12 weeks – A Typical Semester at University of St Andrews
Anniken Jervell
CampusTales Contributor
University of St Andrews
May 18th, 2017


12 weeks, 3 subjects:
  • 2 written exams by the end of the year
  • 1 class test
  • 1 presentation
  • 7 essay dues (all in which spans from 1500-2500 words)
  • 8 weekly lectures
  • 3 weekly mandatory tutorials
  • required reading material: approx. 20 pages (if you are lucky) to roughly 150 pages which is more likely (especially in IR)
It’s week 6. This is my time schedule.

I can’t believe I’m halfway through first semester of my 2nd year already. The weeks go by so fast I loose track of which day it is. Weekends feels more like weekdays and visa versa. Yes, I am stressed out. Yes, I feel like I’m never really properly prepared for tutorials. Yes, I feel like I always should be reading more; keep a steady pace. Yes, I attend all lectures (well, almost all of them) and yes I pay attention when I’m there. Yes, I love this school and I will never stop being amazed by the quality of our professors, teachers, researchers and general brilliant brain activity which rules in this bubble.
I love this school and I will never stop being amazed by the quality of our professors, teachers, researchers and general brilliant brain activity which rules in this bubble
As we speak its independent learning week. Meaning 1 week without lectures or tutorials. Its meant to be a week of catching up on readings, getting ahead of deadlines and otherwise reload. I particularly like that last word right there. I think every student in St Andrews appreciates that word. How people choose to reload is a very independent matter. Some actually do get ahead of their studies this week. Some won’t. Some will spend their time at the library while others practice hibernation. Some flee the town while others hug it even tighter. As I said its very independent. I think we all share a wish of not increasing our stress levels even more than where they’re already at. And I want to say that everyone will do their best in completing whatever assignments, readings and preparations they have coming for the following weeks. I really do mean that. I also know we are all human. Whatever we learnt about being rational was also counter-argued by the means of desire and that theory is different from practice etc…

What I’m saying is school is not everything! Daah you may say – of course its not. And who said taking a little study break is such a bad idea? It may actually be really motivating and inspiring if you ask me! As I’m writing this I am sitting at the library finishing an essay. Buuuut tomorrow I’m on my way to Copenhagen. I’m taking a few days off studying for the privilege of riding a bike in the flattest, coolest and most vibrant city I know and love.

– until next time: sneeeiks!

(for y’all who don’t know Norwegian slang – its like see yaah! and you pronounce it like you would say snake with the additional s on the end)

#crashcourseinNorwegian #boom
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12 weeks – A Typical Semester at University of St Andrews
Anniken Jervell
CampusTales Contributor
University of St Andrews
August 4th, 2017
12 weeks, 3 subjects:
  • 2 written exams by the end of the year
  • 1 class test
  • 1 presentation
  • 7 essay dues (all in which spans from 1500-2500 words)
  • 8 weekly lectures
  • 3 weekly mandatory tutorials
  • required reading material: approx. 20 pages (if you are lucky) to roughly 150 pages which is more likely (especially in IR)
It’s week 6. This is my time schedule.

I can’t believe I’m halfway through first semester of my 2nd year already. The weeks go by so fast I loose track of which day it is. Weekends feels more like weekdays and visa versa. Yes, I am stressed out. Yes, I feel like I’m never really properly prepared for tutorials. Yes, I feel like I always should be reading more; keep a steady pace. Yes, I attend all lectures (well, almost all of them) and yes I pay attention when I’m there. Yes, I love this school and I will never stop being amazed by the quality of our professors, teachers, researchers and general brilliant brain activity which rules in this bubble.
I love this school and I will never stop being amazed by the quality of our professors, teachers, researchers and general brilliant brain activity which rules in this bubble
As we speak its independent learning week. Meaning 1 week without lectures or tutorials. Its meant to be a week of catching up on readings, getting ahead of deadlines and otherwise reload. I particularly like that last word right there. I think every student in St Andrews appreciates that word. How people choose to reload is a very independent matter. Some actually do get ahead of their studies this week. Some won’t. Some will spend their time at the library while others practice hibernation. Some flee the town while others hug it even tighter. As I said its very independent. I think we all share a wish of not increasing our stress levels even more than where they’re already at. And I want to say that everyone will do their best in completing whatever assignments, readings and preparations they have coming for the following weeks. I really do mean that. I also know we are all human. Whatever we learnt about being rational was also counter-argued by the means of desire and that theory is different from practice etc…

What I’m saying is school is not everything! Daah you may say – of course its not. And who said taking a little study break is such a bad idea? It may actually be really motivating and inspiring if you ask me! As I’m writing this I am sitting at the library finishing an essay. Buuuut tomorrow I’m on my way to Copenhagen. I’m taking a few days off studying for the privilege of riding a bike in the flattest, coolest and most vibrant city I know and love.

– until next time: sneeeiks!

(for y’all who don’t know Norwegian slang – its like see yaah! and you pronounce it like you would say snake with the additional s on the end)

#crashcourseinNorwegian #boom
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