Last night I took my last final.
I was already feeling burnt out from the other 2 exams I had taken, and from work, where everyone is trying to finish things before the end of the year. I admit, I didn’t study as hard as I should have, especially since this class was one of my best (I was #3 in a class of about 100 people!) & our midterm was really easy.
Naturally, he made the test a little more difficult, and cut the testing time down. If I’d had the extra half hour, I think I would have done really well. If I’d studied a little harder, I might not have needed to flip through my notes quite as much. If this was my first test (not my third), I might have aced it.
It got me thinking about this month and how I decided to take it easy. I’ve done enough, I told myself, and I’ve been tired from all of the work I’ve done. And really, saving came pretty easily this year; I never felt like I was denying myself anything that I truly wanted.
Are there parallels between this and school? Should I be putting in a final push to save for the end of the year? There is a big, shiny, round savings milestone sitting $350 away from what I’ve saved so far this year. I’ll still probably get an A in my class – everyone else was bitching after the exam – and I’ve still done an incredible amount of saving this year.
Ultimately, I think I made a good choice, even if it’s not necessarily the “right” one. Sometimes you can only push yourself so far.