The Last Week

Finally, finals.

December 18, 2020

The semester draws to a close. It is 1 AM, yesterday night, and I cannot sleep, so I am playing the Celeste (video game) soundtrack in the background as I revise my notes for the final tomorrow. Not that I have actually played Celeste, but I read a blog that mentioned it had an amazing soundtrack, so I listened to the first few seconds of the album, decided I vibed with it, so it blared out of my speakers for the rest of the night.

No, it is 3 PM, four days ago. I have three finals to go, and I am drumming my fingers on the table absent-mindedly, wondering if I did well enough in my last one.

It is 4 AM, and I finished my third final seven hours ago. I cannot bring myself to study for the last one, so I am reading a novel. I know I will feel sleepy around 5, and I hope I can finish the novel before then.

Welcome to finals week!

The classes I was taking that had finals all had them during one week, which in general is referred to as “Finals Week.” It is actually harder for me to focus this week, especially because I had no psets due the week prior, so I was basically chilling throughout the week until Saturday and Sunday rolled around and I realized I had a ton of revising to do.

And now, as of writing this post, all four of them are over, so this marks the end of my first semester at MIT for me (I think?). Grades are yet to be released, and there are still a couple of minor things to take care of, but no more work to be done for any of my classes.

So in this blog post, I’ll talk about what I did this finals week, instead of studying like a responsible freshman (lol).

  • Newsletter — I love drafting new ideas and thinking of stuff to write about in my newsletter, Curated, so I spent quite some amount of time reading about cool new ideas and thinking about stuff I should write about. Also, I’m in love with Substack’s editor and its analytics, so if you’re thinking of starting a newsletter for yourself/any organization, I highly recommend Substack.
  • Reading — I have been reading a lot of mystery fiction recently, as well as other books I have been able to get my hands on. I think I’ll write a “books I read this year” blog sometime closer to the end of the year where I’ll talk about all of them, so watch out for that!
  • LaTeX — I am also experimenting with digitizing my notes with LaTeX for future reference and review, so I spent a lot of time checking out templates for notes and thinking about the possibility of using LaTeX with some of my other IDEs, rather than the setup I am using right now.
  • MusicMapping — I am a huge fan of Music-Map! Music-Map lets you enter an artist whose music you like to listen to, and creates a map of similar artists whose works you can check out. I love discovering artists with similar styles as my current favorites. This tool comes in especially handy when I am bored of what I’ve been listening to on repeat for the past few days, and I want to find something new but with a familiar sound.

That’s all for this week, so stay tuned for more!



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