Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Your Money or Your Grades.

Midterms are this week and students are scrambling to pull all-nighters to study. I have both my midterms on Thursday and was so busy with work over the weekend that I didn't get a chance to study. I found myself facing a dilemma yesterday: was it worth it to take the night off work to devote to studying?

-I'm not scrounging to pay the bills; missing one day of work will not set me behind in the scheme of things. Actually, not being able to afford food might be a good thing at this point.

-Furthermore, I can always pick up a Wednesday night shift later this month when I'm no longer concerned about midterms.

-I know that studying really does improve my grades on tests. It wouldn't be time wasted.

-These grades are going to affect my potential for future earnings. I got a 4.0 last quarter and am aiming for at least a 3.5 this quarter.

-One of the midterms accounts for a third of my grade in a class while the other is HALF the grade for the class. These are not tests I can afford to do mediocre on.

Final Decision: I ended up taking the night off work to devote to studying. I made huge headway and in retrospect am really glad I took the night off. There is a lot more material to cover than I originally predicted. The extra night may be what gives me the edge on Thursday.


Kris said...

Vixen! Thank you gigantically for your vote! I hope studying is going well.

Well-Heeled said...

That's the decision I would've made. I think students should focus on school (not to the exclusion of practical experience). Guess Mom's lectures in ingrained in me. ;)

SavingDiva said...

You probably made the right decision...You're so level headed!

Escape Brooklyn said...

Plus you'll have extra energy because you won't be so tired from work, right? Sounds like a good choice!