Picture this, the sun is shining, the birds are chirping away as usual and you can hear Summertime Sadness blasting out of some car driving by your house. It’s a marvelous day to go outside, but you are stuck indoors. Why? Two words, X Season. Once again, you stuck inside trying to reteach yourself in two weeks what took your several months to learn.This means that you are trapped in the room, you once loved to actually spend time in. The mall or the movies no longer serve as amusement, but a mere distraction.

If you are not in a school where you have  take exams (you lucky duck), or not in school at all, then allow me to paint a picture of what school time around X Season is like. Throughout the school year, almost every day of the week, school is a delicately balanced cycle of  homework, socializing and extracurricular activities. All the while you need to arrive at school looking presentable, smelling great and somewhat alert. Now, imagine doing all of this while functioning on a few measly hours of sleep and cramped fingers from rewriting down note after note.

If you are not getting a clear picture of  what I am trying to say, that’s totally fine. The pressure and stress of  X Season, are something that has to be experienced to be fully understood. Giving you a simple explanation will only serve to give you a mere taste of what this season is really like. However, as an X Season survivor, I think that I’ve given you a pretty good glimpse of what this time is like.

Why do I call it X Season (aka. exams)? Well, because exam season pushes you to your very extremes. Suddenly, your mind is able to cram vast amounts of knowledge in a very short amount of time. Your hands and arms develop Superman-esque strength! You are now able to write sentences a mile a minute as you try to keep up with all the information that your teachers throws at you during review sessions. Your body can function on 3 hours of sleep and a good cup of java (or tea). Yet, like all powers, they don’t last very long. Once your exams are over, your body and mind are about as useful as a deflated balloon. 10 hours of sleep is no longer enough to sustain you and it will take you the rest of the summer break to get back into a functioning state.

Now picture this, you are outside enjoying the sunshine and you’ve befriended and taught that chirping bird how to sing Summertime Sadness (it’s a viral video)! Why the change you ask? You’ve followed The Ultimate Guide to Surviving X Season! (How to Make Awesome Notes and Ace Your Exams).

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