So, how did it all go? Hmmm...where do I start? The beginning, I guess. Fall quarter I took four classes, two Monday classes, one Wednesday, and one Friday. Why is that important? Because the day of your class determines the day of your final exam; and you guessed it: on Monday I had not one, but two final exams. I had the privilege of waking up at the butt crack of dawn to a statistics final from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and finishing my day with a microeconomics final from 11:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. (with a free lunch from Potbelly in the middle. Thank you Booth administration). Two finals in one day made for a pretty terrible Saturday and Sunday prior. Before I go further, let me back up. Back in late October I mentioned that I was working on a case competition that just so happened to be taking place right in the middle of midterms. Turns out that spending 12 hours working a case and 12 minutes studying for a midterm does not bode well for exam performance. I pretty much bombed my two exams that week. The two midterms I'd taken previously (which just so happened to have been stats and econ) weren't disasters but my scores were definitely not Dean's List material. All of that to say that my final exams were gonna have to carry a very heavy load if I didn't want flunk out of school or lose my fellowship.
The issue was that right after midterms my professors decided to lose their damn minds and go places that basic classes should not go. K, L, MPK, MPL, Rsquared, and p-hat flew by me and I didn't catch any of it. I knew that it would take time for me to review all of the material and be able to apply it in some intelligible way. However, my study schedule looked something like this:
Less than 5 hours later I was awake and heading back to campus to face my executioner. I opened the statistics exam booklet at exactly 8:00 a.m. to find that God had smiled down upon me. The 2012 final was eerily similar to the 2005 final exam (yep, the same one I'd been studying from). As I went through the questions, section by section I found myself doing little happy dances in my chair each time I knew how to apply the information on my allowed cheat sheets to the exam questions. While my professor may have been nice enough to give us an exam that was similar to our preparatory materials, he was sadistic enough to make the exam a dense, time consuming ordeal of calculating means and variances of linear combinations and finding standard errors for hypothesis tests. For the most part I knew what I was doing it just took me a long time to do it. With about an hour to go in the exam I noticed that some people were starting to turn in their exams and leave.
A half hour after completing my stats exam I sat down to my micro economics final. Once again, much of what I had studied was on the exam. There were some problems that I knew how to solve but just spaced on (I'm looking at you Stackleberg), but for the most part I felt okay when it was all done.
With all of the studying for stats and micro over the last few days I had neglected to start reviewing for the final that mattered most: competitive strategy. That midterm was my worst one and it was abysmal. In fact the professor listed my score in the caution zone when it came to grading. I knew I would have to knock out the final in order to not risk losing my fellowship, let alone get a good grade. I had missed a lecture toward the end of the quarter due to a recruiting event. Last night, one of my study group members was kind enough to sit with me for a couple of hours and explain all of the concepts I wasn't quite getting. I stayed up til 1:00 a.m. working on my cheat sheet for the exam. Thank sweet baby Jesus I was able to cram 10 weeks worth of notes onto the front and back of an 8.5X11 page because I broke that puppy out by the second question and copied those notes verbatim onto my test. I quickly figured out that competitive strategy exams are not really difficult when you actually prepare for them. While finding an exam to not be a Jedi mind trick is great on one hand, on the other it usually makes for a very high mean and an extremely narrow standard deviation. I've gone over the exam in my head multiple times since this morning trying to figure out which questions I probably lost points on (Replacement Effect, minus 7 points there).
I don't have a final exam on Friday because the professor assigned a final group paper that was due the last week of class. So now, I'm freeeeeeeeeee! Grades will be posted by Dec. 21, but until then I'm just going to forget about academics and focus on fun, which means one thing: SKI TRIP!!!!