What College Students (Actually) Do During Finals Week, Part Two

Today is a very exciting day in Beezus, because we decided the best way to spend a day when none of us have finals is by having a Lord of the Rings marathon. After all, it’s nearly that exciting time all us cool people have been waiting for anxiously–the release of the Hobbit movie. So I thought, what better way to celebrate the end of the semester than LOTR?

And then I remembered that “Hobbit Scone” recipe I pinned ages ago and thought to myself, “I must have them.” (Original recipe here)

I admit a part of my recent resurgence in blogging has been due to the fact that I’m reading “Julie & Julia” right now and her blogging success story makes me feel infinitely guilty for neglecting my own online ranting efforts. So it’s not all that surprising that I’ve also been feeling the irresistible urge to cook things. Lots of things.

Of course, I have been struggling all semester to master the strange inferno that is our oven, and at last I’ve arrived at the issue–the bottom coils still work just fine, but the top ones don’t do a darn thing. Thus, very uneven heat. I moved the rack up a bit and voila, excellent (and adorable) hobbit scones. 

 The adorable shape is courtesy of my friend Feliks, who got me a lovely rolling pin full of all sorts of cookie cutters for Christmas last year. I found their tiny-ness exceptionally adorable (and perfectly appropriate for a hobbit)

Please excuse the very bizarre coloring of my thumb nail.

I promise I really do learn things at college, besides just the ways in which an apartment can be broken. It’s just I doubt the endeavors of me wrestling with literature or psychology would really interest anyone, other than as a slow descent into madness.

Anyway, back to pretending to revise my science fiction story. Happy finals week, college kids!


What College Kids (Actually) Do During Finals Week

For us college kids, it’s that magical time of the semester again–finals week. And while for many of us that involves stressfully studying for exam upon exam (and I express the deepest sympathy for you) for others of us that means writing one essay, revising some short stories, and mostly sitting around on campus waiting for your one and only final, which is of course on the second-to-last day of finals week.

Whether you’re cramming for that big exam that could make or break your grade or sitting around twiddling your thumbs because you’re a Creative Writing major and don’t really have finals, for your sanity’s sake you should probably spend at least SOME time doing something not school related.

So here’s what I did today, useful college student that I am:

I worked out! I do that (almost) every day but I think I deserve a gold star for doing it on a day when I had no reason to get out of bed before noon, let alone at 7am.

I wrote an essay! This actually was useful of me. For once, instead of waiting until the last minute I buckled down and did that one thing I really needed to do during finals week, aside from studying for that terrifying lit exam that’s worth 55% of my grade.

I categorized my pins on Pinterest! Yes, I actually went painstakingly through my “Sweet Treats” board in order to weed out all the cookies and cupcakes and pin them to separate boards. This is partly because I have no life, but also a little bit because it’ll be easier to find the recipes I want when I buckle down to actually make some of that stuff.

I murdered a cockroach! Mostly, I’m just proud of this feat. The little thing didn’t stand a chance, leering at me while I made my breakfast (which I subsequently was not very eager to eat).

I ate (a lot) of chocolate. It’s finals week! That’s what you do, right? 

I (will) work. Like a boss. Or actually, like a slightly-above-minimum-wage retail associate during the holidays.

Tomorrow, my lovely roommates Gina, Emily and I plan to spend the day watching Lord of the Rings after a few hours of glorious productivity in which I’m going to revise the essay I wrote today and possibly start on those short stories.

So tell me, internet, what do you like to do to blow off steam during finals week?