Mountain tea, migraines and moussaka
I think it is fair to say that when you are continuously being reminded by Facebook about how this time last year you were basking in the Siense sun, contemplating life in all its complexities…
…whilst pondering over where to go for that evening, it can be pretty depressing.
In fact, what’s even more depressing is the realisation that whilst everyone around you has been celebrating the end of their exams for what seems to be that last three weeks, you still have a week to go… especially after a day like last Tuesday which I can only describe as examination hell, consisting of 5 hours’ worth of exams in two different languages.
Ok grumbling over.
In any case, for all those of you still slogging away at revision and exams whilst ferociously scrolling through Facebook with gritted teeth, wishing to banish this world of happiness from your screens during the five minutes of allocated ‘revision procrastination time’ you have allowed yourself in a desperate attempt to save the remnants of your sanity from the perils of revision, you are not alone. In fact, I dedicate this post to you.
I’m not going to lie; this year has definitely proven harder than most, particularly during what has felt like endless weeks of revision since Easter. Especially when as I felt after Tuesday’s nightmare, it can feel like all your hard work has been for nothing. In fact, at times I have actually found myself going a little loopy within the four walls of my room, trying to drum into my head the craziness of Italian postmodernism, notions of Hispanic post-dictatorial memory work and trauma, and the likes of the pesky imperfect subjunctive, , American gothic horror, and learning statistics on Italian youth unemployment. I think my exams have really taken the multidisciplinary nature of my degree to a whole new level this year.
This was largely also because in my stubborn minded self, I began to turn a blind eye to some of those wise words of wisdom I was preaching about in my last post. It’s easy to happen. Consequently, after having gone far too long without even an afternoon off from revision, I had become not only an emotional and wound up wreck, but had seemingly self-inflicted upon myself a migraine attack which accompanied by dizziness and nausea subsequently has lasted nearly two weeks. Revision sloggers take note. This is what can happen when you don’t listen to your own advice. Take. Breaks.
Anyway, before I knew it, in a desperate attempt to rescue myself from this state of revision-induced delirium, I had been whisked away by the Lussana clan…
Sometimes a complete change of scenery and distancing yourself a good 70 miles from your revision notes can really help from time to time when with sunken sleep deprived eyes; you’re struggling to find the will to make that final push through the last of your exams.
To keep me (just about…well, barely… ok not really) smiling and plodding on through next week’s final few exams…