Tuesday, December 20, 2005

The perils of green tea

It's 12:35. I have been awake since 6:45. And I need to get up again in another 7 hours. The problem is that I am wide awake. Despite having slept too little last night (because I couldn't fall asleep, for the first time in YEARS!) and having taken two final exams today (ugh, don't ask), and then studying for tomorrow's exam for another six hours... I AM NOT TIRED!

And so my friends, I warn you... STAY AWAY FROM GREEN TEA! Please, if you ever want to sleep again, I implore you. Do not drink it. Actually, there is one situation in which you should drink it. If you notice a pod in your bathtub and you realize that people who fall asleep turn into zombies like in Invasion of the Body Snatchers, then maybe green tea is a good idea. But if you want to sleep before a big exam... not so much.

Speaking of zombies, that's about how I felt after getting completely slapped by Tim Sutton's financial accounting final. After the first hour, I was very tempted to turn in an empty answer booklet because despite doing numerous calculations, I had nothing. After the second hour I had sort of come up with some strange (read: incorrect) answers for things here and there, but I was still ready to pack it in. And the last hour was a flurry of furious scribbling of what I suspect was complete and utter nonsense. I can't really remember now, thank goodness.

Lunch was spent commiserating with classmates, and I realized that maybe it wasn't so bad after all. Because, the thing is, it's all relative. Don't get me wrong... I'm not thinking I did well on the thing. But chances are that even though I may have gotten nearly everything wrong, there are other people who may have fared even worse. What's really frustrating about it, though, is that I spent so much time studying for the damn thing. I really worked hard. And I felt good about it! But then I saw the test and realized that even though the stuff I studied was there, it was in a completely different, twisted form and I couldn't make anything of it. Oh well. Another one bites the dust.

After lunch we had a second exam. Now, at first I thought it was really crappy to have the organizational behavior final right after accounting. But in reality, it was a blessing because it meant I forgot all about the first exam! No matter how bummed I was about how this morning went, it didn't manage to seep through into what I had to do this afternoon. It was good to focus on something else, even if it was another final.

The OB test went well enough, I guess. It's really hard to know how you did on a subject that is so non-quantitative. And anyway, I'd rather not think about results for a while. A looooong while. Like maybe never.

This evening has been spent reviewing for tomorrow's Decision Analysis final. I have reupped my bet with Francis and now we're going double-or-nothing on my 2 C's. Same as before, he thinks I'll get 2 Bs or better and I think 2 Cs. Of course, since I did okay on the midterms, no one believes me when I'm concerned... all the better to win a bet!

Okay now I will read some decision analysis technical notes in bed. That ought to put me to sleep.


Anonymous said...

Slandering green tea! White devil, coffee has twice as much caffeinem and almost none of the health benefits. You are just trying to put down wonderful Asians.

-Golden Barbarian

NoellieBellie said...

I love Asians! In fact, I suffer from Asian Persuasion from time to time... note that my closest friend at IESE is Vietnamese!

And by the way Green Tea has WAAAAAY more caffeine than coffee! Nonetheless, I will never stop drinking green tea. Even if it means I never sleep AGAIN!

Hmmm I got a little crazy with the exclamation points there... forgive me.