An Open Letter

by Bridget Richard

Dear Exam Takers:

Everything will be alright. Whether your exams went well or not. There’s no need to have an exam-istential crisis.

What’s important is to recognize and appreciate the work and studying you have done, and realize that the time to worry is over. You now have two weeks to celebrate the holidays and to ring in the New Year!

And it can be a bit of a bittersweet feeling. The feeling of having spent so much mental and emotional energy preparing for exams when, in the grand scheme of things, they aren’t the most important thing you will do with your life, maybe not even your year. Recognize that, and maybe take a moment to reflect about what other useful things you’ve learned this week.

Like your most useful studying habits, what really gets you to memorize those vocabulary terms, or which friends were really able to help you the most.

Because maybe you won’t need to remember what Supreme Court case established judicial review ten years from now, but maybe you’ll need to know how to manage your time, how to care for yourself, and how to unwind after a hard day’s work.

So make sure to look over the other things you’ve learned within your exam week. Don’t worry, you won’t be tested over them.

 

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