How to survive midterms

Midterms have started, and everyone at my school feels like this:

2016 @adamtpowell

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My upcoming exams cover periods of 100, 1,000, and thousands of years respectively.  Plus an extensive knowledge of vocabulary and architectural sites.  At least I know I’m learning.  Here’s how I’m making it through these dark times:

1. Coffee

How do non-coffeeholics make it?  You can catch me in the zone at the Starbucks on campus.  Yeah I know what you coffee snobs are thinking, but Starbs is better than nothing.  We’re not privileged enough to have Arsaga’s, Onyx, Honey & Lavender, or Blue Sail around here.

PTL PSL is finally in DXB.

2. Mind palace

I’ve been watching too much Sherlock lately.  But mental maps benefit university students as much as sociopathic private detectives, right?

a mental map for my class on Iraq

Unfortunately my mind palace is more like a mind nation.

3. Chill

If you don’t take time out to breathe, you’ll end up like this guy:

The Amazing Book is Not on Fire by Dan Howell & Phil Lester

I speak from personal experience.

4. Study breaks

Hanging out with friends, going to the cinema, and reading can get your mind off impending doom.  And when you’re reading Les Miz in your spare time, suddenly life struggles are put into perspective.  It could be worse – you could be Fantine.