Volume 93, Issue 85

Friday, March 10, 2000


Don't bank on student loans

Faculty review gets top grades

ASA, MSA protest atrium celebration

Casinos a favourite for Canucks

McSorley opens NHL wounds

Increases make gas unsettling

Taking stock in the time that's left

Bass Ackwards

Caught on campus

Taking stock in the time that's left

Clayton Dion
Gazette Columnist

Well, brave soldiers, we're almost there.

It's nearly the end of another school year. This may come as a horrible shock to the many of you who have just now abandoned this article in favour of checking your day planners to see exactly how many more weeks, hours, minutes and seconds we really have left until exams.

You still have some time, but it's getting closer. Every second that ticks by is one less you can devote to the 15 essays, 8 tests, 22 assignments and 5 presentations which are all due on April 3.

However, for many, these last few weeks will be a triumph of the human spirit – maybe a conquering of their first year in university. For others, April will conclude just one more year on the road to that elusive dream that is your degree.

This next notch on your belt represents real growth for you. If you drop out now, at least you can say "Hey, I got through some university and doggone it, that's better than a lot of people." If you're finishing up your second year of an honours degree, congratulations, you now have as much school left as you have already completed! Mmmmm, sweet three year degrees.

If you have just one year left, allow me to predict how it will inevitably turn out. You'll return to school in September with the goal of completing your degree – finally! All excited, you'll decide to make the extra effort, knowing your final year's marks will be most noticeable to any future schools. But, quite frankly, you would rather shave your tongue with hardened monkey feces than even consider facing more school after your degree.

But back to concentrating on your last year of school. That's right, no more partying for you. No more movies. No more drinking. No more spending all your time with your friends. No more social life. But, wait, isn't university really about making friends and having a good time as much as it is about book learning? So compromise – no more than 2-3 consecutive nights a week can be devoted to the above activities.

Also, no more leaving everything to the last minute. You're going to get all your reading done early and your essays and assignments done as soon as possible. Excellent. This year you will be prepared.

Everything will right on track too. Until the first day.

On the first week back, you'll have a novel due by Friday, a test next Tuesday and a presentation next Wednesday. No problem, don't panic. Just get yourself organized. Of course, you have the whole weekend to study for that test and to prepare for that presentation. Besides, how can you not get behind a little? By the time mid-September hits, you're pretty much where you are right now – so buried, a flock of vultures and a priest keep checking in on your dorm room.

By early November, this final year differentiates itself from your past years in one major way. You ask yourself this important question you wished you had asked years ago, "Do I really like my area of study?"

The answer: Yes and no. It's up to you to decide to which questions these apply. I can't decide for you, I don't even know you.

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