Whether it is failing to study properly for an exam or suffering from writer’s block while writing a term paper, we all have hit “the wall” at some point or another in our academic careers. It happened to me most recently as I was studying for our principles of surgery exam. For better or worse, the class is solely graded on our performance on the final exam. It is pretty shocking to think that 100% of one’s grade in a course is determined by two hours spent at the computer. I studied as much as I could and then hit that moment when no matter how much more I tried cramming into my head, I figured that it would not make a difference, and I was too tired anyway. So I simply went to bed.
Sometimes it is difficult to get past a wall when you need to do so. But circumventing it may not always be the best option. It may be near well impossible to climb over it, so I think that acknowledging our limitations is a very healthy thing. Accepting the sweet embrace of sleep could be the perfect remedy for some walls. In the case of our surgery exam, it was. I woke up very early the next morning, reinvigorated and ready to put in a few hours of study before the exam itself. As a long morning of frantic group studying until 10 am culminated, my friends and I were ready to head into the lecture hall to, as Mike put it, “face the music.” Thankfully, it ended up being ok!