The short answer is - I don’t know. I’m sitting here writing this article, procrastinating on my own deadlines. While I’ve had a good few weeks off to re-energise, the stress of deadlines made it less of a break and more of a burden - and I think that is felt by most of us.
Now, I think it’s important to talk about the range of assessments at the end of the year. Personally, I don’t do exams. Most people think that’s a blessing, and in some ways it is, but the amount of work I have to put into extensive readings, and writing lengthy essays is equally as hard (in my opinion.) That being said, I would absolutely dread exams too.
I think it’s safe to say deadlines and the assessment period, in general, are just the worst. Something else we experience together is the stress of either having them all at once or extended over a longer period. And I’m really not sure what is worse.
For me, some are days apart and others are weeks apart. I can’t ever seem to manage my time properly, wanting to dedicate most of it to the ones due first. Then, suddenly I’ve got only a few days to write a full essay. And it’s super frustrating.
Honestly, none of us really have a clue what we’re doing. No matter what level you’re at, or how you’re assessed. But, we’ll get through it eventually. Then it’s back to pints at the Hancock instead of energy drinks at Phillip Robinson. At least we have a long summer to look forward to at the end of it all, or maybe even the rest of our lives!