How to survive midterms at an Ivy
The 10-week term passes by really, really fast and midterm week has arrived before I even knew it! 2 tests and 1 paper all in one week (can you imagine that??) but (very unexpectedly) I survived! These are the few things that keep me alive this week:
- No. 1
Have dinner and study with my friends at night
I used to think that I work best when I’m completely alone in a super quiet place — but that was before I know how stressful college can be. The amount of work is much greater than that in high school, and I really have to invest my energy in every course I’m taking. Therefore, I start hanging out and studying with my friends every night. We would have dinner together at Foco (the Class of 1954 Commons food court) and go to Berry (the library) together to do our work. Most of the time I would put on my earphones to concentrate on my homework, but from times to times I would take a small break to talk to my friends, or simply just ask them for an energy hug if I’m too tired. Being with my friends helps me a lot in conquering this midterm week!
- No. 2
Get inspired at Rauner Library
Whenever I need to brainstorm my essay, or simply just need to highly focus on my work, I always come to Rauner Library and sit next to one of its giant, classy window looking to The Green. The view is beautiful – it’s very green and very Dartmouth – and I’m totally in love with it. Another bonus point from Rauner is that the sofas there are super comfy, so I can take a 20-minute nap to refresh my mind whenever I feel tired!
- No. 3
Get sweaty at Homecoming
And after five days of studying and exams and deadlines, Homecoming finally came!! I put on all my Dartmouth gear, and as non-athletic as I am, I still ran 5 laps around the bonfire. Alumni and upperclassmen cheered for us around the Green. “Run 21s,” they screamed. My friends and I even ran with a ’71 for a few minutes, and I was really touched to feel the connection between generations of students here at Dartmouth. “And how amazing it would be,” I told my friends, “that someday we would come back here and cheer for our kids from the outside!”
- No. 4
And feel some more Big Green’s spirit at the football game
It was an intense game, when Yale led us 14-0 in the second quarter but our guys turned the table in a last-minute goal, and won by 28-27!!! It was awesome how I could feel the energy at the game, from current students to alumni and even their kids!! Going to the football game is always the best way to charge my Dartmouth spirit!!