My final exams are beginning in a little over twelve hours from now. There are three 3-hour exams over three consecutive days, from Tuesday to Thursday, each counting for 12.5% of my total mark. The remaining 62.5% is made up from my dissertation (50%) and two extended essays (12.5%), all of which I plan to post here after I finish the course.
Normally I would say that it’s a bit strange, having your university grade depend on a few hours worth of exams, but in this case that isn’t true, since my disseration and essays count for much more. Despite this, I’m still feeling the familiar sensation of adrenaline and excitement.
So I have a busy time up ahead; my exams finish on the 29th, after which I’ll be embarking on a bender of epic proportions with my coursemates (I still hope to beat my record of having a pint in hand within three minutes of the exam ending from the first year). No doubt the next few days will also be occupied with celebrations as other people finish their exams. On the 6th I have an exam viva, but it’s more of a formality than anything else – the viva can only make our marks go up, not down; it’s more of a modifier for borderline cases.
A scant few days later, I’ll be flying off to Philadelphia for the TEDMED3 conference on the 10th. Returning on the 16th, I’ll be back just in time for the Emmanuel College May Ball, and with it, the rest of May Week in Cambridge. Graduation Day is on the 26th, and then I’ll be zipping off to Oxford for the Wadham College May Ball on the 27th.
I should be returning home from Cambridge – for the last time ever – shortly after that. During July I will hopefully be travelling around Australia and maybe America (incidentally, are there any readers I can visit in the US around that time?) and will return to the UK at the end of the month, not that I have actually planned it, booked flights, etc. That gives me August and September free before I go to Oxford, and readers of this weblog will probably not be surprised to hear that I have a few schemes and plans to keep me occupied during that time.
Phew. Like I said, a busy time.