It’s that time of the semester – less than one week to go until the end of classes. After 20-some years at Colgate (hey, let’s not get too specific!), I’ve seen a lot of last minute angst. So, here are 3 dos to help get you through. I figure you already know all the don’ts.
Do #3 The reference librarians are still here to help, right up until the end of exam period (and beyond, if truth be told, just for shorter hours). You can contact us by phone, email, chat, in person, but do contact us with any questions. We’re here until 10:00pm most nights and are glad to help.
Do #2 Get enough sleep. I know, you’ve heard it before, but BELIEVE it! All the research (not to mention personal experience) proves it. Of course, it’s a time-honored tradition to sleep in libraries, but take it from me, our cushioned furniture isn’t that comfortable – you’re better off in a real bed.
Do #3 Be kind to your colleagues. This is a two-parter. Yeah, I’m cheating on my 3, but there’s SO many! Part 1: College isn’t a competition between you and your classmates – between you and the content perhaps, but not with your colleagues. Professors aren’t comparing your paper/assignment/project to everyone else’s in the class; (well, maybe if you don’t get enough sleep, but only in disbelief). They have criteria that they grade by – some even use a grid – but how you stack up to everyone else really doesn’t matter. So stashing that book someplace in the library just so that no one else in your class can get it is silly, mean, a whole lot of other adjectives, and it wastes library staff time.
Part 2. If/when you finish early, be considerate when celebrating. I have a personal stake in this one. I’m probably a neighbor if you live in the village. This is circular – see Do #2. Your colleagues (and neighbors) still need their sleep. They haven’t finished yet!
Work hard, sleep well, and ASK QUESTIONS. The end is, indeed, near. Good luck!
P.S. Looking for a place to study? Try the first floor. You can’t get there via the central staircase, so it doesn’t fill up too fast 😉