I’m Michelle Callaghan, a first-year graduate student at Villanova University. This is our column, “‘Cat in the Stacks.” I’m the ‘cat. Falvey Memorial Library is the stacks. I’ll be posting about living that scholarly life, from research to study habits to embracing your inner-geek, and how the library community might aid you in all of it.
During midterms and the subsequent ramp up to finals, you might find yourself in a zombified and slightly pathetic state of bargaining with your alarm and finding ridiculous ways of adding more time into the day.
They won’t work, I’ve tried.
But it is true: no matter how much effort you put into sleeping well and getting work done during designated times, life happens. Deadlines and due dates are fixed and looming. Then there’s that one chapter of material you just didn’t quite get around to, or didn’t quite get, and you promised yourself you’d look at it before exams—aaaaand it’s exams.
I’m all about preaching time management and scheduling and making good choices, but let’s be honest: sometimes you have to make the hard choices. Sleep, and hope the extra energy makes you more efficient while studying. Don’t sleep, and hope the extra time spent studying puts you in a better place.
The important thing is, once you’ve made your choice and made your bed and you’re trying to stay above water, don’t beat yourself up for it.
Article by Michelle Callaghan, graduate assistant on the Communication and Service Promotion team. She is currently pursuing her MA in English at Villanova University.
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