is incidentally also a robot) and you have to run through the Unicorn world without smashing into anything. Yeah, I know that there are countless games like this one, so why play this at all?
1. The music. This game would be really ordinary without it. The song in the background is what elevates RUA from others. It’s a really ummmmmm joyful song…?
2. Because this game is so pink and happy, it is ideal for after an exam has gone badly.
3. A game lasts about 3.5 minutes (unless you are some kind of pro, in which case I look at you enviously). This makes a suitable break from revising.
4. Get in touch with your childhood self. Come on, as a kid, who did not want a unicorn? (Don’t say ’80% of Imperial’s student population’ lol).
Oh well, that’s all for now. Wish me luck for the next one, Computational Continuum Mechanics!