So, I had two finals earlier. Both in Philosophy. I do not wish that amount of writing on anyone. My hand started to cramp up after the first half hour of the first final from writing so fast. Luckily, I was not alone. At least a couple people around me paused in their furious writing to shake out and stretch their hands. I grinned and kept going.
The first final is the one I was mostly worried about. I did not do well on the midterm in that class, so I wanted to do better on the final. Apparently, enough people did poorly on the midterm that the professor decided to show leniency and told us he would weigh the final considerably more than the midterm and in some cases might even ignore the midterm altogether. I was surprised, though I cannot complain. I am not sure I am one that would qualify to have the whole midterm disregarded. I have been going to class, taking notes, and discussing things in the quiz sections twice a week. I suppose it will depend on how well I did on this final. Either way, I felt a lot more comfortable about the this final than I did after the midterm. I am not sure that is good, but it makes me breathe easier for the time being.
I was freaking out a little this morning and sent a message to a friend asking for good luck. After he wished me said luck, I asked how he was doing. He replied, “Good! Enjoying the sun!” I had to laugh. It was pouring down rain outside, and I knew he was in town. We bantered back and forth about how beautiful the mythical sunshine was today. It cheered me up before I headed into the first two hour final.
The second final was an interesting format. We were given a review of nearly 30 quotes. We had to consider how we would argue for or against them, which meant we would have to be familiar with what the author of said quotes advocated for. Out of those 30 quotes, seven would appear on the final, and we would write essays on four of them. I wrote on Wilson (prohibition of drugs), Morris (who advocated for a retributive theory of punishment), Van den Haag (for the death penalty), and Bentham (Utilitarianism). There were also quotes from Mill (a different brand of utilitarianism), Clark (anti-pornography), and someone else who I cannot remember off the top of my head. I average about 25 minutes per essay. Just enough to make a very generic argument on each quote and then move on. I was not particularly satisfied with such a time restraint, but there was little I could do about it. I think I did decent on that final, too.
So with that, Winter Quarter is finished. I have the rest of this week and next off, I believe, and then it’s back to studying during Spring Quarter. I am more excited about those topics, so I think that will help. I also am not diving into completely new ways of thinking with these next three classes. It will be interesting.