Monday, February 13, 2006

Saving Grace

As midterms approach, I find myself getting more stressed out with each passing day. Which is really quite silly because... well, what's the point? I can only learn so much and if what I was able to cram in my poor brain over the last 6 weeks turns out to be not enough to do well on an exam, then I guess I will have done the best I possibly could and that's that.

The stress builds over the course of each day, so that in the morning I wake up tired but optimistic that I'll get everything done and finish the day in a state of near-panic because I didn't finish everything and it is so late I'll get too little sleep. You'd think I would have learned to accept and expect this by now, but for some reason it's still slightly overwhelming.

Fortunately, I have a secret weapon. Running. Some days it feels like a procrastination technique, but in fact I always come back refreshed and able to do a lot more work than I would have had I tried to sit at my desk during the equivalent time and stare at a case. The other nice thing about running is that it's one of the few times of the day when I can be alone and just think and clear my head. Tonight my brain felt cluttered on my way home after a longer-than-usual day. But now that I'm back from a short run, I feel much better and ready to tackle some more work. Which is what I'd better do right now.


huy said...

Good to hear that you found a nice way to build up tension with your daily running ... hey and you are right, you do the best you can and that's it!
Don't forget, these are just some exams (1 of 12) and we are not here for these 21 months of the MBA to think / get stressed out about the exams ... :-)

NoellieBellie said...

Thanks Huy. Let's go running at Carreteras after midterms!!! Want to?

huy said...

Of course - we've never been. and it is one of the most beautiful parts of BCN! At least where I take my friends first!