When you think of a college student going through midterms, you think of large coffees, glasses, and entire nights spent at the library. For the most part, only the first two have been true for me. Last Tuesday night though, I pulled my very first all-nighter. I spent 42 hours awake (I am not a nap person as much as I wish I could be). So there is a look into my craziest night of college!
Tuesday 6:00 p.m. in the Library: I start to freak out. Historically, calculus has been my worst class, and I felt extremely ill prepared for my first midterm in Calculus II for Biological Sciences. In addition, Tuesday night was High-Table, a tradition dinner for the entire freshman class.
6:30 in my Dorm Room: After talking to my Mom, I realized that skipping High-Table to study would be a mistake so I quickly change into nice clothes and walk with my friends to the rec center.
8:30 pm in the Rec Center: High table was amazing! The flourless chocolate torte alone lowered my stress level by half. It was so nice relaxing with my friends and enjoying a gourmet meal. For a little while I forgot about my midterm, and just enjoyed the evening.
10:00 pm in my Dorm: Back in sweats, I am going over practice problems when I realize how little I know about calc. The past couple weeks have been filled with papers and midterms for other classes and calculus was the one class that I ignored (major mistake). My friend Julia was also freaking out. So we made the decision. We were going to pull an all-nighter.
11:00 pm in the Brody Atrium: We surround ourselves with whiteboards and got to work. The very first hour wasn’t our most productive-we were too excited at the prospect of actually staying up all night (what is wrong with us?).
12:00 pm in the Atrium: We had started doing practice problems, and I realized how little I knew. Moral was still high though, and I was full of optimism.
1:00 am still in the Atrium: I think this was my favorite hour. With Julia’s help, I was actually learning some of the trickier concepts. At this point I was not tired at all. Still hyped up on diet coke, I was focused and awake.
2:00am Atrium: Julia began to get tired and got a soda from the vending machine. Unfortunately, the only beverage not sold out was the Orange Crush that did not contain caffeine. It was a setback.
3:00am STILL in the Atrium: At 3, the library closes so a mass exodus of people came into Brody at this point. It made the large Atrium seem a little less lonely.
4:00am Atrium: This was our low. With no more caffeine options, our practice problem pace experienced a great setback, but after realizing that sunrise was only in two hours we became slightly rejuvenated.
5:00am Atrium: I honestly don’t remember this hour…
6:00am Reading Room: Sunrise was at 6:33 so we repositioned ourselves in the reading room. Julia took a short nap and I made a final review sheet.
7:00am Reading Room: I spent half an hour watching the sunrise over Baltimore, the reading room slowly became filled with golden light. It was one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever experienced.
9:00am FFC: I guess staying up all night makes you hungry? Julia and I both devoured bagel after bagel. We were now ready to take the midterm!
So overall the all-nighter wasn’t that bad! After the adrenaline rush of the midterm, I was pretty dead for the rest of the day. Even though the midterm went well, I do realize how terrible of a study practice an all-nighter really is, and I hope I don’t have to do it again!