How I Survive Each Semester Illustrated By Doctor Who

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Eleven Stages of my Average Semester

As we are nearing the end of another semester, I’m sure all of us college students are going through a plethora of emotions. From the excitement of starting a class you’ve been longing to take to the final relief at the end of a long, challenging semester, Peter Capaldi’s Doctor captures my rollercoaster of emotions. As he is starring in his final season in Doctor Who, what better way to commemorate this crazy semester and show his character some love. Here’s how most of my semesters tend to go:

1. Excitement

Yay! This new class is going to be awesome! I always start each semester with enthusiasm and renewed vigor. Each new class gives me a fresh start to improve myself and study skills.

2. Confidence

After looking over the syllabus, my confidence grows. I feel like I can blast through this class with no problems. I start to feel at ease once I review the syllabus (well, usually) and begin to mentally prepare for the workload.

3. Procrastination

This class is a piece of cake. I have time to goof off and play! I can do these assignments quickly. Ah, the bad habits start to begin. Time management goes out the window. I have time to play that game or binge some Netflix.

4. Surprise

Uhhh, where did this assignment come from? Did I miss something on the syllabus? Oh man, my habit of skimming the syllabus bites me again! I missed the fine print again.

5. Disbelief

How many points for an A? All that procrastinating and goofing off is starting to show. Oh no! What am I gonna do? I start looking at my overall points, and the panic begins. Ok, if I do perfectly on the rest of the assignments, I just might pull this off. Almost always, the bargaining begins here.

6. Regroup

I read through the syllabus more closely. Dang! Where did that paper come from? Ok, calm down and think! I start to form a plan in my weak attempts to calm myself down.

7. Frustration

#$%&*@ I have to start on this paper now! Time to research! Time to plan! Must focus! (Insert frenzied work here.) I am really quite hard on myself for missing details or procrastinating. My frustration level usually soars now.

8. Exhaustion

So…much…writing. I’m only halfway through my final? So tired…so very tired. Must stay energized. Where’s my coffee?

9. Relief

Yes! The final paper turned in! It’s good, isn’t it?! It is! I hope! Please! The relief of getting that big paper in feels amazing, but I also feel a bit neurotic with the quality of the paper. Procrastination is my enemy.

10. Reassurance

After reading through my final one last time and reviewing my grades again, my confidence comes back. I can conquer this class!

11. Celebration

Yes! My final grade posted! Sweet, an A. I will never procrastinate like this again. (Repeat number 1.) Well, I do try not to procrastinate. Hopefully, next class, I’ll behave a bit better.



Originally published May 2, 2017/Odyssey

Lisa Mildon

Lisa Mildon is an offbeat geeky wordsmith, storyteller, and founder of Creatively Caffeinated. She has extensive editing and writing experience in non-fiction, fiction, poetry, and technical writing. In 2018, she graduated Summa Cum Laude at SNHU in Creative Writing and English. Lisa loves PC gaming, science fiction and is obsessed with traveling. A self-professed Whovian, she aspires to write for the TV series and in books. With her husband, they have 3 rescues, 2 adorable Rat Terriers, and 1 fat cat.

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