today was expected to be very stressful but turned out to be quite pleasant for reasons other than the amazing weather! today, i had an experimental psychology exam that i didn't feel prepared for and let me explain why.
first of all, teachers at Madison assign incomprehensible amounts of literature, in addition to class attendance and assignments, that is comprised of chapters from the textbook, news articles, podcasts, and more (i don't know if podcasts really count as literature but they're going in that category for now). and although i'd like to keep up with all of this literature, assignments come first because they are graded and the teacher will always know when you didn't do an assignment whereas they probably won't know if you don't do the readings. because of this, the assignments get done and the readings pile up until exam time where it becomes insurmountable. for some classes this is okay but in others the exams are half comprised of information from the book that wasn't even mentioned in lecture.
okay, so now that you understand that, i can explain why i was so stressed out for this exam. although i went to every lecture, discussion, and lab and did every assignment, i had not done the readings. to make matters worse, in order to catch up i'd have to read four chapters from the textbook and 50 pages from our course reader which adds up to over 120 pages total. do you think i could read that many pages over a weekend as well as do assignments for my five classes? hell no. so i started going over the study guide for the past two days instead of reading 120 pages. that, of course, made me nervous because she could ask for something in the exam that wasn't listed on the study guide but was in the readings. oh, and this exam was supposed to have a lot of statistics in it and i had taken a life sciences statistics course, not the psychology one. they are remarkably different, believe me. i filled in that study guide with every free moment i had monday and today. when it came to exam time i still didn't feel ready. i saw all the people cramming right before exams were handed out but i just sat there because i had accepted the fact that there was nothing more i could do. and it began. surprisingly enough, almost nothing that was on that study guide was directly on the exam. almost all of it was from lecture and i was so relieved that i could've cried. i mean, this still doesn't mean i did well; i tend to psych myself out (no pun intended) and change my original answer to a different one when my original answer was correct, unfortunately. but just knowing that i was 100% on some of the answers made me feel better.
but the REAL success of today was finding a replacement for my discontinued brand of chapstick. i bought four different brands and eight different flavors to try out before deciding on the winner. i bought soft lips, aquafina (evidently they make chapstick in addition to bottled water), chapstick, and eos. i knew from the beginning that i wasn't a fan of mint or cherry chapstick, no matter the brand, so i avoided that. but i discovered that there is only one brand that makes watermelon chapstick and it's lipsmackers. the problem with their watermelon chapstick is that it is both too thick and goes over the top with the flavor. it's gets to a point where it's actually a flavor and not a scent anymore. i tried every chapstick i bought and came to a solid conclusion. the winner is eos. followed closely by soft lips, then aquafina, and in last place, chapstick. eos has the proper texture and flavor in a creative container (it's egg shaped!). soft lips also had a good texture and flavor but the stick had a small diameter. aquafina's flavors were not very good and didn't really smell like the described flavor but the texture was very similar to that of soft lips. and lastly chapstick. it was WAY too thick. i felt like i had overloaded after barely putting any on. now the only decision left is honeysuckle honeydew or summer fruit? they're both really unique flavors that are not overbearing and are pleasant. so i'll use both! :]
now that i've thoroughly freaked everyone out by making such a huge deal out of choosing a chapstick, i think i'll do some research on the mere-exposure effect for the study i'm going to conduct in a few weeks or, you know, add life events to my facebook. :P