Finals Week. Oh boy…

May 3rd, 2010

So, first of all, I’m so very sorry.  I made a promise when I first started writing that I would write every week.  Epic Fail Kristen.  The past month has been so stressful I can’t believe I haven’t completely lost my mind.  It’s that time in the semester when all your classes are assigning giant papers or projects and people are just about ready to kill each other.  It’s true.  It’s not pretty at all.  Personally I like it ever so much better when people are nice and amiable and aren’t doing stupid stuff to enrage other people.  I purposefully adopt an extremely super positive worldview in order to combat some of the angst I feel during really stressful weeks when you have too much homework, bad things are happening in the news, and the people around you are not behaving nicely.  Is is realistic?  Perhaps not, but it helps me get through the week, and I’d rather be an optimistic, happy person than a surly pessimistic person any day.

So, it’s finals week.  I just finished my only “real” final this afternoon for my Judaism class.  In my Religious Autobiography class I have a final paper to write, which is really more like an essay than a paper.  For my History of the Palestinian/Israeli Conflict class I will be participating in a mock peace conference as Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak, and with the other members of the Israeli delegation, will try to create a comprehensive peace agreement.  I’m a little bit disappointed that I will be so tied to formal diplomacy as the sole peace tool in this agreement.  After what I learned in my peace studies class these last two years, I can think of so many other ways that we can help create a more peaceful situation in the region.  However, I have to pretend to be Ehud Barak, and therefore I don’t think that I’m completely at liberty to propose just anything.  I have to negotiate based on his own personal beliefs and those of the other members of the delegation.  This final exam should prove to be quite the experience.  I don’t have a final exam in Peace studies because I’m the TA.  Hahaha 🙂

So, by my calculations, I will be completely done with my sophomore year by 10pm on Wednesday.  After that I have to hurry back to my room and help my roommate pack up her stuff, and then I must stay through graduation because the Wooster Chorus is singing at the commencement concert!  Then I’m off to the grandparent’s house for a few days before returning to Wooster to begin my summer job as a research assistant! Yay! 🙂  I’m actually very excited for the summer.  I will have the chance to live on my own for a bit, and still get to visit my family towards the end of the summer before finally heading off to Morocco for my semester abroad in September!  Wow, it seems so far away right now, but I know it will go by super fast and I will be getting on that plane to Africa before I know it!  So, I must bit you adieu for now, and I will write to you again next week.  (I promise!!!)

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